Coolderry Supports Fr. Christy Kennedy’s Mission in the Phil
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The Fundraising Concert for Fr. Christy Kennedy’s Philippine Mission will be held on Sun Feb 9th 2014 at 8.00p.m. sharp in Shinrone
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, its impact was felt in the hearts of the people of Coolderry, whose native son, Fr. Christy Kennedy SDB, has ministered there as a Salesian Missionary Priest of St. John Bosco since September 1968. The link between his mission and the parish of his birth is kept alive during his triennial visits home when he loves to spend time with family and friends and refresh his spirit at the fountain of his youth. The Parish Community of Coolderry is reaching out to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and Fr. Christy’s Salesian mission in the Philippines by way of a benefit concert organised by a committee of friends, parishioners and family. The concert will be held on Sunday, February 9th in Shinrone Hall at 8.00p.m. (See details below)
The Salesian missionaries are made up of priests, brothers, and sisters, as well as laypeople – all dedicated to caring for poor children and their families. They have been working to help vulnerable children in the Philippines since 1950. Fr. Christy belongs to the province known as North Philippines. Along with their numerous schools, parishes, camps, and retreat centres, they have accomplished major work in housing large numbers of the country’s street children in centres like Tuloy, Manila, where they provide housing, food, education, skills and jobs.
Many members of Fr. Christy’s family were impressed when they got to see a number of the Salesian centres and projects in person throughout 2013 while visiting Fr. Christy during his eight-month stay in hospital in Makati Medical Centre, Manila. In fact, his sister Mary Fitzgerald was there when Typhoon Haiyan struck a few hundred miles or so, to the south and experienced the great fear and anxiety suffered by many people in the Salesian communities of Manila and the SMA community of fellow Irish priest, Fr. Gus O’Driscoll. These people spent days and weeks anxiously awaiting news from loved ones in the “provinces”. Unfortunately, many members of their extended families had been lost to the devastating typhoon.
The Salesians are a vital part of the effort to rebuild, in the aftermath of the typhoon and any help we can offer through Fr. Christy will be greatly appreciated as they open their schools, houses and facilities to provide food and shelter and as they reach out to the world for much needed financial aid to assist them in their relief work. One of the big collecting centres is the Parish of St. John Bosco Makati, where Fr. Christy is based. From there the relief goods and money are sent to a Salesian Bishop who sees to their proper distribution to needy families. Rest assured therefore that your help will get to the people who need it at this turbulent time in their lives. The time for rebuilding will be a long tedious process, but with so much of the world awake to the true plight of the people it can only be time before things will improve.
We wish Fr. Christy all the best with his upcoming surgery and know that your support for this project and your prayers have been and continue to be a great source of inspiration and comfort to him.
The Fundraising Concert for Fr. Christy Kennedy’s Philippine Mission will be held on Sun Feb 9th 2014 at 8.00p.m. sharp. Due to the unprecedented high demand for tickets and so that we will not disappoint people on the night, the concert scheduled for Coolderry Hall has now been changed to Shinrone Hall to cater for the expected larger attendance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask you to note the change of venue. This promises to be a highly entertaining event, with a wide variety of acts, including Roscrea Community Choir conducted by Lucy McCarthy, Stephen Kennedy (Baritone) London, The Kinsellas, Anne Callanan School of Dance, Storyteller Gerry McAuliffe, No Half Measures, Yvonne O’Toole, Michelle Ryan, Sarah Mahon, Eimear Teehan, Billy Hynes, Edel O’Meara, Conal Hanamy, Breffni Fitzpatrick, Kieran Hogan and Seán Ryan. Accompanists are William Cullagh and Ian Callinan. Admission is 10 for adults and 5e for children and OAPs. Tickets may be obtained from Mary on 087 7461134 or Mary on 087 2487867. Alternatively, people who wish to donate may do so by lodging money to
Fr. Christy’s Fund, Bank of Ireland, Roscrea BIC: BOFIIE2D
IBAN Account No: IE87BOFI90439260951262.