The Parish of Kilmacrenan is to host their first mission in over 20 years when relics of St. Padre Pio and St. John Paul II will visit the parish.
For two weeks starting on May 3rd, Kilmacrenan Parish, which includes Coole, Golan and Kilmacrenan, with the help of the Céilí Catholic Community’s Primary School and Youth Teams, is aiming to reach out with the “Joy of the Gospel” to over 1,000 pupils, their teachers, and other staff in the parish’s schools.
Through prayer, reflection, drama, song, music and dance, the pupils will be invited to a deeper experience of God in their lives and a greater appreciation of their schools’ links with the wider parish community.
The invitation to mission does not end with the schools but will go out to every one of the estimated 600 homes in the parish including the nursing homes. That job will be done by the Céilí Community Visitation Team in the 1st week. With the blessing of the parish, they plan to call on every home to deliver the programme for the preached mission which will take place on the 2nd week – 10th – 18th May inclusive.
During that week there will be a programme of events in Coole Chapel, Golan Chapel and St. Columbas Church, Kilmacrenan.
These will include early morning Masses and Evening Celebrations in some of which the children will lead the liturgy.
There will be Holy Hours and Prayer Ministry Sessions led by members of the Céilí Community as well as Special Blessings with relics of St. Padre Pio and St. John Paul II.
There will be many opportunities to hear lively relevant, down-to-earth and encouraging sermons and talks on the theme of “Refreshment” for our bodies, souls, minds and spirits.
The Céilí is a Community of priests, sisters and lay people who are drawn together, are committed to and work under the authority of the Irish Bishops. Céilí aim is to bring people both as individuals and as communities into deeper relationships with God and with each other through their programme of Parish and School Missions. The name “Céilí” speaks of companions, togetherness, hope and above all, joy. In the first week there will be a team of about 18 men and women from the Céilí Community working in the parish, requires much help from people in the parish.