Big crowds at­tend an­nual cel­e­bra­tion

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

HUGE crowds trav­elled from all over the county to Ferns re­cently to at­tend the an­nual St Padre Pio heal­ing mass.

The an­nual event takes place near the feast day of St Pio each year and al­ways sees a large at­ten­dance as peo­ple ar­rive from all over to re­ceive in­di­vid­ual blessings with a col­lec­tion of sec­ond class relics from the saint, in­clud­ing a glove he had worn.

‘Peo­ple have great de­vo­tion to St Pio,’ said Ferns Par­ish Priest, Fr Pa­trick Cushen who con­cel­e­brated the mass along­side Fr Sean Kelly, Fr Richard Red­mond, Fr Billy Swan and his brother Fr Bernard Cushen. ‘They come from all over the county to be here and it’s great to see. We had a full church. We’ve held the Mass every year for the last ten years and it was or­gan­ised ini­tially by Pa­tri­cia McNally and Fran­cis Davitt. We had a to­tal of six relics brought along by the Fran­cis­cans from Kilkenny.’

The ser­vice also con­tained plenty of mu­sic with the par­ish choir in fine voice un­der the watch­ful eye of Fran­cis Davitt, and it re­ally added to the sense of oc­ca­sion. Con­fes­sions were also avail­able af­ter the ser­vice as peo­ple filed up the aisle to re­ceive their blessings with the glove of St Pio.

Michael An­drews, Fr. Sean Kelly and Brian Stone. The large crowd in Ferns.

Tommy Davitt and Mark Mul­hall.

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