Easter Ceremonies - The ceremonies in the Abbey over the Easter were well attended. We were joined with our annual bus of pilgrims from Belfast, over 50 people for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Members of the group carried the wooden cross from station to station. Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil the most important Mass of the liturgical year and the holiest of nights was exceptionally well attended.
Active Retirement Group - Once again we gratefully thank the organisers who arranged our last outing to Dublin for the musical show “The Sound of Music” which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Fr. Celsus Tierney who accompanied the “Seniors” to Dublin, celebrated Mass in the Abbey for the group. We were indeed well looked after on the day.
St. Pio - The monthly meeting of the Friends of St. Pio will be held next Thursday night, May 5th at 8 p.m.
Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Hector and Beryl Langley on the death of their mother Maud, St. Mary’s Avenue, Thurles and formerly of Glenreigh, Holycross. Sympathy also to Donal Duggan, Graiguenoe on the death of his brother Denis in Hastings, England and formerly of Tipperary town.
Enrolment Day - Ballycahill School, enrolment of junior infants who intend to commence school this coming September will be held in Ballycahill School on Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon (both days).
Death of Niamh Stakelum, Nenagh - The burial took place last week in the Abbey Cemetery here of Niamh Stakelum (nee Leahy), formerly of Clongour, Thurles. She was widow of the late Bob Stakelum, Ballycahill and niece of the late Johnny and Paddy Leahy, Tobberadora and G.A.A. fame. Peace to her kindly soul.
Ecclesia Dei Ireland - The 20th annual Pilgrimage of Ecclesia Dei, Ireland to Holycross Abbey will take place on Saturday, May 7th. Stations of the Cross 1.30 p.m. Sung Mass in the traditional latin rite at 2.15 p.m. followed by Benediction.
Tidy Village - With the inception of this glorious weather more and more people are availing of our riverside amenities. We welcome this but we ask, especially our younger people to stop littering and use the bins. Parents should be more vigilant where their children are concerned, they should be told not to be destructive or act as litter louts whilst in this area.