It’s All About Families

 

This summer the Archdiocese of Birmingham will take part in a unique pilgrimage across the water to the Emerald Isle.

More than 100 people from across our Diocese, led by Archbishop Bernard, will travel to Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis specifically chose Ireland to host this very special event, and will join in the celebrations as the week unfolds.

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.

It is an international event held every three years, bringing 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.

When details of this amazing event were announced, Archbishop Bernard was keen for the Diocese to play a big part – and so we are.

Lianne Pap, Family Ministry co-ordinator, and Natalie Orefice, Advisor for Parish Evangelisation, are working together to ensure the Pilgrimage will be a great success.

At least one family from each Deanery will be attending, sponsored by parishes within each Deanery, along with a number of clergy.

Families of all shapes and sizes are taking part, to reflect the true diversity and make-up of the Diocese.

And many are now taking part in a six-session parish programme called Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family.

The programme calls on 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.

Plans are also in place for a Diocese Celebration Day on Saturday 28 July, where everyone is invited to come together and meet all those who will be making the Pilgrimage.

Workshops, a shared picnic and a Mass will all be held on the day.

A large number of resources – including thousands of icon cards (depicting the Holy Family); prayer cards and information leaflets – have also been delivered to parishes across the Diocese to raise awareness of this special event.

The World Meeting of Families runs from August 21 to 26.

More information can be found at World Meeting of Families website

and for information on the Amoris programme, you can visit their website

To get involved with facilitating the six-session programme in your parish please email Lianne Pap at [email protected]