31 October 2009

Christmas Children's Choir.

It's coming into that time of year! The practices for this years Christmas Children's Choir (age 6 to 12 years) begin next Wednesday, November 4th, in the church rooms. Please phone Emma at 087- 9806987 or Tarean at 087- 2287177 for details.

Special Collection next weekend.

Our Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, on Newtownsmith in the city is central to the life of our diocese and provides valuable resources to every parish in the diocese. To affray the costs in running the centre a special collection is taken up every year, and this is next Sunday, November 8th. Please support generously at whatever Mass you come too.

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Mass Intentions for the week ahead, November 1st.

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Novena of Masses for The Holy Souls.

Our Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls begins this week, and continues until November 10th. Please put your envelope with the list of your loved departed ones into the safe beside St. Anthony's Shrine.

Communion Calls.

The Monthly Communion Calls take place this week. Monsignor Malachy will be doing his calls on Friday, and Father David on Thursday Afternoon and Friday Morning.

Extra Masses.

All Saint's Day falls on a Sunday this year, and the Masses follow the usual Sunday pattern.

We have two Masses on Monday, All Souls Day, November 2nd, 10 and 7:30.

There will be a 10 and 7:30 Mass each weekday this week as part of our Novena for The Holy Souls.

On Friday the 7:30 Mass will be The Annual Mass for all the Deceased of our Parish and Worshipping Community.


We extend our sympathies to the families of the following who have died recently:

Paddy Mannion, the father of Maureen Kelly, 14 Claremont Park.

Joe McDermott, Mount Carmel, Drum East, Rahoon.

'I am going to prepare a place for you...'

The Pope's Intentions for November.

General: That all the men and women in the world, especially those who have

responsibilities in the field of politics and economics, may never fail in their

commitment to safeguard creation.

Mission: That believers in the different religions, through the testimony of their

lives and fraternal dialogue, may clearly demonstrate that the name of God is a

bearer of peace.

Saints of the Celtic Calendar we met in October.

3rd: Bl Columba Marmion was born in Dublin in 1858 and ordained priest in Rome in 1881. He served as curate in Dundrum Parish and then as professor in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, before entering the Abbey of Maredsous, Belgium, in 1886. Elected Abbot of Maredsous in 1909, he remained in office up to the time of his death in 1923. He was the author of three best-selling spiritual classics: Christ, the Life of the Soul; Christ, in His Mysteries; and Christ, me Ideal of the Monk. He was beatified in Rome on 1 September 2000.

11th: St Canice was born in Co. Derry around 527 and died in 603. Though his people were poor he studied at Clonard under Finnian and at Glasnevin under Mobhi. A deep friendship developed between himself and Colum Cille, with whom he worked for a time in Scotland, where he set up a number of churches. In Ireland his principal foundation was in Aghaboe in Ossory, but this was replaced centuries later by his church in Kilkenny.

16th: St Gall was a monk of Bangor and set out with Columbanus for the Continent. When Columbanus was exiled from France, Gall accompanied him to Bregenz on Lake Constance. When Columbanus crossed into Italy, Gall remained in Switzerland. He lived in a hermitage, which later became the monastery of St Gallen. He died around 630.

25th (Cloyne, Cork and Ross): Bl Thaddeus MacCarthy was born in 1455. His appointment as Bishop of Ross was opposed and Innocent VIII then appointed him bishop of Cork and Cloyne. He set out as a humble pilgrim to Rome where he was confirmed as bishop of Cork and Cloyne. On his return journey in 1492 he died at Ivrea in Italy.

27th: St Otteran, a descendant of Conall Gulban, is usually identified with Odhran who preceded Colum Cille in lona. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in lona. He was chosen by the Vikings as patron of the city of Waterford in 1096 and later patron of the diocese.

29th: Our Diocese, St Colman hailed from Kilmacduagh, Co. Galway, in the 7th century. After studying in Aran, where he founded two churches on Inis Mhor, he returned to make a foundation at Kilmacduagh.

31st (Cloyne): Bl Dominic Collins was born around 1566 in the city of Youghal, Co. Cork. In 1598, after a military career, he entered the Society of Jesus as a Brother. He returned to Ireland in 1601, but on 17 June 1602 he was captured by the English who tried in vain to make him abjure his faith. Condemned to death, he was hanged in his native city on 31 October 1602.

What Pope Benedict says...

Commemoration of All Souls Day, November 2nd 2008, by Pope Benedict XIV.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday the feast of All Saints brought us to contemplate "your holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother" (Preface, All Saints). Today, with our heart still turned toward this ultimate reality, we commemorate all of the faithful departed, who have "gone before us marked with the sign of faith and... who sleep in Christ" (Eucharistic Prayer I). It is very important that we Christians live a relationship of the truth of the faith with the deceased and that we view death and the afterlife in the light of Revelation. Already the Apostle Paul, writing to the first communities, exhorted the faithful to "not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since", he wrote, "we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep" (1 Thes 4: 13-14). Today too, it is necessary to evangelize about the reality of death and eternal life, realities particularly subject to superstitious beliefs and syncretisms, so that the Christian truth does not risk mixing itself with myths of various types.

Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November

To attain a plenary indulgence, three conditions must accompany the prescribed act:

  1. the faithful must receive the sacrament of confession, either eight days before or after the pious act is performed,
  2. receive Holy Communion on that day
  3. and recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added).
All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one's disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.

One must also remember that one can acquire one plenary indulgence a day.

Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:

Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Many families add to the "Prayer Before Meals" the second half of the "Eternal Rest" prayer:
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, Which we are about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord, Amen. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Other families recite the "Eternal Rest" prayer in between decades of the rosary.

It is a good devotion to pray for the departed all through the year, not just November. After these Souls in Purgatory are in heaven, they will intercede for us. We should all develop prayerful habits, such as praying the "Eternal Rest" prayer when passing cemeteries, to remind us of our eternal destiny.

Coming up in Croi Nua.

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.


People seeking a deeper understanding of their faith meet to plan a reading programme.

Saturday 7th November 2.00-5.00p.m.

Croi Nua

Rosary Lane

Taylor’s Hill


(091) 520960 or 087 6833195

Events in The Emmaus Centre in Dublin in November

There are some great events and workshops which will take place at the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Swords, Dublin, during November and December. In particular we have two workshops next week one entitled "Style and Confidence ! Clinic for Women" facilitated by Maria Lynch. In this practical, hands on Style Workshop you will prepare for Xmas and learn about the main STYLE RULES, how to dress for your BODY SHAPE and body scale, what parts of your body to camouflage and what to enhance, how to ASSORIZE, how to dress for your personality and lifestyle. Emmaus is in an ideal location, just north of the town of Swords, ten minutes by car or taxi north of Dublin Airport on the N1, close to the M50 and M1 motorways, you will have easy access wherever you are travelling from.

If you are interested in booking any of these courses just call us on 01-8700050 or email reservations@emmauscentre.ie

© 2009 The Emmaus Retreat & Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland

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Support our sister parish, St. Joseph's, this weekend.

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Annual St. Martin de Porres Novena.

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An Important Letter.. Click to zoom and read.

Kids Corner, All Saints Day.

Cian and Bella.
Matthew 5:1-12 • The Be-Attitudes
Cian: Hey there Bella! What’s up?
Bella: Hi Cian, just thinking about having a good attitude and stuff.
Cian: Mam says that sometimes I don’t have the right attitude, but I’m not sure what she means, do you know about this ‘attitude’ business Bella?
Bella: I think I do actually! I was listening to the Gospel today and it was all about having the right attitude. The great commandment of Jesus is to ‘love one another’. This is what he asked us to do in order to build the Kingdom of God. Jesus taught us a set of attitudes that we should have in order to ‘be’ in the Kingdom of God. This set of attitudes is known as the Beatitudes (Be-attitudes). Jesus said that these attitudes are specially blessed by God. They act as a guide for us, they show us how to ‘be’ kind and loving in our relationships with each other and with God.
Cian: Wow Bella! I’m impressed!
Read over the Beatitudes. Choose one and decide how it would help you to be more kind and loving today.
Orla Walsh •Email walsh_orla@eircom.net

All Saints Day.

All Saints Day, Sunday, 1 November
seeing your life through the lens of the gospels
Matthew 5:1-12
1 The blessings in the Beatitudes are primarily future blessings, but there can be an anticipation of the blessings in the present. At first reading, some Beatitudes may seem to describe circumstances that you would like to avoid at all costs. Read them slowly. Stay with each one for a while. Let yourself get a sense of the paradox involved in each one. Perhaps you have had an experience of a deeper and more authentic life, a blessing, when:
• you were poor – you knew your need of God;
• you mourned – could feel for others;
• you were meek – not emotionally out of control;
• you hungered and thirsted for some cause;
• you were merciful rather than vengeful;
• you were pure in heart – a person of integrity, whose actions and intentions correspond;
• you were a peacemaker;
• you were persecuted because you stood for something.
John Byrne OSA
Email john@orlagh.ie

24 October 2009

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, October 25th.

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Feast of St. Colman of Kilmacduagh.

Next Thursday, October 29th is the Feast of St. Colman of Kilmacduagh. The Diocese of Kilmacduagh is part of our diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. Born in the 7th century, Colman studied in Aran, where he founded two monasteries in Inís Mhór. He returned to his native Kilmacduagh to make a foundation, the remains of which are one of the great treasures of our diocese. There is a mural to him in The Cathedral, behind Our Lady's altar, and above you'll see a picture of the Round Tower of Kilmacduagh, part of the foundation.

Kids Corner.

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Don't forget!! This Sunday we have our Monthly First Communion Do This In Memory Preparation Mass at the usual time of 11.

The Saints, Our friends in Heaven.

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Croi Nua Spirituality Centre.

Croi Nua Spirituality Centre has some great courses lined up. Check them out at www.croinua.com

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.

Anam Cara , Supporting parents after the loss of a child.

''To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die'' Thomas Campbell

A Balloon to Remember

Please show your support for family and friends who have experienced the tragic death of their son or daughter by sponsoring and dedicating a balloon to their loved one in the Anam Cara National Balloon Release, taking place on 2nd November “ All Souls Day”.

For more details visit http://www.anamcara.ie/ or visit your local Centra Store for to get our sponsorship Cards

Anam Cara - Supporting Parents after the Loss of a Child

Contact Numbers 01 2958567 / 085 2888 888

Anam Cara is facilitating their first Professional Bereavement event in Galway City on Tuesday 10th November 2009 at the Calton Hotel, Galway City, (formerly known as Day’s Hotel)

This event is open to all bereaved parents. At Anam Cara we don’t identify ourselves by the age of our child, how they died or when they died. It may have been a cot death or a still birth, suicide, Road Traffic Accident, Serious illness. We identify ourselves as parents who have lost a precious son or daughter, trying to find our way through our grief and pain.

The guest Speaker for the evening is Nuala Harmey, her talk will cover “Understanding and helping Children cope with the loss of a brother or sister".

Nuala is a bereavement consultant with a particular interest in sibling bereavement. As a senior social worker for many years in the Children’s University Hospital Temple St she helped establish the bereavement service there and now provides consultancy services to the hospital, specifically in the area of training staff to work with bereaved children and their parents.

Nuala facilitates workshops on the Children and Loss certificate course in the Irish Hospice Foundation and also on their H.Dip In Bereavement programme.

She is involved as a special advisor to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme. However Children and Loss remain her primary focus.

The details for the evening are as follows:

Venue: Carlton Hotel Galway City – Formerly Days/ Ryans Hotel, Renmore, Galway
Date: Tuesday 10h November 2009
Start/Finish Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

As we need to confirm numbers with the hotel, we would appreciate if you could RSVP before the 8th November 2009 by telephoning 01 -2958567

Retired Civil&Public Servants Association.

The annual meeting takes place at 2:30 on Thursday, November 5th, in the Forster Court Hotel. It will be preceded by a Mass for deceased members at 2 PM in Saint Patrick's Church, Forster Street.

The annual lunch takes place in the Salthill Hotel on Thursday, November 12th, at 1 PM. The price is €25 per person. Bookings in advance to Frank Hayden at 091- 522192, Michael Murray at 091- 525366 or Padraig O'Flatharta at 091- 522239.

9 October 2009

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5 October 2009

The Recession and God: a public talk by Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon, S.J.

Thursday, 13 October 2009-10-01

Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, Acting Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, will give a talk on “the Recession and God”, in Coláiste Iognáid, Sea Road, Galway at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 13 October 2009. This will be a different account of the recession in Ireland and worldwide, drawing as it does on the Christian tradition and Catholic Social Teaching , and presenting a message of hope.

3 October 2009

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, October 4th.

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Don't forget the visit of Cardinal Brady to our diocese next weekend.

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Sympathies, Eamonn Tobin.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Eamonn Tobin, Ardilaun Road, whose Funeral Mass took place in The Cathedral during the week.

'In pastures green...'

Leaflet for Day for Life, click to zoom, or pick one up at the church.

This Sunday is Day for Life.

‘You are precious in my sight’ is the theme for this year’s Day for Life – the day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.

Day for Life 2009 will focus on suicide, particularly the pastoral dimensions of this difficult and sensitive subject. It will highlight why the Church believes that every life is worth living and look at the reasons why people contemplate suicide, including acute mental illness and the possible spiritual factors involved. It will also point towards the support that the professional services can bring and hopefully help to reduce the stigma too often associated with mental illness and depression.

Building upon last year’s focus on mental health; the bishops hope that this year’s day with its particular focus on suicide will help raise awareness of the vital role played by families and a supportive parish community in supporting and sustaining those who may be struggling to cope.

Day for Life was initiated by the late Pope John Paul II, to encourage the Catholic Church worldwide to celebrate the sanctity of life. In Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales, the Bishops' Conferences work closely together each year. For 2009, they have chosen ‘You are precious in my sight’ as the theme.

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Saints of the Week, St. Therese and St. Francis, Click to zoom and read more..


Kids Corner, Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Week beginning Sunday, 4 October
seeing your life through the lens of the gospels
Mark 10:2-16
1 Marriages do break down, but in this story Jesus appears as the wise person urging people to seek first the original harmony where possible, rather than seek escape routes when difficulties arise. When have you found that, in marriage or in other relationships, the bonds have been strengthened when you have been prepared to work through difficulties?
2 There are other things that we needlessly and wrongly put in opposition: young and old, male and female, people from different cultures, body and soul. Perhaps at times you have discovered the advantages of exploring the richness in such seemingly opposites.
3 The children in the second story can be taken as representing any group of ‘little ones’ whose opinion we may be inclined to dismiss. When have you found that you have been taught an important lesson about life, about love, or about faith by people whose views you had been inclined to dismiss?
John Byrne OSA
Email john@orlagh.ie

Saints of the Celtic Calendar we met in September.

4th: St Mac Nissi. Oengus Mac Nissi took his name from his mother Cnes or Ness. It is claimed that Patrick baptised him and taught him the psalms. He chose the district of Connor for his hermitage, but later became bishop of his clan. He died early in the 6th century.

9th: St Ciaran was born in Roscommon around 512. He came to Clonmacnois in January 545 where he founded a monastery which was to become one of the most renowned in Europe. He died at the age of thirty-three while the monastery was still being built.

12th: St Ailbe is sometimes claimed as one of the pre-Patrician saints, but the annals note his death in 528. A tradition held that he went to Rome and was ordained bishop by the Pope. He founded the monastery of Emly which became very important in Munster. A 9th century Rule bears his name.

23rd: St Eunan (Adomnan) was born in Donegal around 624 and died in 704. He became a monk in lona and was chosen aobot there in 679. One of his writings is the Life of Colum Cille,

25th: St Finbarr came to Loch Irce (Gougane Barra) and probably lived there as a hermit. When disciples gathered round him he moved to Cork at the mouth of the Lee where he founded a monastery which became a famous centre of learning.

1 October 2009

Singing for a good cause!!

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