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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

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, 8 December

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Thursday 8 December is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation and Mass for the feast will be celebrated on:

  • Wednesday at 7pm at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen;
  • Thursday at 9.45am at St Mary’s Church, Cranny;
  • Thursday at 11am at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

The feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates our belief that Mary was conceived without original sin so that she could become the mother of Christ, our saviour. This blessing gave Our Lady the grace she needed to enable her to say ‘yes’ to the invitation conveyed to her by the Angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Christ, the Son of God and son of Mary.

Today’s feast reminds us that the Lord always gives us the help and grace that we need in our lives so that we may overcome the challenges we face in life and embrace the opportunities.

Rest in Peace 2016

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Pray for Bridie Houlihan (née Doohan) late of Drumcondra, Dublin and Quay Road  Kildysart who died on 27 November, 2016 in her 91st year.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest  and console her daughter Margaret and her son-in-law John, her sister Eileen Mc Evoy, her sister-in-law Peggy Doohan, her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and aLl who knew and loved her.
Bridie will repose at Mc Wey’s Funeral Home, Abbey View, Kildare Town, on Monday 28 November from 5pm with rosary there at 8pm. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday at St. Columba’s Church, Iona Road, Glasnevin.

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Pray  for Catherine (Kitty) Lavery (née O’Brien), Upperchurch, Co Tipperary and Shanacoole, Kildysart. who died on 13 November, 2016. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her family Mary (Carre), Michael, Pat, Francis and Willie, son-in-law Martyn, daughters-in-law Karen, Anna, Kathy and Mary, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Michael and Eamon, sisters Madge, Susan and Teresa, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

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Pray for Maureen Wallace, late of London and Galway who died recently. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her sister Bridie Kelly, Blain and all who mourn her.

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Pray for Sheila Loughnane (née McNamara), Monivea,  Athenry amd Kildysart who died on 23 October, 2016.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her  husband Frank, daughter Clare, son Fergus, daughter in-law Rosa, grandchildren Kai and Max, sisters Anna Kennelly and Bernie Power, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and all who knew and loved her.

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Pray for Dermot Kinane, 3 Quay Road who died on 25 October, 2016.

Dermot will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 6pm to 8pm om Wednesday. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grant Dermot eternal rest and console his wife Maeve, daughters Bláthnaid and Gráinne, brother Ernie, sisters in law Christine and Chris, son in law Gerard, nieces, nephews, relatives and all who formed his circle of love and friendship.

Dermot’s month’s mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 9 December at 8pm.

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We pray for Mrs Phil Tuohy, née Connolly formely of Main Street, Kildysart who died on 14 October, 2016 in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her daughters Carmel, Maria and Claire, her sons Aidsn and John, her sister Susan and all who knew and loved her.

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We pray for Teresa  Murphy (née Doyle) Crovaghan who died on Tuesday, 11 October, 2016.

Teresa will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 4.30 pm to 7 pm on Thursday. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysary cemetery.

May the Lord grant Teresa eternal rest and comfort her husband Terence, her family Laura, Noelette, Stephaine, Noel, Vanessa, Donna, Terry, Jennifer, Keith and Aisling, her grandchildren Megan, Dylan, Shane, Jamie and Ella, her sons-in-law Pat, Dermot and Liam, her uncle Peter and all her relatives and all who mourn her.

Teresa’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 11 November at 8pm.

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We pray for Margaret Meaney, Cappanavarnogue who died on 30 September, 2016 in her 96th year

Margaret will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 5 pm to 7 pm on Sunday. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysary cemetery.

May the Lord grant Margaret eternal rest and comfort her daughters Maura, Rose and Kathleen, her grandchildren Niamh, Brian and Aiden all her family and all who mourn her.

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Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 8.30pm.

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.

 

Confirmation – Friday, 10 March 2017

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Bishop Fintan Monahan will visit our parish on Friday 10 March, 2017 to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation with the sixth class children from Kildysart and Coolmeen-Cranny parishes in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

These final months of preparation will involve the families, schools and parish working together for the good of the young people preparing to receive the sacrament. The parish part of our preparation will include the ceremony of enrollment which will take place during Sunday Mass and a liturgy of light which will take place during a special liturgy.

The list of dates is as follows:

  • Enrollment Mass on Sunday, 27 November 2016 at 7pm in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart;
  • Ceremony of Light on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at 7pm in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart;
  • Confirmation Friday on 10 March, 2017 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

We are also planning a retreat for the young people preparing for confirmation. .

During our meeting with parents on 19 October last it was suggested that our confirmation class might wish to adopt a confirmation project. One proposal is that after their confirmation, each child is invited to make an anonymous donation (€10 is suggested as a guide) to help the people of Haiti. That country has suffered several natural disasters including an earthquake in 2010 and a hurricane in October 2016. Our diocese has a link with Haiti through Archbishop Eugene Nugent who is Papal Nuncio there and is from Scariff, Co Clare.

Baptisms 2016

 

We welcome Nova Erin Maxwell into the Chrstian family. Nova was baptised on 12 Novembrr, 2016 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate her parents Lisa and Daryl, Ennis Road and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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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

Going forward in Mercy – Fr Liam Lawron

Fr Liam Lawton

Fr Liam Lawton

Well known singer and composer Fr Liam Lawton will be the guest speaker at a liturgy in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis, on Sunday, 20 November at 3.30 p.m. to mark the closing of the Year on Mercy.

Liam is well known as an award winning multi-platinum, singer-songwriter but less well known for his reflective writing and inspirational speaking. Two of Liam’s books where God Hides and The Hope Prayer hit the publishers best sellers list in recent years. During the Liturgy in the Cathedral at which Bishop Fintan Monahan will preside, Liam will reflect on the meaning of mercy and on how it has touched his life.

People from across the diocese are invited to assemble at the Hands of Compassion outside the Cathedral from where we will process into the Cathedral through the Room of Mercy. The liturgy will include brief accounts of experiences of mercy in the lives of people, a video presentation of mercy made visible. The evening will conclude with a ritual of anointing with each member of the congregation being anointed with oil on the forehead and sent forward in mercy.

The Holy Year of Mercy began in December 2015 will conclude in our diocese on Sunday, 20 November 2016. The Year of Mercy was declared by Pope Francis as an invitation to renew our sense of God’s mercy in our lives and to celebrate the mercy and goodness we experience in the people around us.

All are welcome to attend and a cup of tea will be served afterwards.

First Holy Communion – Sunday, 28 May 2017

We pray for the children in our parish who are preparing to receive the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time on 28 May 2017.

May the Lord bless them, their parents, families and teachers during this important time in their lives.  As we discussed at our parents’ meeting with Joanne O’Brien and Cora Guinnane, preparation for sacraments is a three way partnership between home, parish and school.

Our parish preparation programme will include the following liturgies:

  • Enrolment Mass                       Sunday 13 November 2016 at 11am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 11 December 2016 at 11am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 15 January 2017 at 11am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 19 February 2017 at 11am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 26 March 2017 at 11am;
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation    Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 7.00pm;
  • First Holy Communion             Sunday 28 May 2017 at 11am.

We thank the group of parents who are organising these liturgies and pray God’s blessing on all our children, their families and all who care for them.

Safeguarding – Code of Behaviour for Staff and Volunteers

The Diocese of Killaloe and the parish of Kildysart value and encourage the participation of  children and young people in parish liturgies and other activities. All children and young people who are involved in the life of our diocese and parish should be treated with respect and their dignity should be cherished. All staff/volunteers involved in our parish are asked to read the attached code of behaviour and to respect it.

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Prayer for the Faithful Departed – November 2016

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Wednesday 2 November is the feast of All Souls, when we remember our beloved dead.

Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on that morning at 9.30am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart that evening at 8pm.

On Sunday, 6 November we will have a moment of prayer in the cemeteries in Kildysart and Coolmeen-Cranny parishes at the following times:

  • Kildysart  cemetery:                      Immediately after 11am Mass;
  • Kilfiddane cemetery:                    12.30 pm;
  • Cranny cemetery:                          1.15 pm.

 

 

 

Prayer by Cardinal Newman

May He support us all the day long,

till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed,

and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done.Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,

and a holy rest and peace at the last.

Video of the Episcopal Ordination of Fintan Monahan

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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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.