World Meeting of Families 2018

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Prayer Petition Box in the Parishes of the Diocese

  • Calendar for Petition Box going from parish to parish enclosed.
  • Please collect the Box from the last Parish on the Monday of your assigned week.
  • Up to each Parish to share the Box with other churches in the parish during your week.
  • Limited amount of petition papers came with the box - please copy if you need more for your parish
  • Please remove your petitions before you hand the Box on to the next parrish; put them in an envelope, write the name of your Parish on the envelope, and forward it on to the Diocesan Office.
  • All petitions from the Diocese will be forwarded to the WMF Office in Dubin and distributed to comtemplative Orderrs who will remeember the intentions in their prayers.

Petition Box Parish calendar for Raphoe Click here

Holy Family Icon on Tour

In the Diocese of Raphoe from 1st to 11th June:

              1st to 3rd:     Franciscan Friary Rossnowlagh

              4th to 6th:    Capuchin Friary in Ards

              7th to 11th: St Eunan’s Cathedral— for the Feast   of St Colmcille on the 9th June.


Christmas Day

Parishes will have already received copies of the Holy Family Icon from the WMOF office — a large Icon for each of the Churches of the Parish and a small copy for every family for distribution to those attending Christmas Masses. More copies of the Icon can be ordered on line.


Volunteers Needed

5,000 Volunteers needed for the running of the World Meeting of Familes. Over a 1,000 have already enrolled. Parishes are asked to encourage more people to consider volunteering. Parish groups, clubs, friends or family me.mbers may register as a group. Volunteers will have to be Garda Vetted and need two references.

Information and registration on


Icon of The Holy Family of

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

¨Written by Iconographer Mihai Cucu from Romania, assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters, Iona Road, Dublin.

¨The design of the Icon takes the form of a triptych which looks, from the outside, somewhat like a house with front doors.

¨Outside doors: Archangels Michael (left) and Gabriel (right) with “Amoris Laetitia”, ‘The Joy of Love’ - Pope Francis’ exhortation on love in the Family, the source of our reflections during WMF.

¨Inside centre Panel: Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, seated at table sharing a meal (Passover meal). Their faith was celebrated in their home. As in Rublev’s Trinity, the Holy Family have a place at table for us.

¨Inside Left Panel: The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter.  Jesus’ compassion for a family with a sick child.

¨Inside Right Panel: The Wedding Feast of Cana. Mary sees the couples’ need. She trusts that Jesus can do something and tells the servants: “Do whatever he tells you.’

For a detailed Explanation of the Icon and for Relfections on it go to the WMF2018 Website.