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WMOF2018

On Sunday, November 12th, in excess of 450 people gathered in the Sports Complex, Charlestown, Co. Mayo for an afternoon with a difference. Organised by the World Meeting of Families 2018 Diocesan Committee, the afternoon took the format of a Boston Tea Party.  Individuals and groups from around the diocese hosted tables, bringing together families and friends from the twenty-three parishes of Achonry Diocese. Tommy Marren, of Tourlestrane Parish, and well known broadcaster with Mid West Radio was MC for the afternoon and ably directed proceedings.

The Complex was quite literally transformed and looked amazing.  Full credit to all involved. One of the most impressive aspects of the gathering was the host of young people from the local secondary school.  These were a credit to themselves, their families and school.  Well done.  They served table, were so kind and efficient to a fault.

A short video, featuring the planning of and the events around the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia was shown.  This gave all gathered a great sense of what to expect and the amount of preparation that needs to be done.  A representative of WMOF 2018 spoke to all gathered about the great need for volunteers and encouraged people to consider becoming involved in this way.  For more information, click here

Bishop Brendan shared a few thoughts around his own wishes for the gathering in August 2018 and sees it as a central pillar in supporting family life in its very many shapes and forms.  Quoting Pope Francis, he told us the family is “The nearest hospital, first school and best place to grow old”.

There were a few musical moments as well, not least in teaching all gathered the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families.  The tones were sweet!  It’s a tune that will take hold and will hopefully spread throughout our diocese, country and beyond.  Well done to the Fr Peyton Cluster Choir who led us in song.

Large screens relayed images of artwork around “family life” that had been submitted by pupils of primary and secondary schools throughout the diocese.

There was a powerful enactment of the gospel passage of the Child Jesus being lost, as a twelve year old, and the restlessness of his parents until he was found again. This served to remind us of the experience of “family” encountered by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Surely Pope Francis would rejoice in this girl’s “starring role” at Diocesan Launch of WMOF18

One of the undoubted highlights of the afternoon was the performance of a play, written by Una Leavy (Charlestown) and performed by a group of children from the local Primary School.  It was breathtaking in its simplicity and accuracy as it portrayed something of the lived reality of family life.  A man stood up to take a photograph and I hoped it might lead to a standing ovation – though that did not happen, the children were amazing.  Literally “take a bow”.

The evening finished with another visit from the Fr Peyton Cluster Choir, this time transformed into the cast of Sister Act.  They entertained us with some of the well known songs from Sister Act and elsewhere.  Real talent and, talent is at its very best when put at the service of others.  That’s exactly what happened.  Well done.

There was of course food!  People went above and beyond what was expected and the sharing wasn’t confined to the hosted table or parish.  People freely shared food with one another and sampled the hospitality of other “families” from around the diocese. There’s no doubt, this was a desired happening and it was heartening so see such togetherness, friendship and sharing of table. All in the name of family life.

Once again, full credit to all involved in the formulating of the dream of a gathering like this that was so fully and fittingly realised this afternoon.  It truly augurs well for what lies ahead in August 2018 and for the “legacy” the organisers are hoping this event will leave in its wake beyond August 2018.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for us

Our Lady of Lourdes
Pray for us

The Achonry and Killala annual joint diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes began on 23 August. This pilgrimage is the 42nd annual joint pilgrimage to Lourdes between the dioceses of Achonry and Killala and it will last five days, from 23 August until Sunday 28 August.

This year’s pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala and by Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry. Spiritual Directors for the pilgrimage are Father Tom Doherty, Killala Diocese, and Father John Maloney, Achonry Diocese.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, all pilgrims to Lourdes will have the special opportunity to enter through the Door of Mercy which is located at Saint Michael’s gate, near the Breton Cross in the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes.

Pilgrims from both dioceses departed today from Ireland West Airport Knock to Lourdes, the small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees which rose to prominence in 1858 due to the Marian apparitions seen by Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized.

Today, Lourdes hosts around six million visitors every year from all corners of the world. This constant stream of pilgrims and tourists transformed quiet Lourdes into the second most important centre of tourism in France, second only to Paris, and the third most important site of international Catholic pilgrimage after Rome and the Holy Land.

Pentecost Sunday

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Let us pray
[that the flame of the Spirit
will descend upon us]
Father in heaven,
fifty days have celebrated
the fullness of the mystery of your revealed love.
See your people gathered in prayer,
open to receive the Spirit’s flame.
May it come to rest in our hearts
and disperse the divisions of word and tongue.
With one voice and one song
may we praise your name in joy and thanksgiving.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Door of Mercy

doorofmercy2Bishop Brendan, together with priests and people from the diocese, gathered at noon on Sunday December 13th to celebrate Mass and open the “Door of Mercy” in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen.  The ceremony, simple and to the point, sought to mark the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. Michael McCormack a local photographer has supplied the accompanying images.

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National Eucharistic Congress

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CHRIST, OUR HOPE” (COL 1:27)

CRÍOST ÁR NDÓCHAS

 

Congress Religious

National Eucharistic Conference takes place in Knock Shrine on next weekend, September 26th and 27th.  For programme of events click here

Click on the links below to view information from the National Eucharistic Congress Website www.nec2015.ie 

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