Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.
What is World Meeting of Families? Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.
Visit http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/ for more information.
|World Meeting of Families- Opening Ceremony
· Event: Opening Service of Prayer
· Location: St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina
· Date & Time: Tuesday 21 August @8pm
· Details: This Opening Service of Prayer will be ecumenical and will involve all parishes in the diocese. Every parish will carry a banner and will be involved in all the prayers. A reflection will be lead by 20 young people on the Road of Life using shoes. Our Petition Box will be carried with a large hand woven globe, representing our connection to each other across the universe.
Diocesan Garden Fun Day: Bishop John will host a Garden Fun Day in the grounds of his house on Sunday 10 June 2018 at 3pm. All families and children are invited to a free day to celebrate the World Meeting of Families.Click here to view
Tuesday 21st August
Opening Mass in St. Muredach’s Cathedral
22nd to the 24th August
World Meeting of the Families three-day congress
Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father.
Evening of 25th August
Festival of Families
A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family from the perspective of the specific theme of the World Meeting. This will be a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families representing the five continents.
Solemn Eucharistic Celebration
The World Meeting of the Family 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity for the gift of family and for its sanctification.