Volunteer for One Day

We are no longer taking volunteer applications. We are now in Operational Phase of the project. Volunteers and staff are already working on the various sites of the World Meeting of Families.

  • If you have completed your Volunteer application and have received your Garda clearance, we will be emailing your schedule for work, how to get there and details for picking up your uniform in the next few days. 
  • If you have been asked to attend training please come along for any of the dates offered in your email.
  • For information about transport to Phoenix Park please see our page here
  • For information about transport to Knock please see here
  • For urgent queries please contact WMOF2018 on 01 567 6800 and select the volunteer department. 

One-Day Volunteer Roles at the Papal Mass - Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th

With just six weeks to go to the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin from 21 – 26 August, we are opening up a new opportunity for those who have availability to volunteer for one day for WMOF2018. We are asking for Volunteer Papal Mass Stewards  and Holy Communion Team volunteers for the Closing Mass of WMOF2018 which will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August: 

  1. Papal Mass Steward

  2. Holy Communion team

1) Papal Mass Steward

Who can volunteer for this particular role?
Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer as a Papal Mass Steward.  Young people aged 16-17 years can also volunteer if they do so as part of a group, with one adult leader per group and a ratio of at least one responsible adult to every 10 under-18s within the group.

What role will I have at the Mass? 
As a volunteer steward, you will be helping WMOF2018 to move up to 600,000 people into the park, around the park and then back out of the park after the Mass has ended. Working in two-hour shifts, you will be providing directional support to people from over 110 countries as they come into and depart from the Phoenix Park.

Will I have to have training?
Yes, there will be a training provided over one session with some further follow up venue-specific training closer to the event. 

Will I have a uniform?
Yes, you will be provided with a uniform which will help people identify you as a WMOF2018 volunteer.

Will I have to complete Garda Vetting for this volunteer role? 
Garda Vetting is not required for the role of one-day Volunteer Papal Mass Steward under existing legislation. However, you will be required to provide photo ID and to complete a reference check before being accepted to this volunteer role. On the day, you will be supported by Garda vetted personnel who will be in situ across the Mass venue in the Park. 

Will transport and accommodation be provided for me to get to the Phoenix Park? 
We will not be in a position to provide you with transport or accommodation. We will cater for your needs on the day in terms of food and refreshments. 

How do I apply for this volunteer role?
Click on the volunteer graphic below to apply for this role. If you have any further queries, it may be helpful to click into the following links: Who can become a volunteer, Volunteering as a group, Volunteering training, FAQs.

2) Be part of the distribution of Holy Communion team  at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 14:13-21, we read how Jesus fed the five thousand. Jesus “blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.” It looks likely that we will have as many as five hundred thousand present for the final Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018 at which Pope Francis will be our principal celebrant. 

We are seeking the generous help of around 4,000 ministers of Holy Communion to volunteer for one day to be Christ’s disciples helping to give the Bread of Life to the people at this historic Papal Mass. This is open to any of those who are already trained and assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion in their own parishes. We are looking for the help of lay people, priests, deacons and religious Ministers of Holy Communion. 

Those volunteering need to be already trained and functioning ministers of Holy Communion in your own parish community. You will need to be steady on your feet. Although there will be some plastic tracking laid down, much of the distribution will be done in the grassy corrals of the Phoenix Park Papal Mass site. You will need to be garda vetted for this event, even though you have been vetted for this ministry in your own parish. [If you are already Garda vetted for WMOF2018, that suffices.] 

You will need to be in the Phoenix Park by 10:30AM on SUNDAY 26th August so as to be walked through how and where you will minister. It may not be possible for you to be assigned to minister in the place where your family or fellow parishioners are situated, but we hope this won’t put you off generously stepping up to help with this important task. And we will do our best to keep parish groups working together.

For many months we have been making preparations. We have 4,500 ciboria newly made (patens for the communion hosts) and well over half a million hosts available to us, thanks to the generosity of the Redemptoristine Sisters of St Alphonsus’ Monastery, Dublin 9 and the Cistercian Sisters from Glencairn, Co Waterford. 

The first main block of the faithful (around 78,000 people) will receive the blessed Eucharist directly from the sanctuary area. For the remainder of the people, who will be in corrals of around 1,400 people, we will have 16 ‘subchapels’ positioned beside large video screens from which we will co-ordinate distribution to every other sector. We will assign a team of 9 people to each corral. 8 people will distribute Holy Communion, in twos, in each of the four corners of the corral, with each Communion point being marked by a white umbrella. Those who are unable to receive an ordinary Communion host can be reassured that one minister will be assigned to the centre of each corral to distribute only Low Gluten hosts. That point will be indicated by a red umbrella. 

In that Gospel of Matthew we hear also how Jesus’ disciples carefully “took up what was left over of the broken pieces”.  It is our hope that we will be able to distribute whatever Holy Communion is left over from the Papal Mass to hospitals and nursing homes all over the island, so that those who weren’t able to be present and who followed the Mass on television can receive from this tremendous Godly event. 

How do I volunteer for this role?
​Click on the volunteer graphic below to apply for this role. If you have any further queries, it may be helpful to click into the following links: Who can become a volunteer, Volunteering as a group, Volunteer Application and Garda VettingVolunteering training, FAQs.

Email: communionteam@worldmeeting2018.ie

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