‘Fr. Tom's Courier Column’ Notices


Nobody Gets to Heaven Without a Letter of Reference From the Poor


Last weekend, an emergency National collection was held in every Parish in Ireland, responding to the plight of 25 million people in East Africa, who require immediate emergency food aid. As we plan our holidays and short breaks, our biggest…

Great Happenings in Lourdes


On Monday 26th June, 400 pilgrims set out from the Diocese of Killaloe on the summer Pilgrimage to Lourdes. By Monday night everyone including our Bishop, Fintan Monhan, eight priests, 52 assisted pilgrims, nursing and hospitality staff, 48 youth helpers,…

Golden Jubilee of an Airport Parish


On 28th June 1966, Bishop Joseph Rodgers, Bishop of Killaloe, wrote a letter to Canon Patrick Barry, Parish Priest of Newmarket-on-Fergus, informing him that he proposed to canonically create a separate Parish of Shannon and appoint a Commission to mark…

First and Last Holy Communion


On Saturday last we concluded our last ceremony of First Holy Communion. In congratulating the children, we thank their teachers and schools for preparing another generation of children in receiving the Sacraments.

There are many reasons why parents of all shades…

The Story of Fatima


On Saturday May 13th, the Holy Father Pope Francis will visit a village in Portugal called Fatima to canonise Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marto. Jacinta and Francisco, brother and sister, along with their cousin Lucia, are the three little…

Growing With God


Bishop Fintan Monahan began celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with children throughout the Diocese last February. On 19th May we will welcome him to Shannon for the first of our three ceremonies. It is a special day for families, for…

An Seachtain Mór


We get tired, even tend to switch off, if we listen to the same story over and over again.  Unfortunately this can also happen with the story of Jesus’ passion and death.  We have listened to it so many times…

Ubi Caritas et Amor


Saturday last was a day of jubilation for Carrigoran House as the Sisters of the Incarnate Word celebrated 150 years since their foundation. The congregation was founded in 1866 by Claude Marie Dubois, a French Bishop who was the second…

Saints and Sadness


St. Patrick’s Day is the day when millions of people, even those without a drop of Irish blood, become honorary Irish for the day. The day itself has become traditionally associated with parades and the wearing of the green. Globally…

Reflect, Refocus and Repent


Today, Wednesday 1st March, is Ash Wednesday and for many it is an extraordinary day.  For this one day the boundaries of routine are broken.  It is a ritual we have practised and inherited since childhood, a moment of remembering who…

Tasting Heaven Here on Earth


As you read this edition of the Clare Courier I will be in Lourdes. I travel here every February for four days in my role as Diocesan Director of Pilgrimages. Pilgrimage Directors from around the world gather in Lourdes from…

Resolutions and Refugees


I recently had lunch with one of our religion teachers on her first day back to school. The conversation turned to her days work and I asked the question what she was doing in religious class on the first day…

Getting Ready for Jesus


Frequently we get warnings by email that a new computer virus could wipe out our hard drive or clear out a bank account.  Unfortunately, many people are getting warning letters in these difficult economic times about unpaid bills.  On the…

Finding God


A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given the name of a person whom that child hates. So the number of tomatoes would be equal to the…

His Mercy Will Go On


Bishop Fintan Monahan will be among 20 priests who will take part in the second Mercy in the Mall in Skycourt on Thursday 8th December from 1pm to 6pm. Mercy in the Mall first took place on the same day…

Honouring Our Dead


Pilgrims from the Killaloe Diocese including some parishioners from Shannon returned home last week after spending nine wonderful days in the Holy Land. These days were special; to walk where Jesus walked, to see where he lived, preached, worked miracles,…

Praying in the Land of Jesus


As you read these few lines, I will be on Pilgrimage in the Holy Land. On Sunday last, 147 Pilgrims departed from Shannon Airport to spend this week travelling in the footsteps of Jesus. For many pilgrims, this is their…

Celebrating 50 Years of Mary Immaculate Church


An important milestone in the history of Shannon took place last weekend (October 8th/9th) when the newly ordained Bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Fintan Monahan, celebrated the 11am Mass in Mary Immaculate Church on his first visit to the Parish since…

Breaking the Chains


As we prepare for the 24th Matt Talbot Novena next Tuesday, I think on the many stories that have been shared and those that have yet to be told. Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and psychological; dependence on…

Remembering 10th September 1961


On Saturday morning 10th September as the Shannon Festival began, people gathered in the Adoration Chapel in Skycourt to remember a sad and tragic event in our Shannon history. It was 55 years ago on this day that the worst…

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