Sunday, July 28, 2013

Annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage (Reek Sunday) - Sunday 28th July

Archbishop Michael Neary to lead annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

·         Mass to be celebrated on the summit every half hour beginning at 8.00am
·         Reek Sunday pilgrimage extended to week-long celebration to mark Year of Faith and The Gathering
·         New Pilgrim Prayer card available to pilgrims

You or a representative are invited to attend the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage which will take place this weekend on Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick, County Mayo in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The pilgrimage has been undertaken – uninterrupted – for over 1500 years. Croagh Patrick has over 100,000 visitors annually with up to 20,000 people expected on this special weekend.

This year’s pilgrimage will be led by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam who will be accompanied by Archbishop Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.  This year they will be joined by Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, who is completing the Reek Sunday pilgrimage as part of a personal Year of Faith journey of various pilgrimage sites. The bishops will begin their climb on Sunday at 7.00am.

On Saturday evening at 6.30pm Archbishop Brown will be the principal celebrant at the vigil Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, Westport to mark the beginning of the pilgrimage. Archbishop Neary will preside and will preach the homily.

On Sunday Mass will be celebrated on the summit of Croagh Patrick every half hour beginning at 8:00am, with the final Mass commencing at 2.00pm.

-          The 9.30am Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles J Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
-          The 10.00am Mass will be as Gaeilge.
-          The 10.30am Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Neary.
-          The 11.00am Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brendan Kelly.

Pilgrims can avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the summit from 7.30am to 2.00pm

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