Glendalough Pilgramage

On Saturday September 10th, the combined Parishes of the Glasnevin Grouping joined together in pilgrimage to Glendalough.

Glendalough became an important place of pilgrimage when the Celtic monastery of St. Kevin flourished there from the 6th to the 11th century. Long after the monastery closed and especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, pilgrimage became one of the main expressions of Irish people’s spirituality. They went to sacred places at special times seeking healing, encouragement and blessing for their lives.
Glendalough is a place of natural beauty. The valleys, lakes, trees, rocks and hills all seem to call out to be admired.

There are so many stories to explore: the historical perspective , the faith dimension , the earth experience, the individual story and how we are all part of an infinitely larger and even more mysterious reality – that of the universe and creation itself.

It is impossible to spend time in the inner valley of Glendalough and not feel connected to all the forms of life expressed there. Everything seems to proclaim its story, from the towering cliffs of ancient granite and mica schist over five hundred million years old to the granite boulders scattered throughout the valley since the last ice age which ended some ten thousand years ago. The indigenous plants and trees all express their own story of the cycle of birth, life, death and renewal. Birds, animals, flora and fauna all have their place here.

Message from Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2016

In his Message for Mission Sunday, the Holy Father says the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy invites us “to consider the missio ad gentes – the mission to the world – as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material.” World Mission Sunday, he continues, calls us “to ‘go out’ as missionary disciples, each generously offering talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to carry the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.” He reminds us that “By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love.”

Pope Francis emphasizes the role of women in missionary work, noting the “considerable and growing presence of women in the missionary world” which he describes as “a significant sign of God’s maternal love.”

He speaks, too, of the importance of education, adding, “I hope, therefore, that the holy people of God will continue to exercise this maternal service of mercy, which helps those who do not yet know the Lord to encounter and love Him.”

His Holiness Pope Francis says, “All peoples and cultures have the right to receive the message of salvation which is God’s gift to every person.” Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to all nations has not ceased, he concluded: “rather this command commits all of us, in the current landscape with all its challenges, to hear the call to a renewed missionary ‘impulse’.”.

Read Pope Francis’ full Message here