03/12/2017 :: 1st Sunday of Advent

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace

We Pray for

Anthony Gaughan, Gort

who died in Blake Manor recently


David Whitehead, The Glebe, Kinvara,

who died recently,

Sincere sympathy to their families.

May David and Anthony Rest In Peace.

Anniversaries & Intentions
Please pray for the following for whom Mass will be offered
December 2017
Saturday 2nd 7pm.
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Michael & Kathleen Tully, Main Street, Kinvara
Sunday 3rd 9am
Michael Curtin, Doorus, [4th Anniversary]
Fr. Sean O’Gormaile [Anniversary] & deceased family members
Sunday 3rd 10.30am
Pete & Mary Quinn, Lower Ballinderreen [Anniversary]
Hugh & Betty Martyn, Tyrone [Anniversary]
Deceased members of the Kealy Family
12 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
People of the Parish
Tuesday 5th 7pm
People of the Parish
Wednesday 6th 9am
Thomas & Delia Fahy, Caherpeak [Anniversary]
Thursday 7th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Friday 8th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Friday 8th 11.30am
Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Mass 7pm,
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Sr. Mary Kevin Fahy, Knock and Gort Road, Kinvara
Saturday 9th
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Michael & Mary Kate Leech, Main Street
Patrick Kilkelly, Shanclough, Kinvara, [2nd Anniversary]
Sunday 10th 9am
Sunday 10th 10.30am
People of the Parish
12.00 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
People of the Parish

Last Sunday’s Collection

Ballinderreen: € 710.19
Kinvara: € 1,153.52

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.

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The World Meeting of Families

The World Meeting of Families 2018

The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin on the 21st -26th of August 2018. It is expected that Pope Francis will attend so we are beginning our preparation now for that event. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia) offers his vision for family life. In the newsletter each week we will share with you a paragraph from this document. Each family is unique and special and Pope Francis affirms this while concentrating on the good news. Enjoy the extracts.

This week’s extract

Pope Francis on the meaning of mercy as demonstrated by Jesus:

“Jesus began his public ministry with the miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. He shared in everyday moments of friendship with the family of Lazarus and his sisters and with the family of Peter. He sympathised with grieving parents and restored their children to life. In this way he demonstrated the true meaning of mercy which entails the restoration of the covenant. This is clear from his conversation with the Samaritan woman and with the woman found in adultery where the consciousness of sin is awakened by an encounter with Jesus’ gratuitous love”.

Chapter 3 p.64 Amoris Laetitia/The Joy of Love

Christmas Confession

The Penitential Service for the South Galway area will take place in Gort Church on Monday, 18th December at 7.30pm. Several priests will be hearing Confessions. All welcome.

The Road to Hope Committee

Would like to thank you most sincerely for your support last weekend. A total of €2,905 was raised

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God's Promise

Weekly Envelopes

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

Weekly Envelopes

At the moment we are preparing to distribute the 2018 envelopes. If you have not been using one in the past and would like to receive one, please contact Catherine at the Parish Office.

A special welcome

to all the girls & boys preparing for their First Holy Communion next May.

Kinvara Community Alert

AGM Pastoral Centre next Wednesday 6th December at 8pm. All welcome.

Ballinderreen Pastoral Council Meeting

Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Acorn Centre.

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat

For those aged 16-35 years. Newbridge College, Co. Kildare, 8th—10th Dec. For more info. or to book one of the free buses :www.youth2000.ie or email office@youth2000.ie or phone 01-6753690.

Ceoltóirí an Doirín

End of year Session, Sun. 3rd Dec. at 6:30 pm in Ballinderreen Community Centre. All welcome.

Ballinderreen Community Centre

Will host a party for the local residents of The Brothers of Charity on Friday 8th December at 11:30 am with music, song and dance. Everybody is welcome to attend and to participate.

The Kinvara Camogie Club

Medal presentation for our victorious 2017 teams, in St Joseph’s School Hall, Sun. 3rd Dec. at 5.30 pm. All club members welcome to attend in what promises to be a great evening.

Polio Survivors Ireland

People who have polio are asked to sign up to the new National Polio Register, to lobby for improved services and support for those living with the impact of polio. Please contact Niamh 01 889 8920 or mvro@ppsg.ie Our website is www.polio.ie.

Kiltullagh Choir Choral Concert

Takes place on Sat. the 9th of Dec in St Colman’s 8 to 10pm.  Last chance to get a ticket, €10 advance purchase only, after Mass in the Acorn Centre. Or contact Mary 0857219832 / Claire 0871304114.

Alzheimer Café

Free monthly gathering, Menlo Park Hotel, Thursday 7th December 2pm – 4pm. Entertainment by the Medtronic Chorale. For more information contact :Maureen Mannion 086 8211540.

Home Instead Senior Care

Are currently recruiting experienced Carers for the Kinvara area, positions are part-time and can include evenings and weekend calls. Email CV to recruit.galway@homeinstead.ie or call 091-384160

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.

Ballinderreen annual Christmas food appeal for SVP

Non perishable goods may be left into Church or Parish office from now until noon on the Dec. 19th.

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Christmas Lunch Club

Next sitting of ‘Ballinderreen Lunch Club’ – Friday 15th December at the new time of 1.30pm in Ballinderreen Community
Centre. All dietary requirements catered for. All Welcome. Please contact Laura on 0857893385 or Mary on 0879444898 before 4pm on Thursday to book your place.

Dog Owners

Please clean up after your pet. Dog fouling is currently a problem in Ballinderreen Village. At the school, pump area and Church Grounds. This is a Health & Safety concern with a risk of infection. Please keep our village and grounds clean for residents, workers and visitors.

Ballinderreen Lotto

Numbers No’s. 15,20,23,30. No winner.  One match 3 Cathy & Seamus Ruane. Jackpot  €7,600. Draw will take place on Dec 3rd in O’Donoghues.

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