The Marriage and Family Life Commission is here to help you prepare for your marriage, and support you in your family life. In these pages you will find links to resources and helpful information, as well as contact information should you wish to seek further advice.


“Those who celebrate the sacrament say, “I promise to be true to you, in joy and in sadness, in sickness and in health; I will love you and honour you all the days of my life”. At that moment, the couple does not know what will happen, nor what joys and pains await them. They are setting out, like Abraham, on a journey together. And that is what marriage is! Setting out and walking together, hand in hand, putting yourselves in the Lord’s powerful hands. Hand in hand, always and for the rest of your lives. And do not pay attention to this makeshift culture, which can shatter our lives.”

– Pope Francis


For further details please contact:

Dr Antonia Braithwaite
The White House,
21, Upgate,
Poringland, Norfolk
NR14 7SH

Dr Antonia Braithwaite.

The Coordinator works together with the Marriage and Family Life Commission to promote and support marriage and family life throughout the Diocese. The Commission looks to help families to live a Christian life and to promote good marriage preparation as well as provide support for those already married. It also has a care for those whose experience of marriage and family proves difficult. The Commission includes married couples, clergy and religious appointed by the Bishop, and individuals from schools and specialist services as needed for consultation at the request of Commission members and with the approval of the Bishop.  

Activities include:

Marriage Preparation

Listening and Prayer Ministry

Annual Marriage Celebration Mass

Day For Men

Day for Women

Day of Prayer for Engaged Couples

Annual Blessing of Engaged Couples

Day of Recollection for Mothers and Daughters

Day of Recollection for Fathers and Sons

Miscarriage Mass

Infertility Mass

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