Around the Parish

Photos from around the Parish. If you have a photo that you would like to share, please contact Teresa at the Parish Office.

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Mercy on the Mall 081217

The third year of Mercy on the Mall took place in Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon, on Friday 8th December, the Feast of The Immaculate Conception. For five hours, from 1pm to 6pm, Bishop Fintan Monahan and 20 priests made themselves available to the public for a chat, Blessing or Confession. In this time all Priests were kept engaged with people and the feedback has been very positive and encouraging. People travelled from different counties and locally to avail of this opportunity in preparation for Christmas. St. Conaire’s School Choir provided seasonal entertainment as the public engaged with the Bishop and Priests. Our thanks to Bishop Fintan, the priests, St. Conaire’s School choir and teachers and staff, Pat Kelly and staff of Skycourt, O’Connor’s Bakery and Restaurant for refreshments. Thanks to Peter Walsh, Fr. Arnold and Joe Buckley for the photos.

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Ordination to the Diaconate of Martin Shanahan 261117

Martin Shanahan from Quilty was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Fintan Monahan in Ennis Cathedral on Sunday 26th November, the Feast of Christ the King, at 12 noon Mass. Martin will be ordained a Priest in the Summer of 2018 for service in the Diocese of Killaloe. Please pray for him as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood in the summer of 2018 in St. Mary’s Church, Mullagh.

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Pope John Paul II Awards 231117

Treacy’s West County Inn Ennis was the venue for the fourth annual presentation of the Pope John Paul II Awards to young people from all over the Diocese of Killaloe. 122 young people from Birr to Kilrush, including our own two Shannon schools, received awards from Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe. Megan Nolan from St Patrick’s Comprehensive School received a Papal award for her work with the children’s Liturgy in Mary Immaculate Church. Eoin Riordan and Caoilinn Kirby from St Patrick’s Comprehensive School and Niamh Lyons from St Caimin’s School received awards also for their contribution to their parishes and community. Our thanks to our school Chaplains, Ms. Murray, Ms. Bulfin and Ms. McDonald who are the award leaders and mentors to our young people.

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Sisters of Charity Celebrate 150th Anniversary 261017

On Thursday 26th October, Fr. Tom was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving for the close of the year of celebrations in Carrigoran for the foundation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The Sisters were joined by staff bot present and retired, the residents, and priests of the parishes of Newmarket-on-Fergus and Shannon for the occasion. Our thanks to Kevin Arthur for the photos.

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Blessing of St Senans Junior Infants 261017

The Blessing for Junior Infants attending St. Senan’s school took place on Thursday 26th October in the classroom. The children welcomed their parents, grandparents, and families to celebrate with them the start of their primary education. Our thanks to Ms. Lynch their teacher, Ms Madden Classroom assistant, and Bella School Secretary. Photo Credits staff of St. Senan’s school.

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Blessing of St. Conaires Junior Infants 241017

The annual Blessing for Junior Infants who started school this year in St. Conaire’s School took place on Tuesday 24th October. Fr Tom presided at both ceremonies that took place with Ms. McMahon’s and Ms. O’Driscoll’s classes. Parents, grandparents and other family members attended. Our thanks to the boys and girls, their teachers, and staff members, who helped celebrate a very special occasion in the life of a junior infant. Thanks to St. Conaire’s School for the photos.

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Killaloe Diocesan Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017

189 pilgrims from all over the Killaloe Diocese travelled in two separate flights from Shannon Airport for the Autumn Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on Sunday 1st October. All flights arrived on time and pilgrims gathered in St Joseph’s Chapel for an evening Mass. Pilgrims from the parish, who are part of the Killaloe Diocesan Autumn Pilgrimage, began the first full day of their pilgrimage with the opening Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom in Mater Dolorosa Chapel. After Mass pilgrims had the opportunity for walking the The Way of The Cross. In the afternoon it time for Reconciliation with the opportunity for individual confession. The evening saw pilgrims taking part in the Marian Torchlight Procession. Canon Brendan concluded the day with night prayer and Rosary at the Grotto. Fr. Pat Mulcahy PP Lorrha, was the celebrant of Tuesday morning Mass in the Rosary Basilica. After Mass the pilgrims gathered on the steps for the traditional family pilgrimage photograph. Free time is very much part of the pilgrimage to allow pilgrims visit the grotto, go to the baths, socialize or rest. In the afternoon the Diocese participated in the Blessed Sacrament Procession in the Underground Basilica praying in a very special way for the sick. The evening gathering was in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where Fr Brendan Quinlivan led an hour of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The day concluded with Fr. Tom leading night prayer and Rosary at the Grotto. Wednesday 4th October, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, began with the celebration of Mass at the Grotto presided over by Fr Brendan Quinlivan. The Mass was broadcast live on the World Wide Web. This day was also the opening day of the French National Rosary Pilgrimage led by the Dominican Order. Thousands of French people from teenagers assisting the sick to people of all ages participated; the colour and the beauty of the culture was very encouraging to see and experience. Such exposure to celebrating faith is really uplifting. In the glorious sunshine of the day many pilgrims took a half day to experience the beauty of the Pyrenees. The day concluded with night prayer and Rosary opposite the Grotto. Thursday began with pilgrims travelling to the City of the Poor for the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of the Sick. Fr. Tom was the celebrant and in the afternoon pilgrims had free time. Pilgrims all week mingled with French pilgrims on the Rosary Pilgrimage. One of the ideas shared with pilgrims were the presence of young people in different areas of the sanctuary area handing out sheets and pen for people to write and hang their petitions and prayers hang on prayer tree located beside the statue of the Crown Virgin. The day concluded with the farewell ceremony, the blessing of the Pilgrimage candle and the blessing of religious objects. Pilgrims walked in procession praying the Rosary as the pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage candle was brought to the Grotto. Ray & Sadie Smyth from the parish of Shannon and regular pilgrims on the Autumn pilgrimage had the honour of lighting the pilgrimage candle as they celebrate 60 years of Marriage this year.

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Killaloe Diocese Youth Fest 300917

Shannon was well represented at the first ever Killaloe Diocese Youth Fest which was held in St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, on Saturday 30th September. Young people from all over the Diocese of Killaloe gathered early in the morning. The day began with an opening Liturgy with Bishop Fintan. Participants had the option of choosing two workshops from tribal Drumming, Music, Mindfulness & Resilence, Peace and Justice, Creative Journaling , exploring Faith through Scripture, Social Media, Taiz,e and the most popular demand was for the workshop directed by Fr. Chris O’Donnell from Limerick. Fr Chris was earlier this year described as Ireland’s most popular priest and this was evident by the demand from young people to attend his workshops. After lunch our young people had what is called Chill Out Time with friends and music. The Rose of Clare, Aoife Murray, was present and mingled and chatted with our youth. During this time various groups ranging from Trocaire, Vocations, Radio Maria, Lourdes, John Paul II Awards, St. Vincent de Paul, had stands on display and members available to chat and engage with the young people. Bishop Fintan led the closing ceremony before all participants went outside for the release of Helium Balloons, with permission from the Irish Aviation Authority, to bring the day to a close. Our thanks to the organising committee from the Diocese, our school Chaplains, Nuala Murray & Sharon Bulfin, our Pastoral Council representatives Maria Kelly & Orlaith Morris who accompanied the young people. Our thanks also Tracy, Murray, Claire Murray, and Maria Kelly for the photos.

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Killaloe Diocesan Conference on the World Meeting of Families 230917

The Killaloe Diocese hosted a one day conference on the World Meeting of Families in the Oakwood Hotel, Shannon, on Saturday 23rd September. The day began with morning prayer led by the Shannon Folk Group. The keynote address was given by Marie Steen from the Iona Institute followed by a questions and answers session. Other speakers included Fr Harry Bohan and Martin Kennedy from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The day was concluded with an input from the Killaloe Diocesan Forum informing participants about the Diocesan Youth Fest which will take place on Saturday 30th September in St. Flannan’s College, Ennis. Our thanks to Fr Arnold and the Diocesan committee of WMOF who organised the conference. Thanks to Joe Buckley for the photographs.

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School Opening Masses September 2017

The past week saw different schools in the parish celebrate Liturgies at school Masses to ask God’s Blessing on the start of the new school year. Our thanks to all our school Principals, choirs, musicians, teachers, school staff, and sacristans who help make these occasions special and significant. Our thanks to Peter Walsh and Michelle Justice for the photos.

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Lufthansa Technik Turbine 25th Anniversary 1409147

On Thursday morning 14th September as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Lufthansa Technik in Shannon, Fr Tom led a prayer service in their Smithstown premises to celebrate the silver anniversary. Staff and management gathered in the canteen to give thanks, pray for colleagues who are sick, those who died over the 25 years, and for the protection and safety of all who work in the facility. We congratulate Lufthansa on this special occasion and thank Shane and Gillian for organising the ceremony.

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Shannon Festival 2017

Our Sunday morning 10am Mass was celebrated in the Festival Tent in Skycourt as part of Shannon Festival weekend. Thanks to our Folk Group, Michelle our Sacristan, and all who helped in anyway. Our thanks to Joe Buckley for the photos.

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Croagh Patrick 300717

Despite inclement weather, many thousands of people including some from Shannon ventured to Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday of July. Bishop Fintan was one of the pilgrims who do this annual pilgrimage each year. Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass on the summit and met many pilgrims from the Diocese. The Shannon Order of Malta Unit were part of the team providing cover for pilgrims as they asended and descended Ireland’s Holiest Mountain. Our thanks to Ian Gallagher and the Cork & Ross Diocese for photos.

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Lourdes June 2017

Pilgrims from all over the Diocese of Killaloe returned to Shannon on Saturday evening 1st July in three separate planes after spending five days at the Marian shrine of Lourdes on the 61st Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage. This was Bishop Fintan Monahan’s first pilgrimage as our Bishop and he led the pilgrims in the opening Mass and at the Mass celebrated at the Grotto on the feast of SS. Peter & Paul. The assisted pilgrims were cared for by a team of medical and caring professionals, including 24 year old Aoife Murray from Sixmilebridge who is the current Rose of Clare preparing to represent our County in this year’s Rose of Tralee. Aoife first travelled to Lourdes nine years ago on the Youth section of the pilgrimage and always promised to return one day as a volunteer helper which she did this year. Aoife had the honour of lighting the pilgrimage candle which was blessed by Bishop Fintan on the last evening. 48 young people came from all over the Diocese to help assisted pilgrims. The Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon airport on Sunday 1st October for 5 days. Our thanks to Photo Lacaze, Bishop Fintan, Tracy Murray and Fr. Tom for photos.

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Shannon Parish Golden Jubilee 2017

Bishop Fintan Monahan led the parish in the Golden Jubilee Mass of St. Senan’s Parish Shannon on Saturday 24th June when he was chief Celebrant of a concelebrated Mass on the pitch of Wolfe Tones na Sionna GAA Club. Joe Kelly, Chairman of the Pastoral Council, welcomed Bishop Fintan and the concelebrating priests, all of whom served in the parish. Frs J Minogue, Peter O’Loughlin, Seanie Murphy, Pat Mulcahy, Tom O’Gorman and Shannon native Fr Fergal O’Neill, joined Canon Brendan and Frs. Tom & Arnold in celebrating the Mass. The Mayor of Clare, Cllr Tom McNamara and his wife Mary were also present. This was the Mayor’s first engagement since his election the previous day. It was also significant as Mayor McNamara’s brother the late Fr Michael McNamara who served the parish for over half of its existence. The combined Choirs of the parish under the leadership of Mary Lahiff led the singing with Annette Ahlsved and Folk Group members providing the music. After Mass Bishop Fintan mingled with parishioners and the catering committee provided hospitality in the hall. Our thanks to Wolfe Tones na Sionna for use of their facilities and to Joe Kelly and Fionnuala Riordan who organised teams of parishioners to assist on the evening. Thanks to Sheamus O’Donoghue, Ian Gallagher, Bishop Fintan & Fr. Tom for the photos.

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Diocesan Apostolic Workers Annual Display of Work June 2017

The annual Display and gathering of Apostolic Workers and Missionaries took place in Ennis on Friday 16th June. The display was opened by Bishop Fintan and attended by Missionaries from around the world who came to Ennis to say thank you to all who generously support the Apostolic workers in their work of assisting Missionaries. One Missionary Sr Eileen McGrath from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters was presented with a cheque for €2907 by Mai Farrell, Shannon President of Apostolic Workers,for the children of Ghana. This money was generously shared by the children of Shannon who received First Holy Communion and Confirmation in recent weeks.

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St. Anthony Novena and Triduum June 2017

This year Fr. Tom was invited to conduct the annual Novena in the Franciscan Friary, Ennis, while Fr Jim Hasson OFM Franciscan Friary, Ennis, led the Triduuum in Mary Immaculate Church. The highlights of the celebrations were on St. Anthony’s Feast Day, Tuesday 13th June, when hundreds of people gathered in both Churches for the feast, the Blessing of lilies and of children. Our thanks to Pat Hanrahan and Gus Ahlsved for the photos.

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Confirmation 2017

Bishop Fintan Monahan celebrated his first Mass ever in SS John & Paul Church on Friday afternoon 19th May when he confirmed 22 children from St. Aidan’s school. The children were the first to be confirmed in three Ceremonies this weekend in which a total of 122 children from the parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We thank the teachers, classroom assistants and all who work in the school as well as our Faith Friends Leaders who journeyed with these boys and girls on their path to Confirmation. At the end of Confirmation Bishop Fintan greeted a group of French tourists visiting Ireland who had arranged to celebrate Mass in SS John & Paul Church. On Saturday the first Ceremony took place in SS John & Paul Church for St. Conaire’s school. In the afternoon pupils from St Senan’s, St Tola’s, Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and St. John’s celebrated the sacrament in Mary Immaculate Church. Fr Tom deputised for Bishop Fintan and presided at both Ceremonies. Our thanks to Michelle Justice and Joe Buckley for the photographs.

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Darkness into Light Walk 060517

Hundreds of people gathered in Wolfe Tones Na Sionna car park for the start of the darkness into Light walk in Shannon on Saturday 6th May. In ideal weather conditions participants walked the 5km route while some energetic people ran. This annual walk raises awareness about Suicide prevention while supporting the work of Pieta House. Our thanks to Mark O’Sullivan for the photos.

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First Holy Communion 2017

On Saturday 29th April, 21 children from second class in St. Senan’s School received their First Holy Communion in Mary Immaculate Church. Our thanks to their teachers, Mrs. McCarthy and Ms.Purcell assisted by Josephine O’Sullivan SNA, who prepared the children. On Saturday 6th May children from St Conaire’s, St. Tola’s and Gaelscoil Donncha Rua celebrated First Holy Communion in three different ceremonies. Our thanks to their teachers and school communities as we pray God’s blessing on these children as they grow in faith. Our thanks to Joe Buckley Photography for the photos.

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Shannon Crematorium

During Easter week Fr Tom had an opportunity to view the work in progress on the construction of the Crematorium, which is due for completion in the coming weeks. The area surrounding the Crematorium will be landscaped and will include a Remembrance Garden. On Friday 26th May, Clergy in the catchment area of the new crematorium were invited to view the new facility in Illaunmanagh Cemetery. Dara O’Callaghan, who was recently appointed to manage the facility, welcomed everyone and gave a guided tour of the new facility. Chris Ryan, staff member, and members of the Cranwell family were available to show the Clergy around the new facility and to explain how a Crematorium operates. Fr Tom and all Clergy present prayed a Blessing on the new facility. The evening concluded with some light refreshments. On Sunday 29th May the public were invited to come and view the facility at Illaunmanagh. Our thanks to Joe Buckley Photography for the photos and to Noel Moore Up the Banner Photography) for the aerial photo of Illaunmanagh Cemetery and the Crematorium.

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Pilgrimage to Fatima April 2017

Bishop Fintan Monahan led the First Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima from the Diocese of Killaloe. On Easter Monday 100 pilgrims gathered in Shannon Airport for the flight to Lisbon in Portugal. On arrival in Lisbon, pilgrims travelled the one and a half hour coach drive to Fatima. Bishop Fintan was accompanied by Fr. Tom, Diocesan Pilgrimage Director, Fr. Brendan Quinlivan, Diocesan Communications Officer, Bro Isidore Cronin OFM, Guardian, Ennis Franciscan Friary, and Ms. Mary Freeman, Diocesan Pilgrimage Secretary. Fr. Brendan has posted a daily account of the Pilgrimage on the Diocesan Facebook account. On Wednesday the pilgrimage travelled to the Cathedral in Lisbon for Mass celebrated by Fr Tom, celebrating the life of St. Anthony, who was born and baptised in Lisbon. Our thanks to Fr Brendan and Gus Ahlsved for the photos.

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Easter 2017

Holy Week began in Shannon with the Blessing of Palm at all Masses. The last Mass of the day was the Funeral Mass for the late Lily Corr. Lily cared for many years for priests in Shannon as housekeeper to both Fr J. Minogue and Canon Brendan. Many priests who served in the parish during her term as housekeeper concelebrated her Funeral Mass in SS John & Paul Church. Parishioners gathered on Good Friday to recall the Passion of Christ. On Good Friday night Dramatic stations of the Cross capturing the final hours in Christ’s life were prayed in music and drama in SS. John & Paul Church. The Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil took place in Mary Immaculate Church on Saturday night. Parishioners wrapped themselves up well as they gathered on a cold and windy morning in Illaunmanagh Cemetery for our annual Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday at 6am. The Folk group provided the music for the Mass and young and not so young were treated to an Easter egg as they left the Cemetery, some to return to bed others to enjoy a healthy Easter Breakfast. Our thanks to Joe Buckley and Fr. Arnold for the photos.

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Blessing of Easter Food 2017

Holy Saturday at midday sees SS John & Paul Church full to capacity as parishioners from Poland and other Eastern Countries gather for the Blessing of the Easter Food. This is one of the beautiful traditions our new parishioners have brought to us from their homeland. Fr Dariusz Plasek CC Ennis officiated at the blessing.

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Garda Open Day in Shannon 120417

Shannon Gardai opened the doors and cells of the Garda Station on Wednesday 12th April and invited the public to come and see the facilities available. It was also an opportunity for the Gardaí and public to meet each other in an informal gathering. The Gardaí organised a fun day for young people while light refreshments were available for the adults. The Local Gardaí arranged for the Garda Helicopter to visit, the Mounted Unit as well as the dog unit involved in search and rescue and the detection of crime. The public had an opportunity to see the cells in the station, have their finger prints taken, receive information on crime prevention and road safety. Other local emergency services including the Fire Brigade, Order of Malta, Bunratty Search and Rescue, and the HSE took part in the day. A very pleasant day was enjoyed by all and our thanks to the local Gardaí for organising the day and to Joe Buckley for the photos.

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Confirmation of Oskar Szmelter 070417

Oskar Szmelter, a pupil of St. Conaire's School, finished his primary education in Shannon on Friday 7th April. Next week he and his family relocate to Vienna. As a candidate preparing for Confirmation , Oskar received the Sacrament at the 7pm Mass on Friday night in SS John & Paul Church. Oskar was joined by his family and sponsor and the local parish community. As he begins a new life in Austria, we wish him and his family every blessing and thank them for the contribution they made to our community and to his school, St. Conaire's.

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Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Celebrate 150 Years 250317

Bishop Fintan Monahan and Bishop Willie Walsh joined the priests of Newmarket-on-Fergus and Shannon, who are Chaplains in Carrigoran House, for a Concelebrated Mass in Carrigoran on Saturday 25th March, the Feast of The Annunciation. The Mass was offered in thanksgiving for the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters in Texas in 1856. Their presence in Carrigoran dates back to 1925 when the Sisters opened their first and only Convent in Ireland at St. Michael’s Convent in Carrigoran. In 1943, during the Second World War, a novitiate was established at the Convent. In 1973, a homeless woman from Shannon knocked on the Sisters’ door in Carrigoran looking for care. This led the Sisters to open what we know today as Carrigoran House in 1974, catering for the needs of the elderly and those who require respite and short term care. In 2013, the Health and Wellness Centre was opened and is used by Shannon Parishioners every Tuesday. After Mass Bishop Fintan planed a tree in the grounds to mark this special occasion.

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St. Patricks Day in Shannon 170317

The day began with the annual Blessing of the Shamrock by Canon Brendan O’Donoghue in SS. John & Paul Jubilee Garden. Members of the 22nd battalion provided Military Honours at the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Mass. Gaelscoil Donnacha Rua joined with the senior Choir in celebrating the 12.15pm Mass and participating in the Liturgy which embraced both languages. St. Patrick’s Day parade was the main feature in the afternoon, this year led by Wolfe Tones Na Sionna who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee. Our thanks to Joe Buckley for photos.

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First Confessions 2017

Children from St. Conaire’s School celebrated First Confession on Wednesday evening 15th February in SS. John & Paul Church. Our thanks to the teachers, school and families for journeying with these children in their faith formation. The children from St. Senan’s school celebrated First Confession in Mary Immaculate Church on Monday 28th February. The children reflected on the story of Zacchaeus and how God in his mercy washes away our sins. The children were the first class to use the new Seomra na Trócaire for the celebration of the Sacrament. The school choir accompanied by Annette led the singing. Our thanks to Mrs McCarthy for her work of preparation and for accompanying the children on this faith journey. On Shrove Tuesday it was the turn of St Tola’s school to celebrate the sacrament. 31 children and their teacher, Ms. O’Neill gathered in Mary Immaculate Church with their families. They reflected on the story of the lost sheep before celebrating the sacrament. Mrs Dunlea–Fitzgerald and Ms. O’Neill assisted the parents in bringing forward their child for the Sacrament. On Thursday 3rd March Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and St. Aidan’s Schools celebrated the Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel and in SS. John & Paul Church. The two Gospel stories of Zacchaeus and the lost sheep were the chosen Gospel stories of the children to celebrate the mercy, love and forgiveness of God. Our thanks to all involved in our schools in celebrating this very special Sacrament.

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Lourdes February 2017

Pilgrimage Directors from all around the world gather in Lourdes every year from 9th to 11th February for days of study, work and prayer and to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 11th February, which this year is celebrating 25 years of World Day of the Sick which was started by SS. John Paul on the 11th February 1992 in Lourdes. Fr Tom accompanied by Canon Brendan represented the Diocese of Killaloe at theses days. The days consisted of meetings with the Sanctuary officials, with fellow Directors and with opportunities to pray each day. On Friday the 10th February, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State who is Pope Francis personal representative at the World Day of Prayer for the Sick in Lourdes, presided at the Marian Torchlight Procession on the vigil of the feast. The Cardinal was the chief celebrant at the World Day of Prayer Mass for the sick in the underground Basilica on Saturday the 159th anniversary of the first apparition on 11th February 1858 and presided at the annual Angelus at the Grotto. In the afternoon the Eucharistic Prayer Healing also led by Cardinal Parolin concluded the day.

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Catholic Schools Week 2017

The week began in Shannon on Sunday 29th January when children preparing for Confirmation from St. Senan’s, St. Tola’s and the Gaelscoil came together for the 11am Mass in Mary Immaculate Church. Fr Arnold celebrated the Mass and the children from St. Senan’s led the Liturgy. On Monday the Junior Conference of St. Vincent de Paul in St. Caimins School took part in an awareness session of the work of St. Vincent de Paul. They visited Confirmation classes in St. Conaire's school and presented a programme that engaged the pupils and the students on the great work that St. Vincent de Paul does in our parish and indeed throughout the country. Tuesday of Catholic Schools week began with pupils from St. Tola’s school joining with the parish community for the weekly Novena to St. Anthony in Mary Immaculate Church. After Mass there was an opportunity to visit the Church and to see the recently opened Room of Mercy, Seomra Na Trócaire where the sacrament of Reconciliation is now celebrated in Mary Immaculate Church. The visit concluded with a question and answer session with the Sacristan Mary Conneely. Fifth class from St. Conaire's School took part in the annual pilgrimage to St. Conaire in Rinneanna. The bus left the school at 10am and the first stop was St. Conaire's Church in Carrigerry where a prayer service was held in honour of the school Patron. The pupils and teachers then journeyed to Cill Chonaire, the ancient ruin of the Church and the graveyard. While there the children took part in a work study with the help of worksheets prepared by their teachers. The visit concluded with a visit to The Honk for some light refreshments. Third class in St. Conaire's School took some time out to visit and share the story of St. Conaire that is displayed on the wall of the school in an artistic presentation that was painted by pupils who are now past pupils of the school. In the afternoon the children from the Gael Scoil gathered with their Grandparents in The Adoration Chapel for the celebration of Grandparents Day. Meanwhile in St. Senan’s, St Conaire’s, St Caimin's and St Patrick’s Comprehensive schools students and teachers were busy making St Bridget's Crosses. Lá Féile Bride began with the pupils and staff of St. Senan’s school joining the local community for daily Mass in Mary Immaculate Church. The pupils brought with them St. Bridget’s Crosses which they had made to be blessed and shared with the congregation. It was also the opportunity for the school to celebrate Grandparents Day and many grandparents attended the Mass and after Mass were entertained by the pupils in the school before finishing off the morning with hospitality. The pupils and Chaplain in St. Patrick’s Comprehensive school were busy making St Bridget’s Crosses in recent days and this morning headed for Carrigoran, where at the morning Liturgy the Crosses were blessed, the pupils then visited the residents with a St. Bridget Cross and prayer card. It was a great delight for some Shannon parishioners currently residing in Carrigoran to meet some familiar faces. Meanwhile back in St. Patrick’s Comprehensive school, pupils were having a St Bridget’s Festival with the making of Crosses, traditional music and a cake sale. Pupils from first class in St Conaire's School took part in a Creation Pilgrim walk. Taking the theme of Catholic Schools week, Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home the pupils accompanied by school staff and their teachers walked from the school to Illaunmanagh Cemetery, stopping to observe creation. The first stop was the school garden, birds, swans, dogs and horses were observed on the walk. In Illaunmanagh the children stopped to pray for all who are buried in the cemetery before heading to visit the Allotments and the Shannon estuary. In the allotments they became aware of the different vegetables that people sow and plant. The final part of the walk focused on Recycling and proper disposal of waste. St. Aidan’s pupils visited SS. John & Paul Church where Fr. Arnold explained the working of the Church. It was an opportunity for a question and answer session with our Sacristan Michelle Justice on her work as a sacristan and her care of the Church. Pupils in fourth class in St. Conaire's School engaged in two projects for Catholic schools week, the making of St. Bridget’s Crosses and the composition of a prayer for the care of creation. As part of their Religion class at present the pupils are learning about the Parish newsletter. One of the prayers composed by the pupils of fourth class will be published in next weekend’s edition of our Parish newsletter. Thursday 2nd February, Candlemas Day, was the day chosen by St. Conaire's, St Tola’s and St Aidan’s schools to host Grandparents Day. This day has become an annual event in the school calendar and is eagerly awaited by both pupils and staff. It is the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the great contribution grandparents make to their grandchildren and indeed to school life. In the afternoon students from St. Patrick’s Comprehensive school accompanied by their Chaplain, Ms. Murray, went on a creation walk around Shannon, responding to the theme of Catholic Schools Week and caring for our common home; the earth. The walk was an opportunity to appreciate the gift of creation and nature all around us that we take so much for granted at times. Friday of Catholic Schools Week celebrates the feast of St. Blaise and the tradition of Blessing of Throats. The day began in the parish with the annual Mass for all teachers and school staff who have died in our Catholic Schools in Shannon since Catholic Education began in Shannon 55 years ago on the 1st February 1962, when St. Senan’s School started. The mass was celebrated in the Oratory of the Sisters of Mercy at their Convent in Corrib Drive. The names of all deceased Teachers and Staff were called out and prayed for, this list is published in this weekend’s edition of our Parish Newsletter. St. Senan’s School joined the local parish community for the 9.30am Mass in Mary Immaculate Church and for the Blessing of Throats. We were joined at the Mass by members of the Junior Conference of St. Vincent de Paul from St. Caimin’s School who read the Word of God and prayed the Prayers of the Faithful. After Mass the young people from St. Caimin’s accompanied by their school Chaplain hosted a coffee morning and a cup of tea in the Jubilee Chapel for the congregation. Meanwhile the Junior Infants from St. Conaire’s school walked to the Adoration Chapel in the Town Centre for a special celebration to thank God for Creation. Each child had coloured a picture of one of God’s creatures and these are displayed in the chapel at present. Every child had the opportunity to thank God for a gift of creation that they like. In the afternoon The transition Year Students from St. Caimin’s School hosted a St. Bridget’s Cross making session in the Meditation room of the school and the afternoon concluded with the opportunity for the Blessing of Throats. Catholic Schools week concludes this weekend in the parish when on Saturday evening the pupils from St. Aidan’s school who are preparing for Confirmation will gather for the 6.30pm vigil Mass. On Sunday morning the children preparing for Confirmation from St. Conaire’s school will gather for the 10am Mass. These Masses are part of their preparation programme for the Sacrament of Confirmation. At the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week a special thank you to all our schools for participating in the various activities of the week. To the pupils, teachers, Principals, Chaplains and school staff, thank you for your hard work and creative ideas.

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Annual Mass of the Order of Malta 220117

Fr Tom was joined by Dom Henry O’Shea OSB, Glenstal Abbey, for the 11am Mass on Sunday 22nd January which celebrated 46 years of the presence of the Order in Shannon. In this year of the volunteer, the Order of Malta in Shannon is an example of volunteering which brings great blessings to a parish and to the individual. After Mass members and their families gathered in the Oakwood Hotel for presentations and light refreshments.

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Blessing of Babies 080117

The Christmas Liturgical season concluded on Sunday 8th January with the annual Blessing of Babies who were baptised in the parish during 2016. Parents and grandparents gathered with these little babies as we asked God’s Blessing on them as they embrace the first year of life. The Folk Group provided both music and singing and the Baptismal team of Sr. Jo, Mary & Marie organised the Ceremony.

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Christmas 2016

8 Masses were celebrated in Shannon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hundreds of people packed both Mary Immaculate Church and SS John & Paul Church for each of the Masses. Each Mass was enriched by the gift of beautiful Christmas music from the different choirs in the parish. Two special Masses were celebrated for children both in Mary Immaculate Church and SS John & Paul Church. Our thanks to all involved in enriching our celebrations and a special thanks to Joe Buckley for the photos.

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Bethlehem Peace Light 221216

In early December each year a young girl or boy from Austria travels to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus. During a solemn ceremony at the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, a candle is lit at the eternal flame and placed in a special lantern. Many local people, including Scouts and Guides from the State of Palestine and Israel, are present and some accompany the ORF Peace Light to Tel Aviv airport from where it is flown to Austria. For the last 25 years, representatives of Scout and Guide associations from Europe and beyond have been gathering in Vienna, Austria, to light their own candles from the Peace Light Lantern and carry it back to their local communities. A unique feature of the event is the time constraint. Scouts and Guides in Europe can only collect the Peace Light at the sharing ceremony in Vienna, which will take place on 14 December and it is only then that the Light begins its journey by road, rail and ferry. The Light is never allowed to go out and it is cared for by different members of the accompanying group in turn to ensure it travels in safety to all who wish to share this symbol of peace and hope. Each year, a growing number of Scouts and Guides bring the Light across the continent to other locations, and from there it continues its journey to towns, villages and into our homes. Our local cubs and scouts gathered in the Adoration Chapel on Thursday 22nd December for the passing on of the Peace Light from Bethlehem and to share the light with our community of Shannon.. This has become an annual gathering in the days before Christmas and gives us all an opportunity for silence and reflection.

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Santa Comes to Mass 181216

At what has become custom and tradition Santa was present at both the 10am and 11am Masses on Sunday. He had with him his crib figure of Baby Jesus to be blessed on the day. He spent time after Mass talking with the children and asking them to pray for him in the coming days, his busiest week in the year. Our thanks to Joe Buckley for photos.

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Bambinelli Sunday 181216

Following on the tradition of children bringing the figure of baby Jesus from their crib at home to St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the Pope to bless at Christmas. Parishes throughout the Diocese of Killaloe celebrated the first ever Bambinelli Sunday on the 4th Sunday of Advent. Parishioners brought the figure of the Christ child to be blessed and returned home to take their place in the family crib on Christmas morning. Our thanks to Fr. Arnold for organising this event and for the photos.

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St. Conaire's Pray with Santa 161216

Children from St Conaire’s School came to SS John & Paul Church for a prayer service with Santa on Friday 16th December. The children brought gifts of food to the Giving Tree to be shared with those most in need in our community. They sang Christmas Carols with Santa and also prayed with him and for him. Santa gave each child a special prayer card and asked that they would pray this prayer at home each night until he comes on Christmas Eve. Our thanks to Michelle Justice, Aoife Gillane and Peter Walsh for the photos.

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St. Flannan Liturgical Celebration 161216

On Friday 16th December Bishop Fintan joined with Bishop Willie, the priests of the Diocese and the pupils and staff of St Flannan’s College, Ennis, to celebrate the Feast of our Diocesan Patron, St. Flannan. This was Bishop Fintan’s first gathering for the Diocesan Feast. The celebrations began with Mass in the College Chapel celebrated by Bishop Fintan and priests of the Diocese. The college choir and musicians enriched the celebration. After Mass the College hosted a lunch for all the priests who had gathered from parishes as widespread as Birr to Carrigaholt.

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Tradaree Cluster Christmas Carol Service 141216

Mary Immaculate Church, celebrating its fifty year anniversary, was the venue on Wednesday 14th December to host and welcome our neighbouring parishes of Newmarket-on-Fergus and Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry for our annual Carol Service which rotates around the three parishes each year. St Senan’s and St Tola’s schools under the leadership of their Principals, Sally O’Neill and Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, guided us through music, song and reflection. The choirs of our parishes and schools under the guidance of Mary Immaculate Choir with Gus and Annette Alhsved sang beautiful Christmas carols. Thanks to Joe Buckley for photos.

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Christmas Peace Concert with The Three Tenors 111216

A first for a Shannon Church took place on Sunday 11th December when SS John & Paul Church hosted a Concert featuring the Three Tenors and the choir of St. Conaire’s School. The Three Tenors featuring Shane Morgan, Dominic McGorian and Derek Moloney filled the Church for a seasonal treat of popular Classic hits and Christmas songs. Peter Walsh, Principal of St. Conaire’s School, welcomed everyone and introduced the Tenors and school choir who were conducted by Audrey Cleary accompanied on piano by Deirdre McDonagh.

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Festival of Cribs in Liscannor 2016

On the third weekend of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, the Parish of Liscannor under the leadership of their Parish Priest Fr. Denis Crosby, hosts their annual Festival of Cribs. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10th, 11th and 12th December from 10am until 6pm people from all over the county visit to see for themselves cribs from all over the world and live the story of the Christ child. This year the cribs include one in a loaf of bread and from the tiny to the larger type of structures. Our thanks to Fr Denis for this great Advent initiative.

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Golden Jubilee of Mary Immaculate Church 091016

An important milestone in the history of Shannon took place on the Sunday 9th October when the newly ordained Bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Fintan Monahan, on his first visit to the Parish since his ordination on 25th September, celebrated the 11am Mass in Mary Immaculate Church. It was 50 years to the weekend when the Church was first blessed and dedicated. In its fifty years of service to the community, two priests have been ordained in the Church,Pat Byrne SVD from De Lacey Park and Fergal O’Neill, Ballycaseymore Hill. Both Fr Pat & Fr Fergal joined the priests of the parish, Fr Tom, Canon Brendan and Fr Arnold in celebrating the Mass of Thanksgiving with Bishop Fintan. As part of the celebrations in this Year of Mercy and the Golden Jubilee of the Church, the Room of Mercy, Seomra na Trócaire, was officially blessed and dedicated by Bishop Fintan. This Room of Mercy, Seomra na Trócaire, will facilitate the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our thanks to Seamus O’Donoghue & Fr. Tom for the photos.

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Diamond Jubilee of Canon O Donoghue

Friday 17th June 2016 was a very special day in the life of Shannon Parish as the community gathered in Mary Immaculate Church to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Canon Brendan O’Donoghue. On 17th June 1956 in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Canon Brendan along with his classmates Canon Reuben Butler, Pat Taaffe, and Seamus Mullin were ordained priests for service in the Diocese of Killaoe. Fr Pat Carmody, Cooraclare was ordained the previous week in St Patrick’s College, Carlow. On Friday night all five priests who between them have given 300 years of service to the diocese and Church celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving. They were joined by Bishop Willie Walsh, and Fr Des Hillery, Diocesan Administrator, and other priests who had worked with Canon Brendan for the Mass. Canon Brendan was joined by his family, from Offaly, Dublin and the United States for the occasion. The combined choirs of the parish sang at the Mass and after Mass hospitality was proved by the parish in St. Senan’s school. We congratulate Canon Brendan and his classmates and wish them every blessing for years to come. Our thanks to Joe Buckley for the photos.

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Planting the Tree of Hope 021114

Planting a Tree of Hope is intended to show support and to provide a place of comfort for those who have been bereaved by suicide or who are living with mental health issues such as depression. The Pastoral Council were approached with a request that a Tree of Hope be planted in Shannon Parish and Noreen Bracken planted the tree, a crab tree, next to the statue in Illaunmanagh Cemetery on Sunday 2nd November, All Souls Day. Balloons were then released in honour of those that we were thinking of. The planting of the Tree of Hope was the first to take place outside of Dublin. Our thanks to Niall & Noreen Fulham for providing all of the information required and for the hand carved stake for the tree, and also to Noreen Bracken for the suggestion. Visit the Facebook page for further information. Our thanks to Joe Buckley for the photographs.

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The Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, Skycourt Shopping Centre, Shannon

On Tuesday 8th December 2009, the Adoration Chapel in Skycourt was officially opened and blessed by Bishop Walsh.

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Scenes from Shannon

Nature and the changing seasons enhance the beautiful scenery in Shannon and the surrounding area. If you have a photo that you would like to share, please contact Teresa at the Parish Office. Our thanks to Gus Alhsved, Joe Buckley and Fr. Tom for capturing some lovely scenes!

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