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    Lourdes Grotto St. Clare’s Church Graiguecullen
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    St. Clare’s Church and The Poor Clare’s Community Graiguecullen
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Welcome to Graiguecullen & Killeshin Parish

Web Cam

We are delighted to announce that we have installed a webcam in St Clare’s Church for the purpose of broadcasting Mass over the internet. This will be of tremendous benefit for those parishioners at home and abroad. To watch live broadcasts click on the link or click on our website The church webcam can be viewed on a P.C, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. Please note, for those parishioners who do not have any of the above there is a set top box which allows you to watch the Mass live on your TV at home (internet is required for the box to work). The cost of the box is €120.00. Full details available from the Parish Office.

When a Loved One Dies

A pastoral letter from Bishop Denis Nulty to the parishioners of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin is now available by Clicking Here

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.

All Work Done For The Greater Glory Of God

For information on our statement on safeguarding children  Click Here

Great Expectations

John the Baptist had been praying for a Messiah, but Jesus wasn’t what he had expected. Perhaps he had been expecting a fire-and brimstone leader who would arrive in the manner of a king or a warrior with all the power and status to conquer the oppressor. Instead, the Messiah turned out to be a man from humble origins whose mission was simply to heal and teach God’s love. In today’s gospel we see an imprisoned John send a message to Jesus. “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Ever the psychologist Jesus sends a ‘work it out yourself’ kind of answer. Jesus asks John to look at the evidence. “…The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor
have the good news proclaimed.”

That even John had a moment of doubt in Jesus is very comforting for the rest of us. The message seems to be that it’s okay to have doubt, what’s important is how we respond to that doubt. A good starting point is to examine how our doubts have arisen in the first place. John’s doubts spring from his expectations. Based on his belief that Rome was the enemy, perhaps John thought that the Messiah would come and ‘sort the Romans out’. Of course ‘sorting the Romans out’ wasn’t what Jesus was about at all, this would have been an extremely myopic mission for the Son of God.

So what do we think God is about? Are we guilty of myopic expectation? Do we have lapses in faith when we pray hard, only to be disappointed when God fails to cure an ailing grandparent; fails to get us our dream job; fails to make the partner of our dreams appear on the doorstep? Or do we have greater expectations? Do we believe that God is there to change us; guide us through our daily choices; prepare us for his Kingdom. As John was invited, so too are we, to look at the evidence and work it out for ourselves.

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.

St Clare’s Hospitality is funded completely by donations and run completely by volunteers. Volunteers are essential to keep this service going. If you are interested and feel you could give a few hours per week please call into the centre or contact the parish office 0599141833.

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

December 2016

Sun 4th 10.15 & 11.30am
Family Mass
Thurs 8th
Feast of Immaculate Conception/School Masses of Giving
Sun 11th 1.00pm
Evergreen’s Christmas Dinner (Talbot Hotel)
Youth Mass (St Clare’s)
Sat /Sun 17th / 18th
Christmas Confession Weekend
Wed 21st 7.00pm
Christmas Carol Service (St Clare’s)
Sun 25th
Christmas Day

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