Lectio Divina – The Sacred Reading of Scripture

March 29, 2017; 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.

Lectio_DivinaThis year we have two Lenten sessions of Lectio Divina each week:
Jubilee Chapel in Mary Immaculate Church at 10am
Cuan na nÓg in SS John & Paul Church at 7.30pm.
An opportunity to pray and reflect on the Sunday Gospel for an hour each week.

Pastoral Council Meeting

March 28, 2017; 8:00 pm;

pastoral_councilThe Pastoral Council Meeting will take place in the Jubilee Chapel on Tuesday 28th March at 8pm.

Faith Friends Programme

March 28, 2017; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

FFFOur Faith Friends Programme continues on Tuesday 28th March.
For weeks before their Confirmation, the young people prepare under the guidance of Teachers, Parents, Priests, and Faith Friends.
Who are Faith Friends? They are a small group of parishioners who act as special friends to Confirmation children. The Faith Friends follow a structured program and they meet with the Confirmation children to help them prepare for the Sacrament that they are about to receive, encouraging them to speak about their lives, ambitions and worries, showing them how unique and special each one of them are and to recognise and celebrate their gifts and talents.
Faith Friends are also involved in the Ceremony of Light.

Happy Mother’s Day!

March 26, 2017;

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.

Spring Forward!

March 26, 2017; 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!

Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2017;

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.

Feast of St. Joseph

March 20, 2017;

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…

Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting

March 20, 2017; 7:30 pm;

grief_lossThe Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting will take place in Cuan na nÓg, SS John & Paul Church on Monday 20th March at 7.30pm.

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017;


Vigil Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick
in SS John & Paul Church
on Thursday 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.

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

March 12, 2017; 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 12th March
at 11am

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s

March 12, 2017; 10:00 am;

confirmation8Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 12th March
at 10am

Feast of St. Senan – Our Parish Patron

March 8, 2017;

St. SenanSenan’s reputed birth-place is Moylough about four miles east of Kilrush, Co. Clare. He received his first monastic formation locally on peninsula of West Clare from the abbot Cassidan. He then went him to the monastery of St Natalis at Kilnamanagh in Ossory to continue his preparations for the religious life. There he was credited with the performance of many miracles. He is next heard of having established a church at Enniscorthy. The Book of Lismore states that Senan went to Rome and from there to Tours, which was at that time, the great monastic establishment in West Europe. Returning to Ireland, St. Senan established a church and monastery..

Shannon Total Abstinence Association Meeting

March 7, 2017; 7:30 pm;


The Shannon Total Abstinence Association meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm at SS John & Paul Church.
All Pioneers and new members most welcome to attend.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting

March 6, 2017; 7:30 pm;

stjosephs-ypsSt. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting will take place on Monday 6th March after the 7pm Mass in Cuan na nÓg, SS John & Paul Church.

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Conaire’s School

March 5, 2017; 10:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation Mass
for St. Conaire’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 5th March
at 10am

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s

March 4, 2017; 6:30 pm;

confirmation3aConfirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s
in SS John & Paul Church
on Saturday 4th March
at 6.30pm

First Friday

March 3, 2017;


The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 3rd 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 3, 2017;


‘Am I being Unfair to You?.’

On Friday 3rd March, over 3 million people worldwide will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a service prepared by the Christian women of the Philippines.

In the story Jesus told about the kingdom of heaven, he saw no wrongdoing in giving equally. However, the workers who felt entitled to receive more greatly complained. This dialogue is turned into a question for the 2017 WDP theme – “Am I Being Unfair to You?”

As we prepare for worship, women and girls from the Philippines enter carrying symbols with a story. Merlyn, Celia, and Editha represent the lives of many Filipino women and girls who are victims of domestic violence or sex trafficking, migrant domestic workers in the country or abroad, and survivors harmed emotionally and economically by disasters in the environment or unsustainable development policies.

How can we hear these stories and not realize the sinfulness of structures that consolidate economic inequality? We are called to confess and take on our ethical responsibility to answer God’s call for justice.

Celebrations in Shannon will take place on Sunday 5th March at 3pm in the Jubilee Chapel, Mary Immaculate Church.

For more details the celebrations for Women’s World Day of Prayer visit

First Confession Ceremony

March 2, 2017; 7:45 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Aidan’s School will take place in SS John & Paul Church on Thursday 2nd March at 7.45pm.

First Confession Ceremony

March 2, 2017; 1:30 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua will take place in the Adoration Chapel on Thursday 2nd March at 1.30pm.

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