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”.

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.