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Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

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Some picutres of the 2015 Raphoe Diocesan Pilgriamge to Lourdes.

 

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A special Mass was held recently in St Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny to mark the 40th Anniversary of Diocesan Pilgriamges to Lourdes.

Chief Celebrant of the Mass was Fr Patrick McHugh, Pilgrimage Director.

below are some pictures of the Mass. The Pilgrimage will leave for Lourdes on Friday 22nd May.

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Pastoral Catechesis on Marriage & the Family

 

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To download a copy of Pastoral Catechesis on Marriage and the Family click here

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Pastoral Catechesis on Marriage & the Family - Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D., Bishop of Raphoe

 

Is the upcoming Referendum aimed at establishing equality and removing discrimination?

All people are equal before the law and in God's eyes. At the same time, people are
different. A man and a woman have different but complementary gifts. Equality
and human rights should be afforded to everyone, but it should be done without sacrificing
the institution of marriage and the family. The Church respects an equality
that recognises difference - not an equality that destroys all difference. To
recognise the difference in the way we are made is not discrimination and it
does not undermine equality.

Are same-sex couples at a disadvantage?

Civil partnership recognises same-sex unions and can give them legal rights, without
changing the definition of marriage and the family. The Church teaches that
people with homosexual tendencies "must be accepted with respect, compassion
and sensitivity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2358).

Are fathers and mothers necessary?

Fathers and mothers are most important. A man and a woman complement each other in a way
that two men or two women cannot. At certain periods in a child's growth, a mother's
love and care are of the greatest advantage; at other times, it is a father's
love and strength and example that are most needed. We should not deliberately
deprive children, yet to be born, of a father or a mother, leaving them
fatherless or motherless by design. By voting for the so-called gender theory,
as if there were no difference between a man and a woman in marriage, "we risk
taking a step backwards. The removal of difference in fact creates a problem,
not a solution" (Pope Francis, 15 April 2015).

What would Jesus say?

In the beginning "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and
female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them:  'be fruitful and multiply' " (Gen. 9: 27-28).
The Lord Jesus said: "Have you not read that he who made them from the
beginning made them male and female?... for this reason a man shall leave his
father and mother and be joined to his wife. And the two shall become one" (Mt.
19: 4-5).

Does the Referendum, if carried, affect children?

Yes, it would have serious implications. Every child, no matter what sexual orientation he/she
may have, has the human right to a father and a mother. We should not vote to
legalise intentionally a situation where a child would be fatherless or
motherless, not able to say 'dad' and 'mammy' to two parents.

What about the family?

The Referendum aims at changing the meaning of "family" and "marriage". We are
being asked to change our Constitution, so that marriage may be contracted in
accordance with law by two persons without distinction to their sex. Yet, two persons
of the same sex cannot procreate children. The reason why the State recognises
and supports the family is precisely because of children. The future of a
nation depends on them. We must affirm the right of children to grow up in a
family, with a father and mother, in an atmosphere suitable for their
development and emotional maturity. Therefore,
use your vote.

Can you with a clear conscience vote "yes"?   No, I cannot.

Are you voting 'No'?  For the sake of marriage, for the sake of the family, for the sake of children, I am voting "NO".

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Pastoral Letter on the Holy Name

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Pastoral Letter by Bishop Philip Boyce is availble by clicking on the link below.

"Holy is His Name"

 

 
Ordination of Rev Liam Boyle

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For a second time this year the Cathedral of Sts Eunan and Columba was filled with joyous celebration Rev Liam Boyle from the Parish of Tamney in Fanad was ordained a priest by Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D.

There was a large crowd of family and friends in the Cathedral and a large representation from Fanad.

Four deacons served, two at the chair and two at the Altar, and fifty priests from the diocese and further a field concelebrated the Solemn Mass.

Click here to read the homily given by Bishop Boyce at the Ordiantion Mass.

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Rosary Sunday 5th October

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Rosary Sunday will be celebrated in parishes on Sunday 5 October 2014, which is also the Day for Life 2014.

It is the Sunday closest to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (7 October) and it coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Rosary Rally of Father Peyton, as well as the Marian Year of 1954.

Rosary Sunday is an invitation to people in parishes, in homes, in religious orders to pray the Rosary for the intention of the Family, linking in with those gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family.

The once-common tradition of the family Rosary links very well with the theme of the Synod on the Family in Rome which takes place from 5 – 19 October.

 

Poster for Rosary Sunday available here

 

information taken from www.catholicbishops.ie

 
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