Bishop Fintan leads ‘Mercy on the Mall’ event

Bishop Fintan leads ‘Mercy on the Mall’ event

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Pat Kelly, Skycourt, Bishop Fintan Monahan and Shannon Parish Priest Fr Tom Ryan – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan, along with other clergy from the Diocese, met with hundreds of shoppers at SkyCourt in Shannon this afternoon.

‘Mercy on The Mall’ returned to the shopping centre today and proved an even bigger success than last year when the event was held for the first time.

Joined this year by Bishop Fintan joined 20 priests who made themselves available to people who wished to avail of the opportunity for Confession, blessing and just a chat.

The initiative was organised by Shannon Parish at the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Such was the popularity of the vent, that it was held again this year.

The idea started following a call from Pope Francis for priests to bring the gospel to the market place and to make themselves available to people who wish to avail of the sacrament or  make a connection with the church.

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The day proved so successful that both Skycourt management and the priests were asked to organise a day again this year.

St. Conaire’s Primary School choir provided seasonal music and song for todays event.

Afterwards, Skycourt manager Pat Kelly expressed the hope that the event would become an annual feature.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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