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Peace Light expected at special scout Mass

ST. PATRICKS Scout Group, 1st/2nd/5th Louth, who are based on the Castletown Road, will aid the journey of the Peace Light when they bring it to their annual Good Deed Mass in St. Nicholas Church on Saturday next at 7 p.m.

On December 8, a candle was lit in the Grotto of Christ's Birth in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem.

This flame was then taken by young Israeli and Palestinian Scouts to Tel Aviv Airport where, with the support of Austrian Airlines, a Scout carried it to Austria.

Then, on December 10, a service for the Gift of Peace was held in Vienna, where scouts and guides from all over Europe gathered to take the flame and transport it across Europe by rail, by road and on foot from Austria through Europe to Ireland and now Dundalk.

Every year at their Good Deed Mass, Dundalk scouts and guides present food parcels during the offertory procession which are then distributed around the town by the St. Vincent de Paul society, to those less well off.

Group Leader, Fintan Sheridan said: 'Over the last number of years, our youth members and their families have really showed the Christmas spirit by giving what they can at the Good Deed Mass. Our youth members learn about the importance of sharing and doing a good turn, and the Good Deed Mass is just one way that epitomise what we do.'

The scouts will have a box at the back of the church on the night, so if any member of the public wishes to bring along a food parcel, they can place it in the box and this too will be brought to the altar.

The group would like to extend an invitation to all former members of the group/unit to come along to the mass and present a parcel.

The group would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in anticipation of their generosity and to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.