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P.P. Fr Albert McDonnell 085 7811823
Parish Office 065 6838135
Fr. Joe Hourigan 065 6834145; 086 8170700   

 17th & 18th Mar 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B

Email or click HERE
Twitter: @ClondegadParish
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Please note the Parish Office opening hours for coming week:
Tues, Wed & Thurs 10am – 3pm


Christ the King Church, Ballycorick - Masses:

Sat Mar 17th          7pm        Mass (Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Thurs Mar 22nd     9.30am  Mass
Fri Mar 23rd           9.30am  Mass
Sat Mar 24th          7pm        Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey - Masses:

Sun Mar 18th         12pm     Mass (Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Mon Mar 19th        9.30am  Mass for the People
Tues Mar 20th       9.30am  Mass
Wed Mar 21st        9.30am  Mass
Sun Mar 25th         12pm     Palm Sunday& March Anniversary Mass

Names for the anniversary Mass can be written in to the book at the back of the church up to Wednesday evening.
Please write all names clearly.

Eucharistic Adoration in Lissycasey every Wed 6pm – 10pm

Summer Time will begin at 1am on Sunday, 25 March. The vigil Masses in The Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick and St Mary’s Church, Cranny will be celebrated at 8pm during summer time. The times of our Sunday morning Masses will remain unchanged.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Suzanne Cottam, Clondrinagh and Margaret Ann Kelly, Kilimer (nee Clancy, Renappa) mother of Brendan Kelly, Caherea who died last week.

Weekly Lenten Reflection & Prayer at Lissycasey Pastoral Centre, continues every Tuesday during Lent at 8pm. There will be reading of the Sunday Gospel, reflection and prayer each week.

Ballycorick Eucharistic Ministers:
Sat 24h: Mary O’Dea, Aine Gavin, Bernie Gavin
Lissycasey Eucharistic Ministers:
Sun 25th: Kathleen Breen, Jacqueline Coughlan, Florence O’Shea
Ballycorick Readers: 
Sat 24th: Josie Gavin,
Prayers of the Faithful: Alan Sheehan & Sam Garry
Lissycasey Readers:
Sun 25th: Patricia Keane
Prayers of the Faithful: Marie Faughnan
Ballycorick Servers:
Sat 24th: Jonathan & Kelsey O’Donoghue
Supervisor: Caroline O’Donoghue

Finances:                             Ballycorick          Lissycasey
Mar 10th & 11th                      €326.20                 €518.70

Collections - Lissycasey Church: Collections will no longer be taken at the entrance to the Church. We would ask that collection envelopes be placed in the baskets along with the weekly envelopes that are passed around during Mass. Many thanks for your continued support. 

Signed Mass Cards available from the Parish Office for €10

Trócaire: The annual collection in support of Trócaire will take place next weekend. Trócaire is the Irish Catholic agency for third world development which helps the poor to help themselves. Your contribution will help end poverty and hunger in our world.

 “…to lend your neighbour a helping hand is to keep the commandments.” Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 29:1.  This St. Patrick’s weekend we celebrate the huge change brought about in the developing world which is made possible by the generosity of people in Ireland.  Trócaire reached 2.6 million people last year with support – parents trying to feed their children, communities struck by disaster, refugees fleeing conflict, men and women whose rights were being trampled.  This support can only be provided by the ongoing solidarity shown by people here at home.

Holy Week and Easter, 2018: We are approaching the end of lent and the celebration of the most important Christian feast. Attached please find a list of Holy Week and Easter liturgies in our cluster of parishes. During the coming week we have reconciliation services in three of our Churches:

St Mary's Church, Cranny

7pm Mon, 19 March

St Benedict's Church, Coolmeen

7pm Thurs, 22 March

Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick

7pm Friday, 23 March

On Palm Sunday (next Sunday) we will bless the palm before Mass.  This liturgy recalls the beginning of Holy Week when Our Lord entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey as the people placed palms and their cloaks on the road as gesture of welcome.   

On Holy Thursday, our Church will remain open from after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper until 11pm in Ballycorick and 10pm in Lissycasey to allow people to pray with the Lord in the garden of Gethsemane and to answer Christ's invitation "Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?" (Mt 26:40).

Ballynacally Parish Council Meeting: Monday March 19th at 8.30pm at the Parochial House

Lissycasey Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday March 20th at 8pm at the Pastoral Centre

Ballynacally Liturgy Meeting: Wednesday March 21st at 8.30pm at the Parochial House. All readers are asked to attend.

Volunteers Required in Ballycorick for the following:

  • Safeguarding Team – One or two people to help with safeguarding, ensuring forms are signed etc. Training will be provided.
  • Musicians/ Singers – to join existing choir or to play/sing occasionally throughout the year – all ages welcome.

Contact the parish office for more information or text Karen on 087-4160385 with expressions of interest.

Sincere thanks to our existing volunteers within the parish and to those who have offered to help recently.

Rosary at the Mass Rocks for LIFE & FAITH, 18th March at 2:30pm, Kilbaha Beach.  30,000 people prayed the Rosary at the Coast for Life & Faith. Please join us as we bring this urgent intention to our Mass Rocks and places where our ancestors showed incredible faith during the penal times.

Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Healing Retreat on Sunday, 25th March, 2018 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Pat O'Sullivan, Limerick and Janice and Moss Carrig, Limerick.

Lissycasey Hall It has come to our attention that a large amount of illegal dumping is taking place at our local hall. CCTV cameras are being monitored. However if any member of the public notices any dumping taking place, you might take note of car registrations & report it to Pat Hanrahan - hall caretaker or any member of the Parish Council. This also applies to our local graveyard where the bins should not be used for household waste. 

Blood supplies are currently very low due to the recent bad weather. If you wish to donate blood, you can do so at the Tracey's West County Hotel: Thursday March 22nd 2-5pm; Monday March 26th 5-8pm; Tuesday March 27th 5-8pm; Wednesday March 28th 5-8pm; Thursday March 29th 5-8pm. More information on

Exercise Classes for over 55s continue at the Community Centre in Ballynacally on Fridays at 3pm

Kildysart Drama Society present Michael Cooney’s brilliant comedy, “Cash on Delivery” in the Community Centre, Kildysart on this Saturday St Patrick’s Night, March 17th and Sunday March 18th . Doors open at 7.45pm  and Curtain goes up at 8.30 p.m. sharp.  A great night’s entertainment full of laughter is guaranteed!

The rescheduled ‘Patricia Corbett Memorial Walk/Run’ will be held in Labasheeda on Monday March 19th. This year we remember Fr. John Kelly RIP who regularly walked the route. The course is 6 miles/10km around Labasheeda peninsula registration from 12 noon and beginning at 12.30pm. Entry fee €10. Proceeds will go towards Sr. Ethel Normoyle’s Missionvale Project, South Africa and Labasheeda Community Centre Development. Light refreshments will be served all are welcome to take part. Further information contact: John 087-9672441. 

Clondegad GAA Lotto Results: Winning numbers: 2, 5, 22, 23 One match three winner: €160 + County Board Ticket – Christine Lewis, Islandavanna. Jackpot: €4200. Next venue: Carraig’s Bar 19/03/18. 3 tickets for €5

Lissycasey GAA club news: Lissycasey U16s played Miltown on Wednesday and will play Eire Og this weekend.
Our Junior team were defeated by Sh Gaels & and Senior teams played Cooraclare on Thursday and will play Kilfenora on Saturday.
Scor na bPaisti finals were on Friday night. Congratulations to Kieran Moroney on winning the Senior Scor Recitation title on Saturday last in Cappamore. Kieran will now represent Clare in the All Ireland Final in Sligo on April 14th.
Registration is now due for Lissycasey GAA club. For insurance purposes, all Players, (Adult & Juvenile) coaches and officials MUST be registered members of the club for the coming season. Family rates available. Contact Frank Culleton, Club registrar or any club officer.
Friends of Lissycasey plaque is now on display at the Dressing rooms in Frure. The names of everyone who has contributed to this fundraising project, since it began in 2013, is on display on the plaque. Lissycasey GAA club are now taking new members for 2018. Cost is €120 or €10 per month Direct debit. This included membership to the club, entry into a special draw, free entry for one child into the Lissycasey Club summer camp and a monthly entry into the Lotto draw. Anyone interested in joining are asked to contact Eamon Finnucane 0876305288, Anne Hayes 0862659561 or Martin Kelly 0876162494.

Lissycasey GAA club lotto
: 12/3/18: Numbers 2-6-14-19: No jackpot winner: Match 3: €100 divided between Sean O'Sullivan. Frure: Anne Callinan. Cranny :Maura Talty. Decomade. Ava Mahony.Limerick. Lucky Dip. €40 Christina Hayes. Lanna. Teresa Hill. Caherea. Grainne Talty. Smart Lotto: Lissycasey: 19/3/18 Jackpot €12,10000: Play Lotto online has been  Lotto €2 or 3 for €5.00

Fergus Rovers Ladies Football: The Intermediate team play the first round of the Division 1 league on Sunday, 18th March versus The Banner at 10:30 am in Ballynacally. The Junior team play Kildysart this weekend in their first match of the season. The U12s are fielding two teams this year with their league matches kicking off on Monday, 19th March. The Blue team play The Banner and the Yellow team play Kildysart. 
The U16 championship is starting on Monday, March 19th against Miltown in Miltown at 1 pm. Good luck to all involved.
Save the Date: The Annual Fergus Rovers Bingo will be held on Good Friday, 30th March in Lissycasey Hall. 

Cahercalla Hospice Draw Results:
1st Prize €650: Goretti Gleeson, Ennis
2nd Prize €200: Mary Moloney, Clarecastle

Fun Run/Walk on Monday March 19th at 11am. Assemble at Lissycasey Church: Walk to the Cascades. ALL WELCOME: Children, pets, pushchairs, walking frames etc: Fee €5 or any donation accepted. Funds to a local family in need. Donations are gratefully accepted and can be left at Pyne's shop, Lissycasey Post Office, Anne Hayes or Jean Moloney. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

Fergus A C  recently hosted a very enjoyable medal presentation evening at Griffins in Ballynacally. Gary Hill was an excellent DJ  while county Athletics secretary Vincent McCarthy was on hand to present county Munster and All Ireland medals to the stars from the Fergus Club. mThere was further good news for the club this week when Luke Griffin was named on the Ireland junior schools team following the success of his school St Flannans in winning the All Ireland junior cross country in Waterford last week end.Lukes Club mate Barry Conway was alsoa member of the winning team.

Light Up Lent Campaign continues throughout Lent. To submit a family name & donation of €5 contact the parish office or Mary Sheehan on 087-7759272 (Ballynacally) & Mary Murphy on 085-7739112 (Lissycasey). Names and donations can also be submitted at Lissycasey & Kildysart Post Offices, Kildysart Pharmacy and Kelly’s of Clondegad throughout Lent.
Candles will be lit at each weekend Mass during Lent and will be available to take home at Easter. Each family will also be included in a special Mass said by Fr David in Tanzania.
For more information & photos of Fr David
Mlemeta's poverty stricken parish see the facebook page:

The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy
Bringing Graces to each Parish, Home, Family & Devotee!
The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy has been donated to our parish. It is available from the Parish Office so we encourage people/families to invite Jesus the Divine Mercy into their homes for one week.
Once a day for 7 days, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of the Pilgrim Icon consecrating your home and your family to Divine Mercy. Make it a very special week in your life with Divine Mercy as an honoured guest!
Phone the Parish Office on 065-6838135 Tues-Thurs 10am -3pm or text 087-4160385 to request the icon for your home for a week

Monday March 19th – Feast of St Joseph:
Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary; I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request)
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!