A Festival of Flowers will be held to coincide with Pentecost Sunday at Saint Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, in the Diocese of Derry this weekend. The event will take place from Saturday 3 June until Monday 5 June.
Commenting ahead of the event parish priest Father Michael McCaughey said, “This weekend, as we celebrate Pentecost, we host a flower festival in St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, Derry. The floral arrangements remind us of God speaking to each of us through scripture as we reflect on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and some of our saints.
“We welcome everyone to take time to visit our flower festival. Pupils from the music departments of St Columb’s College, St Brigid’s College, Thornhill College and St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s College, Claudy will provide music throughout the weekend as well as individuals and families.”
People will also be able to visit the newly-built parish room within the church grounds where refreshments will also be available.
The programme of events will include a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who will be returning to his home parish for the celebration. Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will be present for Mass on Sunday morning.
The full schedule of Masses is as follows:
Saturday 3 June:
10.00am Mass – Celebrant, Archbishop Eamon Martin (Youth Choir and Children’s Folk Group will provide music).
12 noon – Midday Prayer, children from St Brigid’s PS.
6.00pm – Vigil Mass
Sunday 4 June:
10.00am Mass – Celebrant, Bishop Donal McKeown. Children from St Patrick’s PS will also be part of the liturgy.
6.00pm – I AM Worship Group
7.30pm – Evening Prayer with Taize music.
Monday 5 June:
10.00am Mass, children from St Therese’s PS.
12 noon – Midday Prayer, children from St Paul’s PS
7.30pm – Padre Pio Mass
All are welcome.