Pope Francis personally chose Dublin, to host the 2018 World Meeting of Families from 22nd – 26th August. Planning for this great National and International celebration of faith is at an advanced stage. A dedicated office and support team has been established and they are working hard to bring to life the different elements of the WMOF2018 which include :
(i) A National Opening in each Diocese;
(ii) A Pastoral Congress from 22nd-24th August;
(iii) The Festival of Families on 25th August;
(iv) The Closing Mass on Sunday 26th August.
The WMOF 2018 has also rolled out the ‘Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s be Family’ Programme which is a conversation about the family with an emphasis on Pope Francis’ teaching and reflections. 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.
Hosting this National and International event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard Pope Francis has asked that a third National Collection take place in each of our Dioceses. The Parishes of Naas, Sallins and Two Mile House will hold their collection on the weekend of 10th and 11th March.
“I realise there are big demands at every parish level, but hosting this World Event is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you for all your support.”