1) Ouverture

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Première journée (mardi 21 août 2018)

Cérémonie d’ouverture

Thème – La joie de l’amour dans les familles est aussi la joie de l’Église

Une Cérémonie d’ouverture de la Rencontre Mondiale des Familles 2018 aura lieu simultanément dans tous les 26 diocèses d'Irlande dans la soirée du mardi 21 août (heure à confirmer), mais la cérémonie principale se déroulera à Dublin. 

The Opening Liturgy will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer. Entitled ‘Le chéile le Críost’ (together with Christ), it will gather the Church as the family of families, and set us on the path of celebration for the entire World Meeting of Families that will culminate with the closing Papal Mass on Sunday 26th August. It will take place in every diocese in the country, typically in the Cathedral Church, and we hope adapted forms of the prayer will be celebrated in every parish church, chapel of ease and in family homes.

We will begin remembering that we walk in the footsteps of the saints and those who have handed on the faith to us. We welcome Christ our unfailing light, we sing and pray hymns, psalms and canticles, burn incense and pray for the entire human family before our God and Father. 

This prayer is completely ecumenical in nature and already there has been a suggestion that all Christian Churches might like to join us in ringing out church bells as the Evening Prayer begins all over the island.

Many of our international delegates and speakers will have the opportunity to join local communities across Ireland for this event.

WMOF2018 Opening Events in each Diocese

Check our liturgical resources page for further material which will help you organise the evening prayer in your diocese/parish.

Please note that information is being updated regularly and more details will be uploaded as soon as they are confirmed by each diocese. Thank you. 




Event: Opening Evening Prayer
Location: RDS (Royal Dublin Society)
7:00 – 8:30pm: Evening Prayer 
Details: This is a ticketed event. The Opening Liturgy will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer. 


Details to be updated shortly

Ardagh & Clonmacnois

Details to be updated shortly


Event: Opening festival followed by music and Evening Prayer
Location: Shambles Market
5pm- Festival
7pm – Procession
7:30 – 8:15pm: Evening Prayer 
Details: Free to all, this festival promises to be a joyful, fun celebration of family, of all ages shapes and sizes and includes live music, dance, bouncy castles, face painting and a wide range of other fun activities. At 7pm there'll be a procession from the Shambles Market to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by more music and Evening Prayer from 7:30 - 8:15pm. 
Contact: Mrs. Sharon Dunne -  dunnesharon.pastoralcentre@gmail.com

Cashel & Emly


Event: Liturgy of Evening Prayer
Location: Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Times: 7.30pm
Details: Our final diocesan event in preparation for the WMOF2018 and visit of Pope Francis takes place at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Tuesday, 21st August at 7.30pm. Our Liturgy of Evening Prayer to celebrate the origins of our faith will feature the creation of an earthen map of our diocese with sods of earth from each parish. We will begin with singing of the opening verses of ‘A Joy for all the Earth’.  Then we will invoke our Saints and name the Holy Wells associated with the rich faith heritage of our diocese. Having listening to the Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed we will receive the sods of earth from each parish to form the earthen map of the diocese.  We will bring forward the Diocesan WMOF Candle to be lit from the Paschal Candle and celebrate the Light of Christ among us with a liturgical dance to the music of the hymn ‘Criost Liom’. We will continue with prayers recited by families, singing of the Magnificat, a mime of the Our Father and conclude with singing the final verses of ‘A Joy for all the Earth’. The participants will include Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, S.M.A., Rev Alison Seymour-Whiteley, Fr James Purcell P.P, Thurles, priests and families from around the diocese, John Paul 11 Award students, Lourdes Youth Group and our Diocesan Choir. Our Liturgy on Tuesday 21st August, is our local Cashel & Emly celebration of the WMOF, in conjunction with similar events taking place in each Cathedral / diocese at the same time throughout Ireland.  All are welcome; those who are travelling to the WMOF events in Dublin / Knock and those who cannot travel.  Upon the conclusion of our Liturgy of Evening Prayer we will gather in the Pallottine College for some light refreshments thanks to the generous hospitality of the Pallottine Fathers.
Contact: Pastoral Office - pastoral.office@cashel-emly.ie


Details to be updated shortly


Event: Evening Prayer
Location: Cathedral, Loughrea
6pm: Church bells
7pm: Evening Prayer 
Details: All bells in the diocese will be rung at 6pm. Celebrating Evening Prayer of the Church in the Cathedral, Loughrea at 7pm on Tuesday, 21st August. Every parish will be represented and all organisations, especially local, will be invited to attend. Themes, and symbols, around light, water, earth will be included. It will be focused on the themes of the past, present and future. Symbols will be brought to the altar relevant to all three within the Diocese. We will be planting a tree to mark the occasion.
Contact: Marie Burke - marieburkeclonfert@gmail.com 


Event: Evening Prayer presided by Most Rev. Bishop William Crean 
Location: St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh 
Times: 7.30pm - Evening Prayer and church bells
Details: On Tuesday, 21st August an Evening Prayer ceremony will take place to mark the opening of the World Meeting of Famileis. Each parish in the diocese is asked to ring their church bell at 7.30pm. During the evening prayer, it will feature the Cloyne Diocesan Choir followed with refreshments.
Contact: Breda McDonald / John Fitzgerald - wmof18cloyne@gmail.com

Cork & Ross


Event: Opening Ceremony presided by Most Rev Dr John Buckley and Homilist Mgr Aidan O’Driscoll  V.G.
Location: Cathedral of Ss Mary and Anne, Cork
Times:  7:30pm
Details: This event will take place on Tuesday, 21st August. During the ceremony a candle will be received by a family from each parish to take home to their parish church to be lit for the five days of the WMOF as the prayer is said in the church each day. At the end of the ceremony Bishop Buckley will give the blessing with the relic of the True Cross. The choir will be made up of those from our Diocese who are singing for the Papal Mass.
Contact: Rev Dr Charles N. Kiely - pdo@corkandross.org



Event: A free family fun evening to celebrate the opening of the World Meeting of Families.
Location: Dean McGlinchey Park, Straw, County Derry (beside St. Columba's Church)
6.30 pm: Commences
7.30 pm: Procession and Prayer with ringing of Church Bells to mark the opening of the World Meeting of Families.  
9.30 pm: Fireworks
Details: On Tuesday 21 August 2018, the Diocese of Derry are planning a pleasant community event which will feature music by Bleed'n cowboys and a variety of side shows including a Craft Tent, Magic Show, Puppet Show, Storytelling of bible stories, a Prayer Tent, Promotion of the Care for Our Common Home, Face Painting, Free Digital Family Portrait, Beat the Goalie with Derry All Ireland '93 Football Stars, Games and more. The evening features the Great Religious Articles Giveaway whereby parishioners have kindly provided religious objects, statues, rosaries, medals etc that are no longer required as they have been replaced by newer ones or they have too many. These items will be on display at a stall and for a small anonymous donation will be available for those who would like to take one or more home. There will be free refreshments provided with burgers, chips and ice creams available to purchase. The event will conclude with final prayer and a spectacular fireworks display. All families will be provided with a bottle of Holy Water. Click here to view the flyer. 
Contact: Fr Madden PP VF - ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Down & Connor


Event: On the evening of  Tuesday 21st August, a Family Mass or liturgy of the Word will be celebrated in a designated church within each of our 13 Pastoral Communities across the diocese. 
Contact: Fr Michael McGinnity, Diocesan Delegate. family@downandconnor.org



Event: Mass incorporating the Evening Prayer of the Church
Location: Newry Cathedral
Times: 7pm
Details: Mass will be celebrated by Main Celebrant Bishop Philip Boyce. 
Contact: Fred Hollowood - fhollowood@gmail.com



Event: Evening Prayer
Location: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Temple Street, Sligo City
Times: 7pm
Details: Evening Prayer will take place in the Cathedral followed by the ringing of bells to mark the opening of World Meeting of Families 2018. There will be events taking place in many parishes and bells will be rung at 7pm across the diocese. Details to be confirmed.
Contact: Sheena Darcy - office@elphindiocese.ie



Event: Opening of Wold Meeting of Families 2018
Location: St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy
Times: 7.30pm
Details: An opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 21st August 2018 at 7.30pm in St. Aidans's Cathedral, Enniscorthy. You are asked to be seated at 7.15pm and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All are welcome. 
Contact:  adm@ferns.ie



Event: Opening Ceremony for the World Meeting of Families
Location: Galway Cathedral
Times: 7.30pm
Details: The ceremony will be led by Bishop Brendan Kelly and will include a blessing of families with the relic of Blessed Karl of Austria. Blessed Karl is one of the very few official saints of the Church who was also a husband and father. The ceremony on the 21st August will focus on the importance of family life. Before the ceremony at 7pm there will be a talk on Blessed Karl of Austria by his great grandson, Imre, for those who are interested in learning more about the saint. This talk will be followed by the opening ceremony for the World Meeting of Families at 7:30pm. For more information, please click here. 
Contact: info@galwaydiocese.ie



Event: Opening Mass presided by Bishop Ray Browne
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney
Times: 6.15pm
Details: Ringing of church bells at 6.10pm across the diocese: a reminder that the joy of love in families is also the joy of the Church and an invitation to all people to pray for families. During the Opening Mass, music ministry will be led by the newly formed Diocesan choir which will be joining other choirs at the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park. Céad míle fáilte to this joyful celebration of faith and family life. Contact: aileenmurphy@dioceseofkerry.ie 

Kildare & Leighlin

Event: Opening Ceremony 
Location: Carlow Cathedral
6:00pm: Refreshments in St Leo’s College
6:50pm: Gathering in front lawn of Carlow College 
7pm: Ringing of Cathedral Bells 
7:05 - 7:20pm: Leading of People into Cathedral by Killeshin Pipe Band
7:30p: Opening Ceremony
Details: On Tuesday, 21st August, a Solemn Evening Prayer led by Bishop Denis Nulty with Cardinal Peter Turkson as Homilist, joined by a choir of over 150 members, visiting pilgrims from Russia, Belarus and Poland, and families and people from across the diocese. All are welcome. 
Contact: Julie Kavanagh - julie.kavanagh@kandle.ie

Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Details to be updated shortly



Event: Opening Service of Prayer
Location: St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina, Co Mayo
Times: 8:00pm 
Details: This Opening Service of Prayer will be ecumenical and will involve all parishes in the diocese. Every parish will carry a banner and will be involved in all the Prayers. A reflection will be led by twenty young people on the Road of Life using shoes. Our Petition Box will be carried with a large hand-woven globe, representing our connection to each other across the universe
Contact: Fr. Francis Judge franciej@eircom.net



Event: Prayer Liturgy
Location: Our Lady of the Rosary Church Nenagh
Times: 7pm 
Details: In the Killaloe Diocese, they will be hosting a prayer liturgy on Tuesday, August 21st, at 7pm in Our Lady of the Rosary Church Nenagh for the Eve of the World Meeting of Families 2018. The combined parishes of the Odhran Cluster are planning the event and all are welcome.
Contact: Arnold Rosney - WMOF2018@killaloediocese.ie



Event: Special Celebration of Evening Prayer
Location: St. Ninnidh’s Church, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh (Parish of Knockninny)
Times: 7:30p.m.
Details: Evening Prayer led by the Bishop of Kilmore, Most Reverend Leo O’Reilly, followed by refreshments in the adjacent primary school.  All are welcome especially the families who will be representing their parishes at the Festival of Families with Pope Francis in Croke Park on Saturday 25 August 2018 and the five couples from across the diocese who will represent Kilmore at the special encounter with the Holy Father in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral earlier that afternoon.
Contact: Fr. Ultan McGoohan – pastoralservices@kilmorediocese.ie; Seán Coll – directorkdpc@kilmorediocese.ie; Carina McGinnell - youthministry@kilmorediocese.ie  



Event: Street Party and Celebration Liturgy 
Location: St. John's Square, Limerick
3:30 - 6pm: Street Party 
7pm: Celebration Liturgy 
Details: This event will take place on Tuesday 21st August to welcome Pope Francis and to launch World Meeting of Families. There will be food, facepainting, music and magic followed by a celebration liturgy at St. John's Cathedral. Admission is free and ALL ARE WELCOME! Under 18s must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Click here for more information
Contact: Emer & John Williams -  limerick@worldmeeting2018.ie



Event: Opening Ceremony 
Location: St Mary’s Church, Drogheda celebrates the
7.00pm: Drama performance in Holy Family Church 
7.45pm: Procession to St Mary’s Church
8.30pm: Evening Prayer in St Mary’s Church
9.15pm: Refreshments in St Mary’s Pastoral Centre 
Details: A celebration will take place for the National Opening of the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the visit of Pope Francis. Parishioners are asked to assemble at Holy Family Church at 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st August. Holy Family Youth Group will  perform their drama “A Little bit of Francis” in Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove. At 7.45pm a procession will take place to St Mary’s Church. The music for Evening Prayer will be provided by our own parish  choirs along with choirs from Holy Family & Laytown/Mornington parishes. We welcome parishioners from all our neighbouring parishes to celebrate the opening of the WMOF2018. All are welcome.
Contact: St Mary's - stmarysdrogheda@gmail.com  


Event: Solemn Evening Prayer
Location: St Mary's Cathedral, James's St, Gardens, Kilkenny
7pm: Church bells inviting to Evening Prayer
7:30pm: Evening Prayer 
Details:  This Solemn Evening Prayer would be a Diocesan celebration. At 7pm there'll be Church bells to lead us into the Evening Prayer at 7:30, followed with a cup of tea afterwards. This event is free and open to all.
Contact: Fr. Ray Dempsey - 1dempseyr@gmail.com



Event: Opening Ceremony
Location: St Eunan’S Cathedral, Letterkenny
Times: 7:30pm
Details: Opening Ceremony of WMOF2018 in Raphoe Diocese will be Evening Prayer with Bishop McGuckian SJ in St Eunan’S Cathedral, Letterkenny on 21st August at 7.30pm.  All parishes in the Diocese will be represented by a few families who will carry their Parish Banner in procession.
Contact: Rev Cathal O'Fearrai  - ofearrai@gmail.com



Event: Ecumenical celebration
Location: Cathedral of the Assumption Tuam
Times: 7.30 pm
Details: Archbishop Michael Neary and Dean Alistair Grimason will lead an Ecumenical celebration of evening prayer in the Cathedral of the Assumption Tuam on Tuesday August 21st at 7.30 pm. A similar celebration will be taking place in Cathedrals throughout the island of Ireland to mark the official opening of the 2018 World Meeting of Families. This celebration will begin with the tolling of the Cathedral Bells. The entrance procession will include representatives from the eight Deaneries of the Diocese who will carry their respective banners. Symbols representing our faith journey as a diocese will be carried forward in the presentation ceremony. Archbishop Neary will light the WMOF2018 Candle to mark the Official Opening. The Cathedral Choir and the Tuam Children’s Choir will sing as part of the celebration. Both Choirs will be among the those singing at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th. The Psalms and Canticle will be led by a mother and daughter, by a newly married couple and by a father and son. The Petition Box, which accompanied the Icon of the Holy Family on its journey throughout the diocese, will be carried forward in procession together with all the petitions received. These petitions will be brought to Dublin for the Papal Mass. All are welcome to attend this Evening Prayer. 
Contact: admin@tuamarchdiocese.org

Waterford & Lismore


Event: Solemn Evening Prayer 
Location: The Cathedral of The Most Holy Trinity, Barronstrand Street, Waterford​
7pm: Church Bells will ring to call families to prayer
7:30pm: Evening Prayer 
Details:  This event will take place on Tuesday, 21st August 2018. The Solemn Evening Prayer is a diocesan celebration marking the opening of the World Meeting of Families 2018. It will be an ecumenical event. All parishes throughout the diocese are invited to attend and members of other churches will also be in attendance. There will be refreshments afterwards. This event is open to all – no booking is required.
Contact: Canon Edmund Cullinane - waterfordcathedral@hotmail.com

Credit Photo: John McElroy

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