Events


First Friday


April 3, 2015;

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The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 3rd April. 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.

Tradaree Cluster Penitential Rite


March 31, 2015; 7:00 pm;

Franciscan Friars 2012The Tradaree Cluster will host a Holy Week Penitential Rite with the opportunity of individual confession in SS John & Paul Church on Tuesday 31st March at 7pm. The Franciscan Fraternity from the Friary in Ennis will lead us in the celebration and be available for individual confessions.

Spring Forward!


March 29, 2015; 2:00 am;

clockforwardDaylight Saving Time starts this weekend on Sunday at 1am. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday night!

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School


March 29, 2015; 10:00 am;

confirmation9Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 29th March
at 10am

Pastoral Council Meeting


March 25, 2015; 8:00 pm;

pastoral_councilThe Pastoral Council Meeting will take place in the Jubilee Chapel on Wednesday 25th March at 8pm.

Feast of the Annunciation


March 25, 2015;

AnnunciationThe story of the Annunciation, meaning the announcing, from the Latin annuntiare, is told in Luke’s gospel. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive a Son, and his name will be Jesus. His greeting, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you” has echoed down through the ages in many prayers, and is known as the “Hail Mary.” Mary is initially confused as to how she will bear God’s Son, seeing as she is a virgin. The angel then explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon on her. This is why when we recite the Nicene creed we say “by the power of the Holy Spirit, [Jesus] was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.” The Apostles Creed likewise affirms that Jesus was “conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Thus, the Feast of the Annunciation is the beginning of Jesus’ miraculous life.

Mary’s response to the angel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word,” (Latin: ecce ancilla Domini; fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum) is a statement of humble faith, and a model for how we are to respond when God calls us to do what seems impossible.

Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates from St. Aidan’s School


March 24, 2015; 7:00 pm;

Ceremony_of_LightCeremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates from St. Aidan’s
& their parents
in SS John & Paul Church
on Tuesday 24th March
at 7pm.

Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates


March 23, 2015; 7:00 pm;

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Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates
from St. Senan’s/St.Tola’s/St. John’s/Gael Scoil Donncha Rua
& their parents
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Monday 23rd March
at 7pm

Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates
from St. Conaire’s
& their parents
in SS John & Paul Church
on Monday 23rd March
at 7pm

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s/St. Tola’s/Gael Scoil Donncha Rua/St. John’s


March 22, 2015; 11:00 am;

confirmation9Confirmation Preparation Mass for
St. Senan’s/St. Tola’s/Gael Scoil Donncha Rua/St. John’s
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Sunday 22nd March
at 11am

Mass From Shannon Parish on RTE Radio 1


March 22, 2015; 11:00 am;

dsc_3047RTE Radio will broadcast Mass live from Mary Immaculate Church on Sunday at 11am

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s


March 22, 2015; 10:00 am;

confirmation8Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 22nd March
at 10am

Happy Mother’s Day!


March 15, 2014;

The History of Mother’s Day

mothers-day 201In the Roman religion the Hilaria festival was held in honour of the mother goddess Cybele and it took place during mid-March. As the Roman Empire and Europe converted to Christianity, this celebration became part of the liturgical calendar as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the Virgin Mary and the “mother church”.

During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone “a-mothering”. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since in other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours.

Nowadays Mothers Day is celebrated as a day that honours and pays tribute to mothers. It is customary to spoil your mum on this day with gifts and help with everyday chores.

First Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua


March 21, 2015; 6:30 pm;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua
in SS John & Paul Church
on Saturday 21st March
at 6.30pm

Seinn 2015


March 19, 2015; 7:30 pm;

Seinn 2015On Thursday 19 March almost 500 students from the dioceses of Killaloe and Limerick will be performing in the Seinn2015 Concert in the University of Limerick Concert Hall. Seinn is a joint initiative of the two dioceses aimed a promoting liturgical music in second level schools and will be of particular interest to choirs and music groups. Shannon will be represented by students from St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School under the leadership of their teacher Ms. Ciara Golden and St. Caimin’s Community School.The programme is directed by Ian Callanan. All Tickets €10 – available from www.uch.ie or 061 331549.

Feast of St. Joseph


March 19, 2015;

stjosephEverything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture. We know he was a carpenter, a working man. He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb.

Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from…

St. Patrick’s Day


March 17, 2015;

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Vigil Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick
in SS John & Paul Church
on Monday 16th March
at 6.30pm

St. Patrick’s Day – Mass times:
8.45am:         Airport Oratory
9am:                Mary Immaculate Church
10am:             Children’s Mass at 10am in SS John & Paul Church.
11am:              Mary Immaculate Church
12.15pm:       Aifreann as Gaeilge in SS John & Paul Church

Lá shona Féile Pádraig do gach duine.

The Story of St. Patrick

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick. He was born around near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.” He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering, he died at Saul, Downpatrick, where he had built the first church on 17th March, 461.

First Communion Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s School


March 15, 2015; 11:00 am;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s School
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Sunday 15th March
at 11am

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Conaire’s School


March 15, 2015; 10:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation Mass
for St. Conaire’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 15th March
at 10am

Apostolic Society Meeting


March 9, 2015; 7:30 pm;

apostolic workersThe Apostolic Society Monthly Meeting will take place in 9 Purcell Park on Monday 9th March at 7.30pm.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting


March 9, 2015; 7:30 pm;

stjosephs-ypsSt. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting will take place on Monday 9th March after the 7pm Mass in SS John & Paul Church.

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