World meeting of Families: General Information!!!
“The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church”
The theme of the family is central to the ministry of Pope Francis
Shortly after his election, Pope Francis began a process of reflection within the Church across the world on the family. He announced the holding of two sessions of the Synod of Bishops: one on the situation of families across the world and the other on how to respond to the challenges facing family life. Pope Francis recently published a wide-ranging document as a fruit of that process, entitled Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family.
Why does Pope Francis consider the family as so important?
1 The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.
2 The experience of love in families is a perennial source of strength for the life of the Church.
3 The family is like a factory of hope.
4 God likes most to knock on the doors of families and to find families that are united, that love each other and that raise their children in view of creating a society of truth, goodness and beauty.
What is the World Meeting of Families?
In 1994, Pope St John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish the World Meeting of Families as an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration, drawing participants from around the globe. It seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to bear witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family for all of society. The World Meeting of Families also fosters gestures of solidarity for families in difficulty.
When is the World Meeting of Families held?
The World Meeting of Families was first celebrated in Rome in 1994. Since then meetings have been in Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Manila, Valencia, Mexico City, Milan, Philadelphia and now Dublin, Ireland. The principal events of the World Meeting of Families 2018 will be held in Dublin, but events will also take place in other centres around Ireland. The meeting will take place from 22 – 26 August 2018.
Who will organise the World Meeting of Families 2018?
The Meeting is being organised jointly by The Pontifical Council for the Family and by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, as bishop of the host diocese. The planning involves teams of men and women – clergy, religious and lay – from all over Ireland. A committee of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has been set up to oversee fundraising for the event. In preparation for the meeting, a programme of pastoral preparation centreed on the family is taking place across Ireland.
Details of Events: The World Meeting Of Families will begin on Tuesday 21st August 2018 with a Diocesan Celebration taking place in Armagh.
The WMOF Congress will be held at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin from Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th August. This three day event will consist of keynote speakers, testimonies, cultural events, music performances and workshops related to family values. The Congress will include the daily celebration of Eucharist. The events of each day will be guided by a key theme from Pope Francis’ document THE JOY OF LOVE – Amoris Laetitia. Topics include the joys and challenges of love, marriage and family life in today’s world. Places for the Congress are limited and include guaranteed tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass, subject to availability. Children under 18 years of age go free but they must register and have a ticket.
Saturday 25th August
The Festival of Families will be held at Croke Park, Dublin and it’s hoped that Pope Francis will be in attendance at this event.
Sunday 26th August
The WMOF will conclude with a special Mass in The Phoenix Park and it’s hoped that Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass.
Registration and Tickets
Please note that the WMOF is an all ticket event. Anyone who wishes to attend must register and buy tickets at www.worldmeetingoffamilies2018.ie/tickets
Individual adults can register as an individual or as part of a group.
Where a family wishes to register, a single family leader will register all family members. Adult fees apply, all children under 18 are free but must be registered to have access to the venue.
5 day ticket: 22nd – 26th August – attendance at the 3 day Congress and tickets for Festival of Families and the Final Mass.
Post: World Meeting of Families, Holy Cross Centre, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3
The World Meeting of Families promises to be an occasion that will reflect on the faith experience of families from many parts of the world as well as on the challenges and celebrations which characterise the ups and downs of day to day family life.
Prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018
God our Father, we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, one family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love. Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need. Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care, especially those for whom we now pray.
Increase our faith, strengthen our hope, keep us safe in your love. Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord, AMEN.
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us