Year of Prayer ends in Raphoe

The Dean of Raphoe, Very Rev Arthur Barrett
The Dean of Raphoe, Very Rev Arthur Barrett

The Raphoe Group of Parishes will hold a series of events next week to mark the end the Diocesan Year of Prayer and Preparation.

This year the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe look forward to the Year of Opportunity, when parishes will be focusing on the themes of mission, generosity and children.

In the past year every parish in the Diocese has taken it in turn to organise a week of prayer in preparation for 2016. The cycle will end in Raphoe, Raymochy and Clonleigh Group of Parishes will begin with a Service of Praise and Prayer in Raymochy Parish Church on Sunday evening, at 7pm.

On Wednesday, February 10, St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe, will hold a 12-hour Prayer Vigil, beginning at 12pm, which is open to all.

On Friday, February 12, parishioners and the wider community are invited to take part in a Prayer Walk around Lifford Town, begining at 7.30pm.

The week will conclude on Sunday, February 14, when the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good, will join clergy and parishioners for a Service of Prayerful Celebration, at 7pm.

The Dean of Raphoe, Very Rev Arthur Barrett, said clergy, parish teams and parishioners have been planning a series of events for 2016.

“We will be reaching out to the community during this Year of Opportunity, and engaging with people both in our parish and beyond in creative and imaginative ways,” he said.

“Like other parishes, we will be placing a special emphasis on Mission, Generosity and Children. This will be an exciting year for the Diocese, during which we in Raphoe, Raymochy and Clonleigh will be playing a full part. I am confident that through our various initiatives, we will realise our Diocesan vision, to transform community and radiate Christ.”