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The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementarity and fertility. Christian teaching fills out this pattern and reveals its deepest meaning.

God in his love has created man and woman in his image, as the summit of creation, and invites them to give themselves to each other as a gift for the good of the other. A man and a woman are called into a lifelong, faithful and fruitful relationship. ‘Not only man as such, not only woman as such, but rather man and woman as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between them is not a question of contrast or subordination, but instead of communion and generation, always in the image and likeness of God’ (Pope Francis, Audience 15 April 2015)

For more information from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales please see:

For marriage preparation please see:

Instituted by God - Marriage was instituted by God. We read in Genesis that God created them male and female, and blessed them, saying “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.” Gen.1;27-28.

Later, we read: But for Adam there was not found a helper like himself. Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord God built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh. Gen. II;20-24

Christ Himself referred to these very passages when the Pharisees asked Him if it were lawful for a man to put away his wife. The Savior reminded them that marriage had been instituted by God. Then He emphatically confirmed the indissolubility of the bond: What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. (Mt. XIX;6)

Marriage A Sacrament - Sacramental dignity, with all the special graces that adhere to any sacrament, was conferred on marriage by Christ. Indeed, St. Paul calls marriage “a great sacrament” placing it above others. When Christ wished to give a sign of the union that exists between Him and His Church, he chose the sacred union of a married couple. No higher dignity could be attached to any relationship.

Through the sacrament of matrimony, husband and wife receive graces which join them in the bonds of mutual love, aid them to share affection for one another, strengthen them to avoid illicit attachments and passions, fortify them to become worthy parents, and help them to keep their marriage honourable in all things. A marriage entered into with such proper dispositions will be blessed in many ways.

Weddings: COVID-19 Guidance

As of 28 September 2020

The Government has updated its guidance for Places of Worship. This is to ensure that social interaction is limited in order to reduce the risk of viral transmission.

From Monday 28 September, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend the service and reception. People attending must remain within their groups of six and observe strict social distancing.

Priests should remain mindful of their own personal situation with respect to potential exposure to virus transmission.

The Wedding Itself

The Government Guidance for Small Marriages and Civil Partnerships states that “From 28 September no more than 15 people can legally attend a marriage or civil partnership, even where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue. This is the maximum number for all attendees at the event, including the couple and guests. Anyone working is not included as part of the legal limit.”

Read the government’s advice here.

For wedding enquiries St Peter and All Souls and Our Lady of Lourdes please contact the parish priest


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Urgent appeal for Volunteers

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U R G E N T!

Volunteer Stewards & Cleaners for Sunday Masses. It will be wonderful if volunteers came forward to help at ALL Sunday Masses (starting from 6th Dec 2nd Sunday of Advent). We need stewards for supervising track and trace and cleaners. So far there has not been much response and too few people are doing too much. These are not difficult jobs so please offer your help, before or after Mass, we ask you for 15 to 20 minutes. Help is needed at All Souls Saturday evening and most Masses on Sunday & at Our Lady of Lourdes Sunday 9.15 am. Please email or ring the parish office as to which Mass you would like to help out at. We need to organize this well before we open again. Stewarding, track and trace & cleaning are mandatory not optional. Time is running out and most of the masses are not covered.
Please see the rota below. I will look forward to hearing from you. 01733562528

Cleaners and Stewards Rota (pdf)



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Near Neighbours

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Visiting Support Service for Older People in Peterborough.

Age UK have identified the significant need for additional support to be made available to older people in Peterborough, we are therefore able to provide free extra assistance for those over 65 in Peterborough when they need it most; particularly when they are experiencing a difficult period, such as bereavement, ill health, financial worries or housing concerns. We listen to your thoughts and wishes and together we will plan a desired outcome that helps you to access the services and support networks you need. Our Visiting Support Service for Older People (VSSOP) enables older people to stay independent and maintain health and wellbeing, by providing a service that meets individual need.

We can assist with forms, benefits, blue badges, organise bills, and assist with housing choices. If someone has a caring role we can support with this. The service can adapt to individual changing needs such as aids and equipment and falls prevention support. We also can also offer information about social opportunities and how you might access them. The team will decide if support can be given over the phone or if a home visit is needed, staff will have full PPE and socially distance. For more information or support please contact:

01354-776110 or email


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