Parish Newsletter- 6th August 2023

A pearl of great value…
Saturday 5th August @7.00pm
Sean Colleran. Isaac & Elizabeth Kelly.
Sunday 6th August @10.00am
Laura Dillon. Edward, Kathleen & Kay Stokes.
Sunday 6th August @11.30am
Columb, Mary Ellen & Lisa Kane.
Tuesday 8th August @7.30pm
St. Dominic
May Olde
Wednesday 9th August @7.30pm
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Kathleen Rooney
Thursday 10th August @10.00am
St. Lawrence
Deceased of the Buckley & O’Reilly Families.
Friday 11th August @10.00am
St. Clare of Assisi
Peter, Mary Theresa & Oliver Flattery.
Geraldine Flattery O’Grady
Saturday 12th August @10.00am
St. Jane Frances De Chantal
Mary Broughton
Saturday 12th August @7.00pm
John & Mary Gunning. Pat, Mary & Patrick Kenny
Sunday 13th August @10.00am
Liam McGuinness.
Sunday 13th August @11.30am
Margaret & Eamonn Fleming.

Please pray for the souls of Billy Fitzgerald, Streamstown; and for Catherine Duffin, Moate/Clara: both recently deceased.   R.I.P.

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.
In today’s Gospel, the transfiguration experience was one which for Jesus, clarified his relationship with his Father and strengthened him for the future. It was also a moment of deep revelation for the disciples. What have been the experiences, the moments of insight, which for you have clarified your sense of who you are, and what is your relationship with God? The disciples were prepared for the experience by getting an invitation from Jesus to come apart, to withdraw to the mountain. Have there been times when going apart has been an important element in preparing you for a deep experience? On the mountain the disciples saw Jesus in a new way. His appearance changed. Sometimes in friendship there are moments of sharing in which we get to know a friend in a new and deeper way. Have you had that experience in human friendship, or in your relationship with Jesus and God. Recall when that happened, and what it was like for you. The clear vision of Jesus with Moses and Elijah was followed by a frightening experience of being in a cloud and it was amid the cloud that the disciples were instructed ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him’. Have you had the experience of learning the truth about life and about your relationship with God from moments of confusion as well as from times of special joy? After their special experience the disciples came down the mountain again. We cannot live each day at the level of special spiritual experiences, but the memory of them can strengthen us in difficult times.

Prayer for World Youth Day.
Our Lady of the Visitation, you who left in haste towards the mountain to meet Elizabeth, lead us also to meet all those who await us to bring them the living Gospel: Jesus Christ, our Lord!
We will go in a hurry, with no distraction or delay, but with readiness and joy. We will go peacefully, because those who take Christ take peace, and welldoing is the best wellbeing.

Clara Library will also host Board Games Morning on Friday mornings at 10.30 am from Friday 28th July to Friday 25th August Inclusive. All are welcome. No booking required. Free with your Library membership. Children must again be always accompanied by an adult.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday 13th August: Bus departing from Clara Credit Union @ 10.00am. To book a seat, phone P.J. on (087) 638 6270. Anointing of the Sick @2.30pm, Mass @3.00pm.  Preacher: Fr. Declan Hurley, Adm. Navan. We will also be accompanied by the Meath Diocesan Choir under the direction of Jim Walsh, Laytown and organist Jane Lynch. 

Rahan to Clonmacnoise Ecumenical Pilgrimage Saturday 2nd September commencing at St. Carthage’s Church Rahan @ 9.00am. Further information available on or contact Anna Orman at

Collections for 29th & 30th July:
Development Fund: €1,445; Plate: €715; Offerings: €275.
Thank You!

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