Monthly Archives: November 2013

Canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II

IMG_0507Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be declared Saints by Pope Francis in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Sunday 27 April in St Peter’s Square, Rome.

Millions of Catholics from all over the world will gather in Rome to celebrate this historic event and to celebrate the ministry of these two pontiffs including the Second Vatican Council called by Pope John, and the world wide ministry of Pope John Paul.

The Diocese of Killaloe has organised a pilgrimage, led by Bishop Kieran O Reilly, to Rome on the occasion of the canonisations from Wednesday 23 April to Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Travel is by scheduled Aer Lingus flights from/to Dublin. Accommodation is in a four star hotel,  within walking distance of the the Vatican which will greatly facilitate attendance at the canonisations on Sunday morning.

A guide and coach will be available to the group throughout the week.  Fr Albert McDonnell will be spiritual director to the pilgrimage.

The itinerary will include the major basilicas, baroque squares, the Irish College and the other major attractions in Rome. We will also spend an overnight in Assisi and Montecassino. To view the draft itinerary click here  KILLALOE ITINERARY CANONISATIONS 2014

Cost is €1,100 per person sharing.

Contact 057 9355050 (mornings only) or



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Parish contribution to Syria and the Philippines

untitledBishop Kieran O’Reilly invited the people of the Diocese to be as generous as possible in supporting the emergency Trócaire collection being taken up at all Masses in the Diocese for The Philippines and Syria on 16-17 November 2013.

The damage from Typhoon Haiyan is catastrophic. Caritas Philippines estimate that over 10,000 people have been killed and 600,000 have been displaced from their homes. The United Nations estimate that almost 10 million people have been affected.

Bishop Kieran O’Reilly is encouraging the people of the Diocese to be as generous as possible.  “Our support for our brothers and sisters in such great need is an essential expression of our faith. Trócaire will be working closely with many Irish Missionaries working in the region to provide aid for the most afflicted people.” 

To date the parish community in Kildysart have contributed €2,219.69 to this special appeal.

Builders of Hope – Diocesan Plan

Builders of Hope – Pastoral Plan Diocese of Killaloe 2013-2020 will guide the work of our diocese and our parishes during the next seven year.  The title is taken from the words of Pope Francis ‘Don’t be scared.  Dare to have fabulous plans.  I encourage you to not  be afraid to dream,  to have great ideals,  to be builders of hope.’ The plan is the fruit of the listening process that took place in our diocese over the last two years.

Bishop Kieran O Reilly will launch the plan for our cluster of parishes on Monday 25 November at 8pm in Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point. Fr Brendan Quinlivan will present the main points of the plan at the launch. Everybody interested in the future of our Church and faith is welcome to attend the launch.

To read the full plan click here Killaloe Diocese Pastoral Plan

The contents include:

Diocesan Vision Statement;                                                                                                                                                                                 Leadership for Renewal in the Local Church                                                                                           Partnership in Ministry in the Emerging Church                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Liturgy                                                                                                                                                                             Spirituality & Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Ministry                                                                                                                                                                                                        Adult Faith Education                                                                                                                                                            Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation                                                                                                                                                                                            Diocesan Safeguarding Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Communications                                                                                                             Management of Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Getting behind the Vision Statement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Context for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2013-2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Implementing the Diocesan Pastoral Plan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Conclusion                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Prayer for the Success of the Diocesan Plan Paidir do Rath an Tréadphlean ár nDeoise

Killaloe Diocese Pastoral Plan

Senior Citizens’ Christms Party

The 2013 annual Christmas Senior Citizens’ party will take place on Sunday 15 December in the Community Centre at 12 30. Further details later

St John Bosco Community College – Carol Service

St John Bosco Community College will hold a Carol Service in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 12.30 to 13.30 on Friday 6 December 2013 . Parents, parishioners and members of the wider community are very welcome to attend and partecipate.


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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.

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