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.
Due to the public health crisis the 2020 celebration of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation had to be deferred. In consultation with the schools we have set the following target dates for the celebration of these sacraments.
We wish the children, their parents, families and teachers every blessing as they look forward to welcoming the Lord into their lives through the sacraments.
|First Holy Communion||Coolmeen||Saturday 26 September|
|KilmurryMcMahon||Saturday 26 September|
|Lissycasey||Saturday 26 September|
|Ballynacally||Saturday 26 September|
|Kildysart||Saturday 3 October|
|Confirmation||Kilmurry McMahon||Saturday, 15 August|
|Cranny||Saturday 17 October|
|Ballynacally||Saturday, 19 September|
|Lissycasey||Saturday, 12 September|
|Kildysart||Saturday 10 October|
The attached resource, designed by the Diocesan Pastoral Council was distributed to parishes around the diocese. It is hoped that it will serve as an aid to parishioners as we gather to pray.
We will celebrate Mass in Kildysart cemetery at 8pm on Friday, 3 July. This is an opportunity for us to pray for all who are buried there and for our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends.
So that we can care for each other by respecting social distancing, it is suggested that each family stand by their family grave. We should also be careful not to gather in groups as we arrive for or depart from Mass.
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. Amen
John Henry Newsman (1801-1890)
It is envisaged that the celebration of Mass with a congregation present will resume on 29 June, 2020. We look forward to onCe again gathering as a praying community.
The Irish Bishops have issued a detailed framework documents to help resume the celebration of public liturgies.
The principal points include the following:
- Each Church should appoint a group to oversee the safe return to public liturgy;
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended;
- Anyone who is unwell should not attend Mass but continue to take part through live-streaming;
- Adequate and appropriate signage should be displayed in each Church;
- Social distancing (at present 2 metres) will apply. This will considerably reduce the capacity of our churches;
- The seats which are available for use should be clearly indicated;
- Stewards may be necessary to guide people to the available seats;
- Holy Communion may only be received on the hand and reception of the chalice is suspended;
- Priests and Eucharistic ministers should wear face covering when distributing Holy Communion;
- Hand sanitisers should be installed and used at every Church entrance;
- Holy Water fonts should not be used;
- The collection basket should not be distrib
- Church doors should be open so that people do not need to touch them;
- Seats and other areas that are frequently touched should be cleaned after each time the church is used.
The Bishops stress that public health is paramount and only Churches which are able to fulfil the above requirements should resume the public celebration of liturgy.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the preparations for the resumption of public Mass or act as a steward etc you are very welcome to contact our pastoral office.
The full text of the Bishops’ framework document may be found here.
We pray for Sr Ann Marie Crawford, Salesian Sisters, Caherdavin, Limerick and formerly Cahercon who died on 26 May 2020.
Sr Ann Marie was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret, her sisters Sr. Margaret Mary, Sr. Mary Sarah, Sr. Nora and Bridget and her brother Patrick Joseph. Sadly missed by her sister Catherine, niece, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and her Salesian Sisters. May she rest in peace.
You may view Sr Ann Marie’s funeral Mass at the link below.
We pray for Mary O’Connor, Kilrush Road, Kildysart who died on 28 May, 2020.
May the Lord grant Mary eternal rest and console her daughter Dolores, her son Michael, her son-in-law Simon, her daughter-in-law Niamh, her grandchildren James, Aisling, Clodagh and Erin and all who loved her.
Mary’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Saturday, 30 May in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
In line with public health regulations attendance at Mary’s funeral Mass will be limited to her immediate family.
Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 28 June at 11am.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her sons John andPatrick, grandchildren Conor, Aisling, Gavin and Rachel, daughters-in-law Josephine & Colette, sisters Francis, Mary and Sr Catherine.
We pray for Paddy O’Donnell, Glencanane who died on Tuesday 12 May, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Francis, his sons Joe, John & Kieran, his daughters-in-law, his grandchildren Diarmuid, Leah, Rachel, Becky, Ellen, Deirdre, Kate and Lorna and all who loved him.
Paddy’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday and will be live-streamed on Kildysart parish Facebook Page.
Paddy’s funeral Mass may be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/kildysartparish/videos/656923005163062/
We pray for Kieran Murphy, Ballyguiry, Labasheeda who died on 26 April, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Delia, his family Marion, Geraldine, Eileen and Kevin, his sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and all who loved him.
Kieran’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church, Labasheeda at 11am on Friday and will be live-streamed on Kilmurry McMahon-Labasheeda Facebook page.
Kieran’s months mind Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 24 May at 11am and will be live-streamed on the Kildysart parish Facebook page.
Kieran’s months mind Mass may be viewed here
We pray for Bernard Collins, Ennis, Wicklow and England who died on 20 April 2020.
Bernard was the husband of the late Margaret (née Scanlon) and son of the late Patrick and Kathleen Collins.
Deeply regretted by his sister Rene, his cousins Joan and Maeve, the Scanlons in Kildysart and all who loved him.
We pray for John Joe McInerney, Clonshaughta who died on Good Friday, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his mother Susan, his sisters Mary, Liza and Sue, brothers Pat, Michael and Marty, nieces, nephews and all who loved him.
Due to the public health emergency only immediate family members can attend John Joe funeral Mass. However, the Mass will be live-streamed on the Kildysart parish Facebook page at 11am on Easter Sunday.
John Joe’s funeral Mass may be viewed here
John Joe’s months mind Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 10 May at 11am and will be live-streamed on the Kildysart parish Facebook page.
John Joe’s months mind Mass may be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/kildysartparish/videos/2698474290436785/
We pray for Margaret (Peggie) Kilker (née Cooley) Limerick / Kildysart/Mayo who died on 5 April 2020.
Beloved wife of the late Peter Kilker (Belmullet, Co. Mayo).
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her daughter Jackie, her nieces, nephews and all who loved her.
We pray for Johnny Cleary, Ballinasheena who died on 31 March, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Pauline, his family Marie (Cranny), Caroline (Kildysart), Yvonne, Fidelma, Edel and John Paul, sons in law Donie, Ian, Ted, Martin, Kieran, daughter-in-law Cloidhna, his brother Tadhg, sister in law Mary, brother in law Pat, 15 grandchildren and all who loved him.
We pray for Mark Anthony Cleary, aged 2 years and 9 months who died on 2 March, 2020.
Mark is the darling son of Seán and Rebecca, Ballynacragga and brother of Arwen and Doireann.
Mark is deeply regretted by his grandparents Geraldine & John Cleary and Mary Cleary, aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
Mass of the Angels in St. Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday at 1 o’clock followed by burial in Kildysart Cemetery.
Pray for John (Jack) Meere, Newmarket-on-Fergus & Crovraghan, husband of the late Kay, who died on 25 February, 2020.
Jack will repose at Carrigoran House V95 RX54 on Thursday from 6.30 to 8pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 12noon at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console all who loved him.
We pray for Neily O’Connor, Cahercom and Co. Cork who died in 29 January, 2020
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Phil, his family Amy, Neil, Darren and Keith, his grandchildren Fionn, Aaron, Nicholas and Evan, his brothers James, David, Benmar & Gerard, sisters Bríd, Thrish, Anna & Liz, brothers in law, sisters in law, son in law Kieran, daughter in law Orla, and Sarah, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Neily will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart, on Saturday 1st February from 5pm to 8pm.
His funeral Mass on will be celebrated on Sunday 2nd February at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
Neily’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 28 February at 7.30pm.
We pray for Kathleen (Kitty) Corr (née Fitzgerald), Main Street, Kidysart who died on 26 January, 2020.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who loved her.
We pray for the happy repose of Peter Donnellan, Ballylean and Australia who died on 3 January, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Margaret, his family Trish Moloney (Kildysart), Tony, John, Marianne, Kevin, their spouses Donal, Mina, Julie and Kaylene, his grandchildren, Peter’s brother Christy, his sister Anna, his nieces and nephews and all who loved him.
A months mind Mass will be offered for Peter in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 7 February at 8pm.
We pray for Louis Moylan, Shorepark who died on 4 January 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Kathleen, his family Derek, David, Doreen and Damian, his sister Nora, daughters-in-law Catherine and Mandy, son-in-law Mick, his grandchildren Seán, Kaithlynn, Eva, Holly, Ellis and Clara, nephews, nieces and all who loved him.
Louis will repose in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 5.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
Louis’ months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 16 February at 11am.
For bereavements in 2019 and previous years please click here
The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Wednesday , 20 May 2020 at 8.30pm by means of the social conferencing app Zoom.
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);
and Fr Albert McDonnell.
Our parish Church will open each day from 10am to 5pm. You are welcome to pay a brief visit to our parish Church to offer a prayer or light a candle.
We are asked to use hand sanitiser, avoid touching surfaces and not to gather in groups. The Church doors will be left open to reduce the danger of transmitting infrstion.
We pray that may all be safe in this time of danger.
Re-opening of Churches for Personal, Private Prayer – Killaloe Diocese from May 18th, 2020 – A message for the People of the Diocese – Bishop Fintan Monahan
The decision to close church buildings in Killaloe was an act of solidarity and commitment to the national effort required to suppress the Corona Virus. Closing Churches was a demonstration of the depth of commitment (not just compliance) required to safeguard the health of all in our society, both the vulnerable and the strong. I fully recognise the huge sacrifice that closing churches has been for parishioners and priests alike.
At this point, following consultation at many different levels and much advice – it is time to consider reopening our churches in a responsible manner for private and personal prayer from the date of May 18th, 2020. In order for this to happen, each parish would need to ensure a safe environment for both parishioners and parish staff. This will require looking at the geography/layout of the church and putting in measures that will help facilitate social distancing and hygiene.
In order for churches to re-open in a responsible manner, the following need to be considered:
- Availability of hand sanitisers in appropriate locations in the church.
- Access to and flow of people within the building: If there are two entry points, could one be designated as an entrance and the other as an exit? How will social distancing be facilitated in the space? Can doors be left open to minimise the amount of touching?
- Signage: reminding people of distancing, hand hygiene, minimum touching of surfaces etc.
- Cleaning of the church: Can measures be put in place to ensure that surfaces are cleaned at least once a day? Who will do this? Can this be done by our parish staff or volunteers? Might the parish enlist the help of extra volunteers?
Masses will continue to be celebrated behind closed doors, but I look forward to a later stage in the roadmap, at the designated phase where it will be possible to recommence weekday Masses, and other liturgies with small numbers present, but we are not anywhere near this yet.
All of this will be open to ongoing review. Our first stage must be a gentle reopening of churches responding to the deep need for parishioners, some who have perhaps been in isolation for weeks, to call into their local church and offer a prayer.
At a time like this we as a diocese and Church Community redouble our efforts to look out for each other and continue to pray for each other at this challenging time.
Our thoughts, prayers, sympathies go out to anyone who has experienced illness, loss or bereavement during this difficult time, especially those affected by the Corona Virus.
The Prayer of Pope Francis for the month of May helps us in our time of challenge:
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always
from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Due to the public health emergency First Confessions & Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart are rescheduled.
The new dates are:
- First Confessions Wednesday, 16 September at 7pm;
- First Holy Communion Sunday, 27 September at 11am.
We apologise for the inconvenience and we wish parents every blessing as you help your children prepare to receive the sacraments.
The Holy Week and Easter Liturgies will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at the following times:
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8pm;
Good Friday – The Passion of the Lord, 3pm;
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, 9pm;
Easter Sunday – Mass of the Resurrection, 11am.
All liturgies will be live-streamed on the Kildysart Parish Facebook page. Copies of the booklet containing the Holy Week liturgies are available in the Post Offices and shops in our pastoral area. We thank the shop owners for their help in this regard.
May the Lord be close to us as we relive in our homes his victory over sin and death.
Next Sunday, 5 April 2020 is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. It is the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred week of the year for Christians. Mass on Sunday will include the blessing of Palm in commemoration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.
Unfortunately, our Churches remain closed due to the COVID 19 emergency. Mass, without a congregation will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Palm Sunday at 11am and will be live streamed on the Kildysart Parish Facebook page.
Copies of the booklet containing the readings for Palm Sunday and copies of our newsletter are available in the grocery shops snd post offices in our pastoral area. We thank the shop owners and post offices for faciliting this.
The following is a reflection shared at Sunday Mass without a congregation in St Michael’s Church, Kildysary on 29 March, 2020. Parishioners and others took part in Mass by means of Facebook live.
Fifth Sunday of Lent – 29 March 2020