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While the present public health emergency continues we plan to live stream Mass each Sunday at 11am from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on the Kildysart parish facebook page.
Unfortunately, the signal at Cranny or Coolmeen is not sufficiently strong to allow us life stream Mass from those Churches.
Bishop Monahan issued the following updated directives on 28 March, 2020. Details here
Sadly, we are required to keep our Churches closed until further notice.
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.
We pray for Mary Sutton (née Halpin), Clondrina Cranny Co. Clare and formerly of Skerries Co. Dublin who died on 17 March, 2020.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband Ken, daughters Roisin, Ferdia and Laoise, her four grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, extended family and large circle of friends and all who loved her.
We pray for Maeve Murphy (née Ryan) of Knockalough, Kilmihil and Derrynalicka, Kilmurry McMahon who died on 8 March, 2020.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband PJ, son Adrian, daughters Rosita, Coriena and Miranda, her grandchildren, brothers Des, Seán, Michael and Fr Oliver and all who loved her.
We pray for Senan Mann, Erribul who died on 14 February, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console all who loved him
Senan will repose at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 6.30pm to 8pm on Saturday.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sunday at 12.30pm followed by burial in Coolmeen.
Senan’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday 22 March at 9.30am.
We pray for Margaret Meaney, née Finucane, Newbridge who died on 14 January, 2020.
Predeceased by her husband Joe and daughter Margaret.
May the Lord grant her eternal life and console her family Mary, Claire, John and Joseph, son in law Eugene, daughter in law Bríd, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Margaret will repose at St. Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen (V15 DD71) on Thursday 16th January from 5pm to 8pm. Margaret’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 12noon followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon Cemetery.
Margaret’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 16 February at 9.30am.
We pray for Fran Harding, Coolin, and formerly of Arrabeg, Carrig, Co. Tipperary who died on 12 January, 2020.
Predeceased by his son Shay.
May the Lord grant Fran eternal life and console his wife Sarah-Jane, parents Willie & Bridget, his brothers Alan, Declan, Brendan & Colm, sister Eileen, sisters-in-law Jan, Cathy, Connie, Fiona & Siobhain, brothers-in-law Michael, John, Darren, Tim & Keith, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Fran will repose on Wednesday at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Fran’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Drumcliffe Cemetery, Ennis.
Fran’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday, 14 February at 7pm.
May the Lord grant Mary eternal rest and console all who loved her.
Mary will repose at Mullingar Hospital Mortuary Chapel on Saturday from 3pm with removal at 5pm to Ballymahon Church.
Mary’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am on Sunday in St Matthew’s Church, Ballymahon followed by burial in Kilfidane cemetery, Coolmeen.
Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 9 February at 9.30am.
For bereavements in 2019 and previous years please click here
Parish Pastoral Council: The members of our pastoral council are
Anne Marie Hanrahan,
Sheila Meaney (Joint Chairperson),
Patsy Normoyle (Joint Chairperson),
and Marie Quinlivan.
The next meeting of our pastoral council is scheduled for Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 8.30pm in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.
If any member of the parish would like to have an issue discussed by the pastoral council they are welcome to contact any member of the council.
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 fas 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”.
Antoinette Quinlivan, Chairperson;
Susan King, Secretary;
Fr Albert McDonnell.
The next meeting our parish finance council is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 May 2020 at 8pm to take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.
Mass included the sacrament of anointing will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Tuesday at 7pm.
Any person who is advanced in years or suffering from an illness may receive the sacrament of the sick.
In administering the sacrament the priest anoints the person on the head saying ‘Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit’, and on the palms of the hands as saying ‘May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.”
Pope Francis’ message centred on the theme of ‘“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28) may be found here.
- 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.