Five ways to prepare for the World Meeting of Families
Pope Francis is coming to the United States for the eighth World Meeting of Families, which takes place in Philadelphia on September 22–27, 2015. The World Meeting of Families website is filled with schedules, links, and suggestions for activities to do with your family. Whether you plan to be in Philadelphia or not, here are a few ideas to help your family prepare for the World Meeting of Families.
1. Read the catechesis
To help families prepare and to be catechized, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family published a preparatory catechism for the conference. It is excellent! The catechism is broken down into 10 parts and is a must-read for all families.
2. Holy Family icon
A special icon has been created depicting not only the Holy Family but also Sts. Anne and Joachim, signifying the importance of grandparents to the family. You can order a copy of the icon through the website and even download a free coloring page. Learn more about the icon by watching a short video with artist Neilson Carlin.
3. WMF patron saints
The patron saints for the World Meeting of Families are St. Gianna Molla and Pope St. John Paul II. St. Gianna Molla is the patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children, and Pope St. John Paul II was declared “the pope of the families” at his canonization.
4. Saints for the family
Learn about the saints that are of special importance to the family and start praying to each of them in preparation for the meeting in September. Each saints’ page has a quote, a fun fact, and a prayer.
5. Family prayer
Family prayer is one of the most important ways to prepare for the World Meeting of Families. Join together with families from around the world in praying the World Meeting of Families Prayer every day. Bulk prayer cards are available for purchase or you can download a prayer card for free. It is available in 22 languages!