29 April 2009

Important Message from Age Action.

 Phone Lo Call 1890 369 369


Age Action Ireland is the national organisation which works to improve the quality of life of all older people and their carers - especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable - by enabling them to live full, independent and satisfying lives for as long as they wish in their own homes.


In partnership with Irish Life, Age Action Ireland is developing Care and Repair Services for older people in Ireland. The programme is currently available in Dublin and Galway City and we plan to extend the service to other locations over the next three years.


The Care and Repair Programme consists of:


1.     The Repair Service uses a pool of volunteers and handypersons to carry out small repairs and to complete minor home tasks for older people. Volunteers in effect provide a willing pair of helping hands to do a variety of small tasks that an older person may find difficult to do. The most common services required are;


Minor gardening (e.g. mowing lawns)

Minor home decorating (e.g. painting)

Installing handrails (grab rails)

Tacking down carpets

Changing plugs, fuses and light bulbs

Installing security locks and chains

Hanging curtains, moving furniture

Installing domestic smoke alarms.


A “job” is expected to take no longer than an hour, though many small tasks may be undertaken during the same visit. The service is free of charge; the client only pays for the cost of materials used. However, donations are always welcome.


2. The Trades Referral Service is an option whereby a register of reliable and honest tradespersons is maintained. If the required job is beyond the scope of Care and Repair, we will try to provide the name of a trusted tradesperson from our register. 


3. The QuoteCheck Service is a service whereby an experienced volunteer gives an informed opinion about quotations received by a client from professional tradespersons.


We are also extending the service to Spiddal, Inverin, Oughterard, Headford, Athenry, Craughwell and Ardrahan. Also on our list are Tuam, Loughrea and Ballinasloe.


Our strategy re expanding Care and Repair to other parts of the country is to transmit the Care and Repair “skills package” to appropriate local community groups or to develop partnerships as a “franchise”.

For more details about the Care and Repair “franchise” approach, please contact Seán Silke on Lo Call 1890 369 369 or email sean.silke@ageaction.ie

28 April 2009

New Creative Writing Classes at Westside Library.

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Communion Calls.

This coming Friday, May 1st, is the First Friday. Monsignor Malachy and Father David will be making their calls as usual.

There will be an evening Mass with Benediction at 7:30 on Friday.

Ordination to the Priesthood of Patrick Madden.

Patrick will be ordained for the Diocese of Portsmouth in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Moycullen, this coming Saturday, May 2nd, at 3 O'Clock, by Bishop Crispian Hollis, Bishop of Portsmouth. Please keep him in your prayers.

Looking for good Catholic books, cards, devotional items?

Have you checked out Veritas, the Catholic Communications Bookshop? They have some great deals right now like The Cathechism in Gaeilge, which is half price. There is free delivery within Ireland.
Visit them: www.veritas.ie

Don't forget, of course, our own Cathedral Shop here in Galway, whch has books, devotional items, and a great collection of cards.

Retreat in beautiful Ards.

Intercessors of the Lamb Retreat

A new Religious Order was founded in 1976 by Mother Nadine Brown who
was a contemplative Nun for many years. Their main charism is the
call to holiness foe each individual and is Gospel based with a
strong emphases on intercessory prayers. The order has Priests,
Religious and Laity
Two of their members will visit our Dioceses from May the 3rd to the
17th where they will explain their charism and the programmes they
offer for each individual.

A one day retreat will be held in Ards friary, Creeslough, Co.Donegal on Sat 9th of May.
Commences at 9.30am and will finish at 7pm.

For booking, please contact Ards Friary Retreat Centre

on 074 9138909 or 00353749138909 or email on info@ardsfriary.ie
Benito Colangelo (manager)
Ards Friary
Retreat and Conference Centre

Tel:00 353 (0) 74 9138909
email: info@ardsfriary.ie

Lots of events coming up in Croí Nua.

There are some great events coming up at Croí Nua Spirituality Centre. Why not check them out at www.croinua.com The Centre is on Rosary Lane off Taylors Hill Road, opposite the entrance to the Dominican Primary and Secondary School. The number 2 bus stops nearby.

Arthritis Ireland Galway Branch Monthly Meeting

Arthritis Ireland Galway Branch will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday 5th May 2009 at 7.30pm in Arus Naofa, Renmore. Valerie Flattery , an Occupational Therapist will be our guest speaker. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend this free event.

25 April 2009


The sisters have made an enormous contribution to our diocese and parish, where they reside in Shantalla and 160 Corrib Park. They are patrons of our school, Scoil Bhríde. Thank you sisters!

Born in 1718, voted "WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2000" and"GREATEST IRISH WOMAN EVERIN 2005, a woman of fidelity, determination, courage; ready to reach out, ready to risk, a big-hearted woman, who showed her love of life, of learning, and of the beautiful!  Nano Nagle was born in Ballygriffin near Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland.  Being the eldest of seven children, she learned from an early age, how to care for and love others.

That Nano was a spirited little girl, we know from her father's words in her defence.  When her mother complained about her high spirits, his response was; "Our Nano will be a saint yet."  Living in Penal Ireland meant that she attended the forbidden local hedge school.  It was here and in the Nagle home that Nano received her primary education.  Later she and her sister Ann went to Paris to complete their education.

A VERY SOPHISTICATED YOUNG LADY she certainly was when she finished school.  She was talented, well educated, wealthy and beautiful, with a charming personality.

EXTREMELY MODERN and in her own words "a lover of dress and vanity," she delighted in the social life of Paris.

But then

AFTER THE DANCE one early morning as she returned home, she saw from her carriage window, a group of people standing outside a Church door waiting for early Mass.  She thought: "Their lives are useful and unselfish, mine selfish and useless, I must change."  And she did.
Nano returned to Ireland, but because of the Penal Laws she felt powerless, and went back to France to become a nun and pray for Ireland.  She found no peace in France.  Like St. Patrick, God was calling her back.  She returned and became 

She began with the children and although it meant having a price on her head (as Catholic schools were forbidden by law) she founded seven schools in Cork.

She also was A CHEERFUL GIVER.  Every evening after school she visited the poor, the sick and the lonely, and spent herself and her money to help them.  When she was short of money she became A LOWLY BEGGAR in the shops and on the streets to provide money to continue her work.  She was truly A LAY APOSTLE, doing unaided what many groups of people do today.

While Nano's immediate mission was confined to her native city, her understanding of mission was universal.  "If I could be of any service in saving souls in any part of the globe, I would willingly do all in my power".  She recognised the potential of the poor and of youth to minister to one another.  "All my children are brought up to be fond of instructing".

Urged on by her faith in her own mission and by her desire to give stability to her works, Nano founded her own Congregation of Presentation Sisters on Christmas Eve 1775.

Nine years later, on April 26th, 1784, at the age of sixty six, Nano Nagle died in Cork.  Her grave can be visited at South Presentation Convent, Douglas Street, Cork.

A WOMAN IN LOVE.  Love was her driving force - love for God and her neighbour, proved by prayer and sacrifice.  Her life was a continuous prayer because her union with herGREAT LOVER was unbroken.  Rising as early as 4:00a.m. she spent several hours in prayer before making her rounds to her seven schools in the city, where she taught the children she loved - and this she did in all kinds of weather, even when she was worn out and in bad health.

Again, on her return home, often late at night, after visiting the poor and the sick in their miserable hovels, she spent hours in prayer.  Her self-sacrifice, endurance and total dedication wereEXTRAORDINARY.  She gave up everything for God - wealth, pleasure, family joys, free time.  For His sake she risked arrest and imprisonment, and even death, as she taught the children of her oppressed people, in Penal Ireland.


It is important in these difficult days for the Irish Church when there are so many negative feelings out there that, while acknowledging and seeking to heal the great hurt caused to many by the church, that we don't lose sight of the overwhelming majority of good stories of heroic and courageous men and women like Nano.

24 April 2009

Year of Vocation... Open day in Maynooth, Sunday, May 3rd.


Don't forget to check out our vocations links in the menu bar at the side of this page.

NEW FEATURE! SAINT OF THE WEEK. Each week we will pick out a saint from the liturgical calendar and tell their life story.

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.

He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded.

So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his Faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers, especially, have always been devoted to him.

We all have some "dragon" we have to conquer. It might be pride, or anger, or laziness, or greediness, or something else. Let us make sure we fight against these "dragons", with God's help. Then we can call ourselves real soldiers of Christ. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Genoa and Venice.

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Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter.


Acts 3:12-19

3:12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?

3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.

3:14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,

3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

3:16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

3:17 "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

3:18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.

3:19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,


Psalm 4

4:1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

4:2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah

4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

4:4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah

4:5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.

4:6 There are many who say, "O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!"

4:7 You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

4:8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.


1 John 3:1-7

3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

3:2 Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

3:3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

3:4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

3:5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

3:6 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.

3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


Luke 24:36b-48

24:36b While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

24:37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

24:38 He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

24:40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

24:41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"

24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,

24:43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

24:44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled."

24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

24:46 and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,

24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

24:48 You are witnesses of these things.

Mass Intentions for the Week ahead, April 26th.

Saturday 25th April 7.30p.m. 1. Rita O’Connor.

2. Mick Foley

Sunday 9.30 a.m. Marty Lee

26th April 11.00 a.m. 1. Kathleen Keaveney.

2. Donal & Bartley Fahy and Mary Fahy.

12.15 p.m 1. Martin Forde

2. Jimmy Donohue and deceased members

6.30 p.m Rose, David and Peter Hopkins.

Monday 27th April 10.00 a.m John & Mary Stokes and deceased



Tuesday 28th April 10.00 a.m. Sick


Wednesday 10.00 a.m. 1. Margaret Lydon.

29th April 2. Christopher Hynes and Fr. Sylvia Hynes


Thursday 30th April 10.00 a.m. Michael & Mary Corbett and deceased

members of Corbett and Crowley families.


Friday 1st May 10.00 p.m Michael McEvilly

7.30 p.m.


Saturday 2nd May 7.30p.m. Frank Smith and Elizabeth Smith

Sunday 9.30 a.m. Mary & Jeremiah, Billy & Gerry Lennon and

deceased members of Kavanagh, Keane and

O’Halloran families .

3rd May 11.00 a.m. Martin & Julia Folan.

12.15 p.m. Peter & Mary Hehir and deceased members of


6.30 p.m 1. Joseph O’Brien and the deceased members of

O’Brien and Corley families.

2. Paddy Flaherty and deceased members of


Kids Corner.

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22 April 2009

Help Cope.

COPE Galway currently provides services to those isolated in our community - including sustenance and social supports for older people in the community, a refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence and accommodation for single people experiencing homelessness.

In the past year COPE Galway has provided:

· Over 40,000 meals to older people living in Galway.

· Over 13,000 bed nights for men and women experiencing homelessness.

· Secure refuge for over 170 women and 270 children who experience domestic violence.


· Homeless Services

· Domestic Violence Services

· Services for Older People

Their upcoming fundraising event is entitled “Coins for COPE Galway". They are planning to run the event for two weeks commencing on Monday May 11th and finishing on Sunday May 24th.

They will be distributing envelopes in Galway city and county with the Galway Independent newspaper on May 14th . We are asking people to put their coins in the envelopes and return them to us. You can do directly or by dropping them into the church where we will forward them.

Fintan Maher

Director of Development and Communications

COPE Galway

Offices 2-5 Calbro House

Tuam Road


Tel: 091 778750

Fax: 091 778752

Mob: 086 6087319


21 April 2009


Are you finding it more difficult to shop and cook for yourself?

Or perhaps you have an elderly relative, neighbour or friend that is no longer able to cook and would enjoy a hot meal?

Community Catering provides hot or chilled nutritious meals (including salads) to senior citizens, the housebound or anyone (through illness or injury) who may need a nice meal, either short term or on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to find out more about this great service simply give Fiona a call on 091-700 800.

Help Prevent Suicide.

Fundraising Night in aid of Suicide Prevention, education and Rehab in The Harbour Hotel, Friday, May 1st.

Free finger food, dancing and raffle - 9 PM until late.

Tickets only €10 available from Eileen in the Jesuit Church Office at 091- 501500
or at the door.
Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Please Support Sister Imelda!

Please support Sr. Imelda of the Little Sisters of the Assumption’s Project for Leadership Training in Galway and their Ministries in Brazil and the Philippines.

A ‘Night of the Dogs’ fundraiser - 16th May at the Galway Greyhound Stadium

Any help or funds would be welcome. Come for a fun night out!

Sr. Imelda Tel: 091 – 583865 Mobile: 086 - 6098887

18 April 2009

A prayer for Pope Benedict XVI.

This Sunday, April 19th, is the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict as Supreme Pastor of the Church. Please remember him in your prayers.

Divine Mercy Ceremonies in The Cathedral.

To mark Divine Mercy Sunday an afternoon of prayer to The Divine Mercy will be held in The Cathedral from 2 to 4. Bishop Drennan will celebrate Mass at 3. You are asked to have received Confessions before coming to the ceremony.

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Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

FIRST READING Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.

Response : Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
or : Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. Let the sons of Israel say:
'His love has no end.'
Let the sons of Aaron say:
His love has no end.'
Let those who fear the Lord say:
His love has no end.' Response

2. The Lord's right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
but not doomed to die. Response

3. The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad. Response


Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ
has been begotten by God;
and whoever loves the Father that begot him
loves the child whom he begets.
We can be sure that we love God's children
if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;
this is what loving God is -
keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult,
because anyone who has been begotten by God
has already overcome the world;
this is the victory over the world -
our faith.
Who can overcome the world?
Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God;
Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,
not with water only,
but with water and blood;
with the Spirit as another witness -
since the Spirit is the truth.

Gospel Acclamation Jn 20: 29

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said to him: 'You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.'

GOSPEL John 20:19-31

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,' and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you.

'As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you,'

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

'Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.'

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, 'We have seen the Lord,' he answered, 'Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.' Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him:

'You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.'

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that -you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

Divine Mercy Message, Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Divine Mercy is a message that Jesus entrusted to a Polish nun from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, now known as Saint Faustina, she had complete trust in God in her young life and therefore was chosen to proclaim His message of Divine Mercy to the whole world.
Her mission was to reiterate the message of Jesus’ death on the cross, that His passion and death was to beg mercy from the Father for the world, immortalized with His heartfelt appeal to the Father “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”

The moment when He expired on the cross was the moment when Mercy triumphed over Justice and He gained a second chance or redemption for the whole world.
The Divine Mercy message is to remind us of that forgotten truth of our faith which is God's merciful love for every person. In the message, The Merciful God reveals Jesus Christ the Saviour, as the Father of love and Divine Mercy.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina:
"You will be the secretary of My Mercy, both in this life and the next.."
(Diary, 1605).
"Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me"
(Diary, 1693).

"I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy" (Diary, 687).
"Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart (...) before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy" (Diary, 1588).
The Saviour desires, that the Divine Mercy message and His promises will be known by the whole world. His promises will be fulfilled under the conditions outlined in the Diary of Faustina, by our trust in God's love and mercy, which should inspire and our love and mercy towards our neighbor.
"I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be strengthened in goodness"
(Diary, 1520).
"Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. Conversion, as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy" (Diary, 1577).
"The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is - trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive"
(Diary, 1578).
"...do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy.
I will make up for what you lack Tell aching mankind to embrace My
merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace (...) When a soul approaches
Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot
contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls. Souls who
spread the honor of My mercy I shield throughout their entire lives as
a tender mother shields her infant..." (Diary, 1074-75).
"To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power
I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they
speak" (Diary, 1521).

© Copyright Divine Mercy Publications 2003 www.divinemercy.org

17 April 2009

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, April 19th.

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Youth 2000 Retreat- Roscommon.

18 - 35? Fancy a great few days of faith and fun with other young people? Click to zoom..

14 April 2009

Year of Vocations-Congratulations to Rev. Patrick O'Donohue who was ordained to the Diaconate in Rome on Easter Monday.

Patrick is from the Parish of Lisdoonvarna, and will, God willing, be ordained a Priest in 2010. In  the picture are Back Row, From Left to Right, Fr. Barry Horan, Fr. Conor Cunningham, Fr. Alan Burke, Fr. Diarmuid Hogan. Front Row, Rev. Martin Whelan (who will be ordained a Priest on June 7th in Ardrahan), Rev. Patrick O'Donohue, Fr. Hugh Clifford.
We only have two seminarians for our diocese, so more are needed! You'll find all the vocation links in the menu bar at the side of the page.

Divine Mercy Celebrations in The Cathedral.

To mark Divine Mercy Sunday which is this coming Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, an afternoon of prayer to The Divine Mercy will be held in The Cathedral from 2 to 4. Bishop Drennan will celebrate Mass at 3. You are asked to have received Confessions before coming to the ceremony. May the merciful Jesus bless you all. To find out more about Divine Mercy visit www.divinemercy.org

13 April 2009

Mission Alive comes to Galway Diocese.

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Mass Intentions for the week ahead, Octave of Easter.

Confessions on Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30 (before the Vigil Mass).
No nightly Adoration this week until Sunday, April 19th.
Indian Community Monthly Mass, Wednesday, April 15th. Confessions beforehand at 5:30. The weekly Friday Indian Community Prayer Group and Get- Together continues on Friday evenings, upstairs in the church rooms, from 6:30.

This Years Trócaire Lenten Campaign.

Jesus is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Our Lenten journey is ended. As Christians around the world celebrate Christ’s resurrection we remember today in a special way our brothers and sisters who are displaced from their homes as a result of conflict. This Lent we have stood in solidarity with them. Trocaire thanks you most sincerely for your generosity this Lent. By giving as you have in this parish, you have helped bring new life and new hope to those in our world who are most in need of our care and compassion.



There will be a Bible Course in Croí Nua on St. Paul's letters for this Year of St. Paul every Tuesday from April 14th to May 26th, from 10:15 to 12:15 and repeated from 7:30 to 9:30 PM that evening.
The facilitator will be Father Michael Screene, MSC.

Lectio Divina also begins again there on April 16th every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30. Come along and explore the coming Sunday's readings.

Check out http://www.croinua.com/

Croí Nua Spirituality Centre is run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. It is on Rosary Lane in Taylor's Hill, opposite the gate into the Dominican Primary (Scoil Rois) and Secondary School. The no.2 bus stops nearby.

Are you called to SERVE?

SERVE is an Irish charity that offers volunteering opportunities for young people to work in the developing world. SERVE works to support parishes, religious orders and community based initiatives to tackle poverty in the developing world.
On the 8th of May SERVE will hold its annual fundraiser Flip Flop Friday where across Ireland volunteers will help sell flip flop pins made by vulnerable women in Thailand. For SERVE the flip flop is a symbol of solidarity as it is the footwear of the worlds poorest people. As well as supporting women in Thailand, money raised will support SERVE's projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, the Phillippines, India and Brazil.
This year SERVE is asking people to be 1 of 300 and sell a box of 100 Flip Flop pins. If you are interested in joining SERVES's campaign in any way please contact them on (Belfast number) 04890434121 or 00447837411503 or email chris@serve.ie For more information see www.serve.ie

Divine Mercy Retreat in beautiful Ards Friary in Donegal

Sat 18th - Sun 19th April 2009

Divine Mercy Retreat (Open to Everyone)
Fr Rory Brady of the Diocese of Raphoe
Do you feel lost with no direction? Are you overburdened, despaired, at
your wits end with your life, children, family or husband/ wife? Experience
the Divine Mercy and love of God afresh.

Commences: 9:30am
Finish: 4pm
Cost: €85 Residential and €60 Non Residential

Contact: Ards Friary 074 9138909 info@ardsfriary.ie


Benito Colangelo (manager)
Ards Friary
Retreat and Conference Centre
Tel:00 353 (0) 74 9138909
email: info@ardsfriary.ie

11 April 2009



MASSES TOMORROW, APRIL 12TH, 9:30, 11, 12:15 and 6:30.


NB ** These times are for the year 2009 - for current year, go to the main blog page -

Just a thought.........

A description of an Easter Cermony in Russia under communism when it was dangerous to be a believer, just like Ireland during Penal Times:

'Someone at the back of the church lit a candle,
a single point of light not able to pierce the darkness.
Then there was another, and another.
Swiftly the flame was passed from one to another.
In less than a minute the church was a blaze of light.
Each candle lit up the face behind it,
a face marked with suffering.
But now that suffering turned into joy,
because of the certain knowledge that the Lord has risen.
These people do not debate the resurrection.
They have experienced it in their lives.
They have not preserved the faith in hostile surroundings,
it has preserved them.'

Lord, may your Easter light shine on us this day,
and chase the shadows of the night of death away.

Taken from Flor McCarthy's Book, New Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies, Year B.

Kids Corner.


Mass Leaflet for Easter Sunday. Why not click, zoom in, and ask The Lord to speak to you through his word?

Our Easter Garden.

9 April 2009



Holy Thursday.


8 April 2009

5 April 2009

Lenten Talks Conclude.

The Series of Lenten Talks concludes in the Pastoral Centre tomorrow evening at 7:30.

April 6th; Bishop Martin Drennan, "The Christian Response to Suffering"

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre is on Newtownsmith, beside The Mercy Convent Secondary School. The no. 2, 4, 5 and 7 buses all stop nearby (Cathedral or The Abbey Stop). You'll always find a link to The Pastoral Centre in the menu bar at the side of this page.

Preparing for the Easter Ceremonies.

A meeting will be held in the church tea rooms on Wednesday evening at 8 to prepare for the Easter Ceremonies. All are welcome, young and old, to come and get involved. We'd love to see you!

Penitential Service for Easter.

A Penitential Service for Easter for our cluster of parishes, The Abbey, The Cathedral, St. Joseph's, and ourselves will take place in St. Joseph's on Tuesday night, April, 7th, at 7:30. St. Joseph's is our sister church, and has recently been refurbished and is looking so well. Come along on Tuesday evening to receive the free gift of God's forgiveness for Easter. For all our confession times here in the Sacred Heart, scroll down to the relevant post below.

There is also a Penitential Service in Croí Nua Spirituality Centre on Rosary Lane, Taylor's Hill (no.2 bus) that evening at 8. 

Monthly Meeting for Pioneer Total Abstinence Society.

The monthly meeting of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Society City West Branch will take place in Galilee House, behind the Church of Christ the King in Salthill (no.1 bus), tomorrow, Monday, April 6th, at 7:30 PM.

4 April 2009

Great website to visit for Holy Week.

The Irish Bishop's Website is full of great resources to help you get into the spirit of this most holiest of weeks. It includes a podcast from our own Bishop Drennan.

Click here: www.catholicbishops.ie

You'll also always get this link on the menu bar at the side of this page.

Holy Week and Easter Timetable for the Sacred Heart.

A particular liturgical highlight is the celebration of the Holy Thursday Mass of Chrism at 11am in The Cathedral which the Bishop, with the priests of the whole diocese concelebrating Mass, performs the Ceremony of the blessing of the Oils which will be used in the administration of the Sacraments throughout the year.

EVERY PARISH REPRESENTED, Let's make sure we have a good number from Sacred Heart!

Every parish sends representatives to this liturgy and the special theme of the priesthood is further emphasised by the presence in a privileged position of the parents of priests whom the Bishop has personally invited to the Ceremony.











MASSES AT 9:30, 11, 12:15 AND 6:30.