We may have arrived home a day late due to flight delays but our pilgrimage was very special as it was the first time it truly was a combined Glasnevin grouping pilgrimage. And indeed our group was further enhanced by the Donabate ladies who joined in. Fr Richard provided us with insightful reflections as we went on our pilgrim way with daily Mass, rosary processions and blessed sacrament procession. We survived the baths as well!
Thanks is also due to Fr Cormac a Spiritan father, whom we met, who concelebrated Mass with Fr Richard.
All the petitions were brought each day to our daily Mass and placed in front of the Altar and on the last day they were put into the petition box at the Grotto where Our Blessed Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858. (All your petitions plus the names of all those doing leaving and junior cert exams were included. Fr J Ryan)
Above is a photo of the petitions in front of the beautiful altar in Bartres where St Bernadette lived for a while. We also lit a large candle on behalf of the Grouping and it is hopefully still burning bright.
Photo underneath shows the beautiful altar in Bartres.
On Sunday morning we left Ballygall to head for Knock the shrine where in 1879 Our Blessed Mother, with St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, appeared to a number of witnesses. We were heading for an over night stay at St. Mary’s which up to recently was under the care of the Daughters of Charity and is now in the care of Knock Shrine.
We got there in plenty of time for the 3pm Mass in the refurbished Basilica and joined with the Franciscan pilgrimage. It was lovely to be with them for the Mass especially as we have the link through the Franciscan Penitential Service every Advent and Lent. As the weather was good (an unusual item for knock) we took part in the rosary procession after mass and finished with the blessing at the Apparition Chapel.
On Monday morning we celebrated Mass in the Apparition Chapel and afterwards headed to Ballintubber Abbey a site renowned for its faith journey for over 800 years. Unfortunately the weather caught up with us and most of the ladies were forced to stay in the abbey or go the the church shop. Perish the thought of women in a shop and it raining. There they watched a video on the history of the abbey. Some of us however braved the inclement weather and got out to see the “Rosary Way” and “the Way of the Cross” which was designed by Fr Frank Fahey P.P. of Ballintubber.
We will have to go again! Thanks to all who took part in the trip. It was a joy to be with ye.
6.30am Wednesday 21st June 2017
There will be a special Dawn mass in OLV at 6.30 am Wednesday 21st June to celebrate and thank God for the gift of life and all creation. Fr Paul Hampson will be the celebrant. (Tea and toast afterwards)
All are welcome to celebrate and join in the festivities organised by the Liturgy Group in Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road.
Congratulations to the boys and girls from St Michael’s House who received their First Holy Communion recently. Kim, Katie, Dionne, Brody, Rocco, Kim, Christo and our own Morgan celebrated a special mass with their families and friends here in Ballygall. The boys from Sacred Heart school added to the occasion with their music. A special thank you to the staff and all associated with St. Michael’s House for their preparation.