Seamount College Opening of Year Mass

Pictured after the Opening of Year Mass for Seamount College, Kinvara, celebrated in St Joseph’s Church on 5th October 2018 (left to right): Fr Hugh Clifford P.P., Bishop Brendan Kelly, Ms. Maighréad Mhic Dhomhnaill. Ms Mhic Dhomhnaill is holding the new award given by the Sisters of Mercy for the student who gives outstanding spiritual leadership each year.

Bishop Brendan Kelly celebrated Mass to mark the opening of the school year for Seamount College, in St Joseph’s Church, on Friday 5th October 2018. The Church was packed for the Mass, and the congregation included the students and staff of Seamount, as well as some parents and members of the weekday Mass congregation.

Bishop Brendan was struck by how the students entered so well into the prayerful atmosphere of the Mass.

Seamount College Principal, Ms. Maighréad Mhic Dhomhnaill announced a new award given by the Sisters of Mercy for the student who gives outstanding spiritual leadership in the school during each year.

Rosary request from Pope Francis

Holy See Press Office Communiqué, 29.09.2018:

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael  Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.

In recent days, before his departure for the Baltic States, the Holy Father met with Fr. Fréderic Fornos, S.J., international director of Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and asked him to spread this appeal to all the faithful throughout the world, inviting them to conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Sub tuum praesídium”, and with the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel that he protect us and help us in the struggle against evil (cf. Revelation 12, 7-12).

The prayer – the Pontiff affirmed a few days ago, on 11 September, in a homily at Santa Marta, citing the first chapter of the Book of Job – is the weapon against the Great Accuser who “goes around the world seeking to accuse”. Only prayer can defeat him. The Russian mystics and the great saints of all the traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to shelter beneath the mantle of the Holy Mother of God pronouncing the invocation “Sub tuum praesídium”.

The invocation “Sub tuum praesídium” is recited as follows:

We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

With this request for intercession the Holy Father asks the faithful of all the world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attachks by the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to combating without any hesitation, so that evil may not prevail.

The Holy Father has also asked that the recitation of the Holy Rosary during the month of October conclude with the prayer written by Leo XIII:

Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Mass in Foy’s Cemetery

The congregation at the Mass in Foy’s Cemetery on 14th September 2018

Mass was celebrated in Foy’s Cemetery (Ballinderreen Parish) on the evening of Friday, 14th September 2018, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Mass was offered for all those buried in Foy’s Cemetery and in Killeenavara Cemetery. Prayers were offered for those buried in the cemetery recently, those buried over the centuries, and those who are buried in the famine grave. Thanks to Aodh Dalton for the photographs included in this post.

The famine grave
The Mass being celebrated. The celebrant was Fr Hugh Clifford P.P.
The Liturgy of the Word. Unfortunately, it began to rain during the Mass.
The blessing of the graves
At the Foy’s Cemetery Mass


Memories of Cruinniú na mBád 2018

A Galway hooker at Cruinniú na mBád 2018

The annual Cruinniú na mBád festival, celebrating the traditional commerce that existed between the coasts around Galway Bay, was held in Kinvara from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2018.

Mass was celebrated at the pier on the Sunday.

Unloading the turf


‘Rás na gCurach – Craobh an Domhain’


Mass at the pier on the Sunday. Fr Hugh Clifford P.P. was joined by Fr Phonsie Flatley SMA and Fr Anthony Keane OSB. Photo by Thomas Quinn.

Mass was celebrated at the pier at 12 noon on the Sunday. Fr Hugh Clifford was joined by concelebrants Fr Phonsie Flatley SMA, a native of Kinvara, and Fr Anthony Keane OSB of Glenstal Abbey, who is a regular visitor for the Cruinniú. The Kinvara Parish choir sang at the Mass, and the liturgy was prepared by Marie O’Shaughnessy and Máire O’Keefe. Thanks to Christina Connolly of Kinvara FM radio for this recording of the Mass, which you can listen to by clicking here.

A view of part of the congregation at the Mass
Members of the Kinvara Parish choir, and Maeve Cairney, cantor of St Colman’s Church, singing at the Mass
The blessing of the boats by Fr Phonsie Flatley SMA
Fr Anthony Keane OSB, Fr Phonsie Flatley SMA, Fr Hugh Clifford PP
Climín seaweed raft racing
Enjoying the spectacle at Cruinniú na mBád 2018
Galway hookers
Na báid faoi lán seoil

Funeral of David McCormack R.I.P., Northampton, Kinvara

Reposing at the Corless Funeral Home, Kinvara, on Tuesday 18th September 2018 from 5pm until 8pm.

Removal to Saint Joseph’s Church, Kinvara on Wednesday 19th, to arrive for 12 noon Funeral Mass. Burial after in Mount Cross Cemetery.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Mass in Foy’s Cemetery

Mass will be celebrated in Foy’s Cemetery (in Ballinderreen Parish) on Friday 14th September 2018 at 7pm. In the case of inclement weather, the Mass would transfer to Ballinderreen Church.

Please be early for Bus to Phoenix Park

Please note that the parish bus to Mass with Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park will leave at 7.30am sharp from Kinvara and 7.40am sharp from Ballinderreen tomorrrow morning, Sun 26th August 2018. Please arrive in good time, as the bus must be parked in Dublin before 10.30am. Our bus will park at Harris Commercial Business Park, Naas Road. There will be a 5km walk then to the Phoenix Park.
Please see the checklist for attending here

No Mass in Doorus on Sunday of Papal Mass

Please note that there will be no 9am Mass in Doorus Church on Sunday, 26th September 2018 due to the Mass being celebrated by Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park.

The other Masses in Ballinderreen and Kinvara will go ahead as normal.

Welcome to Monsignor Malachy Hallinan who will be celebrating the 10.30am Mass in Ballinderreen and the 12 noon Mass in St Colman’s Church, Kinvara on this Sunday, and thanks to him for giving Fr Hugh the opportunity to accompany the bus of parishioners travelling to the Phoenix Park for the Mass with Pope Francis. Mons. Malachy is a native of Ballinderreen Parish.

Monsignor Malachy Hallinan

Parish buses to World Meeting of Families: Arrangements

For those who have booked onto the parish buses to the occasions with Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families, here are the times the buses will be leaving. Early departure times are necessary to allow for long delays associated with the movement of such large crowds.

Saturday, 25th August 2018: Festival of Families, Croke Park

11.00am: Bus leaves Kinvara (car-park behind St Joseph’s Church)

11.10am: Bus leaves Ballinderreen (car-park at Ballinderreen Church)

Sunday, 26th August 2018: Mass with Pope Francis, Phoenix Park

7.30am: Bus leaves Kinvara (car-park behind St Joseph’s Church)

7.40am: Bus leaves Ballinderreen (car-park at Ballinderreen Church)

* Please make the payment for the bus to the parish office in the days before we travel to Dublin, so that we won’t have to be carrying money on the day.

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