A member of the Franciscan Order who works as the full-time chaplain to the Mater Hospital in Dublin will be the chief preacher at this year’s solemn novena in honour of St Anthony at the Franciscan Friary in Killarney.
Fr Damien Casey, OFM, is a member of the Merchant’s Quay community in the city and he is also director of the national Franciscan pilgrimage to Lourdes.
In previous years has preached the St Anthony’s novena in Merchants Quay and Athlone.
The Guardian at the Killarney Friary, Br Pat Lynch, said he is looking forward to welcoming Fr Damien and hopes the novena will be as busy as in previous years.
“We look forward to welcoming our parishioners from near and far to honour our wonderful St Anthony who is a favourite to so many,” he said.
The novena will commence on Sunday, June 4 and continue until St Anthony’s Feast Day on Tuesday, June 13.
The opening Sunday will feature Mass at 11.30am and a holy hour at 6.00pm while on Monday the only Mass will be Mass at 10.00am and a reconciliation service at 7.00pm.
Mass will continue all week at 10.00am and 7.00pm right through the novena – with the exception of the second Sunday when a service for expectant mothers will be celebrated at 11.30am with a holy hour that evening at 6.00pm.
The popular Mass for students will be at 7.00pm on Tuesday, June 6 and a healing service with adoration and anointing of the sick will take place at 7.00pm on Monday, June 12.
There will be no evening Mass on Thursday, June 8 as the Corpus Christi procession will begin with 6.15pm Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral and end with benediction and novena prayers in the Friary.
On the Feast of St Anthony’s, Tuesday, June 13, there will be Masses with blessing of the lilies at 10.00am and 7.00pm and a blessing of children and families at 4.00pm.
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