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All bingo has been cancelled until further notice.

Training for Eucharistic Ministers and Stewards

A big thank you to everyone who attended the meetings this week. We understand a number of people could not attend the meetings. If anyone would like to join these ministries a second training night will take place this Tuesday at 7pm for those who wish to be added to the stewards rota and at 8pm for those who wish to be added to the Eucharistic Ministers rota. We are extremely grateful to all who volunteered as we could not re-open without them.

Holy Cross Church

Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone involved in the clean-up work carried out in Killeshin around the church, the
graveyards and surrounding area. The whole place looks spectacular. Well done everyone.

Capuchin Friary, Dublin Street, Carlow Chapel

Monday – Saturday 11.00am – 5.00pm open for private prayer. Confessions:- 12 noon – 1pm & 4.00pm – 5.00 pm. The normal 1.00 pm Mass Monday – Saturday has been transferred to Carlow Cathedral. Friary Office:- Open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Trocaire Boxes

Trocaire boxes can still  be handed in to the parish centre. We are living with the Covid19 crisis but imagine living with conflict and starvation on top of that.   Please give generously.

Parish Centre

Open Monday-Friday 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm. The COVID restrictions are in place so please  follow the guidelines as listed at the front door.

2020 Online Summer School:- Theology, Spirituality & Religious Experience

By Fr. Pat Collins C.M. Two-week online course will begin on 13th July and again on 10th Aug. One lecture per day. | +353 140 48124.


Joe, Bernadine and Dermot Callinan wish to thank everyone who supported them during their recent bereavement and for your
Mass Cards and prayers. Special thanks to Fr Dunphy and Fr Lawton and the ladies who sang at the funeral. A mass will be said for your intentions.

Garden Produce for Sale

The committee of An Gairdín Beo invites you to come and pick your own produce in the garden. Due to Health and Safety Guidelines from the government you are asked to bring your own carrier bag, scissors and trowel and to observe the signage directions. We plan that the sale will continue every Wednesday in July from 10.00am – 1.00pm. The following produce are now
available: Potted and loose herbs, lettuce, garlic, chad, kale, beans, gooseberries, raspberries. Homemade chutney will also be on
sale. We regret that there is no parking permitted on site.


I never thought I’d miss so much
as to climb the steps in St. Clare’s Church.
Or miss the friends that gather there
to praise the Lord in song and prayer.

That times have changed there is no doubt
when human beings can’t move about.
Or come and go just as we please
oh things are very strange indeed.

And it weighs heavy on the heart
when friends and love ones do depart.
And there’s no time to say farewell
or sing for them with chapel bell.

Or stand by graveside head bowed low
and say a prayer for repose of soul.
Or arm around a friend that weeps
or comfort those that mourn and grieve

But this too some-day will pass
and we’ll climb again the stairs for Mass.
and we’ll gaze upon those empty seats
where once sat friends, we held so deep.

And then together all as one
we will raise our voice in heartfelt song.
For friends and loved ones that have passed
all since that time we gathered last.

This poem was written by Martin Power, a member of our men’s choir. It is particularly appropriate as we return to worship. The men’s choir lost two valued members of their choir during the lockdown. We remember them in our prayers.


Currently enrolling for free ECCE preschool places and also afterschool childcare places starting in September. Contact Paula on 085-7771221, email or check out our facebook page.

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 Intention for June – The Way of the Heart

Our prayer, with the Pope in both his monthly and his new daily Intentions, is always oriented towards changing our own hearts, preparing ourselves for mission in whatever life-situation we’re in. For almost every person on the planet, that situation changed drastically since before Lent this year. We are only just beginning to learn and to reflect on how much of that change is permanent, on how much life has changed forever. Many indeed are suffering, whether through illness or by watching loved ones sicken. Part of us longs for a return to normal, leading us to examine what we meant by that normal, and to face our fears that it might never return. Therefore, it is important not to let fear control us; the love of the Heart of Christ will be our great strength. This month we are invited to join Pope Francis’ prayer intention “….that all those who suffer may find their way in life,allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.”

Care for Our Common Home – Make Working from Home your Habit

Working from home has become the norm, and almost one in five people are likely to continue to do this after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted. There are many advantages to working from home, from flexibility with working hours to a more relaxed working environment, resulting in less stress and no decrease in productivity. But the big winner could be climate change: with the need to commute taken away, and people spending more time in their local areas, this will clearly have a huge impact on the environment. All of this can only mean a happier planet and fitter, healthier inhabitants, so while coronavirus has forced most of us to slow down, it’s also given the planet a chance to start healing.

To do:- Show your boss you are just as productive from home as in work. Devise a plan to work at home more after the lockdown.

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.


RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210 and Freeview – Channel 826; Download our FREE APP – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on or via PHONE – get live radio feed by telephoning +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply). Please join our growing faith family!

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.

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

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