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Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev Andrew Black

 
The Diocese of Down and Connor congratulates Fr Andrew Black who was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday 3rd May by Bishop Noel Treanor in St Colmcille’s Church, Holywood. 
Click here for Bishop Noel Treanor's full homily
New Pastoral Communities
Back in January the Diocese launched a consultation on how parishes might best work together in the future. Bishop Treanor, supported by the Living Church Office received feedback from groups and individuals across the diocese. The consultation closed with four regional meetings. Now, the Bishop is announcing the makeup of the 13 new Pastoral Communities. 

A copy of the document is available here
Ministry of Acolyte
On the 26th March, the ceremony for the Ministry of Acolyte took place in the College Chapel of St Patrick's College Maynooth and was presided over by Bishop Ray Field. 


There were three men from the Diocese of Down and Connor who received the Ministry. They are James McLaughlin, Anthony McAleese and Manuelito Milo. 

Congratulations to all who received the Ministry of Acolyte in Maynooth.

Read the full story here
The Bell of St. Columbanus arrival in Bangor Parish
A Bell, cast in Italy, which had been offered by the Knights of Malta to the Organisation Green Butterflies in honour of St Columbanus travelled to Bangor to celebrate the 1400th Anniversary of the death of St Columbanus. The Bell was received in Bangor by the Knights of St. Columbanus and Bangor Parish Priest, Fr. Joe Gunn, along with the Mayor of Ards and North Down,
Alderman Alan Graham, on Sunday 25th April.

Check the events table below for the upcoming celebrations for St. Columbanus.
Living Church Down & Connor Lough Derg Pilgrimage
The third Living Church Lough Derg 3 day Pilgrimage will take place this year from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2015. The pilgrimage will be the traditional three day format.  
The cost of the pilgrimage is £60.00.  The cost does not include travel to the island. For details of travel arrangements and to book a place please call the Living Church Office on 02890690920 or email office@livingchurchdc.org  by Friday 12th June.
 
The Reunion of The Baptised

A special liturgy was held on the 11th April in the parish of Drummaul for the reunion of those baptised in the parish, from the age group of 50 and over.

All present were able to renew their Baptismal promises, bless themselves with Easter water and all received celebratory certificates for the occasion. After Mass a buffet supper was provided in the Parish Centre where everyone was able to reminisce and catch up with those who had long since moved away from the Parish.


 
EVENTS
Upcoming Events 2015
Interchurch Art Venture, Ballymena
11th May to 18th June. Full details here
Holy Family Parish Mission: Youth Celebration, Holy Family Parish 22nd May. Full details here
Making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy Conference Series, Bangor 22nd to 24th May. Full details here
Called and Gifted Conference, Dromantine 29th May to 30th May, 7.00pm to 9.30pm. Full details here
Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage Season 29th May to 13th August 2015. Link to the online brochure here.
Forgiveness: the key to healing and happiness, Dromantine 30th May. Full details here
Living Faith: Go Proclaim the Gospel, Ballymena 6th June, 1.30pm to 5.00pm. Full details here
The Pilgrim Life: The Gospel of Mark, Drumalis 7th June, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Full details here
Living Church Down and Connor Lough Derg Pilgrimage 3rd July to 5th July 2015. Link to full details here
Closing date for applications is Friday 12th June
SAVE THE DATE  Vespers in Good Shepherd Church 19th June, 7.00pm. Full details here
SAVE THE DATE  St Columbanus Commemorative Celebrations, Bangor 20th June, 9.30am to 8.00pm. Full details here
National Commemoration of St Columbanus, Armagh 21st June, 11.00am. Full details here.
Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015
7 nights
10th -17th July, £625* pps.
Accommodation Hotel Jeanne d’Arc
(*a single room supplement of £25 per night applies) Full details here
Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015
5 nights
11th-16th July, £570* pps.
Accommodation: Hotel Jeanne d’Arc, Hotel Alba, Hotel Mediterannee
(*a single room supplement of £25 per night applies) Full details here
Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015
5 nights
11th-16th July, £450 pps.
Accommodation: Accueil Notre-Dame (for pilgrims requiring medical, nursing and/or personal care and assistance) Full details here
SAVE THE DATE Faith and Life Convention 2015 Saturday 26th September 2015 at Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock.
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