Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Climb for the Unborn

Photo shows Mary Quinlan, Eileen Tiernan and Caoimhe Doyle in the Church at the summit of Croagh Patrick

The Climb for the unborn which took place last Saturday on Croagh Patrick (St Patricks Mountain) near Westport Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland was well attended and the church at the top of the mountain was filled to overflowing during the celebration of the Eucharist by Fr Michael Ross.

During his homily Fr Michael encouraged the representatives of the various groups present to find new ways of working together for the sake of the unborn. He said that while each group must be faithful to its own charism, it is essential that there is a cooperative approach to national action. After Mass there was a time of prayer for the unborn and for all those working for the protection of their lives.

The ascent took about 2.5 hours and conditions in the morning and early afternoon were very good until we began to descend however it started to rain a little as we began our descent and conditions deteriorated from there. By the time we returned to the car park at the foot of the mountain we were soaked. The organisers of the climb Caoimhe Doyle and Hilary Mc Bride are determined to make this climb an annual event in the Irish pro-life calendar and that it should take place at the beginning of May each year.