Prayers For A Safe Pilgrimage

Fr. Ray Mallett, OFM Conv. and Fr Peter Mallin, OFM Conv., began their Pilgrimage to Ireland on Monday, October 17. They will lead a Pilgrim Group of 44 members on an 11-day journey visiting Galway, Marian Shrine of Knock, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Kilkenny, Dublin, and more.

Ireland is truly the land of “Saints and Scholars” who have sent countless thousands of missionaries to the ends of the earth to proclaim the Gospel since the Fourth Century.  Pilgrimages to Ireland are often called “Prayers, Potatoes, and Pubs”. This Pilgrimage will offer an opportunity to grow, experience the religious heritage of Ireland, eat some wonderful food and experience some of the local color of Ireland.

Fr. Ray shares that, “Ireland places a key role in Church history, especially the history of Monasticism. During what is called the Dark Ages of the West, Ireland kept alive the Theology and Spirituality of the Church. The friars have been present in Ireland since the time of St. Francis. As St. Francis was on his deathbed in Assisi, the friars were on their way to Ireland from England. The year was 1226. Pray for us as we reflect upon the history of the Church and allow this spirituality to touch our lives.”

Please pray for Fr. Ray, Fr. Peter, and the Pilgrim Group.

A Pilgrim’s Prayer
Dear Lord,
Master of all, let us praise you
for your wonderful creation and
ask for your protection as Fr. Ray, Fr Peter, and the 44 pilgrims travel together abroad.
May they rejoice in the novelty of travel and
enjoyment of those they meet along the way.
Bless the leaders as they safely guide this group.
Bless new friendships that grow from this experience.
Help everyone on this journey to encounter you more deeply each step of the way.
St. Francis of Assisi pray for us.
St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for us.
St. Patrick pray for us.
Written by Lynn Papia,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parishioner