Following on from the World Meeting of Families which took place in August, the parish of Athleague-Fuerty will play host to ‘Mission 2018’ from Saturday, November 3rd to Saturday, November 10th with parishioners from both St. Patrick’s Church, Athleague and The Church of the Assumption, Fuerty-Castlecoote coming together in prayer.
Parish Priest, Fr. Eugene McLoughlin, said the parish is ready to extend a warm welcome to the people of Athleague-Fuerty and surrounding areas.
“The Parish Pastoral Council was planning to do something for the World Meeting of Families, and eventually we came up with the idea to have a Mission. I was asked by the council to invite somebody to conduct the Mission. I invited the Redemptorist Mission Team, Fr. Laurence Gallagher, Fr. Denis Luddy and Ms. Claire Gilmore, because I was used to working with the Redemptorists every second year for the Novena in Roscommon Parish.
“Having decided that we’d host a Mission, the next thing to decide was when to have it because in Athleague springtime and autumn are busy months for farming. We decided therefore to do it in November, the month of the departed,” he said.
The programme of events for Mission 2018 commences with a prayer service for deceased relatives and friends at the New Cemetery in Athleague at 3 pm this Saturday and will continue with daily Mass and devotions throughout the week. A community celebration will take place on Wednesday (7th) with Holy Hour/Stations of the Cross on Thursday, November 8th and visits to the sick and housebound on Friday, 9th.
Fr. McLoughlin believes it will be an opportunity for the entire parish to come together in a time of reflection and prayer.
“There hasn’t been any Mission here for a number of years. It’s nice to have different voices and different people and they (Redemptorist Mission team) have been all over Ireland and have their own programme suggestions.
“We hope to raise the hearts (of the parishioners) and maybe give people an experience that they may not have had over the years.
“We also decided that there are so many different groups working in the parish that on the Wednesday night we would have a community night. We will have representatives from all the different groups together to acknowledge what they’re doing and how they’re contributing to the parish”.
Mission 2018 starts this Saturday and will continue until Saturday, November 10th with events taking place throughout the parish. Fr. McLoughlin, Sr. Christina and the Parish Pastoral Council extend a warm welcome to all.