The Parish of Urney and Castlefinn
URNEY AND CASTLEFINN PARISH
Urney and Castlefinn Parish celebrated the close of the Year of Mercy with a Pilgrimage, organised by the Parish Pastoral Council, to St. Brigid’s Well, Drumdoit, Castlefinn, on Saturday 19th November.
Approximately sixty pilgrims, including a number of children, gathered in the car park, at St. Columba’s Church, Doneyloop, and made their way, on foot, to the well on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon. The rain soon cleared and gave way to bright sunshine to the delight of the pilgrims.
The pilgrimage was jointly led by Fr. Porter, P.P. and Fr. Crilly, P.I.R. On our way across the fields Fr. Porter spoke about the Year of Mercy, recited a decade of the Rosary and read the Opening Prayer at the Well. Conor McGrenra read from scripture. A history of the life of St. Brigid, St. Brigid’s Cross, St. Brigid’s Cloak and St. Brigid’s Wells was given by Fr. Crilly. Fr. Porter then blessed the well. Water was lifted by one of the children and distributed to the pilgrims. The pilgrims were sprinkled with the holy water and the ceremony closed by the singing of hymns. The pilgrims made their way back to Doneyloop Community Centre to very welcome refreshments provided by Carmel Foley, Mary Louise McCrory and Lee McGinley, with assistance from some of the pilgrims.