Vatican II: 50th Anniversary Days of Celebration at Clonard, 20-23 November

DSC09528Clonard Monastery in Belfast will host activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, 20-23 November. The events have a particular focus on Christian Unity, building on Clonard’s long-standing witness with its Unity Pilgrims and Reconciliation Project activities.

November 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Unity Pilgrims, who visited their first Protestant congregation on Remembrance Sunday 1994. And it is the first anniversary this November of Fr Alec Reid’s death.

Thursday 20 November

At the 9.30 am, 4.00 pm, 6.15 pm and 9.00 Novena sessions, Fr Gerry Reynolds will explain the significance of the Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ‘Lumen Gentium – Light of the Nations’ and Decree on Ecumenism, ‘Unitatis Redintegratio – Restoration of Unity,’ both promulgated on 21 November 1964.

Friday 21 November

Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Seven Hours of Silent Prayer – 10.30 am-5.30 pm

Giving thanks for the fruits of the Vatican Council, praying with Pope Francis for the ongoing Synod on the Family, the Unity of Christians and Peace everywhere on earth. Clonard invite people to join at whatever time they can. Tea/coffee will be available in the confraternity room.

Saturday 22 November

Clonard Youth and Young Adult Ministry will hold a ‘Peace Builders Conference’ for young people in memory of Fr Alec Reid on his first anniversary, beginning at 3.00 pm and finishing with a commitment to peacebuilding at the 7.30 pm vigil Mass. The event will include a screening of the film 14 Days. 

Sunday 23 November

Clonard Unity Pilgrims invite you to join with them on this special morning as they share in the worship of seven Belfast Protestant congregations. Meet in Clonard at 10.20 am.

For more details contact Clonard reception on 028 9044 5950.

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