Patron saint of Kildare to be celebrated in Newbridge Novena

Novena will hear from bishop and Papal Nuncio

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Patron saint of Kildare to be celebrated in Newbridge Novena

Novena to celebrate 1500 years since the death of Saint Conleth

Newbridge’s 2019 parish novena will take place as the parish prepares to celebrate 1500 years since the death of Saint Conleth.

The novena, themed ‘St Conleth 1500: Sharing Stories of Faith and Hope’, will be opened by Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, next Monday, April 29.

Other speakers will include the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, local sporting legend Johnny Murtagh and broadcaster Theresa Lowe.

This year’s novena will run for nine consecutive Monday nights in Saint Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge. 

Large crowds are expected to attend the annual novena which is dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

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Two local priests will also speak at the novena.  Father Sean Hyland  will share his story of love and loss which he has written about in his book Whisperings Of My Soul.

 And Father Paul Lawlor OP will speak of his  time working in a parish in Iran.

Sister Catherine Moran, a Holy Family Sister based in Newbidge, will be speaking about the faith contribution of the sisters to the life of the parish while Julieann Moran, National Secretary of the Society of Missionary Children will also share her faith story.

There will be a focus on young people too as part of the Novena with input from Michelle Ward of Tobar Nua.

Parish Priest, Father Paul Dempsey said: “Our annual Novena is a special part of the faith calendar of the parish each year. This year’s Novena is taking place as we celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Conleth. He is patron of our parish and indeed we are the only parish in the country named after him.

“In choosing the theme for this year’s Novena we were mindful of the long faith tradition in our parish and while we are looking back at the history of Saint Conleth we have asked our speakers to share their stories and to be voices of hope in the present day to our local faith community.”