An open invitation to all the people living in the diocese, especially those who may have drifted away from the faith, to enter through the Holy Doors of Mercy which Archbishop Eamon Martin will open in Armagh and Drogheda on Sunday 13th December.


The ceremony of Opening the Holy Door in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda will take place at the 12.15 Sunday Mass on 13th December.

The ceremony of Opening the Holy Door in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh will take place at the 5 p.m. Carol Service on 13th December.


Everyone is welcome to attend one or both of these celebrations.


“On 13 December, the Third Sunday of Advent, I have the joy of opening two Holy Doors to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Armagh.  In doing this, I am following the example of Pope Francis who opens the Holy Door of Mercy at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome on 8 December – the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. Our Holy Doors will be at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, home to the National Shrine to St Oliver Plunkett.  The Holy Doors will be sealed again on 13 November 2016, one week before the close of the Holy Year.”  Archbishop Eamon Martin