Pastoral Council Meeting

January 25, 2017; 8:00 pm;

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

Order of Malta Mass

January 22, 2017; 12:15 pm;

                               The Shannon Unit of the Order of Malta will participate at the 11am Mass on Sunday 22nd January. The unit has been in existence in our parish since 1972 and provides a valuable service to the community. The Mass is an occasion for the unit and the parish to ask God’s Blessing on the Order of Malta in the parish in the year ahead.

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Conaire’s School

January 22, 2017; 10:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation Mass
for St. Conaire’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 22nd January
at 10am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18, 2017 to January 25, 2017.

Crossing Barriers

christianunityweek2017This year’s material was prepared for worldwide use by the churches in Germany based around the verses 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are  finding expression. Whilst that which unites the churches is stronger than that which divides, there are still areas of difference in which the churches remain self-absorbed or construct new walls.

The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, which is enacted by dismantling the walls. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down.  The fall of this wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible.

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Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting

January 16, 2017; 7:30 pm;

grief_lossThe Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting will take place in Cuan na nÓg, SS John & Paul Church on Monday 16th January at 7.30pm.

Killaloe Diocesan Retreat for Priests

January 15, 2017;

Diocesan_PriestsThe Annual Diocesan Retreat for Priests begins on Sunday 15th January in Knock Shrine and continues until Thursday afternoon. You are encouraged to pray for the Clergy of our Diocese.

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Tola’s School

January 15, 2017; 11:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation
for St. Tola’s School
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Sunday 15th January
at 11am

First Communion Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s & Gaelscoil Donncha Rua

January 15, 2017; 10:00 am;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s & Gaelscoil Donncha Rua
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 15th January
at 10am

Blessing of Babies

January 8, 2017; 3:00 pm;

baby_kissOn Sunday 8th January 2017 the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, all babies who were baptised in the parish in 2016 are invited back for a Blessing for their first year of life. The ceremony will place in SS John &  Paul Church at 3pm.

Mass of All Nations

January 8, 2017; 10:00 am;

world-flagsOur annual Mass for the people of All Nations will take place on Sunday 8th January in SS John & Paul Church at 10am. This year Parishioners are invited to write the names of family members who have emigrated and new members of our parish are invited to write the names of family members they have left behind in their home countries. These names can be placed in the yellow box near the crib in the church and will be included in the Mass of All Nations. Please invite neighbours, friends and colleagues from other countries who have come to live with us in Shannon. Very much a Mass of welcome for everybody.

Carrigoran Nursing Home Annual Mass for the Deceased

January 7, 2017; 2:30 pm;

Carrigoran Chapel 2The Annual Mass for those who died in Carrigoran Nursing Home in 2016 will take place in Carrigoran Chapel on Saturday 7th January at 2.30pm.

Feast of the Epiphany

January 6, 2017;

3wisemenFeast of the Epiphany

Mass Times:
Thursday 5th January
6.30pm – SS John & Paul Church

Friday 6th January
8.45am – Airport Oratory
9am & 12.15pm – SS John & Paul Church
11am & 7.30pm – Mary Immaculate Church

First Friday

January 6, 2017;


The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 6th January. 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.
Additional Mass in Convent Oratory at 8am.

Bank Holiday Monday

January 2, 2017;


Bank Holiday Mass
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Monday 2nd January
at 12noon

*Please Note – No Evening Mass at 7pm

Praying out the Old, Welcoming in the New

December 31, 2016 11:30 pm to January 1, 2017 12:15 am.

Happy-New-Year-RTake time out to reflect on events in our lives from 2016 as it draws to an end and pray for the new year ahead in SS John & Paul Church on Saturday 31st December  from 11.30pm – 12.15am.  All welcome!

Gloria in Excelcis Deo!

December 25, 2016;

JesuschristmasChrist born in a stable is born in me
Christ accepted by shepherds accepts me
Christ receiving the wise men receives me
Christ revealed to the nations
be revealed in me
Christ dwelling in Nazareth
You dwell in me
Christ, grant that people may look at me
and see Your Presence. Amen.

Happy Birthday Pope Francis!

December 17, 2016;

Pope Francis Birthday 17th DecemberHappy birthday to our Holy Father Pope Francis on 17th December! Take a moment in your day to say a little prayer for him. He is always asking us to pray for him.

Peace Light From Bethlehem

December 22, 2016; 7:00 pm;

img_9671The first Clare Scout Troop from Shannon will welcome the Peace Light from Bethlehem to the Adoration Chapel on Thursday 22nd December at 7pm in a short ceremony with carols being sung as the Light from Bethlehem travels to Shannon to be spread among us.

In the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem there is an oil lamp that has been burning continuously for centuries. This is the Peacelight flame. All the Christian nations in the world take turns contributing oil for this lamp.

The Peacelight of Bethlehem movement started in Austria in 1986. In that year, the Austrian radio and television corporation, ORF and Austrian Airlines, sponsored a trip to Bethlehem to light the first Peacelight lantern from the eternal flame burning in the Grotto. The flame was flown back to Austria and with the help of the Austrian Scouts from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to other churches, hospitals, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance – to anybody that appreciates the significance of the “gift”.

Tradaree Cluster Christmas Penitential Service

December 20, 2016; 7:00 pm;

Ennis Friars December 2015 RThe Tradaree Cluster Christmas Penitential Service with the opportunity for individual confession will take place in Newmarket-on-Fergus Church on Tuesday 20th December at 7pm and will be led by the Franciscan Friars, Ennis.

Please note there will be no 7pm Mass in SS John & Paul Church

Santa Comes to Mass

December 18, 2016; 10:00 am; 11:00 am;

dsc9055Santa will attend both the 10am & 11am Masses on the Sunday before Christmas to receive a blessing for his long journey ahead. He likes to visit the Shannon Churches for Mass on the Sunday before Christmas as it is close to the airport.

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