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.
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.
This Wednesday 26th February. Discipleship is about giving to the poor, prayer and fasting…and Lent (meaning Spring) is the time we are given to examine how well we have embraced that discipleship. The ashes on our foreheads remind us that time is short and we learn again to face this grim reality with truthfulness and courage. Blessing and distribution of ashes during Mass @ 8am & 10am in St Clare’s and 7pm in Holy Cross. 2020 Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 16th – 21st July 5 nights staying in the Astoria Hotel. Total cost €749 per person. Bookings can be made through Graiguecullen Parish Centre. Deposit on booking €200 per person. Single room supplement is an extra €150. We are in a position to receive part payments towards the cost of the pilgrimage, in the Parish Centre or to Ursula at any time if you wish. You may also make your booking directly with JWT Pilgrimages (email@example.com or 01 2410810) or Ursula Hayden- 085 1794664
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
St Clare’s Hospitality:- food appeal continues – food can be placed in the barrels at Church doors or in the Parish Centre
Trocaire Boxes:- are available at Church doors. Families are asked to take one to make their contribution to the needy of the Third World.
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 1st: Feast of St Brigid
Sun 2nd: 10.15 & 11.30am – Family Masses
Sat/Sun 1st/2nd: End of Catholic Schools Week – children participate at all Masses
Mon 3rd: 10am & 7.30pm – Feast of St. Blaise (Blessing of Throats)
Sat 8th: 6.30pm – Youth Mass
Sat/Sun 8th/9th: World Day of the Sick – Blessing with Oil at all Masses
Fri 14th: 7.00pm – Feast of St Valentine – Special Mass for couples (St Clare’s)
Sat 15th: 11.00am – Killeshin Confirmation Ceremony
Sat 15th: 2.00pm – Graiguecullen Confirmation Ceremony
Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd: 6.30pm & 10.15am – Celebrate all the sports clubs in our parish and the volunteers that work with them
Wed 26th: Ash Wednesday