Eucharistic Congress Bell pilgrimage to begin on St Patrick’s Day

Thursday March 17, 2011

Eucharistic Congress Bell pilgrimage to begin on St Patrick’s Day • - Archbishop Martin to bless the Congress bell in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin 

- Pilgrimage to begin following reception of bell by Cardinal Brady at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh 

Date: Thursday 17 March, St Patrick’s Day 

Times and venues: 

Dublin: Following the 10am Aifrinn La Féile Padraig in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. 

Armagh:  5.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral. 

Following the St Patrick’s Day Mass in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will bless the Eucharistic Congress Bell. He will also bless the first of four icons which have been prepared for use with the Congress Bell. The bell will then depart Dublin for Armagh. 

Cardinal Seán Brady will receive the bell at the gates of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 5.30pm after which there will be a procession into the cathedral for Evening Prayer and Benediction at 6.00pm with priests and people of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Pastoral Area.

Cardinal Brady will bless the second icon which will be attached to the plinth of the bell. 

On Friday 18 March the bell will be available in the Cathedral for the parishes of the Cathedral Pastoral Area. An invitation has been extended to parishioners across the pastoral area to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral to take part in the various liturgies and prayer.

Morning Mass will take place at 10am. The closing Mass for this part of the bell pilgrimage will take place in the Cathedral at 7.30pm. Cardinal Brady will preside at the Mass.

The bell will move on from Armagh to the other pastoral areas in the archdiocese. The bell will be in the Archdiocese of Armagh for a total of 15 days. From Armagh it will move onto the Dioceses of Dromore, Down and Connor and Derry and onto the remaining dioceses. It will also be taken to the World Youth Day event in Madrid in July and will be taken to Lourdes as part of the Annual Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage. The first stage of the bell pilgrimage will be completed on 29 Jan 2012. 

The full travel itinerary for the Eucharistic Congress Bell is available at the following link:

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