The pilgrimage to the Mother of Perpetual Help Icon, moved to the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, here in Thurles tonight and will soon visit all 24 other Roman Catholic Cathedrals around Ireland, having commenced in Limerick yesterday (April 4th 2016).
The Pilgrim Icon was blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on the 23rd of March and taken back to Ireland by the Irish Redemptorists the following day.
This pilgrimage event is being organised by the Redemptorists in conjunction with all 26 Cathedrals round Ireland and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the devotion to our Mother of Perpetual Help and its custodianship, by the Redemptorists during this time.
Event Programme for those attending the Pilgrimage to the Mother of Perpetual Help Icon at Thurles Cathedral 5th – 6th April 2016.
Tuesday 5th April 2016:
7.30 pm – Pilgrimage Mass of Welcome;
9.30 pm – Healing Service
11.00 pm – Prayer around the Icon
Wednesday 6th April 2016:
7.30 am – Morning Mass
9.45 am – Prayer Service for Primary Schools
11.00 am – Mass (Celebrant – Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly)
Celebrating 150 years with the Redemptorists; Blessed Pope Pius IX presented the Icon of Our mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists, for veneration, in their newly-built Church of Sant’Alfonso, Rome in December 1865. It was solemnly installed there on April 26th 1866.
The then Holy Father gave the Redemptorists a mandate: they were to promote devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help throughout the world.
Just over a year later, the first copy arrived in Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick.