26 December 2009

Mass Intentions for the week ahead 27th December.

Saturday, December 26th, Vigil Mass, 7:30. 1. Gerard Monaghan. 2. Michael Brosnan.
Sunday, December 27th, Feast of the Holy Family, 9:30. 1. Stephen and Barbara McDonagh. 2. Michael, Margaret and Thomas Ryan.
11:00. 1. Teresa Carroll. 2. James, Mary and Bernard Lee.
12:15. Kevin Cowley.
6:30. Maura Flanagan.
Monday, December 28th, 10:00. 1. Betty, Charles Senior and Charles Junior O'Hagan and Christopher Rushe. 2. Deceased members of the Corrib Rangers and Old Ground.
Tuesday, December 29th, 10:00. 1. All our sick. 2. Francis McDonagh.
Wednesday, December 30th, 10:00. Tommy Hynes.
Thursday, December 31st, 10:00. James and Delia Rabbitte.
Friday, January 1st, Feast of Mary Mother of God. 10:00. Mary and Martin Curran and Deceased of Curran Family.
11:00. THE CATHEDRAL, ANNUAL PEACE MASS.
Saturday, January 2nd. 11:00. Eileen Spelman (Month's Mind Mass).
Vigil Mass, 7:30. Mary Tierney.
Sunday, January 3rd. 9:30. Doherty and McKee Families.
11:00. Deceased Members of Reidy Family.
12:15. Shane Rabbitte (Month's Mind Mass).
6:30. Edna Waldron.

January 1st, 2010, Annual Peace Mass in The Cathedral.


Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, January 1st 2010.

World Day of Prayer for Peace.

The Annual Peace Mass will be celebrated in The Cathedral  at 11 am.



Come and pray for peace!!

Feast of the Holy Family, December 27th.


Image of The Holy Family from St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Laurel, Maryland, USA.



 Our own Shrine of The Holy Family, constructed in The Jubilee Year 2000.

We wish a happy feast day to the Church of the Holy Family in Mervue and Holy Family Special School in Renmore.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph I give you my heart and my soul,

Jesus, Mary and Joseph assist me now and in my last agony,

Jesus, Mary and Joseph may I breathe forth my soul in peace with thee.Amen.

The Wren Boys!!

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The tradition of 'Hunting the Wran' or the 'Wren' is to some degree alive in Ireland at Christmas. Once a common event throughout Ireland, it now takes place in certain towns and villages on St. Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas Day.
People dress up in old clothes and paint their faces, wear straw hats and travel from door to door singing, dancing and playing music. Find out more about this very unusual age-old Irish Christmas custom…
Long ago in Ireland, young boys and men known as 'The Wren Boys' would go out into the woods. They would hunt for and then kill a wren and then parade the dead bird through the town on top of a decorated pole.

There is a lot of speculation as where this tradition stems from. One story says that long ago there was a plan by Irish soldiers to ambush a Viking soldier camp and a whole bunch of wrens pecked on the Viking soldiers drums and woke them up just in time for the plan to fail. The Irish soldiers were defeated. From then on, the wren was known as the bird of the devil.
The poor little Wren is also blamed for the betraying the Christian martyr St. Stephen when was in hiding by making noises, hence the reason for hunting the Wren on St. Stephen's Day.
Of course, the little wren was considered the 'King of all birds' in Celtic mythology, as it is said that the birds had a contest to see who could fly the highest. The clever wren flew higher than the eagle by sitting on the eagles back as it soared high and then the wren could fly even higher when the eagle got tired. So this custom of hunting the wren could also stem from Pagan times.
In the old days it was a real wren that was killed and placed on the top of the pole and the "wren boys" would carry it around to houses and beg for money to bury the bird as it was considered to be evil.
The Wren Boys would sing this traditional song at each house:
The Wran, the wran
the king of all Birds
on St. Stephen’s Day
it was caught in the furze,
up with the kettle
and down with the pan
give me a penny
to bury the wran.
This ancient tradition can still be seen in certain town and villages in Ireland and it really is a sight to behold! The Wren Boys march through the streets dressed in traditional attire (usually something made from straw) to the beat of drums and they stop off in bars along the way to play traditional music. Money is still collected but this is given to charity and of course a wren is not killed anymore but some Wren Boys march with a fake bird.

St. Stephen's Day, December 26th.


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All we know of Stephen is found in Acts of the Apostles, chapters six and seven. It is enough to tell us what kind of man he was:
At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenist (Greek-speaking) Christians complained about the Hebrew-speaking Christians, saying that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit.... (Acts 6:1-5)
Acts says that Stephen was a man filled with grace and power, who worked great wonders among the people. Certain Jews, members of the Synagogue of Roman Freedmen, debated with Stephen but proved no match for the wisdom and spirit with which he spoke. They persuaded others to make the charge of blasphemy against him. He was seized and carried before the Sanhedrin.
In his speech, Stephen recalled God’s guidance through Israel’s history, as well as Israel’s idolatry and disobedience. He then claimed that his persecutors were showing this same spirit. “[Y]ou always oppose the holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors” (Acts 7:51b).
His speech brought anger from the crowd. “But [Stephen], filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God....’ They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him....As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit....Lord, do not hold this sin against them’” (Acts 7:55-56, 58a, 59, 60b).

Comment:
Stephen died as Jesus did: falsely accused, brought to unjust condemnation because he spoke the truth fearlessly. He died with his eyes trustfully fixed on God, and with a prayer of forgiveness on his lips. A “happy” death is one that finds us in the same spirit, whether our dying is as quiet as Joseph’s or as violent as Stephen’s: dying with courage, total trust and forgiving love.

24 December 2009

Happy Christmas.


We wish you all the blessings of Christmas and a peaceful 2010. This has been a very difficult year for our nation and our church; thank you for your continued support in spite of all and your humbling witness to your faith. Beir beannacht agus bua, Monsignor Malachy Hallinan, Fr. David Murphy, Sr. Catherine Regan.

19 December 2009

Notices, December 20th.

Sunday, December 20th, 2009, Fourth Sunday of Advent..

Masses this week.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10, Mass on Tuesday for the sick and ill.

Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve Mass and Blessing of the Crib at 9 PM.

Friday, December 25th, Christmas Day, 9:30, 11:00 (with Children's Choir) and 12:15 Masses. NO EVENING MASS.

Saturday, December 26th, St. Stephen's Day, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM Masses.

Sunday, December 27th, Feast of the Holy Family, Masses at usual Sunday times, 9:30, 11:00, 12:15 and 6:30.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession.

The Penitential Service for Christmas for the churches in our cluster of parishes (that is ourselves, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph's, Church of St. James in Bushy Park, St. Ignatius, The Cathedral, The Abbey) takes place in The Cathedral on Monday, December 21st at 8 PM.
Come along and be liberated by the God of compassion and mercy!

Confessions here in the Sacred Heart.

Saturday, December 19th, 6:30 to 7:30.
Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, 12 Noon to 1 and 3 PM to 4.

"The Gift" Christmas concert tickets are now on sale.
18th Dec @ 8pm St. Josephs Church
20th & 21st @7:30 in the Jesuit Church
22nd Dec @8pm in the Salthill hotel

All proceeds go to: Abalta (school for children with autism) Galway Hospice & Sli-eile
Concert is made up of over 100 singers including children and is a real family event.
please support.

Tickets can be got from the St. Josephs Parish office (091) 562276 ; Eileen in the Jesuit Office(091) 523707, The Galway Hospice & from Keara Sheeran @ (087)9007003

Pray for our faithful departed: Dolly Gavin, Fursey Road, whose Funeral Mass took place here during the week.
John Keaveney, Maunsell’s Road, whose Funeral Mass took place in St. Joseph’s.

Saturday 19th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Teresa Barrett and deceased members of Hernon family.
2. Bab ‘Ellen’ and Joe Davis.
Sunday 20th December 9.30 am 1. Teresa & Paddy Heaney and their nephew Matthew Heaney.
2. Martin & Della Ryan.
4th Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Bridie, Pat, Bill and Catherine Buckley.
2. Teresa Hession
12.15 pm 1. Delia, Patrick Ward and Edward & Margaret Lynskey
and Lynskey family.
2. Edward Howley.
6.30 pm 1. Marcello and Valodia Alarcon.
2. Nora Coyne.
Monday 21st December 10.00 am 1. Joe Kenny
2.Thanksgiving for all who supported
Margaret Conneely at the time of her husband’s
Peter death.
Tuesday 22nd December 10.00 am 1. Sick and
2. Thomas Snr and Thomas Jnr and Anne Hayden.
Wednesday 23rd December 10.00 am 1. Sean Kilraine and 2. Kate & Bernard Ward deceased.
Thursday 24thh December 9.00 pm Christmas Eve Mass and Blessing of Crib.
Friday 25th December 9.30 am ( Christmas Masses for all the people
Christmas Day 11.00 am of the Parish
12.15 pm and worshipping Community)
NO EVENING MASS
Saturday 26th December 10.00 am
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Gerard Monaghan.
2. Michael Brosnan
Sunday 27th December 9.30 am 1. Stephen & Barbara McDonagh
Feast of the Holy Family. 11.00 am 1 Teresa Carroll and 2. James, Mary & Bernard Lee.
12.15 pm Kevin Cowley
6.30 pm Maura Flanagan

Kids Corner, December 20th.

Key words in our Gospel this Sunday.


Luke 1:39-44 • A Baby to Be Born
Mary/Town/Judea /Zechariah/Elizabeth/Greeting/Baby/Filled/Holy Spirit/Blessed/Women/

Mother/Lord/Leaped/Joy.




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Saint of the Week, St. Fachanan/ Fachtna,one of our patrons.



Ancient ruins of 12th Century Cathedral of St. Fachanan and Parish Church of St. Fachanan, all in our diocese, in Kilfenora.

The following post is a combination of information to be found on the Catholic Ireland Website and our own diocesan website. You'll get the links to both in the sidebar menu.

Fachtna founded a monastery and scripture school at Ross Carbery in west Cork and, also, a monastery in our diocese in Kilfenora. He is the patron of Kilfenora, now integrated into our diocese, as well as the diocese of Ross, now integrated into the combined diocese of Cork and Ross. Patrick Duffy explains.

Scripture school
Toward the end of the sixth century Fachtna founded a monastery and school in the area now known as Rosscarbery (Ros Ailithir – “the wooded headland of the pilgrims”). The School of Ross became a celebrated seat of learning and gained an international reputation for study of sacred scripture and learning until the ninth century when it was besieged and destroyed by the Danes.
Diocese of
Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora
The Diocese of Kilfenora and the Diocese of Kilmacduagh were both erected and had their territories defined by the Synod of Kells in 1132. In 1751 the two dioceses were united but because Kilfenora was in the ecclesiastical province of Cashel and Kilmacduagh in the province of Tuam, the Bishop of Kilmacduagh was made the Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, and it was decreed that the next person holding episcopal jurisdiction in Kilmacduagh-Kilfenora would be Bishop of Kilfenora and Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh. This system of alternation continued down to the last bishop, Patrick Fallon, who resigned in 1866.
Diocese of Galway,
Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora
In 1866 the Bishop of Galway, John McEvilly, was made administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. In 1883, Thomas Carr was appointed bishop, the first to be appointed with the title of Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora.


You can see a mosaic to St. Fachtna in The Cathedral Bookshop.

Scoil Bhríde Corner.

We'd like to say a big thank you and well done to all the boys and girls from fourth class, and the choir from the other classes for the beautiful pageant on Wednesday night. Well done to all, and to the hard working staff and helpers that made it all possible.

Don't forget! The First Communion Preparation Mass is tomorrow, Sunday, December 20th, at 11. Remember your candles!

18 December 2009

Dolly Gavin, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked this evening for the repose of the soul of Dolly Gavin, Fursey Road. Dolly's remains are reposing in our church tonight, Friday, December 18th, and her Funeral Mass is tomorrow, Saturday, December 19th, at 11 with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph, Rahoon Cemetery.

'Dying you destroyed our death....'

16 December 2009

Trócaire's Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

The Gift of a House 

At the heart of the Christmas story is ‘coming home’.  Jesus, the Son of God, finds a home with Mary and Joseph, and we are called to come home to God through our Advent journey. Having a home is central to a family’s sense of well being and security.  Millions around the world like Maria Daisy Oyola from Bogata, Colombia, are living in makeshift shelters.  Last year Maria and her family received Trócaire’s Christmas Global Gift of a housing kit and are now very proud of their new home.   €200 / £180 provides skills and tools to families living in makeshift shelters, to build a lasting home.  

To order your gift log onto www.trocaire.org/globalgift or call 1850 408 408 (ROI) 0800 912 1200 (NI). 

15 December 2009

Ann Small, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Ann Small, Cuar na Lus and formerly of Anglingham, Castlegar. Ann will be reposing at Irwins Funeral Home, Bothar Irwin today, Tuesday, from 5.30pm until removal at 7pm to our church. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11 AM , burial in the New Cemetery, Bohermore.


'Receive her soul and present her to God the most high.'

13 December 2009

Penitential Service for Christmas.

The Penitential Service for Christmas for the churches in our cluster of parishes (that is ourselves, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph's, Church of St. James in Bushy Park, St. Ignatius, The Cathedral, The Abbey) takes place in The Cathedral on Monday, December 21st at 8 PM. 
Come along and be liberated by the God of compassion and mercy!

Thank You from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank you for your generous contributions to last Sundays Church Door Collection. The amount raised here was €1440.

Don't forget this weekends special collection is for all the victims of our recent terrible floods.

Live Crib at Galway Cathedral.

The Annual Live Crib will take place at The Cathedral on Wednesday next, December 16th, from 11:30 to 3:00. If any mum and dad and, of course, baby would like to volunteer for an hour in the crib, please contact The Cathedral- 091- 563577.

Scoil Bhríde Corner. Christmas Pageant and First Communion News.

The Annual Christmas Pageant by the children of Scoil Bhríde will take place this Wednesday night, December 16th, in the church at 7:30. It's always a special and moving occasion and all are welcome. Come along and get into the spirit of Christmas.

The next Mass in our First Communion Do this in Memory of Me Programme takes place next Sunday, December 20th at 11:00. Please make an extra special effort parents to come along and help us prepare the children for their First Holy Communion on May 1st.

Our Christmas Card.

Our Christmas Card with the arrangements for Christmas and our Christmas Envelopes are available at the doors of the church.

Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve Mass and Blessing of the Crib at 9 PM.
Friday, December 25th, Christmas Day, 9:30, 11:00 and 12:15 Masses. NO EVENING MASS.
Saturday, December 26th, St. Stephen's Day, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM Masses.
Sunday, December 27th, Feast of the Holy Family, Masses at usual Sunday times, 9:30, 11:00, 12:15 and 6:30.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession.
Saturday, December 19th, 6:30 to 7:30.
Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, 12 Noon to 1 and 3 PM to 4.

12 December 2009

Explaining our change of background colour this week..

The background colour of our blog this week is rose, which is the colour for this Third Sunday of Lent, Gaudete Sunday. Scroll down to read about this Sunday in the post below.

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, 13th December 2009

Saturday 12th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Eileen & John O’Toole and
2. Cliona Tierney.

Sunday 13th December 9.30 am Vincent (Vinnie) Byrne
3rd Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Joe Hoade.
2. Tom & Kathleen Casserly and deceased
members of Casserly and Murphy families.
12.15 pm 1. Colohan family deceased.
2. Kate Sweeney
6.30 pm Mark & Joe, Colm, Jude and Padraig Welsh.

Monday 14thh December 10.00 am Joel Jaimy, 1sst Birthday Thanksgiving Mass.
Tuesday 15th December 10.00 am 1. Sick and 2. Special Intention.
Wednesday 16th December 10.00 am Bridie Whelan
5.30 pm Indian Community Mass
Thursday 17th December 10.00 am Lawless and Guinnane families deceased.
Friday 18th December 10.00 am Gilroy and Hughes families deceased.

Saturday 19th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Teresa Barrett and deceased members of Hernon family.
2. Bab ‘Ellen’ and Joe Davis.

Sunday 20th December 9.30 am 1. Teresa & Paddy Heaney and
their nephew Matthew Heaney.
2. Martin & Della Ryan.
4th Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Bridie, Pat, Bill and Catherine Buckley.
2. Teresa Hession
12.15 pm 1. Della, Patrick Ward and Edward & Margaret Lynskey
and Lynskey family.
2. Edward Howley.
6.30 pm 1. Marcello and Valodia Alarcon.
2. Nora Coyne.

Notices, December 13th.


Sunday, December 13th, 2009, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.



Daily Mass here in the Sacred Heart every morning at 10, Mass on Tuesday is for the sick and ill.

Adoration takes place every night from 8 to 10. New Adorers are most welcome.

Confessions are on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:30.

The Irish Catholic is on sale after Mass.

As we await the coming of Christ this Christmas, Bishop Martin Drennan along with Fr. Charlie Davey and Mrs. Eileen Kelly have being accompanying us into the season of Advent by sharing their thoughts on the themes of "Awaiting" "Hope" and "Family". The last of these reflections will take place this Monday night in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith at 8p.m.

The Annual Mass for all babies who have died on or around the time of birth will be held this Sunday, December 13th, at 6 O’clock in the University Chapel of St. Columbanus. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are all warmly invited.

Sale of Work in Buaile Beag National School on Sunday (December 13th) between 1pm and 4pm. It’s a great family day out and Santa will be there!!

Kids Corner, Gaudete Sunday.

Question Time: What is Gaudete Sunday?? Scroll down this page for the answer!!

Look at the Saint of the Day feature too, read the story of Lazarus or get a grown up to read it to you, and you can also print off and colour in the picture.

Luke 3:10-18 • He will Baptise you with the Holy Spirit

Bella: Hi Cian, we were at my new cousin’s baptism!
Cian: Cool! What was it like?
Bella: It was a lovely day, the baby squealed really loud when the cold water was poured on her head!
Cian: Like a cold shower!! The Gospel today is about being baptised with holy water and with the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist said that he baptised with Holy water and that Jesus would come with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills us with love and courage.
Bella: Wow! My baby cousin is filled with love and courage now! Maybe she will do something amazing with her life!
Cian: With the Holy Spirit we all can do something amazing with our lives, I’m off to score the winning goal with the team and guess who is helping me with that!!


How can you show others that you have been filled with the Holy Spirit since your baptism?
Orla Walsh •Email walsh_orla@eircom.net
Illustrations by Connie Collins • Email collinsconnie@hotmail.com

Saint of the Week, Lazarus, December 17th.


Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, "See how much he loved him." In their sight Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.

Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed to have left a written account of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life. Some say he followed Peter into Syria. Another story is that despite being put into a leaking boat by the Jews at Jaffa, he, his sisters and others landed safely in Cyprus. There he died peacefully after serving as bishop for 30 years.

A church was built in his honor in Constantinople and some of his reputed relics were transferred there in 890. A Western legend has the oarless boat arriving in Gaul. There he was bishop of Marseilles, was martyred after making a number of converts and was buried in a cave. His relics were transferred to the new cathedral in Autun in 1146.

It is certain there was early devotion to the saint. Around the year 390, the pilgrim lady Etheria talks of the procession that took place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the tomb where Lazarus had been raised from the dead. In the West, Passion Sunday was called Dominica de Lazaro, and Augustine tells us that in Africa the Gospel of the raising of Lazarus was read at the office of Palm Sunday.

Comment:
Many people who have had a near-death experience report losing all fear of death. When Lazarus died a second time, perhaps he was without fear. He must have been sure that Jesus, the friend with whom he had shared many meals and conversations, would be waiting to raise him again. We don’t share Lazarus’ firsthand knowledge of returning from the grave. Nevertheless, we too have shared meals and conversations with Jesus, who waits to raise us, too.

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Gaudete Sunday.

Question: What Is Gaudete Sunday?
Certain Sundays throughout the liturgical year have taken their names from the first word in Latin of the Introit, the entrance antiphon at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is one of these.
Answer: Gaudete Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. (See the Liturgical Calendar for Advent to find the date of Gaudete Sunday this year.) The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always").

Like Lent, Advent is a penitential season, so the priest normally wears purple vestments. But on Gaudete Sunday, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and the priest may wear rose vestments. The change in color provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation—especially prayer and fasting—for Christmas.

For this same reason, the third candle of the Advent wreath, first lit on Gaudete Sunday, is traditionally rose-colored.

Gaudete Sunday has a counterpart in Lent: Laetare Sunday.

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9 December 2009

Don't Forget! Latin Mass this Saturday.

Cumann an Aifrinn Laidinigh

Latin Mass Society of Ireland.

Mass will be celebrated according to the missal of Blessed John the Twenty Third (Tridentine) in the Garrison Church of Saint Patrick, Renmore on Saturday December 12th at 12 noon.

http://www.latinmassireland.org/

Trócaire's Reflection for this coming Third Sunday of Advent.

The Gift of a Vegetable Garden

Joseph and Mary were forced to become refugees when they left Bethlehem for Egypt to protect Jesus. There are many millions of modern day refugees in our world today. On your behalf Trocaire tries to ensure their safety and survival. Trócaire gave Joseph (17), a young refugee, and his mother seeds, tools and training when they returned to their home after years living in a refugee camp in Uganda. Joseph grows beans, potatoes, millet, cabbage and eggplant in his family’s vegetable garden. This year for €25 / £22 you can help many people in India plant seeds of hope.

To order your gift log onto www.trocaire.org/globalgift or call 1850 408 408 (ROI) 0800 912 1200 (Six Counties).




A very special concert.

"The Gift" Christmas concert tickets are now on sale.
18th Dec @ 8pm St. Josephs Church
20th & 21st @7:30 in the Jesuit Church
22nd Dec @8pm in the Salthill hotel

All proceeds go to: Abalta (school for children with autism) Galway Hospice & Sli-eile
Concert is made up of over 100 singers including children and is a real family event.
please support.

Tickets can be got from the St. Josephs Parish office (091) 562276 ; Eileen in the Jesuit Office(091) 523707, The Galway Hospice & from Keara Sheeran @ (087)9007003

Last of Advent Reflections in The Pastoral Centre.




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Advent Reflection.


Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith,


Monday 14th December @ 8pm.


Speaker: Eileen Kelly, on the theme of "Family Spirituality at Christmas''

For further details contact the Pastoral Centre on (091) 565066

The Pastoral Centre is in Newtownsmith, beside The Mercy Convent Secondary School. Buses number 2,4,5 & 7 all stop nearby.


www.pastoralcentre.ie

5 December 2009

Bulletin from Trócaire for the Second Sunday of Advent.

Christmas might be understood as a celebration of the love Joseph and Mary showed Jesus during his infancy and childhood. It is this care that all parents/guardians want to show to children in their family. Imagine the joy then that Lina and John Mario Peralta from rural Colombia feel as they feed the chickens they received through Global Gift. The family lives in a conflict-torn area and struggled for years to survive. Now the children have a healthier diet and their father, John, breeds chickens to sell the eggs for income. This year for €15 / £13 you can help families in East Africa provide for their children by buying the gift of chicks.
To order your gift log onto www.trocaire.org/globalgift or call 1850 408 408 (ROI) 0800 912 1200 (NI).

Kids Corner, Feast of Saint Nicholas.

Kids, your corner this week is the story of Saint Nicholas which you'll find on this page by scrolling down; read and enjoy!

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, December 6th.

Saturday 5th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Bridget & Colman Hernon
2. Geraldine O’Neill and Vera Browne.
Sunday 6th December 9.30 am Joe McDermott
2nd Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Robert Nolan.
2. John, Johnnie, Ellen and Nora Brennan and all the
Brennan family.
12.15 pm 1. Elizabeth Heenan.
2. Maureen, P.J. Hornibrook, Martin Flaherty and
Flaherty and Madden families.
6.30 pm 1. Mattie & Kenneth Frawley.
2. Michael Corcoran Snr.

Monday 7th December 10.00 am Delia Hoade
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm Timothy Kyne
Tuesday 8th December 10.00 am 1. Sick and 2. Martin & Della Ryan.
Feast of Immaculate Conception 11.30 am 1. John, Nora and Michael Donnellan
2. Kate & Bernard Ward.
6.30 pm 1. Michael Corcoran and 2. Frank Broderick

Wednesday 9th December 10.00 am 1. John & Bella Gallagher and 2. Peter Welsh
Thursday 10th December 10.00 am Pyne family living.
Friday 11th December 10.00 am Michael, Bridget and Peter Conneely.

Saturday 12th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Eileen & John O’Toole and
2. Cliona Tierney.
Sunday 13th December 9.30 am Vincent (Vinnie) Byrne
3rd Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Joe Hoade.
2. Tom & Kathleen Casserly and deceased members of
Casserly and Murphy families.
12.15 pm 1. Colohan family deceased.
2. Kate Sweeney
6.30 pm 1. Mark & Joe, Colm, Jude and Padraig Welsh.

Pilgrimage to Fatima with our own Fr. Seán Kilcoyne.

A Pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from February 11th to 15th led by our own Fr. Seán Kilcoyne who is Chaplain in The Bon Secours Hospital, Renmore. The price is €499 for full board and more details can be had by phoning Anne and Charlie Kelly at 028- 90200163 or Joe Walsh Tours at 01- 2410800 www.joewalshtours.ie

December 8th, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.


"[Mary] gave to the world the Life that renews all things, and she was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.
It is no wonder, then, that the usage prevailed among the holy Fathers whereby they called the mother of God entirely holy and free from all stain of sin, fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature. Adorned from the first instant of her conception with the splendours of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is, on God’s command, greeted by an angel messenger as ‘full of grace’ (cf. Luke 1:28). To the heavenly messenger she replies: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word’ (Luke 1:38)" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 56).

December 6th, Feast of Saint Nicholas, Patron of the Diocese and City of Galway.



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Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving. He lived in the fourth century. This famous saint was born in Asia Minor, which is modern-day Turkey. After his parents died, he gave all his money to charity.
Once a certain poor man was about to abandon his daughters to a life of sin because they did not have the money for a dowry. Nicholas heard about his problem. He went to the man's house at night and tossed a little pouch of gold through a window. This was for the oldest daughter. He did the same thing for the second daughter. The grateful father kept watch to find out who was being so good to them. When St. Nicholas came a third time, the man recognized him. He thanked Nicholas over and over again.
Later St. Nicholas became bishop. He loved justice. It is said that once he saved three men who had been falsely condemned to death. He then turned to their accuser. He made the man admit that he had been offered money to get rid of the three men.
St. Nicholas died in Myra, and a great basilica was built over his tomb. Many churches were dedicated in his name. When his relics were brought to Bari, Italy, this city became a famous shrine for pilgrims from all over Europe. Nicholas is the patron of sailors and prisoners. With St. Andrew, he is the patron of Russia.

It is thought that sailors and merchants,from their travels, brought devotion to him to Galway. Hence, he is the patron saint of our city and diocese, and patron of the ancient Collegiate Church of Saint Nicholas, and, along with our Lady Assumed into Heaven, patron of our cathedral.

The great charity of this saint has become legendary. Is there someone in my life who needs my love and generosity?

Notices, December 6th.

Notices.

Sunday, December 6th, 2009, Second Sunday of Advent..

Daily Mass here in the Sacred Heart every morning at 10, Mass on Tuesday is for the sick and ill.

Adoration takes place every night from 8 to 10. New Adorers are most welcome.

Confessions are on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:30.

The Irish Catholic is on sale after Mass.

We have now begun our Advent journey, and as we await the coming of Christ this Christmas, Bishop Martin Drennan along with Fr. Charlie Davey and Mrs. Eileen Kelly will accompany us into the season of Advent by sharing their thoughts on the themes of "Awaiting" "Hope" and "Family". The second of these reflections will take place this Monday night in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith at 8p.m.

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, Patron Saint of the Diocese and City of Galway. St. Nicholas is a saint known for his great generosity and your generosity is called upon next weekend when we will have a second collection for all the victims of the recent terrible flooding.

Tuesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a Holy day of Obligation. Our Masses here for the feast are the Vigil Mass, tomorrow, Monday, at 7:30, and then 10, 11:30 and 6:30 on Tuesday.

The Annual Mass for all babies who have died on or around the time of birth will be held this year on Sunday next, December 13th, at 6 O’clock in the University Chapel of St. Columbanus. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are all warmly invited.

There is a Jumble Sale and Tea day in aid of The Western Alzheimer’s, Galway branch, next Saturday, December 12th, from 11 to 5 in St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road, Shantalla.

The Galway Baroque Singers are having their Christmas Concert, ' I Heard A Voice From Heaven' in The Abbey, St. Francis' Church, on Saturday 12th, and Sunday 13th at 8:30. Tickets available from Charlie Byrne's Bookshop or choir members.

4 December 2009

Canon Noel Mullin, R.I.P.

Very Reverend Canon Noel, Parish Priest of Claregalway and VF.
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his brother's, Joe (Shrule), Frank (Galway & Shrule), Paschal (Glencorrib),
sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends, Bishop Martin Drennan, Priests of
the Galway Diocese and parishioners. RIP
Reposing at Claregalway Mortuary Chapel in the grounds of Claregalway Church
from 9am on Sunday. Removal at 7pm to the Church.
Requiem Mass on Monday at 12 o'clock. Burial afterwards in the Family grave in Shrule.
Ar dheis De to raibh a anam dilis.
As a mark of respect the Diocesan Office will remain closed on Monday, Dec 7th.
Diocesan Office
The Cathedral
Galway
Ireland
Tel: 00-353-91-563566
Fax: 00-353-91-568333
Email: galwaydiocese at eircom.net

Musical Instrument to spare??

Do you have a musical instrument no longer used? Then why not donate
it to the Catholic Church in Zambia where the locals will use them! A
group of Cavan musicians with the help of Fr. Jim Brady (St Patrick’s
missionary) will transport them to Zambia. Please contact Dara on
0879662724.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact me on the above number.

3 December 2009

Seán Tedders and Shane Rabbitt, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the souls of the following:

1. Doctor Seán Tedders, Adelaide, Australia, and late of Highfield Park.

Seán’s remains will be reposing at O’Flaherty’s Funeral Home, Munster Avenue on Sunday, December 6th, from 6:30 to 8,

after which they will be removed to our church.

Funeral Mass will be on Monday at 11, burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph, Rahoon Cemetery.

2. Shane Rabbitt, 8 Hy Brasail Court, Circular Road.

Shane’s remains will be reposing at his home on Monday, December 7th, from 2 until 6, after which they will be removed to

our church.

Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 1, burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph, Rahoon Cemetery.

'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.'

2 December 2009

Latin Mass.

Cumann an Aifrinn Laidinigh

Latin Mass Society of Ireland.

Mass will be celebrated according to the missal of Blessed John the Twenty Third (Tridentine) in the Garrison Church of Saint Patrick, Renmore on Saturday December 12th at 12 noon.

http://www.latinmassireland.org/

1 December 2009

Ordination, Séan Duggan.

Please pray for Fr. Sean Duggan, CSsR
who will be ordained Priest this Sunday, December 6th
in St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church, Dundalk.
Sean would like to extend an open invitation to his first Mass,
which takes place on Wednesday, December 9th at 6.30pm
in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Renmore.
Concelebrating Priests please bring Alb & Stole

News Items, December 1st.

Pastoral Centre News:

1.The Day of Healing for those bereaved by suicide has been rescheduled to Saturday 12th December, 2009 from 12pm to 2pm

2.A training/refresher day for Eucharistic Ministers/Ministers of the Word takes place next Saturday 5th December 10am to 1pm. If anyone in the parish is interested please give Eilish a call before the end of the week at 091- 565066 or e-mail

pastoraladministrator@eircom.net

www.pastoralcentre.ie

Croí Nua News.

FAITH READING GROUP

Saturday 5th, December and every first Saturday from 2.00-4.00p.m.

Book – What is the point in being a Christian by Timothy Radcliffe.

Come along and bring a friend.

HEALING LIFE’S HURTS – Opening our hearts to the healing power of Advent

Saturday 12th, December 10.00-4.30p.m.

GETTING ON WITH LIFE

Day of reflection for those recovering from addiction.

Saturday December 19th, 10.00-4.30p.m.

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION

Monday December 21st, at 8.00p.m.

Tel: 091- 520960 or 087 6833195

Croí Nua Spirituality Centre is run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, and is situated on Rosary Lane in Taylors Hill, opposite the entrance to the Dominican Convent Primary and Secondary School. The no. 2 bus passes by the gate.

www.croinua.com

Email: croinuacentre@eircom.net

28 November 2009

Publication of the report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse in Dublin Archdiocese Statement by Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway.

The investigation which led to this report was requested by survivors of sexual abuse who wanted the full truth about what happened so that they could move towards closure with their past. When they reported to Church authorities the abuse they had suffered, they felt that the Church put its own protection ahead of the welfare and protection of children.

The double trauma they endured upsets me deeply. First, there was the enormous damage done to them through sexual abuse. Then there was the added pain of feeling they were dealing with a self-defensive management system when they brought their plight to the attention of the Church. Their suffering was compounded. I humbly offer my apologies to all who suffered in these ways.

I believe them when they say that their experience was of not being listened to and of not being believed. I admire them for their persistence and courage, and I hope that this report will convince them that they have been heard and believed.

My fervent desire is that, learning from this report, we will understand why Church authorities failed these people and their families, and why, in the past, the Church didn’t act decisively in favour of the safety and welfare of children. Above all, I pray that all of those who have been hurt and abused in this sad chapter of our history will be able to move towards the healing and peace they are looking for and deserve.

I want to assure the faithful of the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora that the highest possible training and standards apply to child welfare and safety in all our parishes so that such events may never happen again. Details of our policies and structures in this regard are located under Services on our diocesan website www.galwaydiocese.ie

OTHER LINKS:

www.dublindiocese.ie

www.catholicbishops.ie

http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PB09000504

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, First Week of Advent.

Saturday 28th November
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. James Scally
2. Bernie & Kathleen Cooke and Mary Hughes
PRAY FOR BILLY CREANE AT ALL MASSES
Sunday 29th November 9.30 am Edward Fitzgerald and deceased members of the
Fitzgerald & Hosty families.
1st Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Maureen, Charles and Bunny Devlin.
2. Damien Dalton
12.15 pm 1. Teresa Kelly
2. Bridget Hughes.
6.30 pm 1. Timmie Mannion
2. Tony Moran deceased.
Monday 30th November 10.00 am 1. John & Noreen O’Connor
2. Billy Creane
Tuesday 1st December 10.00 am 1. Sick and 2. Mary Bridie Welsh.
Wednesday 2nd December 10.00 am 1. Annie, Paddy and Marty Lee and Baby Annaleigh Cleere.
2. Deceased members of Aran Bridge Club, St Marys Rd.
Thursday 3rd December 10.00 am 1. Bridget Ward and living and deceased members of
Ward and Mongan families.
Friday 4th December 10.00 am 1. Bridget, Ray and Edward Maloney
2. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gavin and deceased members of
Gavin and Heneghan families and Sean Gaughan.
7.30 pm 1. Eddie Brennan
2. Carmel Griffin.
Saturday 5th December
Vigil Mass 7.30 pm 1. Bridget & Colman Hernon
2. Geraldine O’Neill and Vera Browne.
Sunday 6th December 9.30 am Joe McDermott
2ndt Sunday of Advent 11.00 am 1. Robert Nolan.
2. John, Johnnie, Ellen and Nora Brennan and all the
Brennan family.
12.15 pm 1. Elizabeth Heenan.
2. Maureen, P.J. Hornibrook, Martin Flaherty and
Flaherty and Madden families.
6.30 pm 1. Mattie & Kenneth Frawley.
2. Michael Corcoran Snr.