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         Pope Francis confirms visit to Ireland for WMOF2018! 


Two Irish families, along with a delegation of staff from the WMOF2018 office were delighted to be present in St Peter’s Square when Pope Francis himself announced that he will travel to Ireland to take part in the 9th World Meeting of Families in August 2018.

The news was received with delight, with great celebrations and jubilation also in the WMOF2018 offices back in Dublin. His visit will bring great joy to Irish Catholics and others, as we prepare to welcome the Holy Father as well as thousands of families from all over the world to Ireland for this great event.

This will be the first Papal visit to Ireland since Pope John Paul II came to our shores in 1979. Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families on 25th August and he will also celebrate the Final Mass of WMOF2018 on 26th August. Other elements of his itinerary have yet to be confirmed.

Preparations have been underway for WMOF2018 since Pope Francis announced Dublin, Ireland as the venue for the 9th World Meeting of Families at the close of WMOF2015 in Philadelphia, USA.

The World Meeting of Families, held every three years in a different country worldwide, is one of the biggest events of the Catholic Church. It brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.

With the wonderful news that Pope Francis himself will attend, the World Meeting of Families 2018 promises to be the single largest occasion in Ireland this year.



The Sacrament of First Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 12th May 2018.




We have an all year round appeal for the Welcome Organisation who help the homeless of our city.  If you would like to contribute non-perishable food or toiletries please put them in the cardboard box at the back of our Church.   Unfortunately we cannot accept clothing.


                               CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD                            

Children's Liturgy takes place every Sunday at 12 noon Mass (school term time only).   Primary school children only.  For children attending for the first time a registration form must be completed, these are available from the Liturgy Leaders.  We try to ensure that Children's Liturgy is an enjoyable experience for the children which nurtures their relationship with God as equal members of our Parish Community.


                                                                  PARISH HISTORY

We receive many enquires about the history of our parish and indeed the story of St Matthew's Parish and its people is beautifully told in an excellent little book by Patricia Kernaghan, "Watching for Daybreak."

Copies are available from: St Matthew’s Parochial House, Bryson Street, Belfast, BT5 4ES.    The book costs £5. Please make cheques to St Matthew's Parish and include a donation for postage.  (the book contains over 60 photographs, maps and diagrams).


Marriage and relationship counselling. ACCORD, Curran House, Twin Spires Centre, 155 Northumberland Street, Belfast BT13 2JF. Tel: 9033 9944 Mon – Fri, 10am – 12noon and Mon – Thurs 5.30 – 0.00pm. e-mail: accordbelfast@btconnect.com