Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, will be among 20 priests present in Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon, for the second Mercy on The Mall day on Thursday 8 December next.
From 1.00pm to 6.00pm, 20 priests from the Diocese of Killaloe will make themselves available to shoppers and people in Skycourt who would like to avail of the opportunity for Confession, a chat or a blessing.
Mercy on The Mall first took place in Skycourt Shopping Centre in Shannon last year at the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The day proved so successful, that both management and priests were invited to organise the day again this year. The initiative comes from the call of Pope Francis for priests to bring the Gospel to the market place and for priests to make themselves available to people who wish to avail of the sacrament or to make a connection with the Church.
Last year, all 20 priests were kept engaged with shoppers. One woman who availed of the sacrament described her experience as “liberating”, another remarked that it was a “new beginning”.
Priests will be present in different locations in the mall if people wish to engage with them. The School Choir from Saint Conaire’s Primary School in Shannon will provide seasonal music and songs.