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 the whole 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 Baptism Team at one end of the spectrum to the “JOY” Youth 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 are streamed live on the internet, and this can be easily accessed from this site.
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)
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh will benefit from £ 100,000 to address urgent roof repairs.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral successfully applied for the grant through the Government funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.*
Remedial works as part of an ongoing maintenance plan are required to deal with water penetration occurring in the North & South Chancel Aisles in the Cathedral. A primary aim of the proposed works is to secure the integrity of the structure and waterproof the building. At present water is penetrating the building at high levels through the parapet and tower elements due to defective lead flashing. Whilst the Cathedral has undergone constant renovation throughout the years this work was not part of the extensive refurbishment in 2002/2003.
Work is due to commence week beginning Monday 24th October 2016 and is to be completed within a 12 week timescale. It is hoped that disruption will be kept to a minimum within the Cathedral during the period of work.
*This money is part of a wider funding package of £ 22.9million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.
The fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sports (DCMS). A full list of awards across the UK can be found at www.gov.uk/dcms or www.lpowroof.org.uk.