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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.

God’s Round Table

It’s hard to admit to, but most of us live on a bit of a moral high ground and it’s not a good place to be. Moral high grounds are littered with treacherous pitfalls. The worst pitfall of all is to assume superiority. It’s a human failing. We assume superiority over all sorts of other people. We decide we are superior to those with less money or lesser jobs. We decide we are superior to those who are less intellectual, whose tastes differ, whose accents are alien or whose values don’t match ours. We decide we are better than those who have fallen foul of the law or who have succumbed to an addiction. Why is superiority a pitfall? It’s a pitfall because once we imagine ourselves superior, we start to dismiss people. We start to rule out huge numbers of our neighbours as unworthy of our attention.

Today we see Jesus at a wedding banquet where the guests are jostling for places of honour at the dinner table. It’s a simple occasion that raises a big question. Why are we all so anxious to be seated at the top of life’s table? Jesus gives the guests a piece of life changing advice. “A person who exalts himself will be humbled, but a person who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Humility doesn’t sit easily in our fame driven society, that’s because we associate being humble with being “walked all over”. Jesus’ brand of humility however, is very different.

Humility does not mean trading feelings of superiority for feelings of inferiority. Being humble doesn’t mean being timid or falsely modest. Humility means that understanding that everything you have is a gift from God, and that everything you have is for the service of others.

In the tales of King Arthur and his knights, Arthur ordered a round table so that no one could assume a greater or lesser position. As Christians we are asked to adopt a ‘round table’ approach to life.

St Clare’s Hospitality

Opening Hours

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

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.

Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish Events 2019/2020

To view the Church Calendar: Sept 2019 – Aug 2020  Click Here

September 2019

Fri 20th: 11.30am – Opening of the School Year Mass – Killeshin NS

Sat 28th: 6.30pm – Youth Mass(St Clare’s) – Confirmation Enrolment Mass

Sat/Sun 28th/29th: Harvest thanksgiving

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