Coming to Ireland in 2018!

Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the 9th World Meeting of Families during 2018. The dates and theme of the Meeting will be announced by Pope Francis himself.


The 9th World Meeting of Families is expected to attract thousands of Catholic families from around the globe to Ireland in 2018. It is hoped that this very special pastoral initiative will present all of us in the Church with the opportunity, and the challenge, to renew, support and strengthen Irish families in their commitment to their faith.


Hosting a global event of this size requires a huge amount of planning and financial outlay on behalf of the host country. Accordingly, our bishops have now established a National Finance Committee to provide advice on the financial planning for the world Meeting of Families in Ireland. To support the hosting of the event we intend to hold three national church collections, the first of which will take place on the weekend of 28-29 May. The remaining collections will take place in 2017 and 2018. Please visit for more details.


The World Meeting of Families was a pastoral initiative of St John Paul II.  Held every three years, and coordinated by the Pontifical Council for the Family, it is the largest universal gathering of Catholic families and brings together families from all over the world in faith and celebration.


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Prayer of Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.


Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words

that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.


You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved,

and forgiven by God.


Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may

bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.  


We ask this of you, Lord Jesus,

through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.




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A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin


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Sunday, 25 October 2015


Some of the most moving contributions at the Synod on the Family have been about the plight of migrant and refugee families in many parts of the world. I found myself deeply moved on several occasions as we listened to accounts of families separated, grieving and oppressed because of war and persecution in their homelands. An African bishop told us that massive numbers of refugees have poured into Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi. Some of the poorest countries in the world such as Malawi have been inundated with people fleeing war and destruction.  Malawi has been dealing with over 400,000 refugees. So far, we have been asked to take only a small fraction of that number into Ireland as a whole.


Like the blind beggar Bartimaeus in today's Gospel, sitting on the side of the road, members of these unfortunate families cry out to us: 'Have pity on me'. The Church has been playing its part in responding. Great work has already been done by a host of individuals, groups and parishes across the diocese such as Trócaire and St Vincent de Paul, Parish Pastoral Councils, schools and other agencies.  I thank all of you for your generosity and solidarity with the plight of these tragic people.  Many of you have contributed financially to support the work of charities dedicated to relieve the sufferings of the refugees and you can continue to do so by donating to their work at


Although the resettlement of refugees is a complex issue, the governments in both parts of Ireland must do more to protect the human rights of refugees. We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people. We have not always handled refugees with the respect that they deserve and lessons need to be learned from the mistakes we have made in the past. There is a pressing need for prompt strategic action that weds together a cohesive plan for welcome, integration and provision of sustainable resources for the refugees. I ask you to stress this to all political figures local, national and international.

What next?

In today's First reading the prophet Jeremiah speaks about the way that God comforts his people by reaching out to them in their need:

'See, I will gather them from the far ends of earth...

They had left in tears,

I will comfort them as I lead them back;

I will guide them to streams of water,

by a smooth path where they will not stumble.

For I am a father to Israel...'


As we look to the future and make initial preparations for the arrival of the first cohort of refugees into our diocese, I encourage Parish Pastoral Councils to continue to liaise with other agencies and to coordinate our resources and our response.  Many of you are looking at this issue as a response to the call of Pope Francis to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged and of course it is a key objective of our diocesan plan.  We can garner the rich array of talents and gifts that are readily present in our communities and use them to meet the human, practical and spiritual needs of the brothers and sisters who will come to us.


Finally, as Christians, I ask that we commit ourselves to pray for those who have been caught up in all these terrible conflicts and I ask you to pray with me the prayer for refugee and migrant families everywhere.

+ Eamon


A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,

Whose Son became a refugee

And had no place to call his own;

Look with mercy on those who today

Are fleeing from danger,

Homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;

Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;

And guide the nations of Europe towards that day

When all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.






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