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World Meeting of Families


Speeches and homilies from the Papal Visit

Dublin’s “Camino” for the World Meeting of Families
Once again, sincere thanks to all our Ambassadors, pilgrims and visitors from all over the world who took part in the Pilgrim Walk in preparation for the Papal Visit. The highlight for parishioners was the visit of Pope Francis to the Capuchin Day Centre, giving so many a chance to see the Pope in person and to experience the joy of his visit within their parish boundary – and all this taking place on the Feast of St. Michan, 25th August!


A special word of appreciation for those who decorated their homes with bunting and flags for the visit. Many of the streets featured on the international news items are from this parish and indeed some photographs are still available to view online on MSN news feeds. Congratulations and well done everyone on making this another special event in the life of St. Michan’s Parish.

No 10am or 6pm Mass on 25th August in Halston Street.
No 12noon Mass on 26th August
in Halston Street.

Masses in Church Street at 9am and 10am on 26th August

WMOF Encounter takes place on Friday, 24th August. See  for information

Bunting for the Pope’s Visit
We have ordered bunting and small flags from the World Meeting of Families recognised supplier.
            Hand-waver flag costs €5.50
            Bunting costs €6.50

St. Michan’s Parish
Commemorative Candles in honour of the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland - €2 each or three for €5

If you are interested in getting
any of the above, please contact us on 8730675 (afternoons) or email

Tickets for the Papal Mass
Booking online has now Closed for Final Mass in Phoenix Park!
BUT if you need help securing a ticket for the Papal Mass, please contact the Parish Office.
We have a limited number of tickets available...
Please contact us on 8730675 (afternoons) or email

Over 500,000 tickets have been booked for the Final Mass of WMOF2018, which will be celebrated by Pope Francis. All tickets have now been reserved and booking has closed for this event. The Mass will take place at 3pm in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 26 August.

Requests for tickets for WMOF2018 have been overwhelming and we are delighted to announce that each of the events is now fully booked. Within a week of tickets being released to the public, 400,000 tickets for the Closing Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park were booked, all 45,000 tickets for Knock Shrine were booked within the first 4 hours and the Pastoral Congress in the RDS is now also fully booked, with a record-breaking 37,000 registrations.

The WMOF Office is delighted that so much interest has been expressed and, with over 10,000 overseas bookings, they look forward to welcoming many pilgrims and families from all over the world. WMOF2018 is a record-breaking Word Meeting of Families with the highest number of people registered to the Pastoral Congress, the highest number of international pilgrims attending and the highest number of children and young people attending!

With only a few short weeks to go, everyone is looking forward with great anticipation to August and a joyful exploration and celebration of love and family life today.

Papal Mass in Phoenix Park
Tickets for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park were released on Monday last, 25th June. Please contact the Parish Office if you need help requesting your ticket(s) online. Please note the following information regarding travel times and queue times for the day of the Mass:
1. There is a 75-minute walk from the parking area to the entrance.
2. Average queue time to enter the Phoenix Park is 60 minutes
3. 60-minute walk to your corral
4. Popemobile arrives 2:30pm
5. Mass from 3pm to 4:45pm
6. 60-minute walk to exit
7. 60-minute queue to exit
8. 75-minute walk to parking

Seven Church Pilgrimage
Embark on a seven-Church Pilgrimage in Dublin: The WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk! From Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August, pilgrims are invited, in a single day or over a few days during that week, to undertake the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk. It involves visiting seven designated churches, spending time in prayer in each of them for a special intention for families and finishing the visit with the WMOF2018 prayer.

Each pilgrim will be issued with a pilgrim walk passport, which will be stamped at each church, in the ancient tradition of the Camino of St James. A pilgrimage certificate of completion will be stamped when they arrive at the last of the seven churches. The churches can be visited in any order. Families, groups, individuals, adults and children will be participating in the pilgrim walk and there is no charge.

The route for the WMF2018 Pilgrim Walk includes the following churches:

St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street.
The theme is the role of teachers in enriching the children of our families.
St Saviour's, Dominick Street.
The theme is God walks with families when times are tough.
St Michan’s, Halston Street.
The theme is the gift of children to the family.
St Michan’s, Church Street.
The theme is fostering the gift of forgiveness among families.
St Audoen’s Church, High Street.
The theme is the gift of grandparents to the family.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Whitefriars), Aungier Street.
The theme is love at the heart of the family.

Pilgrims are invited to visit St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. The theme is the gift of brothers and sisters within the family. Please note: The Pro-Cathedral will close after 12:45pm Mass on Thursday 23 August until Sunday morning 26 August

Would you like to be an Ambassador during WMOF?
First, many thanks to all those who have volunteered to be ambassadors during the World Meeting of Families Seven Church Pilgrimage from 18th August until 25th August. More ambassadors are needed as the numbers expected for WMOF2018 are higher than anticipated.

What is expected of an ambassador?
* Stamp the Pilgrim Passports of the visitors
* Offer word of welcome to the visitors as they arrive
* All ambassadors are rostered at agreed times between 9:30am and 7pm from 18th to 25th August
* At least two ambassadors on duty at all times, but four ambassadors would work better!

There will be a training session in advance to explain further, and answer your questions

If you would like to volunteer as an ambassador, please contact us on or phone the parish office on 01 8730675 (afternoons).

Many thanks to all our Ambassadors, pilgrims and visitors from all over the world who took part in the Pilgrim Walk last week. It was another very special week for the parish starting with the official launch on 18th August with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson welcoming pilgrims to both churches from both traditions.

Due to traffic restrictions on 25th August, both churches ha
ve periods of limited access for pilgrims, but every effort is being made to keep the churches open from 9.30am and 7pm.

Be part of the distribution of Holy Communion team at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th

As excitement builds around the final Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018 at which Pope Francis will be our principal celebrant, we are seeking the generous help of around 3,000 ministers of Holy Communion to volunteer for that one day to be Christ’s disciples helping to give the Bread of Life to the people at this historic event. This is open to any of those who are already trained and assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion in their own parishes. We are looking for the help of lay people, priests, deacons and religious Ministers of Holy Communion.

Those volunteering need to BE ALREADY TRAINED AND FUNCTIONING MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION in your own parish community. You will need to be STEADY ON YOUR FEET. Although there will be some plastic tracking laid down, much of the distribution will be done in the grassy corrals of the Phoenix Park Papal Mass site. You will need to be GARDA VETTED for this event, even though you have been vetted for this ministry in your own parish. [If you are already Garda vetted for WMF2018, that suffices.]

You will NEED TO BE IN THE PHOENIX PARK BY AROUND 10.30AM on SUNDAY 26th August so as to be walked through how and where you will minister. It may not be possible for you to be assigned to minister in the place where your family or fellow parishioners are situated, but we hope this won’t put you off generously stepping up to help with this important task. And we will do our best to keep parish groups working together.

To Volunteer to be a Minister of Holy Communion at the Papal Mass click
and follow the links onscreen.

Relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux at WMOF2018
The Carmelites have arranged that the relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, and their youngest daughter, Saint Thérèse, will come from Lisieux to Ireland to coincide with the World Meeting of Families 2018. The Relics will be brought throughout the country during August and will be in Dublin on the following dates:
22nd Whitefriar Street All day
23rd Whitefriar Street until 3.30pm
23rd St Teresa’s, Clarendon Street from 4pm until the transfer to Phoenix Park on Saturday 25th
26th The Phoenix Park until transfer to Berkeley Road
27th St Joseph’s, Berkeley Road up to 2.30pm
27th Holy Family, Aughrim Street from 3pm to 9.30am on 28th
28th August Mountjoy Prison/Dóchas Centre
28th August Our Lady’s Manor, Dalkey from 3.00pm to 9am (29th)
29th August Blackrock Hospice
from 10am to 2pm
29th August Carmelite Monastery, Kilmacud
from 3pm to 9am (30th)
30th August Mosney Accommodation Centre
from 11am to 1pm
30th August Carmelite Monastery, Malahide
from 3pm to 10am (31st)
31st August St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan
from 11am to 1pm

Relics visiting parishes and centres outside Dublin until
4th September St. Colmcille’s, Knocklyon
from 4pm to 3pm (5th)
5th September Terenure College
from 4pm to 1:15pm (6th)
6th September St. Teresa’s, Clarendon Street
from 2pm
7th September St. Teresa’s, Clarendon Street
until 1:30pm
8th September Whitefriar Street
from 1:45pm