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World Meeting of Families 2018 – Arklow Parish

Upcoming Events

The WMOF Icon comes to Arklow

Arklow has been chosen as one of the parishes in Ireland to host the The Icon of the Holy Family specially commissioned for WMOF 2018.   The Icon will be in Sts Mary and Peter’s Church from 30th July – 2nd August.

We will be holding many services and events to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

Calendar of Events and Services for the Visitation of the Icon

Monday 30th July - Welcome of WMOF Icon to Arklow Our Christian Family: Ecumenical Service of Prayer and Music 7.30pm in Sts. Mary and Peter’ Church.   All are welcome. Refreshments after in Árus Lorcáin

Tuesday 31st July: Parishes as Family Inviting all our sister parishes from our grouping and parishes where members of the parish team have ministered. Mass 11am. Fr John Hayes will explain the Images in the WMOF Icon. Refreshments in Árus Lorcáin after Mass. NO 10am Mass.

Meditation and Music with Cruinniú, around the Icon.
7pm -8.00pm
A time of reflection on family and family life. Suitable for all ages.    8.00pm-10.00pm Quiet time to drop in light a candle and pray for you family intentions.

Wednesday 1st August

Caring for the Sick and elderly in our Families.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered at 10 a.m.   Mass. Please invite and bring family members or neighbours who are sick, housebound or growing older in age. Refreshments in Arus Lorcain after.

Children’s Icon Workshop 2nd-6th class.

Family Prayer and Picnic for ALL 1pm in the church and after in Presbytery Gardens.

Interactive Family Prayer Stations 1pm – 7pm. Suitable for all ages.

Thursday 2nd August: Handing over of Icon to next parish 10am Mass.

Icon visiting Shelton Abbey Prison 11.00am-12.00 noon.

A Petition Box accompanies the Icon. Our petitions will be carried to the closing Mass with Pope Francis in Phoenix Park.

Family Sandcastle Building Competition:

South Beach, Arklow – Sunday 15th July, 2018 (weather permitting)

Children’s Icon Workshop

Art, games and prayer Wednesday 1st August 11am-1pm in Árus Lorcáin.

Please register in the parish office. Closing date Friday 13th July.

Cost €3  and numbers are limited.

2nd class – 6th class. | Jnr Infant – 1st class children welcome with a parent /guardian.

Parish Art and Poetry Competition – Closing Date 6th June 2018

Children and young people are participating in different art projects and poetry writing through their school on the theme of family. Please chat to them at home about their entry.

WMOF – Art and Poetry competition open to all school going children.
ART – 4th class and post primary: Picture using any medium in an Andy Warhol style . MY FAMILY. What reminds you of your Family. A3 size (Photo)
POETRY -4th class up to 6th year post primary  – MY FAMILY No more than 50 words, written electronically, font size 16, any style, A4.
PROJECT ON POPE FRANCIS 2nd-3rd class Project on Pope Francis or Letter to Pope Francis -”What would you ask Pope Francis?”
Flat Francis Project for JI, SI 1st class or any family in the parish. Take Flat Francis with you on your family adventures, take photos and pray the Popes intentions as a family.
For further information on all competitions please see below:


Presentation of certificates for St Patrick’s Day Parade and Guess the number of Sweets in the Jar.

Sunday 28th April 6.30pm Family Mass

Come along to our FAMILY BINGO in Arus Lorcain

on Sunday 15th April at 3p.m.

This will be a fun afternoon for all the family with lots
of novelty prizes and refreshments.
(no cash prizes – just a bit of fun!)

World Meeting of Families and the
St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Congratulations to all who prepared the float, all the biblical characters,those who dressed them,the parish WMOF volunteers who walked in the parade and  Michael for pulling the float. The day was ARTIC but we had FUN.  Thank you to Hilary and team for the soup and sandwiches in the Arus after, we soon began to defrost!

A special thank you to the guys in Blueprint for the wonderful 3D Bible and all the printing work.

Thanks to Ray Quigley for all the costumes, Michael Kavanagh for the trailer and car and the office staff in the Arus. There was great team work which led to the parish winning best non commercial float.

Click here for the official World Meeting of Families website

Tel : (0402) 317 16 | Email : office@arklowparish.ie
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