St Patrick’s Cathedral Pastoral Area organise an Evening of Prayer to pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families.
People from the four parishes in St Patrick’s Cathedral Pastoral Area are invited to a special Evening Prayer in the newly restored St Joseph’s Church, Tynan on Friday 17th August at 7.30pm, to pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families. The Pastoral Area Resource Team have organised the evening and people from the parishes of Armagh, Keady, Killcluney and Middletown are encouraged to make a special effort to unite in prayer on the evening.
Charles Wood Summer School
The 26th Charles Wood Summer School will take place in the Cathedral City of Armagh from Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August 2018, promising an exciting mix of choral and instrumental events to suit all tastes. On Tuesday 14th, the Charles Wood Choir will sing at the 7.30pm Mass in St Malachy’s Church and at 8.30pm, a wonderful programme of Organ Music “Bach at Twilight” will be presented in St Malachy’s Church. On Wednesday 15th, a Concert by Candlelight will take place in St Patrick’s R C Cathedral at 8.15pm, given by the Charles Wood Singers. On Saturday 18th, the Charles Wood Choir will also sing at the 7pm Vigil Mass in St Patrick’s R.C Cathedral. For further information check www.charleswoodsummerschool.org
Hour of Prayer for Life
An hour of Prayer for Life will take place in St Malachy’s Church on Wednesday 8 August from 8-9pm, to pray for the protection of life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. During the hour, prayers will also be offered for those who work to protect the gift of human life.
Prayer for Life
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. Look down, O Mother, upon the vast number of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Amen (Pope Saint John Paul II)
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Wednesday 15 August
Holy Day of Obligation: Mass Times in Armagh Parish
On this special day, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. Mary’s “Yes” to God’s call provides a wonderful example for all of us to follow. The almighty has done great things for her and we join our praise to the generations who call her blessed. We give glory to God who glorified Mary.
Masses as follows:
St Malachy’s Church
Vigil at 7.30pm on Tuesday
Also 8am, 10am, 7.30pm
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tullysaran
St Colmcille’s, Knockaconey
Relics of Family of Saints to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
As we look forward to the World Meeting of Families, Relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 12 August 2018. The Relics will arrive at the Cathedral for the 11am Mass on that morning and they will leave at 9am on the morning of Monday 13 August. During that time, people will have an opportunity to come and venerate the Relics of the family that embodies what is best in family life and they offer a wonderful example of what a family can become.
St Therese of Lisieux, otherwise known as The Little Flower is one of the most popular saints in the history of the Church and Pope St Pius X called her “the greatest saint of modern times”. At a young age, she felt the call to religious life and at the age of fifteen, she became a nun and joined two of her older sisters in the cloistered Carmelite Community in Lisieux in Normandy. After nine years as a religious, she died at the young age of twenty four and she was canonised a saint in 1925. Her feast day is 1st October. Three years ago, Pope Francis canonised her parents and they were the first spouses in the history of the Church to be canonised as a couple. Blessed Roses will be available in St Patrick’s Cathedral during the visit of the Relics.
Sunday 12 August
11am Mass and Welcome of Relics
7.30pm Evening Prayer
10pm Night Prayer
(Cathedral will close at 11pm)
Monday 13 August
9am Prayers of Departure of Relics
Prayer for the Family
Father in heaven, you called Saints Zelie and Louis Martin to holiness through their married life. You gave them as Mother and Father to St Therese of Lisieux. Through their intercession, we ask you to bless married couples, bless our children and grandchildren. Guide us as citizens to make the kind of decisions that will support family life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN