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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.

Welcome Back

Welcome Back” – St Clare’s & Holy Cross churches will re-open for public worship from tomorrow 29th June. ‘A parish is at its best when it joins together as a community to worship’.  The capacity of our churches with social distancing is Holy Cross – 60 people and St Clare’s Church – 120 people.  Unfortunately, we are still restricted to 50 people only for the moment but hopefully we will get to bigger numbers soon. It is understandable that people may still be nervous of Covid and will be reluctant to return to church for the moment in case there are big crowds.  To alleviate this a little there will be an extra weekend Mass in Holy Cross Church on Friday evenings at 7.30pm.  The Saturday morning Mass at 10am in St Clare’s will also be a weekend Mass.  We would ask everyone to be mindful of their own health first and remind them that attending any Mass during the week or watching on webcam is acceptable as your Sunday Mass.

We are extremely lucky in our parish to have so many volunteers to help us implement the government guidelines.  A big thank you to all those who attended the meetings on Wednesday and Thursday nights this week.  We now have volunteers trained to welcome people to all our Masses and direct them to the designated social distancing seats.  We know some people have been sitting in the same seats at Mass for years but unfortunately this will not be possible for the moment.  The stewards will fill the seats from the front of the church with designated single seat and household places.  There is no need to be anxious as the stewards will be there to show you where to go.  Unfortunately, once all the seats are full no one else will be allowed to enter the church.  This is regrettable so please don’t take offence.  Everyone is doing their best to follow the government guidelines regarding social distancing.

At communion people will be asked to remain in their seats to receive the Eucharist and the Ministers will come to you.  People can only receive Communion on their hand.  The ministers of the Eucharist will wear masks and sanitise their hands carefully.

Other guidelines that need to be followed for everyone’s safety are:

  • If you have any flu-like symptoms please remain at home and join us via webcam.
  • The whole church will be sanitised by our volunteers and sacristan after each Mass.
  • People will be asked to sanitise their hands on entering and leaving the church.
  • Please stay in your seat for the duration of the Mass. (Parents are asked to please ensure your child remains with them)
  • Please do not shake hands with people at the sign of peace.
  • To allow for time to sanitise the church before the next Mass people will be asked to leave the church immediately after each ceremony.
  • If you would like to volunteer in any of the ministries please contact the parish office and training will be arranged.

We understand this all appears to be very regimented but we have to follow the government guidelines in order to ensure that everyone is kept safe and we finally rid our community of this pandemic.  We look forward to seeing you all again.  ‘Welcome, Respect and Safety’.

Kildare and Leighlin Sings-' A Hymn of Hope'

Because choirs are not able to sing together during these challenging times, Bishop Denis has asked Fr Liam Lawton to co-ordinate a Virtual Recording with an invitation to all Church Singers and Choirs. The Kildare & Leighlin Virtual Choir provides an opportunity for Singers and Choirs from all over the Diocese to sing together on a recording and allows people to use their skills and talents, continuing to give joy and encouragement to people during this time of Lock-down and especially at a time when Choirs etc are not able to function. The Song chosen is The Cloud’s Veil and is a song that should be familiar to everyone. Please check out our website or facebook page or the diocesan website at for all details on how to get involved.


Confirmation Classes - Promises Form

For the attention of Confirmation Classes. Attached is a Promise Form in PDF format. Parents will need to download the form and fill it out with their child. Please send forms back by email to or by post to Graiguecullen Killeshin Parish Centre, Chaff Street, Graiguecullen, Carlow.



A Message to the Sick and all in Care Homes

Archbishop Eamon offers some words of Encouragement and Hope to the sick and those in care homes.

Sunday School Activities - How I can follow Jesus

Please take a few minutes each week to pray & reflect with your children on each Sunday’s Gospel message by watching the attached clip and completing the colouring page from the link below. Feel free to share their work on our Facebook page each week. 
Gospel YouTube clip:


Sunday School Prayers

• Our Father
• The Guardian Angel Prayer
• Hail Mary

Mass Times

All our services can be viewed via webcam on 


Monday – Friday

10am – Mass


St. Clare’s

Saturday – 10am & 6.30pm

Holy Cross

Friday – 7.30pm

Sunday – 10.15am

Parish Newsletter

To view this weeks Newsletter


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

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