A Pilgrimage is a visit to a holy place to spend some time in prayer and meditation. The first pilgrimages were made to the Holy Land and to places connected to the ministry of Christ. Pilgrimages are an ancient custom in Ireland dating back to the fifth and sixth centuries. Each summer, thousands visit Lough Derg in Co. Donegal or Knock and Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo. Croagh Patrick is known as Ireland’s holiest mountain looking out on Clew Bay. According to tradition, people have climbed the mountain from the Stone Age to the present day. St. Patrick spent forty days there fasting and praying in 441AD. His bell was there for many years. A statue in his honour was erected there in 1928 and this is the first station for the pilgrim. Sunday 28th July is the traditional day of pilgrimage. Mass is celebrated in the Church at the summit. A little prayer on your Pilgrimage:
Lord, make us prophets of our times, pilgrims, not wayfarers. May each day begin with prayerful preparation, opening our hearts to a spirit of loving repentance. Amen.
Croagh Patrick ‘Reek Sunday’: The annual national pilgrimage takes place next Sunday 28th July. Mass on the summit of the mountain on the hour with the first Mass at 8am and the last Mass at 2pm. Confessions:7.30am to 2pm.
Lough Derg Time for Body & Soul: Led by Bishop Fintan from August 5th to 7th. Bookings at: 065-6824043.
Medugorje: Leaving Shannon Airport on 12th to the 19th September for one week. Price €725. Full details from Kathleen & Jimmy Morris on 362657 or 086 3271657.
Lourdes: The Diocesan Autumn Pilgrimage leaves Shannon Airport on Sunday 29th September and returns Friday 4th October. Price €699 with €20 discount for online bookings at joewalshtours.ie