This year the parish is offering pilgrimages
San Giovanni in October
Lourdes in September
Santiago de Compostela in September
World Youth Day; Cologne in August
PIETRELCINA, SAN GIOVANNI & ASSISI
21st - 29th Oct
Priest Leader: Fr John Nally
Accompanied by Mr Pat Kidney & Mr Joe Rabbitte
Fr Nally & Kilbride Travel are delighted to announce the departure of our tour to PIETRELCINA, SAN GIOVANNI & ASSISI on 21st Oct 2005.
Our tour will include:
• Coach transfers to/from Dublin Airport
• Return charter flights
• Coach transfers to/from your hotel throughout tour
• One night B&B in our Rome Hotel
• One night half board in our Benevento Hotel
• Three nights full board in San Giovanni
• Two nights half board in Assisi
• Full assistance of a local tour guide
• Assistance of a Kilbride Travel Representative
• All airport, government and hotel taxes
• Full medical insurance
Our special inclusive price is:
Adult €995 based on two sharing a twin room with private facilities
Single rooms are available for €40 extra per night.
While we will try to accommodate as many people as possible, there are limited seats available, therefore we strongly recommend that you book early. A non-refundable deposit of €100 will secure a seat. Balance should be paid at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Please complete our booking form and return it to Kilbride Travel with your deposit. (Please make cheques etc payable to Kilbride Travel). Ensure that you have a valid passport and the name on your ticket/reservation is exactly the same as your passport.
The Diocese hosts its annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in September and a special pilgrimage to Spain (25 Sept-6 Oct).
Further details of these trips follow a personal reflection by Pat Kidney.
A MOST SPECIAL JOURNEY: May 1997!
I found myself on my way to Fatima for the first time. It was not a trip I had planned.... a kind of working holiday, I suppose, accompanied by my old friend and well-known local musician, Joe Rabbitte. We would provide the music ministry and a little sing-song in our hotel at night.
Once the bags are packed and the tickets and passports ready, the excitement starts to grow within. I knew we were going to one of the great "Marian Shrines" of the world and it had changed the hearts of so many people. By now I was optimistic.
From Lisbon airport our journey took about one and a half hours by coach, uphill all the way. Fatima, where Our Lady first appeared in 1917, is situated on a mountain top. I knew little about this place or its people, but what lay in wait for us was so beautiful and impossible to put into words. At first sight, Fatima looked simple, quiet and peaceful.
We arrived at our hotel and the first thing I had to see was this huge Sanctuary that I had read a little about. It is the biggest Marian Shrine in the world and can hold three quarters of a million people. My first impressions was, ‘wow'! My second thoughts were that in a fairly small town like Fatima, with so little people, I am sure I will never see it full! How wrong I was. Two days later on 13th May, it was packed to capacity.
We were here for seven days. There was a lot to see, a lot to do and I will always remember the words of our excellent guide on the first day, referring to Our Lady, "put your hand in her hand as the three little shepherds did and she will lead you as she led them to the ‘Chapel of Peace'."
We leave again for Fatima from our parish in Tullamore, led by our Spiritual Director Fr John Nally, on May 11th-18th. We would love if you could join us on our journey to this wonderful place where ‘heaven meets earth'. If you cannot read the story of Fatima, hear again and again, Our Lady requesting you to say the Family Rosary. The words will forever ring in your heart, "my immaculate heart will be your refuge, my immaculate heart will triumph."
- Pat Kidney.
(Pat Kidney and Joe Rabbitte will supply the music for both pilgrimages to Fatima and San Giovanni.)
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, Avila and Leon
Led by Most Rev. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath
Tour Director: Monsignor Edward Dunne
Assistant Director: Fr. Houlihan
26 September - 6 October 2005
Cost €1,399 per person sharing + extras
Full details and booking form available from:
36 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: 01 8783111
XX WORLD YOUTH DAY -
Cologne 10-22 Aug. Join with young people (18-30) from the Diocese at the invitation of Pope John Paul II, for this festival of faith, culture and life.
Limited spaces available - book by 15 February by sending name, address and contact no. with €100 deposit to Meath Diocese, WYD Office, St Mary's Presbytery, Navan. More info from Fr Gerry Boyle.