24/12/2017 :: 4th Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve



Congratulations to

David McCormack, Killina,

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

Anniversaries & Intentions
Please pray for the following for whom Mass will be offered
December 2017
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]
Special Intention
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
Saturday 30th 7pm
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
John Quinn, Moy, [1st Anniversary]
Gerry Forde, Parkroe [Anniversary] & deceased members of the O’Connor & Forde families.
John & Katie Whelan, Carnamadra [Anniversary]
Ellen Nilan, Boherbee [Anniversary]
Sunday 31st 9am
Thomas, Peter & Paddy Mahon, Geeha [Anniversary]
Mattie Glynn, Traught [Anniversary] & deceased members of the Glynn & Kilkelly families.
Peter Brann, Nogra [Anniversary] & Deceased family members
Sunday 31st 10.30am
Martin Joe O’Connor, Ballinderreen [Anniversary]
12 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
People of the Parish

Last Sunday’s Collection

Kinvara: € 1,312.64
Ballinderreen: € 751.88

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.

Hymns: Christmas Day Mass, St. Colman’s Kinvara

Entrance: Oh Come All Ye Faithful – No. 382
Offertory: Away In A Manger – No. 53
Communion: The First Nowell – No. 523
Recessional: Hark The Herald Angels Sing – No. 202

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.

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

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.

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.


Will recommence on 9th January 2018

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Christmas Party, 7th Jan. in the Merriman Hotel at 1pm. Please give your name to any committee member.
Christmas Day Swim:  The annual Christmas Day Swim. organised by Kinvara Swimming and Lifesaving Club in aid of the Galway Hospice, takes place on Traught Beach 1.00pm.


Ladies gold Sekonda watch in Aughnish, if found can you please hand into the parish office.

Annual Christmas Day Swim

Flaggy Shore at 12pm. Icebreaking Swim for Motor Neurone Disease. Bring your best Christmas cheer!!!

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.

Kinvara Community Radio Holiday period schedule

The radio studio will be closed  over the weekends December 23 / 24 and 30 / 31. Presenters will be taking a break and normal service will resume on the weekend of January 6 / 7. Please check our website at www.kinvarafm.com to listen to recent programmes. We are currently applying for a new licence and expect to be back on the air for live broadcasting in early 2018.

Kilbeacanty 8K Turkey Run

St. Stephens Day from McCarthy’s. Kids run (1K) at 1pm and Adult run at 1:30pm. Register on the day from 11:30am – 1pm. All proceeds going to Galway Hospice and the Gort Cancer Support Group. 

Ballinderreen Lotto

Numbers No’s . 6,19,29,31. No winner. 2 match 3’s . Gerry Helebert & Colin Coen. Jackpot €7,900 & draw will take place Sat 23rd in O’Donoghue’s. Happy Christmas from all at Ballinderreen GAA and many thanks for your continued support throughout the year.

Kinvara Lotto

Tues 19th Dec….numbers 6, 15, 17, 24. 
One match 3 winner – Noreen Connolly.
Next draw Weds 27th Dec in Tully’s for jackpot €4,000.

Dates for your Diary for 2018



Northampton N.S.: Saturday 26th May

Positive Spirit

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