A special diocesan ‘Mass of the Nations’ will be celebrated in Portlaoise Parish Church on the feast of the Epiphany. All welcome.


Mass of the Nations – 6th January 2010

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A “Mass of the Nations” will be celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany 6th January 2010 at 12.30pm in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

This feast day historically places emphasis on the visit of the three wise men (kings) from the East to the infant Jesus symbolizing the universal status or relevance of Christ and his mission as the Saviour of the whole World.

As a diocese we want to celebrate the growing cosmopolitan outlook of our faith community as we have many members from different cultures and nationalities. These new members enrich our church with their diversity.

This initiative also demonstrates how the diocese wants to reach out to and welcome the many foreign nationals that now reside in Ireland.

Bishop Jim Moriarty will be the chief celebrant.

The liturgy of the day will include prayers made in different languages and liturgical costumes and gift-offerings from various backgrounds, which will be presented to the Infant Jesus in the Crib.

After the mass, the congregation are invited to Portlaoise parish centre where snacks from various cultural backgrounds can be enjoyed.

Everyone, as either individuals or groups is invited to identify with this event and is very welcome to join this celebration on 6th January 2010.

Further Information

  • V. Rev Fr Adrian Carbery, Diocesan Co-Ordinator of services to the Immigrants/Emigrants (087) 2257481
  • Fr. Peter Uzochukwu, Chaplain to the African Communities (087) 7850862
  • Fr. Tadeusz Durajczyk, Polish Chaplain (086) 2354320
  • Fr. Gaspar Harbar, Slovakian Chaplain (086) 3586708
  • Faith Development Services, Kildare & Leighlin Diocese (059) 9164084