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Fr Flanagan appointed a member of the Irish Provincial Council
The Superior General, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll, has confirmed and approved the appointment of Fr Malachy Flanagan as a member of the Provincial Council for the remainder of this mandate. Approval was given following the necessary consultation process as outlined in the Irish Provincial legislation and the SMA Constitutions & Laws. Fr Malachy remains as the Provincial Bursar.
Our picture shows the reconstituted Provincial Council with the Superior General, whose election led to the vacancy on the Provincial Council. From left, Frs Damian Bresnahan, Fachtna O'Driscoll, John Dunne (Provincial Leader) and Malachy Flanagan. We wish all of them every blessing in their new roles.
National Novena in honour of Our Lady
The SMA National Novena in honour of Our Lady is continuing each day, concluding with the SMA / OLA National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock on this Saturday, 25 May 2013.
Many thousands of people are participating in this Novena through reciting the Novena Prayers each day.
Mass is being celebrated each evening at 7.30pm in St Joseph's SMA Church, Blackrock Road, Cork at which different themes are considered in a brief homily. It is hoped to have a copy of each homily available here after each Mass. Click on the homily theme to read it.
Friday, 17 May: Mary, Mother of God - Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll (Superior General).
Saturday, 18 May: Mary and Prayer - Sr Deanna Donoghue OLA.
Sunday, 19 May: Our Lady of the Missions - Mrs Dympna Mallon (SMA Laity Coordinator).
Monday, 20 May: Our Lady, Queen of Peace - Fr Fergus Tuohy.
Tuesday, 21 May: Our Lady & Reconciliation - Fr Tommy Faherty.
Wednesday, 22 May: Prayer & Eucharist - Fr Paddy O'Rourke.
Thursday, 23 May: Our Lady, Help of the Sick - Fr John Dunne (Provincial Leader).
Friday, 24 May: Our Lady, Help of Christians - Fr Kevin Conway. During this Mass we will pray particularly for all those undertaking exams in the coming weeks.
Saturday, 25 May: National Pilgrimage to Knock. Programme begins at 12 noon. The Mass, at 3pm, will be led by the SMA Provincial Leader, Fr John Dunne.
Bishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA of Killaloe will preach the homily.
All are invited to attend the Novena Mass each evening or participate from their own home.