Diocesan Appointments and Changes 2021: Bishop Fintan Monahan announced his changes to the diocese on Wednesday 30th June and for the Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area we say goodbye to Fr David Carroll, who moves to Abbey Pastoral Area as co PP residing in St Joseph’s, Ennis and we welcome Fr Dariusz Plasek, Co PP of Inis Cealtra, resident in Bodyke and Fr Joe McMahon will be the Vicar Forane for the area from Friday 6th August. Check www.killaloediocese.ie for full details.
Please pray for Fr Ger Nash who was recently appointed as Bishop-elect of the diocese of Ferns. This diocese covers most of Wexford and parts of counties Wicklow and Carlow. Fr Ger, a native of Tulla, has most recently served as diocesan secretary and director of pastoral development in our diocese of Killaloe. We will miss his faithful service and wish him all the very best in his new appointment.
A Prayer for Fr Ger: Eternal God, Shepherd and Guide, may Ger who will serve your Church be a shepherd after your own heart, who will walk in your ways and with loving care, watch over your people. May he be a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth. So may your name be glorified and your church built up through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Weddings: In relation to marriage notification forms with the HSE system down and the Civil Registration office have to hand write the marriage notification forms that will be forwarded to you.
The Prolife Campaign is running a project at the moment that is challenging the bias shown by some media groups on prolife issues. If you would like to find out more and add your support, visit prolifecampaign.ie/stopthebias
Lough Derg 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd – 5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 0(0353) 71 9861518 or www.loughderg.org.
Synod: The Irish Bishops have announced a general synod of the church to be held in the next number of years and at present are inviting submissions on the way in which consultations should take place. You can find out more by visiting catholicbishops.ie/synod
Summary points of Easter Letter from Bishop Fintan – Let Hope Shape Our Future
Covid-19 has radically changed our lives and Church.
- Familiar faith practices have been greatly disrupted.
- We look forward to returning to a more acceptable form of normal.
- Our Church is in a time of profound change.
- The Church to which we shall return will be very different.
- What sort of Church do you want that to be?
- How will that Church be resourced?
- Do you want to be part of shaping that new reality?
- I invite you to join me in the Diocese of Killaloe on that new journey.
As Easter people we are people of joy and this gives us hope to live and share that joy with future generations. Link to the full letter is on www.killaloediocese.ie/easter-letter-let-hope-shape-our-future/
Bishop Fintan Monahan has issued a statement following the publication of the report into Mother and Baby Homes; the full text can be read on killaloediocese.ie The following is an excerpt: Apology: As bishop of Killaloe, I humbly say sorry to all who suffered as outlined in the Report. For the degradation caused, I am sorry; for the suffering inflicted, I am sorry; for the failure of the Church to demonstrate its commitment to the sacredness of human life, I am truly sorry. Sorry is a small word that may seem inadequate in the light of all that is attempting to address. I can only say that it comes from my heart …If anyone affected by any issues arising from the report would like to meet with myself or any Church personnel you are welcome to make contact through the diocesan Office in Westbourne, Ennis, Co Clare, 065 6828638.
Congratulations: We congratulate local man Archbishop Eugene Nugent who has recently been appointed Papal Nuncio to Kuwait & Qatar by Pope Francis. He will take up his appointment in February as he transfers from Haiti. Please keep Eugene in your prayers at this time.
On-line Donations to Parish: In these times of Government lockdown and restrictions on attendances at public masses, many people who are unable to attend church services are interested in contributing to the support of their parish or their priests. Sincere thanks to all our parishioners who have contributed during this time. It is now possible to make a contribution by credit or debit card directly to your parish using the Diocesan Website – www.killaloediocese.ie. The full contribution as received by the Diocesan website will be fully paid to your parish. Simply go to the Diocesan Website and click on the red “Donate to your Parish” button on the top of the page. You will be invited to select your parish and the parish fund you wish to contribute to. Your support is greatly appreciated.