Notices

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES | 22 - 26 JUNE 2022

The World Meeting of Families began in Rome last Wednesday, with the intention to highlight family love as a vocation and as a way of holiness. Tony from Majellan Media writes, “Contrary to popular belief, marriages are not made in heaven. They are built by human beings, little by little, day by day. God brings two people together with love, but love alone doesn’t hold a marriage together. A couple needs to grow together to have a strong and fulfilling relationship. Marriage is a vocation, a sacrament, and a blessing from God. Marriage is something that you commit yourself to for life. In the eyes of the Church, marriage is about your spouse and your family. With this responsibility comes great joys but also many challenges.” Remind us Lord of how blessed we are to be a part of a Loving Family. Thank you for letting us have these precious people in our lives. Bless and help those who don’t have a family to love and care for them. Amen.

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Every three years since 1994, the Church has celebrated the World Meeting of Families in a different city of the world. In 2022 the event will be hosted by the Diocese of Rome with Pope Francis leading special celebrations. However, the Holy Father has also asked that the World Meeting of Families be celebrated concurrently in every diocese of the world in 2022. The idea is for families to gather locally around their bishop to explore and celebrate the theme of “Family love: A vocation and a path to holiness.” You can discover local Australian events or explore the resources with your own family by visiting: www.family.catholic.org.au

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The World Meeting of Families will be hosted by the Diocese of Rome this year, with Pope Francis leading special celebrations which will be televised. The theme is “Family Love: A vocation and a path to holiness.” Find out more at: www.family.catholic.org.au. (Under “Initiatives-Australian videos-Adults” you will find a presentation involving our own Fr Pat Rooney entitled “Couples, Families and Priests: Journeying Together”. (I particularly liked Fr Pat’s closing sentence.)