Faith Matters

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Pupils at Mount St Catherine's Primary School in Armagh have marked the Year of Consecrated Life by making a presentation to the Sacred Heart Sisters. With the pupils are headmaster Peter Gildea and Sr Kathleen Friel, pictured left, and Sr Bernadette McArdle

FESTIVE ARMAGH: St Patrick's Cathedral will host a series of carol services this month, starting on Wednesday December 9 at 7.30pm with Cancer Focus: A Festive Celebration of Song. The presenter will be Frank Mitchell and school choirs will be involved.

The Armagh parish carol service will be held in the cathedral on Sunday December 13 at 5pm. It will be led by the cathedral choir and there will be an opportunity for congregational singing.

At the beginning of the carol service, the Door of Mercy will be opened in the cathedral by Archbishop Eamon Martin to mark the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

St Catherine's College will present a 'Christmas by Candlelight' celebration on Sunday December 20, with guests including Liam Lawton, Karl McGuckian and Fra Fee. Tickets are £15 and available from St Catherine's College, the Armagh Parish Office, McAnerney's Supermarket and O'Kane's Flower Shop in the city.

ADVENT: Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre will host an Advent day of reflection led by Sean Goan on Saturday December 12.

In his own reflective and scholarly way, he will link two themes - the Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, and the lectionary's Year of Luke - as he looks at the biblical themes of mercy through the lens of Luke's gospel.

For further information contact Tobar Mhuire by telephoning 028 4483 0242 or email secretary@tobarmhuirecrossgar.com.

SACRED SONG IN ARMAGH: The seminarians of Redemptoris Mater House of Formation in Dundalk will present a special evening of Sacred Music and Song for Christmas in St Malachy's Church, Armagh on Thursday December 10 at 7.30pm.

The House of Formation opened in 2012 to form priests for the New Evangelisation and those ordained from the Community are both diocesan and missionary. Admission is free.

CAROLS: Carol singing with the message 'Come celebrate the joy of Christmas with us' firmly at its heart will take place in the Park Centre on Donegall Road in Belfast next month.

The singing, organised by the Down and Connor Commission for Religious, will take place between 5pm and 6.30pm on December 17 and 18.

CONSECRATED: Pupils at Mount St Catherine's Primary School in Armagh have marked the Year of Consecrated Life by making a presentation to the Sacred Heart Sisters. With the pupils are headmaster Peter Gildea and Sr Kathleen Friel, pictured left, and Sr Bernadette McArdle.

PADRE PIO: The St Pio prayer group monthly Mass in St Patrick's Church, Dungannon is celebrated on the third Wednesday of each month.

The Rosary is recited at 7pm and Mass is celebrated at 7.30pm. The veneration of a relic of St Pio takes place immediately after Mass. All welcome.

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