Final Preparations are underway for our parish celebration of the International Eucharistic Congress.
Mass will be celebrated in O’Connor Park this Saturday June 9 at 7.30pm sharp, with the annual Corpus Christi Procession taking place after Mass to O’Connor Square for Benediction.
Thanks to the many people who have been involved in organizing this historic event in the parish. A special thanks to those who stictched together the special patch work altar cloth which will be used on the evening. This cloth will be on display in the Church over the next few days. Thanks to all those who contributed the pieces of cloth, and the moving stories that accompanied them.
People are asked to be seated by 7pm in O’Connor Park. Popular Midlands Radio 3 Presenter Will Faulkner will hold a special interview with Sr Oliver Wrafter, Convent of Mercy Rahan, who attended the Congress in 1932 and other young parishioners at this time.
People are invited to use the car parks in the town rather than parking near O’Connor Park. Bear in mind that the ceremony will finish in O’Connor Square. You are asked to co-operate with the Gardai who will assist with organizing traffic on the day. Parking for peple with a disability will only be available for those in the GAA centre.
Special area has been reserved for those in wheel chairs and walking aids. Stewards will be available on the evening to show you to your seats and you are asked you to be there well before 7pm. Ministers of the Eucharist, Flag bearers, Preparation of the Altar, Altar Servers
Those involved in these are asked to assemble in the “Green Room” which will be marked “Sacristy” on the day, it is just inside the main gate. Please be there no later than 6.15pm for a practice.
Thanks to Tullamore Parish Gospel Choir who will sing at the Mass and Tullamore Parish Choir who will sing in O’Connor Square. A warm welcome to clergy and their parishioners from nearby parishes who will be present and also take part the Mass. Children and their families who received their first Holy Communion in the last few weeks are asked to sit in the front row of the stand. For the distribution of Holy Communion people are asked to stand at their seats and the Ministers of the Eucharist will come to you.
The procession will take place after Mass, weather permitting. Please co operate with the stewards and the Civil Defense both in the stadium and on the street, who will guide and direct you. People will be invited to come onto the football pitch and then to exit through the tunnel. The procession will be lead by the Tullamore Town Band. Those who do not wish to take part in the procession are asked to wait in their seats until the end.
There will be a first aid point in O’Connor park and also thanks to the Order of Malta whose members will be at various points throughout O’Connor Park and along the procession Route.
Thanks to the many people and groups who have volunteered their services. There will be some considerable expense in organizing the mass- stage, lighting, sound, decoration etc. Those attending the mass will be invited give a contribution on the way into O’Connor Park.
The route of the Procession.
The Procession will be led by the town band and will also have the international flags to represent the diversity of the Church and also the international aspect of the Congress being held in Dublin. Bishop Michael assisted by priests from Tullamore and neighbouring parishes will carry the Blessed Sacrament followed by those who attended the Mass. It is intended to be a prayerful and humble procession, praying for all members of the community especially those effected by sickness, depression, financial burdens or family worries. The evening will conclude in O’Connor Square where Bishop Michael will conclde the celebrations with Benediction. The Procession will exit O’Connor Park and pass through Arden Road, William Street, Bridge Street and O’Connor Square. Perhaps you businesses and residences along the route might consider putting up a simple decoration for the occasion. In years gone by people used simple methods, for example a window covered in Red and white paper, or a picture of the Sacred Heart flanked by some flowers. Pictures are available in the parish centre. Thanks to Tullamore Town Council and Tullamore Chamber of commerce for their help and assistance.
Special Welcome to children
It’s hoped that all children will be able to attend along with the rest of their family. A special welcome to children who received their First Holy Communion over the last few weeks. Traditionally First Communion Children have always been involved in the Corpus Christi Procession and this year is no different with the Children and their family given front row seats for the Historic Mass. It also gives the boys and girls a chance to wear their First Holy Communion clothes. They will also take part in the procession. Organisers would like children of all ages will take part in the Mass and procession, and perhaps make their own flags to add a splash of colour to the whole occasion.
Some members of Tullamore Alpha will also be attending the Mass. Members of the group hope to travel to Dublin on the Thursday of the International Eucharistic Congress where Nicky Gumbell will be giving one of the talks. 150 people have attended an alpha course here in Tullamore as well as 120 young people from the Post Primary Schools in the town. As part of week long events for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Alpha International will be presenting ‘Mini-Alpha’, a taste of the Alpha course.