Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 June to 1 July 2013

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage: Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA will lead this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from June 26th to 1st July.  Direct flight from Shannon  €670 inclusive.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first Irish pilgrimage to Lourdes when people travelled overland. Bookings Joe Walsh Tours on  01 2410810 or see http://www.killaloediocese.ie

Book online at www.joewalshtours.ie and you will be entered in a draw for 1 free place.

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €560 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 further information regarding Lourdes see http://en.lourdes-france.org

Holy Week in Coolmeen/Cranny 2013

Good Friday Cranny 2013 001

The 2013 Holy Week ceremonies will be celebrated in Coolmeen/Cranny at the following times.

  • Monday 25 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny      Service of Reconcilation                            8pm
  • Tuesday 26 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen    Service of Reconcilation                    8pm
  • Holy Thursday, 28 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen  Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     The Lord’s Passion                              3pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March St Mary’s Church Cranny   Stations of the Cross                          7.30pm
  • Holy Saturday, 30 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     Easter Vigil                                  6.45pm
  • Easter Sunday 31 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen     Easter Mass                         9.45am

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Year of Faith

Saturday, 23 March 2013 The Clare Inn, Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare.

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Confrence Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

The Diocese of Killaloe hosted a one day gathering, ‘Opening the Windows’, to give us an opportunity to reflect on how the Second Vatican Council can help us live as Christians today. Vatican II which has been described as the most important event in the life of our Church in modern times, began its work fifty  years ago. Pope John XXIII called the Council because he wanted “to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.”. To help us relive and rediscover the richness of this great event Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2013 a Year of Faith.

During our Conference we reflected on four important topics discussed by the Council:

  • The Word of God;
  • Prayer and liturgy;
  • Being part of the Church;
  • Church and society.

The approach was practical with the focus on the daily experience of living as a Christian in today’s world.  The day provided an occasion to reflect on the beauty of our faith, to share and to encourage each other .

Conference Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

To hear Bishop Kieran O Reilly’s presentation at the conference please click here

To hear Liam Lawton’s paper delivered at the conference please click here 

To read Dermot Ryan’s paper delivered at the conference please click here Dermot Ryan Believing and Belonging 

To view images of the day see