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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Huge crowds visit Holy Family Icon at the Cathedral

Fr Billy Swan, Fr Odhran Furlong, Fr Jim Fegan and Bishop Denis Brennan with pupils of Ballindaggin NS
Fr Billy Swan, Fr Odhran Furlong, Fr Jim Fegan and Bishop Denis Brennan with pupils of Ballindaggin NS
Pupils from St. Aidan’s Primary School, principal Peter Creedon and their teachers pictured with Bishop Denis Brennan, Fr Jim Fegan, Fr Billy Swan and Fr Odhran Furlong

Pádraig Byrne

Huge crowds passed through the doors of St Aidan's Cathedral last week to cast their eyes upon the specially commissioned Icon of the Holy Family, which was on display in Enniscorthy for two days before departing for Wexford.

As part of the ongoing preparations for the World Meeting of Families in August, the icon arrived at the Cathedral with the goal of encouraging reflection and prayer. The beautifully carved wooden icon was accompanied by a petition boxes and families were invited to insert their own personal prayers and intentions which will be distributed and prayed over by contemplative communities across the country before being gathered for the final Mass in August which will hopefully be celebrated by Pope Francis himself.

Bishop Brennan celebrated a special Mass at the Cathedral on Tuesday to coincide with the Icon's visit and children from local schools across the district travelled in to see it.

'We had a steady stream of people in over the couple of days,' said Fr Odhran Furlong. 'It's a beautifully made piece and a lovely idea. The Icon was here in the Cathedral for two days before moving to Bride Street Church in Wexford, St Mary and Michael's in New Ross and St Michael's in Gorey.'

Fr Odhran thanked the public for their prayerful presence.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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