17/02/2017 :: 3rd Sunday of Advent :: Gaudete Sunday

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held
in St. Colman’s Church, Gort
Friday 22nd Dec.
at 7.30pm

Anniversaries & Intentions
Please pray for the following for whom Mass will be offered
December 2017
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]
Tuesday 19th 7pm
Shane & David Bishop, Drumacoo [Anniversary]
Wednesday 20th 2.30pm
Blake Manor
Blake Manor
Wednesday 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Tony Becker, Clare View, Kinvara Months Mind
Thursday 21st 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Friday 22nd 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Saturday 23rd 7.00pm
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Sunday 24th 9am
Eileen & Alf Mahon & Patrick Halvey, Doorus [Anniversary]
Margaret Fahy, Parkmore [Anniversary]
Sunday 24th 10.30am
Christmas Eve
John Martyn, Mulrook [Anniversary]
Jack, Kate, Christopher & Seamus St. George, Newtown [Anniversary]
St Colman’s 12.00 noonnoon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Mattie Noone, Carnamadra [3rd Anniversary]
Jack & Nora Conole, Crushoa [Anniversary]
John & Margaret McHugh, Leitrim [Anniversary] & Felix & Bridie Leonard, Fermanagh [Anniversary]
Christmas Eve 5pm
Children’s Mass
Christmas Eve 7pm
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Vigil Mass
Christmas Eve 9:15pm
Vigil Mass
Christmas Day 10.30am
Christmas Day Mass
Christmas Day 9am
Christmas Day Mass
12 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Christmas Day Mass

Last Sunday’s Collection

Ballinderreen: € 522.57
Kinvara: € 995.36

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.

Family Mass

Volunteers required to participate in our monthly Family Mass. Please contact Catherine in the Parish Office.

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

Christmas Dues

Those of you using box of envelopes, please return the red envelope at your convenience. Anyone not using the boxes, envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Annual Mass Remembering all Babies

Sun.17th Dec. 6pm, St. Columbanus, NUI Galway (University Chapel). 

Ardrahan Church of Ireland

will hold a community Carol Service on Tuesday 19th December at 7.30 pm led by Revd. John Godfrey and Fr. Joseph Roche (Labane). All welcome 


Ballinderreen annual Christmas food appeal for SVP Last day for food appeal donations Dec. 19th.

Ballinderreen Juvenile Hurling

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

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.

Thanks Mark

Grateful appreciation to Mark Lane for generously donating the Christmas trees to the Parish and Tidy Village initative

Tidy Towns

Well Done to The Tidy Town Committee On the wonderful job that they have done in the village. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!!

Ballinderreen Social Services

will hold their Christmas Party on Sunday the 7th of January in Ballinderreen Community Centre at 1 pm. Early booking essential as places are limited. Please write your name on the list in Ballinderreen Church porch. Please contact Liz at 087 13816646 or Aileen at 087 2612029 for details.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Christmas Party, 7th Jan. in the Merriman Hotel at 1pm. Please give your name to any committee member.

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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

Land Owners / Farmers

Please check coastline around Kinvara and Ballinderreen for missing person.

Join in and support Reindeer Run

In aid of the ‘Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’ at The Flaggy Shore, New Quay on the 23rd of December. It’s a family friendly day with a Half Marathon, a 10km event  and a 5km event. All welcome to participate in the event at any time between 10am & 3pm to support and donate to this worthy cause. If you can’t make it on the 23rd, we will be back on the Flaggy again at 12pm on Christmas Day doing our Annual Icebreaking Swim for Motor Neurone Disease. Bring your best Christmas cheer!!!

House Maids in Ethiopia

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 Lotto

Numbers No’s. 1,3,6,23. No winner. One match 3 Bernadette Kelly. Jackpot €7,800 draw in O’Looneys Sat. 16th

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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