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A new tradition for Newry: Blessing of Nativity scene figurines

nativity-squareEach year, on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), the children of Rome bring their figurines of the Infant Jesus to St. Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope.

This year, on Sunday 14th December, Newry Parish plans to introduce this blessing ceremenony at all Sunday Masses (including Vigil Masses) in the Cathedral, St. Mary’s and St. Brigid’s Churches.

Please bring your Infant Jesus figurines (or nativity scenes if the figures can't be removed) to one of the Sunday Masses so that they can be blessed.

We are hopeful that this special ceremony will be the beginning of a joyful and beautiful new tradition that will encourage family participation every year.

The Infant Jesus figurine is only placed in the family crib on his birthday, Christmas Day. What a wonderful way to remind us that Jesus is, and should always be, at the centre of our lives.

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Renovation of St. Mary’s Church (With architect's drawings)

MarysimageA message From Newry Parish Finance Committee:

We write to you in relation to the proposed renovation of St. Mary’s Church.

This is the oldest site of worship in the Parish and the burial ground for generations of Newry people. It has been obvious for some time that St. Mary’s is in need of major refurbishment and we have been working on the finances and the scope of this project for several years.

We are happy to report that we have been promised £150,000 of funding from the National Lottery. We, as a Parish community, need to raise circa £500,000, the balance of the estimated expenditure. This amount must be raised separately from, and in addition to the normal monies raised to run the Parish through the Offertory Promise.

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Lectio Divina graduations

lectioCongratulations to the following parishioners who graduated with a Certificate in Lectio Divina following a two year course at Drumalis Retreat Centre:- Canon Michael Hackett, Mrs. Mairéad Breen, Mrs. Louise Shields, Mr Pat Shields, Mr. John McClelland and Mr. Teddy Fearon. The aim of the course is to contribute towards equipping people for skilled and supervised active lay ministry within a parish or community situation.

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