Parish News

Published on February 22, 2024

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated for children of second class next Wednesday 28th February at 7pm in St Molua’s Church. A ceremony of welcome for all the family.

Trócaire Boxes: are available in each of the churches please take one. The theme of the Trócaire campaign this year is the struggle for clean healthy water.

It is requested that people would take a copy of the parish newsletter home with them after Mass each weekend. Using the newsletter to refer to it for reminders of parish and community events will assist in keeping in touch and           remembering what you wish to remember from what is included in each weeks issue.

New Collection Envelopes The 2024 boxes are delivered. If your do not receive a box or you  would like to receive a box of giving envelopes for the first time please contact Joanne in parish office.

Dates for the celebration of Sacraments in the parish this year. All ceremonies will be held in St Molua’s Church.

Reconciliation: Wednesday 28th February 7pm; Confirmation: Friday 15th March 11:30am; Eucharist: Saturday 11th May 11am

Family Masses: Please note the following dates for upcoming family masses. We hope you can join us. March 10th – Fourth Sunday of Lent, a lovely way to celebrate mothers of all ages on Mother’s Day.April 14th – Third Sunday of Easter, our theme will be thanksgiving for Confirmation. May 19th – Pentecost, our theme will be thanksgiving for First Holy Communion. June 2nd – Body & Blood of Christ, celebrate with and for those who are about to do exams.

Your Parish Needs you! Volunteer today! Some people have given decades of service in this way and we are now all asked to  consider how we might be able to help in whatever way we can. We are particularly looking to recruit new and previous volunteers as Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic ministers and Cleaners at this time. If you would like to volunteer or to know more please contact Joanne in Parish office or Kieran.

Contributions: Thanks for your continued financial support of the parish at this time, your support is greatly appreciated in these   difficult times. A number of payments have been received through the diocesan online donation facility and we are very grateful.

Lectio Divina runs every Tuesday evening in the parish hall, 8pm to 9pm. Call Olivia @087 6380201 for more info. All welcome.

Volunteers: we need some volunteers to be ‘backup’ sacristans in St Mary’s Church for weekend mass. People who would be willing volunteers are asked to give their name to Joanne at the parish office.

Raheen Hospital: Masses resume to normal on Saturdays at 2.15pm and Wednesdays at 11.00am.

First Friday Visits: We invite sick or housebound parishioners who would like to arrange a First Friday visit from the priest to please call Kieran on 087 9302214 or the parish office on 085 877 9113. Also, those who are currently on the list might contact us again to confirm their details.

Hospital Visits: If anyone has family members in hospitals in the region at present and would like them to receive a visit from the priest please call Kieran on 087 9302214 or the parish office on 085 877 9113.

Pastoral Minister: Michael Daly – 086 3813677 email: mdaly178@gmail.com – Our recently appointed Pastoral Minister for the Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area, Michael Daly, introduced himself at Masses recently. We wish Michael the very best in his new role and we hope to work closely and effectively with him in the coming years.

The new graveyard extension is now completed and graves are available for purchase. If you are interested in buying a plot you can contact one of the following; Michael McNamara -086 8202917 or Ger O’Brien – 087 6349429 or Pat O’Brien – 087 7924202Readers: Can you please check with the celebrant before Mass.

Baptisms: Bookings for baptisms are now being accepted; please contact the Parish Office or Fr Dariusz.

Anniversary Masses: If you wish to book an anniversary Mass you can do so through Joanne at the parish office.

Planning to get married ? You need to give at least six months notice for the completion of church and civil papers and so it would be a good idea to contact Fr Kieran to chat through the necessary requirements. This applies whether you are getting married in the parish, elsewhere in Ireland or overseas.

Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area comprises of the parishes of O’gonnelloe, Bodyke, Scariff, Mountshannon/Whitegate, Feakle & Flagmount-Killanena. Fr Joe McMahon & Fr Kieran Blake are co-parish priests for the area who work together with Fr John Jones, Fr James O’Brien, Fr Jackie Sharpe.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.