Waterville’s sol­i­dar­ity for injured Mike


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY TADHG EVANS

IT’S of­ten been the case that com­mu­ni­ties show the strong­est ver­sion of them­selves when faced with ad­ver­sity – and the Waterville com­mu­nity is the lat­est to show this kind of sol­i­dar­ity at a most try­ing time.

It was dif­fi­cult to tell how many peo­ple were in the Church of St Finian last Thurs­day night at a com­mu­nity Mass to pray for Michael Cur­ran, who is in hos­pi­tal in France af­ter be­ing crit­i­cally injured in a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

A long, nar­row build­ing, the Church of St Finian has two aisles; both were filled on the night, while many more peo­ple stood at the back of the Church and packed out the porch.

A rough count sug­gested there were some 300 peo­ple; it may have been greater. What­ever the num­ber, it was an ex­tra­or­di­nary show of sol­i­dar­ity with the Cur­ran fam­ily, and Michael’s girl­friend, Keel’s Sara O’Shea, who had joined Michael on a 14,000-kilo­me­tre roundthe-world trip.

Read­ings on the night in­cluded the Let­ter of St James which re­ferred to the prayer of faith and the sav­ing of a sick man, the sub­ject upon which the evening’s homily was sub­se­quently based.

“I’m sure the Cur­ran fam­ily would be very im­pressed to know so many peo­ple have gath­ered here this evening to pray for the well-be­ing of Michael and Sara,” Fr Ger Fin­u­cane said.

“You and I gath­ered here tonight ful­fil the re­quest that we heard in our first read­ing this evening,” Fr Fin­u­cane con­tin­ued, adding: “That if there is one amongst us who is ill, that we as a com­mu­nity, as el­ders of the Church, all of us, would gather and pray for the well-be­ing of that in­di­vid­ual”.

“This hu­mon­gous crowd that is here tonight is wit­ness to that great truth, and to a be­lief that we have – that God has the power to grant the gift of heal­ing, the full­ness of heal­ing, to our brother, Mike.

“We are very much aware of how doc­tors, and nurses, and med­i­cal per­son­nel are the hands of Je­sus in the world to­day – that they reach out and of­fer the gifts that they pos­sess to help our brother, Michael, to get well.

“That is all we need to do tonight: to gather and to present our prayers to our Heav­enly Fa­ther... our re­quest is that, by our pres­ence here, he will lis­ten to our prayers and grant Michael the full­ness of health.”

Michael Cur­ran who is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment in a French hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent

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