Novena on the Year of Faith

This year the parishioners of Rathvilly are celebrating 125 years of their present Church ,1888 – 2013

The climax of the celebration will be a Parish Novena from 17th – 25th May, 2013.

The theme of the Novena will be on the Year of Faith, there will be Holy Mass each evening at 7.30 pm. with a guest preacher.

The Solemn Novena in Rathvilly is for the whole family and community, young and old – for those who believe and those who doubt – for those who are rejoicing and those who are struggling – for those who hope and those who despair.

Each person comes to the Novena with their own special intentions ranging from the routine pressures of life to the heartbreaking.

At Mass each evening our guest speaker will speak about their work, faith journey and how their faith strengthens them in their lives and their work.

Petitions can be placed in special boxes in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly


Brief  History

The name Rathvilly is derived from the Irish Rath-Bhile, the fort of the old trees.

The moat of Rathvilly was the residence of Crimthann, King of South Leinster, who commenced his reign of 40 years about the year 443 A.D. He was a persecutor of the Christians in the early part of his reign but was converted by St. Patrick, 450 A.D. He and his wife and infant son Daithi were baptised by St. Patrick at St. Patrick’s Well, about a mile north of the village. A beautiful mural painting over the Chancel Arch in St. Patrick’s Church, Rathvilly, commemorates this historic event. King Crimthann became very pious and generous and he endowed with lands and money over seventy Churches in Eastern Leinster.

Guest Speakers

17th May Brian Crowley MEP- Member of the European Parliament.

18th May Fr. John Littleton – Director of the Priory Institute, Tallaght

19th May Fr. John Littleton. – Director of the Priory Institute, Tallaght

20th May Frances Black – Singer and Addiction Counsellor

21st May Fr. Paddy Byrne – Diocesan Priest and TV, Radio & Newspaper Commentator

22nd May Máire Printer – President of the Grandparents Association and retired Teacher

23rd May Una Meehan – Mother, Teacher and Parish Catechist and member of Cana Community

24th May Bishop Willie Walsh – Retired Bishop of Killaloe

25th May Senator Rónán Mullen – Senator and delegate to the Council of Europe, Media Commentator on Social Issues