Today is the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). It is an opportunity for us to deepen our faith in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the sign of God’s eternal love for us. There will be no procession this year due to Covid-19.

Fri 19 June is the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. ‘Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principle of the salvation and sanctification of mankind.’ (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 166)

Sat 20 June is the memorial of the Irish Martyrs, including Archbishop Dermot O’ Hurley (d. 20 June 1584) and Bishop Terence Albert O’ Brien (d. 30 Oct 1651) of this diocese, both of whom were beatified, with fifteen others, in 1992. 

Anniversaries: Stephen and Josephine O’ Connell, Kilbreedy and deceased members of the O’ Connell family; Oliver Crowe, St Joseph`s Ave.; Peggy and Johnny Gough, Synone; John & Mary Bourke, Garraun

Recently Deceased: Tom Moloney, Holycross; Denis Joseph Murphy, San Francisco and Clonoulty

Mass livestream: Mass will be streamed live during the current crisis every Sunday at 11.00am and perhaps on other days too. To avail of this facility, go to

Emergencies: during the Covid-19 restrictions, Fr Dunne remains on-call to respond to emergencies e.g. sacrament of the sick. Please telephone him at 083-4854776.

Blessing of Graves: as Covid-19 restrictions are progressively lifted, it is hoped that the annual cemetery Masses and blessing of graves can be arranged before the end of the summer. In the meantime, Fr Dunne will visit privately each cemetery of the parish and bless the graves. Families and individuals may wish to make their own visit as well. The following prayers may be helpful to you at the graveside. 

In the name of ┼ the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Almighty God, send your angel to watch over the resting place of all who are interred in this cemetery. May their suffering be lessened, and may our prayers for them accompany them into your presence. May the grave ever serve as a reminder to the living that you have a place prepared in your love and mercy for those who have departed. As we sprinkle Holy Water on these graves, may the waters of life which you shared with them in Baptism, cleanse them from all sin and refresh them for eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Sprinkle family graves with Holy Water

Rosary: the first of the Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection

Concluding prayer: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen. 

Trócaire: Every year Trócaire asks for our help during Lent to fund life saving programmes around the world.  Covid -19 severely hindered the return of the Trócaire boxes. They have suggested to us the following options:                                                                                                  Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

(a) Online at

(b) By phone: 1850 408 408.

(c) By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

(d) Return to the priests of your parish.

Collections: Sincere thanks to all who sent in Collection contributions. When church services resume a Collection Box will be available in each church for envelopes and contributions.  It will be made available for a short time before and after each Mass. We are very grateful for your generosity and loyalty.

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. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week 8am-8pm  0818-222-024.

Annual Scripture Summer School Online: The overall topic is “Vision 2020: Faith into the Future.” There are three presenters: Jessie Rogers, Kieran O’Mahony and Sean Goan. Each presenter is offering 6 presentations on their chosen topic. The School this year is spread over two weeks, to allow time to attend to the Zoom lectures at your leisure. In the week June 22-26, there will be four live Zoom conferences for Q+A and further discussion. The cost per household is €40. Registration and other details are on the website here: 

Opening Hours of Churches: the churches of the parish are open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00pm. If you visit either of the churches in the parish, a number of protocols in the interest of safety are in place.  Please follow the instruction notices when you are inside the church.

Resumption of Church Services: We are hoping to be able to begin public worship in early July. It will be a limited opening with a lot of precautions that will need to be adhered to. In the interests of public health, a number of changes to the familiar pattern will likely be necessary. Some changes that are envisaged include:  

(a) Numbers attending will be limited                                                                   

(b) We will be closing off some pews to allow for physical distancing

(c) Hand sanitizers will be at the entrances to each church                           

(d) We will need volunteers to help in cleaning the church after each celebration

(e) We will need stewards to help people to find suitable seating                 

(f) Details on receiving Holy Communion will be explained at each Mass

You will be informed through the newsletter as details are clarified and become available in the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing everyone again in church, even if in a somewhat newer way. 

Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to Fr Dunne at the usual email address: These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on during the pandemic restrictions. 

Prayer to The Irish Martyrs

Lord Jesus Christ, you accepted the offering your faithful servants the Irish Martyrs made of their lives, thereby fulfilling their desire to shed their blood for the sake of the triumph of your Kingdom.  Through the glory they gave you by proclaiming your truth and by forgiving their enemies, may all hearts surrender themselves to your love, and may the gifts of reconciliation and peace be established among all people. Grant us the zeal of the holy martyrs to carry out your will each day. Amen.