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bulletin 24th May 2020

Kilskyre parish

Parish Priest - Fr. Kearney

Phone 046 9243623

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ASCENTION OF THE LORD                                                       24th MAY 2020                                   


Welcome to all our online parishioners.                                                    

"Jesus is our best friend, and we share God's mystery and love with each other"


  May is the month of Our  Lady and we are encouraged to say the rosary each day and to have a May altar in our homes.

Pope  Francis's Prayer to Our Lady for the month of May

"We seek refuge under your protection,  O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas - we who are put to thet test - and deliver us form every danger O  glorious and blessed Virgin".

Masses: "While Masses are are suspended, the voice of prayer should not be silent"  (Bishop Deenihan)

All physical in person attendance at Mass has been suspended until the end of the current emergency.

Fr. Kearney is celebrating all Mass intentions privately at the weekend:

Saturday 23rd May   Sean Mulvanay Carrick

Sunday 24th             (no intention) 

Saturday 30th           Patricia & Owen Healy & Decd. family

Sunday 31st             Patrick & Brigid Burke Patrickstown

                                 Anthony & Maisie Tunney     

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   We share the deep disappointment that we as a parish cannot celebrate the childrens First Communion this month because of  the Covid pandemic.  We  know they have worked so hard in school preparing for their special day.  We will celebrate First Communion when the regulations allow. In the meantime we would ask the children to continue to pray at home with their parents...

With no congregations in the churches at the weekends, and no collections, offerings for the running of the parish have reduced considerably.  At this difficult time, the parish continues to incur costs including basic salary for the parish priest, insurance, maintenance, electricity etc..  This is a difficult time for everyone,  and we completely understand that some parishioners are suffering a drop in their incomes..

Many thanks to all that have dropped their envelopes into the parochial house and those who have contributed electronicaly into our bank account, also to those who continue to pay by standing order.

We ask where it is possible to make some contribution by

  • leaving your envelopes in the letterbox in thre parochial house
  • by electronic payment into our Bank - Bank of Ireland -  Kilskyre Church Account -

           BIC BOFIIE2D.                                  IBAN IE31 BOFI  90 34 45 25116085.   


 Excerpt from letter from Bishop Tom Deenihan to parishes on reopening Churches:

 As you know, the Government Framework Document in relation to the reopening of enterprise and the relaxation of restrictions allow for the resumption of public Masses as and from July 20th  While that date is indicated, it could be pushed out or, hopefuflly be somewhat nearer..  In this context, it is as well to make some preparations..

As you might imagine, discussions are taking placae at Episcopal Conference level in relation to the publication of guidelines, approved by both the public health authorities and the Irish Episcopal Conference itself.  It is hoped that these will be finalised around the second week of June.  It is not clear what will be agreed.   It is certain that they will include marking seats within Churches in relation to social (2 metre)  distance, a cleaning regime between celebrations and the provision of sanitisers at Church entrance and exits.  As soon as these guidelines are finalised, I will send them to you.  However, at this juncture, it would be advisable for priests to look at Churches and mark seating plans, seek volunteers for washing the Church between celebrations, and, crucially, order sanitisers and dispensers.

A few further points are worth considering.  It might be better to restrict Masses to one bigger Church in a parish than to try to have Masses in several smaller Churches..  It is also likely that cocooning may still be in place when Churches are having public Masses.  This will impact on some parishes and it may be something that should be discussed at Deenery level.

I would expect the dispensation from the obligation to attendd on Sunday to continue and the obligation could be fulfilled on weekdays.. Where possible encourage people to attend during the week.



The Lord is absent: that was the first experience of Jesus’ followers after his death. But even though he has returned to his Father, he is with us. Today’s feast is the celebration that he is present both in heaven and on earth.


                                 Stay in touch with family and friends and stay safe.

                                                                     God  Bless 



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