28 November 2010

New and Improved Diocesan Website with Reflection from Bishop Drennan.

The Diocesan Website is undergoing reconstruction, and new features are being added:


One we were telling you about today at Mass is Bishop Drennan's Weekly Reflection which is now live:


Enjoy, and , remember, you'll always get a link to the Diocesan Website in the menu bar of this page.

27 November 2010

Newsletter, First Sunday of Advent.

Mass intentions for the week ahead, 28th November 2010

Saturday 27th November

Vigil Mass 7.30 pm Bernard and Kathleen Cooke and Mary Hughes

Eileen Spellman

Pray also for Timothy Heaney (whose months mind occurs)

Pray for Damien Dalton at all Masses

Sunday 28th November 1st Sunday of Advent

9.30 am James Scally

11 am Matt O'Flaherty and Margaret Nolan

12.15 pm Teresa Kelly and May, Dan and Danny Carr.

6.30 pm Timmie Mannion and Tony Moran

Monday 29th November

10am Nora and Patrick Murphy and deceased members of

Fox and Murphy families.

Tuesday 30th November

10am For all the Sick and deceased members of Galway Flower

and Garden Club

Wednesday 1st December

10am John Chapman ( who died recently)

5.30 - 9.30 Indian Community Retreat

Thursday 2nd December

10am Pat Corcoran

Friday 3rd December

10am Nora, Patrick and Mary Heavey and all deceased members of

Heavey family.

Bridget Ward and living and deceased members of Ward and

Mongan families.

7.30 pm Carmel Griffin and Bridget, Ray and Edward Maloney.

Saturday 4th December

11 am Kathleen Ward (Months Mind Mass)

Vigil Mass 6.30 pm
N.B (Change of time, moved forward from 7:30 from this week on).

Bridget and Colman Hernon

Sunday 5th December 2nd Sunday of Advent

9.30 am Edward Fitzgerald and Mary Flood

11am Shane Rabbitte and John, Nora and Johnny Brennan.

12.15 pm Elizabeth Heenan and Robert Nolan

6.30 pm Bridget and Michael Corcoran Senior

Mattie and Kenneth Frawley

Coming up in The Pastoral Centre

1. World Youth Day

World Youth Day - Madrid 2011- Information Evening for all interested in attending this celebration. Please come along to the Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 1st December 2010 at 7p.m.

2. Advent Reflections: "Waiting in Hope"

As a preparation for the feast of Christmas the Diocesan Pastoral Centre is offering a series of reflections during three Monday evenings in Advent.

Monday 29th November: Bishop Martin Drennan will lead the reflection.

Monday December 6th: Sr. Aileen Murphy and Kevin McNena

Monday December 13th: Jesuit Spirituality Team

Location: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith,

Time: 8 p.m.

Event Date and Time:

Repeats every week until Mon Dec 13 2010

29 Nov 2010 - 8:00pm

Event Date and Time: 6 Dec 2010 - 8:00pm

Event Date and Time: 13 Dec 2010 - 8:00pm


(You’ll always get the link to the Pastoral Centre on the menu bar of this page)

Galway Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas

1. Galway Cathedral Gospel Choir looking for new members of all ages...Rehearsals every Wednesday at 7:30p.m.....all welcome

2. Beat the Budget: Liturgy of Hope on Tuesday 7th December in Galway Cathedral at 7:30p.m

3. Please support our Galway Cathedral Bookshop

Our Cathedral Bookshop has a huge selection of Cards, gift ideas, liturgical and spirituality books.

Open everyday

Please support! 091- 563577

Remembering our babies at Christmas

The Annual Mass remembering all babies who have died on or around the time of birth (stillbirth, neonatal, miscarriage) will be held this year on:

Sunday 5th December 2010

6 O’clock

The Chapel of St. Columbanus

NUI Galway

(University Chapel)

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, family and friends are warmly invited to this special mass.

Contact : Róisín 087 8065366

Bishops to celebrate First Sunday of Advent by thanking God for gift of human life

The period in which we prepare for Christmas is an appropriate time to invoke divine protection on every human being called into existence, and to thank God for the gift of life we received from our parents - Pope Benedict XVI

Advent reminds us that we are living in in-between times, in a time of personal poverty, in expectation, in a time of hope. Advents reminds us that we are not in possession of the Kingdom, but that its fullness will be revealed to us when Jesus comes again - Bishop McAreavey

To mark the beginning of Advent, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a Vigil for unborn human life in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, this Saturday 27 November. Pope Benedict has asked that similar vigils take place throughout the world. These vigils will be celebrated in Ireland this weekend (see last weeks newsletter for the Galway Vigil taking place today, Saturday, November 27th)

The website of the Irish Bishops’ Conference


is hosting a special feature for Advent and Christmas 2010. It details:

- The full schedule of Pope Benedict XVI’s Advent and Christmas 2010 celebrations in the Vatican

- Details of Worldwide Telecasts from the Vatican during Christmas and New Year 2010 - 2011

- Messages and Reflections from Irish bishops for Advent and Christmas 2010, including a video reflection from Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore and Co-Chair of the Bishops' Council for Communications, on the importance of Advent

- A audio interview on the meaning of Advent with Fr Patrick Jones, Director, National Centre for Liturgy

- Details of initiatives and events in the Dioceses of Ireland

- Contributions from various commissions and agencies of the Bishops’ Conference, including an Advent and Christmas resource for families produced by the Bishops' Council for Marriage and the Family, which includes blessings for the Advent Wreath, Christmas Tree and the Crib in the home, and a family table prayer for Christmas Day.

Further information:

Martin Long, Director of Communications 00 353 (0) 86 172 7678

Concert at the Abbey

Galway Choir Master, Mark Keane will host a Christmas Concert at the Franciscan Abbey on Sunday, 5th December at 8pm. This Concert will narrate the story of the first Christmas Crib, of St. Francis of Assisi. All are welcome. Admission by donation. Proceeds to Abalta, School for Children with Autism, Knocknacarra & Newcastle. Please support this worthy cause.

The Gift Christmas Concert Dates:

17th Dec Jesuit Church 8pm

18th December Bushy Park Church 8pm

19th December St Josephs church 8pm

20th Eyre Sq. Shopping centre

21st December Aula Maxima NUIG 8pm

22nd December Renmore Church 8pm

Tickets €10 Contact

Keara Sheeran ~ 0879007003 (Musical Director )

Susan Treacy ~ 087432245

Jesuit Office 091 523707

Holy Family School Renmore 091 779979

Latin Mass

Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora Diocese: Sunday, 12 December – 3 pm Mass, St. Patrick’s Garrison Chapel, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Renmore, Galway. Celebrant: Rev Wulfran Lebocq, ICRSS

John Heneghan, Latin Mass Society of Ireland: 086-8530810


Energy Efficiency in Historic Houses Seminar

The Irish Georgian Society is committed to informing owners and guardians of Ireland’s built heritage of the need to balance energy conservation and building conservation. This Galway seminar forms part of a series of regional Energy Efficiency in Historic Houses seminars, which the Irish Georgian Society is holding throughout the country. The seminars are held in partnership with local authority conservation officers and heritage officers. The seminars have been made possible through support from Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

A half-day seminar to be held at

The Lady Gregory Hotel, Ennis Road, Gort, Co. Galway

On Thursday 2nd December 2010

Presented by

Irish Georgian Society,

Galway County Council & Clare County Council

The Apostleship of Prayer

The Apostleship of Prayer is a way of praying that is rooted in life and a way of life that is rooted in prayer.

This colourful booklet contains:

An Introduction to the Apostleship of Prayer

Forms of the Daily Offering

A reflection on the Pope’s intentions for each month

A monthly liturgical calendar and

A Gospel reference for daily and Sunday Mass




(exc P&P)

Messenger Publications, 37 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin2, Ireland

T: +353 1 6767491

E: sales@messenger.ie

W: http://www.messenger.ie/

Take the chance of a lifetime and make a difference in the lives of others…
…and change your own life forever

Since 1960, Viatores Christi has aimed to respond to needs overseas and at home by giving people an opportunity to share their lives and skills with those in need. People from all backgrounds and professions join Viatores Christi - people who want to challenge themselves to make a difference in the world, however big or small. Right now, we need people from all disciplines, from teachers to electricians, doctors to administrators, farmers to childcare workers.

If you want to explore such a challenge, come and meet us in Galway on Saturday 4th December 2010 at 12.00 in the Westside Community Centre, (beside our church) Seamus Quirke Rd., Galway.

Kid's Corner, First Sunday of Advent

Click on poster to enlarge and print off

21 November 2010

Sympathies, Mary Ryan, Kathy Ryan O'Connor, Helen Molloy, Finbarr O'Mahony, Tom Murphy, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Mary Ryan, 5 Cedarwood Close, Highfield Park and Colmcille Road who has died. Her remains will be reposing at her home tomorrow, Monday, from 5pm to 10. They will be removed on Tuesday morning to our church in time for her Funeral Mass at 11. Burial will take place afterwards in The New Cemetery, Bohermore.

Please pray too for the repose of the soul of Kathy Ryan O'Connor, Carn Ard, who died during the week, and whose Funeral Mass took place in St. Patricks.

Also, those who died recently:

Helen Molloy, Costello Road.
Finbarr O' Mahony, Hightfield Park.
Tom Murphy, who died in Cork.

'This day you will be with me in Paradise'.

20 November 2010

Newsletter,November 21st, 2010.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, and next weekend the First Season of Advent, the beginning of the Season of Advent, and the churches year. Advent is a season of hope, and let’s pray more earnestly now than ever for that hope after the trauma of the last week across our nation, economic meltdown, and the violent deaths in Ballycotton in Cork and Newcastle West in Limerick, coupled with continued carnage on our roads, and the rise of gangland violence, and the drugs epidemic. We need Christ to be our king, to plead to him for our nation, to put him back at the centre of our lives. In short, we want the hope that only Christ in his mercy can give.

We wish a Happy Feast Day to the Church of Christ the King in Salthill.

Mass intentions for the week ahead, 21st November 2010

Saturday 20th November

Vigil Mass 7.30 pm Nancy Murphy and Sean Tedders

Pray for Christopher O'Reilly at all Masses.

Sunday 21st November Feast of Christ the King

9.30 am Patrick and Agnes Burke

11am Keaveney family and Willie Creane

Children's Mass for Do this in Memory of Me Programme

12.15pm Willie Noone and Patricia Murphy

6.30 pm Billy and Grace Joyce and Maureen, Charlie and

Bunny Devlin.

Monday 22nd November

10am Bridget Thornton and Maureen Foley

Tuesday 23rd November

10am For all the Sick and Special Intention 'Michael'

Wednesday 24th November

10am Deceased members of King and Donohue families.

Rita Maloney and Sally O'Toole

Thursday 25th November

10am Sarah Walsh and Frances and Pat Maloney.

Friday 26th November

10am Deceased members of Madden family and

Maureen and Peter Hornibrook.

Deceased members of Wimms and Gannon families.

Saturday 27th November

Vigil Mass, First Sunday of Advent

7.30 pm Bernard and Kathleen Cooke and Mary Hughes

2. Eileen Spellman.

Sunday 28th November

9.30 am James Scally

11am Matt O'Flaherty and Margaret Nolan

12.15 pm Teresa Kelly and May, Dan and Danny Carr

6.30 Timmie Mannion and Tony Moran.

Tonight, Saturday, November 20th, in The Claddagh.

The Galway Faith and Light Community are holding a Musical Evening tonight in St. Mary’s Church, The Claddagh, at 8:30. This is a fundraiser to send people to Lourdes to join the International Faith and Light pilgrimage to Lourdes next summer.

The Faith and Light Community here in Galway brings together people with intellectual disabilities, their families and carers. It offers support throughout the year with regular gatherings, social events, training programmes and real friendship. The Faith and Light Communities are modelled on the insights, visions and programmes offered by Jean Vanier, founder of the international L’Arche Communities for people with special needs, and his helpers.

The concert will feature:

The Claddagh Church Choir

Delia Boyce

Gospel Singers

Wedding Group

Hildegarde Naughton

St. Patrick’s Brass Band

Glortha Dochias

'A Service of Hope, Glortha Dochias, will be held in St. Ignatius Church (The Jes) on the evening of the First Sunday in Advent, November 28th, at 8pm. This is a service of prayer and song for today's world. The guest speaker is Bishop Willie Walsh. There will be music, song and reflection. All are welcome.'

More details can be had from:

Mary McKeown



Co. Galway

Phone: 00 353 91 556838

Mobile: 00 353 87 203 5553

The Gift Christmas Concert Dates:

17th Dec Jesuit Church 8pm

18th December Bushy Park Church 8pm

19th December St Josephs church 8pm

20th Eyre Sq. Shopping centre

21st December Aula Maxima NUIG 8pm

22nd December Renmore Church 8pm

Tickets €10 Contact

Keara Sheeran ~ 0879007003 (Musical Director )

Susan Treacy ~ 087432245

Jesuit Office 091 523707

Holy Family School Renmore 091 779979

Preparing for the Eucharistic Congress in 2012.

"Christ gathers us as a Eucharistic Community" - A Time of Prayer and Reflection on the Sacrament of the Eucharist in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress facilitated by Fr. Barry Horan.

Time: Wednesday, 24th November, 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Árus de Brún, Newtownsmith, Galway.

All are welcome.

You'll find the link for the official website of the congress on the menu bar of this page, also that of the Pastoral Centre.

Travel to The Banner County to see The Lismorahaun Singers

The Lismorahaun singers launch the Christmas season with “A Mighty Messiah – all the choruses you can Handel “on Thursday 25th November at 8pm in Ennistymon Church. This fun and spirited performance of the best of Handel’s Messiah is geared for all the family.

Tickets 15 Euro single/ 40 Euro Family (2 adults and all family members under 18)

At Mooney’s, Ballyvaughan; Mulqueen’s Florist, Ennis; Jordan’s Lisdoonvarna and Crosbie’s Ennistymon.

Help Arthritis Ireland

This festive season , help provide much needed support for 1 in 5 people living with Arthritis by purchasing a pack of beautifully designed Arthritis Ireland Christmas cards.

Support this worthwhile cause by purchasing Arthritis Ireland Christmas cards online at


Or by calling 01 6618188.

Prayer Vigil for Life

Pope Benedict XVI has requested that a Prayer Vigil for Life will take place in all Cathedrals throughout the world on 27th November 2010, the Eve of the First Sunday of Advent. In response to the Pope’s request the following service will take place:

Prayer Vigil for Life

Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas

Saturday 27 November 2010 at 4:30 PM

(Eve of the First Sunday of Advent)

Preside by Bishop Martin Drennan

Outline of Vigil:

Entrance Procession: The Rorate Caeli sung by Cathedral Choir.

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for veneration during the service.

Ave Verum sung by Cathedral Choir.

Sung Vespers, Evening Prayer 1, First Sunday of Advent. Vespers will be in English and the chanting of the psalms will be led by Cathedral Choir.

During Vespers, Bishop Drennan will preach a homily on the significance of the Vigil at the outset of the Liturgical Year.

After Vespers there will be a period of meditation on the dignity of human life. The Vigil of Prayer will conclude with Benediction.

Kid’s Corner with Cian and Bella

Don’t forget! This Sunday is the Monthly Mass for our First Communion Preparation Programme, Do this in Memory of Me, at the usual time of 11. Remember your candles!

Luke 23:35-43 • True

Bella: Hey Cian, what are you doing today?

Cian: Just hanging out, how about you Bells?

Bella: Know what, we were reading about the Gospel in school today and our teacher explained that it is really important to be true to God.

Cian: Well sure wouldn’t God know if you were not being true?

Bella: Yeah but that is not what she meant. Being true to God is about really spending time in prayer, even if it is only four minutes in the day, but giving that time and really appreciating the great love God has for each one of us. When Jesus was dying on the cross he still found it in his heart to hear what one of the criminals was saying and replied to him that his faith would bring him to God’s Kingdom. Deep faith takes time and truth. So spend time with God today Ciano and just think of all the love God has for you, … always!

Can you spend four minutes in prayer today!


13 November 2010

Newsletter, November 14th 2010.

Remembrance Sunday.

We remember today all men and women of all traditions on the Island of Ireland who died in all the terrible wars of the 20th Century, all our United Nations Peacekeeping Troops, and those who died fighting for Irish freedom.

As Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of our fallen of the Easter Rising wrote:

I see his blood upon the rose

And in the stars the glory of his eyes,

His body gleams amid eternal snows,

His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face in every flower;

The thunder and the singing of the birds

Are but his voice—and carven by his power

Rocks are his written words.

All pathways by his feet are worn,

His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,

His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,

His cross is every tree.

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, 14th November 2010.

Saturday 13th November Vigil Mass

7.30 pm 1. Paddy Francis and 2. Frank Tierney.

Sunday 14th November

9.30 am Joe Kennedy

11am Gerard Keaveney

12.15 pm 1. Tim and Lena Codyre, Frank Codyre and Margaret Mary Flaherty.

2. Frank Duffy and deceased members.

6.30 pm John, Johnnie and Ellen Brennan.

Monday 15th November

10 am Caitlin McCann and Bartley O'Connor.

Tuesday 16th November

10am For all the Sick and Special Intention

Wednesday 17th November

10am Mary Folan and Delia Hamell

5.30 - 8.30 pm Indian Community Mass

Thursday 18th November

10am Brian Fahy and Teresa Maloney

Friday 19th November

10am John and Margaret Salmon and deceased members of Dunne and Whelan families.

Saturday 20th November Vigil Mass

7.30 pm Nancy Murphy and Sean Tedders

Pray for Christopher O'Reilly at all Masses.

Sunday 21st November Feast of Christ the King

9.30 am Patrick and Agnes Burke

11am Do this in Memory of Me Mass for First Communion Children.

Keaveney family and Willie Creane

12.15 pm Willie Noone and Patricia Murphy

6.30 pm Billy and Grace Joyce and Maureen, Charlie and Bunny Devlin

Spirit Radio is launching in Galway!

My name is Áine Carvill. I’m a parishioner from St Andrew’s Westland Row, Dublin and since 2005 I have been a core member of the 2nd Chance Saturday Mass group which came about to try and encourage folks who have become distanced or disengaged from faith and church to give God a 2nd Chance. This morning however, I’m contacting you from my day job with my other hat on; from the promotions department of Spirit Radio.

We are Ireland’s first Christian radio station; meaning a radio station for all Christian traditions to promote Christ’s message on air through gospel reflections, discussions, interviews, music, a playlist which includes everything from reflective, sacred, folk, gospel and contemporary Christian rock including a balance of mainstream as well, not to mention the usual news, sport, weather, traffic etc.

I really wanted to let you know that we are just 8 weeks from launching on the National airwaves. We have been online up till now for the last couple of years and in January we are launching in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford cities on an FM signal and within 18 months we will be rolling this out nationally to elsewhere in the country.

After months of preparation, the excitement is building, it’s finally happening and naturally we would like to make it as successful as possible and we are really hoping for your support. Ideally what we would like is:

At 8pm on December 1st we are having a meet and greet in An Tobar Nua, Dominick Street Lower, Galway. to tell our story and answer any questions that volunteers or our future listeners may have - I’m sure you know of a bank of people already, perhaps through the Parish Council, Legion of Mary, St Vincent de Paul, various parish youth groups etc I’m hoping that you might encourage them to come along and meet us and it would be great if you yourself were free on the evening of Wednesday December 1st.


Support Aware- Support people suffering from depression.

On Saturday December 11th the Aware Christmas 10km will be taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin at 10am.

Aware is the national voluntary organisation that supports those who are affected by depression. The money raised from the Christmas Fun Run will go directly towards developing and maintaining our services. These include a loCall helpline 1890 303 302, support groups nationwide, a schools’ education programme, ‘Beat the Blues’ talks and lectures, literature and on-going research into the causes and treatment of depression.

I hope you will consider supporting Aware this Christmas.


72 Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 661 7211; Dir 01 237 4907; Fax: 01 661 7217

Our website:


'Like' us on Facebook:


Follow us on Twitter:


LoCall 1890 303 302


Various misunderstandings about the tradition of Mass offerings and clear dangers of exploitation of the Mass can easily emerge. For this reason, the Irish Bishops wish to make clear the Church’s position on Mass Offerings. The following is a brief summary of the Church’s teaching and regulation regarding Mass Offerings.

1. The Eucharist, the ‘source and summit of the Christian life,’ is at the heart of our belief, for it preserves the great mystery of our redemption in Jesus Christ. Therefore anything that might weaken or undermine our respect for the Eucharist must be avoided.

2. The practice of giving an offering dates back to the early Church when the faithful brought bread and wine for the Mass and other gifts for the support of the priest and for the poor. Nowadays a Mass offering is a way for the donor to join him/herself to the sacrifice of the Mass; it unites the donor closely with the life and apostolic activity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as the offering becomes a form of material support for the Church’s ministers and pastoral life. The Mass must never be an occasion for ‘buying and selling’ or ‘making money’, nor should there be even the slightest appearance of making a profit from Mass offerings.

3. Normally a separate Mass is celebrated for each individual offering, however small. The donor specifies the individual intention and it is up to the donor to decide what amount to give. Because donors may sometimes ask how much it is appropriate to give, a current recommended diocesan offering is specified; (this amount is agreed by the Bishops at provincial level). A priest may accept less than the recommended offering — and many priests on occasion do.

4. The priest who receives the offering has an obligation to apply Mass for the specific intention of the person who has made the offering. He is to celebrate a Mass within a reasonable time. Irrespective of how many Masses he celebrates in a day, a priest may only keep an offering for one Mass per day. If a priest receives too many Mass intentions he must transfer any surplus Mass

offerings, in total, to another priest; (normally these offerings will be sent to priests working in needy areas).

5. The Church does not encourage ‘collective’ or ‘multi-intentional’ Masses but sees these as an exception. In these exceptional cases, the following must apply:

a) It must be made explicitly clear to the donor beforehand that the offering is being combined into a single Mass offering and the donor must give free consent to this.

b) The place, date and time for this Mass should be indicated publicly and such Masses may not be celebrated any more than two days weekly in any church.

c) The priest who celebrates Mass for a collective intention must not keep any more than the specified diocesan offering, and must transfer any additional amount, in accordance with canon law, for the purposes prescribed by the Bishop/Provincial.

6. Having signed or stamped Mass Cards for sale to the public in shops and other commercial outlets is a practice that is not approved by the Irish Episcopal Conference, the Major Religious Superiors or the Superiors of Missionary Societies. It undermines a correct Eucharistic Theology and is unacceptable. We ask that this practice, wherever it exists, be discontinued.

7. We strongly encourage the donor, where possible, to participate in the Mass. We recommend that the intention for which the Mass is being especially offered is mentioned in the Prayer of the Faithful. Of course the Mass is not exclusively for this intention - every Mass is offered for all people, especially those in need.

The Church’s norms and regulations about Mass offerings are clearly set out in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and in the 1991 Decree Mos Iugiter.

Monastic Weekend?

Monastic Weekend coming soon for any person who is interested in our way of life.

Please write or email us with your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



Mother Prioress,

St Joseph’s Monastery,

Mount Carmel,


Co. Galway.

Kids’ Corner with Cian and Bella.

Don’t forget! Next Sunday, November 21st at 11 is the time and date for our Monthly Do this in Memory of Me Monthly Mass preparing for First Holy Communion.

Luke 21:5-19 • It’s Not Easy!

Cian: Hi there Bella. What are you laughing to yourself about?

Bella: I’m just laughing at Granny, she is always mumbling about Granddad, and then she says, ‘It’s not easy’ out loud, Granddad just laughs and winks at me! So, where are you coming from?

Cian: Stayed late at school to help with the Christmas concert practice. Oh and we did the Sunday Gospel in RE if you want to know what Sunday’s Gospel is about.

Bella: Too late we did it too! Actually the message this week is like Granny and Grandad, ‘It’s not easy’! All the faith stuff can be hard y’know and trying to make time for prayer and all can be tough going!

Cian: Yeah, but your Granny and Grandad are still together and still happy, so faith, like everything that means a lot to us, needs to be worked at and worked for, to help it stay strong and true!

What does your faith really mean to you? Think about that today!


7 November 2010

Newsletter, November 7th 2010.

Mass intentions for the week ahead, 7th November 2010.

Saturday 6th November

Vigil Mass 7.30 pm Novena

Sunday 7th November

9.30 am Novena

11 am Novena

12.15 pm 1. Ted and Bridget Conneely and Esther Francis

2. Terry Colohan.

6.30 pm Shirley Maher.

Monday 8th November 10 am Novena

Tuesday 9th November 10 am For the Sick and Novena

Wednesday 10th November 10am Novena

Thursday 11th November 10am Bridie Whelan

Friday 12th November 10am Mickey Sullivan and Mary Murray.

Saturday 13th November

10.30 - 12.30 Indian Community - Children's Prayer Meeting

Vigil Mass 7.30 pm Paddy Francis and Frank Tierney.

Sunday 14th November

9.30 am Joe Kennedy

11am Gerard Keaveney

12.15 pm Tim & Lena Codyre, Frank Codyre and

Margaret Mary Flaherty.

6.30 pm John, Johnnie and Ellen Brennan.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Timothy Heaney, Watford, the brother of Mary Rose Golding, Inishannagh Park.

May his soul rest in peace.

Gospel Reflection with Bishop Drennan.

Bishop Martin Drennan will reflect on:

The Gospel for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

(weekend 13th and 14th November)

On: Monday 8th November.

In: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith

Time: 8p.m.


Cancer Care West Coffee Morning.

Come and support Cancer Care West at their Support Centre, 72 Seamus Quirke Road (building beside Subway Sandwich parlour, over Bar One Racing and Fine Wines), this Thursday, November 11th, from 10:30 to 12 Noon. All are welcome and the proceeds will go directly to the support centre.


Christmas Choir’s.

1. Children’s.

Its back! The Sacred Heart Church Children’s Christmas Choir (ages 6 to 12 years) will start rehearsals in November. Boys and girls are welcome.

For more information please contact the following:

Tarean at 087- 2287177

Emma at 087- 9806987

2. Westside Community Choir Project.

This project welcomes people of different ages (over 18), backgrounds and singing abilities in the Westside area. As well as gaining the opportunity to sing in a choir, participants will also get the chance to develop teamwork and communication skills. A choir facilitator will prepare the group for a fun Christmas song performance in December. The project is free of charge and no experience is required. If interested, why not come along to this fun group any Wednesday.

Where: Westside Community Resource Centre (beside the Westside Library).

Time: 7-9 PM.


A. Vernice Murray, Westside Community Development Project.

T: 091- 528325/ 087- 9303468

E: vernicewcdp@eircom.net

B. Ciara Coy, City of Galway VEC, Community Education Service.

T: 091- 549454

E: ciara.coy@cgvec.ie


Hosted by ‘Gather Music Project’

When: Sunday, 14th November

Where: Bearna Church, Galway

Time: 3 – 7pm

Cost : €20 Booking essential

(to ensure sufficient copies of music).

Dee Newell 087-2050577

Fr. Frankie Lee 086-8308865

Galway City Cooking Course….. Where East meets West.

This cooking course is open to anyone (over 18) living in Westside or Ballybane/ Mervue. A group of 12 people from each area will be formed. Both groups will get the chance to pick up great cooking tips from a fantastic local chef and learn from other members in their group. After 8 cooking classes (four before Christmas and four after), the groups will decide what dishes they would like to enter in the ‘East Meets West Cook Off’ competition in early February 2011.

Westside Classes start:

Monday, 15th November, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Contact: Vernice Murray

T: 091- 528325/ 087- 9303468

E: vernicewcdp@eircom.net

Ballybane/ Mervue Classes start:

Tuesday, 16th November, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Contact: Imelda Gormally.

T: 091- 768305

E: cdp4@eircom.net



January: 28th/29th

February: 25th/26th

March: 25th/26th

April: 8th/9th

May: 27th/28th

June: 24th/25th

September: 9th/10th

October: 14th/15th

November: 18th/19th

TIMES: Friday: 6.45 – 9pm

Saturday: 9.45am – 5pm

COST: €200 per couple (includes course materials, tea & coffee breaks & lunch on Saturday).

BOOKING: Online at


by telephone on 091 562331 or in person at our office in the Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith.

OFFICE HOURS: 10am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)

There are twenty couple spaces on each course. All our Pre-Marriage courses are facilitated by two trained facilitators and a Priest.

In the event of the above courses being filled, additional dates will be organised.

Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre

Arús de Brún, Newtownsmith, Galway.

10th Anniversary Galway GOAL Ball – Tickets on Sale now

Dear Friends of GOAL Galway,

The 10th annual Galway GOAL Ball will take place this year on Friday, 19th of November in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.

We hope that you will put this date into your diary and will consider organising a table or some tickets for a night out, with friends, family or work coming close to the Christmas Season to support GOAL programmes with the poorest of the poor in The Developing world.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception at 7.30pm followed by dinner. This black tie event will feature ‘Sean Slattery & the Connections’ playing classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – promising to satisfy every musical taste and provide an evening of great music and dance. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes and the MC for the night will be RTE’s Michael Lyster.

Individual tickets are priced at €85, or €160 for two and a table for 10 costs €800. Due to the continued success of the Galway GOAL Ball we advise early booking. Please contact Ronan Scully on (087) 6189094 in the GOAL office to secure tickets or e-mail


All funds raised on the evening will be targeted towards GOAL’s relief and development programmes worldwide. GOAL is currently working in 11 countries in the developing world, providing much needed healthcare, nutrition, education, and water and sanitation facilities to the most impoverished communities and the most vulnerable individuals. We are proud of the fact that over the 33 years GOAL has managed to do this while keeping our administration costs exceptionally low. This is why we are urging you to support GOAL on Friday, 19th of November.

We are also very grateful for sponsorship for the ball in the form of financial support or spot/raffle prizes.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the GOAL West of Ireland office on (087) 6189094. Thank you very much for your continuing support to GOAL and for all your support in the past.

Ronan Scully

GOAL West of Ireland, Westside Resource Centre, Westside, Galway. Tel: 087 6189094,

E-mail: rscully@goal.ie



Coláiste Mhuire, Gaillimh Open Morning.

St. Mary’s Diocesan College,

St. Mary’s Road, Galway

Open morning for prospect students and parents

Sat. November 13th 9.30am – 12noon

Closing date for receipt of applications for new 1st year boys

for academic year 2011/2012

Tuesday 1st February 2011 at 4.00pm

Application forms and prospectus can be obtained from the Principal

Tel. No. (091)522369/521984



Latin Mass.

The next Latin Mass will take place in the Army Church Renmore on Sunday, November 14th, at 3pm.

John Heneghan, Latin Mass Society of Ireland: 086-8530810


Kids Corner with Cian and Bella.

Luke 20:27-38 • All God’s Children

Bella: Hi Cian, Wow we were learning about the resurrection from this week’s Gospel and I really don’t understand it very well.

Cian: Actually we did it too but in the end I understood it. Basically in this week’s Gospel Jesus is telling us about life after death. In our lifetime and beyond we are all God’s children. There will be no divisions, no distinctions and no differences between us. Why? Because we will be loved by God the Father as his children!

Bella: But there are no differences between us now Ciano?

Cian: Yes but the Gospel is speaking about every person on the earth, just imagine, every person from every race and every country, in God’s Kingdom we are equal and loved always.

Bella: Wow, Cian you did get it alright! That helps a lot and makes me feel closer to all the strangers that I meet on the bus and see on TV every day! All God’s children, hmmmm …

You are a child of God, say a prayer with this in mind today!

November Saints.



(Visit this site to read more on each saint).

Saints in November

All Saints

November 1

All Souls

November 2

Saint Martin de Porres

November 3

Saint Charles Borromeo

November 4

Saint Elizabeth

November 5

Saint Theophane Venard

November 6

Saint Hyacinth Castaneda

November 7

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

November 8

Dedication of Saint John Lateran Basilica

November 9

Saint Pope Leo the Great

November 10

Saint Martin of Tours

November 11

Saint Josaphat

November 12

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 13

Saint Joseph Pignatelli

November 14

Saint Albert the Great

November 15

Saint Agnes of Assisi

November 16

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17

Dedication of the Basilicas of Apostles Peter and Paul in Rome and Saint Rose Philippine Duschene

November 18

Saint Raphael Kalinowski

November 19

Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti

November 20

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary

November 21

Saint Cecilia

November 22

Saint Felicity

November 23

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

November 24

Saint Catherine Laboure

November 25

Saint John Berchmans

November 26

Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani

November 27

Saint Stephen the Younger

November 28

Blessed Denis of the Nativity

November 29