WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018.
Pope Francis chose Ireland to host next year’s World Meeting of Families to make sure Irish Catholics would take part in a ‘revolution’ promoting marriage and family life, one of the Pope’s key advisors has said. … Speaking to The Irish Catholic about the Autumn 2018 event, Cardinal Kevin Farrell explained that Pope Francis is under no illusions about how family life in Ireland is changing in line with the rest of Europe. “He understands that – he doesn’t think that Ireland is some miracle,” he said. “Nobody thinks that, but he thinks there’s a great spirit in the Irish people of giving of themselves to others, and of taking leadership roles…”
Read more in an article by Greg Daly in the Irish Catholic.
As we prepare – can you pray the official prayer of World Meeting of Families 2018 – and share it in your home, so others can too.
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
The Glin Pastoral Council are in the planning stages of hosting some all inclusive events in Glin to mark and celebrate this wonderful event, which will see the blessed presence of Pope Francis next August. The Feast of the Holy Family is 31st December ‘17,
so we will plan something around this feast day for a start, and we are hopeful of parish participation from young and old! Watch this space!
Please check out Glin Parish Pastoral Council FB Page for regular updates.