St Pio - The monthly meeting of the Friends of St Pio will be held in the Abbey next Thursday night, June 6th at 8pm.
National Annual Pilgrimage of St Pio - Devotees from a number of counties assembled in Holycross Abbey for the annual pilgrimage to St Pio. His Grace, Archbishop Dermot Clifford officiated. This year the attendance in comparison with last year had increased in number, notable too was the presence of so many young people – old and young rely on St. Pio to intercede and ask the Lord to grant them their various requests. St. Pio was born in Italy on May 25th, 1887 and died September 23rd, 1968. In 1918 he was stigmatized, the five wounds of Our Lord’s passion appeared on his body thus causing him indescribable suffering, both physical and spiritual for the rest of his life. He had a deep union with God, he daily spent many hours in prayer and austerity. The sick have a special allegiance to St Pio. Many have acclaimed been cured after their intercession to St. Pio. Padre Pio was declared Saint by Pope John Paul II on June 16th, 2003.
Sympathy - Is extended to the following: Geraldine Henchion, Galberstown on the death of her uncles Fr. David McNamee, formerly of Limerick Diocese who died some months ago and Fr. Michael who died in Glasgow last week; Theresa Heaphy, Sue Ryder Home on the death of her brother John Joe Bourke, Cloneyross, Ballycahill; Arthur Corbett and family on the death of Oonagh Corbett, Ferryhaven, Portumna and formerly of Sue Ryder Home and Hattie McGrath, Farney on the death of her brother Paddy McLoughlin, Upperchurch.
Tidy Village - It is that time of year again when work on the cleaning and tidying of this village is required. Inspection commences in June of all the villages who are entered in the Tidy Towns Competition. The committee kindly ask residents to look after frontages, keep them litter and weed free and perhaps a rub of paint may be needed here and there on their premises. Your effort can help Holycross to be reckoned amongst the finalists in the competition.
Pro Life Meeting - On this Thursday, May 30th at 8pm the author and Chairman of the Pro-Life Campaign, Dublin, Dr. Joe McCarroll will speak on ‘Abortion in Irish Hospitals’ in the Cathedral Parish Centre, Thurles. All are welcome to attend.
Vincent de Paul - Families or individuals needing assistance kindly apply in writing to Vincent de Paul c/o Holycross Abbey.