Diocesan News

Published on October 14, 2021

Sympathies to Bishop Fintan Monahan on the death of his mother Peg, may her gentle soul rest in peace.

October and World Mission Sunday: Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father’s annual appeal to  support overseas mission and missionaries. Worryingly, it is in jeopardy. The pandemic means that less of us can physically attend Mass, meaning less offerings in the basket. The implications for overseas missionaries and the communities they serve over the   coming months will be devastating. You can help right now. Please donate €4.00 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300. Alternatively donate at www.missio.ie or call Missio on 01 497 2035. To learn more go to www.missio.ie

Synodal Process: In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time.  These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process. “Synodal” comes from a Greek word which means “walking together”.  This Sunday, 17th October we mark the opening of this Synodal Process entitled, For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. This Synodal Process coincides with the start of the two-year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland which will lead, in time, to a National Synodal Assembly in Ireland. We pray that the next two years will be a time of prayer, listening and discernment, involving a consultative conversation. This will allow all people – both within the Church and in society at large, to share their insights into the Catholic Church in Ireland – past, present and future – so that we can prepare for a National Synodal Assembly in the coming years.

Pope Francis has asked us to pray continually for the success of this synodal process.  He asks that we use the words of a very ancient prayer attributed to St Isodore of Seville who lived in the 6th century. This prayer has been used at Councils and Synods of the Church since ancient times. (See reflection).

Limerick-Killaloe Camino:  is a project of the Church of Ireland Cathedrals of St Mary’s in Limerick and St Flannan’s in Killaloe. It is roughly 25 kilometres in Length which is about a five hour walk. It follows part of the Lough Derg Way with a mixture of river bank,  canal bank, forest trail, old roadway and minor roads.  The Limerick-Killaloe Camino is best accessed from one of three different    trailheads along the Lough Derg Way which provide information boards and car parking. These are at Limerick (Arthurs Quay),     Clonlara (centre of the village) and Killaloe (Riverside Car Park on the Killaloe Side of the Shannon, near the Tourist Office). A booklet containing prayers and readings for this camino can be downloaded at  https://limerick.anglican.org/limerick-killaloe-camino/

A Synod for the Irish Church

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.

Interested in becoming a Samaritan volunteer?
Samaritans Ennis and Clare are currently seeking new volunteers for the Autumn 2021training programme. Volunteers offer their time (approximately 3 to 4 hours a week) to help deliver a 24-hour emotional support service to callers from all walks of life. If you are tolerant, open-minded, and willing to help others please call 085 1763491 or email
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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.