Bishop Fintan Monahan – A Welcoming People of God

Bishop Fintan Monahan has written a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese, entitled ‘Diocese of Killaloe – A welcoming People of God’.

In his letter Bishop Fintan reflects on the many positive aspects of the faith he has encountered since he came to the diocese and speaks about the future of our faith communities.

You may download the pastoral letter here Bishop Fintan Pastoral Letter April 2017

Holy Week and Easter in Kildysart 2017

Holy week and Easter in Kildysart 2017Kildysart window 3



  • Palm Sunday- Blessing of Palms in the Square, followed by procession to the Church and Mass, 11am
  • Liturgy of Reconciliation – St Michael’s Church, Kildysart Tuesday, 11 April, 8pm
  • Holy Thursday (13 April) – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8.30pm
  • Good Friday (14 April)- The Lord’s Passion, 5pm
  • Holy Saturday (15 April)- Blessing of the Pasqual fire followed by candle lit procession to the Church and the Easter Vigil, 9.30pm
  • Easter Sunday – Easter Mass of the Resurrection, 11am

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2017

The feast of our national patron, St Patrick will be celebrated on Friday, 17 March. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Mass will be celebrated on Thursday in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm. On the morning of the feast, Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am, and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am.

Christ with me, Christ before me,

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)

The Sacrament of Confirmation – 10 March, 2017

We congratulate the girls and boys of our parish who received the Holy Spirit throught the Sacrament of Confirmation today. We thank Bishop Fintsn Monahan for being with us today, our school principal Ms Kathleen Ryan, our class teacher Ms Mary Moloney and all our teachers  for their dedication. We also thank our school choir, the parishioners who prepared the Church and all who took part in the liturgy.

We wish the children, their parents and families every blessing

World Meeting of Families, Dublin 21-26 August, 2018

Ash Wednesday- 1 March 2017

img_0885Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (1 March) 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 – 1 July 2017

img_0876Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bishop Fintan Monahan will lead his first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26 June. The 61st Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on Monday 26 June, returning on Saturday 1 July. The cost this year is €692 per person sharing and there will be a €10 discount for online booking at

Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 2410810

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €595. Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone: (061) 364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome. For more details, see poster in Church porch and on the Killaloe Diocese website

World Day of Prayer for the Sick 2017

GrottoThe  Feast of our Lady of Lourdes ( 11 February) was chosen as the annual day of prayer for and with the sick by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
We will celebrate the feast day with Mass and the anointing of the sick in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 10 February at 8.00pm.
All members of our parish are welcome to attend the Mass and anybody suffering from an illness or old age is welcome to receive the sacrament of the sick.

You may access Pope Francis’ message for 2017 Day of Prayer for the Sick which is centred on the theme of ‘The Lord has done great things for me …’ (Luke 1:49) here

Kildysart Parish Financial Report 2016

Finance imageThe financial report for our parish for the years ending 31 December 2016 may be viewed by clicking on kildysart-parish-accounts-2016

The parish finance council wishes to thank all the members of our parish for your generous support of the work of our parish during 2016. The finance council would also like to encourage as many parishioners as possible to use the parish collection envelopes and support the tax refund scheme.

We wish to thanks our fiance council for their careful oversight of our finances.


The following is a summary of our 2016 accounts:

  • Current account opening balance:      €25,630.02
  • Expenses in 2016:                                   €31,863.22
  • Income in 2016:                                      €45,247.72
  • Current account closing balance:        €38,158.92.

Friday, 3 February- Feast of St Blaise – Blessing of Throats

candles for blessing of throatsThe blessing of throats will take place on Friday, 3 February at 6.30pm in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen; at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny after 8pm Mass in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.
Using two crossed, blessed, unlit candles the minister touches the throat of each person using the following prayer of blessing:

Through the intercession of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr,

may the Lord preserve you from aliments of the throat and every other illness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. It is believed that he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred in the early fourth century.

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tells us that he was born in to a noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.

Feast of the Epiphany – Friday 6 January, 2017

magiFriday next is the feast of the epiphany of the Lord (Little Christmas Day).

In Kildysart and Cranny-Coolmeen parishes we will have the following Mass schedule.

  • Vigil Mass (Thursday,  5 January) St Mary’s Church, Cranny at  7pm
    St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday at 9.45am
    St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday at 8pm

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 Parish in 2016



During 2016, the following celebrations took place in our parish church:

  • Baptism                                   9
  • First Holy Communion        15
  • Confirmation                          20
  • Marriages                                 3
  • Funerals                                   12

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

Christmas 2016 in Radharc na nOiléan Cluster of Parishes

Christmas 2016 in Radharc na nOiléan Cluster of Parishes

Parishes of Ballynacally-Lissycasey, Coolmeen-Cranny and Kildysart

crib-st-benedicts-church-coolmeenChristmas Night Mass – Saturday, 24 December 2016

  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 6.30pm
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey at 7pm
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally at 8pm
  • St Michel’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm.

Christmas Day Mass – Sunday, 25 December 2016

  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally at 10am
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Monday, 19 December at 8pm
  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Tuesday, 20 December at 7pm
  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Wednesday, 21 December at 7pm
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally on Saturday, 17 December at 7pm
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey on Saturday, 24 December at 11am
  • Christ the King, Ballynacally on Saturday, 24 December at 12noon.


We wish all the members of our parishes every happiness and blessing as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, the Christ child at Christmas. We thank you for your generous contributions towards the life of our parishes through your presence and prayer at Mass and other liturgies, the gift of your time and talents through your work in parish ministries and on committees and your financial support for the parishes and clergy.

May Christ be born in the hearts and homes of each of us as we celebrate the great feast of Christmas.

Fr Joe Hourigan, PP                                        Fr Albert McDonnell, PP

Gortlass Swim – Christmas Day at 12 noon