Diocesan News

Published on May 12, 2022

During our safeguarding month  in the Diocese: We must keep in our prayers those effected by war. Using the words  of Khalil Gibran ‘Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.’  The parish safeguarding audits showed that children’s ministry in parishes is slowly returning, we actively encourage children to be involved in  the Church and have developed procedures, policies and forms to assist Parishes with this  Ministry. For any further guidance or assistance with restarting children’s ministry, Cleo and Joe will be more than happy to assist and can be contacted via the Diocesan office.


Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the recent Special Collection for Ukraine. Nationally, this collection has raised to date over €3.25 million. The war in Ukraine, and the terrible suffering which has resulted, has seen a tremendous outpouring of compassion and generosity from our parish communities. Your contributions will bring much-needed relief to those in the region whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated. The funds raised will be used by the international Catholic Church agency, Caritas Internationalis, which is currently operating on the ground in Ukraine and its surrounding areas.  We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our thoughts, praying for peace and an end to this appalling humanitarian crisis.

Ordination of Antun Pasalic: Please keep Antun in your prayers as he joined the Priesthood for service in the Diocese of Killaloe.

The annual Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday May 22nd. We are inviting new members from parish and community to consider attending. The day will include a tour of the grounds, a visit to the Museum, concelebrated Mass and time to enjoy lunch and explore the beautiful Shrine grounds and services therein. The Ark Children’s Club at The HUB is available for those coming with small children (open Wednesday to Sunday). A bus will be organised by Brigdale Coaches 087 2661333 (Contact Cian) and Noel O’Shea 087 2550155 (Contact Noel). Any questions contact Claire in the Killaloe Diocesan Office at 065 6828638 or visit www.knockshrine.ie

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: resumes again this year from 28th June to 3rd July, direct from Shannon Airport.  Sick or assisted pilgrims will not travel this year.  Cost  €739 to €759 depending on the choice of hotel , Agena or La Solitude. To reserve your place please contact Joe Walsh Tours -Tel; 01-2410800 , email: info@joewalshtours.ie Post: Joe Walsh Tours 69 O’Connell Street Dublin 1. The autumn pilgrimage will take place from 2nd to 7th October 2022.  Enquiries to Fr Tom Ryan Pilgrimage Director  087- 2349816 or tfryan.ennis@gmail.com

Lough Derg welcomes Pilgrims again with a full Pilgrimage programme this summer. Three Day Pilgrimage: 1st June – 15th August. Booking advised. Concessions available for students, seniors and groups. One Day Retreats and guided Pilgrim Path experience: dates in May and late August through September. Booking essential. All booking information at www.loughderg.org, email info@loughderg.org or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.  Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co Donegal, F94 N289.

A link for the Holy Communion Webinar with Fr Chris O’Donnell

First Holy Communion Webinar – Killaloe Diocese

A link to the Confirmation Webinar held this week with Fr. Chris O’Donnell of Limerick leading.

Video of Confirmation Webinar 2022

Synodal Process Leaflet for Parishes Final

Synodal Pathway: Please find attached a leaflet that was requested / suggested by some people at the recent synodal pathway meetings.

Please find below the link to the online survey for the synodal pathway.  It is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the synodal pathway. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/synod-keyqs/

Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage: It is hoped to have two pilgrimages to Lourdes from Shannon Airport  on 28th June and 2nd October. The pilgrimages this year will not be able to accommodate sick or assisted pilgrims given the continued presence of the Covid 19  answer in accordance with best practice. More details later.

Papal Blessing Parchments

One Flock One Shepherd – I am with you Still – Faith Reflections from a Covid-19 World

I hope you are keeping well on this fresh January day! A colleague who, during the Christmas was browsing a publication from Veritas from last year, I am with you Still – Faith reflections from a Covid-19 world – suggested that it might be timely to forward the reflection I submitted which is attached.  The book was published last year and you may have read it then.  One would have hoped by now that we would have moved on to a brighter and better situation, but the reality of ‘it’ being with us still is very much the case.  Of course the real meaning of ‘He’ being with us still is a greater reality that trumps and gives meaning to the struggles therein and thank God for that. The reflection might be helpful in advance of what I hope will be many life-giving and energising discussions and dialogues on the Journey of the Synodal Pathway in the coming months and years.

Sláinte agus beannachtaí, Fintan

Pope Francis, along with other religious leaders has called on those attending COP26 to renew their commitment to keep global temperatures below 1.5°C and to take action to make this possible. “We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children,” the statement says.

October and World Mission Sunday: On World Mission Sunday missionaries take great strength in knowing that the faithful of the world are keeping them in their thoughts and prayers. Help right now. Donate €4.00 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300. Alternatively donate at www.missio.ie or call Missio Ireland 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
ennis.branchrecruitment@samaritans.org for further information.

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.