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Novena to St. Martin de Porres - St. Catherine's, November 3rd - 11th

martindogsA Novena to St. Martin de Porres will take place at Saint Catherine’s Church from Monday 3rd November (The Feast day of St. Martin) until Tuesday 11th November 2014.

Weekdays: 11.00am and 7.30pm

Sundays: 12.15pm and 7.30pm

Blessing of the pets: Sunday 9th November at 3.00pm

Anointing of the sick: Monday 10th November 11.00am and 7.30pm

Preacher Fr. Adrian Farrelly O.P.

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New St. Clare’s Abbey school building to open in January 2016

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On Tuesday 14th October, the Sisters of St. Clare, Dromore Diocese and Felix O’Hare and Co. signed the contract for the building of the new St. Clare’s Abbey School. The new school is under the joint trusteeship of the Sisters of St. Clare and Dromore Diocese. Sr. Julie McGoldrick signed on behalf of the Sisters of St. Clare and Canon Francis Brown on behalf of the Diocesan Trustees. Mr. Gerry Gray and Mr. Damian Gill signed on behalf of Felix O’Hare and Co., the contractor appointed by the Department of Education.

The new school will provide a state of the art home for the newly merged St Colman’s Abbey Primary School and St Clare’s Primary School. The new amalgamated school, St. Clare’s Abbey Nursery and Primary School, came into existence on 1st September 2014 and it will make use of both of the old school complexes until the new building is ready.

The signing event was a very joyful occasion as it has taken seventeen years of planning and hard work to reach this milestone. Enabling works have already taken place on the site. The contractor will be on site on Monday 3rd November and the work will be completed by December 2015. The pupils and staff of St. Clare’s Abbey will move into their brand new school in January 2016.

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Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism: Mass of Thanksgiving

baptismmassIn April 2013 the Parish Baptism Team began its ministry of visiting parents who requested baptism for their children. To mark and celebrate the significance and importance of the Sacrament of Baptism, the priests of the parish invited the parents and families of all the children baptised in Newry Parish during the period April 2013 ‒ June 2014 to attend a special Mass of Thanksgiving at 12noon in the Cathedral on Sunday 21st September 2014. Through the Sacrament of Baptism children become Children of God, members of the Church and heirs to the Kingdom of heaven. The Mass of Thanksgiving presented an opportunity to thank God for these children as they continue their journey of faith in new life with Jesus. It is planned to establish a Mass of Thanksgiving as an annual event in the parish calendar.

The Mass was recorded as part of our live streaming service from the Cathedral. It will be available for viewing for ten weeks. Please click here to watch.

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