Getting married is one of the most significant steps in anyone’s life. Two people make vows to each other to remain exclusively together for the rest of their lives, “for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health,” until death.

The Catholic Church’s understanding of marriage is that it is a unique, indissoluble partnership between one man and one woman, in mutual and lasting fidelity and open to the possibility of bringing children into the world. All those getting married in a Catholic Church must have the same understanding of marriage as the Church, even if they are not Catholics themselves.

It is because the Church attaches such importance to marriage, both for the couple themselves and for society as a whole, that she is concerned that couples intending to marry are adequately prepared, and understand what it is to which they are committing.

Marriage Care offer a one day course to help couples, planning to marry in a Catholic Church, prepare for fulfilled and happy relationships. Good marriages do not just happen. They take maintenance.

Marriage Care offers a confidential counselling service to support relationships at times of distress or difficulty.

The Marriage Care preparation course or counselling service can be accessed by telephoning: 0800 389 3801 or 01159 934 255 or by emailing:

Volunteering with Marriage Care

The team in Cheltenham would love to welcome new volunteers to train with us to work with engaged couples as they start out on their married lives.

To find out more information with no commitment please email: or call us on 0800 389 3801


Marriage Care is looking to recruit a New Head of Centre to lead it’s vibrant Gloucestershire Team. To discuss the job description please telephone 0755 4959 013 in the first instance or go to
We are also looking for new Marriage Preparation Facilitators. There is an online component which starts in June with full residential training days being offered in September and October 2018.  The commitment thereafter is three preparing together days and one week-end inservice training annually . For an application form please write to:
 We offer a confidential counselling service in both Cheltenham and Corse. This is available to everyone and fees are offered as a donation.  To book go to