Events


First Friday


March 6, 2015;

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The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 6th March. 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.

Women’s World Day of Prayer


March 6, 2015;

wdopiJesus said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you?”

On Friday 6th March over 3 million people worldwide will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a service prepared by Christian women in The Bahamas. Celebrations in Shannon will take place on Sunday 8th March at 3pm in the Jubilee Chapel, Mary Immaculate Church.

For more details the celebrations for Women’s World Day of Prayer visit www.wdopi.org

First Communion Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School


March 1, 2015; 10:00 am;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 1st March
at 10am

First Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua


February 28, 2015; 6:30 pm;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua
in SS John & Paul Church
on Saturday 28th February
at 6.30pm

First Confession Ceremony


February 25, 2015; 7:30 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Conaire’s School will take place in SS John & Paul Church on Wednesday 25th February at 7.30pm.

Book Launch – Birth of an Airport Parish


February 23, 2015; 8:00 pm;

Birth of an Airport Parish FrontThe recently published history of our Parish written by Diarmaid O Donnabháin will be launched jointly by Bishop Willie Walsh and Tom Callinan, Retired Deputy General Manager of Shannon Development, in the Library of St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School on Monday 23rd February at 8pm. All are welcome to hear the story of our Parish.

Ash Wednesday


February 18, 2015;

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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

First Confession Ceremony


February 17, 2015; 7:00 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Tola’s School will take place in Mary Immaculate Church on Tuesday 17th February at 7pm.

First Confession Ceremony


February 16, 2015; 7:45 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Aidan’s School will take place in SS John & Paul Church on Monday 16th February at 7.45pm.

First Confession Ceremony


February 16, 2015; 7:00 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Senan’s School will take place in Mary Immaculate Church on Monday 16th February at 7pm.

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Conaire’s School


February 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 February
at 10am

St. Valentine’s Day


February 14, 2015;

st-valentine

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.

First Confession Ceremony


February 12, 2015; 1:30 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua will take place in the Adoration Chapel. Mary Immaculate Church on Thursday 12th February at 1.30pm.

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


February 11, 2015;

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…

Apostolic Society Meeting


February 10, 2015; 7:30 pm;

apostolic workersThe Apostolic Society Monthly Meeting will take place in 9 Purcell Park on Tuesday  10th February at 7.30pm.

Blood Donation Clinic


February 9, 2015 6:00 pm to February 11, 2015 9:00 pm.

Give BloodThe Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the Bunratty Castle Hotel, on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th February between 6pm-9pm.

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.

Shannon Bereavement Committee Meeting


February 9, 2015; 7:30 pm;

grief_lossThe Shannon Bereavement Committee Meeting will take place at The Health Centre on Monday 9th February at 7.30pm.

Msza św w języku polskim / Polish Mass


February 8, 2015; 5:00 pm;

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Msza św w języku polskim w miesiącu czerwcu będzie odprawiona 08.02.2015 o godz. 1700.

Fr. Dariusz Pląsek, will celebrate Mass in Shannon for the Polish community Sunday 8th February at 5pm in SS John & Paul Church with confessions from 4.30pm. Please let any member of the Polish community know.

Shannon Senior Citizen’s Club Annual General Meeting


February 4, 2015; 3:00 pm;

senior_citizensThe Shannon Senior Citizen’s Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th February in 9 Purcell Park at 3pm.  All members requested to attend.

St. Blaise


February 3, 2015;

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.

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