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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.
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.
During 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.
The 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.
The teachers and students of Cranny and Coolmeen primary schools will gather for the celebration of Mass to pray God’s blessing on the new school year at 9,30am on Thursday 12 September in St Mary’s Church, Cranny. Parents and the wider parish community are most welcome to join with the boards of management and staff and children at this liturgy.
Canons’ Island in the Shannon estuary is the largest in a cluster of over twenty islands that occupy the expansive stretch of water formed by the confluence of the Shannon and Fergus estuaries.
The island is the site of a medieval Monastery and a traditional pilgrim site for people on both sides of the estuary. The Canons Regular of St Augustine who lived in the Abbey provided pastoral care for the nearby parishes until its suppression during the rule of Henry VIII. An article, by Michael Mac Mahon, detailing the history of the Abbey may be found on the website of Clare Library.
While the island are no longer inhabited, several of them continue to serve as pasture for cattle.
The island has continued to serve as a place of burial up to the present. In 1990 the late Fr Michael Hillery, PP revived the tradition of going on pilgrimage to the Canons’ Island A large number of pilgrims travel to the island now for the annual Mass. This year due to Clare’s participation in the All Ireland Hurling semi-final, the pilgrimage will take place on a Saturday. Mass will be celebrated in the ruins of the old Monastery on Saturday 17 August 2013. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 1pm.
Faith Gathering 2013
A date not to be missed 13th – 15th September 2013
A Diocesan Faith Congress event at St Flannan’s College Ennis
Join with the people of The Diocese Of Killaloe in a weekend of talks / workshops / choirs / youth events
Booking is essential for the Faith Gathering. If you do not want to register online you can download our brochure and booking form here
Please complete both sides of this form and return it to your local Parish Office or to Faith Gathering Office, c/o Ennis Parish Office, O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare: 065 686 9090 on or before Friday August 23rd 2013.
Your Parish will sponsor your participation at the Faith Gathering.
Killaloe Diocese Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes:
Owing to an increased demand for accommodation in Lourdes during this Year of Faith a request has been made to the Diocese to reduce the number of nights from five to four. Consequently the revised dates for the Autumn Pilgrimage are from Friday 27th September to Tuesday 1st October, with a new reduced price of €590. This is still the cheapest pilgrimage out of Ireland. This year the Irish Church is celebrating the Centenary of the First Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1913. Book on line at www.joewalshtours.ie and you will be entered for a draw for one free place. Full details on the Diocesan website at www.killaloediocese.ie.
Prayer for Life: Bishop O’Reilly has asked each parish to organise a moment of prayer that all life would be cherished in Ireland. All those who are free to do so are invited to pry the rosary at the Grotto in Coolmeen on next Wednesday (17 July, 2013) at 8pm and at the Grotto in Shessive, Cranny on Thursday (18 July) also at 8pm.