A casket with the relic of Don Bosco has been on pilgrimage throughout the world since the 5th of April 2009 to prepare to celebrate the bi-centenary of Don Bosco’s birth (1815-2015).
The casket will arrive in Ireland on Saturday 23rd February 2013 and will travel throughout the island until the 7th of March 2013. The relics will leave Ireland on 8th March, travelling on to Croatia.
The full itinerary can be seen under the World News Category of our parish website. TV Mass will be on RTE Sunday 3rd March at 11.00am and the casket containing the relic of Don Bosco will be in Belfast at St Peter’s Cathedral on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March.
1. Dublin, Crumlin, St Agnes Church – Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Feb 2013.
2. Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Salesian College – Mon 25th Feb 2013.
3. Ballinakill, Co. Laois, St Brigid’s Church – Tue 26th Feb 2013.
4. Portlaoise, Co. Laois, SS Peter and Paul Church – Tue 26th Feb 2013.
5. Limerick, Milford, Our Lady Help of Christians Church – Wed 27th Feb 2013.
6. Limerick, Southill, Holy Family Church – Thu 28th Feb 2013.
7. Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, Salesian College – Fri 1st March 2013.
8. Knock, Co. Mayo, Basilica – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March 2013.
RTE TV Mass on Sun 3rd at 11am.
9. Navan, Co. Meath, St Mary’s Church – Sun 3rd & Mon 4th March 2013.
10. Belfast, St Peter’s Cathedral – Mon 4th & tue 5th March 2013.
11. Dublin, S. McDermott St, Our Lady of Lourdes – Tue 5th & Wed 6th March 2013.
12. Limerick, Fernbank, Our Lady of the Rosary – Thu 7th March 2013.
The casket has already visited Italy, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Perù and Ecuador. It then travelled to Columbia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Porto Rico, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada. In 2011 it visited Japan, Indonesia, Australia, China, Taiwan, India, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. In 2012 it has visited Uganda, Ruanda, Sudan, Togo, Mozambique, Ghana and Spain.
Everywhere the arrival of the casket has aroused great interest, participation and involvement and has brought together children, young people and adults to welcome Don Bosco, and to learn more about the Piedmontese saint, his Preventive System and his commitment to working with the young.
for more details – www.donboscorelics.ie
Catholic Ireland News
Dolores Whelan, one of the people who had the idea for Slí Bhride, spoke of how in Brigid’s time prayer was part of everyday life. There was a prayer for milking, for sowing, for everything they did, and prayer was synonymous with working the land. So walking and getting back to the land is the ideal way to tap into our ancient prayer traditions.
“I have led pilgrimages to many of the sacred places over the last 20 years. I have always believed that when I walk on the land, and really connect with the land and feel that energy rising me, I am praying. I feel that the way back to our ancient tradition is through walking and praying in that way,” she said.
She and two others, Karen Ward and Anthony Murphy, are finalising the route which will be inaugurated on 7th July when the first pilgrims will set off from Faughart. Anthony Murphy, who has written several books including Island of the Setting Sun – In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers and a new book Newgrange Monument to Immortality, did initial research and found that there is a straight line between Faughart Graveyard, Tara and the Curragh, and it intersects many significant historic and holy sites in between.
“We are very excited that on the 7th of July 2013 we will begin to re-inaugurate this path,” Dolores Whelan said explaining she always had an aspiration to open the ‘pilgrim paths’ in Ireland. She is also involved in the Brigid of Faughart Festival which includes the annual Pilgrimage Walk from Dundalk Town to Faughart Shrine, the Eucharist for St. Brigid’s Day at Faughart Shrine and a special day of healing.
Dolores Whelan runs Iomlanu Education near Dundalk, and has written Ever Ancient, Ever New with Celtic meditation CD. She did further research on the Sli Bhride with Karen Ward who was the Holistic Therapist presenter on RTE’s Health Squad and runs The Slí an Chroí Centre in Dublin with her husband.
At the launch Karen spoke about how the Camino de Santiago de Compostela has been popularised with the film starring Martin Sheen. Of late many people have taken up walking in Ireland, but this is not only because it is a cheap pastime during the recession but it goes back to our ancient traditions of pilgrimage in times of difficulty and need.
She and Dolores have travelled the route and uncovered a variety of ancient holy wells, monasteries and shrines to visit. It runs through or near Faughart graveyard and Brigid’s holy well there , Drumcashel, Ardee, Slane, Tara, Dunboyne and along the canal with stops at Maynooth and Prosperous before arriving at Kildare and Brigid’s monastic city. There are points to stop reflect and pray, but for many each step of a pilgrimage is a prayer.
By Ann Marie Foley
Ms Simons told the crowd that claims by the Government that abortion was needed to treat threatened suicide in pregnancy had been “completely demolished at last week’s Oireachtas hearings on abortion”.
She said: “The psychiatrists who addressed the hearings were unanimous that abortion is not a treatment for suicidal ideation.
“There is no evidence whatever that suggests that abortion reduces the mental health risks of unwanted or mistimed pregnancy. But there is evidence that abortion increases the risk of future mental health problems for a significant number of women,” she said.
Speaking at the vigil, Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte said that “Quite frankly I am most concerned that this Government proposes to legislate for abortion”.
“Ireland is almost unique in the western world in looking out for, and fully protecting, two patients during a pregnancy – a mother and her unborn child,” he said.
“We are here to oppose the unjust targeting of even one unborn child’s life in circumstances that have nothing to do with genuine life-saving medical interventions,” Mr Harte said to rapturous applause from people who had travelled from all over Ireland.
One of the highlights of the event, which was held on Dublin’s Merrion Square, was a live phone call to Taoiseach Enda Kenny where everyone chanted ‘keep your promise’ – a reference to Mr Kenny’s pre-election pledge not to legalise abortion.
The massive pro-life event went quiet as Dr Eoghan de Faoite of Youth Defence called an Taoiseach’s constituency office, and Mr Kenny’s voice could be heard asking the caller to leave a message.
“Hello an Taoiseach, this is the Vigil for Life, and I have 30,000 people here to give you a reminder of the pro-life promise you made in 2011,” said Dr de Faoite.
“The vigil has been a tremendously powerful and historic event, and the voice of the majority has been heard for the protection of both mother and baby,” said Dr de Faoite.