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World Meeting of Families 2018
Sunday, August 27th 2017

Fr. Derek, Fr. Ciarán and parishioners from Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish recently gathered with thousands of families from across the country for the launch of the one-year countdown to the World Meeting of Families (WMOF2018) in Dublin.  During the ceremony, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin anointed and unveiled a new icon of the Holy Family which will tour the dioceses of Ireland over the next year.


During his homily, Archbishop Martin said it would not be a programme which would end in twelve months’ time.  “It is a call to renew the Church so that it can enter into a new future: a future in which our Church will attract more and more people to Jesus.”

Stressing that “There is no family that is ideal,” he added, “Plates fly in every family. There are, however, great families who struggle, at times heroically.”

He underlined that the celebration of the World Meeting of Families would be hypocritical were it to be a celebration that ignored this struggle.

“A civilisation of love must involve the search for a new politics for families, a politics of care for the marginalised and those who struggle.”

He added that where human love fails or is imperfect, the Church’s response should not just be that of condemnation or exclusion but one of allowing the medicine of mercy to lead people towards a more perfect love.

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018

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:

[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,

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.



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