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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.

Make Disciples of All Nations

Jesus arranges to meet the eleven disciples on the mountain at Galilee. The scene is set. Jesus is about to ascend into heaven, but first he gives the disciples their all-important commission; to baptise and teach the message Jesus has taught them… to make disciples of all nations. It must have been a staggering thing for eleven humble Galileans to be told.
With the early disciples long gone, it is now up to us to carry the baton. We too are entrusted with the commission to make disciples of all nations. Perhaps we don’t feel the commission as acutely because we didn’t receive it standing on a mountain talking to Jesus face to face… but nonetheless we have inherited the commission and we have to do something about it. With so much conflict in the world, the Christian example of forgiveness and peace has never been more relevant.
So where do we begin? How do we go about making disciples of all nations? One thing is for sure; we are not all called to drop our day jobs and rush round the world being missionaries. We are each called in different ways. Some of us are called as parents to Baptise our children and bring them up as Christians. Some of us are called to bring God’s love into the lives of those who have lost direction and hope. We are all called to
teach by example either in the context of our jobs or in the extra things we do. We are each challenged to work out how best we can carry out Jesus’ commission.

Yes, the commission is a daunting one, but Jesus makes it clear that his ascension does not mean that he will be absent from our lives. We will always have Jesus’ help. “I am with you always,” he promises, “until the end of the age.”

Pastoral Letter – Denis Nulty Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin

To read the Pastoral Letter  Click Here

Solemn Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help continues this Monday night 29th May at 7.30pm in St Clare’s Church. This year’s Theme is “A Time to Pray, A Time to Heal”

GUEST SPEAKER this week is: Alice Cairns Mother of missing schoolboy Philip Cairns

SOLEMN NOVENA will continue for nine consecutive Monday nights. The rosary is recited at 7.10pm and Mass begins at 7.30pm. Each night a special guest speaker will speak for about 15-20 minutes. Our Novena draws inspiration from these speakers and it is also an opportunity for the whole community to come together and pray for one another. There are petition boxes in both churches and we invite people to place their prayer petitions for worries, illnesses, sufferings and thanksgiving, each night a selection of these are read out. We pray to our Lady asking her to intercede with Jesus to give hope, courage and strength to all in need and to guide us all through the difficult times in our lives. Each evening our Novena will conclude with Benediction. For the past 10 years our Novena has brought many blessings to our parish and the presence of a large gathering of people praying together can bring great strength and peace to us all. We invite you to come and join us in prayer.

This year’s speakers are:-

24th April: Br Philip Mulryne, Former Irish International & Manchester United Footballer soon to be ordained a Dominican Priest.
1st May: Fr Paddy Byrne, Curate of Portlaoise Parish
8th May: Fr David Collins, Franciscan Friary, Killarney
15th May: Richard Moore, Founder of Children in Crossfire
22nd May: Sean Mullan Third Space, a social enterprise in Dublin City
29th May: Alice Kearns, Mother of Missing schoolboy Philip Kearns
5th June: Bishop Brendan Comiskey, Retired Bishop of Ferns
12th June: Maria Steen, Iona Institute
19th June: Marty Morrissey, RTE Sports Commentator

All Work Done For The Greater Glory Of God

For information on our statement on safeguarding children  Click Here

St Clare’s Hospitality

St Clare’s Hospitality wish to announce an extension to their service:- “Friday’s @ The Kitchen” 11.30am – 2.30pm. Beginning 23rd September. Citizens Information Services providing advice. No appointments necessary. Tea/Coffee & a light meal available on the day (soup/sandwich depending on weather) The service is free of charge but a donation box is available at the door.

100% of all 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. Like us on Facebook please Click Here

Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish Events 2016/2017

To view the Church Calendar: Sept 2016 – Aug 2017  Click Here

May 2017

Tues 2nd
8.00pm: Killeshin Confirmation Ceremony of Light
Wed 3rd
8.00pm: Graiguecullen Confirmation Ceremony of Light
Sun 7th
12noon: May Sunday (Holy Cross Sodality Mass)
Sat 13th
11.00am: Graiguecullen Confirmation Ceremony
2.00pm: Killeshin Confirmation Ceremony
Sat 27th
10.30 & 12.30pm: First Communion Ceremonies – Graiguecullen
Sun 28th
10.15 & 12.00pm: First Communion Ceremonies – Killeshin

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