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ST Kevin’s Church, Kilaveney, Ti­na­hely was the set­ting for a very spe­cial Mass led by well known cam­paigner and cham­pion for the home­less Fr. Peter McVerry on Satur­day.

Fr McVerry was as­sisted by Fr Ray­mond Ga­han, Par­ish Pri­est in Kilaveney/Cross­bridge and mu­sic and singing was per­formed by Kilaveney Folk Group.

Fr McVerry gave the homily, the theme of which was ‘Home­less­ness a chal­lenge for the Gospel’. His in­sight­ful and thought pro­vok­ing mes­sage had a great im­pact on the large con­gre­ga­tion.

The im­pact was so strong that when the Mass was fin­ished, peo­ple were ea­ger to lend their en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port to the work of Peter McVerry Trust.

There was no ap­peal for funds, how­ever an im­pres­sive €1,225.50 was very gen­er­ously do­nated and this il­lus­trated the big-hearted gen­eros­ity of ev­ery­one present in the church on Satur­day last. All pro­ceeds to the Peter McVerry Trust, a char­ity which has been re­spond­ing to the needs of peo­ple ef­fected by home­less­ness since 1983.

Event or­gan­iser Ellen Fox Lani­gan ex­tended heart­felt thanks to ev­ery­one for their ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eros­ity to the char­ity and said that Fr McVerry was over­whelmed by the kind­ness and sup­port.

Satur­day was also an op­por­tu­nity for Tran­si­tion Year YSI Stu­dents from Co­laiste Bhride, Carnew to present Fr McVerry with a cheque for €1,216. This amount was raised dur­ing colour run fundraiser or­gan­ised by these stu­dents in May for Peter McVerry Trust.

Dervla Don­lon, Sarah O’Neill and Ciara Tomp­kins with Fr Peter McVerry.

Fr Peter McVerry, Ellen Fox Lani­gan and Fr Ray­mond Ga­han.

Fr Peter McVerry with Olivia Copeland.

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