A special mass will take place on Sunday October 14 in Galway Cathedral at 3pm to launch the “Year of Faith” for the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora.
At the beginning of the year, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would launch a year of faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, to deepen our relationship with God and to strengthen our commitment to sharing faith with others.
According to Ms Siobhain Bradley, (Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator ) “The true task of this “Year of Faith” is so simple we might just miss it…it is not about filling every seat of every church in the diocese, but rather it is a call to be in a relationship with Jesus—not to just know of him, but to know him. This year provides us with an opportunity to look at how our lives can be strengthened by a renewed confidence and hope in our family of faith. We invite people and families of every age, culture, and depth of faith to join us for the opening Mass to mark this important turning point”.
The Opening Mass is to be celebrated by Bishop Martin Drennan, with choirs from across the Diocese being invited to participate. During the Mass, we will hear the testimony of an inspiring young lady – Méabh Carlin. Méabh was at World Youth Day in Madrid last year when she was hit by a car, and was left reliant on the use of a wheelchair. Meabh will share her life giving story of faith, perseverance, & hope.