Events


First Confession Ceremony


February 27, 2017; 7:00 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Senan’s School will take place in Mary Immaculate Church on Monday 27th February at 7pm.

Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting


February 27, 2017; 7:30 pm;

grief_lossThe Shannon Bereavement Group Meeting will take place in Cuan na nÓg, SS John & Paul Church on Monday 27th February at 7.30pm.

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s


February 19, 2017; 10:00 am;

confirmation8Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Conaire’s
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 19th February
at 10am

First Confession Ceremony


February 15, 2017; 7:45 pm;

Confession3The First Confession Ceremony for St. Conaire’s School will take place in SS John & Paul Church on Wednesday 15th February at 7.45pm.

St. Valentine’s Day


February 14, 2017;

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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 Holy Communion Preparation for St. Tola’s School


February 12, 2017; 11:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation
for St. Tola’s School
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Sunday 12th February
at 11am

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


February 12, 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 12th February
at 10am

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


February 11, 2017;

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…

Shannon Total Abstinence Association Meeting


February 7, 2017; 7:30 pm;

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

Apostolic Society Meeting


February 6, 2017; 7:30 pm;

apostolic workersThe Apostolic Society Monthly Meeting will take place in 9 Purcell Park on Monday 6th February at 7.30pm.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting


February 6, 2017; 7:30 pm;

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

First Communion Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s


February 5, 2017; 11:00 am;

do_this_in_memoryFirst Communion Preparation Mass for St. Senan’s School
in Mary Immaculate Church
on Sunday 5th February
at 11am

Confirmation Preparation Mass for St. Aidan’s


February 4, 2017; 6:30 pm;

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

St. Blaise


February 3, 2017;

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.

First Friday


February 3, 2017;

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The sick and housebound will be visited with the sacraments on Friday 3rd 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.
Additional Mass in Convent Oratory at 8am.

Candlemas Day


February 2, 2017;

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.

Lá Fhéile Bríde


February 1, 2017;

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. Senan’s/St. Tola’s/Gael Scoil Donncha Rua/St. John’s


January 29, 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 29th January
at 11am

Feast of St. Conaire


January 28, 2017;

scatterySaturday 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.

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.

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