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World Meeting of Families 2018

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Prayer Petition Box in the Parishes of the Diocese

  • Calendar for Petition Box going from parish to parish enclosed.
  • Please collect the Box from the last Parish on the Monday of your assigned week.
  • Up to each Parish to share the Box with other churches in the parish during your week.
  • Limited amount of petition papers came with the box - please copy if you need more for your parish
  • Please remove your petitions before you hand the Box on to the next parrish; put them in an envelope, write the name of your Parish on the envelope, and forward it on to the Diocesan Office.
  • All petitions from the Diocese will be forwarded to the WMF Office in Dubin and distributed to comtemplative Orderrs who will remeember the intentions in their prayers.

Petition Box Parish calendar for Raphoe Click here

Holy Family Icon on Tour

In the Diocese of Raphoe from 1st to 11th June:

              1st to 3rd:     Franciscan Friary Rossnowlagh

              4th to 6th:    Capuchin Friary in Ards

              7th to 11th: St Eunan’s Cathedral— for the Feast   of St Colmcille on the 9th June.


Christmas Day

Parishes will have already received copies of the Holy Family Icon from the WMOF office — a large Icon for each of the Churches of the Parish and a small copy for every family for distribution to those attending Christmas Masses. More copies of the Icon can be ordered on line.


Volunteers Needed

5,000 Volunteers needed for the running of the World Meeting of Familes. Over a 1,000 have already enrolled. Parishes are asked to encourage more people to consider volunteering. Parish groups, clubs, friends or family me.mbers may register as a group. Volunteers will have to be Garda Vetted and need two references.

Information and registration on


Icon of The Holy Family of

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

¨Written by Iconographer Mihai Cucu from Romania, assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters, Iona Road, Dublin.

¨The design of the Icon takes the form of a triptych which looks, from the outside, somewhat like a house with front doors.

¨Outside doors: Archangels Michael (left) and Gabriel (right) with “Amoris Laetitia”, ‘The Joy of Love’ - Pope Francis’ exhortation on love in the Family, the source of our reflections during WMF.

¨Inside centre Panel: Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, seated at table sharing a meal (Passover meal). Their faith was celebrated in their home. As in Rublev’s Trinity, the Holy Family have a place at table for us.

¨Inside Left Panel: The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter.  Jesus’ compassion for a family with a sick child.

¨Inside Right Panel: The Wedding Feast of Cana. Mary sees the couples’ need. She trusts that Jesus can do something and tells the servants: “Do whatever he tells you.’

For a detailed Explanation of the Icon and for Relfections on it go to the WMF2018 Website.



Fatima Pilgrimage 2018


The Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima will depart on the 9th JUly for 7 nights.

Spiritual Director: Fr James Sweeney,

for full booking details click on the link below:


Costal Rosary

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A Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith will take place in over 200 locations along the Irish Coastline.

You are invited to gather and pray for the unborn at Ards Friary, Creeslough...Meeting time Sunday 26th November @2pm in Ards Friary Carpark going to the beach for 2:30pm prayer.

All welcome.


For information on all the beaches where the Rosary for Life will be offered go to

Choose Life

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Choose Life 2017 is a website dedicated to Life.

To view it click on the this link

Confirmation Dates 2018

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Confirmation Dates in the Diocese for 2018

to download the list click here

Sat. 3rd February                Fanad   (in Massmount)                 12noon

Sun 4th February                Glenties                                             11am

Sat. 10th February              Aughaninshin                                  12noon

Sun. 11th February            Kilmacrenan                                     12.30pm

Thurs 22nd February          Cathedral (Illistrin NS)                   5pm

Sat. 24th February              Cathedral                                         12noon

                                               Cathedral                                        4pm

Sun 25th February              Gortahork                                        11am

Sat. 3rd March                     Drumoghill                                       12noon

Sat. 10th March                   Killymard                                          12noon

Sun 11th March                   Frosses (in Mountcharles)           12.30pm

Sat. 14th April                      Dunfanaghy (in Creeslough)       12noon

Sun 15th April                      Termon (in Glendowan)               12.30pm

Sat 21st April                        Carrick                                             12.30pm

Sun 22nd April                      Killybegs                                          11am

Sat. 28th April                      Newtowncunningham                  12noon

Sun 29th April                      Raphoe                                            12 noon

Sat 5th May                          Stranorlar                                         12noon

Sun 6th May                         Ballyshannon                                   11am

Sat 12th May                       Donegal Town (in Clar)                  12.30pm

Sun 13th May                       Ballintra                                            11am

Sat 19th May                       Rathmullan                                      12.30pm

Sun 20th May                       Glenswilly                                         11am

Sat 2nd June                          Dungloe                                            12.30pm

Sun 3rd June                          Gaoth Dobhair                                11am

Sat 9th June                          Arranmore Island                           3pm

Sun 10th June                       Burtonport                                       11am


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