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Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony
On Thursday 5th February, Bishop Anthony Farquhar celebrated with 265 young people from throughout the Diocese as they received their Pope John Paul II Award in St Mary's, Chapel Lane, Belfast.
For more details visit the Living Youth website here
Lenten Prayer
Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man and giving His life on the Cross. 
Help us to bear witness to You by following His example of suffering and make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.
Amen. 
(L-R) Fr Timothy Bartlett, Bishop Noel Treanor, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Bishop Patrick Walsh, Bishop Anthony Farquhar and Fr Edward O'Donnell at the Annual St Brigid's Day Lecture.
Annual St Brigid's Day Lecture  'Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: the Social Dimension' by Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Turkson gave the annual St.Brigid's Day Lecture on Wednesday, 4th March in St Brigid's Parish Belfast. He spoke on the theme of "Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: the social dimension". 

Cardinal Turkson is the current President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, a key department of the Holy See with particular responsibility for promotion of the Church's teaching and activity on issues of justice and peace throughout the world.
He said that other parts of the world look to the peace process in Northern Ireland as a source of great hope for their own conflict situations. He talked about the priority that Pope Francis gives in his work to  building what the Pope calls " a peaceful, a multi-faceted culture of encounter" as the key to peace at every level of human relationships.
For a full copy of the address given by Cardinal Turkson entitled 'Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: the Social Dimension' click here
Ceremony of Confirmation
Bishop Noel Treanor with the young children who received confirmation in Ballyclare along with their teachers and Fr Eugene O'Hagan

 
Bishop Noel Treanor launches the Lenten Trócaire with Fr James Boyle and Eithne McNulty from Trócaire http://www.trocaire.org/
Lenten Trocaire Campaign
This year the Lenten Campaign focuses on a small village called Sebeye in Tigray in Northern Ethiopia. Because of climate change it is becoming impossible to grow crops in the region. 85% of Ethiopians rely on rain fed agriculture to produce food to eat.   The rains no longer come when they should. January to June are the toughest months. That's the 'hungry season'. People survive using a government run 'food for work' scheme. One person from each household is allowed to work on this scheme and Ali, father of Mahlet -the little girl on the Trócaire box, does this.
It need not be like this and with the help of the generous people of Northern Ireland it will change for Mahlet, her family and the community in Sebeye. The full story and how to donate is available at http://www.trocaire.org/
The Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown paid his first visit to Co. Antrim on Wednesday 11th February when he accepted an invitation to visit St Killian's College Garron Tower.
EVENTS
Upcoming Events March 2015
Lenten Reflection Days Tuesday 3rd March until Tuesday 31st March
Dromantine Retreat Centre. Full information available here

200th Anniversary Mass of St. Patrick's Belfast with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles J. Brown

 Thursday 5th March 2015
50 year celebrations for Irish Language Mass in St Mary's Church, Belfast Sunday 8th March 2015
Youth Voice- Family Synod Seminar  Monday 9th March 2015
Closing date for contributions to Creating Pastoral Communities  Friday 20th March 2015 
Organ Recital by James O’Donnell of Westminster Abbey  Friday 20th March 2015 at St Brigid’s Parish
Parish GIFT volunteers retreat day  Saturday 21st March 2015 
 Lenten Talk  Tuesday 24th March at Tobar Mhuire. Full information available 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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