On Saturday 29 March until 2 April, the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar will welcome an international author and retreat director to host its Lenten Parish Mission.
Fr Denis McBride is a Redemptorist priest from Scotland who is now Director of Redemptorist Publications in England. His principal areas of interest and writing have been the human story and the Gospels: his work is about the conversation between the drama of people's lives and the four great narratives of the Gospel. “If that conversation ends”, Fr McBride argues, “Christianity will be consigned to a museum”.
The Parish Mission is organised as part of a series of events marking the 75th anniversary of the Cathedral’s consecration.
The programme for the Parish Mission is varied. It includes daily Masses with lively homilies by Fr McBride, as well as designated periods for particular groups in the parish. These include the Ministers of the Word, pupils attending primary schools, students in secondary schools and a Holy Hour for people who take part in Eucharistic Adoration.
The parish is aware that many people are sick, undergoing medical treatment or struggling with mental health issues. So the Parish Mission will include a Mass for Healing on Tuesday 1 April at 3pm. Fr McBride will reflect on the theme of healing for body, mind and soul and every one present will be invited to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
Fr McBride has lectured in parish halls, colleges and universities to a variety of groups - including bishops' conferences - in North America, Africa, Asia, including the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. His lectures are not only informative and enlightening, but his delivery is entertaining and compelling. He has written 14 books and produced 56 CDs, each an absorbing reflection on God's saving work.