THROUGHOUT next weekend, the diocese of Ossory will host a remarkable programme of events for its Festivsal Of Faith - headquartered at St Kieran’s College with venues throughout the city.
With events ranging from concerts, to exhibitions, film, sport and workshops the programme of events is a wide-ranging, thought provoking and innovative weekend which will be hosted by Bishop Seamus Freeman.
Already, 30,000 homes have been invited to the weekend by Bishop Freeman, with 5,000 passports distributed free throughout the parishes. These booklets had a short page for each parish wehere local parishioners could highlight a particular location or item in there parish.
This added to the sense of pilgrimage for the weekend, as people were invited to travel around the diocese, a pilgrimage of sorts before the weekend.
Forty guest speakers, many local but also including John Waters will host workshops throughout the wekend.
The weekend though covers all ages - with bouncy castles, face painting for the younger children with an U-8 hurling and camogie blitze being staged and Kilkenny senior stars from both codes will referee the games.
A cafe will be open at the college for the weekend, serving food and drinks. There will be two walking tours of city parishes.
The weekend is to celebrate the life of faith as it is lived in Ossory, and was organised by the Diocesan Faith Development Group. This group works to support, educate and deepend the faith of adults in the diocese.
The weekend is launched with a concert in St Mary’s Cathedral Friday night at 8pm by Liam Lawton with the Unity Singers as special guests.
If you wish to see the schedule click here
For workshop talks click here
Cost for the concert it €20 and tickets are available in the Cathedral Bookshop, Roller Coaster Records, and the Ossory website here