URNEY AND CASTLEFINN PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
To coincide with the Year of Mercy, Urney & Castlefinn Parish Pastoral Council organised a pilgrimage, on Sunday 19th June 2016, to the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, St. Columba’s Church and St. Columba’s Heritage Centre, Long Tower.
A group of 28 pilgrims assembled at the Community Centre, Doneyloop, to begin their Pilgrimage.
Before departing, Fr. Porter, our Parish Priest, gave a brief summary of the importance of the pilgrimage, since Pope Francis has encouraged everyone to enter a Holy Door, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Rosary was recited on the journey to Derry.
Before proceeding to St. Eugene’s the Group visited St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower and St. Columba’s Heritage Centre.
The Church itself was of particular interest to the people of Urney & Castlefinn, as the front altar was obtained from St. Mary’s old Church, Castlefinn, which closed in 1979, our own Parish Church in Doneyloop bears the same name and, of course, Fr. Porter’s first appointment, as curate, was there from 1982 to 1985. We had a guided tour of the Heritage Centre, with Alex, which had lots of interactive displays. After a very enjoyable and informative tour of the Heritage Centre we proceeded to the St. Eugene’s Cathedral.
The Group assembled outside the Door of Mercy, where prayers were led by Fr. Porter.
We proceeded through the Door of Mercy and spent some time in prayer and reflection during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Before returning home, the pilgrims assembled outside the Door of Mercy where Fr. Porter imparted his blessing.
We are very thankful to Fr. Porter, who added to the spirituality of our pilgrimage and the enjoyment of the day.
To complete our pilgrimage a rosary was also recited on the journey home.