The Celebration of Christmas – The feast of the birth of Christ, Our Saviour:
We look forward to celebrating Christmas and enabling as many people as possible to welcome the Christ child into their hearts through the celebration of Christmas Mass.
However, people who are in any way vulnerable may prefer to join in Christmas Mass from their homes through webcam, parish radio, television etc. St Michael’s Church, Kildysart now has a webcam which may be accessed through our website http://www.kildysaprtparish.org Due to the need to keep each other safe the number in Church is limited to fifty in accordance with public health guidelines. We have greatly increased the number of Christmas Mass in our pastoral area. We have decided to allocate tickets for Christmas Masses so as to avoid exceeding the number of people permitted and to keep everyone safe. The tickets will be distributed after Masses this weekend and will subsequently be available from our pastoral office.
We pray that this Christmas will be a times of blessing for us all. The times of Christmas Masses in Kildysart are given below:
|St Michael’s Church, KIldysart||7pm||Tuesday, 22 December|
|4pm||Thursday, 24 December|
|8pm||Thursday, 24 December|
|11am||Friday, 25 December|
We congratulate the girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 12 December 2020.
May the Lord always bless them together with their parents, families, teachers and all who form their circle of love and care.
We pray for Anne Cleary (née Murphy) who died on 10 December, 2020.
May the Lord grant Anne eternal rest and console her husband John Joe, their family Kieran, Con and Rosaleen, her mother Tessia, her sisters Mary and Geraldine, her brothers Edward, Martin, Michael, Sylvester and Roland, her aunt Tessie and all who loved her.
Anne’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Tuesday, 15 December at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery. You may view the Funeral Mass on the Kildysart parish webcam (www.kildysartparish.org).
Anne’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 10 January at 11am.
We pray for Jimmy Ginnane, Liscormack who died on 4 November, 2020.
Jimmy was predeceased by his daughter Joanie.
May the Lord grant Jimmy eternal rest and console his wife Margaret, his sons John and Jim, his daughter Bernie, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his brothers Gerard, Con and Josie. his sisters Ita and Dell, sisters in law, nephews, nieces and all who loved him.
Jimmy’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated on Saturday at 11am in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
You can view Jimmy’s funeral Mass here.
We pray for Seán Reidy, Effernan who died on 29 October, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Margaret, his family Marie, Helen, Monica, Joseph and Assumpta, sons-in-law Gerry, Noel, and Declan, daughter-in-law Dympna, his 12 grandchildren; Aideen, Laura, Fiona, Aisling, Sarah, Daragh, Katelyn, Shauna, Saoirse, Cathal, Sinéad and Caoimhe, his brother-in-law Barney Hughes, sister-in-law Mary Davis, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. grandchildren and all who loved him.
Seán’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 30 October at 2pm followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
Due to the public health emergency only the immediate family may attend the funeral Mass.
Seán’s month mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am on Sunday 29 November.
We pray for Sr Teresa Carroll, Salesian Sister, Limerick, Kerry & Cahercon who died on 11 September, 2020.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her sisters Sr. Kathleen and Anne Marie, brothers Fr Jerry, Thomas and Jimmy, nephews, nieces, the members of her Salesian community and all who loved her.
We pray for Kathleen O’Sullivan, née Kelly, late of Boultydoolin who died in Philadelphia, USA on 12 September, 2020.
Kathleen was in her 91st year.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her family and all who loved her.
We pray for Joseph McMahon, Ballinacragga who died on 2 September, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his sister Sr Cecily, his nieces Mary, Lucy, Áine, Camille, Cecily, Úna, his nephews-in-law, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnephew (Arlo) and all who loved him.
Joseph’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 12noon on Saturday followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
Attendance is limited in line with public health guidelines.
You may view Joseph’s funeral Mass here
Joseph’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 3 October at 6.30pm.
Fanny was predeceased by her husband Paddy.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her sons Joseph, John and Kieran, her daughters-in-law, her grandchildren, her sisters Mary Grogan and Sr Catherine, her nieces and nephews and all who loved her.
Her Funeral Mass (limited numbers) will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church Kildysart at 11am on Friday (live-streamed on Kildysart parish facebook) followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.
You can view Fanny’s funeral Mass here
Fanny’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 6 September at 11am.
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The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls will be celebrated on Sunday 1 November and on Monday, 2 November.
- Due to the public health emergency it will not be possible to have our usual shared moment of prayer for our deceased loved ones in the cemeteries. Naturally, families are welcome to visit the graves of their loved ones to pray for them. The priests in our pastoral area will visit each cemetery during November to bless the graves and pray for those buried there.
- The usual Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered during November by the priests of our pastoral area. You will find a list for the Holy Souls in your box of envelopes or you may collect a Holy Souls envelope by contacting our pastoral office.
- Mass for the feast of All Souls (Monday 2 November) will be celebrated at 7pm in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. Due to the public health emergency it will not be possible to have a congregation present but the Mass will be livestreamed on the Kildysart parish facebook page. The Mass will be offered for parishioners and relations of parishioners of Kildysart and Coolmeen-Cranny parishes who have died since last November. If you would like to have a loved one included in this Mass you are welcome to contact our pastoral office by telephone or e mail.
- 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 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||€106,960.51||Income 2018||€52,439.87|
|Expenses 2019||€109,547.92||Expenditure 2018||€53,814.96|
|Net Shortfall 2019||€2,587.41||Net shortfall 2018||€1,375.09|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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)
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.