Catechetical Preparation

preparationWhen we have an important event in our life, for example, a wedding, we always take time to plan it down to the very last detail. Very importantly, we also prepare for the event mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The journey to WMOF2018 has started and, similarly, we are planning all that it will entail and how we will prepare for it spiritually.

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Amoris: Let’s Talk family! Let’s Be Family! programme
Catechesis to Prepare for WMOF2018

“Does the Family continue to be good news for today’s world? I am sure the answer is yes! And this yes is firmly based on God’s plan.” – Pope Francis, March 2017.

What is the Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! Programme?

Pope Francis believes that in a world where humanity is often wounded, mistreated, and dominated by a lack of love, the family is the “yes” of God as Love. In spite of all the pressures and difficulties it faces, Pope Francis believes that the family is still good news for today’s world.

In 2016, he wrote “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), a document about love, marriage and family life, and now he has given Ireland a special responsibility. He has asked Ireland to host the World Meeting of Families in 2018 and to prepare for that event by offering families, parishes and groups a way of thinking about and sharing his message in “The Joy of Love”: that the Gospel of the Family continues to be Joy for the World.

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The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! is a response to Pope Francis’ request. The programme aims to help families and parishes set out on a journey of preparation for the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin from 21st to 26th August 2018, and to continue that journey in the years ahead.

Who is the Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! Programme for?
It’s for you! Everyone is welcome to come along and get involved.

What resources will be included in the Amoris Programme?
The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s be Family! Programme will offer a range of resources. Here is an outline of some of them:

Amoris – Let’s Talk Family
Amoris – Let’s Talk Family is a six-part programme that will be offered to parishes from Autumn 2017, based on Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”. Using engaging short videos, animations and activities to encourage discussion, it will offer families, parishes and wider society an opportunity to think about our vision and hopes for family and marriage, and a chance to rediscover the gift that family is to the world.

The programme will also challenge us to reflect on how we can provide greater support for marriage and family in our local communities. In particular, Pope Francis has asked us to think about support for newly married couples and outreach to families in need.

Amoris – Let’s Be Family
Amoris – Let’s Be Family is a set of practical engaging activities which draw from and build on the parish-based programme and aim to celebrate and support marriage and family life. Some of these activities are for families to carry out in their own homes, and others can be run by parish communities or groups of parishes, from a simple prayer before meals, to a family picnic for all the parish. For each activity, there will be a short guide, explaining the idea and offering instructions on how it might be carried out. A parish or family can pick as many or as few as they like, depending on their own circumstances.

Children and Youth:
Resources will also be available for primary and secondary school children at specific moments throughout out the year, including Catholic Schools Week.

Amoris Online:
The entire Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s be Family! programme will be supported by a dynamic website, video, social media and online presence to encourage interaction with national and international audiences. The online resources will include:

Studio programmes:
A series of half-hour television programmes will be produced and made available online to national and international audiences. Short video inserts will be followed by panel discussions with experts from Ireland and around the world, as well as in-studio audience participation, offering an opportunity for people to engage online with the message and challenge of The Joy of Love. Programmes will also be produced by and for young people.

Digital animations:
A set of short digital animations based on key Amoris themes aimed at a general audience and children and available in different languages.

Live events:
A series of live events hosted around Ireland and live streamed online in the lead up to World Meeting of Families 2018. These will feature national and international speakers from the Catholic world and from civil society and focus on key issues relating to marriage and family life. The events will also be recorded and will be available to online audiences around the world.

Resources will be accessible through a dedicated Amoris website coming soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter here for updates on the roll-out of the Amoris Programme.

We also invite you to join in particular events that will be taking place around Ireland and the world as a means of preparing for WMOF2018. Some will be organised by us, some by the different dioceses, parishes, movements and individuals. Please email us in relation any preparatory event for WMOF2018 that you may be organising so that we can let other people know and join in.