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.
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 strongly recommended.
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 Philippian
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.
Give Them Food Yourselves
We’ve heard of the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand from childhood and it’s a brilliant story, but what is the real point of it. Is the point of it to prove Jesus’ divinity and God’s great power? Is it to show Jesus’ compassion in caring for people even when he was at his most tired? Perhaps the point of the story is Jesus’ response in solving the problem of the crowd’s hunger. Significantly, Jesus turns to the disciples and says, “Give them food yourselves….” How must the disciples have felt? They were used to Jesus taking charge. How did he expect them to solve a problem of this enormity? But to Jesus there is no problem. He takes what little the disciples have, five loaves and two fishes, sanctifies it and the results hare enough to feed five
thousand with food left over. Today the world is asking to be fed both literally and spiritually. Could the little we have to offer be enough to tackle problems of a global size? Back in 2000, all the nations of the world agreed to what are called the Millennium Development Goals, initially set for 2015 and now projected until 2030. It is
possible for us to eradicate poverty. We have the will and we are already well underway. As in the feeding of the five thousand, God is asking us to do our bit
and he will use whatever small steps we take in ways that might surprise us.
From our human perspective, we look at the planet’s resources and see scarcity.
From God’s perspective there is great abundance. Now it’s up to us to share our God given resources justly around the world.
If you are holidaying at home this year why not visit some of Ireland’s ancient pilgrimage sites i.e.
Croagh Patrick: overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo and is renowned for its
Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick. This tradition stretches back over 5,000
years from the Stone Age to the present day. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.
Knock: in 1875, fifteen Irish people claimed that the image of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, an altar, cross and a lamb appeared to them in this small village. The Shrine is open to welcome individuals and family groups, & offers Daily Masses in the Basilica at 12 noon, 3pm and 7.30pm with restricted capacity and on a first-come, first-served basis. Pilgrims may avail of Confession in the Chapel of Reconciliation. The Parish Church is available for private prayer and pilgrims can light candles. In all these locations strict queueing and social distancing measures apply.
Glendalough: was the site of the renowned early medieval monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin located in a stunning valley in the Wicklow mountains.
St. Kevin’s Trail follows in the saint’s steps through the peaceful countryside and explores the monastery where he spent most of his life in prayer taking in the Wicklow Gap and the Glendasan River along the route.
Our Lady’s Island: nestling in the most south-easterly corner of Ireland, and ten miles from Wexford Town, lies the Parish of Our Lady’s Island. This has been a centre of devotion and pilgrimage to Our Lady since at least the 6th century. It is by far the oldest, and second only to Knock in Co. Mayo, as the most significant Marian shrine in Ireland.10.15am
All our services can be viewed via webcam on www.graiguecullenkilleshin.com
Monday – Friday
10am – Mass
Saturday – 10am & 6.30pm
Sunday 9am & 11.30am
Friday – 7.30pm
Sunday – 10.15am