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Rosary in May

Cranny grotto 002The month of May is the month of Mary, the Mother of God.

During May we will pray the rosary at the shrines to Our Lady in our parish, at the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 17 May at 8pm at the Grotto in Coolmeen;
    Tuesday, 24 May at 8pm at the Cillenn in Clondrina;
  • Tuesday, 31 May at 8pm at the Grotto in Shessive.

All welcome.

The rosary invites us into meditation. The gentle repetition of its prayers makes it an excellent means to moving into deeper meditation. It gives us an opportunity to open ourselves to God’s word, to refine our interior gaze by turning our minds to the life of Christ.

By focusing on the lives of Christ and Mary through meditation on the mysteries, we learn about ourselves in relation to God. Mary herself is the model for the daily practice of meditation. She received the word of God through Gabriel. She pondered God’s word in her heart. She took in the events around her, capturing them internally and carrying them within her like a treasure. This is the essence of meditation—receiving God’s word and making it our treasure.

Coolmeen/Cranny 2015 Financial Report

Acounts 2015The Coolmeen-Cranny 2015 Parish Accounts have been completed by our parish finance committee. The summary is as follows:

  • Income 2015                                    €31,994.85
  • Expenditure 2015                           €38,669.83                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  These figures do not include the contributions made by parishioners to Trócaire, Mission Sunday and the Lourdes Fund. These collections came to a total of €2,312 and went directly to these organisations.

To access the details of our 2015 parish accounts, please click on this link Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts 2015

We thank all the members of our parish for your extremely generous and unfailing support for our parish. We also thank the members of our parish finance committee for their diligent work in taking care of our parish finances.

The members of our parish finance committee are: Christy O’Connor (Chairman); Susan King (Secretary); Antoinette Quinlivan; Catherine Corry and Fr Albert McDonnell.

Holy Year Pilgrimage to Rome 1 August – 6 August 2016

illaloe Diocesan Holy Year Pilgrimage to RomeGeneral_audience_with_Pope_Francis_7_on_March_18_2015_Credit_Daniel_Ibanez_CNA

1 August – 6 August 2016

Pope Francis has called an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its heart. In the Pope’s words ‘It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)”’

This Holy Year will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December, 2015) and will end on 20 November, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. During this time the Holy Doors in St Peter’s Basilica and the other Papal Basilicas, which are usually bricked-up, will be opened.

Holy Year Logo.

Holy Year Logo.

Pope Francis adds that the Holy Year is ‘a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy. I am convinced that 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.’

The Diocese of Killaloe is organising a pilgrimage to Rome during the Holy Year from 1 August to 6 August 2016. Accommodation will be at the Pontifical Irish College in the city centre. There will be an opportunity to attend a liturgy with Pope Francis and to walk through the holy doors in all four Papal Basilicas. The pilgrimage is being organised by Kieran Troy and a guide will be available through-out. Attached please find a copy of the itinerary and booking form. For further information Telephone 057 9355050 (mornings only) or e mail

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