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Sermon notes: Forgiveness, Armagh concerts, Dean Maguirc College, Trócaire, Mary's Meals, Liam Lawton

Mary's Meals is now reaching 1,230,171 of the world's poorest children with a nutritious daily meal in school.
  • FORGIVENESS: Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre is offering a one-day retreat on forgiveness next month.

Fr Des Corrigan SMA, who will facilitate the retreat, said the day - called 'Forgiveness - Moving Forward from Life's Hurts to Healing, Peace and Happiness' - aims "to give a deeper understanding of the nature and importance of forgiveness and how it can enable individuals and communities to progress from being angry victims to becoming peaceful survivors".

The forgiveness retreat will take place on Saturday May 13 between 9.30am and 5pm.

It costs £25, including lunch and refreshments, and Fr Corrigan said "all are very welcome".

Bookings or more information by telephoning 028 3082 1964, emailing admin@dromantineconference.com or visiting www.dromantineconference.com.

  • ARMAGH CONCERTS: Felix Mendelssohn's great oratorio Elijah, which depicts the life of the Old Testament prophet, will be presented by the Armagh City Choir along with an orchestra and guest soloists in St Malachy's Church, Armagh Friday May 5 at 7.30pm.

A choir from St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus will perform a concert of chants and songs in St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Armagh in May.
Tickets will be available at the door on the evening or from the Armagh Visitor information Centre on Upper English Street in the city.

On Friday May 12, a choir from St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus will perform a concert of chants and songs in St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Armagh.

The concert begins at 7pm and will be followed by a exhibition of work from the convent workshops.

  • TRÓCAIRE SUPPORT: Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore, Tyrone reached its £3,000 Lent fundraising target for Trócaire.

The school was also involved in the Trócaire Mass broadcast on RTE on Holy Thursday, with pupils and staff taking part with representatives from the charity and the parish of Greencastle, Co Tyrone.

Pupils and staff from Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore. The school took part in RTE's Trócaire Mass and raised £3,000 for the aid charity.
Mass was celebrated by Greencastle PP Fr Edward Gallagher who was part of a 10-strong delegation who visited Trócaire's projects in Honduras last year. The Central American nation and the effects of climate change on its coastal communities was the focus of Trócaire's 2017 Lent campaign.

Dean Maguirc College principal James Warnock said: "We were delighted and honoured to have been asked to be involved in this very special liturgy and I thank all the participants from the college, especially the choir who have put so much effort into preparing for this unique event."

  • MEAL MACHINE: Charity Mary's Meals is now reaching 1,230,171 of the world's poorest children with a nutritious daily meal in school.

Mary's Meals is now reaching 1,230,171 of the world's poorest children with a nutritious daily meal in school.
Mary's Meals provides support to impoverished communities across four continents, setting up community-run school feeding programmes that encourage children - who may otherwise be forced to work, beg or forage for food - to come to school and receive a meal that helps them to concentrate on their studies.

The charity began by feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002 and its projects can be found in other countries including Syria, South Sudan and Kenya.

It costs just £13.90 to feed a child with Mary's Meals for a whole school year.

To find out more or to donate, visit www.marysmeals.org.uk.

  • LAWTON WORKSHOP: Fr Liam Lawton will be leading a 'The Mass of St Patrick' music workshop in Stonebridge, Co Armagh in June.

Fr Liam Lawton will lead a 'The Mass of St Patrick' music workshop in Stonebridge, Co Armagh in June
It will take place in Stonebridge Pastoral Centre - just off the main A3 Armagh to Portadown road - on Wednesday June 7 from 7.30pm.

The workshop costs £12, including a music book.

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