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.
Prayer Card for the month of November
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.
We live our lives torn in many directions. From the moment we wake up there are a hundred and one claims on our time. We have to look after our homes and our families. We have to go to work and deal with a whole range of tasks from the very important to the totally banal. We have to fill in forms, pay bills, make calls, answer emails, maintain the car, and pick up the shopping. If we’re very lucky we might just squeeze in a bit of leisure time. But in our lives torn by conflicting interests, how do we make time for God?
The Pharisees and the Herodians in today’s gospel decided to set a trap for Jesus. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor,” they asked, “or not?” they were confident that they had put Jesus in a ‘no win’ situation. If Jesus said “taxes should be paid to Caesar, then this was something akin to treason. If however Jesus said that the taxes should be paid, he would be denounced to the strict Jews. Jesus replied, “Give to the emperor, the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s.”
It is tempting to imagine that Jesus might have been talking about compartments. We imagine a compartment for things belonging to Caesar, and a compartment for things belonging to God. Of course there could be no such compartments, because as we know everything comes from God, so everything must belong to God. So had Jesus really answered the question, or merely sidestepped it?
Perhaps today we struggle with Jesus’ answer as much as the Pharisees and Herodians must have done. Perhaps we see life as a conflict between God’s claim on us and all life’s other claims in just the way God’s enemies were suggesting. Perhaps we try to put God into a Sunday morning compartment and even that will conflict with the children’s football and the D.I.Y. What Jesus tells us today is liberating. Once we learn to allow God into every corner of our lives our lives become whole instead of torn and fragmented. Once we know that our only loyalty is to God there can be no conflict.
All our services can be viewed via facebook or our webcam on www.graiguecullenkilleshin.com until further notice
Monday – Friday
10am – Mass
Saturday – 10am & 6.30pm
Sunday 9am & 11.30am
Praying the Rosary during the month of October
Prayer is a way to help us get in touch with God and to develop a relationship with him. In prayer we not only talk with God, but God communicates with us. As we continue to pray, our relationship with God grows, and we are transformed more into the people we are meant to be. By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic prayers.
October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the Rosary. The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events in the life of Jesus and Mary. The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from Saint Luke’s Gospel in the New
Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus’ childhood. The Luminous Mysteries bring a deeper understanding to the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between the childhood of Jesus and His suffering and death on the cross. The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us of how much Jesus loves us. They recall how He suffered and died just for us. The Glorious Mysteries tell us what happened after Jesus died – His Resurrection, the descent of the Holy Spirit and the love Jesus had for his Mother. In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries.
What is World Mission Sunday?
In basic terms, World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual direct appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of missionaries can continue. It always falls over the second last weekend in October, it is one of three yearly Universal Church collections. Since its announcement as a papal collection, all parishes worldwide have offered Mass collections from the day to aid the work of missionaries and mission overseas.
This year’s theme ‘Together we can do more – Blessed are the peacemakers’ is highlighting that our Church is a global community that must stand together if it is to do more. COVID-19 brings much fear, but it also shows us that selfless and courageous actions are not reserved solely for saints. In fact they are found in every one of us, and that by acting together we can achieve more. The theme also recognises our missionaries as peacemakers. In many of our poorer parishes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it is missionaries who are on the front line.
We already owe these women and men so much, as they walk hand-in-hand with marginalised communities, long before and after any emergency. Just like Jesus, the Prince of Peace, missionaries emulate love and harmony as they reconcile fragile people, from fractured communities, with God and with each other.
Show missionaries you care by supporting their life-giving work. Donate €4.00 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300. Alternatively donations can be left into the parish centre and we will forward them for you.