Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.
Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.
The icon of the Holy Family was specially commissioned by WMOF2018, written by iconographer Mihai Cucu, and assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters of the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Iona Road, Dublin, as part of their ongoing prayer for families. The Icon has now started to travel to each diocese in Ireland to encourage reflection and prayer as part of the journey of preparations to WMOF2018. The icon is accompanied by petition boxes, where families can write their intentions and prayer.
The Icon will be in the Diocese of Ferns arriving on 29th January and departing on 9th February. You are invited to visit the Icon during it`s time among us.
Enniscorthy: St Aidan`s Cathedral: Monday evening January 29th departing after 10am mass on Wednesday 31st.
Wexford: Bride St. Wednesday 31st January Noon departing after 10am Mass Saturday 3rd February.
New Ross: St Mary and St Michael: Saturday February 3rd Noon departing after 10am Mass on Tuesday 6th February.
Gorey: St Michael`s. Arriving Tuesday 6th February Noon departing Friday February 9th after 10am Mass.
The Joy of Love is a six-part programme that will be offered to parishes during Lent. The programme will be offered in the 4 deaneries in the Diocese. It is based on Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”. Using engaging short videos, animations and activities to encourage discussion, it will offer families, parishes and wider society an opportunity to think about our vision and hopes for family and marriage, and a chance to rediscover the gift that family is to the world. Training of facilitators for the presentation of the programme is currently taking place.
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