Cranny-Coolmeen in 2013

Christmas 2012 003During 2013 the following sacramental celebrations took place in Coolmeen-Cranny parish:

  • Baptisms 12 ·
  • First Holy Communions 6 ·
  • Weddings  7 ·
  • Funerals  10.

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 2013

Christmas 2012Mass on Christmas Eve will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 8pm.

Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 9.45am.

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

Christmas Carol Service will be held in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday 21 December at 18.15.

Mass on New Years Day will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 1 January, 2014 at 12noon.

January 1st is the world day of prayer for peace

Christmas Giving The Society of St Vincent de Paul is happy to distribute toys and non-perishable 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 Wednesday 18 December and at 7.30pm in Coolmeen on Thursday 19 December also at 7.30pm.

Canonisations of John XXIII and John Paul II

IMG_0187Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be declared Saints by Pope Francis in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Sunday 27 April in St Peter’s Square, Rome.

Millions of Catholics from all over the world will gather in Rome to celebrate this historic event and to celebrate the ministry of these two pontiffs including the Second Vatican Council called by Pope John, and the world wide ministry of Pope John Paul.

The Diocese of Killaloe has organised a pilgrimage to Rome on the occasion of the canonisations from Wednesday 23 April to Wednesday 30 April 2014.

The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly. Travel is by scheduled Aer Lingus flights from/to Dublin. Accommodation is in a four star hotel,  within a short walk from the Vatican which will greatly facilitate attendance at the canonisations on Sunday morning.

A guide and coach will be available to the group throughout the week.  Fr Albert McDonnell will be spiritual director to the pilgrimage.

The itinerary will include the major basilicas, baroque squares, the Irish College and the other major attractions in Rome. We will also spend an overnight in Assisi and Montecassino. To view the draft itinerary click here  KILLALOE ITINERARY CANONISATIONS 2014

Cost is €1,100 per person sharing.

Contact 057 9355050 (mornings only) or



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Parish Contribution to Syria and the Philippines

untitledBishop Kieran O’Reilly invited the people of the Diocese to be as generous as possible in supporting the emergency Trócaire collection being taken up at all Masses in the Diocese for The Philippines and Syria on 16-17 November 2013.

The damage from Typhoon Haiyan is catastrophic. Caritas Philippines estimate that over 10,000 people have been killed and 600,000 have been displaced from their homes. The United Nations estimate that almost 10 million people have been affected.

Bishop Kieran O’Reilly is encouraging the people of the Diocese to be as generous as possible.  “Our support for our brothers and sisters in such great need is an essential expression of our faith. Trócaire will be working closely with many Irish Missionaries working in the region to provide aid for the most afflicted people.” 

To date the parish community in Coolmeen-Cranny have contributed €1,929 to this special appeal.

Builders of Hope – Killaloe Diocesan Plan

Builders of Hope – Pastoral Plan Diocese of Killaloe 2013-2020 will guide the work of our diocese and our parishes during the next seven year.  The title is taken from the words of Pope Francis ‘Don’t be scared.  Dare to have fabulous plans.  I encourage you to not  be afraid to dream,  to have great ideals,  to be builders of hope.’ The plan is the fruit of the listening process that took place in our diocese over the last two years.

Bishop Kieran O Reilly will launch the plan for our cluster of parishes on Monday 25 November at 8pm in Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point. Fr Brendan Quinlivan will present the main points of the plan at the launch. Everybody interested in the future of our Church and faith is welcome to attend the launch.

To read the full plan click here Killaloe Diocese Pastoral Plan

The contents include:

Diocesan Vision Statement;                                                                                                                                        Leadership for Renewal in the Local Church                                                                                           Partnership in Ministry in the Emerging Church                                                                                                                                                               Liturgy                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spirituality & Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                        Youth Ministry                                                                                                                                                                                                        Adult Faith Education                                                                                                                                                            Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation                                                                                                                                         Diocesan Safeguarding Services                                                                                                                                                                              Communications                                                                                                                                                                                           Management of Resources
Getting behind the Vision Statement
Context for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2013-2020
Implementing the Diocesan Pastoral Plan
Year of FaithPrayer for the Success of the Diocesan Plan Paidir do Rath an Tréadphlean ár nDeoise

Parish Social

The Annual Parish Social will be held in Tír na n-Óg, Cranny on Saturday 16 November, 2013.  Music is by Mountain Dew and tickets cost €6. Spot prizes – Refreshments Served.  Tickets on sale from usual ticket sellers or you can get your tickets after Mass from Chrissie Vaughan, Cranny or Margaret Haugh, Coolmeen.  Proceeds from this Parish Fundraiser will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of Coolmeen and Cranny Churches.

Mission Sunday 20 October 2013

Mission Sunday 2013

This year we celebrate mission Sunday on Sunday 20 October 2013.

The theme chosen for this year is ‘Growing in Faith’. In his message for Mission Sunday Pope Francis reminds us that ‘A Christian community shows maturity when it professes the faith, celebrates it with joy during the liturgy, lives charity, proclaims the Word of God endlessly. It leaves the security of the familiar to taker the faith ‘out there’ especially to people who have not had the opportunity to know Christ’.

Mission Sunday is an opportunity for us to pray for and support our missionaries ,especially those from our own parish and diocese and commit urselves anew to share our faith.

Bishop Kieran O’Reilly discusses the missions in this video.

November Prayers for the Faithful Departed

Christmas 2012 003During the month of November we remember our departed sisters and brothers.

We will have a moment of prayer for the faithful departed in Cranny cemetery at 2.30pm and in Kilfiddane cemetery at 3.30pm on Sunday 3 November.

Our annual Mass for those our parishioners and other relatives and friends will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 6.45pm on Saturday 9 November and in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am on Sunday 10 November 2013.

Harvest Mass

IMG_1240The 2013 Harvest Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday 12 October at 6.45pm.

This is an opportunity for the parish community of Coolmeen-Cranny to celebrate and thank God for the blessings we have received during 2013.

We thank the Lord for the couples who celebrated the sacrament of marriage, the children who were baptised and those who received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

We also thank the Lord for the fruits of the earth: fruit, vegetables, hay, silage, turf and so much else. We also celebrate our achievements in sport, our festival and so many other community events.