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.
Safeguarding Message for Safeguarding Sunday 2020
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020
The place of young people in the heart of our diocese, our parishes, our church
Last September we celebrated our very first Safeguarding Sunday in the diocese. This year to coincide with Safeguarding Sunday in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic we are also offering a Video Message. Safeguarding Sunday is an opportunity to recognise publicly the years of dedication and work by so many to ensure that our diocese is a safe place for children and vulnerable adults and for all those working with them. I thank the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee for proposing this day once again and making it happen. There are close to 200 people voluntarily working on behalf of safeguarding across all our parishes. I am most grateful for their commitment and dedication to their safeguarding brief. It is greatly appreciated. Our parishes, our diocese are safe places for young people to participate fully in the life of the Church. The theme of this year’s Safeguarding Sunday is the place of young people in the heart of our diocese, our parishes, our church. Nothing gives me greater joy than to witness the involvement of so many young people in the life of our diocese:
- on my visits to parishes meeting teams of Altar Servers
- the John Paul II recipients
- the 260 Meitheal leaders working across 26 secondary schools in the diocese
- the young people who travel with us on our pilgrimages
All these young people are a credit to their families, their parishes and their schools. I thank the many priests and laity who work so hard to ensure young people’s experience of Church is both positive and healthy. We in Kildare & Leighlin diocese are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child, each young person as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of them in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. All our priests, religious, staff and volunteers have a responsibility to safeguard children and young people through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The participation of children and young people in the heart of our parishes, our diocese, our church is a source of enjoyment, growth in faith, support and enrichment for young people and the wider communities in our parishes, participation that grows year on year. We are all enriched by the presence and participation of children/young people; it is an expression of the Christian Community We all share the responsibility of making the Church a safe place for children/young people to be – Church personnel, parents and parishioners. We put certain requirements in place to enable this to happen but we also live safeguarding every time we are in contact with youngsters in our parish activities. I once again commend this Safeguarding Sunday Initiative and reiterate my apology to anyone who has suffered abuse in the past. You are always very much in our prayers. A reminder that the services of Towards Healing and Towards Peace are available for all who are trying to deal with the trauma of abuse in their lives.
With my prayers & thoughts,
✠ Denis Nulty – Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin
As the Covid 19 numbers appear to be on the rise we have been asked to highlight the guidelines for churches again for the safety of everyone. The wearing of a face mask is now strongly recommended when you visit the church.
Please use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the church.
Wearing of a face mask is now mandatory.
Please follow the direction of our stewards.
Please only sit in designated areas. (Please only sit in the seats with the ‘please sit here’ signs and remain in seats for the duration of the service)
Holy Communion can only be received in the hand.
People are asked to leave the church slowly and not to gather outside in large numbers.
If you have flu-like symptoms, please remain at home and join us for Mass via our parish webcam.
At all times, be mindful of social distancing.
The parish are doing everything we can to keep people safe while maintaining an atmosphere where people can come to worship in prayer. Please be mindful of your own and other people’s health at all times. A big thank you to all our volunteers who sanitize the churches after every Mass, baptism, wedding, funeral etc. We would not be able to open the churches at all without them. If you would like to volunteer please contact the parish centre.
Twinning with Our Lady of Fatima Parish in the Philippians
In October 2018 Graiguecullen/Killeshin parish began our Mission Project with Our Lady of Fatima Parish in the Philippians. One of the many aspirations and hopes of the parish was the complete the construction of a parish centre. A total of €8,484 was collected through donations and forwarded to Fr Reycel Centino. Thanks to all your donations their parish centre is almost finished. (photos of the project can be viewed on our website). Fr Reycel has sent his appreciation and the thanks of all his parishioners for the kindness shown to the people of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
Information on Our Lady of Fatima Parish:
Our Lady of Fatima Parish is located in the eastern part of the Diocese of Pagadian which is 55 kilometers away from Pagadian City. It has a population of 8,689 with 35 chapels. Farming is the primary occupation with corn, coconut and vegetables as the main produce.
The Ministries Groups in their parish include:
Worship Ministry: Legion of Mary, Lay Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, Servers of the Altar and Apostleship of Prayer. Education Ministry: the Bible Apostolate and Catechists. Service Ministry: Justice and Peace, Coro de Fatima Choir, Parish Disaster Risk Reduction Management Apostolate (PDRRMA), Community Based Health Program (CBHP), and Sustainable Agriculture. Liturgy Ministry: Prayer Apostolate and Lay Ministers of the Holy Eucharist. Senior Citizen Apostolate (Tatay ug Nanay –Grandfather and Grandmother). Death Inservice Team– serve the bereaved family such as serving during vigil time, construction of burial chamber, giving of financial aid and others.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH – ASPIRATIONS, HOPES, CHALLENGES
Creating a Parish Mission Team
Teambuilding of Parish Pastoral Council
Providing/ Strengthening the Leaders of the Parish through frequent formation seminars, recollection, leadership training and trainers’ training.
Constructing a Parish Center, a Parish Dormitory and Catholic Cemetery
Strengthening the passion of sharing and giving in the Parish
Feeding Program for the IP Children.
Providing school supplies for the IP students.
This weekend we celebrate the harvest by thanking God for the abundance we receive in our lives not just in food but in the goodness we have. This will be a Harvest like no other for many families around the world as they face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as the result of coronavirus. This weekend, we remember and pray for a fair and just trade so that all may receive a just wage for the work of their hands. We remember to support local growers and local produce. We
pray for politicians and all who make decisions that affect the future of the earth. We pray that they may safeguard the planet for future generations. We also take this opportunity to ask people to share with others in need in our own community, by bringing a food item (perishable or non perishable) and place it in our sacred space in our Church. The items will be blessed at our Masses and used in ‘The Kitchen’ or distributed in food parcels to local people in need.
Change of Heart
A father asks two sons to go and work in the vineyard. The first son says that he won’t but changes his mind and does. The second son says that he will but doesn’t bother. Which son do we identify with? The first son speaks to those of us who have embraced Christ’s teaching late in life. Yet again Jesus is telling us that those who have managed a change of heart are as important to him if not more important than those who think they’ve got everything right. The second son speaks to those of us who have lots of good intentions, but at the end of the day the evidence of discipleship amounts to little more than lip service. Originally this parable was aimed at the Pharisees who didn’t feel they needed to change how they lived. Like the Pharisees we might feel that we are upright church going people, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty we need to address. We still live in a world where there’s plenty to put right. God’s vineyard needs workers who will say ‘yes’ to God’s plan, and more importantly, get stuck into the job. For those of us who have lived our lives doing the same old things it might be very difficult to turn around a pattern of poor or ineffectual behaviour, but we only need to talk to a reformed offender or a reformed addict to know that a change of heart is not beyond any of us.
All our services can be viewed via webcam on www.graiguecullenkilleshin.com
Monday – Friday
10am – Mass
Saturday – 10am & 6.30pm
Sunday 9am & 11.30am
Sunday – 10.15am