Celebrating the Early Years of Marriage



The inaugural Celebrating the Early Years of Marriage event was organized by the Marriage and Family Relationship Education Services of CatholicCare Social Services, Diocese of Parramatta to promote and highlight the importance and value of marriage and to give parishioners of the Parramatta Diocese an opportunity to show their support for marriage.

Supporting couples in their marriage is very important to CatholicCare Social Services.  Research has shown the benefit and importance of a strong and committed couple relationship as a secure cradle for raising children.

After receiving a huge amount of parish and diocesan support for our other annual event Celebrating the Journey (celebrating from 25 year wedding anniversaries), we felt there was an opportunity to show support for those couples embarking on marriage and to validate the struggle and sometimes more difficult tasks of raising a family as well as maintaining a strong couple relationship in the early years of marriage.

What a sight on Sunday 22nd April to see so many families enjoying the beautiful day and wonderful surroundings of the Mercy Congregation Centre from around 20 parishes enjoying time together to celebrate the vocation of marriage particularly in the earlier years.

Most Rev Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta officiated at the Mass and welcomed guests with a blessing before lunch as well as enjoying time meeting the attending families and couples who attended.

Over 56 couples and 90 children registered for the event, with 16 volunteers from CatholicCare Social Services, Natural Fertility Planning Education and 7 members of the North Rocks Youth Group who all willingly gave up time to prepare the lunch venue, entertain the children and welcome families to the event.


Feedback from those couples attending was very positive towards support for marriage and this event. Some couples commented on looking forward to attending these events to celebrate their significant wedding anniversaries (1st, 5th,10th,15th,20th), and of the value of bringing their children to St Patrick’s Cathedral as a first time experience.

The photos taken on the day, including many groupings with Bishop Anthony, have been uploaded onto the Parramatta Diocesan website to view the album click here or contact CatholicCare Social Services at the Parramatta office. 99330222.

We would welcome any feedback or suggestions about this event or other event ideas in support of families and marriage.

Please contact Karolyn Ellis.

Manager Pre Marriage and Family Relationship Education Services,   CatholicCare Social Services Diocese of Parramatta Phone 99330222.

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