World Meeting of Families

Be part of the Experience. Don’t Remain Behind

21 – 26 August, 2018 DUBLIN, IRELAND

THEME: THE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY, JOY FOR THE WORLD

The world meeting of families is an event for the entire family, held internationally, every three years.

It is a special event hosted by different countries to bring together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the importance of marriage and family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. It is promoted by the Holy See’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

DUBLIN in Ireland was personally chosen by Pope Francis to host the 2018 World Meeting of Families from 21 – 26 August.

THE MAIN EVENTS OF THE MEETING ARE AS FOLLOWS:

THREE-DAY CONGRESS: 22 – 24 AUGUST 2018

FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES: 25 AUGUST 2018

SOLEMN EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION: 26 AUGUST 2018

The aim of this letter is, therefore, to extend an invitation to as many families, from our Conference Region, as possible to take up this wonderful opportunity to participate in the event to go to Ireland..

The SACBC Marriage and Family Life Office, at Khanya House, will coordinate the INVITATION message and the families who would like to participate.

CO-ORDINATING COUPLE : Mr. Ali and Mrs. Ntsako Motiang

Contact details:

Mrs. Ntsako Motiang: 0780883799 (ntsako-m@hotmail.com)

Mr. Ali Motiang: 0824906346 (alimotiang@yahoo.com)

The reason for co-ordination is to ensure that our region enjoys togetherness as a family of the SACBC. It is in the interest of unity that our Bishops encourage us to attending as a group.

The event has its heart three main moments:

1. THREE-DAY CONGRESS: 22 – 24 AUGUST 2018

A joyful and reflective programme of presentations, break-up groups, talks and discussions and daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

There will be an opportunity for engaging in an exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children.

2. FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES: 25 AUGUST 2018

A special concert style event, within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which stories of

faith will be shared by families representing the continents of the world.

The Pope has over the years participated in this festival.

3. SOLEMN EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION: 26 AUGUST 2018

Thousands will be gathered from Ireland and around the world, to celebrate the event.

The Pope has always presided over the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families’.

Let us pray for the Holy Father and hope that he will be there.

Catechetical Preparatory Reflections available on line will help get participants

involved MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY and SPIRITUALLY.

Included amongst the activities will be:

Exhibitions; cultural events and musical performances; gestures of solidarity and much more ….

Congress details are available on the website; however, we are encouraged to do so through the SACBC co-ordinators. Please visit the event website at www.worldmeeting2018.ie

You can sign up for online newsletters: www.worldmeeting2018.ie/contact

The facebook account: www.facebook.com/wmof2018

The twitter account: www.twitter.com/wmof2018

+Bishop Zolile Mpambani

 

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