County Limerick priest spearheads first mission in his parish in 30 years

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Fr Dick Browne, Cappamore

Fr Dick Browne, Cappamore

EVERY home in Cappamore will be visited during the parish’s first mission in 30 years.

Missions are a rarity these days and many won’t know what one is. Those of a certain age will recall when an influx of priests invaded a locality, struck the fear of God into the faithful and reminded them of the terrible fate that awaited sinners for all eternity. Times and the Catholic Church have changed.

The last mission in Cappamore was in 1988. Fr Dick Browne, parish priest, thinks the time is nigh to run another one.

“Throughout my ministry I have been exposed to aspects of life that sometimes go unseen by the majority. I have seen suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, real poverty, violence and despair in families and individuals born of hopelessness.  

“I’ve seen people whose lives are chaotic and who are not at peace with their families, their neighbours or even themselves and have few if any coping skills to get them through the day. My hope is to reach out to them with the simple message that they are not alone and that the peace of the Lord is achievable in everyone’s life,” said Fr Browne, whose hope is also to support and renew the faithful in their faith and remind them of their valued place in the Catholic community.

Together with an organising committee, Fr Browne has secured the assistance of a team of visiting missionaries who, in the first week of the mission, will visit over 800 homes in the parish. The Céilí Catholic Community describe themselves as “a community of priests, religious and lay people who are drawn together by God to evangelise”. They will stay with host families and eat in St Michael’s Day Care Centre. The mission runs on week 1 from Saturday to Friday, November 10 - 16 during which time the Céilí team will visit homes, schools and nursing homes.

“They will stay for just a few minutes to explain the mission and personally invite people to the second week at St Michael’s Church in Cappamore,” said Fr Browne. Second week runs from Saturday to Sunday, November 17 - 25.

“It will consist of a week of celebrations and Masses, each with a different theme. There will be a celebration of the dearly departed, particularly those who have died in 2018,

“There will be a celebration dedicated to the clubs, societies and organisations in the parish focusing on the valuable role they play in the well being of the community. There will be celebrations of our youth and also of toddlers and expectant mothers,” said Fr Browne. It is also hoped to have a drop-in centre where people can meet one of the missionaries in a quiet space for a few moments. All welcome.