On Sunday evening, it was a case of standing room only in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh as people gathered from throughout the Parish to celebrate “The Family of Sports”. The event had been organised over the last number of weeks as part of the Parish’s preparations for The World Meeting of Families 2018. All sporting clubs, organisations and schools in the parish were well represented on the evening. People were asked to wear sporting colours or jerseys, which added to the colour and joy of the occasion.
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.
The special Icon which has been commissioned in preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018 will be in the Cathedral from Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 October and people will have an opportunity to venerate it and pray before it.
It will be present for the special celebration “The Joy of Love” on the evening of Tuesday 10 October when all are invited to come along for a special Evening Prayer at 7pm and on the evening, we will learn the official hymn for the WMOF, “A Joy for all the earth”.
A special Triduum of Prayer will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October to mark the close of this centenary year of the first apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.
Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima will be present for the three days and on each of the days, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 10am and 7.30pm and the Rosary will be prayed on each of the evenings at 7pm. A visiting preacher will join on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Archbishop Eamon Martin will close the Triduum on the Friday evening and during that Mass, a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be crowned to mark this Jubilee Year.