The World Meeting of Families 21st-26th August, Dublin 2018

It’s All About Love

A new Diocesan programme to celebrate the joy of love is to be launched in January.

The Family Ministry-led event will culminate in a pilgrimage to Dublin in August 2018.

One hundred places have been secured for the pilgrimage, and it is hoped a diverse group of people from across the Diocese will take part in the programme.

Promotion of the programme is now being rolled out at Deanery meetings by Lianne Pap, Family Ministry Project Worker, and Natalie Orefice, advisor for Parish Evangelisation, with information to be taken back to parishes.

Lianne said: “This is all about helping the extended family of the church. Helping to get people back into church, engaging parishes to help those individuals.

“What can we do for Family Ministry in the Diocese?

“This is a wonderful opportunity for 100 people to take part in a very special pilgrimage which will be led by His Grace, Archbishop Bernard.”

The event cost is currently being finalised, but children will go free.

The World Meeting of Families was established by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1994 with the aim of celebrating the Church’s role in building the family. 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.

Alongside the preparations for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Dublin there will be a six-session parish programme, which everyone is encouraged to attend, called Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family.

This programme of six sessions will call on the participants to share and reflect on experiences in their family life in the light of Pope Francis’s considerations in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), including people’s hopes and fears with regard to family life.

The outline of the sessions are: the first and second sessions focus on the reality of family life in the world today and on the Christian vision of the family, in the light of the culture of consumerism but also of the fundamental role played by God’s love in the conjugal bond and in openness to life.

During the third and fourth sessions, the programme explores how love is lived in the family. The fifth encounter focuses on the Pope’s understanding of human fragility in the reality of the family and the importance of divine mercy when approaching this fragility, with particular attention to those who live in the periphery. The final session of the programme is dedicated to exploring the Gospel of Hope for Families, with Francis’ advice for daily life.

The programme will have short videos that will prompt brief discussions, some of which are from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of Love, with an aim to help find common points between life’s reality and the words of the Holy Father.

For the programme to be as accessible to as many as possible the six-session programme will be run once a month at various locations across the whole of the diocese and we encourage those already involved in parish catechesis as well as those interested in being involved with family ministry to come to the monthly sessions. Parishes may wish to send a representative or small group of people who would then have four weeks until the next session to deliver the session at a parish level.

Following the conclusion of the six-session parish programme and in lead up to those attending the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, there will be a Diocesan Celebration Day on July 28th. The day will bring together all those who have be involved with the parish programme, as well as being open to everyone in the Diocese for a day of fun and fellowship.

More information can be found at World Meeting of Families website and for information on the Amoris programme, you can visit

To express an interest in being involved with facilitating the six-session programme in your parish please email Lianne at