Blessing of the Site & Cutting of the First Sod 

On Saturday 10th October 2009 the Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh, Most Reverend Gerard Clifford joined clergy and parishioners at St John the Baptist Church for a liturgy of blessing in connection with the construction of the new Parish Pastoral Centre.

The liturgy of blessing consisted of Scriptural readings and prayers of intercession. Bishop Clifford sprinkled the site with Holy Water, which the Choir accompanied with another hymn. A prayer of blessing brought the liturgy to a close before Bishop Clifford concluded the ceremony by cutting the first sod on site.


Download the Liturgy of Blessing Here

Official Opening

The Centre was officially opened by President Mary McAleese on January 27th, 2011. This was a momentous occasion for the whole community and was a great day of celebration.


Blessing of the Centre

On Sunday March 6th, Cardinal Sean Brady came to the Pastoral Centre for its blessing. 

He met with various groups in the Parish before celebrating the 11.30am Mass. 

After Mass, Cardinal Brady planted a tree in the Courtyard area and recited some prayers of blessing before processing around the Centre, sprinkling Holy Water.

Refreshments were then enjoyed in the Main Hall afterwards.