29 October 2011

Annual Galway Apostolic Work Exhibition

The annual Apostolic Work for the missions exhibition will take place in Scoil Einde, Dr Mannix Road, Salthill this Sunday, October 30th from 10am until 5pm. (Formal opening is at 3pm.)
Includes children's art competition, cake sale, raffles, sale of work, etc.
Admission free

Bishop Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, congratulates President-Elect Michael D. Higgins

I extend sincere congratulations to Mr. Michael D. Higgins on his election to the office of President of Ireland.
I offer every good wish to him and to his wife, Sabina, and to their family, in these days of great happiness for them and in what we pray will be a fruitful, satisfying term of office.
The people of Galway are very proud of his achievement and that one who has served them with care and compassion is to now to serve and represent the country as President at home and to the world.
Guímid ar Dhia a bheannacht a chur air agus é glaoite ónár measc anois chun seirbhís fíorspeisialta a thabhairt ar son na tíre:
Go dtuga Dia an tsláinte dó, agus go neartófar é, chun dualgaisí na h-oifige a chomhlíonadh le h-ionracas.
Go raibh tréimhse shona, thorthúil, spreagúil aige mar Uachtarán ar Éirinn.
Comhghairdeas le chuile dea-ghuí!
+Martin Drennan,
Bishop of Galway

Funeral of Martin Ryan, RIP, Corrib Park

Reposing in Saint Anthony's Room in the Church of Saint John the Apostle, Knocknacarra on Sunday, October 30th from 6pm until 7pm. Removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart here at 7pm. Mass here on Monday, October 31st at 11am. Burial after in Rahoon Cemetery.

May his soul, and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Parish Announcements for Sunday, October 30th 2011

Clocks go back by one hour at midnight tonight (Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October).

• Tuesday, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints. Vigil Mass on Monday evening at 6.30pm. Masses on Tuesday itself at 10am, 11.30am and 6.30pm. (See more in the posting below.)

Wednesday, November 2nd is All Souls Day, the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. Masses at 10am and 7.30pm. (Again, see more in the posting below.)

November Masses for the Dead: The envelopes for the remembrance of our loved ones and the Faithful Departed are available at the Church doors. Please return them to the Church by Wednesday, November 2nd and place them in the safe at the back of the Church or the box beside the sanctuary.

The Novena of Masses for those whose names are on these lists will begin on All Souls Day, Wednesday November 2nd and continue until Thursday, November 10th.

This coming Friday, November 4th is the First Friday of the month and so those who are housebound by illness or old age will be visited with Holy Communion by Monsignor Malachy and Father Hugh. Please let us know of anybody who has recently become housebound and would like to receive Communion on the First Friday.

The Vigil Mass next Saturday, November 5th at 6.30pm will be offered for those who died in the parish during the past year. A candle for each of them will be lighting in the sanctuary from All Souls Day on. Their loved ones are invited to this Mass.

Mass and blessing of the graves in Forthill Cemetery next Sunday, November 6th at 11.30am.

Thank you for your contributions to the Mission Sunday collection last week. It raised €1,000.

A special collection will be taken up at all Masses next Sunday, November 6th for the diocesan family services that are provided at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Árus de Brún.

Children’s Choir for Christmas: Rehearsals will begin next Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm in the Church Meeting Room. All children from 6 years are welcome. For queries, see phone numbers on Church notice board.

We pray for the happy repose of the soul of Martin Ryan, Corrib Park who has died. See funeral notice above.

Congratulations to President-Elect Michael D Higgins

We congratulate Michael D Higgins, a near neighbour of this parish and who is no stranger to Sacred Heart Church, on his election as President of Ireland. We pray God’s blessing on him, his wife Sabina and their family, and on our country, as he prepares to become head of state.

28 October 2011

November 2011: Praying for the Dead

All Saints Day, Tuesday 1st November 2011

'The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs'
- Bl. Fra Angelico (1387-1455)
National Gallery, London
We celebrate the feasts of canonised Saints on special dates on the calendar throughout the year. But on All Saints Day we celebrate all the Saints of Heaven, celebrating a solemnity in honour of all those who are already in the presence of God. While the Church canonises certain people we can be sure are now in full communion with God in the fullness of his Kingdom, this does not mean that these are the only souls in Heaven. And so, on this occasion we honour all the Saints, those whose names we know, and those we don’t. We ask their intercession and celebrate our belief in the Communion of Saints.

All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses here in Sacred Heart Church: Vigil Mass on Monday at 6.30pm. Masses on Tuesday at 10am, 11.30am and 6.30pm.

All Souls Day, Wednesday 2nd November 2011

‘It is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins’
2 Maccabees 12:46

Catholic belief in Purgatory points to God’s great mercy, that he can still purify us after death if we are still imperfectly purified. Since we are linked with each other in communion, we can help the Holy Souls by our prayers. To read the explanation of the doctrine of Purgatory in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click here.

Mass times for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day on Wednesday at 10am and 7.30pm.

Norms for Indulgences at the Commemoration of All Souls

1. From 12 o’clock noon on 1 November until midnight on 2 November, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the Pope’s intentions (one Our Father and Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed.
The indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed.
Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1 November.
Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1 November to 8 November.
2. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1 to 8 November. The conditions mentioned above also apply for this.

Mass Intentions for the week 30th October 2011

Saturday 29th October
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Brendan Devlin
Sunday 30th October
9.30 am    Free Intention
11am        Chris, Tom and Thomas Coughlan
12.15 pm  Mary Guerin and 2. Joseph Quirke
6.30 pm    Kathleen Ward

Monday 31st October 
                        10.00 am  Paddy Kilroy and Susanne Tierney

Vigil Mass          6.30 pm  Intention free
Tuesday 1st November    All Saints Day
10.00 am  For all the Sick and Patricia Scanlan and Colm Tierney
11.30 am  Kate Ward
  6.30 pm  Gerard McDonagh
Wednesday 2nd November   All Souls Day
10.00 am  Novena
  7.30 pm  Novena
Thursday 3rd November      10 am  Novena
Friday 4th November           10 am  Novena   

Saturday 5th November
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm  Novena Mass for all those who died in Our Parish in the past year

Sunday 6th November
  9.30   am     Novena
11.00  am      Novena
12.15  pm     Ted and Bridget Conneely and Esther Francis  
 6.30 pm       Shirley Maher                

25 October 2011

Assisi Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World

This Thursday, 27th October, Pope Benedict will travel by train to Assisi to mark the 25th anniversary of the meeting held by Pope John Paul II with world religious leaders in 1986.

Pope John Paul II met religious leaders in Assisi in 1986
The following description of the day is from Vatican News Service:

"The world today, as it did twenty-five years ago, needs peace", said Cardinal Peter Turkson [President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace]. "Following two and a half decades of collaboration and joint witness among religions, it is time to assess the results and to relaunch our commitment in the face of new challenges", he explained. Those challenges include "the financial and economic crisis which is lasting longer than expected, the crisis in democratic and social institutions, food and environmental problems, biblical-scale migrations, indirect forms of neo-colonialism, the scourge of poverty and hunger, unchecked international terrorism, and greater inequality and religious discrimination"

  "Once more - and suffice to consider recent events in Egypt and other parts of the world - we must say 'no' to any exploitation of religion. Violence among religions is a scandal which distorts the true identity of religions, it obscures the face of God and distances us from the faith.

  "The journey of religions towards justice and peace", the cardinal added, "must be characterised by a joint search for truth. ... Therefore Benedict XVI wishes the 2011 initiative in Assisi ... to be seen as a pilgrimage; the which implies asceticism, purification, convergence towards a more exalted place, and taking on a community responsibility".

  The search for truth "is a precondition for knowing one another better, for overcoming all forms of prejudice, and of syncretism which obscures identity". It likewise helps us "to collaborate for the common good" and facilitates our "coming together on the plane of natural reason". It is a prerequisite "for defeating fanaticism and fundamentalism, according to which peace comes about by imposing one's own convictions on others", and for overcoming "the Babel of languages and the laicism which seeks to remove from the human family the One Who is its Beginning and End".

  Turning to consider the programme of events for the Day, the cardinal explained that the various delegations will leave Rome by train on 27 October, in the company of the Holy Father. Having arrived in Assisi, they will make their way to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where the delegations will recall the previous meetings there and explore the theme of the Day in greater depth. The Holy Father will also deliver an address. That afternoon, those present in will make a "pilgrimage" to the Basilica of St. Francis, being joined on the last stage by the members of the delegations. Having reached the basilica, everyone will make a solemn renewal of their joint commitment to peace.

  More than fifty nations will be represented in Assisi. They will include, apart from many European and American countries, Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Philippines and many others. "Those which, at this moment in history, perhaps suffer most from problems associated with religious freedom and dialogue between religions", Cardinal Turkson observed.

  For his part, Msgr. Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, under secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, pointed out that the Pope has, for the first time, also invited non-believers to a religious meeting. "This innovative idea of the Holy Father's", he said, "is based on the conviction that men and women, both believers and non-believers, are always searching for God, for the Absolute, and that they are, therefore, all pilgrims travelling towards the fullness of truth".

  The Pope's invitation to participate in the Day has been accepted by the French linguist, psychoanalyst, philosopher and writer Julia Kristeva; the Italian philosopher Remo Bodei; the Mexican philosopher Guillermo Hurtado, and the Austrian economist Walter Baier.

Volunteers needed for Eucharistic Congress 2012

Fr Kevin Doran with helpers for the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin

We have received this message from the organisers of the Eucharistic Congress:

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) will take place in Dublin from 10th to 17th June 2012.

Volunteers will have an integral role to play in the success of the Congress. Between two and three thousand volunteers will be needed during the week of the Congress and also to assist in preparations in the months leading up to the Congress.

The Congress is now recruiting volunteers for a wide range of roles and if you would like to get involved please visit the IEC2012 website  www.iec2012.ie/volunteer  and fill out an online application or request an application form from the Congress office. For more information please contact the IEC2012 offices on (01) 2349900 or volunteeradmin@iec2012.ie

The Congress is planning for 80,000 participants in the closing ceremony; 25,000 participants each day; 12,000 international pilgrims, 5 continents and 2,500 young people. This will be the biggest international event in Ireland in 2012, one that will have a significant impact for Ireland with the largest gathering of the Irish Catholic Church since 1979.

Legion of Mary Talk by Frank Duff's Biographer

The new biography of Frank Duff

Frank Duff was one of the greatest Irish people of the twentieth century. Dr Finola Kennedy has recently published a biography on this saintly devotee of Our Lady.

She will speak about Frank Duff in Árus de Brún, Newtownsmith on Thursday, 3rd November 2011 at 8pm. Tea afterwards.

22 October 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, October 23rd 2011

·        As announced last week, the special Mission Sunday collection for the propagation of the faith takes place at all Sunday Masses.

·        The November envelopes for the remembrance of our loved ones and the faithful departed are available at the Church doors. Please return them to the Church for November.

·        The children’s choir for Christmas will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, November 2nd 2011 at 7.00pm in the Church meeting room. Children and youth up from 6 to 16 years are welcome. For further information, see telephone numbers on the notice in the Church porch.

·        Clocks go back by one hour next Sunday morning, 30th October 2011.

·        Volunteers are urgently needed for a local youth club being set up in the community. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. If interested, contact the names on the notice on the Church notice board.

·        We pray for those who died during the week:

-         Keith McCaldin, Laurel Park

-         Mary Murphy, wife of Peter Murphy of the Electrical Shop, Westside Shopping Centre

Claddagh St Martin de Porres Novena

The Saint Martin de Porres Novena will take place in St Mary's Dominican Church, the Claddagh, Galway from Wednesday, 26th October to Thursday, 3rd November. Mass at 7.30pm each evening.
Saint Martin was a Peruvian Dominican lay brother who worked with the poor, the weak and the suffering.
Preacher: Fr Denis Murphy O.P., St Dominic's, Dublin

21 October 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 23rd October 2011

Saturday 22nd October
11am  Nora Flaherty (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm Patrick Curran and deceased members of  Curran family.

Sunday 23rd October
9.30 am    Gerry, Tom and Mill Rafferty
11am        Deceased members of Gill and Feeney families.
12.15 pm  Joseph, Una and Leo Smyth and Deceased members of Queally family.
6.30 pm    Patrick and Ann Shiels

Monday 24th October
10am  Deceased members of Murphy family
Tuesday 25th October
10am  For all the Sick and John Halloran
Wednesday 26th October
10am Bionna and Tommie Drudy
Thursday 27th October
10am  John and Margaret Salmon
Friday 28th October
10am Pat, Nora and Mary Heavey and deceased members of Burke and Heavey families.

Saturday 29th October
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Brendan Devlin

Sunday 30th October
9.30 am     Intention free
11am         Chris, Tom and Thomas Coughlan
12.15 pm   Mary Guerin and Joseph Quirke
6.30 pm     Kathleen Ward.

20 October 2011

Mission Sunday 2011

Galway City, as seen from Carn Ard

During October, we pray in a special way for the missions and this week, we have Mission Sunday (23rd October 2011). We pray for missionaries bringing the faith to so many parts of the world, proclaiming the good news of salvation. As has already been mentioned, the special collection for the missions will take place at all the Sunday Masses here at Sacred Heart Church this weekend.

We must also recognise that our own country is, in some sense, mission territory now too. Pope John Paul II brought the term ‘the New Evangelisation’ to prominence, and now, Pope Benedict XVI is placing great emphasis on it. It is a challenge to reach out afresh in faith to people living in traditionally Christian areas.

Here are some of the Pope’s thoughts from his message for this year’s Mission Sunday:

‘…an increasing number of people, although they have received the Gospel proclamation, have forgotten or abandoned it and no longer recognize that they belong to the Church; and in many contemporary contexts, even in traditionally Christian societies, people are averse to opening themselves to the word of faith. A cultural change nourished by globalization, by currents of thought and by the prevalent relativism, is taking place. This change is leading to a mindset and lifestyle that ignore the Gospel Message, as though God did not exist, and exalt the quest for well-being, easy earnings, a career and success as life’s purpose, even to the detriment of moral values.
The universal mission involves all, all things and always. The Gospel is not an exclusive possession of whoever has received it but a gift to share, good news to communicate. And this gift-commitment is not only entrusted to a few but on the contrary to all the baptized, who are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Pt 2:9), so that they may declare his wonderful deeds.’
Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Mission Sunday 2011

To read the full message from Pope Benedict, click here.

18 October 2011

Message from World Missions Ireland


Mission Sunday comes only once a year. On this special day we are given the opportunity to express our unity with and support to Christian communities everywhere.

World Mission Ireland provides spiritual and practical assistance to the Church’s mission worldwide. “Together in Faith” we can all play an active role in helping more than 1,100 dioceses and communities globally. This is the Church in action – communities supporting communities.


Support is needed by prayer as well as financially. On Mission Sunday, 23rd October 2011 please pray for the universal missions of the Church and give as generously as you can to the Mission Sunday Collection. Every cent of the money donated to this collection goes into a universal fund and is distributed to the missions most in need.

All aid is greatly appreciated by communities less fortunate than ourselves and “Together in Faith” may we continue to spread the good news in God’s name.

Mission Sunday Annual Collection – 23rd October 2011
Donations can be sent to:

World Missions, Ireland
64 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Notices Received

Galway Cathedral: "November: A Month to Remember"

For the four Monday Nights of November at 8pm, a gathering will take place to cherish the memories of deceased loved ones with music, prayer and reflection, beginning on Monday 7th. All welcome.

Cancer Care West

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Fashion Show for UHG Neonatal Intensive Care Baby Unit
A fundraising fashion show will be held on Sunday 23rd October at 5pm in The Ardilaun Hotel. Tickets from O'Brien's Newsagents, William Street or phone 086 8870183 for more information.

Parish Announcements for Sunday, October 16th 2011

·        Next Sunday, October 23rd is Mission Sunday. The Propagation of the Faith collection for the missions will take place at all Masses.

·        Tuesday, October 18th is the feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist.

·        The November envelopes for the rememberance of our Faithful Departed, all our loved ones, are available at the Church doors. They can be returned to the Church when completed.

·        The Months Mind Mass for the late Nora Flaherty, Davis Road, Shantalla, will take place here in Sacred Heart Church next Saturday, October 22nd at 11am.

14 October 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 16th October 2011

Saturday 15th October
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  John Deeney and Bernard Concar and John Conneely
Sunday 16th October
9.30 am     Intention free
11am        Peter Conneely and Mary Fahy (Months Mind Mass)
12.15 pm  John and Barry Wade and deceased members of Wade and Hehir families.
                 Freda and John Moran and their son Wilfred.
6.30 pm    Ivan Canavan and deceased members of Canavan and Rattigan families.
                 Matthew, Bridget and Michael Barrett.

 Monday 17th October
10am  Francis McDonagh
Tuesday 18th October
10am  For all the Sick and James Duffy
Wednesday 19th October
10am Tim and Mary Murray and family

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm  Indian Community Mass

Thursday 20th October

10am  Nicholas Hannon
Friday 21st October
10am  Paul Craughwell

Saturday 22nd October
11 am  Nora Flaherty (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Patrick Curran and deceased members of Curran family.

Sunday 23rd October
9.30 am      Intention free
11am          Deceased members of Gill and Feeney families.
12.15 pm    Joseph, Una and Leo Smyth
6.30 pm      Patrick and Ann Shiels.

10 October 2011

November Parish List of the Dead

As we approach November, the month of prayer for those who have died, the envelopes for the November list of the dead are available at the back of the Church. They can be taken home and brought back to the Church on time for November.

8 October 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, 9th October 2011

·        Daily Mass here in Sacred Heart Church is at 10am from Monday to Friday. Every week, the Tuesday morning Mass is offered for those who are sick. You are invited to put the names of sick parishioners or loved ones on the Book of the Sick in the sacristy for inclusion in the Tuesday Mass.

·       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the side chapel every evening, i.e. 7 days a week, from 8pm until 10pm. It is lovely to have a few people here at the heart of our parish praying for us all in the evenings.

·       Thanks to everybody at Masses since the introduction of the new translation of the priest’s greetings and people’s responses for your cooperation. The introduction of the responses is going very smoothly.

·       We pray for Annette Flaherty, Claddagh, who has died, sister in law of Paddy Naughton, Corrib Park.

7 October 2011

Notices Received

Community Music Group

The Westside Community Development Project and the VEC have launched a Community Music Group in the Westside Resource Centre on Wednesday nights 7-9pm. The group is open to anyone living in the Westside area over the age of 18 and is free of charge.
The aim of the group is to give community members a chance to meet other people who have an interest in music and to provide a space to learn new skills and have fun. The focus of the group is participative music making, including any and all types of music. Everyone is welcome to join the group regardless of musical or singing ability.

For further details please contact Vernice at Westside Community Development Project on 0879303468.

Intergenerational Art Exhibition

On Tuesday, 18th October 2011 at 6.30pm in the Westside Library, Séamus Quirke Road, Youth Work Ireland, Galway (Rahoon Youth Project) and the St Vincent de Paul Society present an Intergenerational Art Exhibition. The aim of the project was to challenge negative age stereotyping and help build positive connections across the age span in the local community. All are welcome to attend this event during Galway City Council's social inclusion week.


I.H.C.P.T - THE IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST organises a pilgrimage to Lourdes every Easter, for young people with special/additional needs between 12-30yrs of age.
There is also a special family group for younger children with serious illnesses.
Further information and application forms for April, 2012 can be obtained from the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Kilcuan, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. Tel. 091-796622.
Closing date for applications is 31st Oct. 2011.

Mass intentions for the week ahead 9th October 2011

Saturday 8th October
11 am  Margaret 'Madge' Ryan (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm  Eddie Ward and Patrick and Annie Ward and Kathleen Sweeney

Sunday 9th October
9.30 am     Helen Duignan
11am         Martin Curley and Margaret Coen.
12.15 pm   Paddy and Annie Lee and Elizabeth Griffin.
6.30 pm     Tom and Margaret Conneely and John and Nora Keady
                  and Geraldine McCooke.

Monday 10th October
10am  Jackie, Kathleen and Seamus Salmon.
Tuesday 11th October
10am  For all the Sick
Wednesday 12th October

10am  Deceased members of Wims and Gannon families.
Thursday 13th October
10am  Bridie Whelan
Friday 14th October 
10am  Honor Naughton and Margaret McNamee

Saturday 15th October
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm  John Deeney and Bernard Concar and John Conneely.

Sunday 16th October
9.30 am     Intention free
11am         Peter Conneely and Mary Fahy (Months Mind Mass)
12.15 pm   John and Barry Wade and Freda and John Moran and their son Winifred.
6.30 pm     Ivan Canavan and deceased members of Canavan and Rattigan families.

1 October 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, 2nd October 2011

·        This coming Friday, 7th October is the First Friday of the month. On that day, Monsignor Malachy and Fr Hugh will bring Holy Communion to those who are housebound due to illness or old age. Please let us know of anybody who has become housebound recently and would like to be on our First Friday list.

·        Feast Days of particular interest this week:

-         St Francis of Assisi: Tuesday, 4th October

-         Our Lady of the Rosary: Friday, 7th October

·        In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Rosary will be recited here in Sacred Heart Church on the day beforehand, Thursday, 6th October at 1.00pm and at 4.00pm.

·        The Months Mind Mass for the late Margaret (Madge) Ryan, Highfield Park, and late of Colmcille Road will be celebrated this coming Saturday, 8th October at 11am here in Sacred Heart Church.

·        Please pray for those who died during the week:

-         Nora Flaherty, Davis Road, whose funeral took place here

-         Pádraig Spellman, Colmcille Road, Shantalla. Removal on Sunday, 2nd October from Conneely’s Funeral Home at 7pm to St Joseph’s Church. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon.

Day for Life 2011

In the Catholic Church in Ireland, this Sunday, 2nd October, is the ‘Day for Life.’ Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter on the Gospel of Life in 1995 had called for a day each year ‘to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.’[1] This year the Irish Bishops have chosen as the theme for the day, ‘A call to solidarity and hope in difficult times.’ It is important in this time of recession and worry for some, that we affirm the value of life and reassure everybody that there is no need to lose hope.
The Bishops have issued a message for the day and you can take it as you leave the Church. It is available here in Sacred Heart Church, but you can also read it in pdf format and see other information on the Day for Life 2011 by clicking here.

[1] Evangelium vitae, par. 85.

Fr Seán McHugh on Galway Bay FM

Fr Seán McHugh

Former Sacred Heart Curate, now Parish Priest of Spiddal, Fr Seán McHugh presents a weekly programme, ‘Keeping the Faith’ on Galway Bay FM radio on Sunday mornings from 8am to 9am. Fr Seán puts great work into the preparation of the programme and the background he gives on the readings of the Sunday Mass can help the listener to be very alert then when hearing the readings at Mass.

Fr Seán’s reflections are interspersed with uplifting music celebrating our faith in Christ. The programme gives listeners a chance to go deeper on a Sunday morning and get the day off to a joyful and prayerful start.

If you live outside the Galway Bay FM broadcast area, you can tune in on the internet at