Every fundraiser needs a good idea and a good organiser, and then commitment and generosity. This year, we wanted to commit, despite the circumstances, to having a youth team from NET ministries. It’s a big commitment in our current circumstance, but one we think is important to continue the work that has been done with junior and senior youth, and with our college student community in Letterkenny.

Without the imagination and drive of Adrienne McGlinchey, the Errigal Rosary Climb would not have happened. It has proved a great success, not just in the support that it drew for the Cathedral youth ministry, but as a way of reconnecting with one another around something good and worthwhile at this time. Thank you, Adrienne. Thank you to all those who collected with buckets, and all who were willing, if circumstances had allowed, to be there on the day.

We are so grateful to the good fun and willingness of Bishop Alan, Father Philip and Father Damien to undertake the challenge. Everyone who viewed the rosary broadcast from the summit and the Bishop’s blessing of the four points of the county couldn’t but be moved. We could see the beauty of God’s hand as he made the sun to shine over our splendid county suffering this time of disruption and disease. May the Bishop’s blessing upon the four points of the compass, from Malin to Glen and from the rive Foyle to Tory island, keep us all safe and strengthen us in faith and in charity. 

The money raised will help us to cover the fees of the NET team and the costs of having them here. During the lockdown, last year’s Net team worked really hard to keep us all connected, young and old. God willing, our new team, in challenging circumstances, will be a great help to the whole community, but particularly to our young parishioners.

The total raised to-date, from the Errigal Rosary Climb was: €14,811.66.  In addition, a donation of €4,495 was made to the parish and directed to ministry with the youth, and a bequest of €2,500 was made specifically for youth ministry by a recently deceased parishioner.

We thank each and every one who made donations. Please be assured of our prayers and remembrance in the Holy Mass.

Fr. Kevin Gillespie


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