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Upcoming Events:

St Blaise,
Saturday, February 3rd 2018.

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The blessing of throats wil take place all day to commemorate the feast of St Blaise. For more information click here.

St. Valentine
Saturday, February 10th 2018

St Valentine

The celebration of St. Valentine will take place on Saturday, February 10th. The celebration will be marked with special Masses at 11.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. and will include the blessing of rings. For more details, click here.

Our Lady of Lourdes,
Sunday, February 11th 2018

St Valentine

The annointing of the sick will be celebrated at the 4.00 p.m. Mass to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. For more details, click here.

Novena of Grace,
Sunday, March 4th - Monday, March 12th, 2018

St Valentine

The Novena of Grace will be celebrated this year with Mass at 3.00 p.m. on weekdays, and 4.00 p.m. on Sundays. The homilist wil be Fr Kevin O'Rourke, SJ. For more details, click here.

The Feastday of
Saint Blaise,
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

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"Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured straight away. Regardless, the governor, unable to make Blaise renounce his faith, beat him with a stick, ripped his flesh with iron combs, and beheaded him." [1]

In many places on the day of his feast the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two burning candles, blessed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord ("candlemas"), are held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them. At the same time the following blessing is given:
"May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions".
Then the priest makes the sign of the cross over the faithful.

This year, to mark the Feast of Saint Blaise, on February 3rd, a priest from the Carmelte community will be available from 8.00 a.m. until 6.45 p.m. to bless throats. All are welcome.

[1] Text taken from Vollet, E. H., Grande Encyclop├ędie s.v. Blaise (Saint); published in Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca "Auctarium", 1969, 278, col. 665b.

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