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Holyland Pilgrimage

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Letterkenny Pilgrimage to the Holyland

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From the Bishops Conference

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Council for Emigrants and Council for Immigrants

November Newsletter is availble by clicking here

 
Fatima Pilgrimage 2014

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Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima will take place from 8th July 2014 for 7 nights.

Click here to see poster and special offer for early bookings.

 

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us

 
Confirmation Dates 2014

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Come Holy Spirit

Confirmation Dates for the Diocese of Raphoe are available by clicking on the link below

2014 Confirmation Dates

revised on 10th October 2013

 
Raphoe Faith Gathering Pictures

 

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The Raphoe Faith Gathering was opened on Saturday morning last by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown. The Archbishop is an engaging and friendly man eager to stop and chat with people, keen to listen to what they have to say. In his own keynote address on Saturday morning he spoke of how his own great grandparents had left Ireland in poverty bringing little with them to America other than their strong Catholic faith. He urged all those present to nourish their faith through study, reception of the sacraments, prayer and an active living out of their faith in daily life. Such encouragement was very fitting given the context. This was the beginning of the Raphoe Faith Gathering and over the two days the participants – numbering about 200 – engaged in workshops, prayer, liturgy and lively conversation. Fr Silvester O Flynn on Scripture – Praying with the Word of God and Fr Paul Farren on Confession – Looking into the eyes of God together with Sr Rosemary Gallagher on The God of Everyday Life and Mairín O’Sullivan on Studying the Catechism proved to be the most popular workshops. In the Exhibition Space people browsed stands from Lough Derg, Veritas, Mary’s Meals, Accord, The Pastoral Centre, Trócaire and many more. The centre piece of the Exhibition space was a beautiful wooden boat together with a great selection of bright 3D fish which were blank on the back. Participants were invited to choose a fish, write a comment on their experience of the weekend and throw the fish into the waiting net. Messages were left by many including the Papal Nuncio and John McAreavey who presented the Pope John Paul II Awards to students after the 7.30pm vigil mass in the Cathedral. During Saturday afternoon 40 young people enjoyed great conversation, challenging questions and wonderful music with the Elation Ministries team in the Youth space. Throughout the weekend there was a buzz of energy and positivity. The Faith Gathering finished on Sunday evening with the keynote speaker Colette Furlong urging each person to take up the challenge of making something concrete happen - whether at the level of the individual, family, parish or diocese - as a result of the weekend. At the end of the closing prayer the participants were each invited to come forward and choose a fish from the net to take home with them as a reminder of the weekend. In good biblical fashion there were just enough fish to go around and the message on the last one in the net summed up the feeling of those present – Thank you God!

 

Below are some photgraphs of the events opening day. 

 

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 Raphoe Faith Gathering

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Elation Ministries Youth Space at the Raphoe Faith Gathering

By Caoimhe Ní Chathail

 “I know the plans I have in mind for you … to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 Those were the words of scripture which were used to inspire the reflections and discussions of the Elation Ministries’ Youth Space as part of the Raphoe Diocese Faith Gathering on Saturday last.

Forty young people aged 15-25 gathered in Loreto Convent Letterkenny, equally interested and intrigued by the opportunity to express and explore their faith. Fiona Moss, from the Stranorlar parish discussed her wishes at the beginning of the afternoon to “meet new people”. There was no shortage of introductions and conversations as the session began with an ice-breaker of Human Bingo. Having now discovered who was left-handed and who played a musical instrument, everyone was at ease with each other and prepared for an afternoon of retreat.

The afternoon’s proceedings were full of the use of song. Elation Ministries have achieved great success as a result of their musical abilities and their choice of upbeat songs of worship were greatly welcomed by all the young people present as everyone sang and clapped along.

The main themes and ideas present throughout the reflections and group discussions were the idea of happiness and the plan God has set out for all of us. “Happiness is becoming a who not a what!” struck a chord with all present and those words were embodied by the testimonies given by Elation Ministries’ members. Both discussed their search for themselves and for happiness and the help that God provided them with. To Anna Foy, “The testimonies really meant a lot.”

Everyone left with an energised sense of spiritual wellbeing, as together they had experienced an opportunity to reflect on their faith; a common interest among so many in the Raphoe Diocese this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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