To mark the centenary of the First World War and remember all those who lost their lives in the conflict, the bishops of England and Wales encourage the Catholic community to participate in local civic or ecumenical celebrations.
The bishops will celebrate Requiem Masses in their Cathedrals on or near the six key dates which have been identified as part of the anniversary celebrations.
4 August 2014
Centenary of entry of the British Empire to the War
25 April 2015
31 May/1 June 2016
Battle of Jutland commemorating the war at sea
1 July 2016
Battle of the Somme
31 July 2017
Start of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)
11 November 2018
Catholic parishes are asked to mark these important anniversaries on the nearest Sunday by offering Mass for all those who died and to pray in the intercessions for those currently serving in the armed forces, and for peace.
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Our section on the Bishops’ May 2014 plenary meeting