‘Mercy on the Mall’ is in its fifth year in Co Clare

‘Mercy on the Mall,’ where priests hear confessions for Christmas shoppers, returned to a Co Clare mall this year for the fifth time.

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Clare FM reports that the Bishop of Killaloe, along with 15 priests from across the diocese, attended the Skycourt Shopping Center in Co Clare on December 6 in order to hear confession from Christmas shoppers.

Delighted to be in the Skycourt Shopping Centre today @ShannonParish67 @KillaloeDiocese for Confessions, ‘Mercy on the Mall’. #Advent pic.twitter.com/niJAY2qBYS

— + Fintan Monahan (@BishopFintan) December 6, 2019

Ahead of the annual event, Fr Arnold Rosney, one of the co-founders of the initiative, told RTE Radio 1 that the idea came about in 2015 when Pope Francis declared a year of mercy.

“We decided to bring the sacrament of reconciliation to the community, rather than have them come to the church or to a sacred building, that we would go ourselves to where they are at, and no better place than a shopping center just before Christmas.”

Fr Rosney said four priests would be available each hour “for a chat or a blessing” with whoever stopped by.

The priest said he hasn’t “heard of one negative comment on it yet,” adding that “business is very brisk with us!”

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Thank you to everyone who made our ‘Mercy on the Mall’ so successful. To
the 16 priests with @BishopFintan @McDonnellAlbert who celebrated the sacrament and to Dan and Skycourt for their great support. God bless you and your families. pic.twitter.com/J1NeLLEQY2

— Shannon Parish (@ShannonParish67) December 6, 2019

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