Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Celebrating Family

See Celebration of Marriage

Many of us would admit: “Our home Is often a mess and our family life is far from perfect”.

However, on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Benedict proclaimed:
“God wished to be born and to grow up in a human family. Thus he consecrated (the family) as the basic and ordinary way of His meeting with humanity.”.

This is a powerful affirmation of the inherent goodness that is present in Family Life.

‘Home is a Holy Place’ is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.

They want to raise greater awareness and understanding of the holiness of family life.

Excellent resources are now available which describe three ways in which it is hoped that you can see that your home is holy:

  • Home is a holy place because God is present there as love.

  • Home is a holy place because relationships within the family reflect God’s relationship with us.

  • Home is a holy place because Gods presence graces all creation.

Watch Home is a Holy Place on YouTube

1. Introduction       2. Love       3. Relationships       4. Creation

This resource pack also addresses some of the challenges that face all of us in becoming more aware of family holiness:

  • To help families recognise the holiness of their everyday lives at home and to offer practical support for them to grow in this awareness.

  • To celebrate the presence of God as love in all loving family relationships.

  • To proclaim the holiness of our homes as places of life, love, service, teaching, fellowship, witness and prayer.

Deacon Peter Lavery (Diocesan Co-ordinator for Marriage and Family Life) can supply these resource packs together with the accompanying DVDs, which feature several families from within our own diocese.

He and his wife Pauline have already visited many parishes and schools to deliver these resources and demonstrate ways in which they can be effectively used.

They would be delighted to accept further invitations – please see contact details below.

Alternatively, they will forward the materials directly to you.

NB. that the Diocese is not responsible for the content of external websites.


If you wish to find out more about Marriage and Family Life, please contact Deacon Rob Wareing, Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator.