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Welcome to Graiguecullen & Killeshin Parish

Mission Statement

Graiguecullen Killeshin parish is a welcoming, worshipping, community, committed to living the Gospel in our daily lives. Nourished by the Eucharist we strive to live in justice, truth, love and peace, so that others may say of us: “See how these Christians love one another. Our churches, celebrations and ceremonies are open to all people of goodwill. There is a seat reserved for you at the Lords table in St Clares or Holy Cross church every Sunday and special feast day. Your participation will strengthen the Body of Christ so as to serve the whole community. All our Ministry Groups are open to all and you are always welcome to join any of them.

Weeding Life’s Garden

St. Francis of Assisi was asked one day as he was weeding in the garden, “What would you do if you knew the world was about to end?” St. Francis replied, “Continue weeding my garden of course.” The implication was that Francis didn’t have to rush around like a headless chicken putting his house in order. Francis was already living his life in a state of readiness, and he had no need to worry himself about the end of the world.

Today we are told what it might be like at the end of time. There might be wars, earthquakes famines plagues and Christian persecution. In fact it doesn’t sound too dissimilar to the state of affairs on our daily news programmes. Should we be concerned?

Jesus points to the end of history and declares that the future holds a time of reckoning. Like the disciples in today’s reading, we are tempted to ask when that time might be, only to be told that it’s something that shouldn’t concern us. We mustn’t listen to those who claim, “The end is nigh…” instead we must always focus on what there is left to do. The basic premise is that we should keep on doing right, regardless of the circumstances.

Like the people in today’s gospel who were so pleased with their temple, we are often pleased with what we build up here on earth. Jesus takes the opportunity to point out that everything man made will come to an end. We would be much better off focusing not on a material agenda but in developing a faith that will endure great adversity.

If we are ready for God’s final judgment then we shouldn’t be afraid of anything that is ahead of us. Global disaster, wars and earthquakes should hold no terror if we trust completely in God. Our lives are like a garden filled with good things we must nurture, and bad things we must weed out. When the end of time comes, we must face our mortality as Francis suggests, weeding life’s garden and living in readiness.

St Clare’s Hospitality

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The service is free of charge but a donation box is available at the door.

We are currently making up to 50 food parcels a week as well as feeding around 80 people in our food kitchen each day.

Donations go directly to helping local people in need. We are extremely grateful to everyone who donates their time and/or money to this cause. Just a reminder about our food bins at the church doors and in the Parish Centre. We would really appreciate any donations of tinned peas, beans, cooking rice, coffee, custard powder etc. as our stocks are low.

All Work Done For The Greater Glory Of God

For information on our statement on safeguarding children  Click Here


If you are concerned about the welfare and safety of children or vulnerable adult contact Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) – Ms Joan Treacy: Ph:085 8021633 | Safeguarding Reps: B. Lloyd – 087 7719368 | Suzanne McWey – 087 6216207.

Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish Events 2019/2020

To view the Church Calendar: Sept 2019 – Aug 2020  Click Here

November 2019

Fri 1st: Feast of all Saints (Holy Day)

Sat 2nd: Feast of All Souls

Sun 3rd: 10.15 & 11.30am: Family Masses

Sat 9th: 6.30pm Youth Mass (St Clare’s)

Thurs 14th: Evergreens Retreat(St Fiacc’s House)

Sat/Sun23rd/24th: Feast of Christ the King

Fri 29th: 7.30pm Mass of Remembrance for all who died in past year (St Clare’s)

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