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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
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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.

 

Holy Week and Easter 2020

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.


Mass for Palm Sunday – Kildysart Facebook

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.

Reflection for Fifth Sunday of Lent – 29 March 2020

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

Sunday Mass from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart

Each Sunday at 11am while the present health emergency persists we plan to live stream Mass at 11am from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on the Kildysart parish facebook page.

Sunday, 29 March 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Lent A.

COVID 19 – Staying Safe

Updated guidelines from Bishop Monahan issued on 28 March 2020 are available here

Sadly from 29 March until further notice all our Churches will be closed.

Sunday Mass from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart will be live-streamed on the Kildysart parish face book page each Sunday at 11am.

 

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COVID-19:
To help counter the spread of infection, we are asked to:

  • suspend shaking hands at Mass as a sign of peace;
  • suspend the distribution of the chalice;
  • receive Holy Communion only on the hand;
  • suspend the use of holy water fonts;
  • request eucharistic ministers to use hand cleanser before and after distributing Holy Communion;
  • suspend the circulation of the collection basket. You may place your envelope/donation in the basket/box at the entrance to the Church;
  • use all the space in the Church so as to ensure (in so far as possible) a distance of one meter between people, other than family members;
  • use the hand sanitiser placed at the Church doors.

If anyone would like to have holy water blessed for use in their own home, the priest celebrating Mass is happy to do so after Mass.

Ash Wednesday- 26 Feb 2020

Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (26 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”.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – 2020

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord –  12 January 2020.

During our parish Mass today, we blessed the children in our parish who were baptised during 2019 and presented each family with a prayer to the Guardian Angel.
May Lord always bless and protect our children, their parents and families,

Feast of the Epiphany 2020

Magi Clip ArtMonday, 6 January is the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord (Little Christmas Day).
It is a Holy Day of obligation.

In Radharc na nOileán pastoral  area  we will have the following Mass schedule:

 

  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny at  9.30am;
  • Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick  at 9.30am;
  • St Kieran’s Church, Labasheeda at 9.30am;
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am;
  • St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry McMahon at 11am;
  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday at 7pm;
  • Vigil Mass (Friday, 5 January) Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey at 7.30pm.

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 in 2019

 

During 2019 the following celebrations took place in our parish church:

Baptisms  –  10

First Holy Communion  –  25

Confirmation   –  19

Marriages –  3

Funerals –  7

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

 

Baptisms in 2019

Anna Gabrielle Eustace with her parents on her baptism day.

We welcome Anna Gabrielle Eustace into the family of faith and congratulate her perents Martina and Brian, Cahercon.‬

‪Anna was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 31 December, 2019.‬

May the Lord continue to bless the family.‬

 

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Danny with his parents Helen and Kevin Kelly on his baptism day.

We welcome Danny Kevin Kelly into the Christian family and congratulate his parents Helen and

Kevin, Boutydoolin.

Danny was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 7 December, 2019.

 

May the Lord always bless the family.

 

 

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James Ronald O’Donnell with his parents and brother on his baptism day.

 

We welcome Jamie Ronald O’Donnell into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Katie and Joe together with his brother Finn, Brisbane, Australia.

Jamie was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 17 August, 2019.

May the Lord continue to bless the family.

 

 

 

 

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Carmel McMahon with her parents on her baptism day.

We welcome Carmel Maeve McMahon into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Grainne and

Gerard, Ballylean.

Carmel was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 8 June, 2019.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.

 

 

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Isla Ranalow on her baptism day with her parents.

We welcome Isla Jean Ranalow into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Olive and Keith, Forthill.

Isla was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 8 June 2019.

May the Lord always bless the family.

 

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Robbie Gavin Keane with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Robbie Gavin Keane into the family of faith. Robbie was baptised in St Michael’s  Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 19 May 2019.

We congratulate Robbie ‘s parents Annette and Brian, Shanahea and pray God’s continued blessing on the family.

 

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Killian Ethan Flynn with his parents and sister on his baptism day.

 

We welcome Killian Ethan Flynn into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Caitriona and Derek, Sligo and his sisters Katie and Emma

Killian was baptised on 13 April, 2019 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

May the Lord continue to bless the family.

 

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Luke with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Luke Joseph Bohannon into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Yvonne and Alan, Main Street.

Luke was baptised on Saturday, 30 March, 2019 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.

 

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Fischra Pádraig Mulconry with his parents and brothers on his baptism day.

 

 

We welcome Fiachra Pádraig Mulconry into our family of faith and congratulate his parents Monica and Robert and his brothers Oisin and Lorcan.

Fiachra was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 27 January 2019.

May the Lord always bless the family.

 

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For baptisms in 2018 and previous years please click here.