Vigil (Saturday 6pm)
Morning 10 a.m. & 11.30 a.m.
Evening 4 p.m.
Morning Prayer of the Church is recited before morning Mass at 9.15 a.m. with the Rosary after Mass in the side chapel.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before Mass on Saturday from 8.30 a.m.
Confessions - Saturday 10.00 a.m.& 5.30 p.m.
Fr Ivan Boyle - Parish Priest
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Rev Joe Gallagher - Deacon
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On 16th October 2016, pilgrims from St Vincent de Paul led by Father Ivan and Deacon Joe travelled to Rome and Assisi during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. A wonderful experience was had by all. Fast paced and tiring at times, but crammed with happy memories.
With five nights in beautiful Rome, our experiences were too plentiful to mention entirely, but they included Mass in places of awe-inspiring significance such as the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, SantíAndrea delle Fratte (the former Titular church of Cardinal Winning) and Santo Spirito in Sassia which is the official sanctuary of the Divine Mercy. Mass at the Basilica of Saint Pauls Outside the Walls, which we shared with pilgrims from the Diocese of Motherwell, was celebrated by our own Bishop Joseph Toal.
During our first full day in Rome we were privileged to celebrate Mass at Saint Peterís tomb underneath St. Peterís Basilica. In the afternoon we participated in the Jubilee Walk along the dedicated walkway up the Via della Conciliazione and then passed through the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peterís. This procession replicated the distance which Christ carried his cross to Calvary and this, coupled with the fine weather ensured that this was one of the most meaningful events of our pilgrimage, and a true highlight -- as was our public audience with Pope Francis, where we enjoyed seats very close to the walkway which ensured a close view of His Holiness as he passed by.
While in Rome, we visited the Basilicas of St Mary Major and St John Lateran where some brave members of the group climbed the Scala Sancta, a set of 28 marble steps, on their knees. According to the Catholic tradition, they are the steps leading up to the praetorian of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial. St Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, a pioneering collector of relics, brought the staircase to Rome in c.326 AD.
On Thursday evening we made a flying visit to the Pontifical Scots College on the outskirts on the City where we were treated to a tour of the college with several of the seminarians and light refreshments in the college refectory.
Additionally, there were many other opportunities to visit sites such as the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Catacombs of San Calisto on the Via Apia, not to mention plenty of shopping, al fresco lunches, and endless gelatos and cappuccinos!
Upon leaving Rome, en route to Assisi, we stopped for Mass at the beautiful, Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, located in the valley below Assisi, which was built around the tiny Porziuncula, where St Francis and his monks lived, and where St Francis died.
Arriving in the picturesque medieval city of Assisi, we enjoyed the last few days of our pilgrimage. After walking to the Basilica of St Clare through the early morning mist, we celebrated Mass in the tiny Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a visit to the tomb of St Clare. In the afternoon, we visited St Francisís Basilica where our guide explained the world-famous frescos and much of the fascinating local history.
Really, these are just a few of the highpoints of our wonderful pilgrimage. A truly memorable trip with a fantastic group of people. What a blessing it was!
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