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Live-streaming Sunday Mass

  • 11am Mass each Sunday from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart will be live-streamed on the Kildysart Facebook page;
  • 11am Mass each Sunday from the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey will be live-streamed on the Ballynacally-Lissycasey Facebook page.

Kildysart Parish Accounts 2019

Kildysart Parish Account 2019:

The 2019 parish accounts are available on our parish website or on our Church notice board. If any parishioner has a query you are very welcome to contact Fr Albert McDonnell or the pastoral office.

We wish to thank you for your generous support of our parish. We are especially grateful to our parishioners who use the weekly envelope which allows the parish to avail of the tax refund scheme. We received €12,511.76 from the tax refund scheme in 2019 (without any cost to our parishioners). We now have the additional facility of a donate button on our parish website which allows you to make either a once-off or a recurring donation using your bank card. We carried out essential repairs to our parish Church in 2019 which were funded through our parish raffle and grant aid from Clare County Council.

We wish to thank our parish pastoral and finance councils and our secretary Liza Nagle for their work in caring for our parish finances.

A summary of our 2019 accounts can accessed here

Income 2019€106,960.51Income 2018€52,439.87
Expenses 2019€109,547.92Expenditure 2018€53,814.96
Net Shortfall  2019€2,587.41Net shortfall 2018€1,375.09

Parish Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe next meeting of our parish finance council will take place in the Community Centre on Monday 28 September , 2020 at 8.30pm.

The members of our parish finance council are

Gerard Kelly

Noel McMahon (Chairman)

Maureen McMahon

Dan O’Connor

Brendan McMahon

Mary Keane (Secretary)

Fr Albert McDonnell.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

We look forward to the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 10 October at 11am. Please God it will be a joyful occasion as your daughter or son welcomes the Holy Spirit into her/his heart.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, our 2020 celebration of confirmation will be different  to previous years. It is now normal to wear a face covering in Church. We are required to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from people who are not part of our household. To facilitate this public health requirement attendance will be limited to each candidate together with his/her parents and siblings. A seat in Church will be allocated to each family. The seats will be allocated in alphabetical order following the candidates’ Christian names.   Each candidate is asked to choose a parent as his/her sponsor. We also ask each family to inform the school by e mail or telephone of the name which the candidate has chosen as his or her confirmation name.

In preparation for the sacrament the candidates together with their parents are invited to gather for the celebration of Mass in our parish Church on Friday, 18 September at 8pm. This will give us an opportunity to pray together and after Mass we can discuss the confirmation ceremony.

We also plan to have a brief rehearsal at 7pm on the evening prior to confirmation (Friday, 9 October). It is especially important that the candidates and their sponsors be present for the rehearsal.

First Holy Communion

We look forward to the celebration of the sacrament of First Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 3 October at 11am. Please God it will be a joyful occasion as your daughter or son welcomes the Lord into her/his heart.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, our 2020 celebration of First Confessions and First Holy Communion will be different  to previous years. It is now normal to wear a face covering in Church. We are required to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from people who are not part of our household. To facilitate this public health requirement attendance will be limited to each candidate together with his/her parents and siblings. A seat in Church will be allocated to each family. The seats will be allocated in alphabetical order following the child’s surname.

The children will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time on Wednesday, 16 September at 7pm in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

In preparation for First Holy communion the children together with their parents are invited to gather for the celebration of Mass in our parish Church on Friday, 25 September at 8pm. This will give us an opportunity to pray together and after Mass we can discuss the First Holy Communion ceremony.

Welcome Home – Finding a new way to pray together.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020

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 22 August
Ballynacally Saturday, 19 September
Lissycasey Saturday, 12 September
Kildysart  Saturday 10 October

 

Keeping Safe As We Gather 

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. 

Diocese of Killaloe Keeping Safe As We Gather

Kildysart Cemetery Mass – 8pm Friday, 3 July 2020

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)

Re-opening of Churches for Public Worship – 29 June 2020.

COVID 19 and the Resumption of Public Liturgy:

 

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.

St John Bosco Community College – End of Year Liturgy

Reopening of Churches for individual prayer.

Bishop Monahan has given permission for our Churches to re-open for individual prayer.

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.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Monahan.

Pastoral Letter – May 2020 

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:

O Mary,

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 Virgi
n.

 

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First Confessions & First Holy Communion.

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.