Meath Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018

Bishop Tom and Bishop Michael at the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes

This year marked 75 years of pilgrimages from the diocese of Meath to Our Lady’s Shrine at Lourdes. Bishop Michael open-end the pilgrimage with Mass on 13 September in the Church of St Bernadette. Bishop Tom arrived from Rome on 14 September in time to lead the diocesan pilgrimage in the Torchlight Procession after which he was warmly greeted by pilgrims, choir and members of Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes.

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12-17 September 2018:
Opening Mass & Blessing of Staff;
Holy Hour with Confessions; Torchlight procession and other ceremonies.

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Day of the Sick

The 26th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11 February 2018.

At 11:00 Sunday Mass on 11 February, the Navan branch of the diocesan Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes will participate in the 11:00 Sunday Mass.

They are one of the eight teams of stewards and helpers who provide practical, nursing and spiritual support to the many pilgrims who travel to Lourdes every year from 12-17 September. The 2018 pilgrimage will be the 70th Meath diocesan pilgrimage.

Refreshments will be served for former members of staff, former pilgrims and those who are interested in joining the Meath Pilgrimage team.

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The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother.  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27).

The Lord’s words brilliantly illuminate the mystery of the Cross, which does not represent a hopeless tragedy, but rather the place where Jesus manifests his glory and shows his love to the end.  That love in turn was to become the basis and rule for the Christian community and the life of each disciple. (Pope Francis)

In countries where health care systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.  Everywhere she tries to provide care, even when she is not in a position to offer a cure.  The image of the Church as a “field hospital” that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality, for in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population. (§4 – Message of Pope Francis for 2018)

The full text of the message of Pope Francis is available here via the website of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

Tara-Slane 2017

Tara is a reminder of our pagan past while Slane – according to tradition – is the site where St Patrick lit the first Paschal Fire in Ireland. The pilgrim walk is therefore a journey towards the Light of Christ, a symbol of our faith journey through life.

The journey is 15 miles (24km) long and winds along country roads through Skryne, Walterstown and Beauparc before crossing the Boyne at Slane.

Date and time:

The walk will depart from the Hill of Tara at 9:00am on Saturday 26 August 2017. Our estimated time of arrival at the Hill of Slane is 4:30p with conclusion of the pilgrimage by 5:00pm.

Requirements:

A completed registration form available in the sacristies and the parish office must be returned to the Parish Office not later than Thursday 24 August 2017.

Participants should be in good health and know that they are capable of walking the full journey unaided.

Proper walking footwear is essential. Keep an eye on the weather forecast to determine whether raingear or sunscreen will be required.

Participants should bring their own packed lunch. We will break for lunch at Beauparc Church.

Participants should also bring an adequate supply of water of the day. There are NO shops along the way until we reach the village of Slane.

Mass:

We will celebrate Mass in Slane at 3:00pm approx.

Getting to and from:

Pilgrims might wish to “team up” by leaving one car at Slane and another at Tara. Alternatively, you might arrange for a family member or friend to leave you at Tara and to collect you in Slane.

More information from the sacristies, the parish office or from Fr Declan.