On Saturday, April 22nd, Bishop Brendan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass in St James’ Church, Charlestown. The gathering was to commission and celebrate a new Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Co-Ordination Team, made up of people from parishes throughout the diocese who have, for a number of months, been in preparation for this day and the ministry to follow.
In his homily, Bishop Brendan spoke of the importance of gathering in the Eucharistic Presence to draw strength and peace. He spoke of the role of all people in sharing this crucial message for our time. Mentioning Mary who pondered the Lord’s word during his visit to the family home, he said that the role of the listener is key to deepening our understanding of and relationship with The Lord.
A group of lay people, sent as delegates by parishes throughout the diocese of Achonry, has been in formation and training during the past three months, as part of the development of a Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee.
This was organised and conducted by Brendan Cleary and John Howard of the national committee of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, at the invitation of Bishop Brendan Kelly, and with the support of the priests of the diocese.
The Diocesan Committee was commissioned at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Kelly, and assisted by Mgr Thomas Johnston, PP and Monsignor John Doherty, PE on Saturday 22nd April 2017 in the Church of St James, Charlestown.
This adoration committee is equipped and trained to set up a system of viable weekly adoration in any parish of the diocese, subject to the invitation of parish priests. Where a previous system of adoration exists, then the task undertaken will be to strengthen and expand it.
Very promptly, approximately one third of parishes of the diocese have requested a future weekend presentation, or renewal, from one of the diocesan teams, at a date to be agreed. It is expected that there will be a great uptake from still more parishes of the diocese in the weeks ahead, and contact teams are now available to respond to parishes as they make contact:
CHAIRPERSON: James Grimes, Charlesown Road, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.
SECRETARY: Anne Grady, Barleyhill, Bohola, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.