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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

Baptisms in 2017

We welcome Jack Ross Farrell into the Christian family. Jack was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 25 February, 2017. We congratulate his parents Caroline (Mulconry) and Kevin, Cahercon  and pray God’s blessing on the family.

Jack Ross Farrell on his baptism day with his parents Caroline and Kevin, Cahercon.

Jack Ross Farrell on his baptism day with his parents Caroline and Kevin, Cahercon.

 

Ash Wednesday- 1 March 2017

img_0885Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (1 March) is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent.

It is a day of fast and abstinence. Mass including the blessing and distribution of ashes will be celebrated in St Mary’ Church, Cranny on Wednesday at 9.30am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm.

Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he was tempted by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday is a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from the palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the foreheads of Christians to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Wednesday 29 March 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.

 

Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 June – 1 July 2017

img_0876Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bishop Fintan Monahan will lead his first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26 June. The 61st Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on Monday 26 June, returning on Saturday 1 July. The cost this year is €692 per person sharing and there will be a €10 discount for online booking at http://www.joewalshtours.ie

Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 2410810

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €595. Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone: (061) 364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome. For more details, see poster in Church porch and on the Killaloe Diocese website http://www.killaloediocese.ie

World Day of Prayer for the Sick 2017

GrottoThe  Feast of our Lady of Lourdes ( 11 February) was chosen as the annual day of prayer for and with the sick by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
We will celebrate the feast day with Mass and the anointing of the sick in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 10 February at 8.00pm.
All members of our parish are welcome to attend the Mass and anybody suffering from an illness or old age is welcome to receive the sacrament of the sick.

You may access Pope Francis’ message for 2017 Day of Prayer for the Sick which is centred on the theme of ‘The Lord has done great things for me …’ (Luke 1:49) here

Kildysart Parish Financial Report 2016

Finance imageThe financial report for our parish for the years ending 31 December 2016 may be viewed by clicking on kildysart-parish-accounts-2016

The parish finance council wishes to thank all the members of our parish for your generous support of the work of our parish during 2016. The finance council would also like to encourage as many parishioners as possible to use the parish collection envelopes and support the tax refund scheme.

We wish to thanks our fiance council for their careful oversight of our finances.

 

The following is a summary of our 2016 accounts:

  • Current account opening balance:      €25,630.02
  • Expenses in 2016:                                   €31,863.22
  • Income in 2016:                                      €45,247.72
  • Current account closing balance:        €38,158.92.

Friday, 3 February- Feast of St Blaise – Blessing of Throats

candles for blessing of throatsThe blessing of throats will take place on Friday, 3 February at 6.30pm in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen; at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny after 8pm Mass in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.
Using two crossed, blessed, unlit candles the minister touches the throat of each person using the following prayer of blessing:

Through the intercession of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr,

may the Lord preserve you from aliments of the throat and every other illness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. It is believed that he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred in the early fourth century.

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tells us that he was born in to a noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.

Rest in Peace 2017

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

We pray for Joie Murtagh, formerly of Lacknashannagh who died recently in Northampton, England.

His funeral will be celebrated in Northampton on 8 February, 2017.

May he rest in peace.

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We pray for Anna Teresa Morris who died recently in England. Anna was a native of Kildysart and we offer our sympathy to her brother Michael.

A month’s mind Mass will be offered for Anna in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Wednesday 25 January at 11am.

May she rest in peace.

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You are asked to remember in your prayer Frances Arthur (née Cleary) formerly of Clonola who died on 9 January, 2017 in Ennis. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her.

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You are asked to remember in your prayers Margaret Joel (nee Walsh) formerly of Gurtnacurra who died recently in Surrey, England. May she rest in peace and console all who mourn her.

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For deaths in 2016 and previous years please click here

 

 

Feast of the Epiphany – Friday 6 January, 2017

magiFriday next is the feast of the epiphany of the Lord (Little Christmas Day).

In Kildysart and Cranny-Coolmeen parishes we will have the following Mass schedule.

  • Vigil Mass (Thursday,  5 January) St Mary’s Church, Cranny at  7pm
    St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday at 9.45am
    St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday at 8pm

The Feast of the Epiphany (the word means “manifestation”) celebrates the making known of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. The feast commemorates the visit of the Three Kings (the Magi) to the Baby Jesus and the revelation Jesus’ birth beyond the Jewish world. The Kings brought gifts of gold (for a king), frankincense (for worship) and myrrh (for embalming, since Christ was to die for us). In Italy and other countries children receive gifts on this day. Traditionally in Ireland, the day was known as ‘Nollaig na mBan’ as it was the day when women celebrated Christmas

Kildysart Parish in 2016

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During 2016, the following celebrations took place in our parish church:

  • Baptism                                   9
  • First Holy Communion        15
  • Confirmation                          20
  • Marriages                                 3
  • Funerals                                   12

We pray that the Lord will always be present to us in the special and in the ordinary moments of our lives

Christmas 2016 in Radharc na nOiléan Cluster of Parishes

Christmas 2016 in Radharc na nOiléan Cluster of Parishes

Parishes of Ballynacally-Lissycasey, Coolmeen-Cranny and Kildysart

crib-st-benedicts-church-coolmeenChristmas Night Mass – Saturday, 24 December 2016

  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 6.30pm
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey at 7pm
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally at 8pm
  • St Michel’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm.

Christmas Day Mass – Sunday, 25 December 2016

  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally at 10am
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Monday, 19 December at 8pm
  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Tuesday, 20 December at 7pm
  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Wednesday, 21 December at 7pm
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally on Saturday, 17 December at 7pm
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey on Saturday, 24 December at 11am
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally on Saturday, 24 December at 12noon.

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We wish all the members of our parishes every happiness and blessing as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, the Christ child at Christmas. We thank you for your generous contributions towards the life of our parishes through your presence and prayer at Mass and other liturgies, the gift of your time and talents through your work in parish ministries and on committees and your financial support for the parishes and clergy.

May Christ be born in the hearts and homes of each of us as we celebrate the great feast of Christmas.

Fr Joe Hourigan, PP                                        Fr Albert McDonnell, PP

Gortlass Swim – Christmas Day at 12 noon

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The Sacrament of Marriage 2016

We congratulate Liam Casey and Laura Kehoe who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St John’s Church, Kilkenny on Friday, 16 December, 2016.

May the Lord bless their family Nd their home.

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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

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.