GALLERY: Mass for Married & Engaged Couples!

Two couples clebrating an impressive 60 years of marriage were among those who gathered at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh last night.

Helen & Vincent Robinson and Maureen & Robert Mochrie helped cut the cake following the Mass, which included a blessing of engaged and married couples.

Helen & Vincent Robinson, left, and Maureen & Robert Mochrie with Archbishop Leo  in the Coffee Saints Cafe after Mass.

Archbishop Leo said in his homily: "Let me congratulate all of you on the happy occasion of your various anniversaries, great and small, and ask you to pray with me for those contemplating marriage, and for those who misrepresent it and misunderstand it.

From left, Deacon Tom McEvoy, Archbishop Leo and Fr Jeremy Milne (Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families).

"May we learn again as a society to value marriage, and to promote it to the greater good of everyone."

Those attending wore badges showing how long they have been married and woman received a rose from members of the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission. Afterwards, people gathered in Coffee Saints for refreshments and cake.

Anna and Janusz Nieciecki, left, with Rosemary and Andrew Milligan - all members of the Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage and Families.

The event was organised organised by Fr Jeremy Milne and the Marriage & Families Commission.

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Deacon John Smith with wife Louise - members of the Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage & Families.

The Mass for Married & Engaged Couples was organised by the Fr Jeremy Milne VE and the Commission for Marriage & Family Life.

 

Mass for Married and Engaged Couples

Part of a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families which takes place in Rome 22-26 June 2022.

Register here.

These free events are for married and engaged couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love. The reflections will draw on themes developed in Pope Francis' Encyclical Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'). Events are as follows:

All events organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission. Register at bit.ly/ArchEventbrite

Afternoon Retreat with Brian and Maureen Devine

Part of a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families which takes place in Rome 22-26 June 2022.

Register here.

These free events are for married and engaged couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love. The reflections will draw on themes developed in Pope Francis' Encyclical Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'). Events are as follows:

All events organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission. Register at bit.ly/ArchEventbrite

Testimony and Reflection with Anton and Angela Colella

A leading Scottish businessman and his wife will discuss the "pivotal" role their Catholic faith has played in their marriage at a special event in Edinburgh.

Anton and Angela Colella lead a testimony and reflection on the spirituality of marriage at 4:00pm-5:30pm on Sunday 3 April, Gillis Centre, Edinburgh. Register here.

Anton is a well-known figure in the business world as the chief executive of Moore Global, one of the world's leading accountancy firms.

Part of a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families which takes place in Rome 22-26 June 2022. Read the preview here.

Angela, who began her career as a dietician, said: "Our faith has been pivotal for us. We met through our participation in Catholic lay movements so it has been a central component of our life together, as well as in our family life."

Anton added: "Marriage, and even an imperfect and not always easy one like ours, can have the power to profoundly effect one’s life for good. We hope to highlight the powerful impact that can have not just on children and grandchildren but people beyond that."

These free events are for married and engaged couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love. The reflections will draw on themes developed in Pope Francis' Encyclical Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'). Events are as follows:

All events organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission. Register at bit.ly/ArchEventbrite

SUNDAY: Anton & Angela share insights from a Catholic marriage

A leading Scottish businessman and his wife will discuss the "pivotal" role their Catholic faith has played in their marriage at a special event in Edinburgh.

Anton and Angela Colella lead a testimony and reflection on the spirituality of marriage at 4:00pm-5:30pm on Sunday 3 April, Gillis Centre, Edinburgh. Register here.

Anton is a well-known figure in the business world as the chief executive of Moore Global, one of the world's leading accountancy firms.

Angela, who began her career as a dietician, said: "Our faith has been pivotal for us. We met through our participation in Catholic lay movements so it has been a central component of our life together, as well as in our family life."

Anton added: "Marriage, and even an imperfect and not always easy one like ours, can have the power to profoundly effect one’s life for good. We hope to highlight the powerful impact that can have not just on children and grandchildren but people beyond that."

Unity

The couple, who have been married for 34 years, have four children and five grandchildren and live near Glasgow.

Anton said: "The key thing for us is maintaining our unity, being united in front of our children and others. Angela added: " We look forward to the opportunity of sharing reflections and insights from our marriage with other married couples at this event.

Anton began his career as an RE teacher before being appointed the chief executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority in 2003. In 2006 he became chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, helping transform it, before joining Moore Global.

Among his other roles he is chairman of the executive board of the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

Events for Married Couples

Anton and Angela's event is one in a series organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Family Commission ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Rome 22-26 June 2022.

The programme was launched with a Holy Hour and reflection from Archbishop Cushley on 6 March at St Margaret's Chapel in the Gillis Centre.

Archbishop Leo launched the marriage events programme with a Holy Hour at St Margaret's Chapel at the Gillis Centre, Edinburgh.

Fr Jeremy Milne, who leads the commission, said: "Our events are for married and engaged couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love.

"We look forward to welcoming Anton and Angela and couples from across the Archdiocese to this and the other two events we have scheduled."

Forthcoming events for married couples

Register now at: bit.ly/ArchEventbrite.

Holy Hour with Archbishop Leo Cushley

Part of a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families which takes place in Rome 22-26 June 2022. Register for each event at bit.ly/ArchEventbrite

These free events are for married and engaged couples to come before the Lord together in reflection on the beautiful Catholic vision of marriage and family life, thanksgiving for the gift of this calling and prayer for the blessing of their love. The reflections will draw on themes developed in Pope Francis' Encyclical Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'). Events are as follows:

All events organised by the Archdiocesan Marriage & Families Commission.

WATCH: 'What we've learned about marriage preparation'

On this Valentine's Day* we're highlighting the benefits of a Catholic Marriage preparation course.

Have a listen to Andrew and Rosemary Milligan, parishioners at St Andrew’s, Ravelston, Edinburgh (married 38 years), chatting yesterday on BBC Radio Scotland about their experience helping running courses, along wth Fr Jeremy Milne, our Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Family Life.

Getting married? Find out more about marriage prep here. Full interview on BBC Sounds (skip to 25 mins 12 secs)

*In the Church's calendar it's the Feast of St Cyril and St Methodius.

Married couples: Grow in faith with Teams of Our Lady

Married couples are invited to come together to grow in their Catholic faith by joining the Teams of Our Lady initiative.

Fr Jeremy Milne, who leads the Archdiocesan Marriage & Family Life Commission, said: "In our diocese there is currently one group meeting in Edinburgh. In this Amoris Laetitia Family Year I would like to encourage more couples to come together in this way to share the spirituality of marriage."

Fr Jeremy added: "So couples come together in small groups, ideally with a priest spiritual counsellor, to support and encourage each other in living out their call to Christian marriage."

Teams of Our Lady, is an international movement which has recently re-established in Scotland. Pope Francis has dedicated a year to marriage and family life and highlights the beauty of Christian Marriage in his prayer intention for June.

Connect

One couple who take part said: "Teams gives us the chance to connect with other couples at various stages of the marriage and faith journey, from other parishes, from other cultures.

"It's a great place to learn and reflect on our marriage. The simple format of the meetings helps each couple and our accompanying priest give their news: what goes well for them, what goes less well and what helps each of us in our lives and spiritual journey.'

"As a couple, there are things we've done spontaneously, like sitting down to listen to each other's experience of the last week, that being part of Teams has shown the value of - so much so, that now we do these things more intentionally, as well as spontaneously.

"We're grateful to Teams for confirming the value of sharing in this way, as well as for the fun of meeting to eat together, sing, pray and share news.

Walking together

During the course of this Amoris Laetitia Family Year, there will be 10 videos featuring Pope Francis discussing an aspect of his Apostolic Exhortation on the joy of love in marriage and family life (Amoris Laetitia - The Joy of Love).

Each video includes testimonies from married couples and families and includes a guide to help couples, families and groups reflect on the message.

To find out more about Team of Our Lady email vemarriage@staned.org.uk or visit https://teamsgb.org.uk/

Register now for latest marriage preparation courses

If you are preparing to be married in a Catholic Church, we're here to help! Here are the latest dates for our marriage preparation courses:

February
Friday/Saturday 26th/27th SOLD OUT
March
Friday/Saturday 26th/27th SOLD OUT
April
Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th
May
Friday/Saturday 21st/22nd

The course will take place over a Friday evening (7.00pm–9.00pm) and Saturday (10.30am–3.30pm).

The Friday evening session takes place online and the Saturday session either online or at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh depending on Covid guidelines at the time. This will be confirmed to you by email after you have registered and nearer the time.

To register for one of the courses please complete the application form and return to irene.furlong@staned.org.uk (0131 623 8900).

The course

A marriage preparation course is a requirement for those wishing to be married in the Catholic Church. This course seeks to lead couples to a greater understanding of God’s plan for marriage and his call to live this beautiful vocation as fully, freely and fruitfully as possible.

Couples are invited also to reflect on some important aspects of growing and sustaining their relationship including sacraments, prayer, good communication and managing conflict. It also presents the Marriage Rite, emphasising the importance and significance of the vows made in the church, before God, family and friends.

The sessions are led by Fr Jeremy Milne, Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families, and presented by clergy and married couples.

If you have any issues, please contact Fr Jeremy Milne on 0131 334 1693 or vemarriage@staned.org.uk

Preparing for marriage in 2021? Here's how we can help

If you are preparing to be married in a Catholic Church, we're here to help! Here are the dates for our marriage preparation courses:

February
Friday/Saturday 26th/27th SOLD OUT
March
Friday/Saturday 26th/27th
April
Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th
May
Friday/Saturday 21st/22nd

The course will take place over a Friday evening (7.00pm–9.00pm) and Saturday (10.30am–3.30pm).

The Friday evening session takes place online and the Saturday session either online or at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh depending on Covid guidelines at the time. This will be confirmed to you by email after you have registered and nearer the time.

To register for one of the courses please complete the application form and return to irene.furlong@staned.org.uk (0131 623 8900).

The course

A marriage preparation course is a requirement for those wishing to be married in the Catholic Church. This course seeks to lead couples to a greater understanding of God’s plan for marriage and his call to live this beautiful vocation as fully, freely and fruitfully as possible.

Couples are invited also to reflect on some important aspects of growing and sustaining their relationship including sacraments, prayer, good communication and managing conflict. It also presents the Marriage Rite, emphasising the importance and significance of the vows made in the church, before God, family and friends.

The sessions are led by Fr Jeremy Milne, Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families, and presented by clergy and married couples.

If you have any issues, please contact Fr Jeremy Milne on 0131 334 1693 or vemarriage@staned.org.uk