Plenary Resolution: First World War Commemorations

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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

Gallipoli campaign

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

Armistice Day

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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