Religious communities in Clogher diocese welcome family prayers ahead of World Meeting of Families

23 Mar, 2018 | News

This Saturday 24 March, the feast of Saint Macartan, the Diocese of Clogher will entrust family prayer petitions gathered over recent months to five religious communities. The petitions will be transferred to the communities during 1.00pm Mass at Saint Macartan’s Church in the Parish of Clogher, which will be celebrated by Monsignor Joseph McGuinness.

As part of the preparations for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August, two petitions boxes over recent months have visited the parishes of the Diocese of Clogher where families were invited to submit prayer petitions, to be prayed for before and during the World Meeting of Families.

During the Mass on Saturday, the prayer boxes will be entrusted to five religious communities in the diocese be included in the daily prayers within those communities until the World Meeting of Families. The petitions will then be brought to one of the liturgies presided over by Pope Francis during the WMOF18.

The five religious communities are: the Sisters of Mercy; the Sisters of St Louis; the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Ballybay); the Passionist Fathers (The Graan); and the Sacred Hearts Community (Tanagh).

The date and venue for the entrustment was chosen to reflect the feast of St Macartan and the roots of the diocese of Clogher, its connections to St Patrick and the early Irish Church and to reflect the continuing Christian faith of so many families today. There are two churches in the parish of Clogher – Saint Patrick’s (1979) and Saint Macartan’s. Fr Noel McGahan is the Parish Priest of Clogher and also of the adjoining parish of Eskra.

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The World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place from 21–26 August in Dublin on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. Pope Francis has confirmed that he will attend the World Meeting of Families during a presentation of the WMOF2018 Icon of the Holy Family in Rome on Wednesday 21 March.

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