The Summer Apostolate in the Land of St. Patrick

Source: FSSPX News

On the Island of the Saints – as elsewhere – the priests of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X were anything but idle this summer.

The beautiful season of apostolate was filled with summer camps and pilgrimages.

The Eucharistic Crusade camps took place during the month of July, which were an enormous success this year. 

Shortly afterwards, Fr. Pierpolo Petrucci led a group of faithful who followed in the footsteps of St Patrick, the apostle of Ireland. They made the traditional climb up Croagh Patrick, some barefoot in keeping with the ancient local tradition.

Croagh Patrick has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years, in honor of St. Patrick, who fasted for forty days at the summit of the mountain, where he built a church. Mass was celebrated at this site, referred to as “Teampall Phadraig”.

A week later, a contingent from St Thomas Aquinas Seminary came to spend the weekend with faithful in the Dun Laoghaire, Athone, and Cork parishes. They helped serve and sing the Sunday Masses, and afterwards had the opportunity to interact with the faithful.

The day after they left, over 150 faithful – a record this year – came the Ballyholland Mass Rock in Newry for Mass followed by a Marian Procession to continue the tradition. 

A final pilgrimage to end the summer events will take place on Saturday, September 16, at Knock, which is known as the “Irish Lourdes”. The Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and Christ – in the form of a lamb – all appeared above the south gable of the village church in Knock on August 21, 1879. The apparition was seen by 15 persons of all different ages, and was recognized by the Church.