The Parish Pastoral Council and Fr Joseph Gunn have formed a team of parishioners to update and bring forward different initiatives being offered during the lead up to the WMOF. We will be bringing these programmes over the coming months to the attention of the parishioners and families within the Parish of Bangor. Updated information in the Bulletin weekly.
World Meeting of Families – Final Mass, Sunday 26th August – REGISTER NOW! www.worldmeeting2018.ie
WMOF – Introduction & Programme [click on the link for full programme details]
The Pastoral Community (Ards & North Down), has provisionally booked five coaches to transport parishioners who have already registered for the Final Mass being celebrated by Pope Francis in Phoenix Park, Dublin. In order that we have some idea of numbers we would like families and/or individual parishioners to give their names in to the parish office by 8th June 2018.
- For those who have not yet booked to guarantee a ticket to the Final Mass you must first register for the Congress at a cost of Euro €38. If you would like some help with this process, please contact the parish office and we will help you with this.
- There will be a cost for transport which the parish will help to subside.
Please note: After the Coach Drop-off Point there will be a 2-3km walk to get to the area where the Mass will take place. There will be no sitting at this Mass event but a folding chair can be brought for comfort. Those who need assistance will be offered a shuttle bus to bring them from the Coach to the area where the Mass will be celebrated.
BANGOR PARISH FAMILY OF SCHOOLS
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The FOUR Bangor Schools are: St Columbanus’ College,
St Comgall’s PS, St Malachy’s PS and St Anne’s PS.
Children from the four schools have been writing family prayers for each of the Prayer Boxes which are in the schools. These prayers will be presented to Fr Gunn at the End of Year Schools Mass in June. After this Mass, they will be taken to the Adoration Sisters in Belfast, who will pray in intercession for all the intentions of these prayers over the summer months, in their private oratory, in front of the presence of Jesus in the Monstrance, in Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
Then at the World Meeting of Families Final Mass, they will be presented to Pope Francis as an offering of prayer for the whole of Bangor Parish.
Booking a one day, three day or five day registration to the Pastoral Congress, guarantees the opportunity to book a free ticket to the Festival of Families event and the Final Mass, subject to availability. Further information about booking tickets will be made available after Easter.
- WMOF -Ticket prices (Click this link for more information)
- A National Opening on Tuesday 21 August which will take place simultaneously in each of the dioceses of Ireland;
- A three day congress from 22-24 August in the RDS, Dublin;
- A Festival of Families on Saturday 25 August, (Croke Park) comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents;
- A Closing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26 August with thousands of people from Ireland and across the world. (Phoenix Park)
Consider becoming a volunteer – Get involved be part of the experience!!
Why not consider volunteering for WMOF2018, either as an individual or as part of a group? No previous volunteering experience is necessary and we have roles for everyone, from logistics to liturgical, from translations to transport, among others. We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of WMOF2018 – and we need thousands of you!
Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know that your abilities and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event.
Apply to volunteer at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/Volunteer
The WMOF Icon has been written for the coming World Meeting of Families on 21-26
August 2018, in Dublin. It is said that icons are ‘written’ rather than ‘painted’ as they present to us a visual narrative they are not like a portrait they are an image which invites us to prayer. This Icon is depicting the Holy Family at the center with two gospel stories at either side – The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter and the Wedding Feast of Cana.
Click on the above link to get the full explanation of the Icon.
More information will be updated in the coming months.