On behalf of our Parish Team, Parish Pastoral Council and Parishioners, I welcome you to the website of St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Armagh. Armagh is the Primatial See of Ireland because of its association with St Patrick who, tradition states, established in this place in 445 his first church.
There are certain privileged locations on high ground surrounding Armagh which offer a bird’s eye view of the City. The joyous experience of viewing thewhole City in one sweep gives a unique perspective. This website aims to facilitate a similar experience by giving a panoramic view of the visible life of Armagh Parish.
As you browse these pages, you will come to appreciate that this is a vibrant parish of four church-areas, both town and rural, in which the Gospel is proclaimed and lived in many different and exciting ways. There is something here for everyone – people from all age groups, all backgrounds, all levels of faith, and I am sure there is something here for you.
I hope that this website will help to answer the questions you have in relation to what the parish can provide for you sacramentally, pastorally and spiritually, and as we endeavour to live up to our Parish Mission Statement:
“To support and challenge our community, in developing a more inclusive and vibrant parish, reflecting God’s message of love, faith, compassion and mercy.”
I hope that you’ll see something here which will inspire you to get involved in some of the activities of the parish. There’s something for everyone, from the Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Baptism Team at one end of the spectrum to the “JOY” Youth Group and the Children’s Liturgy Group at the other and a whole array in between. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that all Masses in St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Malachy’s Church are streamed live on the internet, and this can be easily accessed from this site.
I am proud to be able to mention that here in Armagh, we have a very warm and healthy relationship with our friends from the other Christian Churches. As well as St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in the city, we also have St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and we happily count Archbishop Richard Clarke and the Church leaders from all the other Churches and their parishioners among our friends.
Feel free to get in touch with me at any time. In the meantime, as you journey through this site, I pray in the words of St Paul:
“May the God who gives us peace make you completely His and keep your whole being, spirit, soul and body, free from all fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 5:23)