27 May 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 29th May 2011

Saturday 28th May
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm  Pat, Margaret, Patrick, John and Gerry Shaughnessy.
Pray for Mary Ward at all Masses this weekend.
Sunday 29th May
9.30 am  Barbara Mullen (Months Mind Mass)
11am      Jack, John, Anna Nestor and Fr. Billy Pilkington
              2.  John Kenny.
12.15 pm   Bernie Donovan and deceased members of Donovan and
                  O'Connor families.  2. Mary and Peter Hehir.
6.30 pm     Kathleen O'Neill.
Monday 30th May  10am   Intention free
Tuesday 31st May   10am   For all the Sick
Wednesday 1st June  10am  Intention free
11am  Confirmation  - Scoil Bhride, Shantalla.
Thursday 2nd June 10am  Gerard McDonagh who died recently
Friday 3rd June      10am  Elsie McDonagh and deceased members of Molloy family.
Saturday 4th June
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm  Peg & John McMahon and 2.  Jean (Frem) Devlin.
Sunday 5th June  Ascension of the Lord
9.30 am  Angela Feeney and deceased members of Murphy and Carpenter families.
11am  1.  Patrick Holland and his twin sister Nonie Cosgrave. 
           2.  Edmond and Raymond Toner.
12.15 pm  Margaret and Patrick Conway and 2. Joseph Conneely.
6.30 pm    Velodia Alarcon and Willie Lambe.

20 May 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 22nd May 2011

Saturday 21st May
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm  Owen and Cecilia Kenny
Sunday 22nd May
9.30 am Adele Rafferty recently deceased
11am     Stephen and Julia Byrne and their son Stephen.
12.15 pm   Patrick Burke, Darren McDonagh and deceased
                  members of Burke and McDonagh families.
6.30 pm     Thomas Clohessy, Furbo, who died recently.

Monday 23rd May        10am  Mary and Andrew Keady
Tuesday 24th May        10am  For all the Sick and Anne Mongan
Wednesday 25th May  10am  Frances Boylan and 2. Thomas and Mary
                                                 Welby and Maureen Milton.
Thursday 26th May      10am  Deceased members of Cahill family and
                                                  Mary Gillick, Teresa Keena and Annie Dolan.
Friday 27th May   10am  Hubert and Mary Heavey and deceased members
                                          of Burke and Heavey families.
                                          2.  Bridget Molloy.
Saturday 28th May
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm   Pat, Margaret, Patrick, John and Gerry Shaughnessy.
Sunday 29th May
9.30 am  Free intention
11am      Jack, John and Anna Nestor and Fr. Billy Pilkington and
              2. John Keany.
12.15pm   Bernie Donovan and deceased members of  Donovan and O'Connor
                 families.  2.  Mary and Peter Hehir.
6.30 pm    Kathleen O'Neill.

16 May 2011

Newsletter/ Nuachtlitir, Fourth Sunday of Easter/ Good Shepherd/ Vocations Sunday.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Sunday 15 May 2011
  • Pope's message on the theme 'Proposing Vocations in the Local Church'
  • Special feature on www.catholicbishops.ie
Interested in a Vocation in the Galway Diocese?

Contact Fr. Diarmuid Hogan, Vocations Director:

  • Room 102, St. Declan's, Distillery Road, Galway
email: diarmuid.hogannuigalway.ie
Phone 091 495055 (Office) or 492164 (House) 
The 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on Sunday next 15 May. A special feature is now available on the website of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference which includes:

         .Introduction to the celebration of Vocations Sunday
  • Full text of Pope Benedict's message
  • Video interview with Bishop Donal McKeown, Chair of the Bishops' Council for Vocations in which he talks about vocation numbers and the importance of making sure that every year is a Year of Vocation
  • Links to vocations initiatives in dioceses including video reflection from Archbishop Michael Neary, new vocations website from diocese of Ferns and a video message from the vocations director in the Archdiocese of Dublin
  • Link to In Praise of Priests - a collection of five short video interviews with a cross-section of lay people on the subject of priesthood and what particular priests have meant in their lives [Alice Taylor, George Hook, Mickey Harte, David Begg and Ashleigh O'Neill]
  • Vocation prayers

"Introducing the New Missal"

Pastorals from the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference

We have run out of these Pastorals but we will be ordering more during the week, and they will be available at the church doors. In the meantime, why not visit:

 Mass Intentions for the week ahead, May 15th 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd/ Vocations Sunday

Monday, May 16th, 10 AM, FREE INTENTION

Tuesday, May 17th, 10 AM, 1. All Our Sick  

2. Paddy Moore Flaherty, Recently Deceased

Wednesday, May 18th, 10 AM, Mick and Margaret Duggan

5:30 to 8:00 PM, Indian Community Confessions, Mass and Get- Together

Thursday, May 19th, 10 AM, Una Corcoran and Deceased of Devaney Family

Friday, May 20th, 10 AM, John Connolly, Arthur Hynes and Murt Folan

Saturday, May 21st, Vigil Mass, 6:30 PM, Owen and Cecilia Kenny

Sunday, May 22nd,   Fifth Sunday of Easter

9:30 AM, Adele Rafferty, Recently Deceased

11:00 AM, Stephen and Julia Byrne and their son, Stephen

12:15 PM, Patrick Burke, Darren McDonagh and Deceased of Burke and McDonagh Families

6:30 PM, Thomas Clohessy, Na Forbacha,  Recently Deceased


Joint statement by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, the Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union in response to the publication of the NBSCCCI Annual Report 2010
We welcome the publication today of the 2010 Annual Report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI). We take this opportunity to express the gratitude of the whole Church in Ireland to the members of the National Board and the National Office for their untiring commitment to the safety and welfare of children in the Church and for their unstinting professionalism in helping us all to meet the highest possible standards in this area.

The Board’s report demonstrates significant progress in many key areas, notably in policy development and training, as well as some important areas of challenge that have yet to be completely resolved. As Sponsoring Bodies we are fully committed to working with the Board to consolidate the progress made to date and to addressing those issues which have been a cause of some frustration to both the Sponsoring Bodies and the Board, particularly around data protection and the sharing of statistics and other specific information with the National Office.

The role of the National Board in monitoring the implementation of international best practice in safeguarding children by dioceses, religious congregations and missionary societies is vital if, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, we are to ‘restore the respect and goodwill of the Irish people towards the Church’[1] and address the tragic and painful mistakes of the past. As Sponsoring Bodies we are committed to ensuring that the Board can fulfil its role of monitoring the implementation of international standards of best practice by all dioceses, religious congregations and mission societies. This will continue to be a priority in our on-going engagement with the National Board in the year ahead.

We look forward to continuing our work with the Board and to resolve any remaining issues as quickly and as comprehensively as possible.

  • [1] Pope Benedict XVI, Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, March 2010
  • The Catholic Church’s three sponsoring bodies are the Irish Bishops’ Conference; the Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union
  • See www.safeguarding.ie for a copy of the NBSCCCI Annual Report 2010 and the related press release
Further information:

Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444


Trócaire thanks the parishioners and clergy of the diocese for standing in solidarity with the world’s poor during  Lent. Your support will help change thousands of lives for the better all over the world. If you haven't done so already please remember to return your Trócaire box to the church this this week, before next Sunday, May 22nd.

To find out more about Trócaire visit


Trauma Recovery Programme for Caregivers of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal,
Saturday, May 28th.
This one-day workshop is for mental health professionals and spiritual caregivers. It introduces the core concepts of the internationally recognized Trauma Model proposed by Dr. Colin Ross, MD, in order to provide more effective therapy and spiritual care to survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.

Trauma is an event or series of events combined with an individual’s vulnerability that creates an obstacle in normal human development.

The Trauma Recovery Program encourages effective living in the present rather than recovery of repressed memories. Healing occurs with the processing and integrating of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Current research indicates that memory recall is, at best, unreliable; healing does not take place at the level of memories.

The treatment goal of the Trauma Recovery Program is to help individuals improve their functioning by helping them to stabilize, using new tools learned in the group setting. This model helps group members identify conflicts and unlearn specific distortions related to the effects of trauma. Participants move toward the ultimate healing of interpersonal forgiveness and grief for the childhood they never had.

The facilitators have conducted this program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo (USA) for the past eight years. They have lead workshops to train other caregivers across their homeland and in Rwanda and Kenya.

Commences: 9:30am
Concludes: 6pm with Supper
Cost: €60

Also in Ards:

Fri 8th - Sun 10th July

John Pridmore (Open to Everyone)
Theme: Finding True Freedom in God

John is the leader of St Patrick’s Community and is an international speaker and best selling author of “From Gangland to Promised Land.” His dramatic conversion included leaving a life of organised crime to working with Mother Teresa and speaking to more than 1.5 million people around the world. With his community he now leads Parish missions around Ireland and the UK and various conferences worldwide. This retreat is about growing in the freedom and joy of being ourselves in God. It is an opportunity to experience healing from the wounds of our past. You can read more about John and his community on


Commences: 6pm

Concludes: After Lunch

Cost: €160

Catherine Leigh - 071 962 0175 or John Pridmore - 087 362 3996

Email: stpatrickscommunity at yahoo.ie

Contact: Ards Friary - 074 913 8909 or info at ardsfriary.ie


While we’re in Donegal, how about Lough Derg?
Lough Derg is a place of welcome for all, offering nourishment for life's journey.

Lough Derg lies about four miles north of the village of Pettigo in County Donegal. Station Island, the location of the Pilgrimage, is often referred to as Saint Patrick's Purgatory or simply Lough Derg.

This is a special sanctuary of peace and personal challenge. This small lake-island, renowned in Irish Christian tradition since the time of St. Patrick, has been receiving pilgrims continuously for well over 1000 years.

In earlier times the area around the lake was a place of protection for anyone in trouble. The monastery nearby offered hospitality to all. Today Lough Derg still reaches out to those in need. Whatever your creed, background, social circumstances or religious practice, you are most welcome.

There are no outsiders here: in bare feet, everyone is equal. If you are seeking time out from the daily grind of the everyday, then 'come to this quiet place, and rest for a while'.


From the Youth Ministry Office

Tullamore Youth Gospel Choir invites all students and families of those doing exams in the month of June for a very special EXAM mass on Tuesday 7th June @ 8pm in Galway Cathedral. This is an opportunity to show the students that everyone wishes them well and is thinking of them at this anxious time.

Knock Summer Youth Festival - 24th-26th June in Knock Shrine...Three day festival for all young people aged 18-35. This event is action packed with workshops, prayer, reflection, music and much more. For more information contact 094-9388100 or find us on facebook.


Knock- Our Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place next Sunday, May 22nd. Ceremonies begin at 2:30. There is a bus and you can get details of when it is leaving and where it is stopping from Fr. Seán Kilcoyne, Chaplain, Bon Secours Hospital, Renmore at 091-757711

Lourdes- Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage

Travel 01 to 06 July for 5 nights full board in either the hotel Soltitude, or Hotel Agena. Flights from Shannon and transfer's from Galway included. Tax and insurance included.


2 Bridge Street, Galway (Opposite St. Patrick's National School)
T: 091-595947 F: 091-594759 E:info at fahytravel.ie

Chaplain: Fr. Martin Moran, Killanin, Roscahill,  T: 091-550106


Next weekend 18th-19th June 2011

Experience our cloistered contemplative life during a Monastic Weekend at the

Carmelite Monastery

Delgany Co Wicklow

Single women (25-45 age group) interested in finding out more about a Carmelite Contemplative vocation are invited to share in our life of prayer, liturgy and work for a few days.

For more information visit


Write: Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co Wicklow

Great Summer Program in Croí Nua

Tel (091) 520 960 or (087 )6833195

Email: croinuacentre at eircom.net



Missionaries of the Sacred Heart,

Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

(Opposite Dominican Convent Primary and Secondary School. The No.2 bus stops nearby.)

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13 May 2011

Helen Duignan, R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Helen Duignan (R.G.N.) of Sandyvale Lawn, Headford Road and formerly Canal Road, Galway
(peacefully) in the loving care of her family and staff at Moycullen Nursing Home: beloved sister of Peadar and Michael and the late John, Alan, Maura and Brigid. Helen will be fondly remembered by her brothers, devoted sister-in-law Margaret, nieces and nephews. Her passing will be a great loss to her family, friends and neighbours. Reposing at the O’Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue on Friday evening from 5.30p.m. with Removal at 7.30p.m. to our church. Funeral after 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday to Rahoon cemetery. House Private. Family flowers only, donations if desired to the Galway Hospice. May She Rest In Peace.
'I rejoiced because they said to me, "We will go up to the house of the Lord".  And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem'
Psalm 122

8 May 2011

Tim Joyce, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Timothy 'Tim' Joyce, 120 Corrib Park. Tim's remains will be reposing at Irwin's Funeral Home, Bóthar Irwin, tomorrow, Monday, May 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30, after which they will be removed to our church. Tim's Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 10th at 12 Noon.

'I am the resurrection and the life'  (John 11:25)

7 May 2011

Priest's Annual Retreat takes place this week.

The Annual Priest's Retreat takes place this week. There will subsequently be no Mass in Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Below are the churches where you will get Mass, and a phone number for each so you can double check on times:
The Cathedral, Mass at 11 AM, 091- 563577
The Augustinian, 091-562524
The Abbey, 091-562518 
St. Ignatius', 091-501500 
The Claddagh, 091-582884

In an emergency ring our usual numbers, 091-522713/524751 and there will be someone there to take your call. The Parish Office is open as normal for booking Masses, Certificates etc. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 1:00 and the number, during those times, is 091-524305.

Mass as usual on Friday morning at 10.

Please pray for us that we will have a fruitful retreat; we will be praying for all of you.

6 May 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 8th May 2011

Saturday 7th May 
11am  First Communion Scoil Bhride Shantalla
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Peter & Desmond Ryan

Sunday 8th May
9.30 am  Joe Gurry and Joseph O'Brien and deceased members
                                    of O'Brien and Corley families.
11am         Valeria Healy and Nora Higgins
12.15 pm  Bridget Conneely and Julia and Martin Folan
6.30 pm    Johnny Murphy

No Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday due
to l Priests Annaul Retreat

Friday 13th May       10am   Bridie Whelan

Saturday 14th May
                 11am  Gerard McDonagh  (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  Dave Coen and Rita O'Connor

Sunday 15th May 2011
9.30 am   Intention free
11am       Deceased members of the Coen and Barrett families
               and Barbara Boyle.

12.15 pm  Sr. Katherine  (Months Mind Mass)
6.30 pm    Paddy Flaherty and deceased members of O'Flaherty family.

3 May 2011

Barbara Mullen, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Barbara Mullen, 20 Corrib Park. Barbara will be reposing at Conneely's Funeral Home on Flood Street tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4th, from 3:00 PM to 5, after which her remains will be removed by boat to Séipéal Cill Rónáin, Inis Mór, Árainn. Funeral Mass will be for Barbara on Thursday, May 5th, at 12:30, with burial afterwards in the local cemetery.

Do paidreacha iarrtar sa lá atá inniu chun anam ,Bairbre Ní Mhaolain, 20 Páirc na Coiribe. Beidh Bairbre a tórramh Sochraide Conneely's Funeral Home ar Sráid Thobar an Iarla amárach, Dé Céadaoin, 4 Bealtaine, ó 2:30 go dtí 5, ina dhiaidh sin beidh iad a scriosadh trí bhád go Cill Rónáin Séipéal, Inis Mór, Árainn. Beidh Aifreann na sochraide a bheith ann do Barbara ar an Déardaoin, an 5 Bealtaine, ag 11, agus ina dhiaidh sin adhlactha sa reilig áitiúil.

Dúirt Íosa leis: ‘Is mise an tSlí, an Fhírinne, agus an Bheatha. Ní thagann aon duine go dtí an tAthair ach tríomsa.’ Eoin 14:6.