Pilgrimage season begins in Our Lady's Island
The annual pilgrimage season in Our Lady's Island was launched on Saturday (August 15) and, so far, it has attracted people from all across the country.
This year, the theme of the pilgrimage is 'love is always patient and kind'.
'We feel that Our Lady's Island is a place where people can reflect in a serene atmosphere about love, which is an important part of life,' said Parish Priest, Father Brendan Nolan.
The Catholic Feast Day of the Assumption on August 15 marked the opening of the pilgrimage season, which runs until September 8. A procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the island took place after the first Mass.
Mass will be held each day of the season, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., with an opportunity for confessions after each service.
On Wednesday September 2, an Ecumenical Celebration will be held. According to Fr. Nolan, it is extremely important to all in the Parish.
'This is the fourth time that we have held it,' he explained. 'It is very well-received and attracts people from all denominations.'
A special pilgrimage choir with 30 members has been formed to perform at some of the events. According to Fr. Nolan, the group have been preparing for a long time to sing at two special events: the General Anointing of the Sick and the closing ceremony.
'The closing ceremony is one of the highlights of the season,' explained Fr. Nolan. 'It involves a beautiful torchlight procession around the island.'
The pilgrimage season is a traditional event that requires plenty of preparation and planning from all members of the community.