Welcome to Graiguecullen & Killeshin Parish
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.
Third Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) is also called “Bambinelli” Sunday. On this Sunday Pope Francis celebrates an old Italian tradition: the blessing of the baby Jesus statues for manger scenes. We are inviting families from our parish to bring their Crib Statues of the Baby Jesus to Mass with them next weekend. During the Mass the priest will ask you to hold up the statue and they will be blessed. We then ask you to bring it home and wrap the statue as a Christmas gift and place it under your Christmas Tree. On Christmas morning open it as the first family present, place it in the manger in your home and say a family prayer.
Choose A New Direction
We embark on a diet and the days of lettuce and low calorie drinks loom gloomily. We embark on a fitness regime and our subconscious whispers, “Fifteen more minutes under a warm duvet versus a jog round a freezing park …. I know what I’d choose!” In today’s gospel, John the Baptist preaches “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” The idea of ‘repentance’ fills us with about as much excitement as a cold shower on a winter’s morning, but it doesn’t have to be like that.
Repentance doesn’t mean throwing ourselves round in fits of Catholic guilt, it simply means having a change of heart, and becoming new and better individuals as a result. There are areas in all our lives that can be improved or turned around. The idea of repentance is actually quite exciting.
John’s Advent call for a change of heart is for each and every one of us. We might think we are good enough as we are, but that’s probably how the Pharisees and Sadducees in today’s reading also felt. True enough they turned up for John’s baptism, but had they really turned up in a spirit of repentance? John is clearly suspicious of their motivation, and challenges them to prove their commitment. Declaring our intention to change is all well and good, but our commitment must also ‘bear fruit’ … show results.
At this time of year, every year, we are asked to change our lives. For the less optimistic amongst us, the idea reminds us of new year resolutions; easily made, easily broken and all a little bit pointless. John’s message is a tough one. Changing our lives is far from easy. One of the problems of course is that when we try to change we usually rely solely on our own will power, which is notorious for letting us down. John the Baptist reminds us that when we are baptised in the name of Jesus we will receive the Holy Spirit, a divine power that will help us towards God when our will power fails. All we have to do is ask and keep on asking.
Change is not beyond any of us however much you think it probably is. John might have given the Pharisees and Sadducees a hard time but in truth the message is clear. “ There is none so lost, they cannot be found, none so helpless that their life cannot be changed.”
St Clare’s Hospitality
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 | Efirstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Sat/Sun30th/1st: First Sunday of Advent
Sun 1st 10.15 & 11.30am: Family Masses
Mon 2nd: 7.00pm: Holy Hour for all those active in ministrying our parish (St Clare’s)
Sun 8th: 1.00pm: Evergreen’s Christmas Dinner (Talbot Hotel)
Mon 9th: 11.30am: Feast of Immaculate Conception/St Fiacc’s NS Mass of Giving
Sat 14th: 6.30pm: Youth Mass/Ceremony of Hope (St Clare’s)
Wed18th: 7.00pm: Christmas Carol Service (St Clare’s)
Sat/Sun 21st/22nd: Christmas Confession Weekend
Wed 25th: Christmas Day