On behalf of Pope Francis, thank you for supporting World Mission Sunday. Your kindness means that overseas missionaries can continue to share the love of God with some of the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable people. If you value the work of overseas missionaries, you can donate €4 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
Synod Assembly of Bishops: Highlights from the last few weeks of the Synodal Assembly are also available and include presentations from the Secretariat, theological inputs and spiritual inputs. Simply click on the link synod.va
Going forward in Faith, Hope and Love Autumn 2023
Context of the Pastoral Letter
It followed extensive consultation and discernment trying to find a system of operating within the diocese that would make life easier and work more manageable. This would be more fit for purpose for the Church of today and tomorrow. The hope is to free up the burden of admin and leave more time for pastoral engagement, mission and evangelisation. Full letter available on Killaloe Diocese webiste.
One of the largest Catholic dioceses in Ireland, the Diocese of Killaloe, has announced a year-long initiative to encourage men to consider joining the priesthood.
A multimedia promotional campaign across counties Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly and Laois is underway, and visits to parishes across the Diocese of Killaloe commence this coming weekend in Ennis, followed by visits to Nenagh, Birr and Castleconnell next month.
Visit www.killaloediocese.ie or follow the Diocese of Killaloe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more on the Year for Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood.
Killaloe Diocese Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 2nd to 7th October. 780euro full board. Limited seats available. Booking to Joe Walsh Tours 89 Harcourt Street Dublin 2 D02WY88 Tel: 01-2410800 www.joewalshtours.ie
Welcome home to our pilgrims from World Youth Day. Thanks to Fr. Francis Xavier for the excellent summary video on the link below.
Newsletter of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. Continued blessings on all the good work.
GETTING MARRIED IN 2023!
Accord Pre Marriage Courses available face to face in Ennis. Bookings on www.courses.accord.ie
Diocese of Killaloe Synodal Process & Synthesis: Many thanks to all the parishes, pastoral areas, individuals who took part in the diocesan phase. Thanks to the Diocesan Pastoral Council who did fantastic work from October to April and the Synthesis Group of 10 people, Diocesan Pastoral Council, New Minsters and Clergy who did Trojan work on putting together the synthesis from the huge volume of data gathered.
A link for the Holy Communion Webinar with Fr Chris O’Donnell
A link to the Confirmation Webinar held this week with Fr. Chris O’Donnell of Limerick leading.
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.
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/
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.