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.
As part of the preparations for the World Meeting of Families next year, Armagh Parish is planning a special celebration in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 8 October at 5.30pm. All who belong to sporting clubs and organisations are invited to come along, to celebrate the great Family of Sport. All who are involved in any way in sport is asked to come along on the evening in a sports top or in their club colours and join in what promises to be a unique event and an evening of great colour and celebration.
Paul Mallon is from Edendork in the Parish of Dungannon. He is married to Dympna and they have five children and one grandson. He currently works as Northern Ireland Sales Manager for Gallaghers Bakery from Donegal and has been involved in sales for most of his working life.
The GAA has been a big part of Paul’s life since early childhood, having played for his local club and he has held various committee roles, finally opting to represent his club as Referee for the past fifteen years. Paul loves music and he plays a little on the guitar and in recent years, he has developed a great passion for Church and Liturgical Music.
As Paul prepares to be ordained a permanent deacon on Saturday 16th September, he says: “This is a very humbling, yet exciting time in my life. I’m grateful to God for the gift of my calling and I very much look forward to my new ministry and to working in the Cathedral Parish of Armagh”.
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.