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

martindogsA Novena to St. Martin de Porres will be said 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.

Prayer to St. Martin de Porres: Most humble Martin de Porres, your burning charity embraced not only the poor and needy but even the animals of the field. For your splendid example of charity, we honour you and invoke your help. From your place in heaven, hear the requests of your needy brethren, so that, by imitating your virtues we may live contentedly in that state in which God has placed us. And carrying our cross with strength and courage, may we follow in the footsteps of our blessed Redeemer and his most sorrowful mother, so that at last we may reach the kingdom of heaven through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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.


Thanksgiving Mass for 2014

The Parish Pastoral Council has organised a special celebration Mass to acknowledge and give thanks to the many organisations, groups and individuals in the parish whose work enriches the pastoral and spiritual life of our faith community. Mass will be offered on Wednesday 22nd October in the Cathedral at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join in this Parish-wide celebration, the theme of which echoes the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila ‘Christ has no hands but ours to do his work’.