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.