Visit the Kildare & Leighlin stand (372) at the Ploughing Championship 23 – 25th September 2014.

‘Act Justly’ (Micah 6:8)

Kildare & Leighlin Diocese is delighted to be present once again at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois. The theme for this year is ‘Act Justly’ and the diocese aims to raise awareness of justice issues at home and overseas. It is in this context that we have invited Trocaire to join us on our stand this year. Fr. Peter McVerry SJ, (Peter McVerry Trust), Eamonn Meehan, Director of Trocaire, and Sr. Rita Minehan from APT (Action to Prevent Trafficking) will speak in the tent over the three days. All talks will begin at 3:00p.m and conclude with a few moments of quiet prayer. There will also be prayer at 12 noon each day.

The presence of the Catholic Church at the National Ploughing Championships gives us an opportunity to be in the public square, to go out as Pope Francis urges us to do,

‘through the door to seek and meet the people.

We are conscious that the farming community continues to experience much financial hardship and that many families are grieving as a result of farm accidents and tragic deaths. We hope that our stand will be a space where people can come to experience God’s healing presence and find some support and comfort in a time of need.

Action for Justice Initiative

Donations of non-perishable food items will be gladly received for St Clare’s Hospitality – Food Kitchen and this action for justice will be repeated in all the 56 parishes of our diocese from September 20-28 as communities collect food items to feed those who are hungry in Kildare & Leighlin.

For more information on how your parish or school can get involved click here

Pastoral Letter ‘The Cry of the Earth’

The Diocesan Launch of the Irish Bishops’ Pastoral Letter ‘The Cry of the Earth’ on the challenges of climate change will take place on Wednesday 24 at 3:00p.m.

Music, Prayer and Gifts

There will be music from Fr. Liam Lawton, the Spirit of Kandle Youth Choir and a very special traditional music event on Wednesday at 2:30 that is guaranteed to delight.

Visitors to the stand will be invited to take a moment to write a prayer intention for our Prayer Wall, spend time in our Sacred Space, learn how to make a St Brigid’s Cross, find out a little about the diocese and give their tired feet a well earned rest in our hospitality area. There might even be a cuppa for those in need!

It is traditional at the Ploughing to have gifts to distribute to those who visit. We will be offering a gift of salt blessed by Bishop Denis. This blessed salt can then be spread on the land, used in the feed of animals, around the house and in many other situations to invoke God’s blessing and protection. The use of blessed salt is a part of our Catholic tradition that has been a little neglected and we are delighted to re-introduce it to our farming and parish communities. There will also be gifts of prayer cards and wristbands.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events at Stand 372 Row 25

12 Noon –

Join us for a few moments of quiet reflection in the middle of busy days

2:30p.m. – Music

Spirit of Kandle Youth Choir

A surprise, special event

Liam Lawton


Have You Fifteen Minutes to Listen?               

Please join us to hear the following speakers on issues of justice. Their talks will conclude with prayer.

Tuesday                    Fr Peter McVerry SJ (McVerry Trust)

Wednesday             Eamonn Meehan      (Trocaire)

Thursday                 Sr Rita Minehan       (Action to Prevent Trafficking)


We look forward to seeing you, meeting you and welcoming you to our Stand 372.