Parish Newsletter- 20th August 2023

Christ and the Canaanite Woman, by Drouais; Louvre, Paris; pleading for him to heal her sick daughter
Saturday 19th August @7.00pm
Maeve, Kevin, Kieran & Adrian Coyne.
Sunday 20th August @10.00am
No Intention.
Sunday 20th August @11.30am
Sean & Maureen Berry.
Tuesday 22th August @7.30pm
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Liz, Michael & Brigid & deceased of the Kelly family. John Phelan. Jim, Catherine &  deceased of the O’Brien family
Wednesday 23th August @7.30pm
St. Rose of Lima
Joseph, Annie & deceased of the Lawlor Family.
James, Annie & Francie Grennan. Deceased of the Walsh family
Thursday 24th August @10.00am
St. Bartholomew, Apostle
No Intention.
Friday 25th August @10.00am
St. Louis of France
No Intention
Saturday 26th August @10.00am
St. Victor
Phil Bracken (Jnr) Month’s Memory
Saturday 26th August @7.00pm
Theresa, Paddy & Kevin Kelly. Joseph, Annie, Joe & Edel Grennan. Czeslav Kovalski.
Intentions of all who celebrated Sr. Immaculata’s 70th anniversary of Religious Life.
Sunday 27th August @10.00am
Pat Gleeson.
Sunday 27th August @11.30am
David & Kathleen Kavanagh. John & Annie Rochford. Deceased of the Kavanagh & Rochford families.

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist
Come and find peace in the Lord!
Monday & Friday – 5.00-6.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday – after 7.30pm Mass to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!

Please pray for the soul of Loretta Deaning (née Gorry) Moate/The Green; recently Deceased. R.I.P.

O woman, great is your faith!
In today’s Gospel, having met with rejection from the Pharisees, Jesus goes to Gentile territory and encounters unexpected faith in the Canaanite woman. His mission had previously been to his own people. This adds a new dimension to his mission. Have you had occasions when a chance encounter set your life off in a new direction? The initial reaction of Jesus to the woman was one of rejection but her persistence won a response from him. When have you found that persistence was needed to gain what you sought? What did that experience teach you? In our days of widespread migration welcoming the stranger can be a challenge. We are more comfortable with our own. What difference has it made, to you and to others, when you were able to offer a friendly welcoming face to a stranger? Who are the ‘Canaanite women’ in our lives who call out for attention today…

Sr. Immaculata would like to express her sincere appreciation to all who organised and attended the celebration of 70 years of religious life. Thank you for your kindness. In thanksgiving, Mass for all your intentions will be offered on Saturday 26th August @ 7.30pm in Clara.

National Novena at Knock Shrine continues until 22nd of August. Ceremonies at 3.00pm & 8.00pm daily & Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm. Workshops at 12.00 noon each day at the ‘Novena Village’ adjacent to Knock Basilica.

One Day Pilgrimage, with hospitality, to Lough Derg on Tuesday 22nd August. Bus leaving from Tubber Church. Cost; €70. More details from Fr Seamus on 090 6481951 or 086 3874253.

Scoil Phroinsiais Naofa will re-open on Wednesday 30th August 2023.

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

Céile Community Kilbeggan ‘Beloved Women’s Weekend Retreat’ 1st to 3rd September. For booking contact or (089) 984 5328.

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 12th & 13th August:
Development Fund: €1,500; Plate: €410; July Offerings: €450.
Thank You!

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