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World Meeting of Families Ministry Resources

“The theme of the meeting will be Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness. …whenever it is possible, I would like to invite diocesan communities to plan initiatives based on the theme of the meeting, and to use the symbols being prepared by the Diocese of Rome.”
—Pope Francis in the Pope’s Video Message for X World Meeting of Families

“I eagerly look forward to joining together with the universal Church to celebrate the 10th World Meeting of Families. May the Holy Spirit bestow on all who attend abundant graces to continue the missionary transformation of the Archdiocese of Detroit by renewing in all families the apostolic boldness to witness a joyful family life rooted in the Gospel.”
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

World Meeting Of Families 2022

The next World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome, June 22-26, 2022. However, the event in Rome will not take place in the usual format; rather, it will be held for invited guests only – primarily, representatives of episcopal conferences and ecclesial movements. In place of the worldwide public gathering, the Vatican strongly encourages all dioceses, with their local bishops, to celebrate the World Meeting by engaging families in customized, local experiences of formation, prayer, and fellowship.

In anticipation of the World Meeting of Families, representatives from the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, or NACFLM, in Region VI created a toolkit to help parishes engage and celebrate the worldwide event. The Archdiocese of Detroit utilized the toolkit to develop the following plan:

Tier 1 - Lenten Family Prayer Challenge

The archdiocese has adapted the Family Prayer Challenge presented in the toolkit for families. After a family signs up, they will receive the content for the challenge. In addition, the Archdiocese will send encouragements and supplemental content to participants throughout Lent. Parish leaders are encouraged to advertise the challenge through all parish communication channels: bulletin, announcement, social media, website, etc. Below you will find links for sign-up, promotion, as well as options to support families throughout the challenge.

Tier 2 - Family Small Groups During the Easter Season

As part of our diocesan celebration of the World Meeting of Families, parishes are encouraged to help families connect in Family Small Groups for the Easter season. This simple 7-week commitment is a chance for families to grow in community while reflecting on the catechetical material for the World Meeting of Families.

Listed below are resources and support materials to help parishes advertise and form these groups:

Tier 3: Parish Celebrations in June

Parishes can gather families to celebrate the World Meeting of Families in whatever way they wish (i.e., picnic, dinner, public prayer, etc.). Below are tips and ideas for these celebrations:

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