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February 2017 Newsletter - World Meeting of Families 2018 
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Celebrate the Joy of Love!

We are eighteen months away from celebrating World Meeting of Families 2018, a major worldwide event that gathers families and individuals from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon marriage and family. As preparations are underway, we want to share the most updated information with you. Feel free to invite your friends and family to subscribe to this newsletter and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Put World Meeting of Families 2018 in your diary and start planning to join us in Dublin, Ireland from 22 to 26 August 2018!
CELEBRATE THE JOY OF LOVE THIS ST VALENTINE'S DAY!
In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to St Valentine's Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018, we invite you to mark this St Valentine's Day in a special way.

We have produced six gift tokens that you can give to your loved one this St Valentine’s Day and a flyer with further ideas on how you can mark this special day, including prayers for single people. The gift tokens are a special gift of your time and gestures to celebrate love and to help it grow. They include a commitment to:

– A technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice
– Set aside time for prayer
– Go for a hand-in-hand walk together
– A special dinner cooked by me
– Loads of tender hugs
– A journey down memory lane: take time to remember how we met and have grown together

The tokens are free and are available in Cathedrals across Ireland, Knock Shrine, Veritas Shops, Accord centres and can also be downloaded here!
VOLUNTEER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
Over 900 people have already expressed their interest to volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018! Thank you so much! We are delighted to have had such an initial response as organising and delivering this event will only be possible with the vital assistance of volunteers. Please consider registering your interest if you haven’t done so yet, as we will need over 2,000 volunteers, not only for the event itself but in the office and at various events starting now!
Express your interest to volunteer here. 
If you were a volunteer for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012, please tell us about your experience and why you would encourage others to volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018. Please email us to volunteer@worldmeeting2018.ie
GETTING INVOLVED LOCALLY
The WMOF2018 is a more than a once-off event, but rather a graced opportunity to celebrate and explore further the riches of the Gospel of the Family. Are you planning to prepare for it locally? We are producing resources to assist you in this path. We invite you to put together a team of people in your parish or local community and register your team/individual’s email address here for us to be able to forward you resources in future.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER TRANSLATOR
We are currently working on a new multilingual version of our website which will be launched shortly. As all translations are supplied by volunteers, we are looking for people to assist us in translating into various languages, especially Spanish, French, Italian and Irish. Help with any other language is also welcome. You do not need to be a professional translator to join our volunteer translation team, just have an advanced level of written English and of the language that you would be translating into. If you are interested, please email us at marketing@worldmeeting2018.ie Thank you! 
IRISH BISHOPS' AD LIMINA VISIT
From the 15th to 25th January, the Irish Catholic Bishops undertook their Ad Limina visit to Rome, or “to the threshold of the Apostles”, a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make, normally every five years. As a result, they met with the staff from various departments of the Roman Curia and also met with the Holy Father. Among many topics, they talked with Pope Francis about preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 and the possibility of his visit to Ireland for the occasion. The bishops promised to give him, should he come, ‘céad míle fáilte’ – one hundred thousand welcomes! Access Archbishop Eamon Martin's speaking notes to Pope Francis on our Media Centre. Photo credit: Vatican Radio
ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN SPEAKS ABOUT HIS HOPES FOR WMOF2018
In a video interview, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, revealed that his own biggest hope for the event is that it will be an occasion to renew confidence in the family: “Their life within their own four walls is a really genuine Christian vocation which is vital in today’s society and vital for the building up of Ireland and of our culture.” He also spoke about one of the reasons why Dublin was chosen to host WMOF2018: “Pope Francis told me there’s something about the message of the synod, there’s something about the difficulties Ireland has gone through, that offers him an opportunity to say things that he wants to say about the family, not just to Ireland but to other parts of the world.” View full video here.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. We are very excited with the opportunity of hosting WMOF2018, continuing to raise awareness of the importance of the family for the Church and society; as well as reflecting on its challenges and joys. We look forward to staying in contact with you.
World Meeting of Families 2018 Team

 
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World Meeting of Families 2018
Dublin, Ireland, 22-26 August 2018
“The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”
WMOF2018, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd., Dublin 3, Ireland
Tel.: +353 1 8087500 Email: info@worldmeeting2018.ie
www.worldmeeting2018.ie

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