Msza św w języku polskim / Polish Mass

February 14, 2016; 5:00 pm;

polish mass

Msza św w języku polskim w miesiącu czerwcu będzie odprawiona 14.02.2016 o godz. 1700.

Fr. Dariusz Pląsek, will celebrate Mass in Shannon for the Polish community Sunday 14th February at 5pm in SS John & Paul Church with confessions from 4.30pm. Please let any member of the Polish community know.

St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2016;


Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”.
Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of Prayer for the Sick

February 11, 2016;

lourdesFebruary 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she declared to Bernadette:

“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

On 13th May 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held each year on the Feast of Our lady of Lourdes as “a special time of prayer and sharing.”

This celebration is a reminder to pray for all those who are sick and to recognize and honour…

Ash Wednesday

February 10, 2016;


Ash Wednesday – A day of fast and abstinence

Ashes will be distributed at the following Masses:

8am – Convent Oratory

9.05am – SS John & Paul Church (extra Mass on Ash Wednesday only)

9.30am – Mary Immaculate Church

10am – Adoration Chapel

1pm – Adoration Chapel (extra Mass for Lent)

7pm – SS John & Paul Church

Morning Prayer (each morning Monday to Friday)
in the Adoration Chapel
daily at 7.20am

Lectio Divina – The Sacred Reading of Scripture

February 9, 2019; 10:00 am;

Lectio_DivinaThe Lenten sessions of Lectio Divina begin in the Jubilee Chapel of Mary Immaculate Church on Wednesday 9th February from 10-11am. An opportunity to pray and reflect on the Sunday Gospel for an hour each week.

First Confession Ceremony

February 8, 2016; 7:45 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Aidan’s School will take place in SS John & Paul Church on Monday 8th February at 7.45pm.

Blood Donation Clinic

February 8, 2016; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. February 9, 2016; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. February 10, 2016; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

BLOOD rThe Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the Bunratty Castle Hotel, on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th February between 5pm-8pm..

3,000 units of blood are required every week. 1,000 people receive blood or a blood product every week. 1 in 4 of our population require blood at some point in their life yet only 3% of our population give blood. This is not enough.
The giving of blood is painless and harmless and your blood will help to save lives. New Blood Donors are urgently needed. If you are not in a position to donate blood yourself, you still can help by encouraging someone you know to do so.

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s

February 7, 2016; 10:00 am;

confirmation8Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 7th February
at 10am

First Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua

February 6, 2016; 6:30 pm;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua
in SS John & Paul Church
on Saturday 6th February
at 6.30pm

First Friday

February 5, 2016;


The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 5th February. If you know of any Parishioner who is housebound and who would like to receive the Sacraments, please contact the Parish Office or any of the Priests.

First Confession Ceremony

February 4, 2016; 1:30 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua will take place in the Adoration Chapel. Mary Immaculate Church on Thursday 4th February at 1.30pm.

St. Blaise

February 3, 2016;

st_blaiseBlessing of Throats will take place after all Masses today.

Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. It is believed that he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred under the reign of Licinius in the early fourth century.

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.

Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that takes place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Saint Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.

Shannon Total Abstinence Association Meeting

February 2, 2016; 7:30 pm;


The Shannon Total Abstinence Association meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm at SS John & Paul Church.

All Pioneers and new members most welcome to attend.

First Confession Ceremony

February 2, 2016; 7:00 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Tola’s School will take place in Mary Immaculate Church on Tuesday 2nd February at 7pm.

Candlemas Day

February 2, 2016;

Candlemas-dayAs we celebrate Candlemas Day on 2nd February, the blessing of candles for home and Church use will take place at all Masses. We welcome candles for use in our churches.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting

February 1, 2016; 7:30 pm;

stjosephs-ypsSt. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting will take place on Monday 1st February after the 7pm Mass in SS John & Paul Church.

Lá Fhéile Bríde

February 1, 2016;

st-bridget-150x150Brigid was born in AD 450 at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland.  Her father, Dubhthach, was a pagan chieftain of Leinster and her mother, Broicsech, was a Christian. Brigid spent her earlier life cooking, cleaning, washing and feeding the animals on her father’s farm. She lived during the time of St.Patrick and was inspired by his preachings and she became a Christian. When Brigid turned eighteen, she had decided that she would spend her life working for God by looking after poor, sick and elderly people. Brigid’s charity angered her father because he thought she was being too generous to the poor. When she finally gave away his jewel-encrusted sword to a leper, her father realised that she would be best suited to the religious life. Brigid finally got her wish and entered the convent. She received her veil from St. Macaille at Croghan and made her vows to dedicate her life to God. She settled with seven of her virgins at the foot of Croghan Hill for a time and about the year 468, followed Mel to Meath. News of Brigid’s good works spread and soon many young girls from all over the country joined her in the convent. Brigid founded many convents all over Ireland; the most famous one was in Co. Kildare. It is said that this convent was built beside an oak tree where the town of Kildare now stands.  Around 470 she also founded a double monastery, for nuns and monks, in Kildare. As Abbess of this foundation she wielded considerable power, but was a very wise and prudent superior. The Abbey of Kildare became one of the most prestigious monasteries in Ireland, and was famous throughout Christian Europe.  She founded a school of art at Kildare, where the Book of Kildare, a famous illuminated manuscript, was created.  St. Brigid, also known as Mary of the Gael, died at Kildare on February 1 and is buried at Downpatrick with St. Columcille and St. Patrick.

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School

January 31, 2016; 10:00 am;

confirmation9Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 31st January
at 10am

Catholic Schools Week 2016

January 31, 2016 to February 6, 2016.

“Catholic Schools – Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy”

Catholic Schools Week 2016aSunday 31st January

10am – SS John & Paul Church – Confirmation Preparation Mass & Opening of Catholic Schools Week for St. Aidan’s School.

Monday 1st February – Lá Fhéile Bríde

9.30am – Mass with St. Senan’s School and the Blessing of St. Bridget’s Crosses

St. Conaire’s School: Making of St. Bridget’s Crosses

10.15am – Grandparent’s Day celebrated…

Feast of St. Conaire

January 28, 2016;

scatteryThursday 28th January is the feast of St. Conaire, one of our Parish Patrons associated with St. Senan and Scattery. She is very much associated with Rinneanna and Patron of one of our Primary Schools.

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