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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.

Solemn Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our 14th Solemn Novena begins on Monday 29th 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:- “The importance of faith in our daily lives”

Guest Speakers for this year’s Novena
29th April: Gerry O’Hanlon Jesuit Center for Faith & Justice
6th May: Olive Foley Wife of the late Anthony Foley, former Munster & Irish Rugby Player
13th May: Maria Walsh 2014 Rose of Tralee
20th May: Bishop Fintan Monahan Bishop of Killaloe
27th May: Marian Curran Lecturer University College Belfast
3rd June: Oisín McConville Former Armagh County GAA player
10th June: Julieann Moran World Missions Ireland
17th June: Fr Derek Ryan CSSR Redemptorist Priest
24th June: Deirdre Ní Chinneide Director of Sli Aonghusa retreat centre on Inis Mór, Co Galway

Church Services for Holy Week and Easter 2019

Mon/Tues/Wed 15th/16th/17th April: – (Mass at 10.00am in St. Clare’s)
Mon 15th April 7.30pm: – Chrism Mass in Carlow Cathedral
Thurs 18th April: – (HOLY THURSDAY)
10.00am: – Morning Prayer in St. Clare’s
7.30pm: – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St. Clare’s
(Children preparing for First Holy Communion from St Fiacc’s NS & Killeshin NS will participate at this Mass)
(Confessions after Mass)
Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Clare’s until 9.45pm
9.45pm: – Night Prayer in St. Clare’s
Friday 19th April: – (GOOD FRIDAY)
10.00am: – Morning Prayer in St. Clare’s Church.
3.00pm: – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in St. Clare’s
5.00pm: – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Holy Cross
(Confessions after each service)
7.00pm: – Children’s Stations and Veneration of the Cross in St. Clare’s followed by Ecumenical way of the Cross to St. Mary’s Cathedral and Carlow Cathedral.
(All children preparing for First Holy Communion are asked to attend)
Saturday 20th April: – (HOLY SATURDAY)
10.00am: – Morning Prayer in St. Clare’s Church.
10.00am: – 11.00am: – Confessions in St. Clare’s Church.
8.00pm: – Easter Vigil Mass in St. Clare’s Church.
(Confirmation children will participate at this Mass)
Sunday 21st April: – (EASTER SUNDAY)
6.00am: – Easter Dawn Mass at Oísin House, Rossmore Masses at 9.00am, 11.30am in St. Clare’s Church and 10.15am Mass in Holy Cross, Killeshin

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


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 | Safeguarding Reps: B. Lloyd – 087 7719368 | Suzanne McWey – 087 6216207.

Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish Events 2018/2019

To view the Church Calendar: Sept 2018 – Aug 2019  Click Here

April 2019

Sat/Sun 6th/7th: Lenten Confession Weekend

Sun 14th: Palm Sunday

Sun 14th: 6.00pm – Youth Mass (St Clare’s)

Thurs 18th: 7.30pm – Holy Thursday/First Communion Programme

Fri 19th: Good Friday/First Communion Programme

Sat 20th: Holy Saturday/Confirmation Programme

Sun 21st: Easter Sunday (Dawn Mass)

Mon 29th: Novena begins (9 Mondays)

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