A message from the Administrator:
Several years ago parishioners were invited to indicate their desire to have a grave in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Currently we have a list of names of those who declared their intention at that time.
St. Mary’s has been a popular burial site for parishioners for many generations. Recently, a number of volunteers have begun to carry out a survey of the cemetery, in order to determine graves available and deemed suitable for burial. These graves are being identified by placing a post at each corner of each plot and placing tape around them. Any person who believes that a grave has been wrongly identified, should contact the parish office with proof of ownership. The person whose name is on the deed for the grave determines ownership of the grave.
Once that work has been completed those whose names are on this list will be given the opportunity to purchase a grave. It will then be their responsibility to mark out the grave allocated and ensure that it is kept clean and tidy. This work will take some months to complete and if there are any free graves after that allocation has been made, parishioners will be able to purchase any free spaces in the graveyard.
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Young people from our parish celebrate their Christian development each Spring, through the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. These special days are the culmination of months of preparation by teachers, families, priests, religious and volunteers. We thank all of them for their invaluable contribution. Passing on Christian values requires patience, perseverance and the good example of the whole community.
Would you like to get involved with next year’s Sacramental Programme? Volunteers are always welcome. Please use the 'contact us' button at the top of this website to contact the parish office about volunteering for the Sacramental Programme.
Photo: Pupils from St Ronan's P.S. Newry on the occasion of their First Holy Communion at St Brigid's Church. (Courtesy of Mr Fred Hollowood.) See below for a larger photo.
Call for volunteers: Host Families and Drivers wanted
Newry Parish Mission 5th to 13th December 2015
Twenty young people (aged 18-30) from the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome will be visiting Newry in December as part of the parish mission. The mission promises to be a new and exciting experience for Newry, with a wide range of activities and events to be held inside and outside of the churches.
Could you provide accommodation for some of these young missionaries? Accommodation will be on a bed and breakfast basis. Lunches and dinners will be provided elsewhere. Ideally, we would like each volunteer home to take two people each. This is a great opportunity to become actively involved in the mission and to get to know the missionaries who come from all over the world.
Could you help the young missionaries to get from A to B?
The missionaries will need help getting to and from their host families each day and to the various events throughout the parish. You don’t need to be available every day, simply let us know which days/times might suit you.Read more...