30 September 2008

28 September 2008


Our sympathies today go to Cepta Casserly, 1 Grangemore, and all her family, on the death of their mother, Lily, whose Funeral Mass took place in Tuam yesterday, and to the Walsh family, 15 Colmcille Road, on the death of Mary, whose funeral Mass took place in St. Joseph's today.

'When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in Heaven'

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27 September 2008

Don't Forget! Monday night the first night of the Bishop's talks on Saint Paul.

A story to make you think...

An Afrro-American was standing outside an evangelical church in one of the southern states of the US. It was many years ago, and the church was for whites only. Just then Jesus came along, and asked him what he was doing there. The man told him that he loved listening to the singing, and that was why he was standing outside the door listening. He went on to explain that, because of his colour, he could not enter the church. Jesus smiled wryly, and said, 'I know how you feel. I myself have been trying to get into that church since it was opened!' 


Bishop's Pastoral Letter.

Bishop Martin Drennan

launches Pastoral Letter

to mark the Year of Vocations!


Entitled 'God loves a Cheerful Giver', the pastoral was launched on September 25th in St. Mary's College. In it, the Bishop encourages all people of goodwill to ask 'what is the Lord saying to me now?' He encourages each man and woman to respond to this question with generosity and love.

'St. Augustine said that where there is love there is no toil because toil is loved. It is a privilege to serve the Lord and his Church in any capacity. That service starts by listening to God and to his caring presence in our story. Seeing and listening in faith will lead to gratitude and to joy in God's love that has been and still is very active on our behalf. He first gives much, then asks, and when he asks it is always for our good, though we may not see that at first. His desire is that we find joy in his blessings and, in joy, want to share them. Joy is receiving leads to joy in giving. Thus we become cheerful givers. It is towards that ideal that we travel together in faith.'


The Pastoral Letter will be distributed through the parishes on Sunday, October 5th and a full text will be available on the Diocesan Website which can be accessed through the link on the sidebar menu.

26 September 2008

Priesthood Sunday.

This Sunday is a very special one for our Year of Vocation in the Irish church. We will be celebrating priesthood and intensifying our prayers for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Just a little thought........... it's also the first Sunday of our First Communion Programme and no priest, no Eucharist,no First Communion............ think about it. Click on the poster to see it clearer, and don't forget to check out the links for the Year of Vocation on our sidebar menu.

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23 September 2008


In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul's pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter's Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. "This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio's teaching," said the pope. He also stressed Padre Pio's witness to the power of suffering. If accepted with love, the Holy Father stressed, such suffering can lead to "a privileged path of sanctity."

Many people have turned to the Italian Capuchin Franciscan to intercede with God on their behalf; among them was the future Pope John Paul II. In 1962, when he was still an archbishop in Poland, he wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for a Polish woman with throat cancer. Within two weeks, she had been cured of her life-threatening disease.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.

A number of people have reported cures they believe were received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Those who assisted at his Masses came away edified; several curiosity seekers were deeply moved. Like St. Francis, Padre Pio sometimes had his habit torn or cut by souvenir hunters.

One of Padre Pio’s sufferings was that unscrupulous people several times circulated prophecies that they claimed originated from him. He never made prophecies about world events and never gave an opinion on matters that he felt belonged to Church authorities to decide. He died on September 23, 1968, and was beatified in 1999. 


At Padre Pio's canonization Mass in 2002, Pope John Paul II referred to that day's Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) and said: “The Gospel image of 'yoke' evokes the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo endured. Today we contemplate in him how sweet is the 'yoke' of Christ and indeed how light the burden are whenever someone carries these with faithful love. The life and mission of Padre Pio testify that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted with love, transform themselves into a privileged journey of holiness, which opens the person toward a greater good, known only to the Lord.”


"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain" (saying of Padre Pio).

Mass for Seamus Quirke and Sean Mulvoy, Thursday at 10 a.m.

The road on which our church stands is called after Seamus Quirke. Seamus,a Cork man, was staying at a house in the Docks here in Galway and was a fighter in the War of Independence. At this time the infamous Black and Tans, auxilary troops sent to Ireland to put down the rebellion, were causing terror and strife throughout Ireland. In Galway, on September 8th 1920, they were fired up by one of their lorry drivers, a man called Krumm. Krumm had spent the evening drinking and terrifying people in a pub by lining up beer bottles and shooting at them to prove his prowess. They murdered Sean Mulvoy at Ceannt Station on that evening and, during the early hours of September 9th, Seamus Quirke was taken from his lodgings and shot eleven times in the stomach dying a slow and cruel death. He was attended by the famous Father Griffin, who would very shortly after be taken from his own house at Montpellier Terrace and murdered. We pray for all from the Island of Ireland who died in all the terrible conflicts of the Twentieth Century and we pray, that, in this time, we will have peace and healing among all traditions of this beautiful island we share.

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22 September 2008

Frank Duffy, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Frank Duffy, Sunset Lodge, Letteragh Road, who has died.  Frank is deeply regretted by his heart broken wife Helena, daughters Sandra (Getty) and Thelma (O'Neill), son Niall, sons-in-law Robert and Brian, daughter-in-law Jessica, grandchildren Dylan, Orna, Aoife, Caitriona and Conor; sadly missed by his brothers Sean, Paul, Gabrielle and Kevin, sisters Phyllis, Joan, Sheila and Martina, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, close family friend Fr. Joe Delaney, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. R.I.P. Reposing at his home until tomorrow (Tuesday) with Removal at 7.30 o'c. to our church where Mass will be offered on Wednesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Rahoon Cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Helena and family, may you know you are supported by our thoughts and prayers, and an assurance of our practical assistance in whatever way we can, in this dark and difficult time. May your faith give you all consolation.

20 September 2008

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Working in the vineyard. THINK OF THE WORDS OF JESUS................. 'Why be envious because I am generous? The first will be last and the last first.'

19 September 2008


We extend our sympathies to Mairead O'Sullivan, Claremont Park, on the death of her brother, Stephan Bohan, in Skehana.

'Dying you destroyed our death.....'


The beginning of our preparation for First Holy Communion in 2009 takes place next Wednesday night with a meeting for parents in the church at 7:30. There we will introduce the Do This in Memory Programme and give our the dates for the monthly Masses, First Confession and First Communion. Above you'll find a copy of the letter given out to the children during the week, also the commitment form, which has to be filled in, signed, and returned with your child's Baptism Certificate. Click on the images to see them clearer and print them out. We, The Pre-Sacramental Team, look forward to meeting you on the night, and of course there'll be refreshments after!

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18 September 2008

Help Aids Partnership with Africa.

A Monster Organic Ball will be held in a marquee in Oranmore on Saturday, October 11th, in aid of Aids Partnership with Africa. Each ticket sold will help 37 orphan children, and will be entered in a draw for a four star holiday in Tenerife. For tickets and more information call Marguerite at: 087- 2577644


15 September 2008

September 15th, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Our Lady had many great joys as the mother of Jesus, but she had much to suffer, too. Her great love for her divine Son caused Mary to suffer when she saw Jesus treated cruelly by his enemies. Mary is the queen of martyrs because she went through spiritual torments greater than the bodily agonies of the martyrs. Her heart was like an altar when on Calvary she offered up her beloved Jesus to save us. What a terrible suffering it was for so loving a mother to see her Son die on the cross.

There are seven times of great suffering in Mary's life. The first was when she took Baby Jesus to the temple. There the prophet Simeon told her that a sword of suffering would pierce her heart. This would be when Jesus would be put to death. Her second sorrow was when she and St. Joseph had to flee to Egypt with Jesus. Herod's soldiers were trying to kill him. The third suffering came when Mary searched three days in Jerusalem for Jesus. She finally found him in the temple. Our Lady's fourth sorrow was when Jesus was whipped and crowned with thorns. Her fifth great pain was caused by his being lifted on the cross, where he died after three hours of agony. Mary's sixth sorrow was the moment when Our Lord's sacred body was placed in her arms. And her seventh suffering came when he was buried in the tomb. 
Mary did not pity herself or complain because she had to suffer so much during her life. Instead, she offered her sorrows to God for our sakes. She is our Mother. Because she loves us dearly, she was happy to suffer that we might some day share her joy with Jesus in heaven.

How do I respond to suffering? What can the Mother of Jesus teach me about suffering?

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Below we have re-printed and updated all our contact information and other pertinent sacramental and general information. Don't forget .......... you can always get in touch by clicking on the contact us section on the information bar/ side menu of this page.

Parish e-mail.

Our parish e-mail is sacredheartgalway@eircom.net

Priest's of the Parish.

RIGHT REV. MALACHY MONSIGNOR HALLINAN, P.P, V.G., (Ordained 1966, Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway) MOUNT CARMEL HOUSE, CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART, SEAMUS QUIRKE ROAD, GALWAY. (TEL: 091-522713)
REV. DAVID MURPHY,(Ordained 1996, Church of Saint Oliver Plunkett, Renmore Avenue, Galway)  CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART, SEAMUS QUIRKE ROAD, GALWAY.(TEL: 091- 524751)

Free!!! Healing and Reconciliation!!!

Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 6:30, 
or by request. Don't be afraid! Why not discover, or re-discover, this wonderful sacrament of God's love? It's a great gift of our church.


Weekdays, Mass at 10,except Saturday Morning.
Sundays, Vigil Mass on Saturday at 7:30,
                 then Sunday Morning at 9:30,
                  11:00, 12:15 and 6:30.
Friday Evening Mass on the First Friday of the
Month with Benediction at 7:30
Months Mind Masses, Saturday at 11 (check
the notice board)
Holy Days, 10, 11:30 and 6:30

Our Parish Office.

Our parish office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 1:00. During these times our secretary, Mrs Bernie Scally, will be delighted to meet you and help you with enquiries and in searching for certs, booking Masses etc. The phone number during these times is 091- 524305 and the office is at the front of the church, the next door after the front door in the direction of the shopping centre.

First Communion and Confirmation.


We are very blessed in our parish to have such a wonderful Catholic school with such dedicated staff who are responding so well to the challenges of modern education and to the diverse environment we have in our school, with many different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, who benefit from both our Catholic ethos and that of the Presentation Sisters who keep the spirit of their founder, an Irish woman, Nano Nagle, alive in our school. For First Communion, we follow, along with the rest of the Diocese, the Do This in Memory of Me Programme , and we are very lucky to have such a capable Co-Ordinator in Sister Mary Doyle who has a wealth of experience, along with our  very loyal Pre-Sacramental Team. Sister Mary will be in touch with all parents about the Monthly Masses which they are invited to attend with their children.
1. Scoil Bhride, Shantalla Road, Galway. (Tel:091-525052)
2. Our Principal is Frank Keane.
3. Remember a faith commitment is required for First Communion and Confirmation. If you have been away from your faith we are happy to welcome you home and encourage you to begin again. Don't be shy! The school programme is excellent and your child will be your best teacher when you share the programme with them. As with marriage, we are not looking for picture postcard Catholics, just an open heart. It's so sad to think of all the children who are presented for First Communion and Confirmation who are not encouraged to practice and engage with their faith either before or after.

Baptisms and Marriage.

Baptisms are on Sundays at one. Please give very good notice. Once you fill in the application form a member of our Baptism Team will be in touch. They will visit you in your home to help you prepare for this very special moment in your child's life. We are delighted to talk to adults who wish to become Catholics and we will facilitate you in every way.
For Marriages we ask again for very good notice, a very minimum of three months. New civil regulations came into force on November 5th 2007; please arrange a meeting with the Registrar in Shantalla/546277). The office there, at 25 Newcastle Road, is open from 10:00 to 4:30, Monday to Friday. You must also book a Pre-Marriage Course and this can be done at the Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith). A weekend course is available in Esker Retreat House near Athenry). When you come to visit us, we will give you a list of all the other particulars you need and tell you about the Pre-Nuptial Form you will fill in with us.
Points to Remember:
1. It's our great privilege to help and journey with you.
2. Remember that both Baptism and Catholic Marriage require a faith commitment. We are delighted to welcome you home if you've been away from the practice of the faith,but do think seriously about what you're doing if you are not open to the faith,willing to practice, or just going through the motions to keep your parents, grandparents or whoever happy. We are not looking for picture postcard Catholics, just an open heart.
3. Please book us and come and talk to us BEFORE you book the hotel!
4. Civil Marriage Information can be had at www.groireland.ie
5. www.gettingmarried.ie is an excellent website, also www.accord.ie
6. The Cathedral Bookshop here in Galway has excellent resource material for Baptisms and Marriage. Also check out Knock Shrine www.knockshrine.ie and click on the bookshop link and Veritas www.veritas.ie on the web.

12 September 2008

Indian Community Mass

The Monthly Indian Community Mass takes place this Wednesday 17th September, 2008 at 5.30 p.m.

Mass Intentions for Week ahead 14th September 2008




14th SEPTEMBER 2008

Saturday 13th September 7.30 p.m. Matthew Coyne and Kathleen Fitzmaurice

Pray at all masses for Nora Ward this weekend.

Sunday 14th September 9.30 p.m. Michael Kelly and deceased members of the Kelly and

Lynskey families.

11.00 a.m. Statia Grehan

12.15 p.m. Maureen & Thomas Walsh. Deceased members of the Costello and Hoare families.

6.30 p.m. Marie Golding. Eddie Foley and Mary McKeon

Monday 15th September 10.00 a.m. Fred Hanley and deceased members of the family.

Tuesday 16th September 10.00 a.m. Sick

Wednesday 17th September 10.00 a.m. Tilly, Matilda and Johnny Jennings

Thursday 18th September 10.00 a.m. Teresa Kenna

Friday 19th September 10.00 a.m. Michael and Maisie Sherlock

Saturday 20th September 7.30 p.m. Bridie Joyce and deceased members of the

Joyce and Donnellan families.

Sunday 21st September 9.30 a.m. William Creane and Angela Feeney

11.00 a.m. Kate & John Walsh and Alice Dunphy

12.15 p.m. Michael Costello and John Miller

6.30 p.m. Tom & Margaret Conneely.

5 September 2008


Cancer Care West is holding its major fundraising event of the year, The Galway Bay 10Km fun run/walk on Saturday October 4th at 2p.m. It is asking people to participate in this event and raise funds through sponsorship for the Charity. For Further information or to register contact 091 529609 or visit www.galwaybay10.com.

John Paul Centre, Ballybane

Many thanks for all donations received at the Sacred heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway, for the John Paul Centre, Ballybane, amounting to 1470.00.

Mass Intentions for Week ahead 7th September 2008




7th SEPTEMBER 2008

Saturday 7.30 p.m. Stephen Burke and David Quinn.




Sunday 9.30 a.m. Ronan Duignan

7th September 11.00 a.m. Ciss Berry

12.15 p.m. Winnie & Bridget Ridge and deceased

members of the Ridge and Hussey families.

6.30 p.m. Bridget Corcoran and Raymond Maloney.


Monday 8th September 10.00 a.m. Deceased members of the Fahy family



Tuesday 9th September 10.00 a.m. Sick and Michael Creighton


Wednesday 10th September 10.00 a.m. Denis O’Brien


Thursday 10.00 a.m. 1. Bridie Whelan and

11th September 2. Willie Corcoran and Thomas & Winnie McDonagh ____________________________________________________________________________________

Friday 12th September 10.00 a.m. Ray Maloney


Saturday 13th September 7.30 p.m. Matthew Coyne and Kathleen Fitzmaurice


Sunday 9.30 a.m. Michael Kelly and deceased members of Kelly and Lynskey families.

14th September 11.00 a.m. Statia Grehan

12.15 p.m. Maureen & Thomas Walsh. Deceased members of the Costello & Hoare families.

6.30 p.m. Marie Golding, Eddie Foley and May McKeon.