On 16th February, Bishop Philip, invited all the engaged couples of our diocese – those being married in a church either here or abroad – to come together for a Valentine’s Day Breakfast.
Well, Saturday was two days after St. Valentine’s Day, but that didn’t matter: we had a record turnout! This is the third time we’ve had the Breakfast and it’s always a very happy occasion. Kirsten, Lucy and their teams did a splendid job preparing all the practical arrangements and decorating the Discovery Centre and Fr. PJ Smith and his worship group led the music, hymns and songs through the morning. Couples came from all across the Diocese for a 9.15 am start.
After coffee and doughnuts, we had a sparkling presentation from a newly married couple, Phil and Rosina, who spoke about the complex preparations for their wedding last November - in Mexico!
After the break, Deacon Andrew Carter and his wife Nicola spoke about the “Sacred Embrace” and the Catholic view of sexuality.
Aba Shields, our Marriage and Family Life Project Worker, recommended the marriage preparation course now used in our Diocese called SmartLoving.
The morning ended with a short liturgy in the Cathedral, in which I blessed each couple as they came forward and also their engagement rings. Please pray for all those getting married in our Diocese over the months ahead, and for all married couples, and all our families.
Please pray too for all who helped in any way to make The Valentine’s Day Breakfast last Saturday such a memorable occasion.