World Meeting of Families 2018 - Calling for expressions of interest
Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families (WMOF) from 21st-26th August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.
The Diocese of Bathurst is calling for Expressions of Interest from members of the Diocese to attend this important international event.
Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. The event has at its heart the following key moments:
· 21st August: a National Opening of WMOF2018
· 22nd- 24th August: a three-day Congress
· Saturday 25th August: a Festival of Families
· Sunday 26th August: WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration.
If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Deacon Josh on 0458 261 513 or email: (remove XX) ministries XX @bathurst XX .catholic.org.au
You can also register your interest HERE
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:
[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,
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.