Canonisation of Pope John Paul II Celebrations in Shannon Parish

April 27, 2014;

St. John PaulOn Sunday 27th April Shannon Parish will have a concelebrated Mass at 12.15pm in SS John & Paul Church Shannon to celebrate the Canonisation of Pope John Paul II.  Pope John Paul blessed the foundation stone of the Church during his Irish visit in 1979.

At 1.30pm the Polish community in the Killaloe Diocese will celebrate the Canonisation of Pope John Paul in SS John and Paul Church when Fr. Dariusz Plasek, Polish Chaplain to the Killaloe Diocese, will celebrate Mass in Polish.  There will be a prayer service in the Pope John Paul Jubilee garden in the grounds of the Church after Mass.

The Jubilee Garden was created in 2005 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of SS. John & Paul Church and to honour the memory of Pope John Paul who died that year. The garden consists of an altar with the bust of John Paul and five stations where the five mysteries of Light which were created by Pope John Paul are marked.

To celebrate the beatification of St. John Paul, the parish produced a prayer card and a book marker with photographs of Pope John Paul taken in Shannon on 1st October 1979 by Shannon parishioner Padraig O’Reilly.

To celebrate the Canonisation, the parish is producing a car sticker with a photo of Pope John Paul blessing the people of Ireland as he boarded the plane at Shannon Airport at the end of his Irish visit. This photo is the last recorded photo of the Pope on Irish soil, blessing the people of Ireland. The sticker is being provided to parishioners and anybody who would like one as a Blessing of protection of St. John Paul when travelling .  As we know Pope John Paul travelled extensively and with his intercession, we ask his help to keep us safe. The sticker also encourages people to fly through Shannon Airport as St. John Paul did when here in Ireland. These are available free of charge.

Tradaree Cluster Penitential Rite

April 15, 2013; 7:00 pm;

Franciscan Friars 2012The Tradaree Cluster will host a Holy Week Penitential Rite with the opportunity of individual confession in Newmarket-on-Fergus Church on Tuesday 15th April at 7pm. The Franciscan Fraternity from the Friary in Ennis will lead us in the celebration and be available for individual confessions.

Apostolic Society Meeting

April 14, 2014; 7:30 pm;

apostolic workersThe Apostolic Society Monthly Meeting will take place in 9 Purcell Park on Monday 14th April at 7.30pm.

Msza św w języku polskim / Polish Mass

April 13, 2014; 5:00 pm;

polish mass

Msza św w języku polskim w miesiącu czerwcu będzie odprawiona 13.04.2014 o godz. 1700.

Fr. Dariusz Pląsek, will celebrate Mass in Shannon for the Polish community Sunday 13th April at 5pm in SS John & Paul Church with confessions from 4.30pm. Please let any member of the Polish community know.

Palm Sunday

April 13, 2014;

img_1401The Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It marks the end of Lent and celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover.

On this Sunday we commemorate a day of both triumph and tragedy. There is the joy of Jesus entering Jerusalem and getting an enthusiastic welcome from the crowds. Great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him. The people were very excited. They spread branches on the road and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” These are words that we continue to sing during the Eucharistic Prayer at every Mass.

On Palm Sunday, many churches have a procession in or around the church while people sing songs of praise and hold palm leaves. This is to help us imagine what Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem might have been like. But the picture very soon changes to darkness, to suffering and death as Holy Week begins.

Palms will be blessed at all Masses on Palm Sunday.

Lectio Divina – The Sacred Reading of Scripture

April 2, 2014; 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Lectio_DivinaThe Lenten sessions of Lectio Divina continue in the Jubilee Chapel of Mary Immaculate Church on Wednesday 9th April from 10-11am. An opportunity to pray and reflect on the Sunday Gospel for an hour each week.

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

April 8, 2014; 7:00 pm;

Ceremony_of_LightCeremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates from St. Aidan’s
& their parents
in SS John & Paul Church
on Tuesday 8th April
at 7pm.

Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates

April 7, 2014; 7:00 pm;

Ceremony_of_LightCeremony 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 Tuesday 19th March

Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates
from St. Conaire’s
& their parents
in SS John & Paul Church
on Tuesday 19th March
at 7pm

First Holy Communion Preparation for St. Conaire’s School

March 6, 2014; 10:00 am;

First-Holy-Communion6aFirst Holy Communion Preparation Mass
for St. Conaire’s School
in SS John & Paul Church
on Sunday 6th April
at 10am

Happy Mother’s Day!

March 30, 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.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Meeting

April 7, 2014; 7:30 pm;

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

Spring Forward!

March 30, 2014; 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!

Pastoral Council Meeting

March 26, 2014; 8:00 pm;

pastoral_councilThe Pastoral Council Meeting will take place in Ss John & Paul Presbytery on Wednesday 26th March at 8pm.

Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2014;

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.

Shannon Bereavement Committee Meeting

March 24, 2014; 7:00 pm;

grief_lossThe Shannon Bereavement Committee Meeting will take place at The Health Centre on Monday 24th March at 7pm.

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