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June 2018 Newsletter - World Meeting of Families 2018 
 
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Tickets available to book for Phoenix Park and Knock Shrine on 25 June!

Please note: If you have already booked your ticket(s) to attend the Phoenix Park Final Mass through the Pastoral Congress Registration you do not need to take any action - your ticket(s) are already secured. Details of your tickets will be sent to you via email before July 31st.
 
We are delighted to announce that, on Monday 25 June, tickets for the Closing Mass of WMOF2018 and the Papal visit to Knock Shrine will be available for booking on the WMOF2018 website. Tickets are free but you will need a ticket to gain entry. Every adult and every child attending will need a ticket. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. All tickets will be for standing sections. Tickets for Phoenix Park will be sent by email in a "print at home" format by 31 July. Tickets for Knock will be posted before the 10th August.

Due to distance and the timing of the two events on Sunday 26 August, it will not be possible for pilgrims to attend both. There will be a capacity of 45,000 for Knock Shrine and 500,000 tickets will be available for the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Sunday 26 August is the final day of WMOF2018, bringing to a close the 9th World Meeting of Families and largest to date. This historic event is open to all and it is expected that many families, parish and diocesan groups will attend and offer support to members of their group with accessibility requirements. An application process is in place for those with accessibility requirements. Please see FAQs for more information.
 
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Phoenix Park

The Closing Mass of WMOF2018 will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, one of the largest public city parks in Europe. The Mass will take place at 3:00 pm at the Papal Cross, right at the heart of the Park. A colour-coding ticket system will be in place given the scale of the event, and each ticket will give access both in and out of the Park via a single route and gate. Due to the size and scale of this event, tickets for Phoenix Park will be issued to pilgrims by email as a ‘print at home’ ticket. These will be sent by 31 July.

For all the information you need about the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park, including details on planning transport, preparing for a long journey and frequently asked questions, please click here.

Tickets are available through our Online Booking System on 25 June.
 
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Knock Shrine

Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on the morning of Sunday 26 August to pray for families and WMOF2018. He will arrive at Knock Shrine at 9.45am where he will visit the Apparition Chapel and then give the Angelus address on the square in front of the Shrine. He will depart the Shrine at 10.45am. Tickets for the Knock Shrine event will be printed and posted by 10 August to all those who have successfully booked via the website. 

For all the information you need about the event in Knock, including details on planning transport, preparing for a long journey and frequently asked questions, please click here.

Tickets for Knock will only be available through our Online Booking System on 25 June.
 
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Tickets for the Festival of Families in Croke Park
 
Please note: If you have already booked your ticket(s) to attend the Festival of Families through the Pastoral Congress Registration you do not need to take any action - your ticket(s) are already secured. Details of your tickets will be sent to you by email by July 31st.

Through each Diocese in Ireland: A limited allocation of tickets to the Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August 2018 will be made available through each diocese in Ireland for a family group from each parish to be able to be present at the event. This will be managed at a diocesan level directly.
View contact details for WMOF2018 Diocesan Delegates here.
 
Through organisations working with marginalised families
Following Pope Francis’ encouragement to reach out to those who may be suffering in our society, a number of tickets will be allocated to organisations that work to support families experiencing challenges such as homelessness, addictions, displacement (refugees), among others. 

Learn more about the Festival of Families here.
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Tickets for the Pastoral Congress at the RDS
 
The full RDS Speaker Programme is now available on our website! Click here to read about our interested and varied speakers each day

The three-day Pastoral Congress will be held from 22-24 August in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin. It will offer a daily programme of workshops, panels and discussions as well as fun and prayerful activities for individuals and families, including a tailored programme for children (4-12 yrs) and young people (13-17 yrs). The highlight of each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist in the Main Arena.

Three-day tickets, which include the possibility of booking free tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass are available. Single-day tickets are still available for Wednesday 22 August and Thursday 23 August; however, single-day tickets for Friday 24 August are no longer available, as this day is booked out.

Click here to book three-day and single-day tickets for the Pastoral Congress.
Click here to learn more about the Pastoral Congress Programme.
WHAT'S NEW ON OUR WEBSITE
Our website is updated every day. We invite you to view the latest updates and check out what sections and information has been added to our site. Click here.
With just a few short months to go to WMOF2018 , how can YOU support this great event?
Much work is being done across Ireland and beyond to ensure that the 9th World Meeting of Families is a joyous, prayerful, energising and fun event. You too can play your part – there are many different ways to get involved: Register to volunteer (only available for Residents in Ireland - closing date 30th June), forward this newsletter to your friends, share our social media platforms - Facebook -Twitter - Instagram -  register for events and spread the word to friends and family! You can also participate in local parish preparatory programmes. We can all contribute in some way by giving a little of our time or our talents towards this international celebration of family and putting World Meeting of Families 2018 on the global map!
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World Meeting of Families 2018 Team
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World Meeting of Families 2018
Dublin, Ireland, 21-26 August 2018
“The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”
WMOF2018, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Rd., Dublin 3, Ireland
Tel.: +353 1 567 6800 Email: info@worldmeeting2018.ie
www.worldmeeting2018.ie

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