Bishop Denis and many of the priests of the diocese will make their retreat together in Dromantine, Co. Down, from September 27- October 2. During this time, Bishop Denis is inviting people across the diocese to join in prayerful union with them, praying for the needs of our families, parish, diocese and world. All are invited to write their intentions and leave them in the local church where they will be prayed for during the week, as well as anniversaries and recently deceased members of the community. Bishop Denis and the priests will also hold all of these intentions in their prayer and the recently deceased of the diocese will be remembered in their Masses in Dromantine.

During ths week, parishes are being invited to keep their normal schedule of weekday prayer and, where Mass is not possible, to pray Morning prayer together – part of the official daily prayer of the church which is prayed by Christians every day across the world.

Bishop Denis is also inviting people across the diocese to pray the diocesan prayer daily in their homes as an act of solidarity with him, the priests and people of the diocese. At this troubled time in our world we hold in prayer not just our own needs but the needs of all people, particularly the displaced and those suffering the ravages of war and religious persecution.

The attached resources are offered by Faith Development Services and the Commission for Liturgical Formation to parishes to support them in this week of prayerful solidarity across the diocese.

Information workshops are taking place in each of the three deaneries to familiarise people with this material ahead of its use.

Workshop Dates

These workshops will take from 11 am to 1 pm as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 8 Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas, Co. Kildare.
  • Thursday, September 10, Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Co. Laois.
  • Tuesday, September 15, Holy Family Church Askea, Carlow.


a4 poster for september retreat (updated)

Full Resource Book for week of September 27-October 2

A daily guide to the resources for prayer leaders

Intercessions for Each Day

Reading for Morning Prayer Each Day

Words of Introduction for Each Day

Morning Prayer Text Monday

Morning Prayer Text Tuesday

Morning Prayer Text Wednesday

Wednesday Celebration of the Word Alternative – people’s copy

Wednesday Celebration of the Word alternative- leader’s copy

Morning Prayer Text Thursday

Morning Prayer Text Friday

Resources for Sunday September 27, 2015