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St Eunan's Cathedral Holy Door

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For Full Information on the Jubilee Year of Mecry click on the following link:


Two other Holy Doors will be opened in the Diocese in the coming days:

Franciscan Friary Rossnowlagh on Sunday 20th December at 11am followed by Mass

Capuchin Friary, Ards, Creeslough on Sunday 20th December at 5.30pm followed by Mass

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Homily of Bishop Boyce for the Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy click here on Sunday 13th December

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Vocation Promotion Video


alt The Priesthood Raphoe.m4v or contact the local Vocations Director

Fr Joe O'Donnell, Mountcharles 074 9735009

Fr Rory Brady, Letterkenny 074 9121021

Towards Peace

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Towards Peace is a new spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion. Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost. For more information, please visit, phone 01 505 3028 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Towards Peace newsletter - click here

Mission Sunday 2015

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Sunday 18th October - Mission Sunday


English poster click here

Irish Poster click here

Magazine for Mission Sunday

Day for Life 2015

Day for Life 2015 pastoral message: ‘Cherishing Life, Accepting Death’

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‘How great a lie … to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!’ – Pope Francis

Kathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can?

There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill.

At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all.

The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time.

The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effect or indeed harming the patient.

We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs.

Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:

  • is this decision loving life?
  • is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?

Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with him


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