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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.

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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/

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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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