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Pastoral Letter by Bishop Francis Duffy: ‘Sustaining our Faith Community in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois’

Pastoral letter on the declining number of priests to be read at Masses in the 41 parishes of the diocese this weekend Dear Parishioner, I write to you concerning the reality that the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois has, and will continue to have, fewer priests ministering to the faithful. I know that many of […]

Information for media on the funeral liturgy for the late Martin McGuinness RIP

Introduction At 2.00pm this afternoon Father Michael Canny will receive the remains of Martin McGuinness at the main entrance of Saint Columba’s Church, Long Tower.  Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will then welcome distinguished visitors, family, and the congregation. After the reception of the remains the concelebrating clergy will enter the sanctuary to begin […]

Speaking notes of Father Aidan Mullan Adm for the Funeral Mass of Ryan McBride RIP

Saint Columba’s Church, Long Tower, Derry City Each of us, everyone here, has a story – a history – built on our experience of our own family, neighbours, school and adult life.  Every story is sacred, deserves respect and reverence. When a loved one dies we go over their story, as we have done with […]

Information note to media on the Funeral Mass for the late Ryan McBride RIP

At 10.00am tomorrow the Funeral Mass for the late Ryan McBride RIP will be celebrated in Saint Columba’s Church in the parish of Long Tower in Derry City.  Father Aidan Mullan Adm will be the chief celebrant and will preach the homily at the Mass.  Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will preside at the […]

Information note to media on the Funeral Mass for the late Martin McGuinness RIP

At 2.00pm tomorrow the Funeral Mass for the late Martin McGuinness RIP will be celebrated in Saint Columba’s Church in the parish of Long Tower in Derry City.  Father Michael Canny will be the chief celebrant and will preach the homily at the Mass.  Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will preside at the Mass.  […]

Statement by Bishop Donal McKeown on the death of Martin McGuinness RIP

The death of Martin McGuinness, which was announced this morning, will affect many people in different ways. Martin McGuinness played a uniquely significant role in the life of this society for almost fifty years.  Firstly my sympathies go to his wife Bernie and family.  They have lost someone, who remained so loyal to and protective […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP

Like many people I was shocked before Christmas to hear about the serious illness of Martin McGuinness, and, despite our hopes and prayers for his recovery, today I am saddened to learn that he has died.  My first thoughts are with his dear wife Bernie, his children, grandchildren, brothers and sister, and all his many […]

Homily of Father Andrew O’Sullivan at Funeral Mass of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick RIP

  St. Patrick’s Church, Glencullen, Co. Dublin, 18 March 2017.  “This church, over the years of its history, has seen many sad and tragic funerals, but few can have been as profoundly sad and sorrowful as the funeral that gathers us here today. The news of Dara’s death was a message that shocked and saddened […]

Information for media on the funeral liturgy for Bishop Eamonn Casey RIP

Media At 2.00pm today the requiem Mass for the late Bishop Eamonn Casey RIP, will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in the Diocese of Galway.  Bishop John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert, will be the chief celebrant at the Mass which will be concelebrated by bishops and […]

Saint Patrick’s Vigil in Armagh this evening at 9.00pm

Armagh Cathedrals to be illuminated in green You, or a representative, are invited to film or photograph a unique event in the city of Armagh this evening to mark the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day.  Both of the city’s cathedrals are dedicated to our national Patron Saint, Saint Patrick, and both will be illuminated in […]

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