29 January 2011

Newsletter, January 30th 2011

Mass Intentions for the week ahead

Saturday 29th January

Vigil Mass 6.30 pm Geraldine Browne-O'Neill

Gabriel Murphy

Sunday 30th January

9.30 am Bridie Whelan and Andy Feeney

11am Annie Creane and Bill Keane (birthday remembrance)

12.15 pm Bernard McDonagh and Wilfred Moran and his parents

6.30 pm John and Rita Lyons

Monday 31st January 10am John Daly and Pauline McGuinness

Tuesday 1st February St Bridgets Day
Feast day of Scoil Bhríde, our school

10am For all the Sick and Christine O'Connell

Wednesday 2nd February Presentation of the Lord

10am Special Intention

8pm Pastoral Team Meeting

Thursday 3rd February St Blaise
Two Masses and the Blessing of Throats today

10am William and Mary Shannon and deceased members of family

7.30 pm Special Intention

Friday 4th February

10am Special Intention and for the Davoren family living

Saturday 5th February

Vigil Mass 6.30 pm Kathleen Higgins and Rita Boland

Sunday 6th February

9.30 am Intention free

11am Geraldine McDonagh

12.15 pm Maura Hoade and 2. Thomas Anderson

6.30 pm Intention free

Feast of St. Brigid, Secondary Patron of Éire

Evening Prayer for St Bridget

Event date(s):

Tuesday 1 February 2011

By way of a special celebration of women's gifts to the church, evening prayer for the Feast of St Bridget will take place in the Cathedral at 19:30 on 11 February 2011.

All - men and women - are welcome.


The Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Monday 23 May – Monday 30 May 2011

•Return flights Dublin – Tel Aviv via Frankfurt

•Accommodation for 7 nights in 3 star hotels

•Dinner, bed and breakfast basis throughout

•Daily programme

•Service of an English speaking guide and spiritual leader

•Entrance fees where applicable

Contact Fr. David, Sacred Heart or telephone Fr. Patrick, Chaplain NUIG: 086- 3085242

World Youth Day

World Youth Day is an international festival which gathers young people from all over the world for a week long celebration of their catholic faith and culture. The next World Youth Day will be held in Madrid from 15th - 20th August 2011. Why not be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience?Join us in Madrid! For more information contact us at youthministrygalway at gmail dot com or check out the WYD11 website!


The week culminates with a Papal Mass. A group of young people from our diocese attended the most recent World Youth Days held in Cologne (2005) and Sydney (2008).


Sunday 30 January marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic schools make to our local communities and society in general. This year’s theme is ‘Catholic Schools – Rooted in Jesus Christ’. During the coming week, we invite you to join us in celebrating the contribution that our Catholic school(s) make(s) to the life of the faith community here in our parish.


Is ar an Domhnach 30 Eanáir a chuirfear tús le Seachtain na Scoileanna Caitliceacha. An fheidhm a bheadh leis an tseachtain seo ná chun aird a tharraingt ar, agus ceiliúradh a dhéanamh faoin gcion tairbhe iontach a chuireann na scoileanna Caitliceacha leis an bparóiste agus leis an tsochaí i gcoitinne. An téama a bhaineann le fiontar na bliana seo ná: ‘Na Scoileanna Caitliceacha – Fréamhaithe in Íosa Críost’. I rith na seachtaine seo chugainn tugaimid cuireadh daoibh bheith páirteach linn sa cheiliúradh a dhéanfaimid ar an gcion tairbhe a chuireann na scoileanna Caitliceacha leis an bpobal creidimh anseo sa pharóiste.

This week on:


1. Cardinal Seán Brady welcomes first ever SIGNIS meeting to Ireland

On Thursday, January 27th, delegates from SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communications, held their first ever meeting in Ireland in Dublin's Alexander Hotel.

2. Mass to open Catholic Schools Week to be broadcast by RTÉ1 television this Sunday.

Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry and chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Bishops' Conference, will celebrate Mass to open Catholic Schools Week this Sunday 30 January at 11.00am. This Mass will be transmitted by RTÉ1 television from its Donnybrook studio. The choir for the Mass will be provided by the pupils of St Clare's Primary School, Harold's Cross Road, Dublin.

Prior to the celebration of Mass, Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, will introduce a short documentary highlighting the value and contribution that Catholic schools make to our parish communities.

3. Pope Benedict's message for World Communications Day 2011

4. Fr. Michael Collins 'Rite and Reason' article on beatification of Pope John Paul II

5. Catholic Schools Week 2011

6. RTÉ and Sisters of Charity challenge Dublin City Council conditions which affect potential development of their lands

7. Offaly county coroner Dr Brian Mahon says suicide reaching 'rampant' levels

8. US economic envoy in the Six Counties Declan Kelly encourages private sector investment to boost economy

9. Bishops welcome theme for World Communications Day 2011:

‘Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age’

Bishop John McAreavey and Bishop Denis Brennan of the Bishops’ Council for Communications welcomed this year’s message of Pope Benedict XVI for the 45th World Day of Social Communications. The theme of Pope Benedict’s 2011 communications message is “Truth proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age.

10. Catholic Schools Week 2011 was launched in Waterford City, Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, and in Strabane, Diocese of Derry, please see below addresses by Bishop William Lee, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore; Sr. Elizabeth Maxwell, co-chair of the Catholic Education Service; and Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, and chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Bishops' Conference.

St. Mary’s Catholic Diocesan College


YEAR 2011/2012 TUESDAY, 1st FEBRUARY 2011 AT 4.00pm


Parenting Classes in the Pastoral Centre

Classes for parents of all age groups will be offered either

locally or in Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith

from week beginning February 7th, 2011.

If you need support in your parenting challenges

please phone Eileen or Eilish at the Diocesan Pastoral centre,

on 091 565066 or email

pastoraladministrator at eircom dot net


Some great things are coming up in Croí Nua Spirituality Centre

Tel (091) 520 960 or 087 6833195

Email: croinuacentre at eircom dot net



Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

28 January 2011

James Butler, R.I.P.

The death has occurred of James Butler of Inishannagh Park and late of Colmcille Road. James will be reposing at Conneely’s Funeral Home, Flood Street this evening, Friday, from 5pm. Removal at 7pm to our church. Mass tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Mount St. Joseph, Rahoon Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to Irish Kidney Association.

'And Death once dead, there's no more dying then'. (William Shakespeare)

22 January 2011

Sinéad D'Arcy, R.I.P.

D'ARCY (Ní Dhorchaidhe) Sinéad, (January 21, 2011) (Cheshire House and formerly of 11 Cedarwood Close, Highfield Park, Galway) (peacefully) in the care of the staff of St.Dominic's Ward, University Hospital, Galway, after a long illness bravely borne. Sadly missed by her heartbroken parents Tony and Helen, brothers Diarmuid, Fearghal and Fionntan, sisters Éilis (Uí Chatháin), Deirdre, and Mairéad (Leonard), their families, aunts and uncles, relatives and friends. Reposing at the O'Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway tomorrow (Sunday) from 5 pm. to 7pm. Removal from her home on Monday to our church to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.Go soilsí Dia solas na bhFlaitheas di.

'Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar, I n-iothalainn dé go dtugtar sinn'.

Daily Mass during the Annual Priest's Conference.

Annual Diocesan Priest’s Conference, Monday, January 24th to Thursday, January 27th

Daily Mass available in:

The Augustinian: 8:30 AM, 10 and 11 (St. Augustine Street).

The Abbey: 10:30 AM, 13:10 PM and 4 (St. Francis Street).

The Cathedral: 11 AM.

The Claddagh: 7:30 AM, 10 and 19:30 PM.

‘The Jes’: 9 AM, 11 and 19:30 PM (Sea Road).

21 January 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 23rd January 2011

Saturday 22nd January  
11am         Tom Barrett (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  John Daly

Sunday 23rd January
9.30 am     Mattie and Mary Connolly
11am         Paddy Graham and Pauline Caulfield and her
                                               brother Michael James McGuire.
12.15 pm  Bridie Staunton and Richard Ryan Jnr and Snr.
6.30 pm    Michael Tarpey and Gerard Naughton.

Monday 24th January - Thursday 27th January - No 10 am Mass
due to Annual Diocesan Priest's Conference

Friday 25th January  10am  Harry Lydon

Saturday 26th January
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Geraldine Browne O'Neill and Gabriel Murphy

Sunday 27th January
9.30 am     Bridie Whelan and Andy Feeney
11am         Annie Creane and Bill Keane (Birthday Remembrance)
12.15 pm  Bernard McDonagh and Wilfred Moran and his parents
6.30 pm    John and Rita Lyons.

17 January 2011

Andrew Rodgers, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Andrew Rodgers, 29 Cuar na Lus. Andrew's remains will be reposing at his home tomorrow, Tuesday, from 4 PM until 7 when they will removed to our church. His Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday at 11 with burial afterwards in Mount St. Joseph, Rahoon Cemetery.

'The upright, though he die before his time, will find rest. Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor number of years the true measure of life; understanding, this is grey hairs,untarnished life, this is ripe old age'. 'Wisdom 4: 7-9

15 January 2011

Newsletter, January 16th 2011.

Mass intentions for the week ahead 16th January 2011

Saturday 15th January

Vigil Mass 6.30 pm Mary Forde and Mary Egan and Anthony Fahy

Sunday 16th January

9.30 am McKee and Doherty families deceased.

Kevin Fitzgerald and all the deceased members of Powell

and Fitzgerald families.

11 am Michael Comber and Betty Troddyn

12.15 pm Pascal Lally and Ellen Hynes

6.30 pm Chris and Joe Fitzpatrick.

Monday 17th January

10am Willie O'Connor and Harry Lydon.

Tuesday 18th January

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

Wednesday 19th January

10am 1. Manus, John and Eileen Murphy and deceased

members of Murphy and Mulvanerty families.

2. Special Intention 'John'

5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Indian Community Mass

Thursday 20th January

10am John Daly and 2. Special Intention ' Paul'

Friday 21st January

10am Agnes Wade and Pearse, John, Ian and Barry.

2. Bartley Molloy and his sister Kathleen.

Saturday 22nd January

11am Tom Barrett (Months Mind Mass)

Vigil Mass 6.30 pm John Daly

Sunday 23rd January

9.30 am Mattie and Mary Connolly

11am Paddy Graham and 2.. Pauline Caulfield and

her brother Michael James McGuire.

12.15pm Bridie Staunton and 2. Richard Ryan Jnr & Snr.

6.30 pm Michael Tarpey and Gerard Naughton

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on the 18th

As part of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity here in Ireland, a Service of Healing and Hope' will take place in Galway's St. Nicholas ‘Collegiate Church on Wednesday, January 19th at 8pm. Everybody is welcome to this ecumenical and inclusive liturgy, especially all who seek relief from mental and physical ailments and illness themselves or who wish to pray for healing and recovery for their loved-ones who may be unwell. The leaders of the major Christian denominations in Galway will participate and a brief address will be given by Archdeacon Gary Hastings, Rector of St Nicholas.

This week on:


Check out:

1. Bishops launch Share the Good News - the first National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland

2. Address by Bishop Bill Murphy at launch of Share the Good News - the first National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland

3. Cardinal Seán Brady's address at the launch of Parish Pastoral Councils - A Formation Manual

IMPORTANT! Final Campaign for the anti D/Hepatitis C National Screening Programme‏

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Fraud Alert message from Trócaire

In recent times Trócaire has ‘handled a further five cases of letters to Irish clergy for different causes and all of them have turned out to be scams. In the recent cases these scams have been getting better with accompanying forged letters from the local parish priest (even non-existent parishes) and forged letters on headed paper from the local bishop.’

‘Most of these seem to be coming from one area called Lugazi near Kampala.’ Trócaire’s representative in Kampala has discussed it with the Bishop there and he is very aware that an organised group is well set up, is targeting lists of clergy and religious, and getting better and more professional at it. There are also reports that a recent letter campaign has been targeting German clergy from the same area in Uganda.

Trócaire wishes to highlight the work it does with the local church and Irish missionaries. It also wishes to make it known that if priests want to support Uganda, Trócaire can guarantee any donation it receives will go to the purpose for which it was intended.

Always check with Trócaire first:

Contact details can be found on:


Latin Mass

The next Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) will take place in the St. Patrick's Garrison Army Church, Dun Uí Mhaoiliosa, Renmore, this Sunday, January Sixteenth, at 3pm.


Local Contact: John Heneghan, 086- 8530810

Pastoral Centre News and Events

Special liturgy  to celebrate the Feast of St. Brigid will take place in Galway Cathedral on 1st February 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Youth Matters

World Youth Day - Week long festival in celebration of our catholic faith to take place in Madrid between 15th to 22nd August for all those aged between 18-35...last number of places available. Please contact Siobhain Bradley on 091-565066

J-Lite Youth Gospel Choir looking for new members of all ages...contact Sarah Ann on 087-7599571

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools are now offering a two week trial to new students in Galway and Ennis centres. The schools train children aged between 4 and 18 in all three disciplines of singing, dance and drama. For a prospectus or more info call John Lucey on 091 556274 or 087 0508127 or go to


8 January 2011

Margaret Feeney, R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Margaret FEENEY of Willmount House, Athenry, and Rahoon. Margaret's Funeral Mass took place in St. Joseph's Church today.

'Nearer my God to thee'.

7 January 2011

Newsletter, January 9th 2011.

Saturday 8th January
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm  Intention free
   Pray at all Masses for Gerard Mongan

Sunday 9th January Baptism of the Lord
We invite back to the church today all who were baptised in our church in 2010, babies, young, and older! Also, their families and friends.

9.30 am    Intention free
11 am       Mabel Walsh
12.15 pm  Frank and Mary Nally
6.30 pm    Intention free.

Monday 10th January  10am  Intention free
Tuesday 11th January  10am  For all the Sick and Anna Leigh Cleere
Wednesday 12th January 10am Intention free
Thursday 13th January  10am  Intention free
Friday 14th January   10am  Intention free

Saturday 15th January
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Mary Forde and Mary Egan and Anthony Fahy

Sunday 16th January
9.30 am  McKee and Doherty families deceased
               Kevin Fitzgerald and all the deceased members of Powell
               and Fitzgerald families.
11am       Michael Comber and Betty Troddyn
12.15 pm Pascal Lally and Ellen Hynes
6.30 pm   Chris and Joe Fitzpatrick

Beginning Experience

A 10 week structured programme for those who have lost a partner through separation, divorce or death. New programme beginning 12th Jan 2011.

This is a 10 week programme that will enable you to work through your grief and pain with people who understand.

Venue Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith.
(Beside the Mercy Convent Secondary School, buses number 2,5, and 7 all stop nearby)

For further information come along to the Pastoral Centre for an introduction evening on next Wednesday, January 12th at 8.


Mary 087-2613541 - 091-550140
Anne 087-7854990 -091-523014 (after 6pm)

Westside Resource Centre- Special Offers.

Meeting and training rooms available from as little as €15 per hour.
Do you need space to meet? Our rooms are available for meetings, training sessions, short courses and all kinds of classes and seminars. The Westside Resource Centre is situated in a very convenient central location and is equiped with its own computer room, Wi- Fi broadband access, photocopying and faxing service, is fully wheelchair accessible and has free car parking. (Kitchen facilities available).
Call Today- 091- 528325

Westside Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway. (beside our church and the Westside Library, behind the Community Centre).

Latin Mass.

A You Tube Video of the Latin Mass.

The next Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) will take place in the St. Patrick's Garrison Army Church, Dun Uí Mhaoiliosa, Renmore on Sunday, January Sixteenth at 3pm.


Local Contact: John Heneghan, 086- 8530810




Tel: 086 1585026

Email- brasspolishers@hotmail.com

We at Evon church brass polishing & plating would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year as we enter 2011.

As we begin the new year we are also offering our service to all our valued costumers at a discounted price.

Our firm has been established for over 10 years in Ireland and our services come second to none.

We have and can provide written recommendations from priests in catholic churches, Abbeys, Monasteries and Cathedrals in every Diocese.

Our aim is and always will be are to please our customers with the highest level of satisfaction.

Our services include the polishing and restoration work that is carried out on all brass articles returning them to their original former glorious shine removing all tarnish marks, rust spots and scratches.

We offer a service in Gold and Silver plating and polishing on all sacred vessels as Chalice, Ciborium, monstrance and tabernacles bringing them also to their original glorious state.

We also carry out a service in re-padding and covering on church kneelers using only the highest quality of materials that are comfortable, durable and fire resistant.

We can offer u a free sample as a small article can be done at no charge just to show new customers our high standards of work.

We offer a free estimate service at no obligation as someone will come by and view articles in question.

Extremely fast service available.

Please do not hesitate to call or email for a appointment or further information

We will be delighted and waiting to speak to you.

Console Seminar

“Suicide in Ireland – Supporting Our Students”.

Tuesday 15th February 2011

9:30am-4:00pm @ The Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin

This Seminar is aimed at those tasked with supporting adolescents and children through crisis times. Increasingly, professionals in the education sector are called upon to respond to Students who are struggling with self-harming behaviour or suicidal ideation. In addition, Students can be traumatised in the aftermath of a suicide in their school or community, and addressing grief and suicide bereavement in an appropriate and timely manner is crucial. This Seminar welcomes nationally recognised experts in the fields of child and adolescent mental health. Attendees will gain an understanding of self harming and suicidal behaviour in Irish children and adolescents, and learn about fostering positive and resilient environments for children, during stressful or crisis times.


Danny Cleary & Marie Whyte (Console):

“Console - Working with Students Bereaved by Suicide”

Prof Fiona McNicholas (Lucena Clinic & Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children):

“Students At Risk of Deliberate Self Harm & Suicide, an Irish Perspective”

Dr Harry Barry (Family GP & Author):

“The Impact of Stress on the Developing Brain and its Links to Depression and Suicide”

Dr John Sharry (Mater Hospital, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service):

“Cultivating Hope, Managing Despair. Working with Students who are at risk of suicide - a strengths-based perspective”

For further details and booking information, contact Console on 01 610 2638,




Contact: Siobhain Bradley on 087-9271542

J-Lite Gospel Choir looking for new members(all ages welcome from 12+)...Rehearsals begin on 19th January 2010 in Galway Cathedral...

All those interested please contact Sarah Ann on 087-7599571.

5 January 2011

Happy Epiphany everyone! Nollaig na mBan faoi mhaise dhaoibh!

The rest of the Christian world might call it the Epiphany – “l’Épiphanie” or “le Jour des Rois” in France. But in Ireland we call the sixth of January “Little Christmas”, or “Nollaig Bheag” in Irish.

That’s the traditional end of the Christmas season, the 12th day of Christmas, the last day of the school holidays, and the arrival of the Three Kings to the Baby in the Manger.

In Ireland, Little Christmas is also called “Women’s Christmas”, or “Nollaig na mBan”. It’s even known as “Women’s Little Christmas” around Cork and Kerry.

It’s a sort of precursor to Mother’s Day and Equal Pay, the day when the man of the house would do all the household chores, while Herself would be queen for a day – and would hit town to celebrate with her sisters / mothers / aunts / friends. Or she’d make “little dainties”.

COPYRIGHT: http://irishherault.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/nollaig-na-mban-galette-des-rois/

Mass Times for the Feast, 6:30 this evening , Vigil Mass.
Tomorrow, 10, 11:30 and 6:30.

1 January 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Bliain Nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh!

Happy New Year everyone! Bliain Nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh!


Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
World Day of Peace.





1 JANUARY 2011


1. At the beginning of the new year I offer good wishes to each and all for serenity and prosperity, but especially for peace. Sadly, the year now ending has again been marked by persecution, discrimination, terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance.

My thoughts turn in a special way to the beloved country of Iraq, which continues to be a theatre of violence and strife as it makes its way towards a future of stability and reconciliation. I think of the recent sufferings of the Christian community, and in particular the reprehensible attack on the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Baghdad, where on 31 October two priests and over fifty faithful were killed as they gathered for the celebration of Holy Mass. In the days that followed, other attacks ensued, even on private homes, spreading fear within the Christian community and a desire on the part of many to emigrate in search of a better life. I assure them of my own closeness and that of the entire Church, a closeness which found concrete expression in the recent Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. The Synod encouraged the Catholic communities in Iraq and throughout the Middle East to live in communion and to continue to offer a courageous witness of faith in those lands.

I offer heartfelt thanks to those Governments which are working to alleviate the sufferings of these, our brothers and sisters in the human family, and I ask all Catholics for their prayers and support for their brethren in the faith who are victims of violence and intolerance. In this context, I have felt it particularly appropriate to share some reflections on religious freedom as the path to peace. It is painful to think that in some areas of the world it is impossible to profess one’s religion freely except at the risk of life and personal liberty. In other areas we see more subtle and sophisticated forms of prejudice and hostility towards believers and religious symbols. At present, Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith. Many Christians experience daily affronts and often live in fear because of their pursuit of truth, their faith in Jesus Christ and their heartfelt plea for respect for religious freedom. This situation is unacceptable, since it represents an insult to God and to human dignity; furthermore, it is a threat to security and peace, and an obstacle to the achievement of authentic and integral human development.[1]

Religious freedom expresses what is unique about the human person, for it allows us to direct our personal and social life to God, in whose light the identity, meaning and purpose of the person are fully understood. To deny or arbitrarily restrict this freedom is to foster a reductive vision of the human person; to eclipse the public role of religion is to create a society which is unjust, inasmuch as it fails to take account of the true nature of the human person; it is to stifle the growth of the authentic and lasting peace of the whole human family.

For this reason, I implore all men and women of good will to renew their commitment to building a world where all are free to profess their religion or faith, and to express their love of God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind (cf. Mt 22:37). This is the sentiment which inspires and directs this Message for the XLIV World Day of Peace, devoted to the theme: Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace.

Read the full text at: