Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2015
The new Liturgical Calendar for Ireland is the essential guide to the Church’s daily round of prayer for 2015. It provides not only the basic rules for celebrating the liturgy but also notes and commentaries for a deeper understanding of the liturgical celebrations. This calendar has been revised according to the third typical edition of the Roman Missal.
Evangelisation takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). In these verses we see how the risen Christ sent his followers to preach the Gospel in every time and place, so that faith in him might spread to every corner of the earth.
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
The year 2015 marks the 1400th anniversary of the death of one of our great missionaries, St Columbanus. The image on the cover, a stained glass window depicting St Columbanus, is one of twelve stained glass windows donated by parishioners and installed in Ballivor Church, Co. Meath, between 1951 and 1954. They were crafted by the Earley Stained Glass Company. This particular window was donated by Christopher McGarry, who claimed to have been cured of cancer in his youth by the prayers of a former parish priest, Fr Pat Farrell.
National Centre for Liturgy
The National Centre for Liturgy was founded to promote liturgical formation in the light of Vatican II. It was established in 1973 when the late Mgr Sean Swayne was appointed National Secretary for Liturgy.The National Centre for Liturgy houses the National Secretariat for Liturgy which works on behalf of the Episcopal Conference and the Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and co-ordinates the work of the various consultative agencies on liturgy, church music, sacred art and architecture and liotuirge in nGaeilge. New Liturgy is the quarterly bulletin of the Secretariat. The National Centre for Liturgy has been engaged in the work of liturgical formation since 1973. The Centre also conducts shorter courses at other centres.