May Safeguarding Month: With the good news that our churches are set to open, safeguarding checks within the parish will take place to ensure and maintain a safe environments. We welcome people back and offer our continued reassurance of our commitment to safeguarding in the parish and Diocese.
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
Killaloe Diocese Youth Ministry: presents a Blessing for All Young People of the diocese, primary, secondary and college age on Sunday 9th May at 12 noon. It will be available for viewing on www.killaloediocese.ie and all diocesan social media platforms including Youtube. There are lovely scenes from Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Ennis and from Star of the Sea Church, Quilty including scenes by the sea.
Level 7 Diploma in Spirituality – Applied Youth Ministry and Facilitation
ONLINE COURSE ACCREDITED BY ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, MAYNOOTH
The course runs from September to April. Delivered online, students view lecturers and live e-tutorial sessions, access readings, ask questions, engage in discussions and complete assignments online. The course is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling the student to balance study with work and family commitments.
The practical element will comprise the on-line planning and delivery of four youth retreats/parish reflective youth experiences. The skills are transferable to other situations. Training for this is included in the course.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in the spiritual and human development of young people, including parents, teachers, school chaplains and youth workers in parish ministry.
Cost €1500 (Payable in two instalments). Limited number of grants available towards cost if enquiries made before end of April. Initial deposit €100 (only refundable if not accepted onto the course)
For further information please contact Kathleen 086 8608966. Also see www.shekinah.ie.
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/
Men’s Rites of Passage, Kiltegan, 18th – 22nd August 2021:
Nowadays, the question of what it means to be a man can be perplexing, and to be a man of faith in Ireland today can be very difficult. Most men have a longing for the support and guidance of other men in their journey towards masculinity, maturity, and a deeper experience with the divine. Living a shallow unexamined life is an empty experience. Opening the door to this journey can start with the Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP), a five-day deeply spiritual/ experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through profound rituals and teachings. It is the kind of experience that can help awaken men to the adventure and mystery of their own masculinity, their potential for leadership, and their life’s purpose. Join with other men on this journey in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, 18-22 August 2021. For more information, go to malejourney.ie/rites/mrop-2019 or phone 087-176 3729
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.
Trócaire: Please continue to support the Trócaire Lenten campaign; let your love travel thousands of kilometres to help brave women conquer fear and protect their families. Use the Trócaire envelopes available in churches or use your own envelopes. www.trocaire.org has more details of this year’s campaign
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.
18-25 January is the week of prayer for Christian Unity; this year’s theme is ‘Abide in My Love – You Shall Bear Much Fruit’. It was chosen by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. They desired to share the experience and wisdom of their contemplative life abiding in the love of God and keeping his commandment of ‘loving one another as He loved us’. They remind Christians worldwide about the importance of praying for the fruits of closer communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ and greater solidarity with the whole of creation.
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.
Because 2020 has been a year like no other, the Diocese of Killaloe, in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert, has decided to hold a Day of Remembrance on November 20th for those who have died in 2020. This Day aims to acknowledging those who have died this year and those who have been bereaved through the death of loved ones. It includes the remembrance of those who have died as a result of the global pandemic, as well as those who have died from other causes during the year. The day will help us to remember our own beloved dead but also acknowledge and pray for those whose passing and mourning has been so cruelly affected by the COVID protocols in hospitals and nursing homes and around funerals.
The focus of the Remembrance Day will be on short moments of prayer in which everyone can participate at home. These include the following:
• A short radio message and blessing from Bishop Fintan and Bishop Kenneth Kearon (Church of Ireland) will mark the beginning of the day’s prayer. (This will also be available on diocesan and parish websites, on Facebook and other social media platforms).
• A Diocese-wide moment of silence and individual prayer at 12 noon to remember the dead and bereaved. The angelus bell will be a reminder of this moment.
• A short prayer time to be broadcast on Clare FM and Tipp FM on Friday evening around 7 p.m.
• People are invited to light candles and place them in the window in the evening as an act of remembrance.
On-line Donations to Parish: The on-line donations facility on the Diocesan Website is now operational which enables parishioners to make on-line contributions to their own individual parish. Log on to www.killaloediocese.ie and using the Donate button, select your own parish to make your contribution. Donations to parish funds, priests collections or other special collections can be accommodated. This is an additional facility which will work in tandem with parish websites where separate on-line donation facilities are currently operating. We hope that you will find this service useful for your ongoing support which is greatly appreciated.
Accord: To help support marriage and relationships in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Accord CLG and Accord Northern Ireland have established a new relationship support phone line which will be staffed by experienced couples and relationships counsellors. This will be a free service but calls are charged at a local rate. The support line is open from 9.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday. Call 01 531 3331.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: It is with profound regret we announce that the Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26th June 2020 has been rescheduled to 29th June 2021. The decision was taken by the Diocese in consultation with Joe Walsh Tours in the light of the Covid-19 Pandemic which prevents us guaranteeing the health and safety of all who travel with us. The agreement is with JWT to carry forward to next year all current bookings so that there will be no financial loss to those who are booked. Please do not at this time contact JWT as staff are working from home and do not have full access to their office. A decision on the Autumn Pilgrimage will be taken in due course.