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Secretary for Pastoral Area

Pilgrimage to Canon Island – Sunday, 29 July 2018

Canons’ Island in the Shannon estuary is  the largest in a cluster of over twenty islands that occupy the expansive stretch of water formed by the confluence of the Shannon and Fergus estuaries. The island is the site of a medieval Monastery and a traditional pilgrim site for people on both sides of the estuary. The Canons Regular of St Augustine who lived in the Abbey provided pastoral care for the nearby parishes until its suppression during the rule of Henry VIII.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The island has continued to serve as a place of burial up to the present.

In 1990 the late Fr Michael Hillery, PP revived the tradition of going on pilgrimage to the Canons’ Island   A large number of pilgrims travel to the island each year for the annual Mass.

Mass will be celebrated in the ruins of the old Monastery on the island on Sunday, 29 July 2018. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 5pm.          All are welcome.                                                                                                                                                                              We are indebted to the dedicated group who organise the pilgrimage each year and to the choir and to all who contribute to the success of the pilgrimage.

Irish law  reqires that life jackets be worn – a limited number will be available at the pier

Fr Michael O Grady – Diamond Jubilee of Ordination

On Sunday, 24 June 2018 Kildysart Parish celebrated the sixtieth  anniversary of Fr Michael O’Grady’s ordination to the priesthood. We we joined at our Sunday Mass by the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Choir from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

The choir was accompanied  by Fr Greg Schlarb and Fr Greg Menegay from the Diocese of Phoenix and were conducted by Donal Noonan. Fr Michael O Grady is a good friend of the choir and parish. After Mass refreshments were provided in our community centre.

Fintan Ginnane, the Chairman of our Pastoral Council presented Fr Michael with a painting by Elaine Gavin of his favourite view of Gortglass Lake.

Ad multos annos.

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Restructing of Diocese 2018

First Holy Communion – Feast of Corpus Christi – 3 June, 2018

We congratulate the children together with their parents, teachers and families, who received their First Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Corpus Christi, Sunday, 3 June 2018.

May the Lord always be in their hearts to guide and protect them.

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Summer Liturgical Celebrations 2018

Summer Liturgical Celebrations: 

During the summer months we have outdoor celebrations of Mass in the various cemeteries and holy wells in Kildysart and Coolmeen parishes.

The locations, dates and times are as follows.

  • Friday, 29 June at 8pm St Brecan’s Holy Well (Crovraghan)
  • Friday, 6 July at 8pm, Kildysart cemetery
  • Friday, 20 July at 8pm Kilfiddane cemetery
  • Friday, 27 July at 8pm, Cranny cemetery
  • Sunday, 29 July at 4pm – Pilgrimage to Canon Island
  • Wednesday, 15 August at 8pm, Lacknashannagh Holy Well
  • Friday, 17 August at 8pm, Cillin at Clondrina

Kildysart Parish Accounts 2017

Kildysart Parish Accounts: The 2017 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.

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 €10,274 from the tax refund in 2017 (without any cost to our parishioners).

We wish to thank our parish pastoral council and finance council for their work in caring for our parish finances. You will find details of our 2017 accounts on the following link Kildysart Parish Accounts 2017


Invitation to Choose Life – Pastoral Letter by Bishop Fintan Monahan

Praying the Rosary during May

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

During the month of May, we pray the rosary each Wednesday at 8pm at Our Lady’s Shrine on the Ennis Road. All are welcome.


The Rosary helps us keep in mind certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five Joyful mysteries, the five Luminous mysteries,  the five Sorrowful mysteries, and the five Glorious mysteries. As suggested by the Pope John Paul, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday.

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation: Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  2. The Visitation: Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
  3. The Nativity: Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  4. The Presentation:Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.

The Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan: God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana: At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Jesus calls all to conversion.
  4. The Transfiguration: Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist: Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden: Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar: Jesus is lashed with whips.
  3. The Crowning With Thorns: Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
  5. The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection: God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
  2. The Ascension: Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
  3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life.
  4. The Assumption of Mary: At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
  5. The Coronation of Mary: Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Holy Week and Easter 2018

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2018

The feast of our national patron, St Patrick will be celebrated on Saturday, 17 March. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Masses will be celebrated on Friday in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm and in the Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick at 8pm On the morning of the feast, Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.ooam, and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 1o.30am and in the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey at 11am.

Christ with me, Christ before me,go 

Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ in breadth, Christ in length,

Christ in height,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

(Prayer in the tradition of St Patrick)

Lá shona Féile Pádraig do gach duine.

The Story of St. Patrick
There are various accounts  of the life of St Patrick. It is. Elived that he may have been  born around near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”
Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.” He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.
Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering, he died at Saul, Downpatrick, where he had built the first church on 17th March, 461.

Confirmation 2018

We congratulate the young people from our parish who today received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. We thank Bishop Fintan for leading the liturgy & Ms O’Driscoll for working with the families and parish to help the young people prepare for this important day.

May the Holy Spirit always guide and protect us.

Ash Wednesday – 14 February 2018

Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (14 February ) 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”.

Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – 26 June to 1 July, 2018