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. We look forward to welcoming the Relics of this special family to St Patrick’s Cathedral and further details about the visit will be available in the coming weeks.


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



Your voice counts!

On Saturday 7th July, Armagh Justice and Peace Commission will be hosting a conversation about your thoughts on the recent Referendum and how you feel about the upcoming World Meeting of Families. This gathering will take place in The Carrickdale Hotel, outside Dundalk from 10am – 1pm. It is a free event and we look forward to meeting you and giving you an opportunity to express your views and listen to other voices. Tea and coffee will be served and everyone is most welcome.


A one day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018. A bus will travel on the day and more details will follow.

Evening of Prayer to pray for the success of the

World Meeting of Families

St Patrick’s Cathedral Pastoral Area have organised a special evening of prayer, to pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families in the newly restored St Joseph’s Church, Tynan on Friday 17th August at 7.30pm. Families within our Pastoral Area are encouraged to make a special effort to join for this special evening as we prepare to celebrate this world meeting in our country.





An extensive consultation is well underway to bring one of the city’s most important and iconic social spaces back into community use.


The St Patrick’s Resource Centre project is an exciting initiative to refurbish and develop the old Parochial Hall located on the Cathedral Road, Armagh. The vision for the project is to create a vibrant, modern building with a range of different facilities which can offer activities and events to bring people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities together in a positive environment. 


We are seeking the views of all local people to help support the case for the project and urge everyone to take part in the consultation, as feedback from this consultation will be essential in producing a comprehensive needs based document for the proposed community resource centre. The overall process needs to be completed by Monday the 11th June.


Please click on the link below and complete the short questionnaire to help support the project:




Many thanks for your co operation

St Patrick’s Community Resource Centre Committee

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Don’t Miss It – Opening Festival of Families Armagh

The countdown is on and excitement is building for World Meeting of Families (WMOF) taking place from Wednesday 22nd August to Sunday 26th August in Dublin.

To launch this historic event, the Archdiocese of Armagh and Armagh City will host a kick off opening festival on Tuesday 21st August, starting at 5pm sharp in the Shambles Market.  Free to all, this festival promises to be a joyful, fun celebration of family, of all ages shapes and sizes and includes live music, dance, bouncy castles, face painting and a wide range of other fun activities.


At 7pm there’ll be a procession from the Shambles Market to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by more music and Evening Prayer from 7:30 – 8:15pm.


So come and be a part of this great event and bring the family.


For More details contact Mrs. Sharon Dunne Armagh Diocesan Delegate for WMOF 2018 on:


Tel:                         00353 (0) 42 933 6393

Mob:                     00353 (0) 87 641 7334

Email:                    dunnesharon.pastoralcentre@gmail.com




Photos by Liam McArdle.