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All bingo has been cancelled until further notice.

Church Collections

Although the churches are closed to the public for Masses we still need to try and keep our parish running. If you wish you can leave your contribution into the parish centre or alternatively you can set up a standing order to the church bank account. The parish account details are as follows: Bank Name and Address: Bank of Ireland, Shamrock Plaza, Carlow. Name of Account: Graiguecullen Church. BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE12 BOFI 9065 3123 3222 21. Please put your name and address in the reference box. Donations to our parish or any diocesan collection i.e Trocaire can now also be made on the diocesan website at

 Trocaire Boxes

Will be collected when things are back to normal.  Please continue to fill them.  We are living with the Covid19 crisis but imagine living with conflict and starvation on top of that.  Please give generously.

Churches Reopen

Our churches are open 12.30pm – 4pm daily to give people an opportunity for quiet prayer and to light a candle. Whilst we know that many people from all over the country are joining us for our Masses and services via webcam it is great to have our churches open for people to visit. Please remember to follow the COVID 19 guidelines posted in the churches and please use the hand sanitisers supplied when entering and leaving the church. We have put in place a system whereby certain seats are used so if you enter a seat you put down the kneeler. Please leave it down when you are finished (even if you don’t kneel down). This gives us an indication where people have been and means it’s not necessary to clean the whole church every day.

Living In A Virtual World

This week think about people who are living in isolation, but are doubly affected because they do not understand the technology of Zoom or the internet, or are hard of hearing. Writing good old fashioned letters is an often forgotten way to keep in touch.

Cemetery Masses

This Friday 5th June was to be the date for our Killeshin cemetery Mass. Due to the current crowd restrictions the Mass cannot be held in the graveyard. A Mass will be celebrated via webcam and facebook on Friday evening at 7.30pm for all those buried in Killeshin particularly those who have died during the past 12 months.

World Environment Day – ‘Time for Nature’ 5th June

The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is, ‘Time for Nature,’ with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

Things to do:-
1. Start in your back yard. Create a habitat that will attract and support birds, butterflies, and bees. Trees, shrubs, and other plants provide shelter and food for wildlife. Consider how you might place nesting boxes, feeders and watering sites.

2. Photograph your habitat and post it on social media. If everyone gave thought to creating a nature friendly environment we might fuel some ‘joined up thinking’.

3. With most children still not out and about, this would make a great weekend garden or back yard project.


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Living in a Virtual World – A Visit to the Vatican

This week think about people who are living in isolation, but are doubly affected because they do not understand the technology of Zoom or the internet, or are hard of hearing. Writing good old fashioned letters is an often forgotten way to keep in touch.

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus,  who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the en- treaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Care for Our Common Home

Here is a top tip for the care of our planet that we can do without leaving the house.

  • Make an effort not to waste any food, saving on natural resources, saving money and saving any unnecessary trips to the supermarket. Try batch cooking and freezing. Remember to label home freezing with the date and contents. Aim to use any left-overs for lunch on the following day. Use those lonely unloved things at the back of the cupboard to make imaginative meals. Who would have thought baked beans would go so well with pasta!

Looking after your mental health during this time.

While it is reasonable for people to be concerned about the outbreak of coronavirus, try to remember that medical, scientific and public health experts around the world are working hard to contain the virus, treat those affected and develop a vaccine as quickly as possible. Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, you may find it useful to limit your media intake if it is upsetting you or your family. Access good quality information It’s important to get accurate information from credible sources. This will also help you maintain perspective and feel more in control.

Keep up your healthy routines

Your routine may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways. But during difficult times like this, it’s best if you can keep some structure in your day. It’s important to pay attention to your needs and feelings, especially during times of stress. You may still be able to do some of the things you enjoy and find relaxing.

For example, you could try to:

  •   exercise regularly, especially walking – you can do this even if you need to self-quarantine

  •   keep regular sleep routines

  •   maintain a healthy, balanced diet

  •   avoid excess alcohol

  •   practice relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises

  •   read a book

Coming Soon from Fr. Liam Lawton

” High is the Heaven “

It’s a while since I wrote some new original music and so I have tried in this new collection to offer a variety of songs and themes but all with the common denominators that the melo- dies are strong and very sing-able, with a Celtic theme running through all of them. The Choral and Music Arrangements are done by Paul Tate and are really beautiful and effective, and in the recording some extra Orchestra lines have been developed Mark Cahill.

Like all of my music, the songs are written for a specific reason ~

~ The Psalm The Lord hears the Cry of the Poor was especially written for the Papal Mass of Pope Francis in Ireland , High is the Heaven was written to celebrate the 1400th of St. Co- lumba ~ one of the ancient Celtic monks who brought Christianity from Ireland to Europe and There’s a Star is a Christmas piece with a memorable refrain, that celebrates the birth of the Christ Child.
As you bring your Gifts… was written to commemorate the 100 years Foundation of my own Parish Church in Edenderry, Co. Offaly, where I grew up.
The beauty of the spirituality of this ancient land is found in all of these pieces, which makes them unique, but I hope, also very accessible.
The Collection is now available in Veritas

Carlow Family Support Group – You Are Not Alone

Drugs and Alcohol abuse effects families regardless of status in life. You did not cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it. Help is available for those who live with this dreadful disease call 085 7872730.

Third Age Ireland

Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. SeniorLine is one of their programmes and could be very helpful to you at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.


If you are concerned about the welfare and safety of children or vulnerable adult contact Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) – Mr Michael Daly: Ph: 085/8021633

St. Vincent De Paul

Local Conference – St. Fiacc’s. Tel: 086 – 1592775.


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South Leinster Money Advice and Budget Service CLG

Carlow Office, 72D Tullow Street, Carlow. 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Phone Number 0761 07 2070 | Fax 059 9142360 | MABS National Helpline 0761 07 2000. Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.


Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation course facilitators.
• If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church
• If you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage Accord wants to hear from you! Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation courses locally. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to The closing date for receipt of application forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 15th May. Application forms and additional information about becoming a facilitator is available on

Prayer Intercessors

This group is available to pray regularly but individually for the life of the parish as well as specific intentions that arise from time to time. If you have a family member who is seriously ill or is undergoing a major operation or any other special request please ring the parish office (9141833) & we will send out a group text to request prayers. In order to maintain confidentiality we do not use names in the texts. If you are interested in joining this ministry please give your name and mobile number to the parish office.

Clothes Recycling

Vera Smith & Catherine Nolan, Niall Mellon Educate Volunteers are holding a clothes recycling collection all year round in aid of their forthcoming trip to South Africa to help build schools in Capetown. Old clean clothes, shoes, bags, bedlinen (no duvets or pillows please), curtains can be dropped at any time to Terry Smith Kitchens, Sleaty Road, Graiguecullen, Carlow or collection can be arranged by contacting Vera on 086 8317940 or Catherine on 086 8709846, Mobile phones accepted. Thank you for your Support.

Al-Anon Support Group

Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? Do you worry about how much they drink? Al-Anon can offer understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers whether they are still drinking or not. Al-Anon Family Groups have weekly meetings where all are welcome. Carlow: St. Catherine’s Community Service Centre, St. Joseph’s Road – Mon @ 8pm. Askea Parish Centre, O’Brien Road, Askea – Thurs @ 8pm or Tel: 01-8732699 for further information. Website:

St. Fiacc’s Hall

Available for Parties and Indoor Sports. Phone 059 9140330 for details.

Prayer Meetings

Prayer meetings held every Monday @ 8pm in Sacred Heart Hall. All welcome.

Older Parish Bulletins

Link 3rd May 2020

Link 26th April 2020

Link 19th April 2020 docx

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