29 April 2008


22 Colmcille Road, Shantalla, Galway,April 27, 2008, (suddenly), Marty dearly beloved husband and very best friend of Detta; very sadly missed by his heartbroken wife, brother Tommy, sisters Della and Tessie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, the extended family and many friends. Reposing at 22 Colmcille Road tomorrow (Wednesday) from 5 o'c. with Removal at 7 o'c. to our church . Funeral after 11 o'c. Mass on Thursday to Rahoon Cemetery. May he rest in the Arms of Jesus


19 Cruachan Park, Rahoon, Galway and formerly Annaghdown, Co. Galway, April 27, 2008, Martin Snr., dearly beloved husband and best friend of Teresa (for 47 years) and much loved father of Jean, Martina, Edel, Fiona, Zita and Martin Jnr; very sadly missed by his loving wife, son and daughters, grandchildren Alma and Gemma, Davin and Danielle, Kate and Niamh and Mark and Robert, sons-in-law Paul, Daragh and Donal, sisters Bridie and Mary, brother Brendan, extended family and many friends. Reposing at 19 Cruachan Park, Rahoon today (Tuesday) from 5 o'c. to 8 o'c. Private Removal tomorrow (Wednesday) to our church. Funeral after 1.30 o'c. Mass to Rahoon Cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

28 April 2008


Please pray for the soul of Rita O'Connor, 25 John Coogan Park, who has died. Rita's remains will be reposing at O'Flaherty's Funeral Home on Munster Avenue, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th, from six until eight when they will be removed to our church. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at eleven with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon. To Martin and her family we offer our sincere sympathy and support.

We also offer our sympathy and support to Teresa Forde and family, 19 Cruachan Park, on the death of Martin, and to Detta Lee, 22 Colmcille Road, on the death of her husband Marty. Funeral arrangements to be finalized later.

In the Lord's own house shall I dwell......

26 April 2008


Fr. Murchadh O'Madagáin will give a talk on his field of expertise, Centering Prayer, in the Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, City Centre, (bus no's 2, 5, 4&7 all stop nearby)next Wednesday at 8. 
www.pastoralcentre.ie for more details


We pray today for the repose of the soul of Michael Melia of Collinamuck, Rosscahill, whose wife Maria is from our parish, from Davis Road. Michael's funeral took place during the week in Collinamuck. Maria you and the little ones and Michaels mum and grand dad are very sincerely in our thoughts and prayers.

Please pray too for the repose of the soul of Michael (Mick) FOLEY of 11 Rockmount Road, Highfield Park.
Mick will be reposing at his home tomorrow, Sunday, from 4pm to 7pm. Private removal on Monday to our church. Funeral after 11am Mass to Rahoon Cemetery. Bríd and the family we are with you also in thought and prayer.

Receive their souls and present them to God the most high....



Next Friday the Sixth Class boys and girls of Scoil Bhride will be making their Confirmation. We pray for them in a special way and pray that they will shine like bright lights in the world, being true to their faith and to the gifts and fruits they will receive.

Sixth Sunday of Easter, April 27th 2008.

COPYRIGHT, FR. MARTIN TIERNEY, SUNDAY THOUGHTS.COM. "The Gospel of today opens with the conjunction 'if'. It's a big if. Jesus says 'if you love me ... I will ask the Father' . In this passage Jesus seems to make the gift of the Spirit conditional upon the disciples' love of Jesus and keeping the commandments. This is covenant language reminiscent of the great 'if' of the book of Exodus. 'If you hearken to my voice, and keep my covenant, you will be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people'.

God cannot force himself into our lives. He has given us the gift of free will. He has to be, warts and all, invited into our lives. The gift of the Spirit cannot be given, because it cannot be received in one who does not love Jesus and try to live according to his word. In other words, there is no such a thing as 'cheap grace'. There is a price to be paid in this life. There are demands placed on us in our friendship with Jesus.

In working with married couples we say that love is a decision, not a feeling. When love is a decision there is a price to be paid! We decide to love despite our feelings. We don't base the most important relationship in our lives on how we feel today. It is in overcoming one's feelings of apathy, disinterestedness, that one grows in love. True love is a demanding path. Love is its own reward, for it is in paying the price that"

25 April 2008

Saint of the Day, April 25th-St. Mark.

St. Mark - Saints & Angels - COPYRIGHT-Catholic Online: "The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. He is the patron saint of notaries."

22 April 2008

News, April 22nd.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of the following:

Anne O'Malley, the mother of Amanda Dempsey, 41 Grangemore.
Paddy O'Connor, the brother of Maureen Burke, McDara Road.
Patsy Hanafin, the brother of Mrs Dodd, 112 Inishannagh Park.
Bernie Nash, Clare.

May the angels greet them...

The Easter Offerings are being taken up throughout the Sundays of April.
If we could have your Trócaire boxes by May 1st we would be most grateful.

We congratulate all the boys and girls who made their First Confession today from our school and a big thank you to the teachers and all who prepared them so well.

Tonight we have the Ceremony of Light for the Confirmation Children, always a very moving moment when the parents pass on the Baptismal Candle to the children indicating that as Confirmed Christians they will now be responsible for carrying that light. Confirmation is on Friday week, May 2nd.

Every Tuesday our Mass is offered for all our sick and ill, all those in our Book of the Sick and all those in need of healing wherever they are, in our hospitals, our hospice, our clinic, our homes. To include anyone in our Book of the Sick just pop in after any of the Masses or call into Bernie on Monday's, Wednesday's or Fridays from 10:30 until 1:00 in the Parish Office (Tel:524305).May the healing Lord visit them all.

Thanks for all your ideas to date for the Twenty Fifth Birthday/ Silver Jubilee of the Church in June. A good meeting was had on the same last Wednesday and thanks to all who attended. Keep those ideas rolling in!!!

Holy Family Shrine at our church.

Thank you to Marina Naughton for this beautiful picture. The shrine was dedicated in June of the Jubilee Year 2000 and takes its inspiration from a old church in our diocese in Kilmacduagh. Behind the candle shelf a stone from the Holy land is set in the wall. The candles are on sale in the church.

21 April 2008

April 21st, Feast of Saint Anselm of Canterbury.

St. Anselm.
Canterbury Cathedral.
"'No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God' (St. Anselm, Opera Omnia, Letter 112)."

Why not google Saint Anselm and find out more about this holy man of Canterbury who contributed so much to the thinking of the church and whose fearless legacy endures to this day.... it's our Catholic heritage....guard it...be proud of it!!

19 April 2008


First Confession/ Penance takes place next Tuesday at 12 noon. We look forward, as always, to seeing the joy on the childrens faces as they receive God's forgiveness. Thank you to all who are preparing them so well for this beautiful sacrament.


The monthly Indian Community Mass will take place next Wednesday, April 23. Confessions will be before the Mass at 5:30.


"I am the way, the truth and the life..."



"Lord, there was a time when the teaching of Jesus meant nothing to us.

We were drifting,

we could not accept the values which had guided us in the past.

Then one day, almost miraculously, we knew you were with us again.

It was like coming home;

in fact, we felt an inner freedom and security

such as we had never known before.

Looking back on that journey,

we see that our hearts need not have been troubled;

you had left us on our own for a while,

but only to prepare this wonderful place for us to be."

Bridget Joyce,R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bridget Joyce of Bealadangan, Connemara and 19 Tulach Ard.
Bridget's Funeral Mass took place on Thursday in Leitirmóir. To her family and friends we offer our support and prayers as a Christian Community. 'Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed not ended'.

16 April 2008


This Friday, April 18th, at 8:00 the Galway Gospel Choir, along with a choir from La Rochelle in France, will perform at our church. It promises to be an excellent ensemble as the Galway Gospel Choir, as we know from past experience, always deliver and the French twist should make it an even more enjoyable evening. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. For more info check out http://www.galwaygospelchoir.com/events

12 April 2008

Recommended Read.....

This is a beautiful book for Vocations Sunday...Andrew Robinson, a young seminarian, is dying of cancer. Order it from Amazon by clicking this link www.amazon.co.uk then enter Tears at Night Joy at Dawn in the search engine;click on used and new and you'll get it for a very good price. Alternatively, pop into the Cathedral Bookshop and ask the girls there to order you a copy, Tears at Night Joy at Dawn by Andrew Robinson.

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, April 13th. Click on the poster to see it clearer...

Fourth Sunday of Easter- Good Shepherd/ Vocations Sunday.


Abraham Lincoln pointed to a sheep one time, and asked someone close by: 'Supposing that sheep's tail was a leg, how many legs would it have?' 'Five legs', came the instant reply. 'No, no', replied Lincoln, 'pretending that its tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg, so the sheep would still only have four legs!'

Is today's gospel fact or fantasy for you? Is it nothing more than just a nice idea, a pretty concept, or is Jesus really who and what he is, when he tells us that he is the Good Shepherd, and we - you and I - are actually members of his flock, who follow him, and for whom he takes total responsibility?"

11 April 2008

Mary Traynor, R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Traynor, Corrib Park/Willow Park and formerly 10 Cookes Terrace, Bohermore. Mary's remains will be reposing at Irwins Funeral Home, Bothar Irwin (off Eyre Street), from 5:30 on Saturday, April 12th, until 7 when they will be removed to Saint Patrick's Church on Forster Street where Mass will be offered on Sunday at 12 with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Bohermore. May choirs of angels welcome her.

A Challenge!

Vita Ethiopian Challenge 2008

23rd October—2nd November

Are you prepared for your challenge of a lifetime?

Enjoy a 10 day trip to Ethiopia - experience the many facets of Ethiopia and the challenges faced by its people and at the same time make a difference.

For more information contact Jenny in Vita on/jennydouglas2@vita.ie

or visit the website at www.vita.ie

Vita is a small but very effective Irish not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1989, whose mission is to bring about lasting positive change in the living conditions of poor and marginalised people in our priority countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia. We achieve this by developing and supporting income generation activities with marginalised and deprived communities. At the core of our commitment to Building Sustainable Livelihoods in the Horn of Africa is ensuring that poor people take part in poverty analysis and programme design at a local level.

10 April 2008

8 April 2008

Dominic Healy, R.I.P.

Today we pray for the repose of the soul of Dominic Healy, 6 Camillaun Park and formerly of 7 Reddington Road. Dominic will be reposing at Conneely's Funeral Home, Flood Street, tomorrow, Wednesday, from 5pm with removal at 8 to our chuch. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon. To the family of Dominick we offer our sincere sympathy and support. Be assured we are praying for you and are privileged to journey with you in whatever way we can as a Christian community.

Our School...Scoil Bhríde...United in Diversity.

Thought for the Day.....

"The science of charity reform is not transmitted through books and at assemblies' tribunes as much as by climbing stairs in the home of the poor, kneeling at his bed, suffering from the same cold as he does, and discovering the secret of a grief-stricken heart in the course of a friendly conversation. When we have accomplished this ministry, not for months, but over long years; when we have thus studied the poor at home, at school, at the hospital, not only in one city but in several, and also in the country, in whatever condition God placed him, then we can start to know the formidable problem of misery, then we are entitled to propose serious measures...."

Blessed Frederic Ozanam, 1848

Blessed Frederic Ozanam founded the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The SVP meets every Monday night in the Church Rooms at 7:45. New members are always welcome; come along to find out more.

A message from Father Iomar Daniels, Chaplain at the University.

I am the recently appointed Chaplain at NUI, Galway and I am leading a group of young people from the College, under the charity organisation Habitat for Humanity, to Zambia in May to help build houses for those who don’t have proper shelter. We are in the process of fundraising for this very worthwhile project. To this end I have organised a concert, by the Coole Quartet, in the College Chapel for Sunday 13th April at 7pm. Tickets are 15 euro and the concert is preceded by a cheese and wine reception at 6.30pm kindly sponsored by Friars Restaurant and Duggans of Renmore. It would be greatly appreciated if you could support us by attending the concert. I can say that the Coole Quartet is excellent. Yours sincerely, Iomar.

E-mail: iomar.daniels@nuigalway.ie


7 April 2008


Our next Mass of Preparation will be Sunday next, April 13th, at THREE. Please note the later time which is due to us having a wonderful cause of celebration as five of our children for First Communion will be baptised, Coralie, Manasse and Jennifer Ithere, Ashley Fonyonga and Gabriel Dossen. Don't forget to bring your candle children and take away your copy of The Grapevine. Also this time we will have a little bottle of Easter Water for you to take home with you.

5 April 2008

A BIG welcome to our Christian Community.

This weekend we welcome into our Christian Community babies Eileen Ward, Claremont Park, and Amy Louise Corcoran, Corrach Bui. To the mums and dads, Godparents, friends and family, a big congratulations and encouragement as you set them out on the road of Christian faith and commitment. Thank you too to our Baptismal Team who put in so much hard work preparing families for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Mass Intentions for the Week Ahead, April 6th 2008.


Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Pat Harrington, 49 Carn Ard and formerly of Baltimore, Co. Cork. Pat's Funeral Mass will take place today at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon. To Anne, the children, and all Pat's family and friends we offer sincere sympathy and support.

We also continue our journey of sympathy love and support with the family of Maria Donaldson, 21 Gaelcarrig Park, whose Month's Mind Mass takes place today at 11.

"Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.........."

Third Sunday of Easter-Emmaus.

6 April - Third Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33, 1Pet 1:17-21, Lk 24:13-35

What happened on the road to Emmaus changed everything for the disciples. That experience is not for the privileged few but for all God's people.

In his biography of a remarkable First World War chaplain, Fr Willie Doyle, Alfred O'Rahilly tells the story of a Dublin Fusilier who happened to be home in Dublin on leave at the time of Fr Doyle's death. Meeting a friend who told him the news, he kept repeating incredulously; 'He's not dead. He couldn't be killed.' When at last he was shown a paper describing the padre's death, the soldier spontaneously knelt down on the pavement and began to pray. Then, to the crowd that had gathered round him, he recounted how; when he was lying wounded in an exposed position and expecting every moment to be killed by a shell, Fr Doyle had crept out to him and carried him to a place of safety. I am sure the two disciples on the road to Emmaus had similar feelings of confusion, sadness and desolation at the death of Jesus.

3 April 2008


THE SCRIPTURE COURSE WITH BISHOP DRENNAN ON ST.MATTHEW'S GOSPEL ON APRIL 7th, 14th and 21st has changed venue to St. Mary's College. More details on the course can be found by scrolling down to the post below or by visiting The Pastoral Centre Site by clicking below...