30 Apr 2012

Our Lady's Pastoral Area Eucharistic Rally

On Sunday, April 29th 2012 the seven parishes of Our Lady's Pastoral Area in West Limerick (Ardagh/Carrickerry, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Killeedy, Mahoonagh, Monagea and Newcastle West) gathered in the G.A.A. Grounds, Newcastle West for a Eucharistic Rally in preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Rally in Dublin in June 2012.  Parishioners of all ages braved the blustery weather to come together to joyfully celebrate the Eucharist and Benediction.

In his homily, Fr. Tony Mullins (Diocesan Administrator) reminded us that our faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We are invited to engage with that relationship and do so as members of the faith community gathered around the table of the Lord to be nourished by Word and Sacrament. In the words of the Eucharistic Congress Hymn: "Christ's presence is revealed in our communion and His living word".  

Following Christ's Gospel will transform our lives, our culture and our value system.  We are called to proclaim the love of God that we experience in Jesus Christ and one another to all whom we meet.  Fr. Tony reminds us that we are not alone in this call, we are accompanied by the Holy Spirit and we are a community of believers with Jesus Christ at the centre.  With Christ at the centre of our Church we can do all things.  Through our baptism all of us share in the mission to nurture the faith and proclaim the Good News.  This means it begins with me... in our own homes.... in our own kitchens... with our own children.  Spreading the Good News begins within our own family spreading out into the Christian community.  We are all missionaries in that sense.

Fr. Tony's full homily (including the singing of the Eucharistic Congress Hymn) is available here.

John Keily also spoke briefly with Kit Histon, who remembers the 1932 Congress and, please God, will attend the 2012 Congress in June.  This interview is available here.

Fr. Tony Mullins (Diocesan Administrator) and the priests of Our Lady's Pastoral Area con-celebrating Mass

Ann Keily (Left) and Kit Histon (Right)

Some of the memorabilia from the 1932 Congress
This altar cloth was hand stitched commemorating the 1932 Congress in Dublin

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