Year of the Family
On March 19, 2021, the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis launched the “Amoris Laetitia Year of the Family.” This special year dedicated to deepening pastoral outreach to families will conclude with the World Meeting of Families in Rome on June 26, 2022.
The Archdiocese of Washington provides families with spiritual, pastoral and other important resources, including those you’ll find here.
Year of the Family Catechetical Resources
Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family
The text of Pope Francis’s exhortation on the beauty and joy of love in the family is available to read in English, Spanish, French and a variety of other languages.
10 Videos on Amoris Laetitia from Pope Francis
The Holy Father talks about the chapters of his apostolic exhortation alongside families who give witness to the joy of family life in their daily lives. The videos are also available in Spanish and in French. The videos are accompanied by four-part guides for use by families or small groups.
Pope Francis has established a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. The Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life has published the proceedings of the first international conference on the pastoral care of the elderly in a document titled: The Richness of the Many Years of Life.
Prayer for the Tenth World Meeting of Families
Heavenly Father, we come before You to praise You and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony. May they rediscover each day the graces they have received, and as small domestic churches, may they know how to witness to Your presence and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.
We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know. Sustain them and make them aware of the path to holiness upon which You call them, so that they might experience Your infinite mercy and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people. May they encounter You and respond joyfully to the vocation You have in mind for them.
We pray for their parents and grandparents. May they be aware that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them, as well as in the experience of fraternity that the family can give to the world.
Lord, grant that each family might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church as a call to become missionary disciples, in the service of life and peace, in communion with our priests, religious, and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families in Rome. Amen.