Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.

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From 11 to 15 July, Fr. Boniface Hill of Downside Abbey, and  Fr. Jean-Patrice Coulon MSFS of Holy Ghost Church in Yeovil, will lead 32 pilgrims during their pilgrimage to Fatima. The pilgrims will be present at the very important Procession and International Mass on 13 July, when those present will especially remember the Blessed Virgin Mary’s message to the three shepherd children given on this day in 1917.  

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What a superb day! Some 360 people gathered from across the four counties of our diocese for this annual Diocesan Day. The family of the diocese was being celebrated… and it was good to bring people together. Folk started arriving at about 9.15am to find bouncy castles and slides, the mobile farm, caterers and hosts in preparation mode. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and new coming together, signing in and getting all prepped for the day ahead.

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