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Feast of All Saints – Thursday 1 November 2018

Thursday , 1 November is the feast of All Saints when we remember and celebrate all those who have gone before us in faith and are now with Our Lady and the Saints in paradise.

It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Wednesday at 7pm and Mass for the feast will also be celebrated on Thursday in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 7pm.

Parish Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe next meeting of our parish finance council will take place in the Parochial House on Wednesday 24 October 2018 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.

Parish Preparation for First Holy Communion

We pray for the children in our parish who are preparing to receive the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time during our parish Mass on Sunday. 26 May, 2019.

Our preparation for the sacrament is a three way partnership between home, parish and school. We greatly appreciate the contribution of our teachers and we thank the parents who organise the liturgies and pray God’s blessing on all the children, their families and all who form heir circle of love and care.  

On the Sundays listed below, our parish celebration of Mass will focus on our children who are preparing to receive the sacrament and their families. The list of dates, including your child’s first celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation (confession), is as follows:

  • Enrolment Mass                      Sunday 28 October 2018 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 9 December 2018 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 20 January 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 17 February 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 24 March 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation    Wednesday 10 April 2019  at 7.00pm;
  • First Holy Communion             Sunday 26 May 2019 at 10.30am.

Mass Schedule in Radharc na nOileán Cluster of Parishes

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Mass Schedule in Radharc na nOileán

From the weekend of 3-4 November, 2018 onwards the following schedule for the celebration of weekend Masses will apply in our cluster of parishes.

  • St Kieran’s Church, Labasheeda – Saturday (vigil Mass) 6pm
  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny – Saturday (Vigil Mass)      7pm 
  • Christ the King, Ballycorick – Saturday (Vigil Mass) 7pm
  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen –  Sunday  9am
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart –  Sunday  10.30am
  • St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry McMahon – Sunday 11am
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey – Sunday 11am (from Sunday, 28 October)


Centenary of the Missionary Society of St Columban – 14 October, 2018 

The Missionary Society of St Columban was founded a centaury ago to bring the Good News of the Gospel to China.

On Sunday, 14 October 2018 a celebration of the centenary took place in Kildysart. The events included the celebration of Mass by Bishop Fintan Monahan, the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Bishop Cleary and the other Columbans from our area and an exhibition on the history of the Society.

The liturgy was live screened

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The liturgy in Kildysart was a wonderful expression of our our community, united with Bishop Fintan, Columban Sisters and Priests together with friends of the Columban family. A choir from all four parishes, led by Julianne Woods came together for the occasion. The liturgy included a wonderful presentation of symbols representing the tradition and current day reality of the  Columban missionary movement. After Mass, the large congregation enjoyed refreshments in our community centre and viewed an impressive display of photographs from the Columban archive and art work prepared by the children in the primary schools in our pastoral area. 



The founders of the Society included a priest of the diocese of Killaloe, Patrick Cleary from Cahercon together with other young priests, especially Fr Edward Galvin and Fr John Blowick.

The society established their seminary in Cahercon before moving to Galway and later to Dalgan near Navan, Co Meath. The first issue of The Far East Magazine, the society’s magazine, was published in 1918. The Columbans went on to establish houses in the United States (Nebraska) in 1918 and Australia in 1920.

The Missionary Sisters of St Columban were founded in Kildysart in February 1922 and the first sisters left Kildysart to minister in China during September 1926.

The first Columban Priest missionaries had arrived in China in 1920. The political turmoil in China at that time, with open hostility between the warlords and the Nationalist Party of Sun Yat-Sen, as well as the growing strength of the Communist Party, made life difficult for those early missionaries.

Anti-foreign sentiments swept the country and priests and nuns were often abused and insulted when they appeared in public. Over the following years, China suffered many tragedies which the Columbans shared. Floods, famine, epidemics of cholera, typhoid and malaria, as well, war and persecution but this did not stop the work of the Columbans.

Bishop Patrick Cleary (1886-1970)

Patrick Cleary was a ong the Columban missionaries in China. He was born in Kildysart  in 1886 and died at St Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan on 23 October 1970. Having completed his secondary studies at St Flannan’s College, Ennis he went to St Patrick’s College Maynooth to study for the priesthood for the diocese of Killaloe. He was ordained a priest at Maynooth during June 1911 and obtained his Doctorate in Divinity there in 1914. From 1914 – 1918 he was a member of the teaching staff at Maynooth. He resigned his chair at Maynooth in 1918 and joined the Maynooth Mission to China (later the Society of St Columban).

Patrick Cleary was appointed to the teaching staff at St Columban’s College, Dalgan in 1918 and become rector (1919-1930). In 1931 he went to China to replace Cornelius Tierney, the Columban Superior in Nancheng, who had died while a prisoner of communist guerrillas. Appointed Prefect Apostolic in 1933 and Bishop in 1939, his main interest continued to be seminarians. In his seminary for Chinese students he taught Philosophy, Theology, Scripture, Canon Law and English. After the Communist takeover in 1949 his priests and sisters were expelled from China. Bishop Cleary was expelled in 1952. His remaining years spend quietly ar Dalgan where he is buried.

The Columbans continued in their efforts for the Chinese people through the Japanese invasion, World War II and civil war. Fr Edward Galvin, then a Bishop, was dubbed the most bombed Bishop in the world. It was however, the rule of the Communist Party, which came to power in 1949, that spelled the end of the work of the Columbans in China. After a brief period of bitter persecution all missionaries were expelled.

Bishop Cleary confirming assisted by Thomas Yu (altar server in the centre). Thomas later became parish priest of Nanfeng. He is still alive and the current priest there is his grand nephew – a tradition of faith from Kildysart to China today.

In the 1990s the Columbans returned to China and today, the worldwide leadership of the Missionary Society of St Columban is based in Hong Kong after the Superior General of the Columban Fathers and his Council transferred the Society’s headquarters from its traditional home in Ireland to China on May 1, 2008, becoming what is believed to be the first Western missionary congregation to locate its leadership team in Asia.

Kildysart Show Results 2018

We congratulate the Kildysart Show Committee on the success of their 79th annual show which took place on 4 August, 2018. The full list of winners mauy be found here Kildysart Show Results 2018

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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