We had a lot of notices on this weeks programme which people may want details of and they are available from the diocesan weekly newsletter available HERE.
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.
World Meetings of Families 2018 (WMoF2018)
Brenda and Shane discuss what WMoF2018 is, where it started and what can be expected over the next 12 months in the build up to the event in August 2018. SS102fm will also be interviewing Bishop Brendan Leahy in the next few weeks to hear how Limerick is also preparing at the diocesan and local level.
But back to WMoF2018 - what is it and when is it on?
Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church. Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for WMOF2018 is The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. The WMOF2018 Logo, launched in December 2016, reflects on this theme and our journey towards August 2018.
The event will consist of a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions for adults; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children. WMOF2018 will include the daily celebration of Mass, a festival of families event, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, gestures of solidarity with those in need, and much more.
You can listen to Brenda's chat with John and Shane excerpted from the main programme HERE.
To find out more about WMoF2018 you should check out their various online accounts via:
At the same time events which are coming up in the next while include:
- National Novena, Knock, Monday 21 August 2017: The launch of a one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place during the National Novena in Knock on Monday 21 August 2017. The programme, entitled Amoris: Let’s talk Family, Let’s be Family!, will be rolled out to parishes and families via an interactive APP and a series of video animations.
- Tour to each diocese of the WMOF 2018 ‘Icon of the Holy Family’: A specially commissioned WMOF 2018 icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed during the one-year launch event at the National Novena in Knock. The icon is being written by the Redemptoristine Contemplative Community in Drumcondra, Dublin, as part of their ongoing prayer for families who will attend WMOF 2018. Following the official unveiling at the National Novena in Knock, it is proposed that the icon travel to each diocese around the country.
- Launch of Volunteer and Host Family Programme: The WMOF2018 volunteer and host family programme has now been launched. The WMOF2018 organising team are inviting thousands of volunteers to participate in this once-in-a-generation event. The volunteers will be part of the operational team which will organise and run what will be the largest gathering of families in the world. Volunteers must be resident in Ireland, over 18 years of age and respectful of the Catholic ethos of the event. Volunteers will assist at the WMOF2018 events as well as at related preparatory events that will take place around the country. In addition to the volunteer recruitment drive, a ‘Host a Pilgrim/Family’ programme has also been launched with the aim of hosting pilgrims in family-homes based in and around Dublin.
- A new website (worldmeeting2018.ie) will go live at the end of June to cater for Irish and international pilgrims who wish to come to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018. The website launch will coincide with the opening of the registration process for pilgrims. This website will be available in the following languages: Irish, English, Polish, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Gospel - John 6:51-58
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."
Reflections on this weeks gospel and feast:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
CNA - Pope on Corpus Christi: In the Eucharist, we remember God's love
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3, 11th week in Ordinary time
Saints of the Week
June 19th - St Romuald
For Limerick, we celebrate the dedication of St John's Cathedral as a solemnity in the parish of St Johns and a feast for the diocese.
June 20th - The Irish Martyrs
June 21st - St Aloysius Gonzaga
June 22nd - St John Fisher and St Thomas Moore
June 23rd - Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (St John's Eve)
June 24th - Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist