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Homily 2nd November – The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Homily 2nd November – The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

                                           Epistle                             Gospel
                                        Eph. 6:10-17                   Mt. 18:23-35

                                                  By Fr Martin Graham

Last month, as many of you know, my mum died.… Read More

Solemn High Mass on November 6th

Solemn High Mass on November 6th

Many thanks to all who attended the celebration of the feast of All Saints of Ireland.  The Mass was celebrated by Fr Martin Graham P.P., with Fr Damian McCaughan C.C. as deacon and Fr Conor McGrath C.C. as subdeacon.

The Mass was celebrated in the beautiful surroundings of St Malachy’s Church in Alfred Street, the oldest Catholic church in Belfast.

Fr Martin Graham preached on the historical background of the feast and the universal call to holiness from the magnificently restored pulpit.… Read More

Feast of the Assumption and the Consecration of Ireland

Feast of the Assumption and the Consecration of Ireland

A Missa Cantata (sung Mass with incense) will be celebrated at 7.30pm on Thursday August 15th for the Feast of the Assumption at St Therese Church, Somerton Rd, Belfast.

This year the Bishops of Ireland are meeting in Knock on the feast of the Assumption and they have announced that they will formally consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on that day.  This spiritual act is made to the Father, through Christ in the Holy Spirit, imploring the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom we entrust ourselves completely, so as to keep our baptismal commitments and live as her children.… Read More

Celebrating our Catholic Heritage

Celebrating our Catholic Heritage

Fr Damian McCaughan, who celebrates the monthly Mass at St Therese Church, writes about how the Extraordinary Form of the Mass has helped him and many other younger people to appreciate our Catholic heritage.

As a child growing up in St Malachy’s Parish, Coleraine, I remember being intrigued by the church building.  I loved the chance to light a candle, to look up close at the different statues of the saints, or to say a prayer at Our Lady’s altar.  One thing confused me though – why was Our Lady’s altar attached to the wall?  How could a priest ever have said Mass there?… Read More

God bless our Pope!

God bless our Pope!

In union with the whole Church, let us give thanks to God for the election of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Viva il Papa!

O God, the shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
look down favourably upon thy servant Francis,
whom you have been pleased to appoint 
pastor over your Church;
grant, we beseech You, 
that he might benefit both by word and example
those over whom he is set,
and thus attain unto life eternal,
together with the flock entrusted to his care.… Read More
Mass for Life

Mass for Life

As noted in an earlier post, we celebrated a special Mass for life at St Mary’s, Chapel Lane, on Tuesday 30th October.  Following the recent opening of the first private abortion facility in Belfast, we were moved to organise this special Mass offered for the intention of promoting the dignity of human life and for an end to the misery of abortion.

The familiar interior of St Mary’s, the mother parish of Belfast.… Read More