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Bishop Noel Treanor pictured along with Mr Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trocaire, and Fr. James Boyle Adm of St. Mary's Chapel Lane, after Ash Wednesday Mass in Belfast.

To watch the videos of Bishop Noel Treanor and Mr Éamonn Meehan in St. Mary's visit the Down and Connor Facebook page
By supporting Trócaire at Lent, you help ensure that families in developing countries can earn an income and have enough to eat, you help communities rebuild their lives after disasters and conflict, and you defend the rights of people under threat.

All information can be found on the Trocaire website:
Pope John Paul II Awards

On Thursday 5th February nearly 200 young people from across the Diocese received the Pope John Paul II Award  for their services to school, community and parish life. Fr John Nevin welcomed everyone including the PJPII leaders, school teachers and families of the recipients.

More photographs are now available on the Down and Connor website
WATCH: Click here to watch a selection of the young people who received their Pope John Paul II Award on Thursday 4th in St Mary's Chapel Lane Belfast. 
Lent 2016

The Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference invite us all to join their Lent 2016 Instagram and Twitter challenge on the theme of Mercy using the hashtag #lentwordsofmercy.

They are inviting us to share words of Mercy every day during Lent on the themes of Mercy using quotes from Pope Francis, Scripture, other sources or words you want to share yourself.


To get involved, visit the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference website here
Launch of new Trustee Service for Schools in Down and Connor

As part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese launched a new Down and Connor Catholic Schools Trustee Service. The launch took place at a special event organised by the Catholic nursery, primary and post-primary schools in Bangor, Newtownards and Holywood under the banner of ‘the Family of Catholic schools’. The event brought together over 200 teaching and support staff from all the schools to reflect on ‘Visioning and Ethos’ with the team of the new Diocesan Trustee Support Service. Further details of the new service will be distributed to schools and clergy over coming weeks

The Down and Connor Catholic Schools Trustee Service booklet can be found here
St Brigid's Day Lecture 2016 with Dr. Edward Sri

On Saturday 6th February, Dr. Edward Sri gave two talks for the annual St. Brigid’s Day Lecture in St. Brigid’s Parish Belfast.
His two talks covered;
  • Living Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” and “The Year of Mercy”.
  • Vibrant faith in a secular culture: today’s challenge to parents, teachers, and laity.
Dr Sri is a lay-theologian, author, and Catholic speaker, who appears regularly on EWTN.  He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
WATCH: An  short extract of Dr. Edward Sri's Lecture on Saturday 6th February
Upcoming Events
If there are any upcoming events that you would like to be promoted contact;
Upcoming Events March 2015

Get Together -Bereaved families discovering Roadshow

15th February 2016. Cruse Bereavement Care and Corrymeela Community More information available here
Introduction to Theology of the Body

19th January to 8th March 2016. Holy Rosary Parish, Ormeau Road, Belfast. More information available here
Quest for the Male Soul
18th February in Drumalis Retreat Centre. More information available here
Diocesan Vocation Weekend
19th February in Drumalis Retreat Centre. More information available here
Lenten Retreat Days in Dromantine.
20th February Dromantine Retreat & Conference. More information available here
Year of Mercy at Clonard Monastery
26th February Clonard Monastery. More information available here
Living Justly in the Year of Mercy
27th February Dromantine Retreat. More information available here
Divine Mercy Holy Hour    
28th February Church of the Nativity. More information available here
Cappella Caeciliana with The Priests
12th March Good Shepherd Church. More information is available here
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