Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 June to 1 July 2013

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage: Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA will lead this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from June 26th to 1st July.  Direct flight from Shannon  €670 inclusive.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first Irish pilgrimage to Lourdes when people travelled overland. Bookings Joe Walsh Tours on  01 2410810 or see http://www.killaloediocese.ie

Book online at www.joewalshtours.ie and you will be entered in a draw for 1 free place.

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €560 Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone:  061  364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome.

For further information regarding Lourdes see http://en.lourdes-france.org

Holy Week in Coolmeen/Cranny 2013

Good Friday Cranny 2013 001

The 2013 Holy Week ceremonies will be celebrated in Coolmeen/Cranny at the following times.

  • Monday 25 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny      Service of Reconcilation                            8pm
  • Tuesday 26 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen    Service of Reconcilation                    8pm
  • Holy Thursday, 28 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen  Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     The Lord’s Passion                              3pm
  • Good Friday, 29 March St Mary’s Church Cranny   Stations of the Cross                          7.30pm
  • Holy Saturday, 30 March, St Mary’s Church, Cranny     Easter Vigil                                  6.45pm
  • Easter Sunday 31 March, St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen     Easter Mass                         9.45am

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Year of Faith

Saturday, 23 March 2013 The Clare Inn, Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare.

Opening the Windows Reliving Vatican II

Confrence Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

The Diocese of Killaloe hosted a one day gathering, ‘Opening the Windows’, to give us an opportunity to reflect on how the Second Vatican Council can help us live as Christians today. Vatican II which has been described as the most important event in the life of our Church in modern times, began its work fifty  years ago. Pope John XXIII called the Council because he wanted “to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.”. To help us relive and rediscover the richness of this great event Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2013 a Year of Faith.

During our Conference we reflected on four important topics discussed by the Council:

  • The Word of God;
  • Prayer and liturgy;
  • Being part of the Church;
  • Church and society.

The approach was practical with the focus on the daily experience of living as a Christian in today’s world.  The day provided an occasion to reflect on the beauty of our faith, to share and to encourage each other .

Conference Brochure  Opening the Windows 23 March 2013

To hear Bishop Kieran O Reilly’s presentation at the conference please click here

To hear Liam Lawton’s paper delivered at the conference please click here 

To read Dermot Ryan’s paper delivered at the conference please click here Dermot Ryan Believing and Belonging 

To view images of the day see




Afternoon for Readers

An afternoon for readers involved in the liturgical life of the parishes in our cluster (Coolmeen-Cranny, Kildysart and Lissycasey-Ballynacally) will take place in the pastoral centre in Lissycasey (at the rear of the Church) on Sunday 3 March 2013 from 4pm to 5.30. It will be led by Fr Vincent Sherlock, Achonry Diocese, and will conclude with a light supper. The afternoon will include discussion of God’s word and some practical suggestions on how best to proclaim it.

Coolmeen/Cranny in 2012

During 2012 the following celebrations took place in our parish:

  • Baptisms           9;
  • Confirmation      8;
  • Weddings          1;
  • Funerals           11.

We pray that the Lord will always be close to each of us particularly at the special times in our lives.

Christmas in Coolmeen/Cranny

Christmas 2012


Coolmeen/Cranny Senior Citizens Christmas Party:

Our Annual Senior Citizens Party will be held in The Hilltop on Sunday, 20 January at 1.30pm. Names please to Teresa O’Halloran 9050483, Claire McMahon 6832060 or Margaret Haugh 087 6981841.

 Christmas Day

Mass on Christmas Eve will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 8pm and Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 10.00.

New Years Day

Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 5pm on Monday 31 December as the sun sets on 2012.

Mass on New Years Day will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 1 January, 2013 at 12noon. January 1st is the world day of prayer for peace. The theme chosen by Pope Benedict this year is ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’

Coolmeen Christmas Carol Service:

A Christmas Carol Service will be held in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday 22 December at 6pm (before the Satruday evening 6.45 Mass). This is a nice way to begin the Christmas liturgy programme and we invite as many people as possible to partecipate in this prayerful ceremony.  

Cranny School Christmas Concert

Cranny Primary School will hold their Christmas concert on Wednesday, 19 December at 1pm. 

Coolmeen School Christmas Mass: The Christmas Mass will be celebrated in Coolmeen school on Friday 21 December 2012 at 11,15am. Parents and other members of the community are welcome to join the teachers and students in this Christmas liturgy. 

Advent wreathSt Benedict's Church Coolmen


Christmas Giving

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is happy to distribute toys and nonperishable food to families in need. Boxes for the collection of both are to be found in both Cranny and Coolmeen churches during Advent.

Preparation for Christmas

A service of reconciliation with an opportunity for individual confession will take place at 7,30pm in Cranny on Monday 10 December and at 7.30pm in Coolmeen on Wednesday 12 December at 7.30pm.

February 3, Feast of St Blaise (Blessing of Throats)

candles for blessing of throats

Wednesday February 3, 2016 is the Feast of St Blaise.

The blessing of throats will take place on Wednesday, 3 February at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny, at 7.15pm in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen and after 8pm Mass in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

Using two crossed, blessed, unlit candles the minister touches the throat of each person using the following prayer of blessing:

Through the intercession of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr,

may the Lord preserve you from aliments of the throat and every other illness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. It is believed that he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred under the reign of Licinius in the early fourth century.

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.