21/01/2018 :: The 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly

Each parish has been allocated ten tickets for the installation of the new Bishop in Galway Cathedral , Sunday, 11th February at 3pm. We will have a raffle in order to allocate the tickets. Please give your name into the Sacristy or Parish Office before this Wednesday 17th January if you wish to be included in the raffle.

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace

We Pray for

Gerry Molloy, Cork,

father of Brian Molloy, Woodmount


Paddy Ganly, Ballinderreen,

who died recently,

Sincere sympathy to their families.

May Paddy and Gerry Rest In Peace.

Anniversaries & Intentions
Please pray for the following for whom Mass will be offered
Saturday 20th Vigil Mass 7.00pm
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
People of the Parish
Sunday 21st 9am
Sunday 21st 10.30am
Nora Linnane, Ballyclery, [1st Anniversary] & also Jimmy Linnane [Anniversary]
Mattie Keenan, Tyrone [Anniversary]
12 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Kathleen Brogan, Kinvara [Anniversary]
Deceased members of the Curtin Family, Roo Demesne
Julia Keane, Kinvara West [Anniversary]
Tuesday 23rd 7pm
People of the Parish
Wednesday 24th 9am
Thursday 25th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Thanksgiving Mass
Kate Ann & Michael Walsh [Anniversary]
Special Intention
Friday 26th 10am
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Saturday 27th 7pm.
Kinvara [St. Joseph’s]
Sunday 28th 9.00am
Sarah Hynes, Parkmore
Sunday 28th 10.30am
John Joe Quinn, [1st Anniversary]
Thomas Shiels, Killeenhugh [Anniversary]
Aggie Murphy, Caheradoo [Anniversary]
12 noon
Kinvara [St. Colman’s]
Tomo, Lilly, Mattie Joe & Bernie Connolly, Killina [Anniversary] & deceased family members
Ann O’Connor Dunford, formerly Moy Rd, [3rd Anniversary]
Padraig & Bridget O’Loughlin & their son Johnnie, Killeenavara [Anniversary]

Last Sunday’s Collection

Kinvara: € 1,038.08
Ballinderreen: € 474.81

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.

Mission Appeal This Weekend

It is the turn of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary for the mission appeal in the diocese this year. Therefore, Sr. Nuala Glynn will speak at all Masses in Ballinderreen and Kinvara this weekend about the work of her order and there will be a special collection at the Church door for the FMM missionaries after each Mass.

Raising Hearts & Giving Hope

Festival of Faith Conference, Galway City, Saturday 10th February 2018, Ardilaun Hotel. Opening address at 10am and conference concludes with concelebrated Mass, at 6:00 pm, Galway Cathedral. Tickets €25.00, available from The Abbey Church shop – 091-562518. Enquiries to findtfk@gmail.com or to Tom on 087-6209090 or facebook.com/raisingandgiving

Ecumenical Service of Healing and Hope

The Annual Prayer for Christian Unity Service will take place on Thurs. January 25th at 8pm in the United Methodist Presbyterian Church, Victoria Place, Galway City. Representatives from the Christian communities of the City will participate in the Service and the preacher will be Archdeacon Gary Hastings of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. All welcome.

Please note

Going forward, Baptisms in both Kinvara and Ballinderreen will be at the earlier time of 12 noon.

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Weekly Envelopes

If you have not yet received your 2018 box of weekly envelopes or you are new to the parish and would like to receive one, please contact Catherine at the Parish Office.

Young at Heart Social Club Kinvara

We will resume our Monday afternoon  social meetings  on the 29th  January. New members very welcome. Contact Sharon. 087-9943539 .

Ballinderreen Healthy Club Project

Defibrillator training on Fri 26th Jan. from 7pm—10pm, Ballinderreen Community Centre. Places are limited. A fee of €40 applies on booking. Contact Mary 085-7219832.

Ballinderreen Social Services

Would like to thank everyone who attended their recent Christmas Party. Special thanks to Richard Larkin and Raftery’s who provided a lovely meal and also all the helpers and entertainers.

Christmas Day Swim

Many thanks to all who contributed to the €1,593.99 collected at Traught.  The collection was supplemented from Swimming Club funds and €2,000 was sent to Galway Hospice.  The work of the many helpers and lifesavers on the day is much appreciated.


By learning how to do CPR and use an AED, you could save a loved one’s life.  Phone 087-1688373 for a place on a three hour training course in Kinvara.

Ballinderreen Community Childcare & Education Centre are Hiring

Minimum Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education. Minimum three years experience working with children is desirable. Motivation, energy and an ability to work within a team setting. CV along with a letter of application to: Norma Hanley, Ballinderreen Community Childcare and Education Centre, Ballinderreen, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, or email applications to ballinderreencreche@gmail.com. Phone 091-777200.

The 2018 Rock and Road Race

Will take place in Kinvara  Sat. 3rd March this year. The organisers are seeking additional marshalling staff as a new marathon course will be in operation, with financial contributions available to Clubs and organisations. Please contact Eoin on (087) 9758056 or email at eoin@dolmensports.com for more information.

Prostate Cancer Support and Information Series

Cancer Care West, 7th February, 7pm – 9pm.

Have you Heart Disease?

If so you are invited to a free public talk ‘Taking Control of Heart Disease, Wednesday 24th January 7pm-9pm Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.

Upcoming Concert

Nashville Singer/Songwriter and well known Record Producer Jim Rooney will celebrate his 80th birthday in Ballinderreen Community Centre on Friday 16th February at 8:00 pm with a Gala Concert featuring Arty McGlynn and Mick Daly as well as many other special guests. A great night is assured. More information to follow.

Help Us To Make Our Mental Health Services Better

Money is now available to improve our mental health services. We need your ideas. The HSE invite all people who are currently using or have used mental health services, staff and family members/supporters to a public meeting in the Connaught Hotel, Galway. People using/used services: 24th January, 3pm – 4.30pm. Family Member/Supporter: 24th January, 6pm – 7.30pm. Service Providers/ staff: 25th January, 2pm – 3.30pm. Contact Francis Walsh on 0879213124.

Galway Samaritans

14 Nuns Island Galway, need volunteers. Find out more at one of our open meetings, Saturday 10th February at 1pm and Monday 12th February at 8pm. Contact 086-2468203, or samsgalwayselection@gmail.com

Ballinderreen Lotto

No’s 11,13,16,19.. No winner.. 2 lucky dips .. Geraldine Nolan & Tom Mc Carter.. Jackpot €8,300. Draw in Raftery’s Rest Sat 20th.

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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