Parish Development & Renewal Gathering 2017
Diocese of Elphin
Parish Development & Renewal Gathering
St. Joseph’s Hall &
Abbey Community College,
9.30 .m. – 4.00p.m.
Saturday October 7th 2017.
Pope Francis has chosen Dublin to host the next World Meeting of Families (WMOF2018) in August 2018. Held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of the Church and society.
Here in the Elphin Diocese we will take the opportunity over the next twelve months to celebrate and reflect on family life in a number of different ways.
This Gathering, as well as bringing people together from all around the diocese, has three core objectives:
(i) to present participants with an excellent opportunity to engage with the vision for love, marriage and family expressed by Pope Francis and to consider with others the hope and challenges it presents to us.
(ii) to communicate some developments / impending developments in parishes of our diocese in support of married couples and families.
(iii) to launch the Amoris Programme in our diocese, i.e. a programme of parish-based activities and learning developed in preparation for WMOF2018.
Now that you have read this introduction I strongly encourage you to join us, especially if you are a parent or grandparent, a person committed to family, or interested in the future of your parish community.
A warm welcome awaits everyone.
+ Kevin Doran
Bishop of Elphin
Outline of Day
09.30: Registration / Tea & Coffee in St. Joseph’s Hall
09.45: Word of Welcome & Morning Prayer led by Bishop Kevin
10.00: Let’s talk family, let’s be family!
– Martin Kennedy
12.00: An introduction to The Amoris programme
Sheena Darcy, Diocesan Delegate, WMOF2018
& Colette Furlong, Catechist, Sligo Cluster of Parishes.
12.30: Bishop Kevin’s address
12.50: Lunch (Soup & sandwiches)
01.50: Afternoon Workshops
03.00: Tea / Coffee
03.10: Final Reflections led by Martin Kennedy
03.40: Word of Appreciation & Closing Prayer Service
Our Guest Presenter & Facilitator
Martin Kennedy is Pastoral Programme Coordinator for WMOF2018. He is also well known in Church and Community circles as a freelance trainer and facilitator and has contributed many fine articles to Church publications such as Intercom and The Furrow.
Martin is tasked with engaging participants with the vision for love, marriage and family expressed by Pope Francis in The Joy of Love. Given his vast experience as an adult education teacher, facilitator and communicator this is likely to be a very personally engaging, informative, affirming and encouraging experience.
WMOF2018 ICON OF THE HOLY FAMILY
This will be present for veneration in St. Joseph’s Hall for the duration of the Gathering.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (1.20 – 2.40 pm)
Each participant will be invited to choose one of the following workshops
* Engaging families back in the parish – exploring WMOF2018 rationale (Martin Kennedy)
* Reaching out to families through our parish’s social media outlets – lessons from Athlone (Fr. John Deignan & members of Athlone PPC)
* Supporting parents hand on the faith – our pilot initiative in the greater Castlerea area (Fidelma Croghan & Fr. Joe Poole CSSp)
* Supporting parents being family in these challenging times (Tess & Michéal MacGiollaRí & friends)
* What’s all this about Retrouvaille? Offering a lifeline to marriages when they need it. (Torbjorn & Sallyann Huss)
COST TO PARTICIPANTS
Owing to generous financial support from the Diocese of Elphin, the goodwill of Conference Volunteers and Workshop Providers many costs and anticipated needs have been met.
The organisers, nonetheless, would appreciate a contribution of €8.00 from each participant toward the cost of lunch (soup and sandwiches) and tea-breaks.
Contributions will be taken up during registration.
On the day but please advise the organisers that you are coming by ringing, texting or emailing Justin @ 087 6171526 / firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday October 5th.
Further Enquiries regarding Gathering to:
Diocese of Elphin
Pastoral & Faith Development Services
Mobile: 087 6171526
Further Information regarding WMOF2018 in our diocese:
WMOF2018 Diocesan Delegate
Participants who are not free to participate in the whole day are welcome to participate in either the morning or afternoon sessions.