21 Jul 2018

22 July 2018 - Amoris : Lets Talk Family - Parish Conversations 2

On this weeks programme we continue to introduce the Amoris programme which is the preparatory programme which has been running in parishes across the diocese and country as preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018. 

In addition we have our regular run through the saints of the week plus our reflection on the Sunday gospel.


You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.


Amoris - Let's talk Family! Let's be family - Parish Conversations 2



Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is a post-Synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on love in the family. It was signed on 19 March 2016 on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. It frequently cites their final Reports, documents and teachings of his predecessors, and his own numerous catecheses on the family, as well as contributions of various Episcopal Conferences around the world.


Amoris Laetitia is the document under penning the preparations for WMOF2018 and in parishes across the diocese and country since last year groups have been gathering to read and explore this document from Pope Francis.

In each session of this six–session parish conversation, the participants are be invited to take part in a process which is designed to be interactive and participative. They are helped to reflect on and articulate their experience of family life and their response to Pope Francis’ reflections in The Joy of Love. The programme takes, as its starting point, people’s experience of love and their hopes and fears with regard to marriage and family.




The programme’s first and second sessions deal with the reality of family life in the world today. It explores how Pope Francis recognises the widespread desire for permanence in love and his challenge to us as Church to communicate more effectively the Good News of the Gospel of the Family, which is supportive of that desire. It looks at the challenges posed by consumer culture to stability in family life, and the foundational role of God’s love in our teaching on the permanence of married love and its openness to new life.

The Amoris website has resources to explore in depth including pdf's of the Parish Conversation programmes, short videos to view and download as well as ideas for supporting family life and faith.

  • You can find about about the Amoris programme HERE
  • The six week programme is HERE
  • Amoris Laetitia can be explored HERE by clicking the tiles to access the full text of each chapter of Amoris Laetitia. A short video guide for each chapter also included
  • WMoF2018 channel on iCatholic has many short video resources also with the Amoris Parish programme HERE.
  • In addition there is a new tv series called ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’  which explores the apostolic exhortation.
Gospel - Mark 6:30-34


The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:


Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4

Saints of the Week
July 24th - St Declan also St Charbel Makhluf
July 25th - St James the Great
July 26th - Ss Joachim and Anne

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