Parish News

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Margaret Martin

 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online at 8pm on Sunday for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Margaret Martin.
 
Join us online here:

 

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Gerard McArdle

 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online tonight at 9pm for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Gerard McArdle.
 
Join us online here:


 

 

 


Bishop Michael Router’s Homily at the Closing Ceremony of the Year of Reflection and Prayer

 
This homily provides information on the nature of the Synodal Pathway that we are undertaking at a diocesan, national and international level.
 
We will have a listening process in the diocese over the next two years in preparation for the Diocesan Assembly in 2024, but parallel to that there will be a consultation in the coming months for the Synod in Rome in 2023 and over the next few years for the National Assembly or Assemblies in 2026.
 

 


Closing of Year of Reflection and Prayer

 
As our diocesan year of reflection and prayer draws to a close, you can view the closing liturgy here, from our cathedral in Armagh.
 

 

Pope’s video message for 10th World Meeting of Families – 2022

In his message, Pope Francis outlines some important changes that have been made to the structure of the 10th World Meeting of Families in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The WMOF2022 is being hosted by the Diocese of Rome but the changes being introduced will see a much greater focus on the local Church.

 

 


 

Pope Francis’ message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – July 25th 2021

In a video message, Pope Francis tells the elderly that God is always with them and reassures them that the Lord sends his angels to comfort them in their loneliness.


 

Mass for the Sick – June 21st 2021

Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital this week.

Please share with those who are sick at home, in hospital, or in care, and those who look after them.

 



Pope Francis on the Beauty of Marriage

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage.
 
In the video, Pope Francis speaks about marriage in these times.
 
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.
 
 


Prayer Vigil for Vocations – Friday 25th June 2021 – 7.30pm

Deacons Callum Young and Juan Jesus Borrallo will be ordained as priests on 29th June 2021 at 6pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
 
In preparation for their ordination, there will be a Vocational Prayer Vigil on Friday 25th June 2021 at 7:30pm in St Patrick’s Church, Dundalk. This evening of prayer will also be a vocational meeting in which the two deacons will speak about their own vocation stories.
 
Unfortunately, in line with current restrictions and the recommendations of the Public Health Authority and government guidelines, the number of participants will be limited. Nonetheless, the ceremony will be broadcast live for those who wish to watch it at this address: https://www.churchservices.tv/dundalkstpatrick.
 
Please pray for Callum and Juan Jesus in this important moment of their lives.

 


 

 


Issues with Our Livestream – June 12th 2021

 
We’re having some issues with the livestream on our website. While we get it fixed, you can view our livestream here:

 


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Leslie Bunkham

 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online on Tuesday at 8pm for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Leslie Bunkham.
 
Join us online here:

St Oliver Plunkett Novena 2021

The St. Oliver Festival Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Denis Nulty at the National Shrine of St. Oliver, St. Peter’s Church, Drogheda on Sunday 4th July at 4.00pm and will be accessible on the St. Peter’s Parish website, www.saintpetersdrogheda.ie (St. Peter’s Church webcam) or on ChurchServices.tv.

 


MASS FOR THE SICK

Here’s our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel of Daisy Hill Hospital.
 
Please feel free to share with those who are sick at home, in hospital or in care.
 


 

Novena Prayers to St. Anthony

Joining us in person or online for our annual novena to St. Anthony? You can download the prayers from our website here:

 


 


 


 


 

Is your child (or grandchild) celebrating their First Holy Communion next year? We’ve updated our “Holy Communion” page on our parish website with links to a series of videos produced by the Archdiocese to help children and families prepare well for this wonderful Sacrament.
 
Read more here:

 


 


 

World Day of Sanctification for Priests – June 11th 2021

Why not pray with Archbishop Eamon online at 8.30am on June 11th as we join the world in praying for the sanctification of priests?
 
Join here: http://armaghparish.net/cathedral-webcam/
 

 


 

Sharing the Good News – May 2021

The May 2021 issue features articles on the launch of Accord’s new online counselling service, Archbishop Eamon Martin’s presentation of the Holy Father’s message for World Communications Day, comments by Brian Hanley of the ICPO on the transfer of prisoners into the state, Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s acknowledgement of the role of Catholic Schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, the official prayer and hashtag for the World Meeting of Families 2022, Bishop Noel Treanor’s response to the findings of the Ballymurphy inquest, a final call for submissions to the first phase of the Synodal Pathway and the Digital Hub resource.

You can download the May 2021 issue here:

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS MAY 2021

 

 

 


Rathore School – First Holy Communion – May 22nd 2021

We pray God’s blessing on  the children from Rathore who will celebrate 1st Holy Communion in our parish on Saturday May 22nd. It is a day of great joy as the children receive our Lord Jesus in this very special way.

In the light of the current Covid-19 situation and following a risk assessment, it has been agreed that attendance will be strictly limited to the child, any siblings of the child and their parents only. All other family members, including grandparents, and friends can join in via livestream here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

Please note that, as with all liturgies in places of worship, face coverings must be worn inside the building and when entering and exiting (exemptions do apply: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings#toc-5)

All other current public health precautions also apply – see our latest bulletin for more information: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/bulletin/


 

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

On Sunday May 30th the Diocese will celebrate the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock.  Sadly for the second year running it will not be possible for us all to travel.  However it will be broadcast from the Shrine at 3pm with Bishop Michael Chief-celebrant and Preacher.

Broadcast: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/

By way of preparation for it in this year of St Joseph an introduction by the Archbishop will be broadcast on the Diocesan website (https://www.armagharchdiocese.org/) on the previous Tuesday (May 25th) followed on subsequent days with a reflection on St Joseph and Decade of the Rosary from 5 of the Titular Churches of St Joseph throughout the Diocese.

The program is as follows:

Wednesday 26th May –  The Annunciation – St Joseph’s, Caledon Fr Cathal Deveney

Thursday 27th May –  The Visitation St Joseph’s, Mell – Fr John McAlinden

Friday 28th May –  The Nativity St Joseph’s, Tynan – Fr Sean Moore

Saturday 29th May –  The Presentation St Joseph’s, Dundalk – Fr Noel Kehoe

Sunday 30th May – The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – St Joseph’s Castletown Fr Vinod Kurian

 


Mass for the Sick

Here’s our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in Daisy Hill Hospital.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it.
 

 


UPDATE REGARDING BAPTISMS IN OUR PARISH

 
We’ve updated our guidance around Baptisms – we can now have two children presented for Baptism at each celebration.
 

 



Ordinations to the Diaconate

Two of our seminarians – Colm Hagan from Portadown and Stephen Wilson from Coalisland – will be ordained to the Diaconate in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Ascension Day, 16 May at 3.00pm. Please remember Colm and Stephen in your prayers as they take this important step on their pathway to priesthood.

The Mass can be viewed here:
http://armaghparish.net/cathedral-webcam/

 


 

Prayer Service at Knock Shrine to pray

for an end to the Pandemic on 10 May at 5.00 pm

 
Pope Francis has invited Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. A prayer service including the Rosary will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock on 10 May at 5.00 pm.
 
The event can be viewed live at the following link https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/

 


 

On Sunday 9th May 2021 at 3pm, Archbishop Eamon Martin will accept as Candidates for Holy Orders Davide Mastrolinardi, Davis Haberkorn, Denis Duvnjak, Nathaniel Calleja seminarians of the Archdiocese of Armagh who are receiving their formation at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.
 
 
Davide, Davis, Denis and Nathaniel are completing their first year of the BD at the St. Patrick’s Pontifical University.
 
In the same celebration Carlos Esteban will be instituted as acolyte.
 
You can watch the liturgy live via this link:
 

 


Our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in Daisy Hill Hospital, on April 30th 2021.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.
 

 


Pope urges Catholics to pray in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic

 
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic.
 
The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world.
 
The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press release on Wednesday afternoon.
 
It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).
 
Prayer initiative
“The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read the statement.
 
Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on 1 May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms.
 
Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM Rome time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative.
 
The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.
 
End to the pandemic
This year’s dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer recalls a similar occurrence during the first wave in March 2020.
 
Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that confusing and difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.
 
After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.
 
(Source: Vatican News)

 


 

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR BAPTISMS

IN OUR PARISH

We’ve updated our arrangements for Baptisms in our parish. From May 2nd, grandparents can now attend in person.

Please see the update below and all the information is on the “Baptism” page on our parish website.


 


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Francis McGuirk

 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online on Thursday at 8pm for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Francis McGuirk.
 

 

 


 

Update about Funeral Masses in our Parish

 
The government limit of 25 people attending these has now been removed and parishes have been asked to make their own determination based on risk assessment and appropriate social distancing.
 
As such, a limit of 50 people will now apply to funeral Masses in our parish.
 
Only people from the same household (living under the same roof) may sit together. Face coverings are mandatory when entering, leaving and throughout the funeral service in a place of worship.
 
Priority will be given to family members and families will be asked to provide a list of those attending. This list will be retained for three weeks for contact tracing purposes.
 

 


 

Mass for the Sick

Our latest Mas for the Sick, celebrated in Daisy Hill Hospital, on April 12th 2021.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.
 

 


Holy Hour for Vocations to Priesthood

 
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, 23 April, 8–9pm
 
A Holy Hour for Vocations to Priesthood will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh on Friday 23 April from 8 – 9pm. People are welcome to join in person or you may wish to join in prayer via the Cathedral Webcam: http://armaghparish.net/cathedral-webcam/
 
In his message for World Day of Vocations which is to be celebrated on Sunday 25 April, Pope Francis says: “The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is not a “cage” or a burden to be borne. On the contrary it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking. He opens before our eyes the horizon of a greater sea and an abundant catch”.

 


 

 


 

Stations of the Resurrection –

Second Sunday of Easter 2021

 

 


Sharing the Good News – March 2021

From the Irish Bishops’ Conference, the March 2021 issue features articles on the plans for a National Synod within the next five years; the announcement by the Northern Bishops of a cautious return to public worship; Knock Shrine’s designation as both Marian and Eucharistic; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message of hope to the people of Ireland at home and abroad; Dr Jessie Rogers appointed first woman and lay Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University, Maynooth; Bishops of the Tuam Province reflection on Covid-19 one year on; Archbishop of Dublin highlights the importance of public worship in his homily for Saint Patrick’s Day; Pope Francis’ Year of Reflection on the family begins on the Feast of St Joseph; Council for Justice and Peace reflection on those forced to flee; and, the Church Leaders’ message reflecting on the 1921 centenaries. 

 

 



 

Mary’s Way of the Cross – Good Friday 2021

 

 


“Lord, later I will confess, but forgive me now”

For those unable to attend for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in person, the Church offers the Act of Perfect Contrition – a way to be reconciled with God until you can get to Confession.
 
Here’s a recording of the Liturgy of the Act of Perfect Contrition, celebrated in our church in this Holy Week:

 



Stations of the Cross for Reconciliation

Here are our Stations of the Cross for Reconciliation, celebrated in our church last Monday.
 
They include an examination of conscience as a preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
 

 
You’ll find all our Stations for Lent on our parish website:

 

HOLY THURSDAY RESOURCES

 
The pastoral team from the Archdiocese offer the following resources for Holy Thursday. We encourage all to share with those who are unable to attend Holy Week and Easter liturgies this year.
 
We continue to keep all throughout the Archdiocese in our prayers. You can access the resources on the following link.
 

 


 

“Easter Joy from the Cathedrals City”

On Easter Sunday, an evening of music and reflection will be presented from St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh at 7pm. “Easter Joy from the Cathedrals City” will be led by Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop John McDowell and singers Malachi Cush, Janet Dowd, Karl McGuckin and Catherine Grimley will present hymns of hope and joy as we celebrate Easter. Special reflections will be read by members of the community and people can join for the celebration via St Patrick’s Cathedral Webcam.
 

 


 


 

FINAL VIDEO IN OUR LENTEN SERIES!

 
This year, the parish is producing a series of videos for this season of Lent called “Light & Life”. These videos are designed to help guide us through praying with each Sunday’s Gospel.
 
They’ll be available each Friday in Lent and you can find the latest video below, presented this week by Fr. Liam who leads us in a reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel – the Passion according to Mark.
 
Lectio sheet sourced here:
https://catholicdotbible.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/palm-sunday.pdf

 

 



 

Please do come join us in person for these Stations which will include an Examination of Conscience.

Confessions will be available after the Stations.


 

FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND FOR THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION IN PERSON

AN “ONLINE ONLY” LITURGY
 
For some in these days, especially those in hospital, nursing homes or the homebound, it’s not possible to come celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation safely.
 
But let us not despair of God’s mercy.
 
This past year, Pope Francis reminded us of an outstanding principle of the Church – perfect contrition. The Pope said:
 
“You do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: if you do not find a priest to hear your confession, speak to God, he is your father, and tell him the truth. Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition. Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”
 
In that spirit, this week, we’ll celebrate a special liturgy on Tuesday at 7.30pm. It will be online only and will take us through an examination of conscience and an Act of Perfect Contrition. This liturgy is for those unable to attend for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in person at this time. It is NOT the same as sacramental confession itself so if you are able to, please attend for Confession in person at the other times notified by the parish.
 
You can watch the Liturgy here:

 


 



Stations for Hope

Here are our latest Stations of the Cross – Stations for Hope – celebrated in our parish church on Monday 22nd March 2021.
 
Part of our weekly Stations of the Cross, each Monday in Lent at 7.30pm. Join in here:
 
Previous Stations can be found here:
 
 
 

 

RETURNING TO PUBLIC WORSHIP – AN UPDATE

 
We’ve missed you!
 
As we begin to return to having a congregation again in our church for Mass and liturgies, we recognise that this is a cautious return, and parishioners are encouraged to give due thought as to whether it is advisable for them to return at this point in time.
 
Given that the Sunday obligation remains suspended, you may wish to consider attending a weekday Mass in place of Sunday. Those most at risk should not present at the church.
 
In order to ensure appropriate social distancing, we will continue to observe the 2metre rule, and as such the number of persons admitted to the church, and the number of persons able to sit in any seat, will have to be limited. We realise that this may cause some people to be refused admission and we apologise for this.
 
 
Given that this return is cautious, our initial Mass schedule will be as follows:
 


Mass for the Sick

Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital.

Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.

 
 
 

 

Latest Video in Our New Series – “Light & Life”

Here’s the latest video in our series of Lenten reflections with each Sunday’s Gospel.
 
Sr. Marie guides us in prayer through this Sunday’s Gospel (John 12:20-30)
 
#LivingLent
 


 

Stations of the Cross for the Sick

Celebrated in our church on Monday 15th March 2021.
 
You can find all our Stations here:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
  • Bishops in the North announce a cautious return to public worship for the faithful from 26 March, in time for the celebration of Holy Week and Easter.
  • Bishops emphasise the need for continued caution and a rigorous application of all mitigations and safeguards required to ensure the safest possible return to public worship in our Churches.
  • Every person should consider carefully if returning to collective worship is the safe and appropriate step for them, at this time. Families are encouraged to join those celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in churches, from the ‘domestic church’ of their own living rooms, via live-streaming.
  • Bishops, together with other Church leaders, encourage all on Easter Sunday to pray and reflect in a spirit of remembering, solidarity and hope in the context of the current pandemic.

Statement

Re-opening of Churches for public worship

Following ongoing consultation between representatives of the Churches, the Executive Office and our public health authorities, and in light of the most recent review of lockdown provisions by the NI Executive yesterday, the Northern Catholic Bishops are pleased to announce that, where possible, there can be a cautious return to public worship for the faithful from 26 March, in time for the celebration of Holy Week and Easter.

We note that other Christian Churches will be making a similar announcement, in keeping with key dates in their liturgical traditions around Easter.

The need for continued vigilance and caution.

In making this announcement, made possible through the collective and heroic effort of so many in our society in their response to the current pandemic, especially our health care workers, the Bishops emphasise the need for continued caution and a rigorous application of all mitigations and safeguards required to ensure the safest possible return to public worship in our Churches. They also stress that public worship should only begin again after a thorough risk assessment, in consultation with those Covid-19 Support Teams in our Parishes.  This means that some parishes may decide that, in their particular circumstances, it is not possible to return to public worship until a later date.

In emphasising the cautious nature of this return to public worship the Bishops remind the faithful that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended and that every person should consider carefully if returning to collective worship is the safe and appropriate step for them, at this time.  We continue to strongly encourage participation, where possible, including in the ceremonies of Holy Week, by way of live-streaming.

While Baptismal liturgies, prayer gatherings and other acts of worship can take place publicly in our Churches in accordance with today’s announcement, subject to rigorous risk assessment and with all necessary mitigations in place, it is important to note that Weddings and Funerals will continue to be subject to the relevant state regulations in terms of the numbers that can attend.

Amendments to the Liturgies of Holy Week will be required.

This year the celebration of Holy Week and Easter will also require adjustments to certain aspects of the liturgy to take account of the need for safe social distancing, sanitising and other mitigations necessary in the context of the current pandemic. Guidelines for the Liturgies of Holy Week in a time of pandemic will be issued separately to parishes over coming days.  We strongly encourage families to participate from the “domestic churches” of their living rooms and join with those who are gathering in their local churches in commemorating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord this Easter.

Priests are asked to work closely with Parish Pastoral Councils and Covid19 Support Teams in making decisions at a local level on how best to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in a safe manner. We take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to parish teams throughout the country – including caretakers, stewards and cleaners – who generously ensure that our churches are safe environments where people can confidently assemble for worship. Their task is not an easy one and we appeal to all the faithful to cooperate fully with them.

First Confessions, First Communions and Confirmations.

Given the ongoing uncertainty about the public health situation and the gradual lifting of restrictions, it will be necessary for every Parish and school to give careful consideration to how the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation can be celebrated in a safe and appropriate manner over the coming months.  This includes ensuring that all the necessary catechetical preparations are made, rigorous risk assessments are undertaken and, where necessary, ceremonies are significantly reduced in scale.         

The Good Friday collection for the Holy Land and other charitable initiatives

Throughout the pandemic, our Parishes have provided a real life-line of hope and solidarity to many in our local communities, including some of the most vulnerable. The joyful message of Easter inspires us to continue to reach out to those in greatest need around us at this time.  We therefore ask families and individuals to bring the light of hope to others this Easter by making a particular effort to support the charitable needs of their local parish and by highlighting in a particular way this year the traditional Good Friday collection expressing our solidarity with fellow Christians in the Holy Land.  We also draw attention to the ongoing and ever-increasing demands on the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Trócaire, which will welcome much needed contributions as they have been unable to raise funds in the normal way during the pandemic.

A time of mercy and healing

We are also conscious that Holy Week and Easter are a time when, traditionally, many people ask for in a particular way God’s forgiveness and for healing of spirit.  Although it may not be possible for all who wish to, to safely avail of the sacrament of Reconciliation, we strongly encourage all the faithful to confidently renew their trust in God’s mercy at this sacred time of the year through an Act of Perfect Contrition.

A time of solidarity and hope!

As we continue our journey through the season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we strongly encourage the faithful to bring the intentions of all those impacted by Covid19 to the Lord’s care in prayer and petition. We are particularly conscious of those whose livelihoods have been seriously threatened by the pandemic.  We keep in mind people who are coping with bereavement, families that cannot be together, those in care homes who can only have limited visits from their loved ones.  The Easter period will also be difficult for Irish emigrants and migrants living in Ireland, who are unable to travel home.  We pray that the time will come very soon when loving connections between families and friends can be fully restored. 

On Easter Sunday, we will join with Christians of all traditions in offering special prayers of intercession for those impacted by Covid-19 and provide moments for our entire society to reflect together, in a spirit of hope, on the challenges of the past year arising from the global pandemic. Until then, we continue to journey in the confident hope that the efforts of all those working hard to provide the circumstances in which all sectors of our society can re-open safely will soon bear fruit.

(Source: https://www.catholicbishops.ie)

 

Mass for the Sick

 
Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.

 
 
 

“Open Doors” Prayer Diary

We are always invited to remember and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. You can download the “Open Doors” prayer diary here, containing a prayer intention each day for April:

Prayer Diary Mar_Apr 2021 (1)

 

 

LATEST IN OUR BRAND NEW VIDEO SERIES FOR LENT !

This year, the parish is producing a series of videos for this season of Lent called “Light & Life”. These videos are designed to help guide us through praying with each Sunday’s Gospel. They’ll be available each Friday in Lent and you’ll find the latest one below.

You can find all our “Light & Life” videos here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/lent-video-series/

 

 
 

“Dying with Dignity Bill represents a failure of compassion” – Irish Bishops’ Conference

 
The following statement has been agreed by the Spring General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference which took place this week.
 
Statement
 
In January 2021, the Council for Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference made a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Health, regarding the Dying with Dignity Bill. Alongside the protection of human life, our concern is to offer our pastoral support to people living with terminal illness and to their families. We are very aware that, sadly, all across Ireland, many families are engaged day by day in accompanying loved ones through terminal illness.
 
 
 
The Bill currently before the Oireachtas wrongly proposes the deliberate ending of life as a way of conferring dignity on people with terminal illness. The opposite is the case. Human dignity belongs to every person by virtue of his or her human nature. Terminal illness does not take away that dignity. Indeed, in our experience, the inherent dignity of the person often shines through under those difficult circumstances. Under existing law and current best practice, people with terminal illness are supported by family members, by doctors and nurses and palliative care teams, in living life to the full until death comes naturally. We take this opportunity to thank the many healthcare professionals who so generously devote their lives to the care of people with terminal illness.
 
 
 
What this Bill proposes may be appropriately described as “Assisted Suicide”, because it involves one person taking his or her own life, with the active participation of another. We believe that every life has an inherent value, which should be endorsed by society. This Bill, if passed, would be a sad reflection of the unwillingness of society to accompany people with terminal illness. It would reflect a failure of compassion.
 
 
 
The Dying with Dignity Bill presents the deliberate ending of life as an expression of personal autonomy, but what is proposed in this Bill has implications for society as a whole. Once it is accepted in principle, that one person may participate actively in ending the life of another, there is no longer any logical basis for refusing this same option to any person who feels that life is no longer worth living. We are aware that, in countries where it is legally permitted for healthcare professionals to be directly involved in the taking of human life, it has very quickly been extended to include people who are not terminally ill (the elderly, people with intellectual disability, young adults on the autistic spectrum and even minors who, in other circumstances, would not be considered capable of giving legal consent).
 
 
 
The Bill anticipates that doctors and nurses, whose vocation and purpose is to serve life, will now be prepared to involve themselves in ending life. This would represent a radical transformation of the meaning of healthcare. While the Bill does, theoretically, provide for conscientious objection, it still requires healthcare professionals to refer their patients to other medical practitioners who will carry out their wishes. This means that, one way or another, healthcare professionals are required to involve themselves in something which they believe to be contrary to morality and to medical best practice. This, in our view is unacceptable.
 
 
 
As we mark the anniversary of the arrival of Covid-19 in Ireland, and consider the enormous efforts that have been made across every sector of society to protect the life and health of people who are most vulnerable, this Bill is in clear contradiction with the shared commitment of our society. It is at odds with the common good, which it is the function of the state to promote. This Bill is fundamentally flawed. It cannot be repaired or improved and we call on Catholics to ask their elected representatives to reject it entirely.
 
 
 

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the Holy Father’s formal recognition of the Shrine at Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine

 As President of the Irish Episcopal Conference, I warmly welcome the announcement from the Holy See that the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock is to be recognised as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine from 19 March 2021, the feast of Saint Joseph.  Since my parents first brought me to Knock as a teenager, I have been drawn back there, many times, to praise God and to find peace, encouragement and spiritual comfort in the shrine chapel. 

Just as in 1879, when the Apparition at Knock brought hope to Irish people in distress, so also during these challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic it reminds us that Jesus, Mary and Joseph remain close to us. As we continue to struggle in so many ways with restrictions and upheaval, the message of Knock offers the promise of hope. It calls us to hear afresh the Word of God, to be nourished by the Holy Eucharist, to entrust ourselves to the Maternal care of Our Lady, and to focus on the person and the role of Saint Joseph –  especially in this year dedicated to him.

The Holy Father’s announcement will be particularly welcome as we begin the “Year of the Family”. I recall accompanying Pope Francis during his pilgrimage to Knock as part of his visit to the World Meeting of Families 2018.  I heard him say that he had come to “the house of Our Lady” at Knock where he “lifted up to Our Lady’s loving intercession all the families of the world”.  He recognised the fact that in the Apparition tableau, Our Lady appears with her family – Jesus, the Lamb of God, her husband Saint Joseph, and Saint John, the son given her by Jesus on the Cross. All being well, as the restrictions ease in the coming months, many Irish families will be able to follow the Holy Father’s footsteps and pay a thanksgiving visit to Knock – now an internationally recognised Marian and Eucharistic Shrine!  

I share the joy of Archbishop Michael Neary and thank him for all the work he has done in paving the way for this most welcome announcement. I also congratulate the Rector of the Shrine at Knock, Father Richard Gibbons, and all who collaborate with him in making Knock the special and welcoming place it is.

 
 

 


 
Justice and Peace Ireland offers information about the Catholic Church’s teaching on political, socio-economic and environmental issues.
 
You can read more of their Lenten reflection here:
 
 
 

 

Latest Video in Our New Series!

Here’s the latest video in our series of Lenten reflections with each Sunday’s Gospel.

This week, Fr. Liam guides us in prayer through John 2:13-25

#LivingLent

 
 

Mass for the Sick

Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.

 
 
 

 

Pope’s Prayer Intention for March

Each month, the Pope invites us to pray for a particular intention. See this month’s message from the Pope in the video!
 
Pope Francis tells us: “When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul. To leave with greater spiritual health.”
 
The Pope invites us to live this sacrament of love that transforms our life:
“The center of confession is not the sins we declare,
but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need.”
 
God is greater than our sins.
 
Share this message full of joy with everyone you care about, and go to the sacrament of forgiveness to savour the Lord’s infinite mercy.
 
It’s a gift for you!
 

 
 
 

(Sung) Divine Mercy Chaplet

 
Here is our sung Divine Mercy Chaplet, recorded in our church on February 26th.
 
You can join us online each Friday in Lent at 3pm for the sung Chaplet. Join us here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/
 

 


 

ROADWORKS BEGINNING SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY

Due to the closure of the Drumalane Rd, from the junction of the Dublin Rd, vehicle access to the church carpark will not be possible for c. 3 weeks beginning Sunday 28th February.  We have been assured that access will be restored for any funeral etc. that may arise during that time.

 


 

The Second Episode of Our Brand New Video Series

for Lent is Here! 

 
This year, the parish is producing a series of videos for this season of Lent called “Light & Life”. These videos are designed to help guide us through praying with each Sunday’s Gospel.
 
They’ll be available each Friday in Lent and you can find the second video below, presented this week by Sr. Marie who leads us in a reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9:2-10)
 

 
 
Lectio sheet sourced here: https://catholicdotbible.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/lent-2.pdf

 


Prayer by Telephone

The Sisters of Mercy at “Bethany” House of Prayer, 34 Point Road, Dundalk, welcome any person who may wish to request prayer, especially during these difficult times.

Telephone 00353 (42) 9331602, from 9am to 9pm daily.

One of the Sisters will be happy to listen and pray with you.

All requests are confidential.


 

Tarsus Scripture School – Lent/Easter Programme 2021

 

The Tarsus Scripture School are providing a Lent/Easter Programme 2021. They are offering reflections on the readings for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. It is an opportunity to explore more personally the Word of God. The programme offers one webinar and one meditation. The meditation — after Easter — will be an opportunity to “take in” what we have celebrated over Holy Week and Easter.

TSS for Lent and Easter 2021

Easter: Weaving the Tapestry of Death and New Life

9 pre-recorded lectures; 1 webinar; 1 meditation (€30)

o             “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)

o             “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John (Sean Goan)

o             “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

 

For registration and further details, please go to: www.tarsusscriptureschool.ie


 

 

Life in the Spirit Seminars to take place via webcam in Armagh during Lent

Armagh Parish Holy Spirit Prayer Group are hosting the Life in the Spirit Seminars in St Malachy’s Church, Armagh during the coming weeks on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. The programme continues as follows:

Tues 2nd March: Archbishop Eamon Martin will speak on “New Life”

Tues 9th March: Geraldine Parkes will speak on “Receiving Gods gifts”

Tues 16th  March: Fr Gerry Campbell will speak on “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

Tues 23rd March: Bishop Michael Router will speak on “Growth in the Spirit”

Tues 30th March Teresa Lappin will speak on “Transformation in Christ”.

People are encouraged to join via St Malachy’s Church Webcam http://armaghparish.net/st-malachys-church-webcam/ on each of the evenings and especially during the season of Lent, to help deepen their faith and to grow in knowledge and love of God. 


 

Bishops encourage support of vaccine programmes against Covid-19

Council for Healthcare of the Bishops’ Conference urges everyone to support the vaccination programmes currently in place in the Republic and in Northern Ireland

Last December the Irish Catholic Bishops in a statement said that “safe and effective vaccination is an essential aspect of the prevention of disease”. They encouraged Catholics to support the programme of vaccination “not only for their own good, but for the protection of life and the health of those who are vulnerable and for the common good of humanity”. The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made a similar call to all Catholics in its Note on the morality of Covid-19 vaccines (21 December 2020). The Council for Healthcare of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to reiterate that message and urges everyone to support the vaccination programmes currently in place in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

The development and provision of the vaccines is already providing reassurance for those who are most vulnerable to the virus and will help us to return to normality in terms of work, education, religious practice, and sporting and leisure activities as soon as possible.

We note that many people both North and South have already received the vaccine and we particularly welcome the fact that all residents and staff of nursing care facilities have been vaccinated at this stage. At present the group prioritised in the Republic of Ireland to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks are those over 70 years of age while in Northern Ireland it is those over 65 years of age along with others who are clinically vulnerable. We encourage all parishes and Church personnel to promote this programme and to encourage elderly parishioners, relatives and neighbours to avail of the opportunity to protect their health and the health of the whole community.

In Northern Ireland the main carers in the home for those who are elderly or disabled can now book a vaccination online at one of the 7 trust centres. An appointment can be made at https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated or, if you cannot access the internet, by telephone at 0300 200 7813. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. We call for the Department of Health and public health authorities to make vaccines available to carers in the Republic of Ireland as a matter of priority and to priests who are chaplains to nursing care facilities and who preside at funerals.

Trustworthy and updated information on vaccines is available on https://www2.hse.ie/covid-19-vaccine/ in the Republic of Ireland and https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/northern-ireland-covid-19-vaccination-programme in Northern Ireland.


 

Livestream Update:

Our livestream is now back online.


Our Latest Mass for the Sick

Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital.
 
Please share with those who might like to see it, especially those sick at home or in hospital or in care.

 


 


 

We’ve just uploaded our most recent Stations of the Cross to our parish YouTube page. Just click on the video below.

You can also find the Stations uploaded each week in Lent on our parish website here:
http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/stations-of-the-cross-in-lent/


 


 

BRAND NEW VIDEO SERIES FOR LENT…

This year, the parish is producing a series of videos for this season of Lent called “Light & Life”. These videos are designed to help guide us through praying with each Sunday’s Gospel. They’ll be available each Friday in Lent.

You can find the first video below.

What might God be throwing light on in the Gospel for me?

How can the Gospel shape my life?

 


Supporting Trócaire in Lent 2021

We regret that, at present, it is not possible to leave Trócaire Boxes in the porch of the church for collection. This is to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination and to further support the “Stay at Home” message in these days.
 
Parishioners who wish to support Trócaire’s on-going work are asked to consider electronic donation directly to Trócaire (www.trocaire.org) or to set aside any physical donation until we will hopefully be able to make the boxes available, later in the Lenten Season.
 

LIVESTREAM UPDATE

Our livestream on our parish website is now back online! Thank you for your understanding and patience.
 
You can continue to view all of our liturgies and tune in anytime to our webcam here:
 


New for Lent 2021

Why not join us at 3pm Friday for a few minutes of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, sung by a familiar voice?
 
Join us online here:
 
#LivingLent


Ash Wednesday 2021 will be mostly without ashes

but families can pray, fast and be generous –

Archbishop Eamon Martin

 
Archbishop Eamon has written a short letter to mark the beginning of this holy season of Lent – you can read it now on our parish website:


 

We’re experiencing an issue with our “Live Broadcast” page today.

The livestream is there but is appearing smaller than usual.

It is being investigated.

 

 

 

 

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)

Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

 
Pope Francis has written a special letter to mark the beginning of the holy season of Lent.
 
You can download it here:
 
#LivingLent

 


 

Saturday Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 
As part of #LivingLent this year, we’ll celebrate special Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary each Saturday morning in Lent. Each Mass will celebrate some aspect of how Our Lady can guide us through Lent – and all year round!
 
The Masses will be at 10.30am each Saturday and can be viewed here:

 


 

Taking the right steps in our Life is not something we do on our own, and it does not depend on any road we choose to travel. How we find joy and fulfilment in our life is not just a decision we make on our own;.
 
Taking that right step to complete fulfilment in our lives is a response to a call from the Lord.
 
As Pope Francis wrote: “The Lord points out our destination on the opposite shore and he grants us the courage to board the boat. In calling us, he becomes our helmsman; he accompanies and guides us; he prevents us from running aground on the shoals of indecision and even enables us to walk on surging waters.” (Pope Francis 3rd May 2020)
 
Please join on the 27th of February 2021 when we will talk about and explore all Vocations and hopefully be able to help you respond to what ever the Lord is calling you to do.

 


 

To mark the annual Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse this coming Friday (19th February), we’ll celebrate a special set of Stations of the Cross for those affected by abuse on Friday at 7.30pm.
 

 



Consecration to St. Joseph

 
Pope Francis has announced ‘The Year of St. Joseph’ to commemorate St Joseph ‘Patron of The Universal Church’. Pope Francis describes St Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.
 
‘Consecration to St. Joseph – The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father’ by Fr. Donald Calloway, is an easy to follow and insightful Consecration to St. Joseph. It takes 33 Days and takes about half an hour per day. It is structured around The Litany to St. Joseph and is available from Veritas on 00353 (0)1 8788177 or at the following link :
 
 
Join the numerous Irish Faithful this year and ask St. Joseph to be your Spiritual Father.
 
(PS this Consecration can be begun on any date!)
 

 


 


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs Anne Morgan

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online this evening at 7.30pm for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Annie Morgan.
 

 

Update re Funerals at Our Church

 
After consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council and in light of the current restrictions on gatherings, it has been agreed that, for all funerals to our church for the foreseeable future, the gates of the church will remain closed until the hearse arrives.
 
This is to discourage people from congregating in the carpark. While it is understandable that people wish to show their support of bereaved families, gatherings in the car park are not permitted. In addition, people are asked not to congregate on the roads around the church.
 
There are many other ways to express your prayers and thoughts in support of the family, e.g. by phone, email, card, etc.

 


 

Celebrating Ash Wednesday This Year

With the “Stay at Home” message, and continuing public health restrictions on gathering for worship, we clearly cannot gather together as we normally would for the distribution of ashes this year. So, as in all parishes on this island, ashes will not be distributed in our church this year.

Own own internal disposition and intention to repent and start over is the key to Ash Wednesday. Ashes are meant to be an outward sign of that commitment to repentance. Perhaps this year we are being invited not to mark our foreheads but to mark our hearts so that we we can more fully celebrate the great feast of Easter?

Ash Wednesday is always about the beginning of the season of Lent – a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

A short prayer service will shortly be made available via our parish website and this Facebook page so that parishioners can mark the beginning of Lent in their own homes.

Details of the other ways we can mark the season of Lent, as a parish, households and individuals will be made available in coming days.

 


 

World Day of the Sick – February 11th 2021

“You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8).

A trust-based relationship to guide care for the sick

 

Pope Francis has written a letter to mark the World Day of the Sick on February 11th (also the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes).

You can download the letter here:

Pope Francis_World Day of the Sick 2021


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs Rosaleen Henry

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online this evening at 7.30pm for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Rosaleen Henry.


 

Novena For World Day of the Sick – 3 to 11 February 2021

Ahead of the celebration of the World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2021, the Bishops’ Council for Healthcare offers the following Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes to pray for those who are sick, for all who work in the medical profession, and for an end to the pandemic.

The Novena begins on Wednesday 3 February and concludes on Thursday 11 February – the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick.

The Novena can be prayed each day as follows:

1. Make the sign of the Cross
2. Say the novena prayer
3. Pray a decade of the rosary.
4. The invocations
5. Read the reflection for each day.
6. The Confiteor
7. To conclude recite the Act of Spiritual Communion


Novena Prayer

Mary,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
you appeared at the grotto of Massabielle
to Bernadette, a simple shepherdess.
You brought her the radiant light of your smile,
the gentle, resplendent brightness of your presence.
Day by day, you built a relationship with her
where you gazed at her gently
as one person talking to another.

We, too, come before you in our poverty,
and we humbly pray to you.
May those who doubt discover the joy of trust.
May those who despair sense your discreet presence.

Mary,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
you revealed your name to Bernadette
by simply saying “I am the Immaculate Conception”.
May we discover the joy of a forgiveness that never falters.
Instil in us the desire for a rediscovered innocence
and a joyful holiness.
Help the blinded sinner.
You who gave birth to the Saviour of the world,
look tenderly on our beautiful but tragic world.
Open in us the path of hope,
guide us to the One who is the Living Source,
Jesus, your Son, who teaches us to call God Father.

Decade of the Rosary

  • Wednesday 3rd – The first Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection
  • Thursday 4th – The First Luminous Mystery – The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  • Friday 5th – The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony in the Garden
  • Saturday 6th – The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation
  • Sunday 7th – The Second Glorious Mystery – The Ascension
  • Monday 8th – The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation
  • Tuesday 9th – The Second Sorrowful Mystery – The Scourging at the Pillar
  • Wednesday 10th – The Third Glorious Mystery – The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  • Thursday 11th – The Second Luminous Mystery – The Wedding Feast at Cana

 

The Invocations

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”

“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”

More at https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/02/01/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/


 

Prayer to St. Blaise

While we cannot gather today for the traditional Blessing of Throats on the feast of St. Blaise, we are invited to pray this prayer to St. Blaise, imploring his intercession.

(Source: daily-prayers.org)

 


Year of Reflection & Prayer Extended to June 2021

As the Diocesan Pastoral Plan in the Archdiocese of Armagh for the period 2015 to 2020, drew to a close, the Archdiocese launched a Year of Reflection and Prayer in January 2020 so that it could begin making preparations for a new Pastoral Plan in a new decade!

The purpose of the year was to encourage reflection and seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit in discerning the way forward for the diocese in the years ahead.

No one could have foreseen the arrival of a worldwide pandemic in 2020, nor the immense changes and challenges that it heralds. For this reason, the Archdiocese has decided to extend the year of reflection and prayer until June 2021.

In this video, Bishop Michael Router and Leah Marron reflect on the year that has passed, acknowledging the difficulties it has presented, and outlining some pastoral initiatives that the Archdiocese has engaged with.

 

 

Knock Shrine to host special online faith discussions during Lent

Ash Wednesday falls on 17 February and heralds the beginning of Lent 2021.  This year Knock Shrine will host a new series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’.

 

What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?

Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?

How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?

How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith? 

 

These are just some of the questions that will be explored over the 6 weeks of Lent during a new series of online discussions on the topic of ‘Living Christian Faith’. Faith Renewal at Knock Shrine is all about reaching out to people. This will open a conversation on contemporary issues of faith and church life.

 

Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway DD, Priest in Tuam diocese and Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week and guest speakers will discuss some of the important questions we all face in living out our faith.

 

The discussions will be streamed online via the Knock Shrine website offering people from all over the world the opportunity to engage in relevant topics and to hear from a range of people, from those in public life such as Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Senator Ronan Mullen to groups of young teachers and members of the clergy.

 

Thursday 18 February ‘Living Christian Faith in the Family’                  
Saint John Paul spoke about how the future of humanity passes by way of the family. Patrick and Linda Treacy, who have four children and run a centre for domestic spirituality called Integritas from their home, will speak about the joys and challenges of living Christian Faith as a family today. 

Thursday 25 February ‘Living Christian Faith as Young Adults’              

A group of young Irish adults, for whom Christian Faith is of great importance, will discuss the strength it gives them and how we can better communicate the joy of the Gospel today. 

 

Thursday 4 March ‘Living Christian Faith in the Classroom as Young Teachers’

Three recently qualified primary teachers explain how their religious faith is important to them and how it influences their work as teachers in the classroom. 

 

Thursday 11 March ‘Living Christian Faith in Public Life’           

Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Senator Ronan Mullen and discuss their own faith, how it informs their public service and the challenges people of faith encounter in the public sphere today. 

 

Thursday 18 March Proclaiming Christian Faith as a priest or religious today’

Sr Ursula Lawler, lecturer in Christian Ethics at Mary Immaculate College, returned missionary and editor of the Africa Magazine, Father Sean Deegan SPS; Ballyhaunis Parish Priest Father Stephen Farragher and Father Eamonn Conway will discuss living priesthood and religious life today in conversation with young Irish Catholic journalist Jason Osbourne. 

 

Thursday 25 March ‘Studying Christian Faith’

Máire McDonald is Vice Principal of a busy secondary school in Dublin. Judith King is an internationally recognised psychotherapist and Margaret Naughton is a busy hospital chaplain. Yet they have all found time to fulfil their passion of doing a PhD in theological studies. They share with us how their theological studies enriches their faith and their work. 

 

The talks will be streamed at 8.30pm every Thursday during Lent.

Join us at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on Facebook @knockshrine


 

Sharing the Good News – January 2021

Sharing the Good News” is a publication of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, designed to keep us up-to-date with some of the latest news in the Irish Church.


The January 2021 issue features articles on the publication of the Mother and Baby Homes Report; Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin; the upcoming celebration of Catholic Schools Week and the ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’ year. You will also find articles on the Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG advertising campaign; the launch of the Digital Hub resource for parishes and a look forward to World Day of the Sick and our #LivingLent 2021 social media campaign.

You can download this issue as a PDF here:

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Sharing-the-Good-News-January-2021.pdf


 

Statement by Archbishop Eamon Martin on the publication of Research Report on Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland

The month of January 2021 will go down in history as the time when the people of Ireland – north and south – came face to face with a stark reality of our past which we preferred would remain hushed and hidden – the way we stigmatised and harshly judged many vulnerable pregnant women in crisis and treated them and their children in such a cold and uncaring manner. We made them feel guilty and ashamed.

As a Catholic Church leader in Ireland it is I who now feel embarrassed and guilty over the way in which we in the Church contributed to, and bolstered, that culture of concealment, condemnation, and self-righteousness. For that I am truly sorry and ask the forgiveness of survivors. How did we so obscure the love and mercy and compassion of Christ which is at the very heart of the Gospel? Shame on us.

The persistence and the powerful testimonies of these same courageous survivors has lifted the lid on this dark chapter of our shared history and exposed our hypocrisy to the glaring light.

The important work of Dr McCormick, Professor O’Connell and their team is another step on the journey towards revealing the full truth of our past. I thank them for their Report and encourage everyone to spend time with it, reflecting in particular on the striking oral history section which grounds their research in the testimonies of mothers and their children.

The story of Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland – north and south – touches the lives of countless families across this island. No doubt it will rekindle troubling memories and raise difficult questions for many of us. However we can all play a part in the journey towards healing and reparation. We can also ensure that lessons are learned for the present and the future. No mother or child today should be made to feel unwelcome, unwanted or unloved. No father today should shirk his responsibilities. No priest or bishop or religious sister or any lay member of the Church today should deny the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus. No family today should shun their child to protect some misguided notion of “respectability” in the parish and community. We still have so much to learn and so much work to do.

It is clear from the Research Report that there is scope for further investigation or inquiry into aspects of this complex story. I encourage all in leadership within the Church and State to extend their full cooperation with the work of the independent investigation announced today so that those who have been most impacted can be helped to find hope and peace for the future.

ENDS

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

 

(Source: https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/01/26/statement-by-archbishop-eamon-martin-on-the-publication-of-research-report-on-mother-and-baby-homes-and-magdalene-laundries-in-northern-ireland/?fbclid=IwAR1rlFEigcybTOOcPii7QDbyuGQmiQd_lkeqM8gk6_jccW7B9NuMLcJZigA)


 


 

Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops

Re extension of the Covid-19 Shut-down by the Northern Ireland Executive

to 5th March 2021.

 

Yesterday afternoon the Northern Ireland Executive took the unanimous decision to extend the current Covid-19 restrictions until Friday 5th March 2021. This decision was based on the strong recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, as a result of the continued extremely high level of transmission of the Covid-19 virus throughout the community (which over these last four weeks had not reduced to the level that had been hoped for), along with the increasing numbers in hospital and intensive care.

 

In the light of this decision, and on the basis of the clear and unequivocal public health advice that people should continue to stay at home, the Northern Catholic Bishops have decided that, until 5 March (but subject to ongoing review in line with any change to the public health advice), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should continue to take place without the physical presence of the faithful. Marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services may continue (subject to strict safety guidelines and regulations). Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations.  We encourage parishes, where possible, to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times.

 

We once more make this decision reluctantly, conscious of the pain that not being able to gather for public worship causes for all the faithful, but in the hope that this period of sacrifice is inspired by the command of Jesus to love our neighbours and undertaken for the protection of life and health and for the Common Good. 

 

We continue to ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic.  We keep especially in mind all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers.  We welcome the announcement that a similar position is being taken by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and many other denominations and faith communities in response to the unequivocal message from public health authorities that as many people as possible stay at home at this time.

 

Most Rev Eamon Martin DD                                              

Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All-Ireland

Apostolic Administrator of Dromore

  

Most Rev Noel Treanor DD

Bishop of Down and Connor

 

Most Rev Donal McKeown DD

Bishop of Derry

 

Most Rev Larry Duffy DD

Bishop of Clogher

 

Most Rev Michael Router DD

Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh

 


 

Pope Francis: Message for the World Day of the Sick 2021

Pope Francis has sent his message for the World Day of the Sick in 2021.

You can read the full text of his message here:

http://www.vatican.va/…/papa-francesco_20201220_giornata-ma…

Here’s a news article about the message:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/…/pope-francis-world-day…

(Photo via Catholic News Agency)
 

 

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the publication of the Mother & Baby Homes Report

 

 

Read the statement from the Archbishop here:

From Our Bishops


 

Interim Guidance re Funerals

We’ve updated our “Funerals” page with the latest guidance from the Dept. of Health. This guidance now applies in our parish.
 
Read the guidance here:

 


 

IMPORTANT UPDATE RE MASS TIMES

In light of our churches closing for public Masses (see post below), effective from now until February 6th, the Mass times in our parish will be as follows:

Daily (Mon – Sun inclusive) – 10.30am

Saturday Vigil 6.15pm

All other Mass times are suspended until February 6th.

All Masses and other celebrations continue to be live-streamed on our parish website:
http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

All Mass intentions (including anniversaries, Month’s Minds, etc.) will be transferred to the 10.30am Mass on the same day as they were originally recorded for.

A major reason for this reduction in Masses is to facilitate the anticipated, much greater commitment that will be required to Daisy Hill Hospital in the weeks ahead.

Fr. Liam will take on more responsibility for Masses, etc. in the parish while Fr. Damien’s focus moves more to supporting patients and staff in Daisy Hill Hospital as hospital chaplain.


OUR CHURCH REMAINS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

 
Please note that our church remains open for private prayer each day 12 noon – 5pm.
 
When visiting, please ensure that you:
 
– enter via the main door & leave by the side door
 
– use the wipes provided to sanitize the seat before you leave
 
– use hand sanitizer when you enter and leave the church
 
– wear a face covering at all times
 
– wash your hands when you get home

 


TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS

FOR THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

IN OUR PARISH

FROM 7th JAN TO 6th FEB 2021

For more on the Sacrament of Baptism, visit http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/baptism/

 


IMPORTANT NEWS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

MORE LOCAL INFORMATION TO FOLLOW BY END OF TODAY

Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland: “As many people as possible stay at home for the sake of health, life and the Common Good”


“Faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times”


Statement
Following further briefing today by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer, and in consultation with The Executive Office, we are very concerned at the current serious public health position in which Northern Ireland finds itself: with the extremely high level of transmission of the Covid-19 virus; the continuing escalation of numbers in hospital and intensive care; the number of associated deaths; and, the increasingly unsustainable pressure on our healthcare staff. The clear message from health officials is that this situation is going to worsen significantly over the coming weeks.


We recognise the efforts of so many in our parishes who have been working to ensure that our gatherings for public worship are as safe as possible and we welcome the continuing engagement between the faith communities and the NI Executive which has led to consensus between us on the importance of people being able to gather in person for worship. At this time, however, we acknowledge and support the unequivocal message from public health authorities that the movement and gathering of people should be minimised and that as many people as possible stay at home for the sake of health, life and the Common Good.


In light of our ongoing consultations and of the current serious and worsening situation, and in line with clear public health guidance that people should stay at home, we have decided that for a limited period (from midnight on Thursday 7 January until Saturday 6 February 2021, subject to review in late January), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should take place without the physical presence of the faithful – with the exception of marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services (subject to regulations). Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming, and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations. We encourage parishes, where possible, to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times.


We make this decision reluctantly, conscious that not being able to gather for public worship can cause pain for all the faithful, but in the hope that this limited period of sacrifice will be for the protection of life and health and for the greater good of all. We once more ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic. We keep in our prayers all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers. We welcome the announcement that a similar position is being taken by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and many other denominations and faith communities in response to the unequivocal message from public health authorities that as many people as possible stay at home at this time.


Most Rev Eamon Martin DD
Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All-Ireland
Apostolic Administrator of Dromore


Most Rev Noel Treanor DD
Bishop of Down and Connor


Most Rev Donal McKeown DD
Bishop of Derry


Most Rev Larry Duffy DD
Bishop of Clogher


Most Rev Michael Router DD
Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh

 



From the Priory Institute, Tallaght

 
Is this for you?
 
Why not join on January 23 and see.
 
Take the opportunity to visit and learn about what it would be be like to study with us during our online Open Day this January.
 
Come and meet with teaching staff and students, see how our online learning platform works and sit in on a lecture on theology. We will be available to answer all of your questions about student life here and to talk theology over a zoom call.
 
This will be an enjoyable day for anyone interested in theology – whatever you decide to do​
 
Read more at https://prioryinstitute.com/events/january-priory-institute-open-day

Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. John (Jack) Bradley

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8pm on Monday for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. John (Jack) Bradley.

 


 



 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Eddie Quinn

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.


So please join us online at 7.30pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Eddie Quinn.


Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/


 

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. George (Geordie) McGivern

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8.00pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. George (Geordie) McGivern

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/


Liturgy of An Act of Perfect Contrition

December 23rd 2020

For some in these days, especially those in hospital, nursing homes or the homebound, it’s not possible to come celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation safely.

But let us not despair of God’s mercy.

This year, Pope Francis reminded us of an outstanding principle of the Church – perfect contrition. The Pope said:


“You do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: if you do not find a priest to hear your confession, speak to God, he is your father, and tell him the truth. Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition. Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”

In that spirit, we celebrated a special liturgy this week. It was online only and takes us through an examination of conscience and an Act of Perfect Contrition.

 

 

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Philomena Lonergan

 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online at 5pm on Christmas Eve for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Philomena Lonergan.
 


 

UPDATE RE CHRISTMAS MASS TICKETS

 
6pm and 8pm Masses on Christmas Eve are now fully booked.
 
We have some availability for the following Masses:
 
  • 10pm Christmas Eve
  • 9am Christmas Day
  • 10.30am Christmas Day
  • 12.30pm Christmas Day
 
If you would like to apply for tickets for those Masses, please ring the parochial house on 02830262376 to check availability. Remaining seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Only calls to that number will be accepted. Please do not ring or email the parish office about tickets at this stage.

 

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Alice Woods

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8.30pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Alice Woods.

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/


 

“Later I Will Confess But Forgive Me Now”

For some in these days, especially those in hospital, nursing homes or the homebound, it’s not possible to come celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation safely.

But let us not despair of God’s mercy.

This year, Pope Francis reminded us of an outstanding principle of the Church – perfect contrition. The Pope said:

“You do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: if you do not find a priest to hear your confession, speak to God, he is your father, and tell him the truth. Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition. Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”

In that spirit, this week, we’ll celebrate a special liturgy on Wednesday at 7.30pm. It will be online only and will take us through an examination of conscience and an Act of Perfect Contrition.

You can watch the Liturgy here:

http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

It will be posted to our YouTube page on Thursday
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYIA65a-rKKbAVvNOhs0hkg)


 

Download here: PRAYER IN THE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS 2020 FINAL

 


Download here: A Prayer for Christmas Gatherings 2020


 

Due to the 8pm “curfew” that will be part of lockdown during the week from 26th December – 2nd January, the 8pm Vigil on Saturday 26th December, and the 7.30pm Masses on Tues. 28th and Thurs. 31st will not take place.

Regarding the 7.30pm Masses on Tuesday and Thursday that week, it would not be possible to vacate the church and for all activities to have ceased by 8pm on those nights.

We are awaiting guidance with regard to the 8pm Mass on Saturday 2nd January.


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Eileen McCabe

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner. 

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 6.30pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Eileen McCabe

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Cahal Lundy

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.
 
However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online at 8.15pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Cahal Lundy
 

 


 

This year, with the help of Carnagat Community Association, we celebrated a short liturgy of remembrance in the Paupers’ Graveyard in our parish.

  • The First Reading was from Isaiah 25:6-9.
    The Psalm was “The Lord is My Shepherd”
    The Gospel was from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 11.

The Prayers of Intercession were as follows:
1. For our relatives and friends who have gone before us, and await the Kingdom, that they may have the reward of their goodness…
2. For those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again, that they may see God face to face…
3. For those whose faith was known to you alone, that they will have light, happiness and peace
4. For all who mourn for the loss of their loved ones, that they will find comfort in their sadness, certainty in their doubt, and courage in their loneliness…
5. For ourselves, who have assembled here to worship in faith, that we may be reunited one day with all whom we love, when every tear will be wiped away…

You can view it here (apologies for the poor sound quality – wind and traffic issues):

 


 

The annual PIPS Service of Remembrance, Hope and Healing was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Parish of Middle Killeavy, on Sunday 13th December 2020.

You can view the service in full here:

 

 

 


Stations of Advent & Christmas – Week 3

Young people from our Youth 2000 group lead us in song, music and prayer as we journey through the third set of Stations of Advent & Christmas:

9. The Naming of Jesus: “It’s all in the name” (Luke 2:21)

10. The Magi: “Stars: Bringers of bad news and good news” (Matthew 2:1-11)

11. Simeon and Anna: “Light comes to those who wait” (Luke 2:22A, 25-38)

You can view weeks 1 and 2 here:

http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/stations-of-advent-christmas/

 

 

 


Missed our blessing of the figures of the Baby Jesus this weekend?

Here’s a blessing that can be used at home!


 


 


 

Bambinelli Sunday

It’s that time of year again!

We will celebrate Bambinelli Sunday in our parish next weekend (12th & 13th). Those attending Masses are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from your own crib to Mass that weekend to be blessed. Those joining our celebration via the Livestream might wish to have their “bambinello” to hand. After Mass, place the infant in a gift box, wrap it, and save it for Christmas morning. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas morning, when together you place your Baby Jesus figure in the crib.


 

From The Society of Missionary Children

The Society of Missionary Children’s famous Christmas colouring competition is now live! 🎄 Last year we had the difficult task of picking winners from over 12,000 children that entered. 😍 You can find the competition entry form and our Advent resources at 👉 https://www.wmi.ie/advent-resources-2020


 

“A Family Christmas”

Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead ‘A Family Christmas’ from St. Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh on Tuesday 22nd December at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to join via St Patrick’s Cathedral webcam:
http://armaghparish.net/cathedral-webcam/

 


 

To help our little ones learn the REAL meaning of Christmas, The Society of Missionary Children have created an Advent Activity Calendar!

Why not download and get family and friends involved?

Give a gift every day this Advent that’ll cost nothing only kindness! 😊

To download, visit https://www.wmi.ie/advent-resources-2020


 

 


 

From & For Our Colleagues in the Southern Trust

From Monday (3oth Nov) we are asking you to phone first before going to Craigavon or Daisy Hill Emergency Departments or South Tyrone Minor Injuries Unit with an urgent but not life threatening injury or illness.


Read more here:

Phone First

 


 

ANNUAL PIPS CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE, HOPE & HEALING

(ONLINE ONLY THIS YEAR)

The service will incorporate a Memory Tree Ceremony where family and friends are invited to place a remembrance card with a message for their loved one.

To have your message included in the ceremony please contact the PIPS office on 028 30266195 or info@pipshopeandsupport.org and staff will complete a memory card on your behalf.


 


 

 


 

The 2020 Online Advent Calendar

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched the 2020 online Advent Calendar, which will go live on www.catholicbishops.ie on the first Sunday of Advent, 29 November.

You’ll find it here: https://www.catholicbishops.ie/adventcalendar/

Now in its seventh year, the unique online Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and for families which can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent.

The content is aimed at assisting people of all ages to pray and reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.

Archbishop Eamon said:
“Our Advent online calendar is a helpful resource on our ‘journey’ towards Christmas. By clicking on a virtual door we are inviting people to take just five minutes for reflection so as to find moments of peace and to rediscover the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

“Since the outbreak of the pandemic the people of Ireland have endured testing times with courage, resilience, and compassion. Individuals and communities have made great sacrifices for the protection of life, health and for the common good. Many Christians have been reaching out in generous service and support for their neighbours, the lonely, the isolated, the sick and the bereaved. Faith, love and hope – in the home and in church – have been a huge support during these difficult times. As we continue, in solidarity, to progress together, I invite everyone to be part of #SharingHope this Advent season by availing of the helpful resources on our calendar and through sharing these with others on social media.

“The seasons of Advent and Christmas occur in the depth of winter reminding us that Christ was born to bring hope to a darkened world. As the prophet Isaiah said “the people that wait in darkness see a great light”. During Advent, let us reflect on the eternal message of Christmas, which is, Christ is alive and that He is our hope.”


 

Parish Office Now Closed for Two Weeks

Due to the enhanced restrictions brought in by the NI Executive, our parish office is now closed until Friday December 11th.

In the meantime you can contact us as below:

Still Open for Private Prayer

Our parish church will remain open for private prayer during the next two weeks of enhanced restrictions.

Please continue to observe all precautions when visiting the church (see poster just inside the main door for more).


 

Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Angela Bunkham- Tonight at 8pm
 
In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.
 
However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
 
So please join us online at 8pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Angela Bunkham.


 

ADVANCE NOTICE – CHRISTMAS MASSES

In order to ensure social distancing is maintained, admission to these Masses will be by ticket only.

Those wishing to apply for tickets are asked to leave their name, number of persons (max. 5 and all from the same household) and a contact telephone number, at the Parish Office or via email: assumptionnewry@gmail.com

Parishioners are also asked to specify which Mass tickets are being sought for.In order to allocate tickets in as fair a way as possible, names, which must be received by 12noon on Friday 18th December, will be put into a hat and a lottery take place. Those drawn out will be informed by Tuesday 22nd.

As a parish, we regret the fact that many of those who have attended our Christmas Masses in previous years will not be able to do so this year but trust you will understand the reasons why.

We would ask that only those who live in our parish or are regular attendees at our church would seek tickets.


 

 

 


 

 


 

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Month’s Mind / 1st Anniversary Masses

In order to ensure appropriate social distancing, which is often difficult at many of the weekend Masses, families booking Month’s Memory & 1st Anniversary Masses will be asked to have them celebrated at the Tuesday or Thursday evening Mass. We regret this step but given attendance at some Masses in recent weeks we feel it necessary for the protection of all.

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Vigil for the Deceased for Lucia (Lucy) Welsh – Tonight at 7.30pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 7.30pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Lucia (Lucy) Walsh.

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

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In November We Remember

We are particularly conscious of families who have lost loved ones in the past year. As families are not able to attend remembrance services in person this year, we offer this prayer resource for use at home.

We would suggest that this prayer service be used throughout the month of November as a way to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us.

You can download the service here:

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WE REMEMBER…

To mark the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Jubilee Cross outside our church to the memory of our deceased infants, we held a short liturgy of remembrance to remember them and those who mourn their passing.

You can view it here:
https://youtu.be/K7prjMnk8uM


 

 

ANNUAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED

Due to the likelihood that we would be unable to accommodate those who may wish to be present in a safe environment, the annual Mass for the Deceased will take place “behind closed doors” on Friday 27th November at 7.30pm (see poster below).

Anyone wishing to place the name of their loved one(s) on a candle can leave the name(s) in the Parish Office before Wednesday 25th November. Candles can be in the name of any of the faithful departed, not just those who have died in the past year.

The candles will be lit before the Mass and will then be available for collection from the Parish Office from Mon. 30th November. Perhaps you might like to keep the candle and light it on Christmas Day?

2020 Mass of Remembrance November


Week of Witness” – 25 November –2 December

“Week of Witness” will take place from Wednesday 25 November – Wednesday 2 December 2020. During the week, we will remember all who have given great witness to their faith in the past and those who continue to give witness today and all who will continue to give great witness in the future.

On Wednesday 25th November (Red Wednesday) Archbishop Martin will celebrate a special Liturgy in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 7.30pm. People are invited to wear something red as we remember all who have given and all who continue to give great witness to their faith.

 

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Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Theresa Kinney – Tonight at 8pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.
However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
So please join us online at 8pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Theresa Kinney.
Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

 Candle and Rose


 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Parishes across the Archdiocese are asked to remember Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, 15th November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Praying for this intention provides an opportunity to remember a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend who have lost their lives as the result of a road traffic collision. It is also a day to thank our emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families and communities.

Deaths, of course, are the most tragic, but many thousands are injured every day on our roads; Road traffic injuries leave behind shattered families and communities. The grief and distress experienced by these people is all the greater because many of the victims are young and many of the crashes could and should have been prevented.

Please take a few moments to pause and remember anyone you know who has either lost their life or who has suffered received life changing injuries as the result of a road traffic accident on this year’s World Day of Remembrance.

A Prayer as We Begin Our Journey:

Holy Mother, hear our prayer,
Keep us in your loving care,
Whatever the perils of the way,
Let us not add to them this day.
So to our caution and attention,
We add a prayer for your protection,
To beg God’s blessing on this car,
To travel safely near and far.
Amen.

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Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. James (Cush) McKevitt Tonight at 6pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.
However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.
So please join us online at 6pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased
for Mr. James (Cush) McKevitt.

Candle and Rose

 


Counselling

Counselling is an essential service which is permitted during times of pandemic restrictions. The Accord Newry Centre is providing ‘in person’ Couples Relationships Counselling. Please contact Moira O’Hare, Accord Newry on 07918170686 for information.

Office Hours are Monday to Wednesday 5 pm to 8.30 pm & Thursday 5pm to 7.30 pm.

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Pre-Marriage Courses

Accord Newry are endeavouring to accommodate couples via our Virtual Interactive Marriage Preparation Programme, during these uncertain times and courses can be booked on www.accord.ie. The cost of the course is £135.

Sunday 17th January (9.30 am to 2pm with a half hour break)

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th January (7pm to 9 pm both evenings)

Sunday 7th February (9.30 am to 2pm with a half hour break)

Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th February (7pm to 9 pm both evenings)

Sunday 21st March (9.30 am to 2pm with a half hour break)

Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st March (7pm to 9 pm both evenings)

Accord


 

 

In November, We Remember

This year, the month of November, in which we traditionally remember the dead and pray for the bereaved, will be particularly poignant. We sense a huge yearning for consolation and hope in the heart of our people.

We are especially mindful in 2020 of those grieving families, who, because of restrictions, have been unable to experience the customary spiritual and community supports which are so much part of our Irish tradition.

On 1 November at 3.00pm the bishops and priests of Ireland will lead a short service of prayer to dedicate the month of November to ‘Remembrance of the Dead and Prayer for the Bereaved’. We invite the whole country to unite in this moment which will be followed by parish liturgies throughout the month of November, reaching out as much as possible to those who cannot be physically present.

Join us in the church (space permitting) or online via our “Live Broadcast” page on our parish website.

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Earlier this year, in response to the spiritual needs of the clergy and the faithful during the ongoing scourge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released the text of a special Mass, entitled “In Time of Pandemic.”

In our parish, we plan to celebrate that Mass each Thursday at 7.30pm.

Mass in Time of Pandemic


Think You Might be Called to Priesthood?

A “Come and See Evening” will take place on Monday 23rd November in Armagh for those who are thinking about Diocesan Priesthood.  It will be an opportunity for men (18 years and older) to come together, to reflect more on the call to Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Armagh.

Those who join for the evening will have an opportunity to hear a young priest share something of his story and they will be able to ask questions and join for worship and prayer.

Anyone who may be interested in joining is asked to contact their local priest or you can contact the Diocesan Vocations Director at pmcanenly21@gmail.com or call Fr Peter at 028 37522802

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FACE MASKS / COVERINGS

Under current government guidelines it is COMPULSORY to use face masks/coverings when entering & exiting the church. It continues to be STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that these should remain in place while in the church.

Please keep your face covering on as you approach for Holy Communion, receive the Host on your hand, step to the marked areas to the side, remove your covering using the ear loop, consume the Host, then reattach your face covering. Please use the hand sanitizer as you return to your seat.

For those wearing face coverings, here are some tips from the CDC in the US.

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Bishop Michael Router invites people to reach out to the elderly especially those in Nursing Care Homes

· “Nursing homes should be prioritised by the State to ensure that they have the personnel and equipment necessary to deal with the current Covid-19 crisis.”

 

Bishop Michael Router, Chair of the Council for Healthcare of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, is asking people to reach out to the elderly as we enter a new phase of Covid-19 restrictions.

Bishop Router said: “Today’s news is a sad reminder that our elderly parents, grandparents and relatives are amongst the most vulnerable during this pandemic. As society begins a new phase of Covid-19 restrictions I am encouraging people to reach out to support and care for our elderly. As a group that can sometimes be neglected they have borne the brunt of this pandemic’s wide ranging effects.

“Many older people have been cocooning for several months and these further restrictions are distressing for them especially as the Autumn evenings close in and the days shorten. Whilst we are all now facing new restrictions, there are small things that we can do to rise above our own concerns and make a contribution that will positively affect the lives of those most in need especially the elderly who live alone.

“Perhaps we could phone an elderly neighbour on a regular basis just for a short chat or to inquire if they needed something from the shops or the chemist. It might also be an opportunity to help and encourage those living alone to keep in touch with their faith and give them information on how they can tune in to the celebration of the Eucharist on a local church webcam, on TV or on local radio. Some advice on exercise for those who are able to walk unaided might be useful or information on who to reach out to if they feel anxious or alone….

It was hugely distressing in the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic that so many vulnerable people died as a result of the spread of Covid-19 in nursing care homes. As we face a rise in coronavirus cases, we need to remind ourselves that every nursing care home resident is someone’s mother, father, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or friend. They have played their part over many decades in contributing to their communities and to the economy. The lives of those who live in such facilities should be valued, respected, and enhanced. Nursing homes should be prioritised by the State to ensure that they have the personnel and equipment necessary to deal with the current Covid-19 crisis. I also would encourage the management of nursing care homes and local clergy to continue to communicate about how best to look after the pastoral care of residents during this difficult time.

“Human life is sacred and precious from the child in the womb to the elderly person in care. We must do all that we can to protect life and to improve the quality of life for those who are particularly vulnerable.

“I wish to acknowledge once again the tremendous work of our doctors, nurses, administrators, chaplains and ancillary staff in healthcare facilities across the country.”

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At the Service of Life

The statement from the Irish Bishops on issues such as assisted suicide, the relief of pain, compassionate care, etc. is now available to read on our website here:

At the Service of Life

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – 18th OCTOBER 2020

World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal so the life-giving work of missionaries can continue. This year celebrations will take place over the weekend of the 18th October.

During this time, all parishes worldwide will offer Mass collections and donations to aid the work of missionaries and mission overseas. World Mission Sunday takes place in every parish where the Church is present. Including, not only across Ireland and Europe, but also in poorer parishes in the developing world. This is why it is such a special moment because it allows all members of the universal Church family, regardless of location or background, to play a part in supporting each other.

Right now, missionaries desperately need our support. In many poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, missionaries are on the front line. They already do so much. Walking hand-in-hand with marginalised communities, long before and long after any emergency. Worryingly the pandemic means World Mission Sunday is in real jeopardy. Show missionaries you care by supporting World Mission Sunday. Your prayers and generosity will change lives.

You can always donate to this great work here:

https://www.wmi.ie/mission


ANNUAL BLESSING OF ROSES

 
Our annual blessing of roses will take place at all our Masses this weekend.
 
Please bring your roses with you to be blessed at the end of Mass. If joining with us from home, keep your roses near and we’ll bless them at the end of Mass.
 
If you’d like your roses blessed at any time during the week ahead, please just bring them along to any Mass and ask the priest after Mass to bless them.

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DAY FOR LIFE 2020

Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.

This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 4 October and will focus on the theme: ‘Choose Life’.

You can find more information here:

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2020/09/23/day-for-life-2020-choose-life/

 

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CELEBRATING CONFIRMATION ON SATURDAY

Just a reminder for those celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow:

To adhere with current COVID 19 guidelines the numbers attending are restricted to immediate family members only (i.e. the child, any siblings of the child, and the child’s parents).

Families must sit together in designated seats and those attending are strongly recommended to wear face coverings. Children under the age of 13 and those with the usual exemptions are not required to wear face coverings.

Due to safeguarding concerns, no photography or videography by families is permitted in the church.

For relatives who would like to join us online for the Mass at 11am, it can be watched live here:

Live Broadcast

Let’s all remember the children in our prayers.

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Please pray for all of our children from Rathore who celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, October 3rd.

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MASS ON SATURDAY MORNING THIS WEEK (October 3rd)

Just a reminder that with the celebration of Confirmation for our Rathore children at 11am on Saturday, the daily Mass on Saturday will be at 10am (and not 10.30am)

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MISSION MONTH

October is Mission Month, a month where we are called to support and pray with and for our missionaries. Ireland has a long history of missionaries serving in the most deprived parts of the world and this tradition continues today with Irish missionaries working in many developing countries as well as in the developed world with projects that support and enable disadvantaged communities.

During this month, parishioners are encouraged to pray for & support our missionaries abroad and those discerning the vocation to mission.

October 1st, is the feast of St Therese of Lisieux – Patron of the Missions and of Missionaries – Through her intercession we pray for the protection of all Missionaries during this time of Pandemic.

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Saturday 26th September 2020

Just a reminder that, due to the celebration of First Holy Communion, our Saturday morning Mass this week will be at 10am.

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From Archbishop Eamon:

OCTOBER FAMILY ROSARY CRUSADE AGAINST COVID

Dear brothers and sisters,

I invite you to join with families all over Ireland this October in praying together the Rosary, or even a decade of the Rosary, in your homes each day for God’s protection during this time of coronavirus.

These past six months have reminded us of the importance of the “domestic Church” – the Church of the sitting room and kitchen – the Church that meets every time a family stands or kneels down, or sits down to pray together!

It has also helped us realise how important is the vocation of parents to be the primary teachers and leaders of their children in faith and prayer.

That is why I am calling for a “Family Rosary Crusade against Covid” during October – encouraging you to pray the Rosary, or even a decade of the Rosary, each day during the month of October. Pray for your own family and loved ones and for all those whose health or livelihood is being seriously impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Spread the word online using the #FamilyRosaryCrusade or #OctoberFamilyRosary and feel free to send in a picture with this hashtag or a short sound clip of your family saying a “Hail Mary”, “Our Father” or “Glory Be”!

I was inspired to make this call during a visit to the Missionaries of Charity here in Armagh who reminded me of what Mother Teresa, St Teresa of Calcutta, once said:

“Cling to the Rosary as the creeper clings to the tree – for without Our Lady we cannot stand”.

God bless you all

Eamon Martin

Archbishop of Armagh

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Know someone studying at Queen’s University, Belfast?

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s reopens on Monday 21 September. Their liturgies, faith events and social gatherings are popular with students and alumni. They have a range of groups and societies whose activities appeal to a wide range of interests. Their Chapel, Food Bar and study space are open throughout the academic year. Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that they are here for you. For more visit qubcatholic.org or drop by for a coffee and chat at 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

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CONFIRMATION THIS EVENING AT 5pm

For this evening’s celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, please bear in mind that attendance is limited to the child, their sponsor and the child’s parents.

In line with Executive and diocesan communication, we are formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, including Confirmation. Please bring a face covering with you and wear it at all times in the church. Children under 13 years of age are currently exempt from wearing a face covering.

In addition, with safeguarding in mind, it is not permitted to take photos or videos of any kind during the celebration.

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Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Anne Quinn (née Queenie McConville) Tonight at 8.30pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8.30pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mrs. Anne Quinn (née Queenie McConville)

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

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Church leaders urge worshippers to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of coronavirus

The following statement has been issued by the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland:

At this time, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, the governments have not formally made mandatory the wearing of face coverings at services of worship. This is, in part, due to the fact that as churches we are committed to maintaining 2 metre physical distancing between household groups and strict adherence to all government guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation etc.

It, however, remains our responsibility to ensure that our services of worship are safe places for all who join with us. It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc., is likely to reduce the spread of coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers, and practical love for our neighbours.

Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30 August 2020, and earlier if practicable.

We understand that some people are exempted from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in the two jurisdictions.

We also recognise that whilst it may not be appropriate for those who are leading from the front during worship, including preaching, to wear face coverings, they should at all times continue to maintain at least 2 metre physical distancing from one another, and 4 metre physical distancing from the front row of the congregation.

The Most Revd Eamon Martin

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

The Most Revd John McDowell

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

The Rt Revd Dr David Bruce

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

The Revd Dr Tom McKnight

President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

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Tuesday 18th August – 4.41pm: Our parish livestream is now back online.

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Tuesday 18th August:

Our livestream is currently offline. It’s been reported to our service provider.

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FACE COVERINGS WHILE IN THE CHURCH

While they are not compulsory at this time, parishioners are reminded that some form of face covering is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED in indoor settings (including churches.) & we are all encouraged to make use of one, for everyone’s safety.

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Novena to Our Lady of the Assumption

On Friday August 7th,  we begin our annual Novena to Our Lady of the Assumption, patroness of our parish church. The Novena prayer will be prayed at all our Masses from then until August 15th.

You’ll find the prayer here:

Novena to Our Lady of the Assumption

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Know someone aged 16-35? Then this just might be for them!

Youth 2000 is an international spiritual initiative established to draw young people to a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, placing the Eucharist- “the source and summit of the Christian life”-at the centre of its mission.

PRAY – SERVE – GIVE – EVANGELISE – GROW

For more on Youth 2000, visit https://www.youth2000.org/join

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Killeavy Old Churches & St Moninna‘s Well

 
The Archdiocese have published a series of videos about the Christian heritage of our diocese.
 
In this video we explore the Christian heritage in the parish of Upper Killeavy. Anne Ward offers us some insight into the Life, work & landscape of St. Moninna, Fr Richard Naughton offers us a reflective prayer on the Saint which calls us to consider our life in relation to the poor & marginalised and Charlie Farrell recites the Children’s Prayer for the Year of Reflection and Prayer.
 
 
For more on our Christian heritage, visit https://www.armaghprays.com/diocesanheritage

 

 

In the second video from Upper Killeavy, Tomaí Ó Conghaile a native of the parish who now lives in Brussels sings Amhran na Craoibhe (Song of the Branch) which recounts how pilgrims on the Pattern day of St. Monnina walked up to the well & tied ribbons and shells to the tree beside the well. The pilgrims would have carried these shells up the ancient path on long sticks.


 

AN INSPIRING JOURNEY

Compiled by our very own Srs. Marie & Rita, here’s a short video about their congregation – Poor Servants of the Mother of God – and its foundress, Frances Margaret Taylor.

Find out more here: https://www.poorservants.org/

 


 

 

“I WAS SICK AND YOU VISITED ME” –
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY TO RESUME ROUTINE VISITS

On behalf of the Chaplaincy Teams across the Southern Trust, we are delighted to say that routine visitation of wards by chaplains will re-commence from Monday July 20th. Emergency on-call cover continued to remain in place throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and returning to wards for more routine visits is an important step forward at this time. As you can imagine, it will be a gradual and tentative re-engagement as we encounter the “new normal” in hospitals. It is a very changed environment into which we step. For example, given the visiting restrictions now in place, we will be avoiding visiting hours as only one nominated person can visit a patient at a time.

While visits by the Chaplaincy Teams are permitted to resume, visits by parish clergy / ministers are not yet permitted by the Southern Trust in their hospitals. This is due to the strict limits on visitor numbers and infection prevention & control procedures.

If you know a family member who is in hospital and would like a visit from the Chaplaincy Team, please ask them to consent to the visit when asked by the nursing staff. Alternatively, a member of their family can ask the hospital to call us.

On behalf of the Chaplaincy Teams across the Trust, we are deeply grateful for your support in so many ways. We know you join with us in continuing to pray in a special way for those who are sick at this time and those who care for them.

Fr. Damien
Daisy Hill Chaplaincy Team

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UPDATED GUIDANCE

RE THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISMS

 
We’ve updated our guidance for the celebration of Baptisms to now include grandparents being able to attend the Baptism.
 
Please note that the guidance is now that only the child, their siblings, the parents, godparents, & grandparents can attend the celebration. Other family members and friends can watch online via www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com

 

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PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION

As we prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation next month, our diocese has provided some resources to help our families prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. These resources complement the wonderful preparation that our schools already do.

There are 5 units in all and you’ll find the first one here:

https://www.armaghprays.com/confirmation-programme

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A “Thank You” from Tanzania!

Our Parish Apostolic Mission Group recently made a donation to the Rosminian Health Centre in Kwalukonge in Tanzania. Fr. Damien visited there in 2011.

Here’s a short clip form Fr. Ambrose speaking about the great work that the Health Centre does:

And here are some photos from the Centre:

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Mass for the Sick – July 11th 2020

Here is our latest Mass for the Sick, celebrated in the chapel in Daisy Hill Hospital. If you know anyone sick in hospital or at home, please share it with them.


 

 

“OPEN DOORS” PRAYER DIARY

If you’d like to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith, why not add a prayer  from this diary to your daily prayers?

You can download the diary as a PDF here:

Open Doors Prayer Diary Jul/Aug 2020

 

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Towards Peace Spiritual Support Service

Towards Peace is a service offering spiritual support for anybody who has been abused, physically emotionally, sexually, spiritually, in a religious/church environment.

Towards Peace was established in October 2014 by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and is now co-funded by the IEC and AMRI (the Association of Leaders of Missionary & Religious of Ireland.)

It is a pathway, a safe space where people who have been hurt can connect with their own spirituality, their sense of God and their own journey Towards Peace. The service is free and is also available to the families of those who have been affected.

Towards Peace understands spirituality as a way of being in, and relating to the world, connected to God and to ones deepest self. Through one to one meetings with a trained and qualified spiritual companion, Towards Peace offers safe spaces for people to attend to their own spiritual life.

Towards Peace continues to operate during the current restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. While, face to face meetings are on hold for the moment, should you wish to access the Service via telephone or SKYPE, or just seek further information, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 00353-86-7710533.

Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am- 4pm Wednesday 9am – 12noon.

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An Invitation

Sr. Marie & Sr. Rita put together this short video as an invitation for us in this time of strangeness.

https://youtu.be/XvqRpybF99c

 


MASS FOR THE SICK FROM DAISY HILL HOSPITAL

Here is our Mass for the Sick for this week, celebrated in Daisy Hill Hospital Chapel:
 
 

 


CALL IN AND LISTEN TO MASS

From today, we’re introducing a way that parishioners can call in and listen to Mass being celebrated each day in our church.

Hopefully, this will especially be of benefit to those who cannot attend Mass in person and who cannot join us online.

If you know of anyone who could avail of this service, details on how to access this service can be obtained from any member of the parish team or the parish office.

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New Sunday Mass Times from This Weekend

(July 4th – 5th)

Just a reminder of our revised Sunday Mass schedule for July, beginning this weekend.

You’ll see that to help facilitate social distancing and manage numbers at Mass, we’ve added two extra Masses – 8pm Saturday & 5.30pm Sunday. We’ve also moved the 12 noon Mass to 12.30pm (to facilitate cleaning of the church).

Given that the Sunday obligation remains suspended, you may wish to consider attending a weekday Mass in place of Sunday. If you have already attended a weekday Mass this week, we invite you to consider not coming to Mass on Sunday and thus allowing more space for those who have yet to return to Mass.

As for every Mass, those most at risk should not present at the church.

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EVENING PRAYER – SUNDAYS AT 7PM

Come join us online or in person for Evening Prayer of the Church every Sunday at 7pm.

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HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY COVER

Our parish has been continuing to provide 24/7 hospital chaplaincy cover for Daisy Hill throughout this pandemic.

While we are not permitted to resume routine visits just yet, we remain available for emergency calls. If needed for an emergency, just call the hospital and ask to speak to the chaplain on call.

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Two Additional Weekday Masses in July

Just a reminder that we’ve added two extra evening Masses for the month of July. This helps us spread the numbers across the week and could help avoid not being able to admit everyone on Sundays.

Given that the Sunday obligation remains suspended, we encourage you to consider attending a weekday Mass in place of Sunday.

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With help from the parish team tonight, the church is now ready for a return to public worship from tomorrow (Monday 29th June).

You’ll see some additional changes to what has already been in place for a few weeks now.

Let’s remember to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly as the Lord leads us into this “new normal”.

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AS WE RE-OPEN FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM MONDAY JUNE 29th

In order to ensure appropriate social distancing, we will continue to observe the 2 metre rule, and as such the number of persons admitted to the church will have to be limited.

It has been calculated that only one pew in every three will be usable & only two people admitted to each pew (unless they are part of the same household). We realise that this may cause some people to be refused admission, possibly including some of our most regular attendees, & apologise for that fact. We are exploring additional ways of enabling those who cannot gain admission to follow the Mass. All Masses will continue to be live-streamed via our parish website.

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Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Vitalijus Zabilavicius at 8pm Sunday

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8pm on Sunday 28th June for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Vitalijus Zabilavicius.

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

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CHANGE TO ROSARY SCHEDULE

From Monday, June 29th, we’ll be praying the Rosary at 7pm Monday – Friday only via our “Live Broadcast” page on our parish website (http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/)

Evening Prayer will no longer be part of that schedule.

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Revised Opening Times

As we gradually move into a return to public worship, it is necessary to sanitise the church after every celebration.

With that in mind, we’re amending our opening times for private prayer as below, effective from Monday, June 29th.

These times will be reviewed at the end of July.

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COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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Church Closed on Friday June 26th

To facilitate a deep clean ahead of a planned resumption of public worship next week, the parish church will be closed to the public on Friday, June 26th. It will re-open from 11am on Saturday.


VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE WITH SJYPS

A Virtual Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday, 28 June 2020 which will include the Rosary at 2.30 pm, Holy Mass at 3.00 pm, followed by Benediction. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the Knock website: www.knockshrine.ie. The Celebrant will be Fr. Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector at Knock Shrine. In advance of the day, pilgrims will be able to place their petitions online on the Knock Shrine website, and these will be placed on the altar for the Mass.

This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society by Olivia Mary Taaffe when she financially assisted the education of one Seminarian to the Priesthood. Since that first year (1895) the Society has assisted the education of thousands of men to the Priesthood. Over the last 10 years the Society has financially assisted 7320 Seminarians and 1449 Priestly Ordinations.

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Time to Reflect & Prepare

This year is one of ‘Reflection and Prayer’ in the Archdiocese of Armagh. We have had time to reflect on where we are as a Church community and on what direction we should take in the future. This present pandemic has given us an insight into just how challenging that future might be.

Bishop Michael invites us all to take 10 mins to watch this video and then to reflect on the questions posed towards the end of the clip.

Our responses can be emailed to yprarmagh@gmail.com

 


 

REVISED MASS TIMES

FROM JUNE 29TH UNTIL END OF JULY

In advance of the proposed restoration of public worship on Mon 29th June, it should be noted firstly that the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in place & those most at risk should not present at the church.

In order that appropriate social distancing (currently 2 metres, in ALL directions) can be observed, the number of persons admitted to the church will have to be limited. It has been calculated that only one pew in every three will be usable & only two people admitted to each pew (unless they are part of the same household).

We realise that this may cause some people to be refused admission, possibly including some of our most regular attendees, & apologise for that fact. We are exploring additional ways of enabling those who cannot gain admission to follow the Mass outside of the church.

In order that as many parishioners as possible would be accommodated our Mass schedule will be expanded as per the poster here. This schedule will be reviewed at the end of July.

Please note that all of these revised arrangements remain under review and dependant on Government / Health Authority advice. Please continue to visit our Facebook page and parish website for updates.

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Faithful invited to online Adoremus 2020 pilgrimage

Adoremus 2020, a joint initiative between the National Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration and the Bishops’ Conference, was due to be held in Knock on 19 and 20 June 2020 and would have been focussed on preparing for the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Adoremus 2020 in Knock has been cancelled and the Eucharistic Congress has been postponed until 2021. Adoremus will, however, take place online from 2.00pm this Saturday 20 June.

A number of speakers, including Sr Virginia Joy of the Sisters of Life New York, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Bishop Kevin Doran have recorded talks and prayer moments to allow us to join together virtually.

Adoremus will conclude with Rosary and the celebration Mass and Benediction by Father Richard Gibbons, PP of Knock. See further information below.

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New Parish “Covid-19 Support” Subgroup Meets

As part of our continuing preparations for an eventual return to Mass with a congregation present, our new “Covid-19 Support” subgroup met this week. This subgroup works alongside the new “Covid-19 Liturgy” subgroup and is tasked to look at stewarding, cleaning, seating, etc. – anything that might help us all to stay safe and pray safe.

The group will forward its thoughts to the Parish Pastoral Council to be reflected upon.

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New Parish “Covid-19 Liturgy” Subgroup Meets

This week, our new “Covid-19 Liturgy” group met to begin looking at the celebration of Mass again with a congregation present.

We walked through the different parts of the Mass – Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Holy Communion, Concluding Rites – to see what practical adjustments will be needed to how we celebrate together, without compromising the integrity of the Mass and helping us all to stay safe and pray safe.

The group will forward its thoughts to the Parish Pastoral Council to be reflected upon.

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Pioneer

PIONEER TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY

Every year within the Archdiocese of Armagh we hold a special event in honour of Sacred Heart of Jesus Patron of Pioneer Total Abstinence. This year we are continuing with this tradition online.

Thursday 18th June Parish

Tynan and Middletown will be holding there twenty four hour vigil in St John’s Church Middletown beginning that evening with Mass at 7.30pm. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament begins after Mass right through to Mass at 7.30pm on Friday 19th June 2020.

At Midnight on Thursday into Friday Morning Most Rev Micheal Router Auxiliary Bishop will celebrate Mass from St John’s Middletown. The media link for this Church is via MCN Media and everyone is asked to join from their own home.

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2020
To celebrate the Feast of Sacred Heart Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am from St Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny Co Donegal by Most Reverend Alan Mc Guckian SJ Bishop Diocese of Raphoe. It is available on following outlets:
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For Sunday June 14th

Change of Opening Time due to Funeral

 


Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Peter Connolly Tonight at 8pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. Peter Connolly, Glenvale Crescent.

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

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Returning to Public Celebration of Mass & The Sacraments

In light of the publication of the Framework Document for a return to the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, the parish team and the Parish Pastoral Council are meeting today (Wednesday 11th June) (via conference calls) to begin reviewing the framework with a view to being ready for when public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments returns.

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Getting Married in the Catholic Church?

If you need some help with preparing for getting married in the Catholic Church, our parish website has some concise information which can help. Just click here:

Getting Married in the Catholic Church

Please note that we have no update yet on when the celebration of Marriage (with a congregation) will be allowed to resume in our churches. As soon as know more, it will be posted here.

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Visiting the Statue of St. Anthony

As we celebrate the annual Novena to St. Anthony until June 13th, we’ve temporarily opened the side aisle so visitors to our church can access our statue of St. Anthony.

If you wish to visit the statue please do so as you leave the church so as to maintain the one-way system. Please do not touch the statue at any stage.

Thanks to our parishioner who generously donated the St. Anthony lilies for the statue.

Stay safe & pray safe.

St. Anthony June 2020

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Vigil for the Deceased

Vigil for the Deceased for the repose of the soul of Maura Turley (nee Mckeown) will be celebrated from our church, via webcam, this evening (Wed.) at 8pm.

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Give Us This Day – June 2020

Give Us This Day is an invitation to pray daily. Whether you have five minutes or a half hour, Give Us This Day supports your desire to pray with:

– Daily inspiration from the lives of saintly witnesses
– Insightful, relevant reflections on Scripture
– Simplified daily prayer for morning and evening

In this time of pandemic, the publishers are kindly providing the June 2020 edition for free.

You can download it here:

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Vigil for the Deceased

for Mr. P.D. Farrell Tonight at 8pm

In these days, it’s difficult not to be able to gather together in person to mourn the death of a loved one, a family member, a neighbour, a friend, a parishioner.

However, we can gather together in prayer, no matter where we might be.

So please join us online at 8pm tonight for the Vigil for the Deceased for Mr. P.D. Farrell, Ardgreen Drive, who died today.

Join us online here: http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/live-broadcast/

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Change of Opening Time due to Funeral


CAN YOU HELP US STAY SAFE SO WE CAN PRAY SAFE?

At the moment, Frs. Liam & Damien and Srs. Marie & Rita clean the church each evening. Although there is no indication yet of when churches will be re-opened for public worship, when this does happen it will be necessary to clean the church between each Mass, in the interests of infection control.

Your support with this would be greatly appreciated. This will call for a real team effort, especially to clean the church between Masses on a Sunday.

If you can spare even a little time, please leave your name
– with a member of the Parish Team,
– via email to assumptionnewry@gmail.com,
– by phone at 02830252459.

Thank you again for the continued support.

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ANNUAL NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY

Our annual Novena will take place in our church from 5th – 13th June. The Novena prayers will be recited at all Masses during that time.

The traditional blessing of lilies will take place via the live broadcast on 13th June at our 10.30am and 6.15pm Masses that day. (Please do not bring lilies to the church at this time).

You can find the Novena Prayers here: Novena Prayers

Because of this Novena, our Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will not take place on Wed. 10th June.

St. Anthony


 

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WHY NOT JOIN POPE FRANCIS IN PRAYING THE ROSARY THIS SATURDAY AT 4.30PM (IRISH TIME)?

“Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)”.

On this theme Pope Francis will lead the recitation of the Rosary on Saturday 30 May, joining the Marian Shrines of the world which, due to the health emergency, have had to interrupt their normal activities and pilgrimages.

The Pope will once again be close to humanity in prayer, to ask the Virgin Mary for help amid the pandemic. The prayer will be broadcast live to the world from the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens at 5.30.pm Rome time.

Read more here:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-to-pray-the-rosary-along-with-shrines-of-world-covid19.html?fbclid=IwAR1cyLCvDYXkriIVJK6TiFZqemgFCLQ3JQjwzLCct44FMy5nUA2X2F7ETms

Pope Francis Prayer 30 May 2020

 

 


Pentecost Message from Archbishop Eamon

                                               to Priests, Religious and Faithful

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost – the great feast of the Holy Spirit and the “birthday” of the Christian Church. I find it sad and disappointing that we have now come the whole way through the Easter season and we are still unable to gather physically for Mass and the sacraments.

We have all been making great sacrifices to protect health and life and to support the Common Good. But we miss meeting up as a parish community. Thankfully our sacrifices are bearing fruit and the number of deaths and ICU admissions from Covid-19 is continuing to decline.

I want to thank you for the work you are doing at local level to plan for the full “re-opening” of parish life and worship. Please work closely with your priests so that your parish stands ready to respond quickly when the public health authorities tell us it is safe to begin gathering together again for Mass inside our churches.

Thanks also for your response to my call for ideas and questions to help draft a National Framework Document to maximize consistency across the dioceses and parishes of Ireland. At the Standing Committee of the Bishops’ Conference yesterday (meeting for the first time over video call) the Bishops agreed to refine this framework further to include a helpful checklist for parish priests and Covid-19 Parish Support Teams on physical distancing and hygiene. This will help you evaluate progress made to date and guide any necessary improvements in practice within your parish.

The Framework Document will also offer guidance on a number of important liturgical issues which many of you have been enquiring about e.g. the distribution and reception of Holy Communion; advice for con-celebrants, deacons, altar servers; best practice for extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and others who assist at Mass. At the forthcoming Episcopal Conference meeting in early June the Bishops will consider extending the current suspension of the Sunday obligation, the Sign of Peace and use of Holy Water fonts. We will also discuss the celebration of Baptism, Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of any ongoing restrictions.

It is hoped that the National Framework Document will help guide our ongoing preparations at parish and diocesan level. It will also support our continuing engagement with government and public health authorities – north and south – in making a case for the early resumption of the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments in a measured and safe way.

God bless you and your families this Pentecost weekend. Please Stay safe. And pray safe!

Archbishop Eamon


 

 

 

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Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to pray for each other, to share and record their ‘2020 vision’ stories

Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed Pope Francis’ message for the 54th World Day of Social Communications which will be celebrated on Sunday – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The theme of Pope Francis’ annual message for this year reflects on the power of storytelling: ‘That you may tell your children and grandchildren’ (Ex 10:2).

Archbishop Eamon said, “During this time of COVID19 restrictions, many grandparents have mentioned how much they miss the physical company and affection of their grandchildren – especially their hugs! The relationship between the generations is a favourite theme of Pope Francis which he reiterates in his communications message for 2020. The Pope often speaks of the bond that exists between younger and older people and for his communications message this year he particular focuses on the importance of sharing stories across the generations.

“The theme of Pope Francis’ message reminds us that ‘from childhood we hunger for stories … stories influence our lives … [although] not all stories are good stories’. By choosing his theme from the Book of Exodus, the Holy Father underpins how memories and storytelling are precious in our lives and in all the best communications. The telling of stories – inspired by faith, hope and love – is also hugely significant in the handing on of faith from generation to generation.

“When I attended the Youth Synod in Rome in 2018, Pope Francis surprised us by hosting an evening when young and older people who came together to learn from each other and at which he launched Sharing the Wisdom of Time. In the preface he says ‘the Lord wants me to say: that there should be an alliance between the young and old people.’ The Pope explains that this cooperation entails sharing experiences of older people, heeding their advice and creating a strong bond with the new generations who are hungry for guidance and support as they prepare for their future. This spirit is exemplified in this year’s communications message:

‘In an age when falsification is increasingly sophisticated … we need wisdom to be able to welcome and create beautiful, true and good stories. We need courage to reject false and evil stories. We need patience and discernment to rediscover stories that help us not to lose the thread amid today’s many troubles. We need stories that reveal who we truly are, also in the untold heroism of everyday life.’

“Encouraged by Pope Francis, this weekend I invite grandparents and grandchildren to share their own stories – over the phone, on social media or video call – of how they are coping during this coronavirus crisis. Perhaps the young people could record and capture this moment for the future. In years to come, when we look back on 2020, we will be sharing with future generations the story of how the world had to pause, to stand still. Hopefully we will be able to relate the things that we learned from this pandemic experience. Perhaps we will speak of ‘2020 vision’ in a new way, that 2020 was the year we learned to appreciate more each other – our family, our elderly, our friendships, our front-line workers, our clergy – and all because we had to spend some time apart.

Archbishop Eamon concluded, “I strongly encourage everyone to read this year’s uplifting Communications Day message by Pope Francis, and to reflect on the power of ‘the story’ in our own journey, and on those around us, especially during this restricted period. As Pope Francis says, ‘The history of Christ is not a legacy from the past; it is our story, and always timely. It shows us that God was so deeply concerned for mankind, for our flesh and our history, to the point that he became man, flesh and history. It also tells us that no human stories are insignificant or paltry.’”


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Message of Pope Francis

for World Communications Day 2020

Download here:

Message of Pope Francis for World Communications Day 2020


 

 

 

Re-Opening our Church for Private Prayer

 

A short introduction about what’s changed in the church building as we prepare to reopen for private prayer on Wednesday 20th May 2020.

 


 

 

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The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will be celebrated on May 31st, Pentecost Sunday. This year due to COVID-19 virus, the Pilgrimage will be celebrated online, from Knock Shrine beginning at 2.30pm, with the recitation of the Rosary, a video greeting from the Archbishop at 2.55pm and the celebration of the Pilgrimage Mass at 3pm.

To help prepare for our Pilgrimage an online Novena will be available daily from 12 noon on the Diocesan website and Facebook page from nine different shrines and grottoes of Our Lady in the Archdiocese:

Saturday May 23rd                               1st Day of the Novena                   Armagh Cathedral
Sunday May 24th                                  2nd Day of the Novena                 Cooley Parish
Monday May 25th                                  3rd Day of the Novena                 Edendork
Tuesday May 26th                                 4th Day of the Novena                  Derrynoose
Wednesday May 27th                          5th day of the Novena                   Killeeshil
Thursday May 28th                               6th Day of the Novena                  Dundalk
Friday May 29th                                      7th Day of the Novena                  Coalisland
Saturday May 30th                                8th Day of the Novena                  Cuan Mhuire
Sunday May 31st                                    9th Day of the Novena                  Drogheda


Message from Trócaire

Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

1. Online at www.trocaire.org
2. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, 10 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD (NI)

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

Return Box Donation Square ROI&NI


May: The Month of Mary

 

 

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Download as a PDF here:

May the Month of Mary

 


 

Sorrowful Mysteries – Colouring Sheet

Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries with the younger members of our parish family? Here’s a colouring sheet that might help. You can also download it here:

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CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE & HOPE

Archbishop Eamon will lead a special Celebration of Gratitude and Hope in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, this Sunday evening (May 10th) at 7.30pm, with music by Karl McGuckin & Malachi Cush.

The evening can be accessed by clicking any of the following links: (the Church Services TV link will probably be the most stable)

https://www.churchservices.tv/armaghcathedral

Cathedral Webcam

and also on the Archdiocese of Armagh Facebook Page.

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Open Doors Prayer Diary

Every couple of months, we leave copies of Open Doors’ Prayer Diary at the back of our church as an encouragement for us all to pray for those of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted around the world for their belief in Jesus.

You’ll find the latest edition (May / June 2020) of the diary to download here:

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You can also download their latest magazine here:

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‘Hold on to Hope’ – Archbishop Eamon offers a message to Leaving Cert and A-Level pupils

Archbishop Eamon offers a message of encouragement to all Leaving Cert and A-Level pupils during the current Covid-19 pandemic. He achknowledges their worries and concerns in the beautiful video below. He assures them that they will not be robbed of their hopes and dreams and offers his continued support and prayers in the coming days, weeks and months.


 

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 Give Us This Day – May 2020

Give Us This Day is an invitation to pray daily. Whether you have five minutes or a half hour, Give Us This Day supports your desire to pray with:

– Daily inspiration from the lives of saintly witnesses
– Insightful, relevant reflections on Scripture
– Simplified daily prayer for morning and evening

In this time of pandemic, the publishers are kindly providing the May 2020 edition for free.

Please download it here:

Give Us This Day_May 2020

 


 

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Chaplaincy in Daisy Hill Hospital

If you or a family member are in Daisy Hill Hospital, or indeed if you work in the hospital, there is a chaplaincy phone service available daily from 10am – 12 noon & 2-4pm

Just dial the numbers below to speak with a chaplain.

While we’re not doing routine visits at the moment, we’re still around. Chaplains are still available for emergency or urgent visits.

To call a chaplain at any time, just ring 028-30835000 (Daisy Hill) and ask for the chaplain on call.

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“Later I Will Confess, But Forgive Me Now”

In these days, it’s not really feasible to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation safely. But let us not despair of God’s mercy.

Recently, Pope Francis reminded us of an outstanding principle of the Church – perfect contrition. The Pope said:

“You do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: if you do not find a priest to hear your confession, speak to God, he is your father, and tell him the truth. Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition. Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”

In that spirit, we celebrated a special Liturgy of Reconciliation this week. It runs for 25 mins and will take you through an examination of conscience and an Act of Perfect Contrition.

You can watch the Liturgy here:

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Stations of the Cross

Using the images from our own parish church, please find below a video of the Stations of the Cross.


 

 

 

 

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A Call to Pray

 

Here’s a short prayer resource  which contains prayer guidance and brief Scriptural references as well as prayers for mercy, of confession, of intercession, for medical staff and carers and essential services, for our neighbours, Our Lord`s Prayer, and for our families and children.

View / download it here:

2020 Apr 05 – A Call to Pray on Palm Sunday in context of coronavirus


 

 

 

 

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Give Us This Day – Free Resource for April

Give Us This Day is an invitation to pray daily.

Whether you have five minutes or a half hour, Give Us This Day supports your desire to pray with:

  • Daily inspiration from the lives of saintly witnesses
    Insightful, relevant reflections on Scripture
    Simplified daily prayer for morning and evening

Give Us This Day is a monthly publication centered on the Word of God. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of voices, it provides a relevant and trustworthy understanding of Scripture.

They’ve made their April edition free – you can download it here:

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It’s also available on the App Store & Google Play as “Give Us This Day” with free 60 day access.

More information here: Give Us This Day


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The why and how of making a spiritual communion

(Article from “Our Sunday Visitor, www.osvnews.com)

Catholics across the world are experiencing an unexpected and unfortunate fast from the Eucharist, which comes in the wake of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In many ways, the inability of many to receive holy Communion has become an unimaginable Lenten penance…

How are Catholics to make sense of this absence of public worship or reception of the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord? It might be most helpful to take a brief look at the situation of others, regular Catholic practice and then consider ways to make the best of the situation and continue growing in our relationship with the Lord given the present obstacles…

Read the full article here:

The Why & How of Making a Good Spiritual Communion

Download a two page guide here:

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Baptisms Suspended


 

 

Rosary & Evening Prayer Poster


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PLEASE NOTE

We are experiencing higher volumes than usual visiting our “Live Broadcast” of Masses.

If the broadcast is not working, please give it a minute or two and refresh the page.

If it is still not working, please try our page here:

https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/middle-killeavy

You can also find a list of other churches broadcasting throughout our diocese here:

https://www.armagharchdiocese.org/webcam-masses-in-the-archdiocese-of-armagh/

You will also find a wide range of churches online here:

https://www.mcnmedia.tv/


 

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Online March 2020

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Annual Novena to St. Joseph

Annual Novena to St Joseph, for the promotion of vocations to the priesthood, runs from 11th March to 19th March (Feast of St. Joseph.) Leaflets can be found at the church door. The Novena is easy to follow & can be prayed, in a few minutes, in the privacy of your own home.

You can download a PDF copy of the Novena here:

SJYPS Novena to St. Joseph

 Here are scans of the Novena Prayers as well (click to enlarge):

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Mass Times in Lent

 

 


Why not take the Short-Term Pledge as your Lenten Sacrifice

As part of its work for temperance and sobriety, the Pioneer Association has a Short-Term Pledge section for adults over the age of eighteen years. This enables a person who does not wish to make a life commitment to total abstinence to take a pledge for a limited period of time and make a worthwhile sacrifice. If you would like to take the pledge for the six weeks of Lent, please go online at www.pioneerassociation.ie and follow the links to join. A small fee applies if you wish to have the Pioneer emblem and the registration card.

 


Irish National Pilgrimage to 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Budapest, 12 – 21 September

Join Bishop Kevin Doran on the Irish National Pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Budapest from 12th – 21st September 2020. A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people every four years which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. Be part of this unique event and re-live the atmosphere of the recent International Eucharistic Congress and World Meeting of Families held in Ireland, Cost: From €1,050 per person sharing. For more information see www.catholicbishops.ie To book https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-international-eucharistic-congress

 


 

Dromantine Summer Camp

Dromantine Summer Camp is now in its 51st year. The Camp runs during July and August. A week at Camp lasts from Sunday to Friday and offers a variety of activities in Faith, Sport and Entertainment, Guidance in life’s opportunities / challenges and input from FOA [Friends of Africa] Volunteers returning from their experience in Africa.

There are two weeks for BOYS : 26th – 31st of July and 2nd – 7th of August and two weeks for GIRLS: : 9th – 14th of August and 16th – 21st of August , 2020.

REGISTRATION has begun .You can find a link on our FACEBOOK page Dromantine Summer Camp or email us at: dromantinecards@sma.ie or Tel: 02830821224 .

COME AND BE PART OF CAMP 2020.


 

Anam Cara – Bereavement Information Evening – 26 February

Anam Cara Armagh the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 26th February at 7:20pm in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, BT60 4FR. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 25th February or call 028 95213120.

 


 

Why support life? – 19 February

A round-table discussion on the future of the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland will take place in the Catholic Chaplaincy QUB. The panel, chaired by Brett Lockhart QC, features key figures in the pro-life movement including Dawn McAvoy, Dr Andrew Cupples, Patrick Gallagher, Kate Meenagh and Sarah Haire. If you are interested in learning more about the pro-life position from a variety of perspectives, this event is not to be missed. 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm.


PSNI Recruitment

Archbishop Eamon Martin wishes to draw the attention of the Catholic community to the current PSNI recruitment campaign which runs until 25 February – information is available on website joinpsni.co.uk .

Archbishop Eamon says: “I encourage the very best of our young people to seriously consider a career in the police. Help to shape the future of policing here and serve your community with generosity, concern, respect and courage”.


 

Lectio Divina for Newcomers – Lent 2020

Introducing the practice of Lectio Divina. Reading, Recognising, Responding, Resting-in, and Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel. The Lenten series commences on Ash Wednesday 26th February and will run consecutively for the 6 weeks of Lent.

There will be a choice of 2 sessions, either Wednesday 26th February at 11.30am or Thursday 27th February at 8.15pm. Venue: Lectio Centre, 35-37 Dominic Street, Newry

To book a place please contact Joan- 028 302 62178 or email: lectiocentre35@gmail.com.


Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse

28 February

The annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse takes place on Friday 28 February. Prayers will be offered at Masses on that day for those who have been hurt by abuse in the Church. We are all asked to remember this intention in our private prayers also.

 


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Married Couples
Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 7th – 9th February 2020. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info@retrouvaille.ie or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.


SMA Retreat and Conference Centre, Dromantine – Days of Prayer

‘Introduction to Focusing’ led by Fr. Adrian Farrelly OP

Sat. 15th Feb. 9.30am – 5.00pm inc. Lunch – £30

LENTEN DAYS of Recollection ‘Lord, open my heart as wide as it can open’

led by Fr. Damian Bresnahan SMA

Sat. 14th March 9.30am – 5.00pm inc. Lunch – £25

‘Remember – you’re worth it!’

led by Fr. John Gallagher SMA

Sat. 28th March 9.30am – 5.00pm inc. Lunch – £25


 

Experience Monastic Life – St. Benedict’s Priory, Cobh, Co Cork

Monastic Day Retreat

Saturday 21st March, 9am-5pm. Talks on Monasticism & Monastic Saints. Donation only. Lunch Provided. All welcome.

Monastic Experience

16th – 18th April. Opportunity for Women discerning Religious Life to experience life in our monastery.

Contact: Mother Prioress, St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co.Cork Tel 021 4811354

cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com. Booking essential for both events as places are limited.


Second Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 7 – 14 July 2020

The second Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin, will take place from 7th July 2020 – 14th July 2020. Cost £719. For further details contact Maureen or Joe McLaughlin 028 9070 1606, 07745 093530 or 07711 808207.


 

Sólás – Volunteers needed
Volunteers needed: Sólás is a registered children’s charity which supports children with additional educational needs in primary schools across Northern Ireland. We are currently recruiting retired teachers and people with experience working in an educational setting to provide 1:1 or small group support to underachieving children in primary schools throughout N Ireland. One morning/week. Induction and training provided. For more information, please contact Kate on 02890247600 or progs@solasbt7.com. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


 

 

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EPIPHANY BLESSING OF A HOUSE

There is a tradition that on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the initials C, M & B, along with the numerals of the current calendar year and a series of small crosses are chalked over the door of the family home to invoke God’s blessing throughout the coming year (see below). The initials refer to the names usually given to the three Wise Men: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, but can also be interpreted as “Christus mansionem benedicat” (Christ bless this house). Blessed chalk will be available after the Masses tomorrow for those who wish to participate in this tradition. The prayer below can be recited before/after the inscription.

Write this in chalk above the door to the family home: 20 + C + M + B + 20

Prayer for the Blessing

Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

Bambinelli Sunday

Use the prayer below to bless the Baby Jesus figure from your Christmas crib, then wrap it, place it under your Christmas Tree…

And on Christmas morning, let the first present you unwrap
be the Baby Jesus, the true reason for this season!

God, our Father
you so loved humankind
that you sent us your only Son Jesus,
born of the Virgin Mary,
to save us and lead us back to you.
We pray that with your Blessing
these images of Jesus,
who is about to come among us,
may be a sign of your presence and
love in our homes.
Good Father,
give your Blessing to us too,
to our parents, to our families and
to our friends.
Open our hearts,
so that we may be able to
receive Jesus in joy,
always do what he asks
and see him in all those
who are in need of our love.
We ask you this in the name of Jesus,
your beloved Son
who comes to give the world peace.
He lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

(Pope Benedict XVI)


 

 

 

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REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR

As in previous years the Advent Scripture Reflection Group invites you to take part in a Reverse Advent Calendar by donating items that will be distributed to those in need in time for Christmas. A list of suggested items is available at the doors of the church. You can also download the list below (2 calendars per page so you can share the idea with someone else!). Thank you once again for your generosity.

Download the list here: Reverse Advent Calendar

 

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Christmas Mass Times 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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PIPS Christmas Service Poster 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Download Here: Blessing of a Crib

 


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Download here (PDF): Blessing of a Christmas Tree

 


 

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Archbishop Eamon Martin

launches Ireland’s most popular Advent Calendar

#ShareTheJourney #LivingAdvent

Archbishop Eamon Martin has today launched the 2019 online Advent Calendar, which will go live on www.catholicbishops.ie on the first Sunday of Advent, 1 December next.

Now in its sixth year, the popular online Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and home which can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent. The content is aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.

The unique interactive Advent Calendar has family prayers and suggestions for #LivingAdvent – acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December. The Calendar also shares tips on how families can care for creation, our common home, by having a more sustainable Christmas.

Welcoming this year’s Advent Calendar Archbishop Eamon said, “The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic new year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time. As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord – ‘You must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do no not expect’ [Mt 24:37-44].

“Preparation does not happen at once but over time and so each day of Advent allows us to reflect on the joy of the Gospel. Our online calendar is a helpful resource on this journey. By clicking on the virtual doors each of the days of Advent, we are inviting people to take just five minutes to find moments of peace and reflection on the meaning of Advent and Christmas amidst all the rush and busyness of life around us.”

“I particularly welcome the inclusion on this year’s calendar of some of the inspirational messages that Pope Francis gave to us this year in Christus vivit (Christ is alive), his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation to young people. The message of Christ is alive is that Jesus is our hope and that he lives within us. The seasons of Advent and Christmas occur in the depth of winter reminding us that Christ was born to bring hope to a darkened world. As the prophet Isaiah said “the people that wait in darkness see a great light”. The inspiring messages that Pope Francis has for young people in Christus vivit also apply to all of us and to the young person inside us.”

Archbishop Eamon concluded, “I invite everyone during this Season of Advent to enjoy our online calendar. I ask that people would not just reflect on the content personally but share it with others on social media. At this busy time I encourage everyone to take a few moments of pause, in the stillness to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas which is that Christ is alive and that He is our hope.”


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More info here: https://www.armagharchdiocese.org/youth-lourdes-2020/

 


 

 

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Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of proclamation, service and witness. Alpha takes people on a journey often leading to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It enables people to ask their questions, share ideas, build friendships and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. In summary, the Alpha course is food, a talk and good conversation!

A new course begins in the Parish Centre, The Mall on Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm. Alpha is for everyone; all backgrounds, all contexts, all ages.

For more on the Alpha course in general, visit https://alpha.org/catholic-context/about


 

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Ordination of Fr Michael Router as Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh

Saturday 20 July

7.00pm Vigil Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

During the Mass, the blessing of the Pontifical Insignia will take place. As we gather on the Feast of the Dedication of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Archbishop Eamon will bless Bishop Michael’s Pastoral Ring, Staff and Mitre. After Mass, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with Benediction at 8.30pm, during which time we will pray for Fr Michael as he begins his new ministry. Everyone welcome.

Sunday 21 July

3.00pm Ordination Ceremony in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Monday 22 July

7.30pm Mass of Thanksgiving in St Malachy’s Church, Armagh.

Fr Michael will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving, to give thanks to God for his calling as Bishop and to pray God’s blessing on his work and ministry in the years to come. After the Mass, he will impart his blessing to all present. Everyone welcome.


 

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Sharing the Good News – Issue 52

The May 2019 issue includes the following articles and news snippets:

Ø Good Friday Agreement allows a generation to reap the benefits of peace – Bishop Dermot Farrell

Ø All of share in the responsibility of nurturing future vocations – Archbishop Eamon Martin

Ø Accord Catholic Marriage Care’s recruitment of marriage preparation course facilitators

Ø New pilgrimage season opens on Lough Derg

Ø Bishops pay tribute to Jean Vanier following his death

Ø News in pictures: Pope Francis comments to young people in Macedonia; Mass for Vocations Sunday to be broadcast from RTÉ studios; and, Bishop Denis Nulty’s participation in the St Conleth 1500 celebrations in Newbridge Parish.

 

You can download the PDF here: Sharing the Good News May 2019


 

 

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The Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission (ADYC) are excited to bring a group of teenagers to the only LifeTeen Camp in UK & Ireland this summer. The Camp takes place in Alton Castle, England.

Camp LifeTeen is a new initiative that ADYC are supporting, designed for personal and team growth where individuals can learn to overcome fears and challenges whilst relying on their friends and faith for help. LifeTeen believes deeply in the power and grace of the Sacraments. The Camp offers opportunities to participate in the Sacraments and leading teens closer to Christ.

The cost is £400.00 (all inclusive of accommodation, meals, activities, day trips, return transport and t-shirt). Please see attached a brochure and further information can be found by following the link below:

https://www.armagharchdiocese.org/camp-lifeteen-2019/

 

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Sharing the Good News – Issue 50, March 2019

The March 2019 issue includes the following articles and news snippets:

– Archbishop Eamon Martin encourages the faithful to #LiveLent 2019

– Archbishop Diarmuid Martin presides at a service of silence and prayerful reflection in a gesture of solidarity with the people of New Zealand and the Islamic faith worldwide;

– Parishes encouraged to champion the message of Laudato Si – Pope Franics’ encyclical on care for our common home

– ‘At the service of justice and peace’ – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivers the annual Trócaire lecture 2019 [article also includes a reference to the awarding of two prestigious honours to former Trócaire directors Mr Justin Kilcullen and Éamonn Meehan];

– Bishops express concern about ads for maternity hospital

– News snippets: (i) Bishop Kevin Doran appointed Chairman of Council for Life (ii) Altar used for WMOF2018 Closing Mass has new permanent home in Bonnybrook Parish.

You can download this as a PDF here:

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The Benedictine Monks, Rostrevor Co. Down, invite men (18-40) to an Easter Triduum Retreat from Holy Thursday 18th April until Sunday 20th April 2019.
Take time to reflect. Examine your life and consider your call.
If interested, please contact:
Fr Thierry: benedictinemonks@btinternet.com / +44 (0)28 4173 9979
Facebook: Benedictine Monks Rostrevor / Twitter: @rostrevormonks

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Lenten Days and Holy Week Retreat at Dromantine – 2019

16th March ‘A Lenten Encounter: Looking Up and Reaching Out’ led by Fr. Damian Bresnahan SMA 10am – 5pm Cost £25 lunch included

30th March ‘A Lenten Experience: Called to Renewal’ led by Fr. John Gallagher SMA 10am – 5pm £25 lunch included

Holy Week Retreat Wed 17th April at 5pm – Sunday 21st at 11am The SMA Community invites you to join them in reflectively celebrating the Easter Triduum, beginning with the Seder Meal. £250 full board

Dromantine Retreat Centre, Newry BT34 1RH Booking: Tel. 028 30821964 or admin@dromantineconference.com


 

 

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The annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse takes place on Friday 15 February 2019, just one week before the historic gathering in Rome hosted by Pope Francis on 21-24 February Rome to discuss the safeguarding of minors in the Church. We ask for your prayers for all those who have been hurt by abuse in the Church. We pray for Pope Francis and for the success of the meeting in Rome at which senior bishops and religious superiors from around the world will be attending.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will be blessing and dedicating a ‘Candle of Atonement’ during Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on 15 February, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. This Candle will be lit in our Cathedral as a reminder of the need for atonement and to symbolise repentance, light in the darkness and hope.

A candle of atonement will be lit at all Masses in our parish on the weekend of 16th & 17th February.

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‘Sharing the Good News’ – Issue 49, February 2019

The February 2019 issue includes the following articles and news snippets:

  • Accord publishes 2018 returns for marriage preparation and for marriage and relationship counselling
  • Candles of atonement to be lit in cathedrals and parishes
  • Ireland can and should have a world-class health care system – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
  • New Bishop Larry Duffy answers ‘call within a call’ in front of 1,000 plus congregation
  • Join forces to end human trafficking – Pope Francis
  • News snippets: Foyle Search and Rescue takes deliver of one of the cars used by Pope Francis while he was in Ireland for the WMOF2018; and, Vatican announces that Cardinal John Henry Newman is to be canonized.

 

You can download the two page edition here:

Sharing the Good News February 2019

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Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats provide a healing opportunity for anyone struggling with the spiritual or emotional pain of an abortion. It aims to help suffering souls find a voice and transform the pain of the past into love and peace and a future full of hope. For information call Marian in complete confidence on 07814 748 744 or e mail marianrvni@yahoo.co.uk and check us out on Facebook.

 


 

Sharing the Good News

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Young Irish Catholics in Panama for World Youth Day 2019
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin consults faithful ahead of February summit in Rome
  • Catholic Schools Week 2019
  • Bishops to Christians in the Holy Land: You are not forgotten
  • Pope Francis’ letter to Pontifical Academy for Life marking their 25th anniversary
  • News snippets: Bishop Paul Tighe at the launch of a new Vatican Athletics team and Bishop Brendan Leahy on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

You can download the edition here (PDF): Sharing the Good News January 2019

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Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

The Final Document from last year’s Synod of Bishops has been released. The topic of the Synod was Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

You can read the full text here:

http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en/fede-discernimento-vocazione/final-document-of-the-synod-of-bishops-on-young-people–faith-an.html

 

You can also download the document in PDF format by clicking on this link (the document is 56 pages): Final Document from Synod of Bishops (2018)


 

 

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Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night, Theophany, or Three Kings Day) marks the occasion of a time-honoured Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” The formula for the ritual — adapted for 2019 — is simple: take chalk of any colour and write the following above the entrance of your home: 20 + C + M + B + 19.

 


 

 

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Epiphany Proclamation 2019
While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the “Paschal Full Moon,” and can fall between March 22 and April 25.

In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. On Epiphany Sunday, the upcoming dates were “proclaimed” after the gospel in this way:
Dear brothers and sisters,
the glory of the Lord has shone upon us,
and shall ever be manifest among us,
until the day of his return.

Through the rhythms of times and seasons
let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation.

Let us recall the year’s culmination,
the Easter Triduum of the Lord:
his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial,
and his rising celebrated
between the evening of the Eighteenth of April
and the evening of the Twentieth of April,
Easter Sunday being on the Twenty-first day of April.

Each Easter — as on each Sunday —
the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed
by which Christ has for ever conquered sin and death.
From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent,
will occur on the Sixth day of March.

The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on
Sunday, the Second day of June

Pentecost, joyful conclusion of the season of Easter,
will be celebrated on the Ninth day of June.

And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be
on the First day of December, 2019.

Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the passover of Christ
in the feasts of the holy Mother of God,
in the feasts of the Apostles and Saints,
and in the commemoration of the faithful departed.

To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come,
Lord of time and history,
be endless praise, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

(Source:

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/Epiphany-Proclamation.html)

 


 

Come join us each Sunday in Advent in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane, at 7pm.

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UNBOUND: Deliverance, Freedom and Belonging:

‘The 12’ supported by the ‘Irish School of Evangelisation’ will host: ‘Unbound: Freedom In Christ’ with Matt Lozano from ‘Heart of the Father Ministry’ USA in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry on Sat.9th & 10th March 2019.

In preparation for this, the 12 will deliver training sessions for prayer leaders and intercessors in Benburb Servite Priory Co. Tyrone from 7.30-9.00pm on the following Wednesdays: 24th Oct., 31st Oct., 7th Nov., 14th Nov., 21st Nov. For further information contact: Clare R.O.I. (087)2292683 N.I. (0035387)2292683 or Marie N.I. (028)85557394 R.O.I. (048)85557394. You can also email: mailforthe12@gmail.com

 

 


 

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Day for Life’ message addresses human trafficking and modern slavery

· Bishop Kevin Doran publishes video message on @CatholicBishops Twitter

This Sunday, 7 October 2018, the Church in Ireland marks the Day for Life, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and in England & Wales. The theme for this year’s Day for Life is focused on human trafficking and modern slavery.

Printed copies of the Day for Life pastoral message will be circulated at parish Masses throughout the country over this weekend. The text of the pastoral message is available in English (see below), and is also available in the Irish and Polish languages on www.catholicbishops.ie.

This year’s pastoral message includes a testimony from Daia* from Nigeria, who is a victim of human trafficking. The message also highlights the work of the Santa Marta Group, which works internationally to bring the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies together to eradicate slavery.

Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin and the Bishops’ Conference Day for Life delegate, has recorded a video message which can be found on Twitter @catholicbishops.

A special web feature is available on www.catholicbishops.ie which includes:.

Text of the Day for Life pastoral message
Prayers of Intercession on the theme of Human Trafficking.

Day for Life 2018 pastoral message

Testimony

“My name is Daia*. I’m from a small town in Edo State, Nigeria. My family were very poor and from a young age I was always chasing a ‘better life’.

“At 18 I met and fell in love with Victor*, from Lagos. I was so impressed by his fine clothes and his confidence. Victor suggested going together to London – he said he had friends there and a job for me, cleaning in a hair salon. I was so excited. Victor traveled ahead and I was to follow him.

“After a long journey I arrived in Dublin. I had never heard of this place but thought it was just another stop-over on my way to London. Victor had arranged for someone to meet me. This man took me in his car. But we did not go to Victor, or to the hair salon, or to London. He took me to a brothel. I have been here ever since.”

* This is a true story. Names have been changed to protect identities.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Jesus tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NJB). But many people do not have life to the full.

They have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery which are an assault on a person’s innate human dignity. People are not commodities to be traded ruthlessly for criminal profit.

Indeed, this is something that is happening in communities across our country, not just in our big cities. It’s not only happening in brothels and nail bars, but on farms, building sites and factories as well. Nor is this a problem confined to immigrant communities, it is affecting our own citizens too.

Trafficking is a growing problem and the UN estimates that over 40 million people worldwide are in slavery. In Ireland each year the victims of trafficking is approaching 100. Irish people are also trafficked in the UK where it is estimated that the total number of victims each year is over 13,000 from all countries.

Criminals exploit some of the most vulnerable and desperate people. We can act together to stop this. It is a crime hidden in plain sight. It is difficult to investigate, and the police need our help to identify and stop the traffickers and rescue and support the victims.

How can we help?

The Catholic community can make a real difference to help solve this problem – to help victims find freedom and live life to the full. There are many organisations working to put a stop to human trafficking and modern slavery. One of these, the Santa Marta Group, works internationally to bring the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies together to eradicate slavery.

To read more visit www.santamartagroup.com. A Diocese or local Church community can effect real change for trafficked people.

Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.

We encourage you to deepen your understanding of Catholic Social Teaching on this important question by exploring the material we have for you on www.chooselife2018.ie/Day4Life/

We wish to thank Ruhama for its support in the preparation of this pastoral message on human trafficking. Ruhama is involved in advocacy and assists women affected by prostitution including victims of sex trafficking. See www.ruhama.ie

 


 

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The Legion of Mary in Down and Connor is organising a fourth conference for young Catholic adults (18yrs-40yrs). It is hoped that the conference will attract those who may not consider themselves as committed Catholics but who are open to the search for truth. The conference will take place at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday 20th October 2018, from 10am-5.30pm. Registration begins at 9am. Contact details: cayaconference16@gmail.com or call 07753379110

 


 

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Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples

Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 5th – 7th October 2018. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info@retrouvaille.ie<mailto:info@retrouvaille.ie> or visit www.retrouvaille.ie<http://www.retrouvaille.ie>.
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From the Alzheimer Society

JOIN OUR MEMORY WALK

SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2018 AT 12 NOON

LISSAN HOUSE AND DEMENSE, COOKSTOWN, BT80 9SW

To register:

www.evenbrite.co.uk/e/alzheimers-society-5k-memory-walk-at-lissan-house-tickets-49575527738

or register on the day from 11.00am

Reg. Fee:

Adult: £10

Child: Free

 


 

The Joy of Love in Marriage

A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all age ranges) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next Weekend (residential) will be from 5 to 7 Oct 2018 at the Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. For info. and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie or call +44 770 281 2321 , 02871350612 or 01-845 3517.


 

ON BEHALF OF CULLYHANNA PARISH

Triduum to St Faustina on 3rd, 4th and 5th October 2018. Novena starts on 27th September, if you would like to do the 9 day Novena to St Faustina, the Novena leaflet will be in St Patrick’s Church, Cullyhanna beside the image of the Divine Mercy. Alternatively you may wish to contact the parish on 028 3086 1235 or lowercregganparish@hotmail.com

 


 

Rosary on the Coasts of Ireland and many other countries on October 7th

 

 

Join tens of thousands of the faithful in Ireland to pray the Rosary on our coasts and other inland locations at 2.30pm, on Sunday, October 7th.  The people of many others countries will also pray the Rosary on their coasts/borders on that date, including the USA, Poland, Canada, India, the UK, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and more.  Register your own location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie or send us an email to coastalrosaryireland@gmail.com or text us at 087 278 6552.

 

Mary, help of Christians, pray for us

 


‘The 12’Mission Team invite you to ‘New Life in the Spirit Weekend Seminars’ which takes place on September 22nd & 23rd in the Servite Priory, Benburb. Cost of food for two days is £25 and B&B is available for £25 in the Priory if required. (Tel. 028-37548241). Please join us for this ‘Freedom’ Weekend and discover the ‘crazy love of Jesus and how to be his Missionary Disciples’.

For Bookings contact mailforthe12@gmail.com or phone Marie on 028-85557394 or Claire on 087-2292683.

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St Padre Pio Weekend at Knock Shrine

Our St Pio weekend at Knock Shrine takes place this year on the 15th and 16th September. Speakers include: Fr Richard Gibbons PP, Knock, Fr Sean Kelly, Fr. Carlo Laborde (Guardian of the Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo & of the Shrine of St Pio). Personal testimony will be shared by a person who received a special grace from St. Pio.

Mass will be at 4:30pm on Saturday, followed by a Holy Hour at 7pm.

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 2:30pm in the Basilica by Most Rev. Donal McKeown, DD, Bishop of Derry. All welcome.


 

 

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September on Lough Derg:

Season continues for One Day Retreats on September 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd & 30th. Two additional days: Finding God in the Mess, 20th Sept – This special day offers insight into how people find God in the everyday of life. Living with Suicide Day Retreat, 29th Sept. Advance booking is essential. Tel +353 (0) 71 9861518 or email info@loughderg.org

 


 

Bishop Barron’s Missionary Journey to Ireland

“Friends, I’m excited to share with you this recap of our missionary journey to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, created by the gifted team at Spirit Juice Studios.”

 


 

 

If you’re heading to the Papal Mass tomorrow, you might find these maps and guides useful:

Prepare for a long journey: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Final-Mass/Prepare-for-a-Long-Journey-Phoenix-Park

FAQ: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Final-Mass/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Final-Mass

 

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‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ TV Series

As part of the preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, a 6-part television series has been commissioned by the World Meeting of Families to help explore the document written by Pope Francis on love in the family.

‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include President of Caritas Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, speaker and author Jeff Cavins, Bishop Robert Barron, John and Clare Gabrowski (Pontifical Council for the Family) and Primate of all Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Through the six episodes, presented by Wendy Grace, we reflect on what Amoris Laetitia has to say to families as they experience the ups and downs of family life and how Pope Francis addresses key themes like imperfection, mercy and wider society while also offering an uplifting vision for the family.

The series was a co-production between iCatholic.ie and KAIROS Communications. The series producers were Petra Conroy, Wendy Grace and Fr Bill Kemmy.

“In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis asks us to keep walking together, to continue to encourage families in their daily commitments and challenges. I warmly welcome the ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ series as a great aid to our on-going reflection and dialogue on family life in the light of what Pope Francis has written for us. (Archbishop Eamon Martin)

‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ will be available on-line through the website Amoris.ie which hosts all of the resources that were made available to help people prepare for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Along with being available on-line, ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ is being broadcast internationally through a range of broadcast partners including Salt and Light TV, Catholic TV, EWTN and Shalom TV. Contact from other broadcasters is welcome.

“This is an excellent series to help us prepare for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. But the quality and message of this series is not only limited to Dublin’s great event! Your ability to bring to life “Amoris Laetitia” through the series gives the videos a very long shelf life and serves as a very fine teaching tool of Pope Francis’ landmark Apostolic Exhortation – the rich fruit of the two Synods on the Family! Congratulations to all who made this series possible. Thank you for allowing us to share it with Canadians from coast to coast to coast!” (Fr. Thomas Rosica, Salt and Light TV)


 

 

Highlights from our recent diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes:

 

 


 

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The Holy See Press Office has published the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland on 25 and 26 August.The official Papal itinerary is now available on the World Meeting of Families website.

It was announced that Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday 26 August to pray for families as part of his pastoral visit to Dublin. During his time in Knock Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel and give the Angelus address in front of the Apparition Chapel in the grounds of Knock Shrine.

Commenting following today’s release of the Holy Father’s itinerary, Father Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of the Shrine said, “It is an honour to welcome Pope Francis to Knock Shrine on behalf of our pilgrims, parishioners and staff. We are humbled that the Holy Father will come to spend time with us in Knock to pray for families.

“His Holiness has great devotion to Our Lady and also St Joseph, as represented on his Papal Coat of Arms. It is fitting that he should visit Knock, where an Apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, St John and the Lamb of God was witnessed on 21st August 1879.”

“St John Paul II visited the Shrine to celebrate the centenary of the Apparition in 1979. We are delighted that Pope Francis will fly into Ireland West Airport Knock to begin his pilgrimage to the Shrine. Monsignor Horan, who was so instrumental in the development of the airport would be very proud to see this day.”

Preparations are underway to make the visit of Pope Francis a wonderful moment of prayer for families across Ireland and across the world. We look forward to sharing the unique message of Knock with visitors from home and abroad.

The visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine will be a ticketed-event and tickets will be free. Those interested in registering for this event in Knock Shrine will be able to do so from Monday 25 June on the World Meeting of Families website. Tickets may only be obtained by registering online via the WMOF2018 website: www.worldmeeting2018.ie


 

Here’s the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 15 has just been released!

You can download issue 15 as a PDF here:  ChooseLife2018_Issue15_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 14 has just been released!

You can download issue 14 as a PDF here:  ChooseLife2018_Issue14_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 13 has just been released!

You can download issue 13 as a PDF here:  ChooseLife2018_Issue13_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Our Common Humanity

The pastoral message, “Our Common Humanity”, was published after the Spring General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. You can view it as a JPEG below or download it here: CCO_Our Common Humanity_designed

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 12 has just been released!

You can download issue 12 as a PDF here:  ChooseLife2018_Issue12_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 11 has just been released!

You can download issue 11 as a PDF here:  ChooseLife2018_Issue11_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 10 has just been released!

You can download issue 10 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue10_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 7 has just been released!

You can download issue 7 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue7_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 6 has just been released!

You can download issue 6 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue6_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Rosary at the Mass Rocks

In November over 30,000 Irish People gathered at our coasts to pray the rosary to preserve Life & Faith in Ireland.

Now we turn to our Mass Rocks and Ancient Monastic Sites, on Sunday March 18th, at 2.30pm, to pray the rosary, and ask our deceased brethren, who risked their lives for the faith, to intercede for Ireland. For more info, or to sign up a location visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary”

Blessed Alan De La Roche

 


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Novena of Prayer in Honour of St Patrick,

Oasis of Shamrock,

Visit of Papal Nuncio

Novena of Prayer in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated in Armagh from 8 – 16 March. You and your family are invited to visit the Cathedral during this time and to place your petitions before the statue of St Patrick. Please also bring a little pot of shamrock to place in the Oasis of Shamrock at the front of the statue in thanksgiving for those who have helped pass on the gift of faith to us.

You are most welcome to join us for the close of the Novena at the Vigil Mass for the Feast of St Patrick on Friday 16 March at 6.00pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral.  The main celebrant will be Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, paying his first visit to our diocese.


 

 

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Ahead of the expected extreme cold weather due in Ireland this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin has issued the following statement to encourage parishioners to support the more vulnerable amongst us:

“The weather forecast for the coming days is expected to be exceptionally cold and to include a significant snowfall. This bad weather will affect and frighten many people across our country. Some will be afraid because they are alone, elderly, suffer from underlying medical conditions while others will be cold and hungry. They may too proud to admit their vulnerability.

“Parishes are at their strongest when they support their weakest. In the words of Jesus “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Christ spoke of the parable of the Good Samaritan who cared for a stranger. It was enough that he was a person in need for the Samaritan to act – and to follow up afterwards to underpin that care.

“There is in each of us a Good Samaritan. The natural disposition of the human heart is to love. At this challenging time I am asking all able people of goodwill to:

– be alert – in person or by telephone – to the needs of vulnerable neighbour, old and young

– check if they have enough food, fuel supplies and adequate clothing

– assist in clearing pathways to homes, and offer transport for essential journeys

– use, as appropriate, the online reporting system provided by the Peter McVerry Trust to support rough sleepers on our streets: www.homelessdublin.ie/report-rough-sleeper

– donate warm cloths to charity shops

– support local farmers as it is lambing season and the death rate for all livestock increases sharply in extreme weather.

During these days I encourage the faithful to include the following in their prayers:

Prayer for shelter from the storm

God of heaven and earth,

God who carries our lives

and the lives of our whole community

in your hands,

be with us.

Send us your holy angels

to watch over and guard us.

May they spread their holy wings

to give us shelter against the storm.

We ask this through Christ,

Our Lord.

Amen

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 5 has just been released!

You can download issue 5 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue5_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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TIME FOR A NEW CHALLENGE?

 Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator with ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service, Ireland’s leading provider of marriage preparation courses?

 Would you like to share your positive married experience with engaged couples  preparing for their married life together?

ACCORD

is a voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships

 Professional training is provided – Certificate in Marriage Education (Special Purpose Award) Accredited by:

Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth

 Please contact ACCORD ARMAGH Centre on 02838 334781 or by email armagh@accordni.com for further information.

 ACCORD – centres Nationwide.

More information is available on: www.accord.ie


 

Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 4 has just been released!

You can download issue 4 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue4_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Stations of the Cross for the Sick & Suffering

Friday 23rd February 2018 – 7.30pm
Church of the Assumption, Drumalane

 


 

Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 3 has just been released!

You can download issue 1 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue3

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Welcome to the latest edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

Issue 2 has just been released!

You can download issue 1 as a PDF here: ChooseLife2018_Issue2_Final

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Pope Francis has written a letter to all Catholics for Lent 2018. The theme is “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

The letter can be read here:

Pope’s Message for Lent 2018

or downloaded in PDF here:

Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2018

 

 


Welcome to the first edition of “Choose Life 2018”!

This newsletter is designed by the Catholic Communications Office and is intended to encourage discussion on the value of every human life.

You can download issue 1 as a PDF here: Choose Life 2018_Issue 1

You can learn more at https://www.chooselife2018.ie/

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Armagh Diocesan Pioneer Temperance Mass Sunday 11th February 2018 in Servite Priory Benburb 3.00pm.

 


 

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Drugs & Alcohol – Help Prevent
The Mission and Outreach group of the Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Plan is holding two Information & Awareness Evenings entitled Drugs & Alcohol – Help Prevent, for Parents/Guardians, in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, Dundalk, Co Louth, on Monday 12th & 19th February from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Facilitator John Taaffe ACI (Addiction Counsellor) All welcome. For further information please contact John 086-8611531.

Pastoral Parents Family Programme
Do you feel burdened by family stresses? Families encounter many issues that impact on our Wellness. We are holding a pilot 6 week group to help support parents / guardians with the everyday issues that cause stress to parents i.e. technology, relationships, communication issues, boundaries, finance, faith, resilience, culture, etc. The programme will start 2nd February for 6 consecutive Friday Mornings from 10.30-12.00pm in the Pastoral Centre, The Magnet Dundalk, facilitated by trained counsellor. For Information please contact John 086-8611531.


 

 

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The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Saturday, January 27th from 10am to 5pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocation discernment. To book a place contact:
Sr. Faustina at: poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com


 

Accord Marriage and Relationship Counselling

If you have difficulty talking to each other try talking to us. To book an appointment at our Portadown Centre. Phone Kate on 028 38 334781

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The December 2017 issue of the monthly newsletter from the Irish Bishops’ Conference, “Sharing the Good News” includes:

– Bishops appeal to members of the Oireachtas regarding human life

–  Pope Francis appoints Bishop Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway

– Bishops express gratitude for €5m Church collection in aid of east-African hunger crisis

– News snippets: launch of An Leabhar Aifrinn Rómhánach; World Meeting of Families 2018 Christmas cards; World Day of Prayer for Peace; World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

It can be downloaded in PDF format hereSharing the Good News December 2017

More info is at https://www.catholicbishops.ie/parishnewsletter/

 


Since 2012 the Bishops’ Conference’s Choose Life website has been a dedicated portal to offer resources and promote the protection of the life of the unborn. The website hosts up-to-date news on the life issue as well as prayer materials for parishes and the faithful.

Visit https://www.chooselife2018.ie/ for more.

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Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples

Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse?

The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 2nd – 4th February 2018. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email iinfo@retrouvaille.ie or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

 


Youth 2000 Ulster Retreat – 20th to 22nd April 2018

The next Youth 2000 Ulster retreat will be taking place in St. Patrick’s College, Maghera, Co. Derry between 20th-22nd April 2018.

Date: 20th to 22nd April 2018

Venue: St. Patrick’s College, Maghera, Co. Derry

Cost: Donation Only (This retreat costs Youth 2000 €25 per person)

Ages: 16 – 35 year olds only

This promises to be a special retreat!!

Great CRAIC!!, Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops,Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!!

Meals WILL be provided for.
Beds WILL be provided for, BUT everyone MUST bring their own pillow and sleeping bag/quilt.

More info here: http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-ulster-retreat-20th-to-22nd-april-2018/


 

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The Pope Video for December 2018

This month the Pope asks us to pray for the elderly. Those who have lived the longest have the most to give! Let us take care of them. They are our future.

 


 

 

As a unique Advent prayerful resource, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has provided its online Advent 2017 Calendar which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The calendar is available online, and on your smartphone, on catholicbishops.ie. This year’s Advent Calendar focuses on the theme of family as we prepare together for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin from 21 – 26 August. Each day during Advent you are invited to click open a virtual door where you will find faith content for family, school and parish. During Advent, families are invited to take special time together to pray, to talk, and to be together. Family members are encouraged to undertake a daily act of kindness or charity – as suggested by the calendar – and by so doing reaching out to help those around us. By using the online calendar, we hope that you will be part of our journey through Advent this year.

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Christmas and New Year is often a time when we are reminded of our deeper selves and deepest hopes, and deepest pain. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space for people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context, and who are seeking to explore the spiritual impact of the abuse. If you have been abused and would like a space to reflect on the impact of the trauma of abuse on your own relationship with God and spirituality, Towards Peace is here for you: www.towardspeace.ie / (00353) 1 505 3028.

 

 


 

HITTING THE 1,000th REGISTRATION MILESTONE
As we get closer to welcoming people from all over the world, we are thrilled to announce that we have passed the 1,000th registration milestone. Over 1,200 individuals have already registered from around Ireland and from 40 countries across the world, including Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, Uganda, USA and Wales. We have been in contact with 838 groups that have plans to bring over 2,000 additional pilgrims that will be coming from abroad. Attendance at all WMOF2018 events will require a ticket and the number of people registered increasing every day. Book now here!

Check out our new video where Anne Griffin, General Manager of WMOF2018, explains how people can register and get tickets for all the WMOF2018 events.

 

 

 


 

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‘ROSARY ON THE COAST FOR LIFE AND FAITH’

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

26 NOVEMBER, 2017

Over the last two months over a million Polish faithful travelled to the borders of their country to pray for the preservation of the faith including the protection of the Unborn Child in Poland. Inspired by the Polish “Rosary at the Borders”, Italian faithful held a similar “Rosary on the Border” for the same intention. Many of the thousands who participated prepared with a week-long fast on bread and water.

IT IS IRELAND’S TURN!

Our island is in the midst of a catastrophic loss of Catholic faith especially among the youth. Ireland, North and South, are facing an immediate and terrible threat to the protection of our babies before birth.

We are mustering the faithful to our coastlines, the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, to pray for the preservation of the faith and for the protection of life at all stages.

The Rosary on the Coasts for Life and Faith will be held on Sunday 26 November, the Feast of Christ the King.

Why the Feast of Christ the King? Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. This solemn consecration was declared in the 1930s and to date only three countries share this great blessing.  The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political life of Ireland.

When we honour Christ as King, we are immediately brought to His Queen, Mary and her Immaculate Heart!

The prayer at the coasts will begin at 2:30pm. It will not take long. It is winter and we are conscious that drivers need to reach home or at least the main roads before dark.

“WHERE TWO OR THREE GATHER IN MY NAME THERE AM I WITH THEM” Matt 18 20

We are calling on Bishops, Priests and Ordained Deacons to take part and select locations along the coast which they are prepared to travel to. However the response of the laity has been so enthusiastic that we are calling on individual lay faithful, prayer groups, apostolates, etc to select locations that they will travel to on the day. We are working on the principle that where two or three gathered, Christ our King and Mary our Queen will be there. But don’t worry once your location is on the list Our Lady will bring more!

 

ENCIRCLING IRELAND WITH A HUMAN ROSARY

We strive to have a Living Rosary around our island. And of course in Ireland we have to have the “Trimming” so the more prayer locations the better.  Please send us your locations as soon as possible and start stringing the beads for the protection of Life and Faith in Ireland.

ROSARY ON THE COASTS FOR LIFE AND FAITH PRAYER PROGRAMME

Beginning at 2:30pm

Holy Rosary in honour of Christ the King and His Queen the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pray to St Patrick, the martyrs, saints and holy souls who preserved the faith through the years

Prayer to St Michael, the angel of Ireland, and the guardian angels of the Irish living and dead

Prayer for the Protection of Life in Ireland

Prayer for the Preservation of Faith in Ireland

Instruction (If your gathering has a bishop, priest or ordained deacon)

Prayer of Atonement, Prayer of Reparation

Prayer of Consecration to Christ the King Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Blessing of Ireland (if there is a bishop, priest or deacon to give the blessing, if not pray for a blessing on Ireland.)

Plant a Miraculous MedalWe are asking people to “plant” the Miraculous Medal around the coasts. So bring a Miraculous Medal is you can.

Prayer for Mercy on Ireland (At 3pm Interrupt the programme to pray for Mercy with the Mercy Chaplet or other Mercy Prayer)

The following is an updated list of venues in the Archdiocese of Armagh where this event is taking place:

Blackrock Village, Co Louth (Midway down Main St at sculpture by sea wall)

Ardán Gentili, Knocknagoran, Omeath, Co Louth

St Jude’s Shrine Calvary, Ballyoonan , Omeath, Co Louth

Carlingford Lough (Lough Gates) Omeath Road, Newry

Riverstown, Gyles Quay. Meet Gyles Quay Car park

Sea Bank, Castlebellingham. (From Dundalk to Castlebellingham, take a left at the junction in the centre of the  village.  At the next fork take a left and continue to the sea.)

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOU! SEE YOU ON NOVEMBER 26TH ON THE COASTS OF IRELAND!

 

 


 

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Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to focus on the poor in our society on a special day he has established to encourage the world’s Christian communities to become “an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need”.

The inaugural World Day of the Poor will be celebrated globally in Catholic churches on Sunday, 19 November.

You can read the Pope’s letter here: Pope Francis Message for World Day of the Poor

“This day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter,” Pope Francis wrote in a message written to mark the day.

“At the same time, everyone, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to openness and sharing with the poor through concrete signs of solidarity and fraternity.

“God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded.”

In his message the Pope highlights how the early Christians were quick to serve the poor in obedience to Christ’s proclamation that “the poor are blessed and heirs to the Kingdom of heaven”.

As well as holding up Saint Francis of Assisi as a witness of authentic poverty, Pope Francis invites us to step out of our ‘certainties and creature comforts’ to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself:

“Poverty means having a humble heart that accepts our creaturely limitations and sinfulness and thus enables us to overcome the temptation to feel omnipotent and immortal.

“Poverty is an interior attitude that avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our happiness.

“Poverty instead creates the conditions for freely shouldering our personal and social responsibilities, despite our limitations, with trust in God’s closeness and the support of his grace.

“Poverty, understood in this way, is the yardstick that allows us to judge how best to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive.”

The Holy Father goes on to look at how the modern world struggles to see poverty clearly, despite the fact that it surrounds us in so many ways, and states that we can’t remain passive and resigned to it:

“Poverty challenges us daily, in faces marked by suffering, marginalization, oppression, violence, torture and imprisonment, war, deprivation of freedom and dignity, ignorance and illiteracy, medical emergencies and shortage of work, trafficking and slavery, exile, extreme poverty and forced migration.

“Poverty has the face of women, men and children exploited by base interests, crushed by the machinations of power and money. What a bitter and endless list we would have to compile were we to add the poverty born of social injustice, moral degeneration, the greed of a chosen few, and generalized indifference!

“Tragically, in our own time, even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few, often in connection with illegal activities and the appalling exploitation of human dignity, there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world.”

(Original post here: http://catholicnews.org.uk/world-day-of-poor-2017)

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‘ROSARY ON THE COAST FOR LIFE AND FAITH’

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

26 NOVEMBER, 2017

Over the last two months over a million Polish faithful travelled to the borders of their country to pray for the preservation of the faith including the protection of the Unborn Child in Poland. Inspired by the Polish “Rosary at the Borders”, Italian faithful held a similar “Rosary on the Border” for the same intention. Many of the thousands who participated prepared with a week-long fast on bread and water.

IT IS IRELAND’S TURN!

Our island is in the midst of a catastrophic loss of Catholic faith especially among the youth. Ireland, North and South, are facing an immediate and terrible threat to the protection of our babies before birth.

We are mustering the faithful to our coastlines, the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, to pray for the preservation of the faith and for the protection of life at all stages.

The Rosary on the Coasts for Life and Faith will be held on Sunday 26 November, the Feast of Christ the King.

Why the Feast of Christ the King? Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. This solemn consecration was declared in the 1930s and to date only three countries share this great blessing.  The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political life of Ireland.

When we honour Christ as King, we are immediately brought to His Queen, Mary and her Immaculate Heart!

The prayer at the coasts will begin at 2:30pm. It will not take long. It is winter and we are conscious that drivers need to reach home or at least the main roads before dark.

“WHERE TWO OR THREE GATHER IN MY NAME THERE AM I WITH THEM” Matt 18 20

We are calling on Bishops, Priests and Ordained Deacons to take part and select locations along the coast which they are prepared to travel to. However the response of the laity has been so enthusiastic that we are calling on individual lay faithful, prayer groups, apostolates, etc to select locations that they will travel to on the day. We are working on the principle that where two or three gathered, Christ our King and Mary our Queen will be there. But don’t worry once your location is on the list Our Lady will bring more!

So if you can come to the coast and pray the prayers of the ‘Rosary on the Coasts for Life and Faith’ programme with one or two people, tell us where you will be going and we will spread the word. Please be specific about the location.  Once your location is published others will come.

To send your chosen location respond to the Rosary on the Coasts for Life and Faith facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/Rosary-on-the-Coast-for-Life-and-Faith-388750808212828/, website www.coastalrosaryireland.ie or email coastalrosaryireland@gmail.com or text/phone 0872786552.

ENCIRCLING IRELAND WITH A HUMAN ROSARY

We strive to have a Living Rosary around our island. And of course in Ireland we have to have the “Trimming” so the more prayer locations the better.  Please send us your locations as soon as possible and start stringing the beads for the protection of Life and Faith in Ireland.

ROSARY ON THE COASTS FOR LIFE AND FAITH PRAYER PROGRAMME

Beginning at 2:30pm

Holy Rosary in honour of Christ the King and His Queen the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pray to St Patrick, the martyrs, saints and holy souls who preserved the faith through the years

Prayer to St Michael, the angel of Ireland, and the guardian angels of the Irish living and dead

Prayer for the Protection of Life in Ireland

Prayer for the Preservation of Faith in Ireland

Instruction (If your gathering has a bishop, priest or ordained deacon)

Prayer of Atonement, Prayer of Reparation

Prayer of Consecration to Christ the King Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Blessing of Ireland (if there is a bishop, priest or deacon to give the blessing, if not pray for a blessing on Ireland.)

Plant a Miraculous Medal. We are asking people to “plant” the Miraculous Medal around the coasts. So bring a Miraculous Medal is you can.

Prayer for Mercy on Ireland (At 3pm Interrupt the programme to pray for Mercy with the Mercy Chaplet or other Mercy Prayer)

MAY GOD BLESS YOU! SEE YOU ON NOVEMBER 26TH ON THE COASTS OF IRELAND!


 

 

 

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Delighted to announce that the Sacrament of Confirmation for our St. Malachy’s children will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2nd at 11am, in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane!

For our Rathore School children, the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday, June 9th at 11am, in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane!

Details regarding the preparation programme for parents and sponsors will follow soon!

 


 

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Our Gift 2 and 3 Programme for second and third year students begins on the 20th September and will run every Wednesday for 6 weeks until 25th October in the Newry Conference & Banqueting Centre, The Mall, Newry, from 7.,30 pm ‒ 9.00 pm.

Each Wednesday will cost £3 and will combine Prayer with a different fun activity each week, Introductory games,, Art, Sport/fitness, Trips away and much much more.

These are just some of the activities planned so If you are a second or third year student or you have completed our Gift 1 program why not come along and join us meet new friends, try new things and have fun.

Or if you are over 18 and would like to be a leader for the Gift Programme please contact the Parish Office at office@newrycathedralparish.org First evening starts at 7.00pm.

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This month’s edition of “Sharing the Good News” is now available and can be viewed here:

Sharing the Good News – September 2017

 


 

Are you interested in volunteering and becoming part of something really worthwhile? Trócaire is looking for Parish volunteers in the Armagh Archdiocese to help raise awareness of the challenges facing the world’s poorest communities and the difference being made by support from Ireland. For more information email volunteering@trocaire.org

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“The Joy of Love”

Invitation to Evening Prayer and Launch of Hymn/Icon for World Meeting of Families 2018

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh -Tuesday, 10 October 2017

 

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018 we would like to invite you a special evening for parish choirs and all who are involved in Music Ministry within our diocese.  The evening is part of our diocesan preparations for the World Meeting of Families which is scheduled to take place in Dublin next year. The evening of celebration, entitled “The Joy of Love” will include an opportunity for you, and your parish choir and musicians, to learn the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families, A Joy for all the Earth.  The music and score of the hymn can be downloaded at: (http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hymn/).

On the night, not only will Archbishop Eamon Martin be launching the official hymn for the WMOF2018 but he will also be introducing the Icon of the Holy Family. This icon, in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, will travel on a one-year pilgrimage around Ireland, its journey beginning in Armagh with us on the night of 10th October.

The evening in the Cathedral will begin with an hour of rehearsal time at 7.00pm and will be followed by Evening Prayer at 8.00pm.

Please join us for refreshments in St. Patrick’s Grammar School at the end of Evening Prayer.  All welcome.

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Evening of support for all affected by Addiction
A special evening to help those affected by addiction in our communities will take place in St Vincent de Paul Centre, Chapel Lane, Armagh on Thursday 5 October at 8pm. The evening will be of particular interest not just to those who have struggled or who continue to struggle with an addiction but also family members and friends who have been affected by it. It promises to be a very worthwhile evening and we encourage people to come along for this special evening of support and care.

 


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The next Youth 2000 Ulster retreat will be taking place in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of Lough Derg Island, Co Donegal between 13th-15th October 2017.

More details here: http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-ulster-retreat-lough-derg-co-donegal/

 


Celebrating First Holy Communion & First Reconciliation

The celebration of Holy Communion for our St. Malachy’s students will take place on Saturday May 19th at 11am in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane.

First Reconciliation will take place on Thursday 19th April at 7pm in the same church.

Details will follow soon about the preparation programme for both Sacraments.

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The death has occurred of:
Fr. Oliver Breslan, P.E., A.P.

Breslan (Lissan and formerly Maghery) September 1st 2017.

Fr. Oliver P.E A.P. dear son of the late Sarah-Jane and James and brother of Thomas, Fr. Patrick, Fr. Fergus and the late Bridget, Fr. Louis (Sydney), James,John, Malachy and Mary-Josephine. R.I.P.

Removal this Saturday evening from Quinn Bros. Funeral Home, 138 Obins Street, Portadown, BT62 1BP at 6.00pm to St. Michael’s Church Lissan arriving at 7.15pm.

Requiem mass on Monday at 12 noon.

Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing brothers, sister-in-law Jean, nieces, nephews, Archbishop Martin, Cardinal Brady, priests of the Archdiocese, bishop Bob McGuckin (Twoomba, Australia), family circle, neighbours and friends.


 

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NEW CATHOLIC TALK-RADIO STATION FOR IRELAND!!

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Established since May 2015 with the aid of the World Family of Radio Maria, our modern studio is situated at the Red Cow Roundabout in Dublin. We have already surpassed 6,000 monthly listeners in Ireland and around the world. Our mission is to help spread the Gospel message of Joy, Hope and Charity with a mixture of Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free.

We broadcast 24/7. You might particularly like to join us for live Morning Prayer at 9.15am followed by daily 10am Holy Mass. 11am Catechesis – with Fr. Eamonn McCarthy our full-time Priest Director – Angelus and Midday Prayer. Live Evening Prayer at 5pm is followed by News and the Rosary prayed from the studio at 5.30pm. We are part of a World Family of almost 80 such Catholic radio stations working to help communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND is available to download FREE by App “RADIO MARIA WORLD FAMILY” on mobile devices, FREE streaming on www.radiomaria.ie by clicking “LISTEN LIVE” or can be listened to on the phone via a live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277.

Like <, Love ❤ , Listen O, Share  & Pray with us also on our Facebook Page: ‘Radio Maria – Ireland’. Welcome to our Family – tune in, liste­­­­n and join in the faith conversation!

 


The Pope Video: Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for September


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Sharing the Good News

“Sharing the Good News” is an initiative of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. This newsletter is for the benefit of parishioners to promote Church teaching and the pastoral work of bishops as well as the councils, agencies, offices and initiatives of the Bishops’ Conference.

You can view issue 44 by clicking on the link below:

Sharing the Good News August 2017


 

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A survey has been carried out at The Church of the Assumption and serious faults have been diagnosed which require immediate attention.

Without this remedial work, the Church is in danger of further
erosion and possible irreparable damage.

Unfortunately, this is proving to be a very costly enterprise and we would like to invite
parishioners to ‘Buy A Brick’ to assist in funding this project.

Bricks are being offered at £20 each and we would like to encourage all parishioners to consider contributing to this scheme. Contributions can be made in the Parish Office.

Thank you for your support!

 

 


 

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Monday 21st August 2017: Knock

On this day, we celebrate the launch of the World Meeting of Families 2018 Programme in Knock Basilica.
‘Amoris: Let’s talk Family, Let’s be Family!’. We look forward to welcoming families from every diocese across the country for this special celebration.

A newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed in the Basilica.

Speaker: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Mass 3pm & 8.30pm
‘When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life’
Speaker: Fr Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the WMOF2018
Workshops: 12 noon & 6pm
‘Glued to our phones; can we make technology more family friendly?’


 

 

Music for a summer’s evening

Donna Taggart will headline a special fundraising concert for the Michaela Foundation on Saturday 12th August, at The Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon. Special guest on the evening will be Mairéad Duffy. The concert comes at the end of Michaela Foundation’s busy Summer Camp season, during which they will have worked with over 400 volunteers and almost 1500 young girls. The concert will enable Michaela Foundation to continue supporting and inspiring young people in Ireland to lead a life without limits. Tickets (£25) are available online from michaelafoundation.com and also locally at various locations in Armagh, Dungannon, Coalisland, Omagh, Ballygawley, Cookstown, Ardboe, Maghera, Magherfelt (details on michaelafoundation.com)

 

This is a link to the event on the michaelafoundation website:

 

http://michaelafoundation.com/donna-taggart-to-headline-summer-concert-michaela-foundation/

 


 

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Tuesday 13th June is the Feast day of St Anthony, “The Saint of Miracles” and the final day of our novena. St Anthony is one of the most famous disciples of St Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world as the “miracle worker”. St Anthony a true disciple, when he took to his heart the words of Jesus. “I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12)
Our Final Three days (Triduum) will begin on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. with Evening Novena Prayers and Benediction.
You are welcome to come and join these three days and with us in our intercession to the Saint of Miracles. Each evening after our prayers, the relic of St Anthony will be available
Sunday 11th June Opening of Triduum 6.00 p.m.
Monday 12th June Anointing of the Sick, 7.00 p.m.,
Tuesday 13th June Blessing of the Lilies 7.00 p.m.

On our final evening of the Triduum, you are invited to bring the Lilly Flowers for Blessing, as is traditional on the feast of the Saint, and then bring it to the homes of those you have interceded for.

 


 

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Sunday, May 7th, is the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis has written a message to mark this day, entitled “Led by the Spirit for Mission.” You can read the message here:

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa-francesco_20161127_54-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.html


 

 

 

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Lough Derg 2017:-  Season opens for One Day Retreats on Monday 1st May. Retreats continue on May 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29.  Advance booking is essential. Tel. 071 9861518 (from NI 0035371 9861518) or emailinfo@loughderg.org

The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Thursday 1st June, pre-booking not required. You are invited to walk in the spiritual footsteps of your ancestors and be part of the unbroken link of Lough Derg as a place of continuous prayer for over 50 generations (1,500 years). 

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09 MAY Tue 8pm Renehan Hall - Talk on Fatima - Dr Mary Mc Caughey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Holy Week and Easter Feature now live on www.catholicbishops.ie

 

A special Holy Week and Easter feature is now available on www.catholicbishops.ie. The feature includes details on:

 

·         Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter

·         An explanation of the ceremonies and services for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

·         The broadcast of services for Holy Week in Ireland and from Rome

·         An overview of some of the events taking place in dioceses during Holy Week

·         Details of Dawn Masses for Easter Sunday

 

This feature will be updated to include homilies and other texts from bishops from Chrism Masses to the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Services as they become available.

 

Follow news and updates for Holy Week and Easter on our Twitter account @CatholicBishops (#HolyWeek) and on our “news” website www.catholicnews.ie.

 

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Internationally renowned musician Eamonn Dougan to conduct leading Northern Ireland Choir in Armagh Palm Sunday Concert – 9 April 2017
Belfast Choir Cappella Caeciliana is delighted to announce that it will be joined by the internationally renowned musician Eamonn Dougan in a concert “ A View of the Cross” in St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh on Sunday 9th April at 7.30pm.
In the first half of the evening, Eamonn Dougan whose father was a native of Armagh, will conduct the choir in a programme of music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week, including various musical portrayals of Christ’s crucifixion. In the second half of the concert, Eamon and Cappella Caeciliana will be joined by an orchestra of leading musicians to perform the ever popular Requiem by Gabriel Faure.
Donal McCrisken who is the musical director of Cappella Caeciliana said “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Eamonn Dougan to present this programme of music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. We’re looking forward to being joined by Alissa Firsova in the Irish premiere of her Stabat Mater, which is a wonderfully expressive and poignant composition”.
Tickets for this special event are available at Armagh Parish Office (028 37522813) or Armagh Visitors Centre. Students and under 25s will be admitted free.

 


Eco-Spirituality Dromantine

A gathering of interested people who want to create a space in which we can explore how to best live our relationship with God, each other and with Creation; ensuring we will hand on a better world to future generations. If you are interested in exploring a variety of practical ways in which we can give expression to all of this, we would love to see you at our first meeting in Dromantine on Thursday 30th March at 8pm . Come and see what its all about!

Contact office 028 30821224 for further information.

 

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Statement by the Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland in advance of the Assembly Election on 2 March 2017

 To our political leaders…

The premature collapse of our political institutions is a serious matter for all of us.  We depend on you, our politicians to help shape a healthy, positive and peaceful society in which there are ample, quality jobs, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare, and first-class education for all.

We thank you for your public service, the sacrifices and commitment that you have made for the good of our society.  However at this time, with growing divisions in our political life locally and the negotiation of change in our status in the European Union, we ask that you reject the temptation to retreat into partisanship.

Many of you and your predecessors have helped to create a more peaceful and more prosperous society here over the past twenty years.  And yet, sadly, the bitter language and tone of conflict have to some extent returned to the political discourse.  We ask you to reject – and to leave behind – divisive language and actions which will make negotiations more difficult after the election.

We depend on good governance to help us, our families and the wider community to live good and constructive lives.  A dole queue, an over-full hospital ward, a leaking school roof or poor infrastructure affects everyone.  We depend to a great extent on you, our political leaders to lead, to govern, to compromise and ultimately, to agree, for the good of all in our society.

We ask you to recommit to working for the common good, especially for the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and all who struggle daily to bring up their families.  Like many in the community, the Churches are available to assist you in any way.  We will certainly pray for you in the coming weeks.

To all people of goodwill…

We urge all voters to take seriously the responsibility of voting in the forthcoming Assembly Election.  As Catholics we have a duty to be hopeful and, despite the challenges, to work towards creating a society that values all of its people.

Pope Francis reminds us that engaging with the democratic process is primarily about participation in a process that can lead to a more just society:

“None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this, they govern…’ No, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability. Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands” (Pope Francis on Vatican Radio, September 2013).

With this in mind, we ask all people of goodwill to consider the policies of candidates, assess the spirit and detail of their manifestos and then evaluate them in light of this question: “How effectively does a particular candidate’s policies strengthen and support the full human dignity of all members of our society?”

In our role as pastors, we have updated our reflection (see below) A Better Future: Towards a Culture of Life, Care and Hope for All of April 2016.  We draw attention to key questions which voters may wish to raise with candidates regarding: the protection of human life and dignity at all stages, marriage and the family, child poverty, matters pertaining to education, and issues concerning migrants and refugees.

Our intention in publishing this statement is to assist the faithful in considering key issues that they face at this critical time for our society.

You can view “A Better Future: Towards a Culture of Life, Care and Hope for All” by clicking here:

A Better Future towards a culture of life and care and hope for all

(Image from http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/parties-square-up-for-election-battles-of-2017-35332058.html)


 

Lent 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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The First Friday of Lent, 3 March, at the request of Pope Francis, has been designated by the Irish Bishops as a National Day of Prayer for survivors and victims of abuse.  Prayers will be offered at Masses on that day and we are all asked to remember this intention in our private prayers also.

Archbishop Eamon will celebrate Mass and lead a Holy Hour in St Malachy’s Church, Armagh, on Friday, 3 March, beginning at 7.30 pm, to mark the First National Day of Prayer for survivors and victims of abuse.   Before Mass, the Archbishop will welcome the Fatima Centennial Statue, one of six statues blessed by Pope Francis earlier this year, to mark the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. All are welcome to St Malachy’s Church for the Mass, Holy Hour or simply to come and pray up until midnight.

 


 

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Knock Shrine in 2017

The days are getting longer and there is plenty of optimism in the air as preparations are underway for the new series of faith renewal events taking place throughout the spring and summer months.

The latest faith renewal events have been developed to offer new and engaging day retreats, workshops, courses and spiritual concerts to the local community and pilgrims visiting the Shrine.

For more information, visit https://www.knockshrine.ie/faithrenewaleventsss17/

 


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Benburb Priory presents a short course on the New Testament commencing on Tuesday 7th March for 5 weeks from 8-9.30pm. This course is open to everyone and would be especially suitable for Ministers of the Word and anyone interested in Bible Study.

Week 1 7th March The Gospel of Matthew
Week 2 14th March The Gospel of Mark
Week 3 21st March The Gospel of Luke
Week 4 28th March The Gospel of John
Week 5 4th April Acts of the Apostles

Contact Benburb Priory 028 37548241

Course Fee £20.00

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100 years of Fatima: Centennial Statue to visit Armagh!

On 11 January this year, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to each continent, to appeal for prayer and reparation for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world. One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Armagh on Friday 3 March by representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts.

The statue will arrive at the main gates of St Malachy’s Church on the Friday evening and there will be a short procession around the Church during which time the Rosary will be prayed. The Statue will be received by Archbishop Eamon Martin at the beginning of the 7.30pm Mass on the evening. There will be a Holy Hour after the Mass, to pray for healing for victims of abuse and there will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the statue up and until 12midnight.

The Statue will be brought on the Saturday morning to St Patrick’s Cathedral for the First Saturday Devotions. Confessions begin at 9.15am, Mass will be celebrated at 10am and the Rosary will be prayed in Our Lady’s Chapel after the 10am Mass. Representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts will lead prayers in the Cathedral at midday and there will be an opportunity for people and prayer groups to visit the Cathedral throughout the day to pray before the Centennial Statue.

Archbishop Martin will join for the 7pm Vigil Mass on the Saturday evening and before the end of Mass, homes and families will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and people will have an opportunity to enrol in the Brown Scapular. The special Statue will leave St Patrick’s Cathedral after the Mass on that evening.

 

 


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The Diocesan Prayer and Spirituality Commission has organised a day of prayer entitled Prayerfest for Saturday March 4th at Drumcree Pastoral Centre Portadown. This follows on from our successful Spiritfest Days in former years. The emphasis is very much on time praying together. Full details are attached as downloadable documents, poster and draft timetable. There is no charge for the day but please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. We start at 9.30 am with registration. Hope you will come and join us.

The timetable is below:

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Meeting for Parents of Those Going Forward for Confirmation

Dear parent / guardian,

This year will see your child reach a significant milestone in their journey of faith – they will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation amidst the community that is our Church. By Confirmation, your child will share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ Himself and in the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which they will be filled.

In order to help you prepare for this significant moment in your child’s life, you are invited to attend a Confirmation Preparation meeting on

Tuesday 21st February at 7pm in St. Malachy’s Primary School.

This meeting will include a chat about some changes to the Confirmation Programme this year, guidance about Confirmation Sponsors and a short presentation by Mr. Darren Butler from the Irish Bishops’ Pastoral Response to Substance Abuse. The meeting will last just 1 hour.

As Confirmation is of great importance for your child, your family, our school and our parish, it is essential that you attend this meeting.

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us all as we prepare for your child’s Confirmation.

(Image from http://www.seasholmen.org/confirmation.html)


 

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Low Gluten Hosts Are Now Available

Sharing Eucharist from the altar of the Lord is a vital element of what makes us Catholic.

If you suffer from the coeliac condition, we now have low gluten Hosts available at every Mass in our parish. These Hosts are reserved in the tabernacle in their own pyx.

If you would like to receive Communion in this way, please approach the priest as usual at Communion time, tell him that you are coeliac and he will distribute this low gluten Host to you.

Please note that these Hosts do contain a small amount of gluten and therefore may not be suitable for coeliacs who cannot tolerate any gluten.

To discuss this further, please contact any of the priests in the parish.


 

 

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Discover the masterworks of God
Experience the power of the Church’s seven signs of grace in the St. Paul Center’s new video study, The Bible and the Sacraments. Join host Matthew Leonard for this visually stunning eleven-lesson series that explores how and why the seven Sacraments are God’s gifts of life and love to His children.

Register for FREE at BibleandtheSacraments.com. The study begins on
March 1, 2017 and will continue throughout the Lenten season. Sign up now!

 


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Pope Francis invites us to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day!

In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Ireland in August 2018, we invite you to mark this St. Valentine’s Day in a special way.

 

The WMOF2018 office has prepared flyers with ideas on how to mark this special day and gift tokens that you can give to your loved ones this 14th February. These are available in each Cathedral across Ireland, Veritas Shops and Accord centres and can also be downloaded from the WMOF2018 website: www.worldmeeting2018.ie

The tokens include: a technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice; set aside time for prayer, go for a hand-in-hand walk together; a special dinner cooked by me, loads of tender hugs; a journey down memory lane: take time to remember how we met and have grown together; pray together as a couple.

We also invite you to subscribe to the WMOF2018 newsletter to receive the latest updates on preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 by email http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/contact and follow us on social media: Facebook www.facebook.com/wmof2018  and Twitter www.twitter.com/wmof2018


 

 

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Youth 2000 Ulster Retreat – 10th to 12th March 2017

The next Youth 2000 Ulster retreat will be taking place in St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, between 10th-12th March 2017.

Date: 10th to 12th March 2017

Venue: St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Cost: Donation only

Ages: 16 – 35 year olds

This promises to be a special retreat!!

Great CRAIC!!, Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops,Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!!

Meals WILL be provided for.
Beds WILL be provided for, BUT everyone MUST bring their own pillow and sleeping bag/quilt.

NOTE: Please bring suitable clothing for the March weather including: Warm coat, hoodies, hats, gloves, scarves, thick socks, warm pj’s, hot water bottle, etc

Remember that it is essential that you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag/quilt! Beds will be provided.

For more, visit http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-ulster-retreat-10th-to-12th-march-2017/

(Image from http://nkyouth.com/)


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To mark World Day of the Sick, which takes place on February 11th this year, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Anointing of the Sick will be available to all who wish to partake of it after 1030am Mass that day. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available.

For more on the World Day of the Sick 2017, visit

http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2016/12/16/pope-francis-releases-message-for-2017-world-day-of-sick/

 


 

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Monastic Contemplative Life
“Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to Him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.”

(Pope Benedict XVI – World Youth Day at Cologne, August, 2005)

Discernment Weekend:
10th – 12th March 2017
(Friday evening – Sunday afternoon)
Dominican Contemplative Nuns
Welcome single young women (20-40) to our retreat house and offer the opportunity to experience our life of Prayer:-
Liturgy – Eucharistic Adoration – Talks –
Sisters’ testimonies – Lectio Divina –
Question time – Food and Fellowship

Those who cannot come for full weekend are welcome to join us on Saturday 9.30 am – 7.00 pm
(Early booking advisable as places are limited)

Venue: Siena Monastery, The Twenties, Drogheda, Co Louth
Contact: Sr Breda OP –
Email: siena3@eircom.net or Phone 041-9838524 www.dominicannuns.ie

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Cuan Mhuire to host Triduum in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes

The annual Triduum will take place from Thursday 9th February until Saturday 11th February at Cuan Mhuire, Dublin Road, Newry. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm with Rosary at 7.30pm. As the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is on the Saturday, the Rosary will be recited at 10.30am, Mass will be celebrated at 11am and with it being World Day of the Sick, the blessing of the sick and the infirm will take place during the Mass. All are welcome to join for the annual Triduum of Prayer.

 


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We would like to invite any children from P5 to P7 to become altar servers in our church!

Parents / guardians: if your child is interested in becoming an altar server, please contact either our sacristan or the Parish Office (10am – 12 noon daily).

Full training will be provided.

Further information on our Safeguarding Policies and Standards can be found here:

http://www.newrymiddlekilleavy.com/index.php/safe-guarding/

 

 

 


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To mark World Day for Consecrated Life and to launch a new prayer initiative in the Archdiocese of Armagh in 2017, Archbishop Eamon will celebrate Solemn Vespers in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursday, 2 February at 6.00pm. As well as the religious of the diocese, members of all prayer groups in parishes throughout the diocese are invited to attend. All are welcome to join in this holy hour of prayer and song. Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.

 

More about the annual World Day for Consecrated Life:

February 2, 2017 (Celebrated in Parishes February 4-5)
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

(http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/world-day-for-consecrated-life.cfm)

 


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A Diocesan Meeting will be held in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 28th January for all who are interested in promoting Eucharistic Adoration. It is hoped that each adoration centre and parish in the diocese will be represented at this important diocesan gathering which is scheduled to commence with Holy Mass at 10am and conclude after light lunch at 1.30pm.

 

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Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples

Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?

Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse?

Does talking about it only make it worse?

The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 10th – 12th February 2017.

For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info@retrouvaille.ie or visit www.retrouvaille.ie

COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL

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Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany

While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the “Paschal Full Moon,” and can fall between March 22 and April 25.
In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. On Epiphany Day, the upcoming dates were “proclaimed”. After the singing of the Gospel, a Deacon or cantor, in keeping with an ancient practice of Holy Church, announces from the ambo the moveable feasts of the current year. This year’s dates are below:

 

Know, dear brethren, (brothers and sisters,)
that, as we have rejoiced at
the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also
the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Savior.
On the First day of March will fall Ash Wednesday,
and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.
On the Sixteenth day of April you will celebrate with Joy Easter Day,
the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the Twenty-Fifth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the Fourth day of June the feast of Pentecost.
On the Eighteenth day of June,
the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
On the Third day of December,
the First Sunday of Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom is honor and glory for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Bishop Gerard Clifford (1941 – 2016)

Bishop Gerard Clifford, who passed away on Monday, 12 December 2016, was well known to the people of the Archdiocese of Armagh whom he served as Auxiliary Bishop from 1991 to 2013, and before that as priest in Portadown and Kilmore Parishes, and as Ecclesiastical Advisor to Schools. He had the great privilege of confirming many of you.

Bishop Gerard was a holy and humble man who instinctively placed the concerns of others first, as befits a true messenger of the Gospel. He was a devoted and generous priest and bishop who reluctantly had to resign from active ministry in 2013 due to ill health. When he retired, Bishop Gerry acknowledged and thanked the people of the diocese for “their great warmth and affection”. These were precisely the qualities that everyone received from this good and faithful priest and bishop.

Born in the border parish of his beloved Lordship and Ballymascanlon, Bishop Gerry was a tireless peacemaker and bridge-builder. He was one of the great figures of the ecumenical movement in Ireland – a role he accomplished through gentle friendship and witness. His episcopal motto in 1991 was “That all may be one”, from Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper. Bishop Gerry said at the time that “the unity implied is a firm ‘yes’ to the way of love and a firm ‘no’ to the way of hatred”. He placed great store in the innate decency of people and he used every opportunity to heal the wounds created by violence, distrust and fear.

Bishop Clifford served with distinction as a member of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference for more than twenty years, having previously served as its Executive Secretary. His episcopal ministry involved working in ecumenism, education and, as President of Cura, in the pastoral care area of crisis pregnancy.

In my visits to Bishop Gerry in recent weeks and months he seemed at peace. As he was a man of deep faith I ask you to join with me in prayer for the repose of his soul. May he rest forever in the peace of the Lord whom he generously and faithfully served.
+Eamon Martin
Archbishop of Armagh

 


 

Thank you!

A special thank you to all those who took part in cleaning our church today, in anticipation of the great celebration of Christmas!

Some of the team are pictured below, on a well-earned break 🙂

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Christmas Eve Vigil 6pm

Margaret Heaney
Anne McKeown
Lucy McKinley
Eilish Morley
Niamh Cranney

Darren O’Reilly
Sinead Blair
Alison McCann
Roisin McKeown
Sr Rita

Christmas Eve Vigil 7.30pm
Eamon Murphy
Roisin Murphy
Eilish Smith
Barbara Goss
Eilish Morley
Bronagh Carville
Leontia Munroe
Rebecca Munroe
Stephen Munroe
Sheila Murphy

Christmas Day 10.30am

Ann Lannon
James Lannon
Jim Belton
Donna Magee
Jack Moore
Moira Hammill
Edith McNamara
Matthew Donavan

Christmas Day 12 Noon
Jacqueline Madden
Ann Rocks
Fiona Campbell
Bernadette Collins
Bronagh Strain
Kieran McEvoy
Sarah McArdle


 

Helping Our Children Help Others

As part of our Children’s Mass in St. Malachy’s School on each Sunday in Advent, we donated some tents and sleeping bags on behalf of the children to “Newry Helping the Homeless” (NHTH), a local organisation that works to help the homeless in Newry and beyond.

Adele from NHTH called into the school this week to meet some of the children and to collect their gifts.

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Week 3 of the Special Advent Masses in St. Malachy’s School – Bambellini Sunday!

This coming Sunday, 11th December, the Third Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate the second of our special “child-friendly” Masses in St. Malachy’s School in our parish. The Mass takes place at 11.15am.

These Masses will be part of “The Bridge”, our preparation programme for our children preparing for Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. While the Masses are part of that programme, the Mass is for everyone so please do come along if you can!

This Sunday we will celebrate the blessing of the “Bambellini”. This is a Roman tradition where people bring the figure of the Baby Jesus from their crib to St. Peter’s Square on the Third Sunday of Advent for a special blessing by the Pope. The figure would then be taken home, wrapped in Christmas paper and placed under the tree. Then on Christmas morning, the first present to be unwrapped is the Baby Jesus who is then placed in the family crib as a reminder of what Christmas is really about. What a wonderful idea! All children (and grown-ups!) are invited to bring the Baby Jesus from their cribs for a special blessing at our Mass this Sunday.

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This series of Masses will continue on each Sunday in Advent at the same time in the same place. The conclusion will be the celebration of Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th in the school.

All are very welcome to come celebrate this season of preparation with the children!

 


 

Orchard Centre Ecumenical Carol Service 

On Thursday 8th December, Sr. Marie and Fr. Damien joined with other Christian community leaders to celebrate an ecumenical carol service with the staff and service users of the Orchard Centre, Newry. Photos are below.

 

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Scripture readings and reflections for the season of Advent will continue each Tuesday morning in the Parish Centre from 11am to 12 noon. All welcome.

 


“O Holy Night” – New Parish Choir CD Launched!

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The choir of the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane have produced a Christmas CD in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the parish.

CDs are £10 each and are available from the Parish Office, any member of the Parish Team and any member of the Parish Choir.

Track listing is as follows:

1. The Advent Candle

2. Once in Royal David’s City

3. Workers’ Carol

4. Riu Riu Chiu

5. Wexford Carol

6. Still, Still, Still

7. I Saw My Love

8. Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil

9. In the Bleak Midwinter

10. Bethlehem Carol

11. Silent Night

12. O Holy Night

Shown below is our Parish Choir performing at the launch of the CD on Sunday 4th December in the Newry Arts Centre.

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Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima – St. Anthony’s Home & Church, Estoril

29th June – 6th July 2017

We have now been given 10 extra places for our pilgrimage to Fatima. This is the centenary year of the apparitions and numbers must be finalised before Christmas. Anyone intending to go please contact the parish office as soon as possible. Cost is €799 full board.

 


 

Daisy Hill Carols & Readings for Christmas

The annual Daisy Hill Hospital Carol Service took place in the hospital on Tuesday 6th December. The “choir” included hospital chaplains from different Christian denominations as well as members of staff, visitors, supporters and Mr. Francis Rice, Chief Executive.

Some photos of the event are below.

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Week 2 of the Special Advent Masses in St. Malachy’s School

This coming Sunday, 4th December, the Second Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate the second of our special “child-friendly” Masses in St. Malachy’s School in our parish. The Mass takes place at 11.15am.

These Masses will be part of “The Bridge”, our preparation programme for our children preparing for Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.

While the Masses are part of that programme, the Mass is for everyone so please do come along if you can!

This series of Masses will continue on each Sunday in Advent at the same time in the same place. The conclusion will be the celebration of Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th in the school.

All are very welcome to come celebrate this season of preparation with the children!

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Advent is an ideal time to journey with Scripture as we await the Coming of the Word of God at Christmas.

A weekly guide entitled “Hearing, Happening, Hoping” is being produced to help you journey with the Word of God in these weeks.

This weekly resource can be found here:

http://www.killaloediocese.ie/diocesan-news/hearing-happening-hoping-advent-2016.html


 

 

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This year sees the introduction of “The Bridge”, a parish programme for our children and their parents / guardians preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

The Bridge is a new programme designed to help parents and families to explore and articulate their own faith, and to be more confident and involved in their child’s faith formation both during the preparation for First Holy Communion and beyond. It does this by offering a series of two sessions for parents,  which focus on different ways they can share faith with their families.  Topics covered in the Faith Sessions are:

– Ten Ways to Help Your Family to Grow in Faith

– Making Mass Meaningful for You and Your Child
– Bible Stories for You and Your Child
– Teaching Your Child About Reconciliation
– Praying With Your Child

All parents and / or guardians of the children preparing for the Sacraments are expected to attend both sessions in the weeks ahead. The children do not need to attend. The sessions last for one hour each.

The two sessions take place in St. Malachy’s Primary School, as follows:

Session 1: Thursday 10th November 2016 at 7pm

Session 2: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 7pm

 

We look forward to helping you and your children grow in the faith that they will soon profess in the Sacraments.

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6pm Saturday 19th November to 6pm Sunday 20th November in Our Church

To mark the close of the Year of Mercy, we will be holding our annual “24 Hours for the Lord” from 6.15pm Saturday 19th November to 6.15pm Sunday 20th November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Church’s year.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available after the 6.15pm Vigil Mass on Saturday until 9pm that evening. Adoration will resume after the 12 noon Mass on Sunday and will close with Prayers at 6pm that evening.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available until 9pm on Saturday evening and after the 12 noon Mass on Sunday.

 

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Special Advent Masses in St. Malachy’s School

For the four Sundays in Advent, there will be a special child-friendly Mass celebrated each Sunday at 11.15am in St. Malachy’s School in our parish. These Masses will be part of “The Bridge”, our preparation programme for our children preparing for Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.

While the Masses are part of that programme, the Mass is for everyone so please do come along if you can!

This series of Masses begins on Sunday November 27th 2016 at 11.15am, the First Sunday of Advent, and will continue on each Sunday in Advent at the same time in the same place. The conclusion will be the celebration of Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th in the school.

All are very welcome to come celebrate this season of preparation with the children!


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To mark the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on 20 November, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, has invited families to participate in a special Novena of Prayer by saying a prayer together for Mercy in the Family each evening for nine evenings.

In his message to the parishes of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon said, “As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close on 20 November, I invite you and your families to join me in a Novena for Mercy in the Family, beginning at 6.00pm on the evening of Friday 11 November and ending on Sunday 20 November, the Feast of Christ the King.”

Archbishop Eamon continued, “Please gather whoever is at home on each of the nine evenings shortly after six o’clock for just a few moments, and pray this short prayer together:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Holy Family of Nazareth, bless our family.
Keep anger and violence far from our door.
May our home be a place of love, mercy and forgiveness.
Share our moments of happiness with us.
Whenever things are difficult, help us to overcome together the problems that come our way.
Be with families in Ireland and around the world who are homeless or suffering.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph come into our home and our hearts and stay with us always.

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“If you have Holy Water at home, ask each person present to make a Sign of the Cross on their forehead and pray for any special family intentions you might have. (You can get Holy Water at your local Church).

“Finish by saying the Our Father together.”

Archbishop Eamon concluded his message by welcoming parishioners to visit the Holy Door at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, or at Saint Peter’s Church in Drogheda, before the end of the Jubilee Year and also to consider coming as a family to Confession some time before Christmas.


 

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