The Corpus Christi procession on Sunday 19th June, after an absence of many years, was very prayerful and encouraging. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, encouraged participation with his words “As we walk through the streets accompanying the Lord, we will pray for all the people of the City, County, Diocese and beyond, asking God’s blessing on all – on families, the sick, those in any need, the lonely, the lost. We pray that God’s peace, protection and wisdom will help us all.”
Hundreds of families participated including Joe Kelly, Mayor of Waterford with many First Communicants, girls in white, scouts and several young mothers with children in prams, little boys each with a bell; the presence of numerous Polish families was obvious and the Legion of Mary had a strong presence also. Religious Congregations were clearly visible, these included the three new Congregations all wearing the religious habit, also the Irish Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and de la Salle, Sr. Veronica and Sr. Martin represented the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The procession began at Holy Trinity Church, Ballybricken and wound its way through the streets of Waterford to John Roberts Square where everyone gathered for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. During the procession the Rosary was recited alternating in English and Polish. Throughout the procession all the little boys rang their bell, mothers carried boxes of flower petals and the First Communicants with their baskets of petals continued to strew the flowers. When Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, bishop of Waterford and Lismore arrived there was a huge carpet of flowers before the Blessed Sacrament. Children were seen to throw flower petals up in the air before the Blessed Sacrament at Benediction. St. Joseph’s Home was also well represented by staff members. Sean Hennessy was the organist with representatives of the City Choirs leading the singing. Civil Defence stewarded the procession.
It was great that so many people participated in this beautiful public manifestation of our faith as Catholics in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Here in the Home we had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 3.00 to 5.30 and concluded with Evening Prayer and Benediction. It was touching to see many of the residents who are wheelchair bound being helped to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.