|2004 Corpus Christi Procession|
Corpus Christi Procession
This year the feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated on Sunday 13th June and the committee organising the Tullamore Procession would like to thank the Clergy and all the organisations, prayer groups, clubs schools, and parishioners.
Last Sunday was the feast of Corpus Christi and the procession in Tullamore was very well attended. Yet again crowds of people from Tullamore and the surrounding areas celebrated it with great respect and enthusiasm. This was the seventy-seventh Procession to be held in the parish and the reverence was in great evidence as the Procession left the Church from the Store Street entrance and proceeded to Harbour Street, William Street, Church Street, Henry Street and returned to Store Street continuing into the Church where Father Willie Cleary celebrated Solemn Benediction and the congregation joined in all the traditional hymns.
A spokesperson for the organising committee said âThe yearly procession continues to thrive as was seen last Sunday when so many came out to take part in the 77th procession here in Tullamore. We hope to give encouragement to any parish wishing to renew the time honoured public demonstration of our faith. â
The combined Choirs provided the hymns, while Noreen Corroon and Stephen McNeill led The Rosary.
The Procession was led by the Cross bearer, Laurence Colgan, flanked by Alter Servers, followed by Girl Guides, Brownies, Lady Birds, Boy Scouts, and children from all schools. The Flower Girls preceded the Blessed Sacrament, which was carried by Father Willie Cleary, Father Seamus Dunican, Father Gerry Boyle, and Deacon Patrick Donnelly The canopy bearers were Vincent Collins, Gerry Smyth, Frankie OâReilly, and Brendan Ward.
Then followed Sisters of all the Religious Orders in town, Eucharistic Adorers, Eucharistic Ministers, Legion of Mary, Secular Franciscan Order, Apostolic Workers, Queen of Peace Prayer Group, Cairde Criost Prayer Group the general public, and The Offaly Wheelchair Association Father Cleary thanked the parishioners for the continued success of the ceremony and for the special effort made to honour the Blessed Sacrament.
The ceremony ended with the entire congregation singing 'Faith of Our Fathers'
Sincere thanks are due to the combined Folk choir, and to all who organised and participated in the service.
Thanks are also due to the Parishioners who put out flags and bunting, An GardaÃ, the Civil Defence, Order of Malta, and Stewards who helped to make the occasion a resounding success. The press, and local radio also played a big part as they gave space and time in the lead up to the occasion. If anyone has been left out of the report it is by accident and if they contact any member of the committee the omission will be rectified.