Today, we extend a warm welcome to our Engaged Couples who are due to be married this year. I have had the privileged of meeting with these couples – 6 of whom are to be married at St James and 22 who are to be married outside of the parish.

On Tuesday we had a great evening with these couples, meeting in four small groups with Married Mentor Couples from the parish. Today we live in a very complex society and we need to offer greater support to couples beginning this life time commitment to marriage. Our new approach is for us as parish community to connect in with these couples, to welcome them to Sunday Mass and accompany them as they prepare for marriage. Today at 11am Mass we celebrate a special blessing for Engaged couples and also bless their engagement rings. Please give them a great welcome.