Rest in Peace 2020

John Normoyle, RIP

We pray for John Normoyle, Newbridge, Coolmeen who died on 14 July 2020.

May the Lord grant John eternal rest and console his family John Noel, Anne-Marie and Patsy, his son in law, Brendan, his daughters-in-law Michelle and Tina, his grandchildren, nephews, nieces and all who knew and loved him.

John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 11am on Friday followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon cemetery.

John’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Wednesday, 19 August at 8pm.



Mary Lynch , RIP

We pray for Mary (May) Browne (née Lynch), Moohane, Newmarket-on-Fergus who died on 17 June 2020.

My the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her parents Bridie and Haulie, her husband Michael, daughters Bernadette, Rosemary, and Majella, sons-in-law Damien and David, brothers Jim and Pat, sister Breeda, sisters-in-law Mary and Deirdre, Aunts and Uncles, her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and all who knew and lover her.



Anne Callinan, RIP

We pray for Anne Callinan (née Hanrahan),  Birrinfadda who died on 13 June, 2020.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and be close to her special daughter Caroline, her cousins, her neighbours, friends and all who loved her.

Anne’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 11am on Tuesday followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon.

May she rest in peace.

Anne’s month’s mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 11 July at 8pm.

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Baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny in 2020

Liam with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Liam Conor Quinn into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Sheila and Seamus, Boloughera.

Liam was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 5 July 2020.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.



For baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny parish in 2019 and previous years please click here.

Sacraments of Initiation 2020

Due to the public health crisis the 2020 celebration of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation had to be deferred. In consultation with the schools we have set the following target dates for the celebration of these sacraments.

We wish the children, their parents, families and teachers every blessing as they look forward to welcoming the Lord into their lives through the sacraments.

First Holy Communion Coolmeen Saturday 26 September
KilmurryMcMahon Saturday 26 September
Lissycasey Saturday 26 September
Ballynacally Saturday 26 September
Kildysart Saturday 3 October
Confirmation Kilmurry McMahon Saturday, 15 August
Cranny Saturday 22 August
Ballynacally Saturday, 19 September
Lissycasey Saturday, 12 September
Kildysart  Saturday 10 October


Cranny Cemetery Mass – 8pm Thursday, 2 July 2020

We will celebrate Mass in Cranny cemetery at 8pm on Thursday, 2 July. This is an opportunity for us to pray for all who are buried there and for our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends.

As we continue to care for each other by respecting social distance, you are Invited to stand at your family grave. Also, we should avoid gathering in groups as we enter or leave the cemetery.

May He support us all the day long

’till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done.

Them in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,

and a holy rest and peace at the last.    Amen

John Henry Newsman (1801-1890)


Resumption of Public Worship – 29 June 2020

COVID 19 and the Resumption of Public Liturgy:


It is envisaged that the celebration of Mass with a congregation present will resume on 29 June, 2020. We look forward to onCe again gathering as a praying community.

The Irish Bishops have issued a detailed framework documents to help resume the celebration of public liturgies.
The principal points include the following:

  • Each Church should appoint a group to oversee the safe return to public liturgy;
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended;
  • Anyone who is unwell should not attend Mass but continue to take part through live-streaming;
  • Adequate and appropriate signage should be displayed in each Church;
  • Social distancing (at present 2 metres) will apply. This will considerably reduce the capacity of our churches;
  • The seats which are available for use should be clearly indicated;
  • Stewards may be necessary to guide people to the available seats;
  • Holy Communion may only be received on the hand and reception of the chalice is suspended;
  • Priests and Eucharistic ministers should wear face covering when distributing Holy Communion;
  • Hand sanitisers should be installed and used at every Church entrance;
  • Holy Water fonts should not be used;
  • The collection basket should not be distribUted;
  • Church doors should be open so that people do not need to touch them;
  • Seats and other areas that are frequently touched should be cleaned after each time the church is used.

The Bishops stress that public health is paramount and only Churches which are able to fulfil the above requirements should resume the public celebration of liturgy.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with the preparations for the resumption of public Mass or act as a steward etc you are very welcome to contact our pastoral office.


The full text of the Bishops’ framework document may be found here.

Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council: The members of our pastoral council are

Catherine Corry,

Mary Greene,

Anne Marie Hanrahan,

Margaret Haugh,

Susan King,

Bríd Meaney,

Sheila Meaney (Joint Chairperson),

Patsy Normoyle (Joint Chairperson),

John O’Connell,

Mary O’Connell,

Mary O’Dea,

and Marie Quinlivan.

The next meeting of our  pastoral council is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 May 2020 at 8.30pm on Zoom.

If any member of the parish would like to have an issue discussed by the pastoral council they are welcome to contact any member of the council.