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Reek Sunday pilgrimage cancelled

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam stated that the National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday is an important annual occasion for many people, and has a long and distinguished history. The Archdiocese of Tuam and the Parish of Westport took the decision to cancel in order to support the public authorities, and everyone’s efforts to suppress COVID–19

2020.05.20.

“We need to ensure Croagh Patrick is passed intact to the next generation”

Bishop Fintan Monahan has welcomed plans to restore Croagh Patrick’s pilgrim pathway to protect it against further erosion and ensure climbers are safe as they approach the summit.

2019.07.31.

A glorious Reek Sunday on Croagh Patrick

“There is a cooperative dimension and a willingness to make way for others who might be finding it more difficult.”

2019.07.29.

The world is hungry for God, says Archbishop on Croagh Patrick

“No matter what your troubles, no matter what mistakes you have made or sinful things you have done, you are His son or daughter. You are part of the family. You belong.”

2019.07.28.

Safety first plea to Reek Sunday pilgrims

"Croagh Patrick is a physically demanding mountain. Pilgrims should bring with them a set of warm, waterproof clothing, water and a walking stick or staff,” advises the Tuam Archdiocese.

2019.07.26.

“Church in Ireland is called to return to penance and prayer”

Archbishop Michael Neary and Bishop Fintan Monahan lead thousands of pilgrims in Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick.

2018.07.29.

Forty days of prayer on Croagh Patrick under way

They have one special prayer intention – the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. “Many people, of all faiths and none, strongly support the protection of life from the moment of conception to natural death,” said John Carlin, one of the organisers.

2018.04.19.

Celtic Camino Festival in Westport next weekend

Speakers will include Camino guidebook author John Brierley, who will be focusing on how the Camino can be “a path of awakening, an inner-journey of self-discovery”.

2018.04.09.

Reek Sunday is “very much a family occasion” – Bishop Monahan

Special focus on the family in preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 as pilgrims invited to wear a special sticker as a symbol of bringing families with them in prayer as they made their ascent to the summit.

2017.08.01.

R.I.P. is ‘too Catholic’ for the Orange Order

The phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ goes back to the very earliest days of the Church – with the words ‘dormit in pace’ found on Christian tombs from the 4th century.

2017.07.31.

Reek Sunday – part of a faith that is a living reality

The lessons we learn on this mountain need to be rooted in our everyday routine: great and unselfish teamwork when the person who finds the going tough is granted a helping hand; when the one who stumbles and falls is set on their feet again; when the climber who is confused is welcomed back.

2017.07.30.

The path of Christian faith is still alive in Ireland: Nuncio

"We literally follow the paths traced by our ancestors, women and men of faith, who kept that faith despite the opposition they faced, despite poverty and discrimination and emigration and famine."

2016.07.31.

Mayo Mountain Rescue issues safety advice for Reek Sunday

Up to 25,000 expected to take part in the first Reek Sunday climb in two years following the cancellation of last year’s event due to bad weather.

2016.07.31.

Design consultants to help conserve Croagh Patrick

Effects of footfall from 100,000 pilgrims every year has resulted in a substantial amount of erosion.

2016.07.10.

Over 100 climb Reek for Tuam DYC pilgrimage

Near perfect conditions as Papal Cross group from Elphin led by Bishop Kevin Doran joins up with Tuam DYC in climbing Ireland's holiest mountain.

2016.05.16.

Ballintubber Abbey celebrates 800 years

A special Mass commemorating the Abbey's 800-year history has been commissioned from composer Fr Liam Lawton as part of the octocentenary celebrations.

2016.01.10.

‘Preparation and Safety’ is the message

Up to 30,000 Expected to Climb Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday.

2015.07.25.

Priest concerned for Croagh Patrick’s future

Retired Westport parish priest, Fr Tony King, has called for the annual Reek Sunday climb to be suspended for three years in order to conserve the sacred mountain.

2015.06.22.

Young people enrich their faith at Magis 2014

Ignatian influenced ventures challenge young people from 18 nationalities to put their faith into action.

2014.08.13.

Christians must be agents of hope: Archbishop

In his homily for Reek Sunday, Archbishop Neary questions if Christians “have become accustomed to Christianity being marginalised in the public domain."

2014.07.27.

Appeal for pilgrims and padres for Reek Sunday

Priests sought to minister to anticipated 25,000 pilgrims likely to make the climb on 27 July.

2014.07.05.

Reclaim Croagh Patrick as place of prayer and pilgrimage Archbishop urges

Important that those who climb Co Mayo mountain recognise the ground as holy and deserving of respect.

2013.07.29.

Pilgrim card launched for Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick

Pilgrimage will be led by Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam accompanied by the Apostolic Nuncio and Bishop Brendan Kelly of Achonry.

2013.07.27.

Weeklong festival marks Year of Faith at Croagh Patrick

For the first time this year Reek Week to be awarded to those who complete mountain climb.

2013.07.23.
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