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World Youth Day 2016

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Diocese of Raphoe

In July 2016 a group of young people from the diocese will travel to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day with the pope and millions of other young Catholics.

Any young person who would like to take part in this pilgrimage should contact Tim Jackson (Diocesan Youth Director) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 087-6457302 as soon as possible.

All those intending to travel must be 18+ by July 25th 2016. For more information on World Youth Day please visit the Raphoe Youth Ministry Facebook page.

The Official Website has further details


Click here for Diocesan booking Information

Ordination of Fr Brendan Ward

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Rev Brendan Ward, a native of Edeninfagh, Glenties was Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Philip Boyce, OCD on Sunday 28th June in St Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny.

Fr Brendan was joined by his family and friends for the occasion.

Bishop Seamus Hegarty, retired Bishop of Derry con-celebrated the Ordination Mass along with over 50 Priests from the Diocese and from other parts of the Country.


Fr Brendan will celebrate his First Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh, Glenties on Monday 29th June at 7pm, after the Mass Fr Brendan will give his First Blessing to all who are present.


We wish Fr Brendan many years of happiness and fulfillment as a priest in the Diocese of Raphoe.

To read Bishop Boyce's Ordination Homily click here

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photographs courtesy of Declan Doherty



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



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


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".


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"


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