Third National Collection for World Meeting of Families 2018

The World Meeting of Families Third National Collection is scheduled to
take place in parishes on the weekend of 24-25 February 2018.

Dublin, Ireland has the great joy of hosting the 9th World Meeting of
Families that will take place in just under seven month’s time from the 21
– 26 August 2018. The sense of excitement, expectation and anticipation is
building by the day as we prepare to welcome families from across Ireland
and across the world to our family gathering.

The World Meeting of Families was established in 1994 when Pope Saint John
Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish an
international gathering of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would
draw participants from around the world and that would help to strengthen
the bonds between families and bear witness to the crucial importance of
marriage and the family to all of society.

And, so the World Meeting of Families was established and to date it has
been hosted in Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and
Philadelphia. Now it’s our turn here in Ireland because Pope Francis has
personally chosen Dublin to be the host city for the next World Meeting of
Families and he has invited us to reflect on the theme ‘The Gospel of the
Family: Joy for the World’.

The main events of WMOF2018 will take place in Dublin but it is also
anticipated that related events, including the hosting of international
groups, will take place all over the island of Ireland.

The following key moments make up the 9th World Meeting of Families:

· A National Opening on Tuesday 21 August which will take place
simultaneously in each of the dioceses of Ireland;

· A three day congress from 22-24 August in the RDS, Dublin;

· A Festival of Families on Saturday 25 August, comprising a reflective
concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which
personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents;

· A Closing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26 August with thousands of
people from Ireland and across the world.

Pope Francis has asked us to prepare for the 9th World Meeting of Families
by reflecting on ‘Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)’, his apostolic
exhortation released in 2016. Pope Francis believes that the family is good
news for today’s world. The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family!
Programme is a response to this request from Pope Francis.

We are inviting families in our parish to join us on our journey of
preparation for the World Meeting of Families and to be part of the events
in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018. Please support us by volunteering,
registering to attend and donating at our parish collection.

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