World Meeting of Families Reflections

Parish Assembly Feedback, November 2018

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This report outlines the response from St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud to the request by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin that we reflect on the future of our parishes, following the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

During our parish assembly in November 2018, we considered the pastoral future of our parish community. This report summarises the views expressed by parishioners during this period of reflection in our parish.

We thank all those who participated – their desire to build on the strong foundations laid in our parish and for our church community to grow and strengthen in the years ahead was very evident and is a great encouragement.

Click to read the report…

How can we renew faith in Jesus Christ & pass on the faith to our young people?

Following the recent visit of Pope Francis, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked all parishes to reflect on how we can renew faith in Jesus Christ in our parish and help pass that faith on to our young people. We want to hear the views of everyone – young and old. Each week we will share a question with you to help stimulate thoughts and discussion. Please take time to consider your response and share it with us.

Question 1: How can we be a more welcoming and inclusive place for all members of our parish community?

Question 2: How can we be a more living parish that is attractive for our young people?

Question 3: What can we do to support parents sharing the faith with the next generation? What opportunities can we give our community to worship together and help foster our prayer life?

Question 4: Young people have many talents to share and much to give to our community. What activities would attract you to become more involved in our parish? 

Question  5: What role can lay people play in providing leadership in our parish and supporting our priests in their mission?

We will hold a parish meeting in November to discuss the responses and formulate our collective response.

Responses can be placed in suggestion boxes around the church or are welcome via public or private message to the Parish Facebook @kilmacudparish or to

Pope Francis in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families

Dublin Castle – Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and Diplomatic Corps

Pope Francis at Dublin Castle WMOF Ireland 2018“Taoiseach, Members of Government and of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the beginning of my visit to Ireland, I am grateful for the invitation to address this distinguished assembly representing the civil, cultural and religious life of the country, together with the members of the diplomatic corps and guests. I appreciate the friendly welcome I have received from the President of Ireland, which reflects the tradition of cordial hospitality for which the Irish are known throughout the world.”  Read more…

Visit to the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin, August 25th 2018

Pope Francis Capuchin day-centre WMOF 2018 Dublin“Dear brother, dear bishop, dear Capuchin brothers, and all of you, my brothers and sisters!
You [the Capuchin Brother who welcomed the Holy Father] said that the Capuchins are known as the Brothers of the People, close to the people, and this is true.
If at times, some Capuchin community goes distant from the people of God, it falls. You are especially attuned with people of God, and indeed, with the poor. ” Read more…

Festival of Families, Croke Park, August 25th 2018

Pope-Francis Croke Park WMOF 2018 in Ireland“Dia dhaoibh! Dear Brothers and Sisters, good evening!
I am grateful to all of you for your warm welcome. It is good to be here! It is good to celebrate, for celebration makes us more human and more Christian. It also helps us to share the joy of knowing that Jesus loves us, he accompanies us on our journey of life, and each day he draws us closer to himself.” Read more…

WMOF 2018 Final Mass, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park WMOF 2018 DublinPenitential Act of the Holy Father
“Yesterday I met with eight persons who are survivors of the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience and sexual abuse. In reflecting on what they told me, I wish to implore the Lord’s mercy for these crimes and to ask forgiveness for them.”  Read more…

All of Pope Francis speeches from his recent Irish visit are available on the Dublin Diocese website.

Find all of Pope Francis speeches on the Vatican website.