Gaelic Mass to be Celebrated at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas, in the strongly Irish Woodlawn-McLean area will hold an Irish language Mass on Saturday, September 8th at noon. AOH Division 5 Chaplain, Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald, will celebrate the Gaelic Mass which is being supported by the New York State AOH, Gaelic Societies, the great local Irish community groups and parishioners. Irish-English translations of the liturgy will be available so that anyone can read the prayers in English as they hear the Mass said in the Irish language.

AOH Division 5 President Martin Galvin noted:

“The Irish language is an important and indestructible part of our Irish heritage. Measures to wipe out the Irish language began even before penal laws to wipe out the Catholic religion in Ireland. Ireland’s landmarks include Mass Rocks where Gaelic speakers gathered in secret to hear outlawed Masses said by outlawed priests. Even today a simple Irish Language Act is deemed a redline that must be denied six county nationalists.” Often the veto is wielded by people who live in locations where Irish words are imprinted like Fermanagh, Enniskillen, or Derry.

This Mass will be offered for all those persecuted for their Catholic faith and Gaelic language.

“There has been a great response from AOH Divisions, Gaelic clubs and individuals who would just like to hear the Mass said in the language of our ancestors. St. Barnabas is fortunate enough to have a pastor like Fr. Fitzgerald who can say the Mass in Gaelic.”

The Mass will be held in the St. Barnabas High School Chapel, 425 East 240th Street near the Bronx River Parkway, Deegan Expressway or Metro-North Railroad, on Saturday September 8th at 12 noon.It is part of an initiative launched by New York State AOH President Victor Vogel to encourage Irish Language Masses across the state.

Please contact me at MGALVINESQ@AOL.COM.

Martin Galvin