World Meeting of Families

  • Irish Flair at St Patrick’s Family Festival

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook   Families, friends and parishioners came together at the St Patrick’s Family Festival, organised by the Diocese of Parramatta’s Life Marriage and Family Office (LMF), from 2-5pm on Saturday 18 March 2017. Most Rev Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta attended and...
  • Families called to share the ‘good news’

    The World Meeting of Families event was conceived by St John Paul II in 1992 to look at strengthening the sacred bonds of the family unit across the globe. The first event took place in Rome in 1994, the International Year of the Family. This year, two families representing...
  • God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US

    Family was at the core of Pope Francis’ trip to the US at the end of September 2015. In his General Audience on 30 September, he identified that his words and actions from the trip could be symbolised by this statement: “God always wants to build bridges; we are...
  • Wasting Time and Learning to Love

    “Waste time with families” was the fatherly advice Pope Francis gave to bishops, and by extension to all priests, on the final day of the World Meeting of Families held recently in Philadelphia. For many years “wasting time with God” has been my own approach to God and time...
  • Aussie pilgrims inspired by World Meeting of Families experience

    Children, parents and bishops returned to Australia feeling inspired and spiritually energised following their experience at the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, United States from 22-27 September 2015. “The kids summarised their experience as “Awesome” and they want to do it all over again,” said Cathy Bourke,...
  • Will Familyfest rival Oktoberfest this October?

    Many people, especially those with a German background, will celebrate Oktoberfest this month in pubs around the globe. In parallel with this celebration, Catholics will be celebrating a “Familyfest” of their own during the month of October. The 8th World Meeting of Families was held in Philadelphia, USA from...