We wish you a very happy Easter
Bishop Smith, Frs Padraig, Michael, Joseph and Paul wish all our parishioners a very happy and peaceful Easter and say 'thank you' to all who attended and took part in our Holy Week celebrations.
On Wednesday, Bishop Michael Smith celebrated the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral, joined by the priests of the Diocese of Meath. The Mass focused on the "Year for Consecrated Life", reflecting on the contribution and witness of Religious in all the parishes. The Bishop recalled the example of St Columbanus, whose 1400th anniversary occurs this year. The Bishop also spoke directly to the priests and asked them to reflect again on the question - ‘to what did I say ‘yes’ when I was first ordained?’
Fr Padraig McMahon led the celebrations in the Cathedral on Holy Week, where the music was provided by the Cathedral Choristers and the Lynn Singers. The guest speaker was columnist David Quinn, who urged parents and grandparents not to assume that children have a proper understanding of the Mass. “While the children learn a great deal of religion at school, we cannot rely on this alone” he said. He gave the analogy of learning the Irish language - whereas it too is taught at school, this learning does not flourish unless it is practiced at home and in the community. David Quinn invited parents and grandparents to make serious efforts to help children understand and take part in the Mass, using children’s Bibles and other means.
Several hundred people joined in the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at midday from St Paul’s Church to the Cathedral, directed by Fr Michael Kilmartin. The principal celebration that day took place with the largest attendance in the Cathedral at 3pm. The evening devotions were led by Fr Joseph Naikarakudy, assisted by the Folk Group as well as lay readers and ministers.
The highpoint of the Holy Week services was the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night at 9pm. During the Mass, Bishop Smith baptized baby Méabh Emily Hughes, whose father Paul Hughes had been baptized in the same ceremony (on the same date) 32 years earlier. The music was provided by the Cathedral Choir, led by Gerard Lillis.
There has been a rediscovery of the Dawn Mass in heritage places of faith and this year the Dawn Mass in Mullingar was celebrated on Easter Sunday by Fr Kilmartin at the shores of Lough Ennell, where St Colman had founded an ancient monastery.
A very large number of people went to Confessions during the week. Fr McMahon said that, in total, 11 priests were hearing Confessions at different times each day from Tuesday evening until Saturday afternoon.
The Cathedral Parish Team wishes to thank all who attended and took part in the Holy Week ceremonies. Thanks to the altar servers, the readers, Ministers of Holy Communion, sacristans and choirs in the various churches. As Fr McMahon said “The participation of so many people in our celebrations is very much appreciated. It makes it such a meaningful pleasure to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in Mullingar parish.”