World Meeting of Families Publishes Catechesis

The World Meeting of Families, in anticipation of the event to be held September 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia, has published “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”  This 127-page book serves as a preparatory catechesis for the meeting. It was prepared by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family, and offers a narrative that “explains how all of Catholic teaching about sex, marriage and the family flows from our basic beliefs about Jesus.”  This catechesis explores the meaning of the statement by the Second Vatican Council that the family is “a domestic church.”  The publication includes 10 chapters of about 10 pages each and closes with a special prayer written specifically for the World Meeting of Families 2015.  It is available from the publisher, Our Sunday Visitor, for under $10, exclusive of shipping costs.

The Diocese of Shreveport is in contact with a reputable pilgrimage company to obtain a proposal for interested persons from our area to attend the World Meeting of Families.  Information is in the preliminary stage; however, it is hoped that a pilgrimage package for the six days and five nights of the meeting will be priced under $2,000 per person.

The Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours, Inc. company is basing their pricing information on a group of about 25 people.  It does include roundtrip airfare from Shreveport Regional Airport including airport taxes and fuel charges.  It does not include baggage fees. Of course, airfares are subject to change. The hotel stay is for five nights at the Wingate Hotel in Vineland, NJ, across the river from Philadelphia. Package will include daily breakfast at the hotel, two dinners at restaurants in the greater Philadelphia area, luxury motor coach transportation for the six days, sight-seeing opportunities in historic Philadelphia, as well as visits to the Shrines of St. John Neumann and St. Katherine Drexel and other places of interest. Registration information has not been posted at this point, therefore the package DOES NOT include Families Conference Registration Fees.

If you are interested in making the pilgrimage, please contact the Family Life representative in your parish or your parish secretary for more information.  They will in turn give your name to the Diocesan Family Life Committee.
This conference is a wonderful opportunity for you to become involved in Family Life Ministry in your parish.  It is also hoped that Pope Francis will be traveling to Philadelphia and have Mass on September 27, 2015.  Look for more information as it becomes available in the Catholic Connection and on the diocesan website (

by Christine Rivers and Randy Tiller

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