Families from all over the world came to Ireland to experience the World Meeting of Families! The Ards & North Down Pastoral Community were involved in 4 of the celebrations. 1)The Opening Night on 21st August, in Holywood Parish; 2) The Congress in the RDS on 23rd August with the children of our schools, teachers, priests, chaplains & catechists; 3) The Festival of Families, Croke Park on 25th August and 4) The Final Mass, Phoenix Park on 26th August. This experience will stay with all those who participated either by attending or watching on the television. A truly remarkable week in the life of Ireland. Below are the links to each stage of the Pope’s visits and his Papal Texts and Homilies. Click to read the texts & view the Videos.