Recession-hit petitioners flock to novena
TEN thousand people a day from both sides of the Border -- many of them unemployed or facing emigration -- are flocking to a local church for an annual novena.
The Government and community leaders need to "reassess" the contribution they are making to people and their lives and "give them what they need", according to the parish priest Fr Michael Cusack, who is the organiser of the annual novena to St Gerard at the Church of the Redemptorist in Dundalk. Young and old are travelling from both sides of the Border as well as from along the east coast to place their petitions on the altar of his church.
Amongst the petitions was one from a heartbroken mother, who said, "My son is going to emigrate if he doesn't get work soon."
The recession means that some people cannot come to the novena for all nine days "because they cannot afford the fuel to travel 40km a day, so they are coming for maybe two or three days", said a regular at the annual novena.