10/12/2017 :: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held in St. Colman’s Church, Gort. Monday 18th Dec. at 7.30pm



Congratulations to

Conor Shiels, Mulrook East, Kilcolgan

who was Baptised recently. We welcome Conor into our Christian Community

Anniversaries & Intentions
Please pray for the following for whom Mass will be offered
December 2017
Saturday 9th
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Michael & Mary Kate Leech, Main Street
Patrick Kilkelly, Shanclough, Kinvara, [2nd Anniversary]
Sunday 10th 9am
Tom Fahy, Rinneen [Anniversary] & deceased family members
Sunday 10th 10.30am
Peggy Hiney (nee Martyn), Mulrook & Dublin, who died recently, sister of Katie Martyn
12.00 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Mary Ellen & Tom O’Dea, Newtown [Anniversary]
Tuesday 12th 7pm
People of the Parish
Wednesday 13th 9am
Thursday 14th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
People of the Parish.
Friday 15th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Saturday 16th 7pm
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Michael Staunton, Loughcurra, Months Mind & his wife, Kathleen [Anniversary]
Padraig & Kathleen Naughton & John & Bridget McInerney [Anniversary]
Frances Keane, The Cottage, Kinvara [Anniversary] & deceased members of the Keane family.
Sunday 17th 9am
People of the Parish
Sunday 17th 10.30am
Mark Fordham, Keamsella, [2nd Anniversary]
12.00 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Francie Ryan, Main Street, Kinvara, Months Mind
Tom Burke, Moy [Anniversary]

Last Sunday’s Collection

Kinvara: € 1,148.42
Ballinderreen: € 710.01

A sincere ‘Thank you’ for your kindness, generosity and support.

All the money collected in the weekend collections goes towards the maintenance and upkeep our Parish and Churches.

Weekly Envelopes

Will be available for collection in the three churches after each Saturday & Sunday Mass.


Required to read at mass on Sat. evenings. Please contact Catherine in the parish Office before Fri. 15th Dec.

Silent Retreat

Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: Will take place at the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Knock, Co. Mayo, for women aged 18 years and up. From December 28th 2017 to  January 1st 2018.  Places are limited. Please book early. For more information contact 085-8235525.

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God's Promise

Family Mass

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our monthly Family Mass, if you are interested, please contact Catherine in the Parish Office.

Tea & Coffee

Will be served in the Acorn Centre after the Family Mass today. All Welcome.

Annual Mass Remembering all Babies

Who died on or around the time of birth (stillbirth, neonatal, miscarriage) will be held on Sunday17th December, 6pm in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway (University Chapel).  Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, family and friends are all warmly invited to this special mass. Contact Roisin 083 032 2262


Ballinderreen annual Christmas food appeal for SVP: Non perishable foods may be left into Church or Parish office from now until noon on the Dec. 19th.

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Christmas Lunch Club

Friday 15th December at the new time of 1.30pm in Ballinderreen Community
Centre. All Welcome. Please contact Laura on 0857893385 or Mary on 0879444898 before 4pm on Thursday to book your place.

The Annual Christmas Swim

In aid of COPE takes place as usual at Tarea Pier after Christmas Day Mass approx. 12 noon. Please support this worthy cause.

Young at Heart Christmas Party

This Monday 11th January, in Keogh’s, Kinvara, at 1.30pm for Christmas dinner followed by live music, and Dancing. All Welcome.

Wellbeing Workshop

Starting Tuesday 9th January at 7.30pm – 9.30pm for 7 weeks. Contact Séamus for more information on 087-2274108 or seamusgruane@gmail.com

The magic of Christmas

Will arrive in Kinvara this weekend with the return of Christmas market, which will run 9th & 10th December  and 16th & 17th December at the Kinvara Community Hall, from 11am – 5pm each day.

Social Media Marketing & PR

Social Media Marketing and Public Relations Day Seminar: For community clubs & voluntary organisations. Mon. 18th Dec., Enterprise & Tech Centre, Creagh Ballinasloe. Contact Colm for more information on 085 764 8377.

Radio Maria Ireland

Is an Irish run Catholic talk-radio station. Their mission is to help spread the Gospel message of Joy, Hope, and Charity with a mixture of prayer, catechesis, and uplifting sacred music, The station is on air 24/7 and is available to download free by app Radio Maria world family, to your phone or tablet. Just click listen live on www.RadioMaria.ie. You can also hear it directly on phone no 01/4373277 for the price of a phone call. Also www.radiomaria.ie

Educational Evening

On boosting your children’s immunity naturally this winter. Northampton N. S., Kinvara, Tuesday 12th from 7pm to 9pm. Presentation by Marguerite Brady Mc Cormack who is a nurse, holistic therapist and natural medicine teacher. To book your place contact Jennifer 0878336688

“House Maids in Ethiopia” fundraiser

Two large organic spelt flour Christmas cakes: Will be raffled Christmas Eve in aid of House Maids in Ethiopia. Cakes and raffle tickets available in Harvest Moon, Kinvara and Open Sesame Gort. Please support.   

Ballinderreen Juvenile Hurling

2018 fundraiser calendar for sale in Apple Green, Kerrigan’s Londis and Jordan’s.

Singing Circle

Christmas get together, Wed 13th at 8pm in the Acorn Centre. All welcome.

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Kinvara Singers

Group meets every First Monday in Green’s Pub for a night of songs and merriment.

Ballinderreen Lotto

Numbers No’s. 8,15,17,31. No winner. 2 lucky dips.Carmel Trowell & Ciara O’Grady. Jackpot €7,700 & draw to take place in Raftery’s 9th.

Holy Well Project

holywellIreland’s National Monuments Service documents the early nineteenth-century locations of over 2900 holy wells.
A new project which encourages large-scale participation through tools of the digital age is being started. Employing revised questions from 1934, the information gathered will be a publicly-accessible database donated to UCD’s National Folklore Collection.
Local researchers will be capturing accounts of the prayer “rounds” unique to each holy well site, patron saints, associated flora and fauna, and cures. The mobile-phone-friendly Omeka website can also receive audio clips of pronunciations of well names and their townland locations, video clips of interviews, pattern days, or persons demonstrating the rounds, and photographs of well sites, votive offerings and any associated stations.
Please see the attached PDF for more details.

Dates for your Diary for 2018



Northampton N.S.: Saturday 26th May

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Be Careful with your Words: Once they are said, they can only be Forgiven, not Forgotten

Ministers of the Word

Ministers of the Word Needed

Coeliac Hosts

Please indicate to Priest or Minister of Holy Communion as you receive.

Car Parking in Ballinderreen Church grounds

Please do not block the exits in the Church Car Park

Loop Hearing Aid System

loopThis system is now installed in St. Colman’s Church, Ballinderreen, St. Colman’s Church, Kinvara and St. Joseph’s Church, Kinvara. However, this system will not be available in St. Kieran’s Church, Doorus as the Church is too small for it to be effective.

In order to avail of this facility please switch your Hearing Aid to the ‘T’ position.

Induction loop systems are invaluable in assisting hearing aid users to understand spoken language, particularly in situations where there is background noise. Hopefully, this will be of great benefit to all hearing aid users.

Notices for the Parish Newsletter

The deadline for notices for the Parish Newsletter is 12 noon on Thursday. Community notices are welcome when there is space, and if suitable for a Church newsletter. Please try to keep them as brief as possible. Notices of a commercial nature cannot be included in the Newsletter.


Please walk up on the right and down on the left to ease congestion

Parking, St. Colman’s Church Kinvara

For Health & Safety reasons, please do not park along the wall to the left hand side of the barrier. Thank You.

Please Note

Church gate collections are to be taken up after Mass.

Parish Office

Parish Office Opening Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday Ballinderreen 9.30am—12.30pm
Thursday & Friday Kinvara 9.30am—12.30pm

Parish office phone no. 086-8577644

The Online Resource for Kinvara & Ballinderreen Parishoners