Youth 2000: Summer Festival
Youth 2000 will be holding their annual Summer Festival in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from Friday 16th – Sunday 19th August. Many young people (aged 16-35) from across Ireland are expected at this donation only event and newcomers will be very welcome. This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Free buses available. Online booking necessary. See www.youth2000.ie or call 01 6753690
Special Family Stations have been placed in the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. People are encouraged to pray the Stations for our families and the families of our Parish as we look forward to the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Martin will join with parishioners and families after the 10am Mass on Friday 20 July (the Feast of the Dedication of St Patrick’s Cathedral) and pray the Stations and all are encouraged to join as the Family Stations are Dedicated.
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.
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.