25 July 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 31st July 2011

Saturday 30th July 
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm  Joe Lardner and Moira Smith

Sunday 31st July
9.30 am    Mary and Brod Trill
11am        Bill Keane and Sean Kilraine
12.15 pm  Malcolm O'Shaughnessy
6.30 pm    Christine Barrett recently deceased.

Monday 1st August  10 am    Intention free
Tuesday 2nd August  10am    For all the Sick.
Wednesday 3rd August 10am Intention free
Thursday 4th August 10am  Martin Walsh, his sister Kathleen and brother Michael
Friday 5th August   10am  Gerard McDonagh

Saturday 6th August
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm   Intention free
Sunday 7th August
9.30 am  Intention free
11am      Paddy Feeney and deceased members of Gill Feeney families.
12.15 pm  Noel Dunne and Anne O'Brien
6.30 pm    Intention free

22 July 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 24th July 2011

Saturday 23rd July
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Pat Guerin (Months Mind Mass)
Pray for Michael Hernon, San Francisco who died recently
at all Masses this weekend.

Sunday 24th July
9.30 am    Special Intention
11am        Eamon Flaherty
12.15 pm  Joe Ryan
6.30 pm    Intention free

Monday 25th July  10am    Michael McGuire
Tuesday 26th July  10am    For all the Sick
Wednesday 27th July  10am  Thomas and Mary Griffin
Thursday 28th July      10 am      Intention free
Friday  29th July          10 am      Intention free

Saturday 30th July
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm   Joe Lardner and Moira Smith

Sunday 31st July
9.30 am    Mary and Brod Trill
11am        Bill Keane and Sean Kilraine
12.15 pm  Malcolm O'Shaughnessy
6.30 pm    Christine Barrett recently deceased.

16 July 2011

Message from Father David.

My Farewell Speech to the People of Westside

This is my last weekend with you. In the clerical changes this year by the Bishop I have been appointed to Clarinbridge and I take up my post there next Friday, July 22nd.

I have had a wonderful eight and a half years here in Westside, and you are the reason for that. You have welcomed me into your homes, into your lives and into your hearts. I want to thank you for your care, support, friendship and prayers. I want to thank you for being who you are. All I have ever wanted to be is an ordinary lad from Galway, and you have allowed me to be that ordinary lad by welcoming me into your lives. It has been an incredible journey, and a journey I have never taken for granted, because I have been the privileged one in your presence. My being here with you has been a time of grace for me, a time when I have sought to make my way along the path God has asked me to follow.

I am indeed a fragile vessel, and I want to say too, from that fragility, that if there has been anyone I have hurt in any way I am truly sorry. One of the most difficult, and yet one of the ways in which God allows you to grow, is to keep you grounded in your humanity and fragility. All I can say to anyone I ever upset is that it was never my intention, and I say that from the very bottom of my heart.

This is an incredibly challenging time for the Irish Church, the darkest since the Penal Times. This week has seen yet another chapter in this sorry saga with the publication of the Cloyne Report. I am so glad that it is here I have found shelter in the eye of the storm. I want you to know that I am sure of one thing, and that is that I would not have lasted in the priesthood without you with me while the gales raged. You can ask any of my friends and family and they will confirm that. They know how fond I am of the people of the Westside, and how I describe you all as ‘the salt of the earth’.

Fr. Hugh Clifford is replacing me. I studied in Maynooth with Fr. Hugh, and know him for many years. He is a native of Glenina Heights, and was ordained in the Jubilee Year 2000. Those of you from Bohermore may remember his grandparents shop, Conneely’s, on the Bohermore Road. Hugh is a very fine priest, and he is looking forward to returning from his studies in Rome to be with you. I am so happy it is Hugh that is replacing me because I know him to be a person of conviction, courage and compassion.

I want no clapping for me now, no gifts or fulsome praise; all I desire is that you will remember me in your prayers, and that you will keep in touch.

‘I finish with an old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand’.

15 July 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 17th July 2011

Saturday 16th July
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm  Fintan Scally and Stephen Lally
Sunday 17th July
9.30 am  Patrick Harty and Yvonne Crowley
11am      Patrick and Esther Colohan and Jack Spellman and
              deceased members of  Spellman and Donnellan families.
12.15 pm  Bernard McDonagh and Liver Transplant Unit and Receivers.
6.30 pm    Mary Holland and Stephen Murphy.

Monday 18th July
10am   Holy Souls and Ethna Molloy
Tuesday 19th July
10am  For all the Sick.
Wednesday 20th July
10am  Special Intention
6.00 -  8.00 pm   Indian Community Mass
Thursday 21st July
10am   Kathleen Walsh recently deceased
Friday 22nd July
10am  Special Intention.

Saturday 23rd July
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Pat Guerin (Months Mind Mass)
Sunday 24th July
9.30 am  Special Intention
11am      Eamon Flaherty
12.15 pm  Joe Ryan
6.30 pm   

12 July 2011

Molly Cleary, R.I.P.

CLEARY (née Prendergast) (Clifton Park, Newcastle, Galway and formerly Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) July 10, 2011, (unexpectedly), Molly, dearly loved wife of Seán for sixty-two years, much loved mother of Mary, Seán, Patricia, Gerard, Edel, Aidan and Siobhán; Molly is sadly missed by her loving husband, sons and daughters, her sons-in-law Terry, Brian and Liam, daughters-in-law Eleanor, Breda and Anne, seventeen adored grandchildren and three great-granddaughters, her sister Nancy King, relatives and friends. Reposing at the O'Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6 o'c. with Removal at 7.30 o'c. to our church. Funeral after 11 o'c. Mass on Thursday to Rahoon Cemetery. Family flowers by request. Donations in memory of Molly to Croí if desired.

'May her gentle soul rest in peace'.

9 July 2011

Newsletter/Nuachtlitir, 10ú Iúil.

Thanks to all who turned out in spite of the inclement weather to welcome the Congress Bell to Sacred Heart!

(Thanks to Fr. Barry Horan for these pictures)

Don’t forget! Adoration takes place throughout the year (apart for a week after Christmas Day, a week after Easter Sunday and Race Week) from Monday to Friday from 8 to 10 and on Saturday and Sunday after the 6:30 evening Vigil Mass. It is entirely run by a great team of volunteers devoted to the Eucharist. Come and meet the Lord!

This is the link to the Congress Website:


(you'll also always find it on the menu bar at the side of this page)

Mass Intentions for the week ahead

Saturday 9th July
Vigil Mass
6.30 pm Peter Griffin and Gerard Garvey
Sunday 10th July
9.30 am
11am Maura and George King
12.15 pm Mary and Jack Hoare and Kathleen and John Guerin
6.30 pm Special Intention
Monday 11th July
10am Martin and Nora Connor and Padraic and Mary Connor
Tuesday 12th July
10am For all the Sick
Wednesday 13th July
10am Bridie Whelan
Thursday 14th July
10am Intention free
Friday 15th July 10am Celine Brennan
Saturday 16th July
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm Fintan Scally and Stephen Lally
Sunday 17th July
9.30 am Patrick Harty and Yvonne Crowley
11am Patrick and Esther Colohan and Jack Spellman and deceased
members of Donnellan and Spellman families.
12.15 pm Bernard McDonagh and Liver Transplant Donors and Receivers.
6.30 pm Mary Holland and Stephen Murphy.

Some Summer Reading
The Following books have recently been published by Four Courts Press. For additional details on any title or to order a copy go to:
Cardinal Paul Cullen and his world

Dáire Keogh &Albert McDonnell, editors
Thirty renowned scholars offer a broad perspective on Cardinal Paul Cullen (1803–78) whose authority from the mid-19th century was ubiquitous within Irish society and the English-speaking world. Contemporaries spoke of the ‘Cullenization of Irish society’; a Times obituary celebrated him as ‘an agent of great change’, while a critical James Joyce lampooned the cardinal as the ‘apple of God’s eye’.
Four Courts Press. 480pp Ills. 978-1-84682-235-3 €55.00 Hardback.

Glendalough: City of God
Charles Doherty, Linda Doran and Mary Kelly, editors
Glendalough is one of the most enchanting archaeological and monastic sites in Ireland. Yet for all its familiarity the complex retains a serenity that signals a special place outside the concerns of this world – a City of God. This stunning book breaks new ground by considering the site in this light.
Four Courts Press. 356pp Colour Ills. 978-1-84682-170-7 €50.00. Hardback.

Ireland, 1815-1870: Emancipation, famine and religion

Donnchadh Ó Corrain &Tomás O’Riordan, editors
This book is part of the Four Courts History of Ireland Series which offers a fresh approach to Irish history since the Act of Union (1801). In place of a general narrative, each book in the series focuses on major aspects of Irish history. These books answer to the needs of university students, the general reader, and all those interested in Irish history.
Four Courts Press. 320pp. Illustrated. 978-1-84682-232-2 €19.95. Paperback

Ireland, 1870-1914: Coercion and conciliation
Donnchadh Ó Corrain &Tomás O’Riordan, editors
Part two of the Four Courts History of Ireland Series. Essential reading material for university students, the general reader, and all those interested in Irish history.
Four Courts Press. 354pp. Illustrated. 978-1-84682-233-9 €19.95. Paperback

Reshaping Ireland, 1550-1700: Colonization and its consequences
Brian Mac Cuarta SJ, editor
This book extends our understanding of the colonial paradigm in early modern Ireland and includes the following themes: Plantation cartography and building, colonial discourse, the peerage, Caroline political culture, language change and evolving views of the Irish past are further themes. It also looks at the role of the Ulster Scots and how identities in Ireland were shaped by late 17th-century developments.
Four Courts Press. 320pp. Colour Ills. 978-1-84682-272-8 €55.00. Hardback.

Churches show muscle to broker Ironman deal

An Article from this week’s City Tribune

(See response from our Diocesan Secretary below)

July 8, 2011 - 7:15am

Organisers to lay on special transport for Massgoers

By Denise McNamara

A compromise has been brokered between the organisers of the International Ironman Triathlon and city churches to shepherd infirm Mass-goers to services while roads are closed off to traffic during the international event in September.

A campaign waged by the churches involved priests bombarding councillors as well as Galway City Council with letters, emails and phone calls, voicing their disquiet over the widespread closures which would prevent the faithful from attending Sunday Mass.

The Ironman competition will take place in Galway in September with up to 10,000 expected to descend on the city, including 2,500 athletes from 30 countries, who will complete a gruelling run, swim and a cycle. The event is expected to generate millions in revenue for the city with international TV coverage also assured.

Churches at Barna, Moycullen, Bushypark, Claddagh will be affected for a few hours by the traffic detours on the day of the event – Sunday, September 4 – with Salthill the worst affected as the resort will be closed off to vehicular access from 7am to 5pm.

Contrary to reports that the closures would last for five days, there will be just one 200 metre stretch of road outside the Aquarium which will be off limits to traffic between Friday evening and Sunday.

Fr Gerry Jennings, parish priest at Salthill, was particularly vocal in his criticism. “I still think it’s unfair the church is closed off for 10 hours. People have the right to worship on a Sunday,” he said.

A spokesman for the Ironman event manager said they had offered to lay on a bus to transport anybody unable to make their own way to Salthill Church.

“We’re making huge progress on this. We are actively getting things ironed out. We’re asking the priests to work with us on this one and encourage parishioners to go to Mass on Saturday or Sunday evening and, if they need it, we will transport them on the Sunday morning.”

The September race will be the first Ironman event in Ireland and will begin with a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay followed by a 90km scenic bike course towards Connemara and finish with a 21km run that will conclude at Eyre Square in the city centre.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

Message from Fr. Martin Whelan, Diocesan Secretary

Dear Rev. Father,

I have been in contact with Evan Molloy of the City Council and Kieran McGlynn of the County Council.

They have informed me that the Temporary Road Closures scheduled for Sunday, Sept 4th 2011 are proceeding regardless of the objection raised by the Diocesan Office.

It would be important that your parishioners are informed of these developments.

Fr. Martin Whelan

Diocesan Secretary

Diocesan Office

The Cathedral



Tel: 00-353-91-563566

Fax: 00-353-91-568333


Read the Notice of Intent on the City Council’s Website

Travel to Donegal

Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre have some great retreats coming up:

Lough Derg

You may have seen the fascinating Nationwide programme on RTÉ last evening (July 8th) about Lough Derg, one of our oldest pilgrimage and penance sites. This is their website if you’re up for the challenge!!

Saint of the Week

Saint Benedict from which our current Holy Father took his name, the sixteenth Pontiff to do so


It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of St. Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.
Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit, leaving a depressing world—pagan armies on the march, the Church torn by schism, people suffering from war, morality at a low ebb.
He soon realized that he could not live a hidden life in a small town any better than in a large city, so he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but found his strictness not to their taste. Still, the shift from hermit to community life had begun for him. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one “Grand Monastery” to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world—Monte Cassino, commanding three narrow valleys running toward the mountains north of Naples.

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community under a common father (abbot). Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation, and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside. In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St. Benedict.
Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches: the Benedictine Federation and the Cistercians.

The Church has been blessed through Benedictine devotion to the liturgy, not only in its actual celebration with rich and proper ceremony in the great abbeys, but also through the scholarly studies of many of its members. Liturgy is sometimes confused with guitars or choirs, Latin or Bach. We should be grateful to those who both preserve and adapt the genuine tradition of worship in the Church.


“Rightly, then, the liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. In the liturgy the sanctification of man is manifested by signs perceptible to the senses...; in the liturgy full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.
“From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body the Church, is a sacred action, surpassing all others” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 7).

Patron Saint of:

Kidney disease


1 July 2011

Mass intention for the week ahead 3rd July 2011

Saturday 2nd July  Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm Nicholas Conneely and Margaret and Anthony Lynch
Sunday 3rd July
9.30 am  Liam McKnight
11am      Delia Delaney
12.15 pm  Kathleen and Edward Diviney
6.30 pm    Mass (Pro Popula)

Monday 4th July
10am  Holy Souls and Maura Maguire and family and Micko.
Tuesday 5th July          10am   For all the Sick
Wednesday 6th July    10am   Josie Pender
Thursday 7th July       10am   Intention free
Friday 8th July            10am   Intention free

Saturday 9th July
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm     Peter Griffin and Gerard Garvey.

Sunday 10th July
9.30 am     Intention free
11am         Maura and George King
12.15 pm  Intention free
6.30 pm    Intention free