Newpark community celebrate with outdoor mass

Photos: jbs photos Kilkenny

The Kilkenny Observer Newspaper was part of a large attendance that joined Fr Dan Carroll as he celebrated an outdoor Community Mass on the Upper Green in Newpark last Wednesday.

On a bright July evening, positive congregation participation ensured the ceremony became a prayerful interactive celebration.

This included a moving remembrance, naming all neighbours and friends who had passed away since last year’s Mass.

On behalf of St John’s parish, a candle blessed by the Vicar General of the Diocese, was presented by Jane Dineen to Will Lennon of the Newpark Residents Association, to be used during future community events.

Music by Mary Butler and Tom Hickey and the singing of the specially convened parish choir embellished the liturgical service throughout. Representing the local community Jack Fahy thanked all in attendance for helping to make the evening a collaborative success.

He acknowledged the attendance of the Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr Joe Malone, and said the community was honoured by the presence of the First Citizen.

Finally, Jack humorously expressed heartfelt appreciation to all of his Newpark neighbours that had placed statues of the ‘Child of Prague’ in their gardens, the previous evening.

At the conclusion of the joyful religious ceremony the community enjoyed light refreshments courtesy of Margo Deegan, Mary Pierce and Chris Wong.

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