Monthly Archives: July 2013

Canons’ Island Pilgrimage 17 August 2013

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. An article, by Michael Mac Mahon, detailing the  history of the Abbey may be found on the website of Clare Library.

While the island are no longer inhabited, several of them continue to serve as pasture for cattle.

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 now for the annual Mass. This year due to Clare’s participation in the All Ireland Hurling semi-final, the pilgrimage will take place on a Saturday. Mass will be celebrated in the ruins of the old Monastery on Saturday 17 August 2013. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 1pm.

Faith Gathering 13 – 15 September 2013

 Faith Gathering 2013

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A date not to be missed 13th – 15th September 2013

A Diocesan Faith Congress event at St Flannan’s College Ennis

Join with the people of The Diocese Of Killaloe in a weekend of talks / workshops / choirs / youth events

Booking is essential for the Faith Gathering. If you do not want to register online you can download our brochure and booking form here

Please complete both sides of this form and return it to your local Parish Office or to Faith Gathering Office, c/o Ennis Parish Office, O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare: 065 686 9090 on or before Friday August 23rd 2013.

Your Parish will sponsor your participation at the Faith Gathering.

Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes (27 Sept – 1 Oct 2013)

Killaloe Diocese Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 

Owing to an increased demand for acIMG_1906commodation in Lourdes during this Year of Faith a request has been made to the Diocese to reduce the number of nights from five to four.  Consequently the revised dates for the Autumn Pilgrimage are from Friday 27th September to Tuesday 1st October, with a new reduced price of €590.  This is still the cheapest pilgrimage out of Ireland.  This year the Irish Church is celebrating the Centenary of the First Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1913.  Book on line at www.joewalshtours.ie and you will be entered for a draw for one free place.  Full details on the Diocesan website at www.killaloediocese.ie.

Prayer for life

Prayer for Life: Bishop O’Reilly has asked each parish to organise a moment of prayer that all life would be cherished in Ireland. All those who are free to do so are invited to pry the rosary at the Grotto in Coolmeen on next Wednesday (17 July, 2013) at 8pm and at the Grotto in Shessive, Cranny  on Thursday (18 July) also at 8pm.

Golden Jubilee of Salesian Education in Co Clare

Cahercon House

Cahercon House

Cahercon past pupils will celebrate Golden Jubilee of Salesian Education in Clare on Saturday 31 August 2103.

Mass will be celebrated at St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart at 7:oo pm. followed by a chat and cuppa.

The Salesian sisters and the staff of St John Bosco Community College are looking forward to seeing you all at this special gathering to renew old acquaintances.

Pray for the happy repose of Fr John O’Keefe

Fr O'KeefeYou are asked to remember in prayer Fr John O’Keefe much loved, retired parish priest of Coolmeen/Cranny.

His remains will repose in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 9pm to midnight today Tuesday. (June 11, 2013) and tomorrow, Wednesday from  5pm to 9pm followed by prayers for the dead.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Thursday at 4pm followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest.

The months mind Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 10 July in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 8pm.

Reflection on Priesthood

You came from among us, to be, for us, one who serves.

We thank you for ministering Christ to us

And helping us minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our communities:

For drawing us together in prayer,

For visiting us in our homes,

For comforting us in sickness,

For showing us compassion,

For blessing our marriages,

For baptising our children,

For confirming us in our calling,

For supporting us in bereavement,

For helping us to grow in faith,

For encouraging us to take initiative,

For helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.

Fr John was a native of Carrahill, Crusheen, Co Clare was born on 29 May 1934.  He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on 22 June, 1958. He began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Brentwood, England during August 1958. On his return to Ireland on 12 March 1965 he was appointed briefly to Feakle Co. Clare and Castleconnell, Co Limerick. He became curate in Mullagh on 15 May 1965 and afterwards in Miltown Malbay on 10 July 1971. Fr John became Parish Priest of Coolmeen-Cranny on 26 November 1989. Fr John retired as Parish Priest and became priest in residence in Coolmeen-Cranny on 25 July 2008.