On Sunday 26th November, an afternoon of prayer will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. On this special day, we recognise and honour Christ as ruler and universal shepherd. The true King sits on a heavenly throne, never away nor above nor apart, with wisdom and mercy and constant compassion and He lives in the love that lives in our hearts.
The afternoon will take place from 2pm – 5pm, concluding with Benediction at 5pm. There will be prayers and reflections led on each of the hours and there will be quiet time, to allow people the opportunity to come before the Lord, to give thanks for all the graces and blessings of life and especially, the many blessings of the past year!
An evening of Advent Meditation in music, prose, poetry and prayer in The Market Place Theatre on Tuesday 5 December at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Padraig O’Tuama, the leader of the Corrymeela Community. Padraig is a poet and a theologian and he has worked with groups for many years across the world. He lectures, leads retreats and he writes both poetry and prose. It’s said that he’s “an extraordinary person, whose influence extends quietly and gracefully across the world. His poetry bears these same qualities and brings him close. It is a gift to us all”. We will be joined on the evening by the Chamber Choir from St Catherine’s College, Armagh. It promises to be a very special evening as we take time to reflect on Advent as being a time to prepare for Christ’s coming and all are welcome to join.
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.