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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.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

During this time although we cannot be present at Mass to receive Communion we can receive Jesus spiritually.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

To all our parishioners

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak and following health authority guidelines and advice from the Irish Bishops Conference, the following decisions have been made.

OUR PARISH CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

For enquiries please call 059 91 41833 or email gkparish@gmail.com. If no one answers, please rest assured that we will get back to you as soon as possible. Anniversaries can still be included at our private daily and weekend masses.

Please join us in prayer by tuning into our Masses and services via our webcam.

You can gain access through the parish website: www.graiguecullenkilleshin.com. For those without access to the internet, Mass will be broadcast from the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow via radio on 107.9 FM.

Our parish programme for our webcam is as follows:

Daily Mass: 

Monday – Saturday @10am

Weekend Masses:

Saturday @6.30pm & Sunday @11.30am

Angelus & Rosary:

Monday – Saturday @ 12 noon

Holy Hour:

Mondays @ 8pm

Stations of the Cross:

Fridays after 10am Mass

Both St. Clare’s & Holy Cross Church will remain open daily from 12.30pm – 4.30pm for those seeking quiet prayer or the opportunity to light a candle at this time of uncertainty, but please remember to operate hygiene protocols when doing so. This is a time when we must all play our part and look out for one another.

Wishing you every blessing during this time.

Fr John Dunphy P.P

Life Changing

The most unsettling parts of the Bible are the bits where Jesus doesn’t do exactly what we expect. Today Jesus’ good friends Mary and Martha send him a message to come quickly because their brother Lazarus is dying. We would expect Jesus to drop everything and go quickly to their house. Instead, he hangs around for a couple of days and does nothing. What can he be thinking of? In truth, the delay is an essential part of the story. If Jesus had simply raised Lazarus from feeling unwell the story would have lacked poignancy, and no one would have had their faith significantly deepened that day. That Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead has a dramatic and profound impact on all …. not least Lazarus himself.

We might have expected Lazarus to have more to say on the matter. We might wish that he had shared a couple of life after death experiences with us, but it seems that Lazarus and his experiences are not really the point of the story. The main point of the story is Jesus’ ability to transform the meaning of life and death for those who trust in him. Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” In bringing Lazarus back to life, Jesus shows the crowds that death need hold no fear for those who place their trust in him.

It is truly life changing to know that we are invited to place this much faith in God. It is life changing to know that God can handle any situation in which we find ourselves, and that he knows how to lead us through it. All we have to do is focus our faith on God rather than our own imagined solutions. Expect surprises. Expect delays. Expect a God who can guide us through life with all its challenges.

Laying Down Stones

God looked down from Heaven and rolled the Stone away! All of us carry burdens that cause us to walk through life with some experience of pain. We all have different times in our lives when these burdens can weigh heavy on our minds, our hearts and our souls. These burdens may come from any area of our lives; family, work, health or finances. Sometimes the weight of these burdens is too much for us to bear alone. God doesn’t want us to carry our burdens alone. He asks us to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross. He wants us to surrender our heavy load to him. During this season of Lent we invite you to lay down your stone, your burden, on the strength of the Lord. Please take a stone from the sacred space in the palm of your hand and lay upon it the burdens of your life. Place the stone on the pathway to the cross. In this way we are laying down our weights to be carried by Jesus and rolled away like the stone which revealed the empty tomb.

Our Novena takes place during the Easter Season. We also invite you to write your burden, that the stone represents, on a piece of paper and place it in the petition boxes. We will then, through the prayers of our Faith Community and the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, ask Our Lord to relieve our burdens as he himself overcame his cross.

Things to know about Lent:
1). Lent exists for the sake of Easter!
2). It is the forty-day period of preparation for the Church’s celebration of Easter.
3). Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (this year, April 9th).
4). Lent calls us to a time of self-reflection, penance, and turning back to God as we ready ourselves to renew our baptism at Easter.
5). It is a time to reflect on God’s word to us in our lives today, to pray, fast and reach out to others in charitable action.

Things to do for Lent:
Holy Hour:- Every Monday @ 8pm in St Clare’s Church – This year’s theme is ‘Digging Deeper, Living Lent’
Stations of the Cross:- Every Friday in St. Clare’s after 10am Mass
Trocaire Boxes:- are available at Church doors. Families are asked to take one to make their contribution to the needy of the Third World.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Traditionally Lent is a time for those who have wandered from the Church to return in readiness for Easter. With our churches closed for the time being, this is an opportunity for those who have given up going, to engage in a different way. This weekend is traditionally our penitential weekend in Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish where we have a penitential service at all our Masses in preparation for Easter.

At our Masses via webcam and facebook this weekend, everyone will have an opportunity to receive general absolution. If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, we invite you to participate in this beautiful Sacrament of Healing. Take a step in faith. You’ll be surprised about how free you feel after taking part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So many people describe incredible feelings of peace, joy, relief, and love that they never expected.

Act of Sorrow

O my God, I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins,
for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus
and not sin again . Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness

O my God, help me to remember the times
when I didn’t live
as Jesus asked me to.
Help me to be sorry and to try again.
Amen.

The Confiteor

I confess to almighty God. And to you, my brothers and sisters,
That I have sinned through my own fault,
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done
And in what I have failed to do;
And I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
All the angels and saints,
And you my brothers and sisters
To pray for me to the Lord our God.
Amen.

Prayer after Forgiveness

O my God thank you for forgiving me.
Help me to love others.
Help me to live as Jesus asked me to.
Amen.

Solemn Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our 15th Solemn Novena begins on Monday 20th April and will run for nine consecutive Monday nights. We invite people during Lent to place their petitions in the petition boxes in St Clare’s. During our Novena, through the prayers of our Faith Community and the intercession of Our Lady we will ask Jesus to relieve whatever burdens we carry. The theme for this year’s Novena is:- ‘You are not alone’

Guest Speakers for this year’s Novena:

20th April: Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo;- Papal Nuncio to Ireland

27th April: Liam Sheedy; Manager Tipperary Senior Hurling Team

4th May: Andrea Hayes;- TV & Radio Broadcaster & Writer

11th May: Rev Trevor Sargent;- Curate Waterford Union of Parishes, former Green party leader

18th May: Michael Kelly;- Editor Irish Catholic Newspaper

25th May: Anna May McHugh Managing Director National Ploughing Association

1st June: Jim Deeds;-Pastoral Worker, Author, Poet & Retreat Facilitator

8th June: Martina Lehane Sheehan;- Author, Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director

15th June: Carole Coleman;- Journalist and RTE presenter

All Work Done For The Greater Glory Of God

For information on our statement on safeguarding children  Click Here

Safeguarding

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 | E-mail-dlp@kandle.ie. Safeguarding Reps: B. Lloyd – 087 7719368 | Suzanne McWey – 087 6216207.

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