Celebrate St Patrick – St Patrick’s RC Cathedral: Saturday 10 March, 8.00pm
Join composer and presenter John Anderson as he conducts a reflective and celebratory event honouring St Patrick. Set in the magnificent St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, choirs from all over the island and further afield will join together in a unique evening of music and spoken word.
A limited number of audience seats priced £5 are available through The Market Place Theatre Box Office. Please note that these seats may have restricted views and the event may be recorded for future broadcast and marketing purposes.
An Evening with Patrick – The Market Place Theatre: Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm
Free but booking essential through The Market Place Theatre
Armagh Cathedrals Partnership invite you to a special evening of music, story, poetry and prayer to celebrate St Patrick. The guest speaker will be Fr Peter McVerry who is a native of Newry and he has been a Jesuit priest for over forty years. He has worked for most of his life to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage on the streets of Dublin. He founded The Arrupe Charity which is now named The Peter McVerry Trust, which seeks to address homelessness. In 2016, the charity worked with over 4500 vulnerable youths.
Fr Peter is a social activist and he’s a strong activist for those who have no voice in society. He has written widely on issues relating to the homeless and social justice and he has been awarded a number of high profile awards in recognition of his great work. During the evening, he will invite us to reflect on the words of St Patrick in his Confession “I am Patrick…utterly worthless in the eyes of many”.
It promises to be a very special evening as we celebrate the St Patrick’s Festival in Armagh and light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Carminho – St Patrick’s C O I Cathedral: Thursday 15 March, 8.00pm
Tickets £20/£12 & £5 (Student/Child) from The Market Place Theatre
Join for an evening of spiritual and contemplative Fado music with globally renowned singer Carminho. The beautiful setting of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral will be the backdrop for this unique opportunity to witness Portugal’s foremost proponent of its traditional music. Carminho has performed in capitals across the world including a recent sell-out performance in London’s Barbican Centre
St Patrick’s Lecture – The Market Place Theatre: Friday 16 March, 11am
Free but booking essential through The Market Place Theatre
On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, the Primates of the two principal Churches in Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin will speak about what St Patrick means to them in a modern world. In conversation with Sarah Clarke from UTV, the two will discuss how St Patrick’s words still resonate and have relevance for many of the challenges we face today.
St Patrick’s Vigil – St Patrick’s Cathedrals: Friday 16 March
The Vigil will commence at the Church of Ireland Cathedral at 9pm where Archbishop Clarke will lead a prayer. Visitors will then be led by both Archbishops in torchlight to the Roman Catholic Cathedral where Archbishop Martin will conclude with a prayer. This symbolic expression of the unity of the Churches is a reflection of Patrick’s own journey of uniting the Irish people with Christianity. Light refreshments will be served in The Synod Hall after this event.
St Patrick’s Tea Party, The Synod Hall, St Patrick’s R.C Cathedral: Saturday 17 March, 3 – 5.30pm Free admission
A special tea party to celebrate St Patrick in the lovely surroundings of this unique hall. Enjoy a special afternoon tea as well as a feast of Irish traditional music and song. People are encouraged to wear something green and come along and enjoy the afternoon’s festivities as we celebrate the feast of our national apostle and what’s a special day in our yearly calendar.
As we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Patrick, Key Stage Two pupils in our parish are invited to write a prayer or a poem in honour of St Patrick or design/create a card which reflects the life of St Patrick. The competition is open to all pupils in KS2 in any of the Primary Schools in the Parish of Armagh. There are no restrictions with writing the prayer or the poem or creating the card (it must be original) but entrants must write their name, address, their age and the name of their school on the back of their entry.
Pupils are asked to submit their entries (to Armagh Parish Office, Cathedral Gate Lodge not later than 12 noon on Monday 5th March.
The Knights of St Columbanus in the Parish have kindly agreed to sponsor five very special prizes for the five most creative entries and the winners will be presented with their prizes on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.
The Armagh Parish Carol Service which took place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh on Sunday 17 December at 5pm. Archbishop Martin joined with St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir in leading the Service and there will be an opportunity for congregational singing.
As we continue to prepare for the World Meeting of Families 2018, the theme for this years Carol Service was “Celebrating the Gift of Family” and we encouraged all families to make a special effort to attend. On the evening, a lovely Icon of The Holy Family was available to all families and it’s suggested that we place the Icon on the table in our homes on Christmas Day and that our families pray before it.
Pupils were encouraged to bring Baby Jesus figures from their homes to the Carol Service and have them blessed. Families brought their own Bambinelli and it’s suggested that following the blessing, that people take their Bambinelli home and pray for God’s blessing on our homes and families this Christmas.
Children were encouraged to remember less fortunate children at this time of year and they brought a small gift which will be brought up in procession during the Carol Service. St Vincent de Paul will then redistribute the gifts to children who are in need.
Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Richard Clarke have entered into an initiative to raise awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse and to provide a response within the church community.
It is appropriate that this is being launched on ‘White Ribbon Sunday’ which is an internationally designated day set aside to condemn this violence and abuse wherever it takes place.
By supporting the Safe Church Campaign we pledge never to commit, condone or stay silent about Domestic Violence and Abuse.
Domestic Violence and Abuse occurs right across societies; it knows no boundaries with regard to age, ethnicity, religion,gender,identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability.
The Safe Church campaign provides the opportunity for victims to confidentially access information to services available.
Church personnel have received training to assist in directing victims towards available resources.
As we prepare to celebrate the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in 2018, the children of our parish are invited to design/create what will be our Parish Christmas card for this year. The competition is open to all pupils in KS1 or KS2 in any of the Primary Schools in the Parish of Armagh and the card must depict or represent The Holy Family of Nazareth. There is no restriction to colours that may be used but it’s important to keep in mind that the design will have to be scanned on to a card and any materials used on the actual design (eg fabric or glitter) may not be visible. Images from computer programmes should not be used. Entrants must write their name, address, their age and the name of their school on the back of their entry.
Pupils are asked to submit their entries (A4 size and preferably on card) to Armagh Parish Office, Cathedral Gate Lodge not later than 12 noon on Monday 23rd October.
The Knights of St Columbanus in the Parish have kindly agreed to sponsor five very special prizes for the five most creative cards and the winners names will be published in a few weeks time.