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Thursday, 25 July 2024
Confirmation 2009
in Rathkenny

The celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Ordination of its Bishop has been a rare occurrence in our Diocese, and the Parish joins with all the parishes in rejoicing in this happy occasion.

On Wednesday, Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath and successor of the Apostles, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on the young people of Stackallen School and Rathkenny School . . .

Confirmation Day Photos


St Louis National School,
Paul Casserley
Callaghan Commons
Brian Crinion
Patrick Doyle
David Farrelly
Thomas Gore
Caolach Halligan

St Patrick's National School,

Name Surname
Emily Byrne
Grace Canning
James Carolan
Lisa Carolan
Sadhbh Corcoran
Ann Marie Crilly
Heather Dixon
Jack Dixon
Aoife Doherty
Emer Doherty
Jayne Duddy
Jack Dunne
Áine Farrelly
Robert Garry
Faye Gilroy
Aisling Goodwin
Rebecca Grimes
Stacey Grimes
Aoife Kealy
Jack Kennedy
Robert Lynch
Cormac Maguire
Katie Matthews
Conor McColgan
Thomas McGuinness
Bronagh McKenna
Kate McLarney
Ita Meade
Thomas Meade
Jack Mennis
Seán Mongey
Patrick Nulty
Conor O'Boyle
Jennifer O'Brien
Chloe O'Connor
Jamie O'Halloran
Edward Reilly
Hannah Ryan
Evan Shields
Aoife Smyth
Aisling Taaffe
Keith Timmons
Louie Timmons
Fionn Toomes
David Walsh
Joanne Ward
Conor Weldon
Pádraig Wogan


Preparations and rehearsals with a few days to go. Class Teachers confer, left to right,
Ms. Mary Hanley (6th Class Stackallen), Ms. Nora Flynn (5th Class),
and Ms Miriam Coogan (5th and 6th Rathkenny).

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

At the Last Supper Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, to the apostles. The Holy Spirit would strengthen them and be with them always.

After our Lord's ascension into heaven, His apostles and disciples gathered together in an upper room with Mary His Mother, and the holy women. Numbering about one hundred and twenty persons, they spent their time in prayer.

On the tenth day a sound like a mighty wind filled the whole house, and tongues of fire came down upon the head of each one of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in many strange tongues.

Before the descent of the Holy Spirit, the apostles were afraid. After they had received the Holy Spirit, they were filled with courage and feared nothing. Peter, who had denied his Master three times, came forth with the other apostles, and stood before the crowd.

"Men of Israel," he said "hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth whom you have crucified and put to death by the hands of wicked men, God has raised up. We are all witnesses. And now that He has been taken up into heaven and is at the right of God, He has poured forth His Holy Spirit, which you see and hear, even as He promised."

About three thousand persons were converted by this first sermon. They were baptised and united with the rest of the disciples. And they continued faithfully in the teaching of the apostles and in the Communion of the breaking of the bread and in prayer.

After the feast of Pentecost, the apostles went out into the world and preached Christ crucified. They performed many miracles and converted many people.

The Church, founded by Jesus Christ, will last to the end of time because He sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen, guide and keep it from error, and because He said,

"Behold, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world."

(from The New Catholic Picture Bible: Popular Stories from the Old and New Testament by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. Divine Word Missionary )