Monthly Archives: December 2015
We welcome Cillian Patrick Normoyle into the Christian family. Charlie was baptised in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 13 December 2015. We congratulate his parents Michelle and Patrick, Newbridge and pray God’s blessing on the family.
We welcome Amy Lena Quinn into the Christian family. Amy was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 29 November 2015. We congratulate his parents Sheila and Seamus, Boloughera and pray God’s blessing on the family.
We welcome Cillian Martin Brooks into the Christian family. Cillian was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 4 October 2015. We congratulate his parents Laura and Jamie, Sheesive and pray God’s blessing on the family.
We welcome Ruby Ellen McMahon into the Christian family. Ruby was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 2 May 2015. We congratulate her parents Sharon and David, Boloughera and pray God’s blessing on the family.
We welcome Charlie Matthew Hanrahan into the Christian family. Charlie was baptised in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday, 3 January 2015. We congratulate his parents Ann-Marie and Kieran, Erribul and pray God’s blessing on the family.
For baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny in 2014 and previous years please click here
- Reconciliation Service St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm;
- Living Crib St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Wednesday 16 December at 8pm;
- Carol Service St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday 19 December at 6.30pm;
- Carol Service St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday 20 December after 11am Mass;
- Reconciliation Service St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen, on Monday 21 December at 7pm;
- Reconciliation Service St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Tuesday 22 December at 8pm;
- Christmas Night Mass St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday 24 December at 8pm;
- Christmas Night Mass St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Thursday 24 December at 9.30pm;
- Christmas Day Mass St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Friday 25 December at 9.45am;
- Christmas Day Mass St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 25 December at 11am;
- New Year’s Eve Mass St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday 31 December at 5pm; (last lights of 2015)
- New Year’s Day Mass St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Friday 1 January at 12 noon.
Merciful like the Father
Pope Francis has declared a Holy Year dedicated to the theme of mercy which begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December, 2015) and concludes on the feast of Christ the King (20 November, 2016).
Pope Francis has placed mercy at the centre of his ministry. In announcing the Holy Year of Mercy he said
‘No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; …the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness…. the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.’
A new element in this Holy Year is the emphasis on the celebration of Mercy in each local Church, across the world. In our own diocese of Killaloe we have planned a number of initiatives to celebrate the Year of Mercy:
- Holy doors will be opened at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis and in Roscrea. Walking through the Holy Door is a symbol of conversion, leaving selfishness behind and opening our hearts to the love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of Christ;
- The Diocese has invited Fr Dermot Ryan, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny to introduce us to the year. He will give a talk entitled ‘Pope Francis and Mercy – A worldly weakness, a Christian Strength’ at St Flannan’s College, Ennis on Monday 14 December at 8pm. All welcome.
- We have made Holy Year banners available to each parish;
- Holy Year Prayer cards featuring the Holy Year Logo and a prayer for the Holy Year written by Pope Francis have been distributed;
- The Diocese is organising two Holy Year pilgrimages:
- A pilgrimage to Rome from 1-6 August. Further information from Fr Albert McDonnell, Kildysart;
- A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 23-31 October, Further information from Fr Tom Ryan, Shannon;
- The primary school catechetics team have chosen ‘Mercy’ as the theme for the religious education programme in our schools;
- In response to the Pope’s call to engage in concrete expressions of mercy the priests of the diocese have undertaken to focus on the pastoral care of prisoners and their families;
- Young people are invited to volunteer to help pilgrims in Rome during the Holy Year. See im.va
Parishes and clusters may wish to hold their own celebration of the Year of Mercy. Possible ways of celebrating mercy include:
- Praying the psalms and parables of mercy (cf im.va)
- A parish or cluster pilgrimage to the Holy Door in Ennis or Roscrea;
- A pilgrimage to a Mass rock, Holy well, monastic site, cillin;
- A concrete expression of mercy to help a group on the margins of our parish or society;
- The promotion of Pope Francis’ teaching on care for our common home (as contained in his letter Laudato Si’):
- The promotion of dialogue among the social, ethnic groups in our parishes/clusters;
- Celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation which Pope Francis describes as the sacrament of mercy.
- Tuesday 8 December is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.
The vigil Mass will be celebrated on Monday evening at
St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 7pm.
On Tuesday morning Mass for the feast will be celebrated at
St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 9.45am
St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am.
St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 7pm.