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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Services to mark anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death
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 This Sunday is the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. The Bishops of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland, will join Catholics around the world to mark the anniversary in special Masses and prayers. On Monday, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor will commemorate the legacy of Pope John Paul II at a Memorial Mass at Westminster Cathedral. "John Paul II's papacy will always be remembered for the tenacity with which he proclaimed the values of the Kingdom of God," said the Cardinal. "For 26 unforgettable years, Pope John Paul II opened wide the doors of the world to Jesus Christ. He departed the world on a tide of love, leaving the Church more united, more focussed on the Gospel and more central to global affairs. The fruits of his constant witness to truth, freedom and human dignity are still being felt among us in a new openness in human hearts to the presence of God." Archbishop Patrick Kelly will be celebrating the 11am Solemn Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool on Sunday. A Mass on the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral, Southwark at 11.30am on Sunday 2nd April and a Mass will be celebrated at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham on Monday at 12.15pm. Pope Benedict XVI will preside at a Mass marking the first anniversary of the death of John Paul II at 5.30pm on Monday, April 3 in St Peter's Square. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar general for the diocese of Rome, will lead the faithful at the recitation of the Rosary in St Peter's Square at 9pm on Sunday, 2 April. In Ireland special Masses will be celebrated in every diocese and will be an opportunity for all ­ and in particular for the Polish community in Ireland - to celebrate the legacy of Pope John Paul II's influence on humanity. The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Seán Brady said: "It is almost one year since the late Pope John Paul II gave to the world a marvellous example of how to face death peacefully and courageously. It was Easter time, of course, and the eve of Mercy Sunday, a time when the Risen Christ tells us not be afraid but to put our trust in his mercy. "Now, one year later, as we prepare to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope John Paul's death we are also preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Christ. Pope John Paul II bore his suffering with great patience and so gave hope to all who suffer at this time." The Irish Bishops have commissioned a special prayer in memory of Pope John Paul II which is available in English, Irish and Polish at On Sunday, RTÉ 1 intends to broadcast a television studio Mass at 11.15am, celebrated by Fr Pat McManus, from Mount Merrion parish in Dublin. That night there will also be a special prayer for the late Pope in An Evening Prayer, after the Late News. Nationwide on RTÉ 1 television will film a special commemoration programme, with the Polish community in Cork, at the exact time of the Pope's death, for transmission later in the week. RTÉ television and radio news will also cover local celebrations as well as anniversary events in Rome. The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Bishop Colm O'Reilly will celebrate Mass at Clonmacnoise on Sunday preceded by prayers in the monastic grounds where Pope John Paul walked during his visit to Ireland in 1979. Some Polish people will participate. The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Seán Brady, will be the main celebrant at Mass in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh at 11.00 am on Sunday to mark this occasion. It is hoped that members of the Polish community in the Armagh area and members of other migrant groups will take part in this anniversary Mass. The Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Dr Gerard Clifford will celebrate an anniversary Mass for the late Pope John Paul II on Sunday, at 11am, in St Peter's Church, Drogheda. Archbishop Brady has also encouraged parishes to mark this occasion in some way at local level. Archbishop Dermot Clifford will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Cathedral to 120 children at the weekend. He will remind the confirmation candidates and the congregation of the first anniversary of Pope John Paul's death. He will also remind them in particular of Pope John Paul's apostolate to young people. All the children remember Pope John Paul's famous sentence, "Young people of Ireland, I love you". He will refer to Youth Week in Rome in 2000 AD when two million young people attended the Mass said by Pope John Paul. Even though the young people had the freedom of the city, including all the gardens, and free travel on public transport, there wasn't a single incidence of vandalism during the whole week. He will quote the words of St. Catherine of Sienna of which Pope John Paul II was fond; "Young people, if you are what you should be you will set the whole world ablaze." The following Prayer of the Faithful will be sent at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly over the coming weekend. " On this the first anniversary of his death, we thank God for the life of Karol Wojtyla, and in particular, we thank Him for his twenty-six and a half years of ministry as Pope John Paul 11. We remember with gratitude his unselfish service to the world and the inspirational witness he provided. His authentic witness to Christ was celebrated by young people searching for the right path, and his example in bearing physical suffering gave courage to many who are called by God to carry similar crosses. We pray with confidence that he has entered the Father's House and from there will continue to guide us. Lord hear us. " The Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, will participate in the Anniversary Mass for the late Pope which will be held on Monday evening, 3 April, in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Bishop Magee is a former private secretary to Pope John Paul II. To mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross will be Chief Celebrant this Sunday at the Mass for the Polish Community resident in Cork, at 6pm in St Augustine's Church, Washington Street, Cork, where over 1,000 Polish people are expected. The Bishop of Down and Connor, Dr Patrick Walsh will celebrate Mass in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast on Sunday at 12noon. There will be prayers for Pope John Paul II at all Masses in the Diocese. Parishes throughout the Dublin Diocese will this weekend be taking part in a unique commemoration of the late Pope John Paul II on the first anniversary of his death. In conjunction with Trócaire the Diocese has launched an initiative where the seeds for flowers in the papal colours of yellow and white will be planted in Church grounds. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that it was a tribute to the late Pope and his commitment to justice and peace in the world. It is one of a number of events taking place this weekend in the Archdiocese marking the first anniversary of his death. The tribute is linked with Trócaire's Let's Live Lent programme, which this year focuses on the issue of child labour in Nicaragua. "As a tribute to Pope John Paul" said Archbishop Martin, "and inspired by the gospel of the Fifth Sunday of Lent (John 12:20-33) I commend the Seeds of Justice initiative as a sign of our commitment to this important mission." Representatives from Trócaire will speak in a number of Dublin Churches over the weekend. Archbishop Martin said he hoped Seeds of Justice would "help us become people of justice, aware of our responsibility for each other and committed to bringing new life to our broken world." While Pope John Paul II will be remembered at all Masses in the Diocese this weekend, particular events are taking place in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday. At 6pm Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate Mass. Music on this special occasion will be led by the choirs of Ampleforth College and Abbey. At 8pm there will be a reflective celebration in music and word 'Totus Tuus' led by the Palestrina Choir and attended by members of the Polish community. At 9pm there will be a Polish Mass. The Apostolic Administrator of Ferns Bishop Eamonn Walsh will celebrate the 10am Mass in St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy on Sunday. Galway Diocese will celebrate Pope John Paul II 's Anniversary on Monday at 6pm in Galway Cathedral. The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Dr Jim Moriarty will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow on Sunday at 11am. Later that day Bishop Moriarty will travel to St Conleth's Parish in Newbridge to join members of the Polish Community for their weekly Mass in Polish. The Diocese of Killala will mark the First Anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II with an Anniversary Mass in St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina, on Monday evening, 3 April at 6.10pm. The Bishop of Killala Dr John Fleming will celebrate this Mass. On Sunday there will be a special holy hour with Benediction in St Clare's Chapel, Cavan beginning at 7.30pm. On Monday Bishop Leo O'Reilly will celebrate a special Mass in the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan. Bishop Donal Murray will celebrate the noon Mass at St John's Cathedral, Limerick on Sunday, Members of the Polish community resident in the Cathedral parish will be attending. The first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II will be marked in the diocese of Waterford and Lismore by Mass celebrated by Bishop William Lee in St John's Church, Waterford City, at noon on Sunday. For further information check the parish and diocesan websites in our Links Pages.
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