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Mass of celebration and thanksgiving for parish volunteers

tg6A Mass of celebration and thanksgiving was held at the Cathedral on the evening of Wednesday 22nd October 2014.

This happy occasion attracted a congregation of hundreds, including representatives of many voluntary groups working within the parish. Each group placed a lighted candle on the altar, and as you will see from the photographs, they provided a radiant witness to the vitality of our parish and to the good works of its people.

The Mass was concelebrated by Canon Francis Brown, Canon Michael Hackett, Father Tony Corr, Father Krzysztof Kosciolek SChr, Father Colim Muprhy and Father Cesare Decio O.P. who also preached the homily.

The Mass was organised by the Parish Pastoral Council and its Chairperson, John McClelland, spoke to thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.


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.


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.