Rathdowney Parish will mark the ordination of one of its parishioners with a festival of faith, or Faithfest, over the coming week and going into early July.
Eoin Casey will be the first member of the local community ordained a priest for many decades, and the parish will celebrate the occasion with a series of events, prior to the ordination.
The eldest son of John and Assumpta Casey, Eoin will be ordinated on Saturday, July 9 for the Dominican Order in Dublin. He will celebrate his first Mass in Rathdowney at 12 noon on Sunday, July 10.
“The Faithfest is designed to highlight and celebrate aspects of The Seven Sacraments of The Church; Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Healing, Priesthood,”said Fr Martin Delaney, PP.
Among the highlights will be a gala concert by The Priests at Holy Trinity Church Rathdowney on Friday evening, July 1 at 8pm.
Faithfest commenced last Saturday with an Afternoon Workshop for Choirs and an Opening Liturgy of the Festival, led by Fr Liam Lawton.
This Wednesday evening there will be a Reflective experience with creative ritual and prayer led by Sr. Antoinette Dilworth.
Thursday, June 23 will see the launch of the book, 'Ambassadors of Hope' at the Workhouse Museum in Donaghmore.
The book chronicles the lives of the hundreds of men and women from Rathdowney and surrounding parishes who served as priests and religious all over the world.
Written by Niall O'Doherty, the book will be launched by Charlie Bird and Fr Brian Darcy.
A Day of Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday, June 26. This will encompass Grogan-Aghaboe-Kilkenny City and The Rower where the Grogan church windows are. There will be Mass throughout the day. The Rower parish will host a reception in the evening
“This Eucharistic Pilgrimage is inspired by the bestained glass windows which were a feature of Grogan church for many years. Most of these windows now reside in the churches of Glenmore and The Rower in South Kilkenny,” said Fr Delaney.
On Tuesday, June 28, RTE's Mary Kennedy will host a public conversation titled 'For One Night Only: Mary Meets John and Joanne.'
Mary will be joined by two inspirational young Irishpeople, John McAreavey andJoanne O’Riordan, who will share something of their own stories and how faith has played a part in their lives.
An evening of Healing and Reconciliation will take place in Errill Church on Wednesday, June 29. Bishop Brendan Comiskey will lead the two sacraments, and the evening will commence at 8pm.
International singing stars, The Priests will feature in a gala concert in Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney on Friday, July 1 at 8pm. Tickets are €20.
Faithfest will conclude with a parish picnic and family fun day in the grounds of St. Fergal's College on Sunday, July 3.