31 October 2008

All Saints/ All Souls.

In this picture you see our sanctuary today, with 30 candles, 1 for all our faithful departed, and 29 for each person whose Funeral Mass took place here over the last year. A special Mass will be offered for them on Thursday, November 6th, at 7:30. Indeed, there will be two Masses every day next week at 10 (Saturday at 11) and 7:30, as part of our Novena for the Holy Souls.

'Dying, you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life'


Galway Youth 2000 are holding a Retreat in St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s Road, Galway City. It begins on Friday Nov 28th at 7.30p.m. concluding on Sunday Nov 30th at 4p.m. All those aged between 16-35 are welcome. Under 18's must have the written consent of a guardian. Contact Caroline on 087- 9771901 or Diarmuid on 086- 6052179 for further details or visit our website – www.youth2000.ie

The spirituality of Youth 2000 is based on love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist; Devotion to Our Lady; and understanding the teachings of the Church. Our aim is to help other young people grow spiritually, through an experience of the love of God, prayer and a sense of belonging, leading to faith in Jesus.

We hope to gather many young people from the surrounding parishes, for what promises to be a very spiritual weekend. We would be very grateful if you could help us out in any way and if you have any queries in relation to anything please contact me, Caroline Maloney ( Youth2000 Connacht Regional Leader) on 087- 9771901

30 October 2008

Mass times for the Holy Day! Don't forget!

Friday, October 31st, 10:00 and 7:30 (Vigil for Feast of All Saints).
Saturday, November 1st, Feast of All Saints, 10:00, 11:30 and 7:30 (Vigil for Feast of All Souls)
Sunday, November 2nd, Feast of All Souls, Masses at the usual Sunday times, 9:30, 11, 12:15 and 6:30.

You'll get all the intentions for these Masses by scrolling down to the relevant post. Also on Sunday, our Novena for the Holy Souls begins.

Nice TV programme to look forward to.

At 7.00pm on Wednesday next, 5 November, RTÉ1 television will broadcast a Nationwide documentary entitled: “At home with Cardinal Brady”. It will be presented by Ms Mary Kennedy and will include a profile of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh and an interview with the Cathedral Administrator, Father Eugene Sweeney.

29 October 2008


Teenage Competition ( 12 – 18) – Westlife Tickets

1. Lele Bleriot, 15 Bru na Mara, Fort Lorenzo
2. Rachel Vickers, 50 Carn Ard, Circular Rd.
3. Stephen Murray, 23 Cruachan Pk., Rahoon.
4. Ada Shaughnessy, 30 Claremont, Rahoon

18 – 30 years Day at the Races
Thomas Feerick, Corcullen, Bushypark.

30 – 65 years – Religious Quiz
Siobhan Giles, 68 Inishannagh Pk., Newcastle, Galway.

Senior Citizens over 65 - Pilgrimage Ticket to Lourdes or Medjugorie
1. Brendan Collins, 48 Moyola Park, Newcastle,
2. Marie Philips, 18 Davis Road, Shantalla, Galway.

The answers to the Silver Jubilee Quiz, 30 to 65 years old section. Click on image to zoom in!

Today, October 29th, a feast day of our Diocese, St. Colman of Kilmacduagh.

St Colman of Kilmacduagh had a reputation for being a vegetarian and for his love of birds and animals. The monastery he set up at Kilmacduagh on the borders of south Galway and north Clare. This monastery gave its name to a diocese in the area which is now united with Kilfenora and Galway. Patrick Duffy tells the story.

Early life on Inishmore
Colman was born at Corker, Kiltartan, County Galway, the son of an Irish chieftain Duach. He studied with Saint Enda at his monastic settlement on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, and lived there as a hermit in prayer and fasting. He himself founded two churches there near Kilmurvey. He later moved to a cave in the Burren in County Clare, bordering south Galway and close to what is today the village of Kilmacduagh.

Foundation at Kilmacduagh
In 610, along with a relative, King Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin (d. 663) of Connaught, he founded the monastery of Kilmacduagh, and governed it as abbot-bishop. This was erected as a diocese at the Synod of Kells in 1152. In 1751 it was united with the diocese of Kilfenora and in 1883 both smaller diocese were integrated into the united diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Lover of birds and animals
Like other monastics, Saint Colman was a lover birds and animals. He had a pet rooster who woke him for the night office, a pet mouse he trained to prevent him going to sleep again and a pet fly he trained to mark the place in the manuscript service book where the service left off.

The site at Kilmacduagh
Today at Kilmacduagh there are the remains of five churches, a leaning round tower 112 feet high that was restored in 1880, and the remains of an abbot's house. Saint Colman's abbatial crozier had been used through the centuries for the swearing of oaths. Although it was in the custodianship of the O'Heynes of Kiltartan (descendants of King Guaire) and their relatives, the O'Shaughnessys, it is now kept in the National Museum in Dublin.

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Things to do....Why not visit The Cathedral where you will see the beautiful mural of St. Colman in the Lady Chapel?

Healing the ancient wounds between Jews and Christians.

Speakers: Dr. Dan Juster, Israel
Fr. Peter Hocken, Austria

Venue: Holy Cross College
Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3
(150 yards from Lr. Drumcondra Rd –opposite Jones Rd + Croke Park)

Thursday 13th November 08 at 8pm

Dan Juster is a Messianic Jewish Leader and visiting Professor in Messianic Jewish Institutes, author of many books and has a real heart for reconciliation in the Church

Fr. Peter Hocken is an eminent theologian, author of many books, conference speaker & a great supporter of the Alpha Course with a passion for Church Unity. Both speakers are part of the Executive Council of Toward Jerusalem Council II.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to understand more about the amazing growth of Messianic Jewish Congregations around the world, the rediscovery of the Jewishness of Scripture and of the Jewish roots of the Church, and to learn how all this is contributing to the growing unity in the Church.

There will be an offering to cover expenses and bless our speakers. For Details: Tel.Helen Murray at or Anne Heelis at.Website:www.tjcii.org

Message from the CCO (Catholic Communications Office)

Please see below the joint statement, issued by the CCO on Sunday 26 October
on behalf of the Bishops' Commission for Education and the CORI Education
Desk, concerning Budget 2009 and education provision. This statement is
also available on the homepage of www.catholicbishops.ie.
Regards, Martin Long

Bishops and CORI joint statement on the Budget and education provision

"The educational outcome for our young people is in direct proportion to the
support we give those who teach in our schools and those who manage them."

The Irish Catholic Bishops' Commission for Education and the Education Desk
of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) in a joint statement issued
today [26 October 2008] acknowledged that the current economic downturn
represents a very difficult situation for our country.
It is clear that in the recent budget difficult choices had to be made in
every area of Government spending. However, due to its severity, the
Bishops and CORI wish to express their concern at cuts in the budget for

We are dismayed that the Budget for education hurts the most vulnerable
people in society. In particular we wish to highlight:
- Book Grants: the Book Grant is abolished for all schools not in the DEIS
(Delivery for Equality of Opportunity for Schools) scheme for disadvantaged
schools. As a consequence many disadvantaged children not in DEIS schools
will have to do without the most basic educational
resource: books.
- Traveller Grant: the total grant allocation for travellers is being
reduced by 50% for the year 2009/2010 and will only be paid to DEIS schools.
As a consequence, children of the travelling community will experience
cutbacks in the resources that afford them equal opportunity in the
education system, resources which help them secure an equitable future in
our society.
- Language Teachers: the imposition of a cap on the allocation of language
support teachers discriminates against the most vulnerable, namely the
newcomers in our schools who do not speak English.
- Leaving Certificate Applied Grant: This grant will be abolished from
2009/2010 onwards. Due to this decision, many of the most materially and
academically vulnerable will now lose out on the only accessible route they
have to the Leaving Certificate. In the absence of this grant schools will
struggle to provide the programme which inevitably will have to be curtailed
and some students will be in danger of falling through the system.

The above cuts compound an already difficult situation for the Irish
education system which receives proportionately less Government funding than
almost any other OECD member country. According to the 'OECD Education
Report 2008', the proportion of Ireland's GDP invested in education has
dropped from 5.2% in 1995 to 4.6% in 2005. The current OECD average for the
proportion of GDP invested in education is 5.8%.
Only two countries in fact, Greece and the Slovak Republic, invest less in
education as a percentage of GDP than Ireland. In these circumstances
education should not have to bear significant cuts in funding as proposed in
the recent Budget.

In the Bishops' pastoral letter of May this year, 'Vision 08', it was stated
that in Catholic schools, pupils "... who are educationally disadvantaged
and those with special needs are actively supported in achieving their full
potential. This demands additional resources."

CORI, in its pre-Budget submission this year, urged the Government to
protect the vulnerable in its budgetary planning. In addition, the Minister
for Finance, prior to the Budget, promised that the vulnerable would be
protected. The Government recently took the welcome step of providing
generous resources for those with special needs. It would be most
regrettable if it was now to remove these resources and make it impossible
for our teachers to serve the most disadvantaged children in schools.

We call on the Government to revisit this Budget, bearing in mind that it is
education that guarantees the future of the nation. It is how we deal with
the most vulnerable that defines our society. We urge policymakers to be
mindful that the educational outcome for our young people is in direct
proportion to the support we give those who teach in our schools and those
who manage them.

Message from the Galway Diocesan Primary Education Secretary.

Dear Rev. Fr.,
As Primary Education Secretary for the diocese, I would appreciate if you could include the following notice in your parish newsletter this weekend November 2nd. Thank you very much. PJ Callanan

The INTO is organising a march in Galway on Saturday, November 8th from Eyre Square at 1.45 pm going to the Spanish Arch. This march has the support of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association which is asking that as many parents and other interested persons as possible would attend.

28 October 2008

October 28th, Feast of Saints Simon and Jude.

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These two apostles of Jesus are honored on the same day. St. Simon was called "the zealous one" because he had so much devotion to the Jewish law. Once he had been called by the Lord to be an apostle, he gave his heart and his energy to preaching the Gospel. With the other apostles, he received the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Then it is believed that he went to Egypt to preach the faith. Afterward he went to Persia with the apostle St. Jude, and the two of them were martyred there.
St. Jude is sometimes called Thaddeus, which means "the brave one." It was he who asked the Lord a famous question at the Last Supper. Jesus had said: "He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." And St. Jude wanted to know: "Lord, how is it that you are about to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus gave him the answer: "If anyone love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him."
St. Jude is sometimes called the saint of "desperate or impossible cases." People pray to him when things seem hopeless. Often God answers their prayers through the intercession of this beloved apostle.

Simon was known as the "Zealous," and Jude was called the "Brave." Let us pray for their missionary courage and love in our own lives.

You can visit the shrine of Saint Jude in the Augustinian Church in Middle Street.

Community Catering, Senior Support Services.

Are you finding it more difficult to shop and cook for yourself? Perhaps you have an elderly relative, neighbour or friend that is unable to cook for themselves and would love a meal delivered daily?
Community catering is a meal service provided by Cope, with a friendly hello that suits the lifestyle choices of Galway’s older people
Our service can be temporary, in order to assist you to recover from a recent illness or can become long term – the choice is yours. You can avail of our meals service a few days per week or have a meal delivered each day. If you would like to find out more simply give Geraldine or Fiona a call on 091 700 800

24 October 2008

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

1. How do we learn to be Christians? The answer is that we have to learn to behave in a particular way: the way of love. It was to establish the community that would live in this way that Jesus was sent to us by the Father; and it is to be the peo­ple who live in this way that we are called to belong to the church today.

2. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

3. This is what is commanded to each of us; but it is given as the greatest commandment of 'The Law' - and The Law was the most valuable possession of a community, a people. We are each called to love God and neighbour, but we do this not as loners but as part of a community. Then, with each practising love of God and neighbour, the community will be like a transmitter showing the love of God and the new way of life he calls us to live to all around us.

4. People should be able to spot us as Christians by the way we live long before they have found out what beliefs distinguish us.



Saturday 25th October 7.30 p.m. 1. John Deeney and
2.Paddy Kilroy and Susanne Tierney

Sunday 9.30 a.m. Maureen Folan
26th October 11.00 a.m. Joseph Quirke
12.15 p.m. Brendan Devlin
6.30 p.m. 1.Christy Morkan
2. Josephine and Patrick Corbett.
Monday 27th October 10.00 a.m. Mary & Tim Murray and family.
Tuesday 28th October 10.00 a.m. Sick
Wednesday 29th October 10.00 a.m. Geraldine Browne-O’Neill
Thursday 30th October 10.00 a.m.
Friday 31st October 10.00 a.m.Deceased members of the Murphy
VIGIL FOR FEAST OF ALL SAINTS 7.30 p.m.Bernie & Kathleen Cooke.

Saturday 1st November 10.00a.m. Elizabeth (Betty) White
Feast of All Saints 11.30 a.m. Kate Ward
6.30 p.m. Pat & Agnes Burke
All Souls Day
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Novena For Holy Souls
2nd November 11.00 a.m. Novena
12.15 p.m. Mary Guerin
6.30 p.m. Patricia Murphy

23 October 2008

A message from COPE, a Galway charity supporting the most vulnerable.

Let’s celebrate together so that everyone is better off this Christmas!
Dear Friend,
I am contacting you in my capacity as a Board Member of the local charity COPE Galway with a view to asking you to get involved with us over the festive season.
As you may already know COPE Galway has very strong links with the community here in Galway. Based in the heart of Galway, we provide support, shelter and sustenance to the most vulnerable members of our community. Christmas is a time when this vulnerability and isolation can be felt most acutely.
So let’s celebrate together so that everyone is better off this Christmas!
Our Christmas Day Swim is one of the most popular events of the festive season in this part of the world. We are proposing a new Christmas Venture for 2008: The COPE Galway Christmas House Party. This will allow those less brave souls among us to also take part in some fundraising for COPE Galway while at the same time enjoying the season that is in it!
I wondered if you might be interested in hosting one of these parties for us in your home in the period running up to or over Christmas? Let me explain how it would work:
1. If you agree to become a host, we will send you a COPE Galway Christmas House Party Pack
2. You then invite your friends and neighbours to attend
3. Guests make anonymous donations on the night
4. You announce the amount raised on the night at the event
5. You forward the amount raised to COPE Galway
The type of event you choose to run, the number of people you invite and the timing of the event are totally up to you. We would be delighted to have you on board and thrilled to have some help in raising some much needed funds at this important time of the year. I shall be in touch to see what you think.
Kind Regards,

Board Member
COPE Galway


TELEPHONE: 091- 560492


21 October 2008

Rally- Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament have asked us to relay the following information to you:




22nd OCTOBER.30 - 1.30pm


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Child Protection Policy- Church of the Sacred Heart.

The Church of the Sacred Heart:

1.Values and encourages the participation of children and young people in the life of the Church, including liturgy and other activities that contribute to their spiritual , physical and psychological development.
2.Recognises that all—but especially those who work with children and young people in church-related activities—have a special duty to provide a safe environment that fosters their integrity as children of God and respects their dignity and human rights.
3.Co-operates with parents/guardians and relevant agencies in promoting the wellbeing of children and young people in developing the policies that affect them; and responds in accordance with the best practice guidelines set out in Our Children, Our Church to any reported concern about the safety of children and young people in the context of Church-related activities.


1. Sacrament of Reconciliation for school going children should be taken in the Confessional Box unless it takes place publicly in the church.

2. The school when preparing the children in the church, for the Christmas Pageant, the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, supervision should take place in accordance with the school guidelines . These guidelines require two adults be with any group of children attending the church activities.

3. Supervision, in accordance with school guidelines, is required at all times including the use of the toilet facilities.

4. Any display work or photographs of children should not have name and address details.


1. No loitering in the Toilet Areas.

2. Young children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian or older member of the family when using the toilet facilities.


We encourage and are glad to invite children to participate in the Liturgy as Servers and we are introducing the following guidelines as best practise.

(a) All children who volunteer should have the written permissions of parents or guardians before serving and sign the attached consent form.

(b) All children should serve at the mass at which their parents/guardians attend.

(c) Children should sign a Book of Attendance in the Sacristy before and after the Mass they serve.

(d) It is recommended children should vest not more than five minutes before Mass and unvest immediately after Mass and leave the Sacristy.

(e) The children will vest in the main Sacristy after getting the vestments from the cloakroom.

(f) The Main Sacristy door must remain open at all times.

(g) All parents/guardians of children volunteering to serve are required to read and accept these guidelines before giving written permission.

Any meeting /gathering involving

groups of children taking place in the

church or church rooms must have

full parent/guardian supervision.

If you have any child protection concern,
please contact one of our Diocesan
Designated Persons:

Fr. Anthony Minniter, PP
Co. Galway.
091 796 118

Mrs Eileen Kelly
Diocesan Pastoral Centre
085 1112660

You may also contact
the Health Services Executive (HSE)
during office hours.
Ask for the Duty Social Worker at:

Galway City & County Tel: 091 546370 or 546366
Clare Health Services Executive: 065 6863907

Salthill, Garda Siochana 091 514720

Mill Street, Garda Siochana 091 538000

Thank you to our Child Protection Team here in the Sacred Heart, who, having undergone extensive training, have helped prepare our policy and will, with Monsignor Malachy and Father David, oversee its implementation.

Pre- Marriage Courses.


Accord : Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith, Galway
091 562331.

Accord : St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam.
093 24342

Clifden, Co. Galway 095 21251.

Accord : St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe.

Accord : Ennis Accord Centre, c/o Clarecare,
Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare
1850 585000.

Esker Retreat House, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway.
091 844549

“Together.ie” – Venue :Terenure College, Templeogue Rd., Dublin 6.
Contact: Angela O’Rourke, 18 The Drive, Woodpark, Dublin 16. 01 296 4257

19 October 2008

Pre-Sacramental Thank You.

Thank you to all the Core Group, parents, teachers, staff and, of course, the boys and girls themselves who took part in our second Mass of Preparation for First Holy Communion. The hard work showed as many people commented. The next Mass is on Sunday, November 23rd, at the usual time of 11.

18 October 2008

Sympathies, Francis McDonagh, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked this evening for the repose of the soul of Francis McDonagh, 28 John Coogan Park. Francis' remains will be reposing in O'Flaherty's Funeral Home on Munster Avenue this Monday, October 20th, from 5 to 7:30, when they will be removed to our church. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 11, with burial afterwards in The New Cemetery, Bohermore.

'There are many rooms in my Father's house'

The Pope's Message for Mission Sunday 2008.

The Pope's Message for Mission Sunday 2008 is available on www.vatican.va or www.catholicireland.net

17 October 2008

Mission Sunday, October 19th.

Sunday is Mission Sunday and GO AND TELL is this years theme. Who will YOU go and tell the Good News of Jesus to?

November Envelopes.

The November Envelopes for our November Novena for the Holy Souls are now available at the doors of the church.

Saints this week, October 12th to 18th.

St. Luke, Evangelist.

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, early martyr, and prolific writer of the church, thrown to the lions as this icon shows us.

St. Teresa of Avila, Spanish mystic and reformer of the Carmeilite Order.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She is very important to us in our church, because devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was spread through and from her to the universal church.

Sympathies, October 17th.

We pray for the repose of the souls of:

1. Lena Glynn, Clare, the aunt of Sr. Mary Doyle, Presentation Convent, Shantalla.
2. Seamus Hession, London, the nephew of Bernie Maloney, Gaelcarrrig Park.
3. Imelda Flaherty, the niece of Gerry Flaherty, Rockfield.
4. Charlie Reid, Arklow and Salthill.

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


Saturday 18th October 7.30 p.m. 1.Paul Craughwell
2.Paddy Murphy
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Mary Walshe
19th October 11.00 a.m. Leo Tynan
12.15 p.m. 1. John , Barry and Pierce Wade and
deceased members of the
2. Mary, Denis,Mary Kate& MartinFleming and Mary Mannion.

6.30 p.m. Ivan Canavan and deceased
members of the Canavan and
Rhattigan families.
Monday 20th October 10.00 a.m. Tom Corcoran and deceased members
of the Mongan and Ward families.

7:30 p.m. Arrival of remains of Francis McDonagh,
28 John Coogan Park.

Tuesday 21st October 10.00 a.m. Sick

11:00 Funeral Mass, Francis McDonagh.
Wednesday 22nd October 10.00 a.m. Nicholas Hannon
Thursday 23rd October 10.00 a.m. Bridie Fahy (died recently)
Friday 24th October 10.00 a.m. Special Intention
Saturday 25th October 7.30 p.m. 1. John Deeney
2. Paddy Kilroy and Susanne Tierney

Sunday 9.30 a.m. Maureen Folan
26th October 11.00 a.m. Joseph Quirke
12.15 p.m. 1. Geraldine & Maria Mannion
2.Brendan Devlin ..
6.30 p.m. 1. Christy Morkan and
2. Josephine and Patrick Corbett.

12 October 2008

Continued Prayers.

Your continued prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Geraldine McCooke, 9 Cluainin, who has died. Geraldine's remains are in our church this evening and her Funeral Mass will be tomorrow, Monday, October 13th, at 11, followed by burial in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery in Rahoon. As a living Christian community, let's support her husband William and the children at this very dark time.

'We shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as he is'

Sympathies, Eddie Ward, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Eddie Ward, 50 Gaelcarrig Park. Eddie's remains will be reposing at O'Flaherty's Funeral Home on Munster Avenue tomorrow, Monday, October 13th, from 3 o'clock until 5 when they will be removed to our church. Eddie's Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 1:30 followed by burial in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon.

'In The Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever'

11 October 2008

Sympathies, Margaret Coen, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Margaret Coen, 11 Reddington Road. Margaret's remains will be reposing at Conneely's Funeral Home on Flood Street on Monday, October 13th, from 6 until 7:30, when they will be removed to our church. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 11 with burial afterwards in Bohermore in The New Cemetery. We gather around and support Margaret's family at this time to offer them the consolation of the resurrection.

'We put out the candle because the dawn has come'

Final Night of Bishop's Talks on Saint Paul.

This Monday night, October 13th, sees the third, and final, night of Bishop Drennan's talks on Saint Paul, to mark the Pauline Year.

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 12th....Come to the banquet!

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Pre-Sacramental Programe.

Check out our sister blog www.sacramentsshantalla.blogspot.com for important news on the next Core Group meeting and to get the date of the next Mass.

Indian Community Mass

The next Indian Community Mass is on Wednesday next, October 15th, beginning with Confessions at 5:30.


Saturday 11th October
7.30 p.m. Eileen Maher.Paddy,Doreen,Lynda Dunne and Frank Malone.

Pray at all Masses this Weekend for Kathleen Sweeney.
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Paddy & Annie Lee

12th October 11.00 a.m. James Dinneen Jnr and Snr.
Aidan Rocke & Jim O’Keane.

12.15 p.m.Elizabeth Griffin and
Tom Monaghan.


6.30 p.m.Martin Curley
Monday 13th October 10.00 a.m




Tuesday 14th October 10.00 a.m.Sick




Wednesday 15th October 10.00 a.m.

5.30 p.m.Indian Community Mass
Thursday 16th October 10.00 a.m.
Friday 17th October 10.00 a.m.
Saturday 18th October
11.00 a.m. Frank Duffy (Months Mind Mass)

7.30 p.m. Paul Craughwell
Paddy Murphy
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Mary Walshe

19th October 11.00 a.m. Leo Tynan

12.15 p.m. John , Barry and Pierce Wade and
deceased members of the family.
Mary, Denis, Mary Kate & Martin
Fleming and Mary Mannion

6.30 p.m.Ivan Canavan and deceased members of the
Canavan and Rhattigan families

10 October 2008

Geraldine McCooke,R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Geraldine McCooke, 9 Cluainin, who has died. Geraldine's remains will be reposing at Conneelys Funeral Home on Flood Street on Sunday from 3 to 5 when they will be removed to our church. Funeral Mass will be on Monday at 11, followed by burial in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery in Rahoon. As a living Christian community, let's support her husband William and the children at this very dark time.

'We shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as he is'

9 October 2008

Important Information for Members of the Travelling Community.

This leaflet is about a census of Travellers that is taking place throughout Ireland. Just double click on each page above to zoom in.

Check out the website:


8 October 2008

Bishop's Pastoral for the Year of Vocation.

The Bishop's Pastoral for the Year of Vocation is now available online. Click here


You'll always get this link on the sidebar menu of this page.

Latin Mass Society of Ireland.

The Latin Mass Society of Ireland hold an occasional Mass here in Galway. For more details contact John Heneghan at 093-31273


Check out their website by clicking here www.latinmassireland.org

6 October 2008

Croi Nua Spirituality Centre.

Croi Nua Spirituality Centre, run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, and situated on Rosary Lane in Taylor's Hill, opposite Scoil Rois, has some great courses and facilities this autumn. Check out www.croinua.com for details

October 7th, Our Lady of the Rosary.

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Pope St. Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.
The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus' life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as unhistorical, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as "the apostle of the rosary." He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Mysteries of Light to this devotion.


The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. Pius XII called it a compendium of the gospel. The main focus is on Jesus—his birth, life, death and resurrection. The Our Fathers remind us that Jesus' Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Marys remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The Glorys remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.

The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.

“[The rosary] sets forth the mystery of Christ in the very way in which it is seen by St. Paul in the celebrated ‘hymn’ of the Epistle to the Philippians—kenosis [self-emptying], death and exaltation (2:6-11).... By its nature the recitation of the rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as grasped by the heart of her who was closer to the Lord than all others” (Paul VI, Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, 45, 47).

5 October 2008

October 3rd, one of our own, Blessed Columba Marmion.

Bl. Columba Marmion was born in Dublin on 1 April 1858 to an Irish father (William Marmion) and a French mother (Herminie Cordier). Given the name Joseph Aloysius at birth, he entered the Dublin diocesan seminary in 1874 and completed his theological studies at the College of the Propagation of the Faith in Rome. He was ordained a priest at St Agatha of the Goths on 16 June 1881.

He dreamed of becoming a missionary monk in Australia, but was won over by the liturgical atmosphere of the newly founded Abbey of Maredsous in Belgium, which he visited on his return to Ireland in 1881. His Bishop asked him to wait and appointed him curate in Dundrum, then professor at the major seminary in Clonliffe). As the chaplain at a convent of Redemptorist nuns and at a women's prison, he learned to guide souls, to hear confessions, to counsel and to help the dying.

In 1886 he received his Bishop's permission to become a monk. He voluntarily renounced a promising ecclesiastical career and was welcomed at Maredsous by Abbot Placidus Wolter. His novitiate, under the iron rule of Dom Benoît D'Hondt and among a group of young novices (when he was almost 30), proved all the more difficult because he had to change habits, culture and language. But saying that he had entered the monastery to learn obedience, he let himself be moulded by monastic discipline, community life and choral prayer until his solemn profession on 10 February 1891.

He received his first "obedience" or mission when he was assigned to the small group of monks sent to found the Abbey of Mont César in Louvain. Although it distressed him, he gave his all to it for the sake of obedience. There he was entrusted with the task of Prior beside Abbot de Kerchove, and served as spiritual director and professor to all the young monks studying philosophy or theology in Louvain.

He started to devote more time to preaching retreats in Belgium and in the United Kingdom, and gave spiritual direction to many communities, particularly those of Carmelite nuns. He become the confessor of Mons. Joseph Mercier, the future Cardinal, and the two formed a lasting friendship.

During this period, Maredsous Abbey was governed by Dom Hildebrand de Hemptinne, its second Abbot, who in 1893 would become, at the request of Leo XIII, the first Primate of the Benedictine Confederation. His frequent stays in Rome required that he be replaced as Abbot of Maredsous, and it is Dom Columba Marmion who was elected the third Abbot of Maredsous on 28 September 1909, receiving the abbatial blessing on 3 October. He was placed at the head of a community of more than 100 monks, with a humanities college, a trade school and a farm to run. He also had to maintain a well-established reputation for research on the sources of the faith and to continue editing various publications, including the Revue Bénédictine.

His ongoing care of the community did not stop Dom Marmion from preaching retreats or giving regular spiritual direction. He was asked to help the Anglican monks of Caldey when they wished to convert to Catholicism. His greatest ordeal was the First World War. His decision to send the young monks to Ireland so that they could complete their education in peace led to additional work, dangerous trips and many anxieties. It also caused misunderstandings and conflicts between the two generations within this community shaken by the war. German lay brothers, who had been present since the monastery's foundation by Beuron Abbey, had to be sent home (despite the Benedictine vow of stability) at the outbreak of hostilities. After the war was over, a small group of monks was urgently dispatched to the Monastery of the Dormition in Jerusalem to replace the German monks expelled by the British authorities. Finally, the Belgian monasteries were separated from the Beuron Congregation, and in 1920 the Belgian Congregation of the Annunciation was set up with Maredsous, Mont César and St André of Zevenkerken.

His sole comfort during this period was preaching and giving spiritual direction. His secretary, Dom Raymond Thibaut, prepared his spiritual conferences for publication: Christ the Life of the Soul (1917), Christ in His Mysteries (1919) and Christ the Ideal of the Monk (1922). He was already considered an outstanding Abbot (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium consulted with him at length) and a great spiritual author.

He died during a flu epidemic on 30 January 1923.

From L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 6 September 2000

October 4th 2008,all about St. Francis, Franciscans in Galway and around Ireland.

'The Abbey' in Galway was founded in 1296. In 1483 a school of advanced theology was instituted there; in 1513 Maurice O Fihely, archbishop of Tuam was buried in the church; 1657 friary destroyed, church made into a court house. The present court house stands on the same site. In 1660 a church was erected on the present site. In 1766 there were 13 friars here, but 10 were old men. In 1774 the only novitiate of which we have definite information was opened here. In 1781 church rebuilt and around 1836 the present chuch was opened; present friary built or rebuilt in 1820, and renovated recently.

Fr Padraig Breheny OFM PP
Fr Hilary Steblecki OFM CC

Francis was born in Assisi about 1182.

He seemed to many in his day a new kind of Christian, one who did not fit easily within the categories of his day. Instead of accepting one of the well-established forms of Christian life available in the early 1200s, he chose the more difficult way, creating a new "form of life", as he called it, different from the prevailing monastic and canonical forms then in favour. And what drove that desire to create something new was his deep conviction that it was "the Lord Jesus Christ" himself who was guiding him.

Followers soon arrived: "The Lord gave me brothers," he said. They formed a fraternity, and followed a form of life based on the gospel. In part contemplatives, in part popular preachers, they lived by the work of their hands, frequently with the sick, and begged when they needed to.

That early fraternity soon assumed the form of a Religious Order (the "Friars Minor") with a rule, officially approved a few years before Francis's death. Many of its members were learned, many were priests.

Want to read more? Visit www.franciscans.ie

Don't Forget! The second night of Bishop Drennan's Talks on Saint Paul!

Pioneer Total Abstinence Association.

The P.T.A.A, City West branch, will be holding their monthly meeting tomorrow, Monday, in Galilee House (behind the church) in Salthill at 8. Why not visit the Pioneer website? www.pioneertotal.ie

Sympathies, Murt Hynes, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Murt Hynes, 45 Cruachan Park. Murt's remains will be reposing at O'Flaherty's Funeral Home on Munster Avenue, tomorrow, Monday, from 6:45, with removal at 7:30 to our church. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 11, with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon.

We also pray for the repose of the souls of the following:

Willie Kelly Junior, Fursey Road.
Peter O'Sullivan, The Claddagh.
Fr. Jack Donovan, S.J.
Michael Cronin, McDara Road.

'In The Lords own house shall I dwell for ever and ever'

4 October 2008

A story for this Sunday.... sharing gifts.


There was a family of three daughters. One of them was shy and bashful, and had absolutely no self-confidence. She tended to lurk in the background, and was not forthcoming in claiming her rightful place in the family. One day her dad surprised her by arriving home with a beautiful necklace for her. She looked at it in amazement, and she couldn't believe that anyone would bother to buy her such a beautiful gift. She placed it on the table, and ran into the kitchen to tell her mother about he gift she had received. She was so excited that it was minutes later when she emerged from the kitchen. To her horror, her younger sister was wearing the necklace. She looked at her dad, and he said, 'I thought you didn't want it, so I gave it to her instead.'

The father wasn't too thoughtful, and the poor girl lost the gift because of her failure to claim it as something that had been given to her ...

3 October 2008

October, Pray The Rosary. Click on the beads to zoom in.

Bishop Martin's Pastoral Letter.

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 (we have copies left at the door for you) and a full text will be available on this site shortly.

Day for Life 2008 - Mental Health.

Scottish Day for Life - 31 May 2008
English and Welsh Day for Life - 6 July 2008
Irish Day for Life - 5 October 2008

Day for Life – the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of life – will focus this year on the theme of mental health. It will help raise awareness of the needs of those affected by mental ill-health, their friends, their family and their carers, and the support that the parish community and professional services can bring.

A leaflet for Day for Life is available at the church doors and the website is www.dayforlife.org

The website is highly recommended as a resource by the webmaster as it is very professionally done every year and a mine of important information, with podcasts, links, practical tips and advice etc.

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, October 5th. Click on the image to see clearer.

Don't forget to pray for missionaries!

Mission Month

Wednesday the 1st October marks the beginning of Mission Month, the annual worldwide Catholic celebration of missionaries and the work they undertake. There are currently 2,100 Irish missionaries working in 80 countries throughout the world. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith organises the Mission Sunday collection in Churches countrywide, which this year will take place on October 19thOctober provides the opportunity for each of us to support our missionary brothers and sisters allowing them to continue bringing spiritual and material assistance to those who need it most. For further information about the work of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith or to make a contribution please visit: www.missionsocieties.ie  

2 October 2008

October 2nd-Feast of the Guardian Angels.

Oh Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom Gods love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my sight,
To light and guard,
To rule and guide, AMEN.

1 October 2008

YouTube - A nice video for you to see on St Therese of Lisieux

YouTube - The Story of St Therese of Lisieux

Click the link above to see.

St. Thérése of Lisieux, St.Teresa the Little Flower.

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower. She has inspired millions since her death in 1897, and was declared a Doctor of the Church, by the late Pope John Paul 11, in 1997. Her autobiography is inspirational, The Story of a Soul. Why not order a copy on Amazon, www.amazon.co.uk Veritas www.veritas.ie or ask for a copy in The Cathedral Bookshop? On the 19th October her parents Louis and Zélie Martin will be beatified in Lisieux, a fitting honour to a wonderful couple who set about to raise a family of saints. In 2001 the Relics of Saint Thérése visited Ireland, and their arrival in Galway was a moment to be remembered for all of us who were there.