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Pastoral Message from Bishop Phonsie Cullinan for the Feast of Pentecost

Pope Francis encourages us to renew our confidence in Our Lord and resolve to confront this pandemic situation “with the strength of faith, the certitude of hope and the fervour of charity” (Francis, March 8, 2020). I want to congratulate all who have helped in this pandemic. Right across society people have stepped up to […]

Returning to Mass and the Sacraments – a Pentecost Message from Archbishop Eamon Martin to the Archdiocese of Armagh and Diocese of Dromore

Archbishop Eamon Martin’s video message ahead of Pentecost Sunday: Letter today by Archbishop Eamon Martin his diocesan clergy and religious: Dear Father, Dear Deacon, Dear sisters and brothers This weekend we celebrate Pentecost – the great feast of the Holy Spirit and the “birthday” of the Christian Church. I find it sad and disappointing […]

Message of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to Priests & Parishes on getting ready for the re-opening of Churches for public worship

“All of us are struck and full of admiration at the way parishes have been working creatively in reaching out during this complex lockdown situation. On the other hand, I realise how we need to move beyond the virtual. Jesus preached the Good News and he also gathered together a community of disciples. The readings […]

‘Missing Each Other, Missing the Lord’ Pastoral Letter by Bishop Dermot Farrell

“I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10) Introduction Now that the pathway to the public celebration of the sacraments, particularly the Mass, is coming into view, Catholics look forward to returning to their parish church with the planned easing of restrictions on public gatherings. Since the […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Ascension Sunday, World Communications Day

• “I hope that philosophers, sociologists and media commentators might critique how key relationships have been impacted – for better or worse – by this pandemic. I encourage our theologians to consider what this crisis is saying about Church, about our identity and mission, about our relationship with the State, and about prayer and faith” […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to pray for each other, to share and record their ‘2020 vision’ stories

Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed Pope Francis’ message for the 54th World Day of Social Communications which will be celebrated on Sunday – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  The theme of Pope Francis’ annual message for this year reflects on the power of storytelling: ‘That you may tell your children and grandchildren’ (Ex 10:2). […]

Down and Connor Diocesan Pentecost Triduum

Following on from the successful Diocesan Novena earlier this month, the Diocese of Down and Connor will close the month of May with a Triduum of Prayer to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. In the Christian tradition Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Church. Over these three days, prayers will be offered for […]

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on the cancellation of the Reek Sunday pilgrimage 2020

Archbishop Neary will celebrate the vigil Mass in Westport on Saturday 25 July at 6:30 pmwhichwill be offered for the intentions of all who intended to make the pilgrimage.  Prayer intentions can be emailed at any time to [email protected] or by post to Westport Parish, Co Mayo. This Mass will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook page ‘St […]

Covid-19 recovery pathway: Church Leaders welcome cautious & considered approach

Background The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have written to Northern Ireland’s First and deputy First Ministers this afternoon to welcome the announcement of the beginning of Step 1 of the Northern Ireland Executive’s pathway to recovery. In their letter they expressed their appreciation for the careful preparation that preceded this announcement, which included consultation […]

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor on the re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer

Last week, the NI Executive outlined a five-step recovery plan with the gradual and phased easing of restrictions that had been placed upon movement and public gatherings in response to Covid-19. This phased recovery plan is welcomed by all as a sign of hope and progression in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The tentative […]

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