Relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett will visit the Chapel of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan on Tuesday 7 June 2016.
The relics will arrive at the Centre at 10.00am and will be available for veneration until 10.00pm that evening.
There will be a lunch-time Mass in the Chapel at 1.15pm offered by Father Kevin Fay, Chaplain to Loreto and Saint Patrick’s Colleges in Cavan, for those doing examinations at this time.
Father Gabriel Kelly, parish priest of Kinawley-Killesher and a former student of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome where Saint Oliver also studied, will celebrate Mass at 5.45pm and deliver the homily.
Monsignor Liam Kelly, parish priest of Kilsherdany and Drung and Vicar General of the Diocese of Kilmore, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the 8.00pm Mass. The music for this Mass will be provided by the Belturbet Church Choir.
There will also be opportunities to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the course of the day from 12 noon to 1.00pm; 4.30pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 7.45pm.
All are welcome for this very special event which is being organised by the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre with the assistance of the Knights of Saint Columbanus.
Oliver Plunkett was born at Loughcrew, near Oldcastle in Co. Meath on 1 November 1625. Having studied at the Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest in 1654 and became Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in 1657. He maintained his duties in Ireland in the face of English persecution, reorganising the ravaged Irish Church, but was eventually arrested and tried for treason in London. Having being found guilty of high treason on perjured evidence, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 1 July 1681, and became the last Roman Catholic martyr to die in England. Oliver Plunkett was beatified in 1920 and canonised in 1975 by Pope Blessed Paul VI, the first new Irish saint for almost seven hundred years.
This is the third year that the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett have visited the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre.