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World Meeting of Families 2018
Wednesday, September 27th 2017

“Family life is the most important web of meaning for Irish people” delegates at a Meath diocesan assembly were told.  “Our everyday lives revolve around other family members.  Most people see and understand themselves in terms of being parents, grandparents, husbands, wives and children.”

This was one of the findings of a study by sociologist Tom Inglis, quoted by Martin Kennedy at an gathering in Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Monday (25 September), attended by over 350 representatives from parishes in the Diocese of Meath.

Martin Kennedy was outlining plans in the Diocese of Meath ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018, which it is hoped Pope Francis will attend.

Towards the end of the diocesan assembly, Brenda Drumm from the Catholic Communications Office interviewed Ephrem Feeley, who composed the theme song for the World Meeting of Families.

“The hymn is designed to encourage everyone to sing along and it is hoped that choirs in all our parishes will learn the hymn over the coming months”, the Ashbourne-based composer explained.

Concluding the assembly, Fr Philip Gaffney said that the next year offers an ideal opportunity for a meaningful conversation on the priority the family deserves in our lives, in the Church and in the wider community.

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