Since the Popes invitation to families to meet in Rio de Janeiro on October 1-5, 1997 for the Second World Meeting of the Holy Father With Families, preparation began around the world throughout dioceses to prepare families spiritually for this celebration. The Pontifical Council For The Family established pastoral aids to assist families with this preparation. Each Bishop was given the material to make most suitable according to cultures and customs. In some areas the diocese implemented this program on Mother's and Father's day, Advent, Lent and Easter.
All families are invited to take part in this celebration, including those who will not be able to go to Rio de Janeiro. The families who will go to Brazil will represent their whole local Christian community which will join them spiritually, and through television, radio, or the Internet in the Rio celebrations. Since so many dioceses have established a program for the Jubilee Year 2000, family themes that have been prepared for this occasion can be cross-referenced to prepare for the Great Celebration of Christs birth. These pastoral aids or themes were designed for not only priests, but also religious men and women, and married persons.
Themes for the New Evangelization and the Family in Preparation for the Second World Meeting with the Holy Father
The structure of the themes consist of (1)Opening song/hymn (2) The Lords Prayer (3) Scripture Reading (4) A Reading from the Teaching of the Church (5) The Bishops Reflection (6) Dialogue (7) Commitments (8) Psalmns (9) The Hail Mary with the invocation: Queen of the Family: Pray for us. (10) Prayer for the Family (11) Final song/hymn.
THE TWELVE THEMES
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