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This is the homepage of the Parish of Kildysart – part of the Diocese of Killaloe. We are located in South Clare on the shore of the Shannon estuary. Our parish is centred on St Michael’s Church and is a vibrant community.  Somebody once described a parish as a “family of families” and that description certainly sits well with us here in Kildysart.  People are supportive of each other and the good of the community is central to daily parish life.

Our site is intended to be a source of information about our parish for locals and visitors alike. We hope that you may find these pages informative and supportive. We welcome your suggestions.

October 2012

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on MMondsy, 24 October at 9pm.

If any member of the parish would like to place an item on the agenda they are welcome to contact the chairperson or any member of the council.

The members of Kildysart Pastoral Council are:

Fintan Ginnane (Chairperson);

Frankie O’Shea (Vice Chairperson);

Mairead Kelly (Secretary);

Nancy Griffin;

Maureen McMahon;

Ger Kelly;

Niamh O’Connor;

Pat Custy;

Seamus McQuade;

Carmel Casey;

and Fr Albert McDonnell.

 

Kildysart Tidy Town Report 2016

untitled (6)Congratulations to the Kildysart Tidy Town Group and to the entire community on the progress made in enhancing our village during 2016.

The Tidy Towns Judges awarded the village 290 point – an increase of 2 on 2015.

The Judges concluded that ‘Kildysart is a charming country town which benefits from a high standard of presentation’. The Report also impressed by the new bilingual street signs and the work done by the GAA Club. They were impressed by our Marian Grotto ‘The grotto was admired and was looking really well on adjudication day’. They also commented on several other positive features including ‘Flower displays around the bust of Pheadar Mac Flannchada work well in drawing attention to this area. Many homes and businesses were admired throughout the town and well done to those who made an effort to put out colourful displays of flowers.’

The report also contains several suggestions which will help us make further progress. The full text may be read here kildysart-tidy-towns-report-2016

Live Streaming of Ordination of Bishop

Our new Bishop Fintsn Monahan will be ordained in The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis on Sunday, 25 September at 3pm.

You may view the liturgy by clicking here http://view-source:http://jwp.parishes.tv/embed/25/

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Baptisms 2016

 

We welcome Tadhg Seamus Power into the Christian family. Tadhg was baptised on 17 September, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate his parents Eimear and Seamus, Erribul and pray God’s blessing on the family

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We welcome Daryl Billy Keane into the Christian family. Daryl was baptised on 3 September, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate his parents Annette and Brian, Shanahea and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Arianna Dolly Purcell into the Christian family. Arianna was baptised on 7 August, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate her parents Mary and Keith, Shannonview and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Gracie Abigail Garry into the Christian family. Gracie was baptised on 28 May, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate her parents Yvonne and Michael, Cappanavarnogue and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Doireann Charlotte Cleary into the Christian family. Doireann was baptised on 23 April, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate her parents Rebecca and Seán, Ballynacragga and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Sarah Louise O’Sullivan into the Christian family. Sarah was baptised on 17 April, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate her parents Ann and Dermot, Coolteengowan and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Darragh William Moloney into the Christian family. Darragh was baptised on 2 April, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate his parents Louise  and Joseph, Dun Gleanna and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Diarmuid John O Connell into the Christian family. Diarmuid was baptised on 27 February, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate his parents Owen and Niamh, Ennis Road and pray God’s blessing on the family.

 

For baptisms in 2015 and previous years please cick here

Rest in Peace 2016

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Pray for Gerard (Sparky) Finucane, Kilrush Road who died on 15 September, 2016.

May the Lord grant Gerard eternal rest and console his loving wife Geraldine, his daughters Rachel, Emma, Gillian, Ciara and Ruth, his Mother Mary, His brothers  Peadar, Brendan, Noel, Declan, his sisters May, Rita, Sheila, Carmel, Eithne and Colette. Brothers in law, Sisters in law and all who knew and loved him.

Gerard will respose at his home on Friday 16th Sept. from 4p.m. with prayers at 8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 12noon followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery

Gerard’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday 16 October at 11am.

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Pray for Sister Mary Sarah Crawford (Salesian Sisters, Caherdavin, Limerick, Cahercon and formerly of Athlacca, Co. Limerick) who died on 3 September 2016.

Sr Mary Sarah is mourned by her beloved sisters Sr Ann-Marie and Catherine, brother-in-law John, niece, nephews, grandniece, grandnephews, relatives and her Salesian Sisters.

May she rest in peace.
Reposing at Carrigoran House Nursing Home, Newmarket-on-Fergus on Monday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm followed by removal to Christ the King Church, Caherdavin. Arriving at 8pm.
Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.30am with burial afterwards in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.

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We remember Bella Hope Murphy who went to be with the Saints and Angels in paradise on Monday, 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

Mass of the Angels will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 12noon on Thursday followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

We pray that the Lord in His goodness and the love of their family, friends and neighbours will console Bella’s parents Linda & Rory.

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Remember in your prayer Christy Donnellan, Burrane, Killimer, Kilrush and formerly of Blain, Kildysart  who died on 21 July, 2016.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Mary Agnes, family Anne, Terry, Criostoir, Patricia, Brian and Maretta, daughters-in-law Esther and Anne, grandchildren Sean, Grace Terry and Fionnuala, sister-in-law Bridget, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends and all who knew and loved him.

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Please pray for Joe Nagle, Ennis Road, Kildysart and Dún Laoghaire, Dublin who died on 16 July, 2016.

Joe’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Wednesday at 1pm followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grant Joe eternal rest and console His sister Claire, brothers Seán and Terence, brother in law, sister in law, nieces, nephews and friends and all who knew and loved him.

The months mind Mass for Joe will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday 21 August at 8pm.

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You are asked to remember in prayer Anne Whelan, née Kelly, late of Bountydoolin who died recently.

May the Lord grant Anne eternal rest and console all who mourn her.

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Pray for Maura McNamara, née Moylan, late of Rossroe Avenue, Caherdavin & Main Street, Kildysart, Co. Clare who died on 26 June 2016 in her 99th year, peacefully in the loving care of her family. Beloved wife of the late Johnnie.

May the Lord grant Maura eternal rest and console her daughters Mary (Quilligan) & Kay (Daly), sons Michael & Dominic, sister-in-law Angela, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends and all who mourn her.

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Pray for Tom O’Shea Ballynacally who died on 6 June 2016. .

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his brother Frankie, Kildysart and all who knew and loved him.

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You are asked to remember in prayer Vincent Carrig late of Shanacoole  who recently died in Chicago, USA.

May he rest in peace.

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You are asked to remember in prayer James Pender late of Kilrush Road who recently died in England.

James’ funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday, 5 May at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May he rest in peace.

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You are kindly asked to remember in prayer Michael Murtagh, Crovraghan who died on Thursday, 14 April 2016.

Michael will repose at O’Donohue’s Funeral Home, Kildysart on Saturday evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock followed by removal to St. Michael’s Church, Kildysart. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Sunday and burial will take place in Kildysart.

May the Lord grant Michael eternal rest and console his sisters Helen and Elizabeth, brothers Matthew, J.T. and Christopher, nieces, nephews, sisters in law and brother in law and all who knew and loved him.

Michael’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am on Sunday 29 May. Read the rest of this entry

The Sacrament of Marriage 2016

We congratulate Edel Eyres, Cranny and Raymond Bohannon, Kildysart who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 24 September, 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Martina Hehir, Cranny and Brian Eustace, Kildysart who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 6 August 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Aishling Murtagh, Lackanashannagh and Niall Casey, Lissycasey who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in The Church of the Annunciation, Clarinbridge, Co Galway on Saturday, 23 July, 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Mairead Meade, Craghera and P.J. Tarpey, Abbeyknockmoy, Galway who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 1 July, 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Sinead Moloney and Dylan Fox who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 6 May, 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Nichola Clancy and Shane McNelis who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 2 January 2016.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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For weddings in 2015 and previous years please click here

Bishop Elect of Killaloe – Fr Fintan Monahan

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Traditionally  in the Church most bishops and the Pope have a personal Coat of Arms. Originally used to mark or seal documents they now serve to identify people and dioceses. They often reflect the story of a Bishop’s ministry or express his hopes for the future. In preparation for his episcopal ordination, which will take place on September 25th, Bishop-Elect Fintan has prepared his personal Coat of Arms and Motto.

Coat of Arms

The Bishop-Elect’s Coat of arms consists of: on the left hand side, the ancient arms of the Diocese of Killaloe, and on the right, the personal coat of arms, chosen by the bishop himself.

The arms of the Diocese consist of a Latin cross between four trefoils with the emblem of the key occupying the chief position. The arms connote the guardianship of Christ’s Kingdom, with special reference to St. Peter.

The personal dimension of the new Bishop’s Coat of Arms represents his origins and ministry. It consists mainly of the Monahan family Coat of Arms with representations of faith, generosity and protection.

The three mullets (the term mullet in heraldry refers to a star with straight sides, typically having five points) wish to recall the three figures of the apparition of Knock; Our Lady, St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph.

The arms also include the broken chariot wheel of St. Jarlath which represents the new Bishop’s priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Tuam and long association with St. Jarlath’s College prior to his appointment as Bishop of Killaloe.

The Coat of Arms is surmounted by the Galero which was originally a pilgrim’s hat and is ornamented by twelve tassels called fiocchi.

Motto

Bishop Elect Fintan has chosen as his motto; “Críost Liom Críost Romham” – Christ with me, Christ before me. These words are taken from Lúireach Phádraig, (St. Patrick’s Breastplate), a 5th Century Irish Hymn whose lyrics were traditionally attributed to St. Patrick and his ministry. The words reflect Bishop Fintan’s prayer and hope for his ministry as Bishop of Killaloe.

Parish Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe next meeting of our parish finance council will take place in the Community Centre on Tuesday, 23 August at 8.30pm.

The members of our parish finance council are

Gerard Kelly

Noel McMahon

Maureen McMahon

Dan O’Connor

Brendan McMahon

Mary Keane (Secretary)

Fr Albert McDonnell.

Mass at Lacknashannagh Blessed Well – Monday 15 August at 11am

Holy Well 002 (2)Monday 15 August 2014 is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation and celebrates Mary’s role as mother of the Saviour and her union with her Son in eternity.

The Feast of the Assumption is the traditional day to visit the Blessed Well at Lacknashannagh, Kildysart and we will celebrate Mass there on Monday at 11am.

Mass will also be celebrated on Monday in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am and in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 8pm.

Fr Fintan Monahan – New Bishop of Killaloe

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His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Fintan Monahan (a priest of the Archdiocese of Tuam), as Bishop of Killaloe. The appointment was announced at 11.00am on 29 July 2016 at a press conference held in the Ennis Parish Pastoral Centre.
Fr. Fintan Monahan was born in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on 23 January 1967. His parents are Tom and Peg Monahan and he has one brother, Seán, and one sister, Caitríona, who is married to Dominic. From 1980-1996 the family lived in Carraroe, Co Galway where his father was principal teacher at Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, An Cheathrú Rua. In 1996 the family moved to Castlegar, Galway City, the native home of his mother.
Primary education was in Tullamore and secondary education was in Carraroe before studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Tuam in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1984. In 1987 he completed a B.Sc. in NUI Maynooth, a B.D. in the Pontifical University in 1990, an S.T.L. in Biblical Theology in 1992 and a H.Dip. in Education in NUI Galway in 1993.
Fintam was ordained  to the priesthood was in Séipéal Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua on 16 June 1991 by Archbishop Joseph Cassidy. While studying for the H.Dip. in Education in Galway he was curate in An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann, Conamara from 1992-1993. From 1993-2006 he taught Science, Irish and Religion at the diocesan college, Saint Jarlath’s College in Tuam, along with coaching basketball and hurling.
In 2006 Archbishop Michael Neary appointed him chaplain to Saint Jarlath’s College and diocesan secretary. During that time he also worked in the area of communications, vocations promotion and served as editor of the Tuam Diocesan Magazine, New Dawn. In recent years he joined the Communications Council of the Irish Episcopal Conference. Bishop-elect Monahan is an Irish speaker and enjoys the outdoor life, hill walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and gardening.

Killaloe Diocesan Appointments 2016

lay-led-logo-3The Administrator of the Diocese Killaloe, Fr Des Hillery had made a series of appointments in the Diocese.

They come into effect on Monday 1 August 2016.

To view the full list please click here Diocesan Appointments 2016

We wish everyone who is beginning a new stage in their ministry and the people with whom they will work, every happiness and blessing.

Reflection on Lay Led Liturgies

 

lay-led-logo-3On Sunday 26 June, 2016 Maureen Kelly, Pastoral Worker with the Diocese of Killaloe spoke at Mass in the parish at the invitation of our Parish Pastoral Council.

Maureen presented a vision for the future of our parish as a praying community with a particular focus on Sunday liturgies led by lay people.

Here is the text of her reflection M Kelly Putting the hand to the plough and turning back

Pilgrimage to Canon Island – Sunday, 3 July 2016

IMG_0182Canons’ Island in the Shannon estuary is  the largest in a cluster of over twenty islands that occupy the expansive stretch of water formed by the confluence of the Shannon and Fergus estuaries.

The island is the site of a medieval Monastery and a traditional pilgrim site for people on both sides of the estuary. The Canons Regular of St Augustine who lived in the Abbey provided pastoral care for the nearby parishes until its suppression during the rule of Henry VIII.

The island has continued to serve as a place of burial up to the present.  In 1990 the late Fr Michael Hillery, PP revived the tradition of going on pilgrimage to the Canons’ Island   A large number of pilgrims travel to the island each year for the annual Mass.

Mass will be celebrated in the ruins of the old Monastery on the island on Sunday, 3 July 2016. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 3.30pm. All are welcome.

Irish law requires that life jackets be worn – a limited number will be available at the pier.

 

Commemoration of 1916

 

On Sunday, 22 May 2016 the Parish of Kildysart held our community commemoration of the foundation of our state and a celebration of our culture, language and values. There was a wide representation from the community encompassing all age groups, local musicians, our parish choir, children’s choir and also serving and retired members of our defense forces,