Mass intentions for the week from 6th March 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Saturday 6th March, 7pm: Vincent Keane, Cartron, anniversary;

Angela Callanan, Convent Park, anniversary;

Michael and Margaret McCormack, Parkroe, anniversary;

Michael Lyons, Toureen, anniversary.

Sunday 7th March, 10.30am: Michael Organ, Toureen, Months Mind;

Patrick Linnane, Clough Road, anniversary;

P.J. & Kathleen Larkin, Aran, anniversary;

Bertie Helebert, Clough, anniversary;

Michael Barry, Cartron, anniversary.

Tuesday 9th March, 7pm: Special Intention.

Wednesday 10th March, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Thursday 11th March, 7pm: Pádraig & Bridget Diviney, Raheen, Gort, anniversary.

Friday 12th March, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Saturday 13th March, 7pm: Dr Vivian Greene, Kinvara, anniversary;

John Joe Ryder, Cahercon, anniversary.

Sunday 14th March, 7pm: Martha Neylon, Traught and Oranmore, Months Mind;

Margaret & Michael Hynes and their daughter Mary Kinnane, Mulrook, anniversary;

Anna Quinn, Ballinderreen, anniversary.

Pastoral Message from the Bishops of the West of Ireland

Here is the pastoral message issued on 3rd March 2021 by the Bishops of the West of Ireland about the current Covid-19 pandemic situation:

Dear Parishioners, brother Priests and Deacons, Religious and Friends

Covid-19: A Year On
This week we mark the first anniversary of the appearance of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland. As we consider how this has touched our parish communities, particularly given the tragic loss of so many lives, we wish to share some thoughts with you, the people of the six Dioceses of the Tuam Province.

Further to Climb
Many of us will be familiar with the experience of arriving at what we thought was the top of a mountain only to discover that there is still further to climb. Sometimes the last bit can be the hardest of all. We understand the experience of disappointment and frustration that many people feel, at the news of an indefinite extension of lockdown. We are delighted, however, that children have the opportunity to return to school and we wish them and their teachers every blessing.

Until we are all “Ok”
All of us appreciate the efforts and the sacrifices of those in our community who provide essential services. For many people, however, the continued high level of restriction poses practical and emotional challenges. We want to say very clearly that, in the Christian vision of things, every person is essential and no person is more important or necessary than any other. When we pray the Stations of the Cross, we celebrate people like Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus and Simon of Cyrene who shared with Him the burden of the cross. None of us can say “I’m ok” until we are all “ok”.

Serving the Common Good and Supporting Restrictions
As Church leaders, we have consistently supported the public health restrictions on the grounds that they serve the common good. The state has a particular responsibility for the common good and, on that basis, the Church teaches that Catholics must obey the law unless it is manifestly unjust or immoral. That does not mean that we cannot or should not speak out when we believe that something seems unfair or could be done better. We have consistently made representations, not only for the timely reopening of the public pastoral life of the Church, but also for better protection for elderly residents in nursing homes, for equity in the delivery of critical care in our hospitals and for a fair distribution of vaccines both in our own society and in the wider world.

Difficulties with “Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead”
We recognise the need for prudence and caution at the present time, in the light of the terrible loss of life in January and February, and we accept absolutely that now is not the time for a major reopening of society. We have carefully considered the five stage plan “Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead”, published by the Government last week.

There are two things in this plan which we find very difficult to support.

One of those is the fact that at level 5, all funerals are still limited to 10 people. We believe that a modest increase to 25 would, without compromising safety, bring much consolation to grieving families.

Our second concern is that public worship is still excluded even at level 3. This would suggest that we may not have the opportunity to celebrate Mass together for months to come. It ignores the important contribution of communal worship to the mental and spiritual well-being of people of faith. The fundamental importance of Holy Week and Easter for all Christians, makes the prohibition of public worship particularly painful. While, as Christians, we are obliged to obey these regulations, we believe that it is our responsibility as Church leaders to make the case for change. We will continue to make fair and reasonable representation and we encourage you to do likewise. 

Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation
In so far as the Government plan currently offers no clarity about when we might expect to return to public Sacramental life, we find it difficult to have any confidence that the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation can be celebrated before the end of the present school year. As of now, we have decided to defer the Sacrament of Confirmation for the 2021 class until the Autumn, and we encourage our parishes to consider doing the same in relation to First Holy Communion. Should the circumstances change for the better, this decision can be revisited in each diocese.  In the meantime, we encourage young people and their parents to continue with their preparation. We have provided online resources to support what is being done through the Religious Education programme with the teachers in the schools.

Continuing Pastoral and Sacramental Care
Bearing all of the foregoing in mind, it is also important for us to do as much as we can within the current restrictions to provide pastoral and sacramental care to our parishioners.  Experience teaches us that with suitable precautions, the individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is possible, as is the sacramental care of the sick. These, together with various other pastoral initiatives, can supplement the various online outreaches that have proved so helpful and successful.

Towards Easter 2021
God’s love for us is revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who shared our human condition, with all its joys and sorrows. As his disciples today, we can have confidence in his promise to be with us always, even to the end of time. During this season of Lent, He walks the way of the cross with us and we journey in hope towards the joy of sharing in his Resurrection which, one way or another, we will celebrate together at Easter.

Sincerely in Christ,

+Michael Neary (Archbishop of Tuam)

+Brendan Kelly (Bishop of Galway)

+John Fleming (Bishop of Killala)

+Kevin Doran (Bishop of Elphin)

+Michael Duignan (Bishop of Clonfert)

+Paul Dempsey (Bishop of Achonry)

Poor Clares Vocations Event

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The Poor Clares, Galway, are hosting an online Q&A vocations event on Wednesday, 10th March 2021 from 7:30pm to 9.00pm, to help those who are exploring the possibility of a religious vocation to learn more about the Poor Clare way of life.
If you are under 40 and would like to attend contact: vocations@poorclares.ie
For more information see: www.poorclares.ie/online-qa-

The Living Word in Lent 2021

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Mark’s Gospel was the first of the Four Gospels to be written. On five Tuesday evenings from 23 February to 23 March, facilitated by Fr Gerard McCarthy SVD, we will journey through the Passion narrative of this Gospel, attempting to grow in our understanding of the final days of Jesus, leading to the great event of the Resurrection.
Interested? Just drop an email to pastoral@galwaydiocese.ie and you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting platform.

 

Mass intentions for the week from 27th February 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Sat 27th Feb, 7pm: Kieran Corless, Main Street, Kinvara, Months Mind;

Pádraig & Kathleen Naughton, Shanclough, and deceased members of the Naughton and McInerney families, anniversary;

Bridget & William Hackett and their daughter Maura, Dublin, anniversary.

Sun 28th Feb, 10.30am: Rose Glynn, Aughinish, 1st anniversary, and her sister Liz Glynn, Essex, recently deceased;

Geraldine Bourke, Cartron, anniversary;

Laura Shiels, Mulrook, anniversary.

Tues 2nd March, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Wed 3rd March, 7pm: Michael Corless, Ballyclera, and deceased family members, anniversary.

Thurs 4th March, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Friday 5th March, 7pm: Margaret & Thomas McDonagh, Doirín Darach, and deceased members of their family, anniversary.

Sat 6th March, 7pm: Vincent Keane, Cartron, anniversary;

Angela Callanan, Convent Park, anniversary;

Michael and Margaret McCormack, Parkroe, anniversary.

Sunday 7th March, 10.30am: Michael Organ, Toureen, Months Mind;

Patrick Linnane, Clough Road, anniversary;

P.J. & Kathleen Larkin, Aran, anniversary;

Bertie Helebert, Clough, anniversary;

Michael Barry, Cartron, anniversary.

Mass intentions for the week from 20th February 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this new situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Sat 20th Feb, 7pm: Tommy Maguire, Cahercon, Months Mind;

John Paul O’Connor, Leeha South, anniversary, and deceased family members.

Sun 21st Feb,10.30am: Monica Forde, Cartron, 1st anniversary, and her son John;

Mick, B.J., Una, and Noni May Bermingham and deceased members of the Bermingham family, Kinvara, anniversary;

Tom Sweeney, Toureen, anniversary;

Kate & Jimmy McInerney and their son Patrick, Doorus, anniversary.

1pm: Funeral of Michael Hastings, R.I.P., Crushoa. (Funeral is private due to pandemic restrictions, but will be streamed on the parish Facebook page.)

Tues 23rd Feb, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish.

Wed 24th Feb, 7pm: Mass.

Thurs 25th Feb, 7pm: John McCormack, Turlough Keeloge, 4th anniversary.

Fri 26th Feb, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish.

Sat 27th Feb, 7pm: Kieran Corless, Main Street, Kinvara, Months Mind;

Pádraig & Kathleen Naughton, Shanclough, and deceased members of the Naughton and McInerney families, anniversary;

Bridget & William Hackett and their daughter Maura, Dublin, anniversary.

Sun 28th Feb, 10.30am: Rose Glynn, Aughinish, 1st anniversary, and her sister Liz Glynn;

Geraldine Bourke, Cartron, anniversary;

Laura Shiels, Mulrook, anniversary.

Ash Wednesday 2021

On this Ash Wednesday, 17th February 2021, the parish focus will be on the Mass in the evening at 7pm. You are invited to join spiritually in the Mass through the streaming on this Facebook page. Maeve Cairney will kindly sing at this Mass. We begin our 40 days of spiritual preparation for Easter. Let’s make Lent a meaningful period of getting closer to God, and turn the limitations of lockdown into Lenten sacrifices.
This year, because of the restrictions, we will not have the distribution of ashes. Ashes will not be available in the Churches, so as not to cause too many people to be in Church at the one time on this day.

Trócaire boxes for Lent 2021

The Trócaire boxes for Lent 2021 have arrived and they are available in the porches of St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen. As our usual distribution methods through the Church congregation and the schools are not possible this year, it would be good if you could take a Trócaire box from the Church porch in the days ahead. If anybody would like to distribute Trócaire boxes to the houses in your area, in a safe way respecting all Covid restrictions of course, it could be a practical contribution to Trócaire for this Lent.

Mass intentions for the week from 13th February 2021

Because of government Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment, we cannot have a congregation in the Churches for public worship. Instead, all Masses will be streamed online, at the times for the temporary schedule during the pandemic, except that Saturday evening Vigil Masses will be combined into one Mass at 7pm, and Sunday Masses will be combined into one Mass at 10.30am. If anybody prefers to change an anniversary or other booking in the context of this new situation, that will be no problem.

St Joseph’s Church in Kinvara and St Colman’s Church in Ballinderreen remain open throughout each day for personal prayer. Please sanitise your hands on the way in and out, and maintain physical distancing if there is anybody else in the Church at the time.

Sat 13th Feb, 7pm: Tommy Joe Linnane, Nogra, and the deceased members of his family, anniversary.

Sun 14th Feb, 10.30am: Patsy Fawl, Mulrook, months mind;

Micheál MacMahon, Moy Road, 1st anniversary.

Tues 16th Feb, 7pm: People of Ballinderreen Parish

Ash Wednesday 17th Feb, 7pm: People of Kinvara Parish

Thurs 18th Feb, 7pm: Tom Feeney, Athlone, anniversary.

Fri 19th Feb, 7pm: Mass

Sat 20th Feb, 7pm: Tommy Maguire, Cahercon, Months Mind;

John Paul O’Connor, Leeha South, anniversary, and deceased family members.

Sun 21st Feb, 10.30am: Monica Forde, Cartron, 1st anniversary, and her son John;

Mick, B.J., Una, and Noni May Bermingham and deceased members of the Bermingham family, Kinvara, anniversary;

Tom Sweeney, Toureen, anniversary;

Kate & Jimmy McInerney and their son Patrick, Doorus, anniversary.

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