Damien and Fr Denis Nulty with the bell in Drogheda.
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The Eucharistic Congress Bell has finished its grand tour of St Mary's parish in Drogheda, Co Louth, and I for one am exhausted. I travelled with the bell this morning to our two parish primary schools. Our first stop was St Mary's BNS, on Congress Avenue. I wonder where that street got its name? The boys were, of course, delighted to get a break from the normal school routine, and they sang the official Congress hymn with great gusto. I can also state, that without a doubt, the children in our parish definitely know that And with your spirit, is the correct response to The Lord be with You, whereas we adults are going to need a little more time! (I for one was caught out several times today). You can listen to the girls of Scoil Mhuire Fatima singing the Eucharistic Congress hymn on the Diocese of Meath on Facebook page, well done girls! The bell also visited the Adoration chapel, a nursing home, the "under construction" new parish school, the graveyard and two shopping centres. Thankfully, the rain held off this evening, and great crowds turned out to walk in procession, to our church for a prayer service. As ever, much to the delight of my children, the day ended with tea and buns in the parish centre.