Monthly Archives: February 2020

Ash Wednesday – 26 Feb 2020

Ash Wednesday:

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”.

Rest in Peace 2020

Senan Mann, RIP

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 15 March at 9.30am.



We pray for Michael Grogan, 88, late of Birrinfadda who died on 22 January 22, 2020 in New York.

Michael was predeceased by his siblings, Patrick, Thomas, May, and John.
May the Lord grant Michael eternal rest and console his wife, Sarah,  children, Sarah (John) Pallas, and Thomas, David (Katie), and Daniel Grogan, his grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Noah, Evelyn, Liam, and Claire, his sister, Gertie Casey, his nieces and nephews and all who loved him
A months mind Mass will be offered for Michael on Saturday, 22 February at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny.



Margaret Meaney, RIP

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.


Fran Harding, RIP

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.


We pray  for Mary Hanrahan (née O’Brien) Erribul & Ballymahon Co. Longford who died on 9 January,  2020 in her 94th year.

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 Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe following are the members of our parish finance council:

Antoinette Quinlivan, Chairperson;
Susan King, Secretary;

Des Murphy;
Catherine Corry;
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.



Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will be celebrated on Tuesday, 11 February. It is the world day of prayer for the sick.

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.