Reek Sunday – This year Archbishop Neary of Tuam has announced that Reek Sunday has been cancelled due to Covid19.
The good news is that Archbishop Neary will celebrate a vigil Mass on Saturday 25th July at 6.30pm. Prayer intentions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Westport Parish Co Mayo. The Mass will be live streamed on the parish Facebook page St Mary’s Church Westport on westportparish.ie.
Reek Sunday is an annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland. It is held on last Sunday in July when pilgrims climb the mountain of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo. It is held in honour of St Patrick who spent 40 days of fasting on the mountain.
Although the cancellation of this event is a disappointment to many, it is an opportunity for many of us to join in the ceremonies. We can still pray, send petitions and celebrate Mass on the summit.
The chapel on the summit was built by the people who hauled stone and cement up the steep mountain of Croagh Patrick, by their own physical strength and with nothing but a donkey to help them carry the stone and cement. On a clear day this chapel can be seen as a beacon reminding us of the extraordinary perseverance of men and women. And during this time of pandemic we also continue as an extraordinary community capable of doing so much. We can still be a community together. We can join many others in Ireland and around the world in prayer and intercession to St Patrick on the 25th July at 6.30pm.