St Teresa of Calcutta was an Albanian – Indian nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the Republic of Macedonia). After living in Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life. In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation which had over 4,500 sisters and are active in 133 countries. The congregation manages homes for people dying of HIV/Aids, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, dispensaries and mobile clinics, childrens and family counselling programmes, orphanages and schools. Members of the congregation take vows of chastity, poverty and obedience also profess a fourth vow, to give “wholeheartedly free service to the poorest of the poor”.
During her life, St Teresa of Calcutta received a number of honours. She was canonised (recognised by the Church as a saint) on 4 September 2016 and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day.
She’s revered for her work with the poor in India and Pope Francis said “She defended the unborn, the sick and abandoned and had shamed world leaders for the crimes of poverty they themselves created”. Two apparent cures of sick people after her death in 1997 have been attributed to her intercession. On the day of her Canonisation, Pope Francis said: “St Teresa of Calcutta had spent her whole life bowing down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God given dignity”.
Thursday 8 June
Friday 9 June
Saturday 10 June
Confessions will be heard on the mornings of Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June from 9.30am – 9.55am and from 10.30am – 12noon and on the Friday afternoon from 4pm – 6pm.
Armagh Cathedral Gift Shop….lots of religious gifts and items in stock. A wide range of cards and gifts in preparation for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Candles, Papal Blessings and many other gifts available in preparation for weddings. The shop is open daily from 10.30am – 4pm. The Shop is situated at the back of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
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.
As we celebrate 100 years since Our Lady appeared in Fatima, “The Five First Saturdays Devotion” will take place in
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh beginning on the first Saturday of February
Our Lady of Fatima promises all the graces necessary for Heaven if we finish the Five First Saturdays Devotion
“Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven.” -Sr. Lucy (March 19, 1939)
During her July apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucia, “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.” On December 10, 1925, our Lady appeared again to Lucia at Pentevedra, Spain and she made a request for the Five First Saturdays and she gave her great promise.
Archdiocese of Armagh celebrates Works of Mercy
On Saturday evening St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh was packed to capacity for a special celebration to give thanks for the many works of mercy in the Archdiocese. It was another event which took place to mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy and representatives of all the religious orders and congregations from throughout the Archdiocese were present on the evening and all of them are involved in different works of mercy. As part of the celebration, Sr Consilio from Cuan Mhuire and Mr Eamon Meehan, Director of Trocaire received St Patrick’s Diocesan Medals, to acknowledge the great witness of their lives and the wonderful works of mercy that they have been doing for many years.