In preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Dublin from the 10th to the 17th of June, 2012, a special “Congress Bell” is making a journey through all 26 dioceses in Ireland.
The Congress Bell is a reminder of the tradition of St Patrick’s Bell calling people to the faith. It is hoped that it will be a focal point for gathering and for prayer.
In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress people are being asked to think of it as a journey rather than an event.
So it was very fitting when the Congress Bell made a special visit to the historic graveyard of Kilvanogue outside Clonmore village.
Conducting ceremonies was Fr James Walton. Also in attendance were Canon Eugene Everard, Fr Michael Ryan and a large number of local people.
The people gathered at Noonan’s house and walked the short distance to the graveyard. The “Congress Bell,” which is fitted into a carrying frame, was carried by Noel Doyle, John Egan, Philip Gleeson, and Jimmy Tierney.
In procession with two candles was Christy Ryan. Carrying the Cross and leading the whole procession was Mary Rose McGrath.
Upon arriving at the gates of the graveyard, the procession continued inside, down to the ruins of the old church. Here the bell was placed on the altar. After the prayers were said and the hymns sung, the people in attendance received a blessing. After this the graves were blessed.
Following these ceremonies Fr. Walton invited each person to come up and ring the “Congress Bell.”
With Mary Rose again leading the way, the Bell was carried out of the graveyard, from which it travelled on to its next destination. This brought to conclusion a prayerful and enjoyable afternoon.