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Sunday 28 December 2014

Clonard celebrates Feast of St Brigid

Published 28/01/2014 | 05:42

Looking forward to the St Brigid’s Day ceremonies at Clonard Church were Cameron Cortens, Mary Atwood, Sr Mary Rowsome, Monsignor Denis Lennon, Joy Viceroy and Ben Zelmer
Looking forward to the St Brigid’s Day ceremonies at Clonard Church were Cameron Cortens, Mary Atwood, Sr Mary Rowsome, Monsignor Denis Lennon, Joy Viceroy and Ben Zelmer

OVER the years, the parish of Clonard has enjoyed a special devotion to St Brigid. For the past 15 years Clonard has remembered its patroness in a special way and this year will be no different.

Over the years, the parish of Clonard has enjoyed a special devotion to St Brigid. For the past 15 years Clonard has remembered its patroness in a special way and this year will be no different.

Following several visits to Clonard by choir members and personnel from the American University of Notre Dame, a close bond emerged and the university adopted St Brigid into its hearts. Steve Warner and Caroline Pirtle of Notre Dame approached the Clonard Parish with the idea of setting up a community house in the area with postgraduates from Notre Dame committing to a yearlong stint of parish ministry within the Clonard community.

Msgr Denis Lennon saw the merits and benefits from the programme for both the parish and the Notre Dame post graduates and the House of Brigid was founded. Current postgraduates from Notre Dame (Mary Atwood, Ben Zelmer, Joy Viceroy and Cameron Cortens) are now awaiting the feast of St Brigid which occurs on February 1.

'Initially, the celebration was confined to the day chapel and was somewhat in-house. The laity didn't warm to the idea for the first few years as it was probably seen as something the religious wanted to do,' Monsignor Lennon recalls. Gradually, the celebration of St Brigid became more and has been embraced by the parishioners.

'Celtic spirituality is very grounded. The JB Keane play "The Field" directly relates to the Irish attachment to the ground,' Monsignor Denis continues. 'The liturgy of Brigid in Clonard expresses a lot of this.'

Clonard's celebration in honour of St Brigid takes place in the Main Chapel on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. The celebration will have a distinct Celtic flavour through music and poetry and will praise God and remember St Brigid through our physical senses.

The celebration of Saint Brigid is a very personal experience with everyone receiving a little piece of cloth which is associated with healing as well as the traditional Saint Brigid cross. Everyone is invited to attend on the night and light refreshments with a music session will follow in the community centre afterwards.

Wexford People

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