AMORIS Family Programme Training - An Grianan Hotel, Burt

Diocese of Derry
19.10.2017 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


A training session is to be held for the Diocese in an Grianan Hotel, Burt, Co.Donegal on Thursday 19 October 2017. The session will begin at 7.30pm and end at 10pm, and will be conducted by Martin Kennedy, Pastoral Programme Co-ordinator for WMOF2018.

This training session is recommended to anyone interested in helping their parish community to prepare for WMOF2018 and for future ministry to families in their parish.

Please let Fr Pat O Hagan in Moville know by Friday 22 September 2017 if you, or anyone from your parish, will be attending, as it will be important to provide resources for everyone.

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, 21 – 26 August 2018, the pastoral team has put together a set of resources for parishes. They are now available on-line at and Printed copies will be available in mid-September 2017. The resources include the following:

Practical Initiatives for Popular Moments – a menu of 14 activities covering seasonal and family moments across the year, including baptisms, weddings, First Holy Communions, Confirmations, November memorial ceremonies, Christmas, New Year (family resolutions), St. Valentine’s Day gift tokens, St. Patrick’s Day and so on, up to the summer of next year.

The Joy of Love Parish Conversations – a six-session discussion programme exploring key elements of Pope Francis’ document on the family.

Facilitator’s guide – a basic orientation for pastoral leaders and local volunteers on how to work with the above resources.

The training night will introduce these resources to parishes and aims to equip small teams of volunteers to organise some of the activities.

Parishes are invited to send along some volunteers who will take responsibility for WMOF preparations in the parish. The session should equip them to take some practical initiatives according to their own judgment on what is desirable or feasible. Alternatively, people already in leadership roles may attend, with a view to providing training for volunteers back in the parish.

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