Anniversaries: The following will be remembered in our Masses this weekend 16-17 May: Mary and David O’ Donnell, Freighduff and deceased members of the O’ Donnell family; Tommy Wade, Ballyroe House; deceased members of the Burke family, Clareen, and the O’ Dwyer family; Denis and Mary Keane, Tobberadora, and Liam Keane; Christopher Croke, Regaile.                                                                                            

Please pray for the recently deceased: Very Rev. Liam Holmes, Murroe and Knockainey. 

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

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. 

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.

Re-opening of Churches in the Archdiocese: Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly, following consultation with the bishops of Munster, has decided that all churches will re-open for private prayer beginning on Monday 18 May. It is hoped that the celebration of daily Mass will resume shortly thereafter. Further details, as they become available, will be published in the coming weeks. If you visit either of the churches in the parish, a number of protocols in the interest of safety will be in place. You will see the following notice for your guidance: 




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Listening Process in the Archdiocese: Feedback is now invited to the Draft Pastoral Plan. Many people from the parish participated in preparatory meetings over the past year and more. As gatherings of people are not possible for now, please look at the plan through this link: Draft Pastoral Plan March 2020 – Final version March 6. This is linked at >Pastoral Resources >Listening Process. Details of how to comment are also given there. Your support will be most appreciated. 

Collections: Sincere thanks to all who sent in Collection contributions. We are very grateful for your generosity and loyalty.

May Novenas in Boherlahan-Dualla: Sincere thanks to all who have participated at the recent Novena at Camas Grotto. People attended privately at a time of their choice, observing the need for physical distancing while still offering their prayer. The forthcoming Ardmayle Novena for the Dead takes place 19-27 May. We invite you to visit the cemetery at your leisure during those days and pray for loved ones gone home to God. A similar approach could be taken for the Dualla Novena for Vocations 25-31 May. 

Thanks from Fr Egan and Fr Dunne: For the past number of weeks we have greatly missed joining with you in church for prayer and liturgy. We also miss your friendship and the community spirit that we all enjoy each weekend. Let us journey in hope, thankful for the goodness and generosity that have become so evident in this period of restrictions. Let us together look forward to better days, trusting that God’s love and peace nourish us always.                                                                                                 

A Prayer for the Easter Season

Risen Lord, help us to remember that you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct; that you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console; that you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire; that you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend; that you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side. Make us to be certain that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you, so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear. You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia.

Sayings or aphorisms to help us through these challenging times

  • God is a good worker but he loves to be helped.
  • If God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes.
  • God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.
  • He who wants to enjoy the sunrise must live through the night.