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2021 Season of Creation

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Reflection by Fr Gerard McCarthy Sunday 9th May 2021

Virtual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine this Sunday 16th May 2021

This Sunday, 16 May, is the date for our annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, along with the dioceses of Clonfert and Achonry.
This year it is a virtual pilgrimage, with the rosary live-streamed at 2.30pm and Mass following at 3.00pm.
The online link to watch is:

Reflection by Fr Richard Flanagan Sunday 2nd May 2021

“There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
Home is where one starts from.”
(T. S. Eliot – “East Coker,” from The Four Quartets V)


We have come to the end of Lent and Holy Week, the second consecutive year without any liturgical celebrations. Regardless of the sense of loss and disappointment, Easter Sunday arrives with the message “He is risen!”

The journey to Easter is always one frought with difficulties, doubts, and misunderstandings. It was like that for those first disciples; with the events of Good Friday it seemed that all had ended in disaster. But it hadn’t!

As we continue to live our Covid lockdown lives it can sometimes seem that we will never see the end of it. But we carry on, we keep trying. The celebration of Easter reminds us that our difficulties do come to an end. The Risen Christ reminds us that new life can come from death and new beginnings present themselves within life experiences that we thought would never end.

Easter always gives us a sense of hope to embrace new beginnings. Pope Francis in his book ‘Let Us Dream’ says that the basic rule of a crises is that we don’t come out of it the same. If we get through it, and we will, we come out better or worse, but never the same. Our conditions may “seem unpropitious” but the Risen Lord is with us. See the signs of hope around you; springtime, longer days, nature bursting forth, the sound of birdsong … and even our Covid vaccines! 

I wish all of you a very Happy Easter and look forward to our coming together again soon to celebrate our New Life in Christ!


Fr. Richard Flanagan

Message from Pope Francis on Confession

Please click here to access the Holy Week Companion

What is Lent?

The word “Lent” is a shortened form of the Old English word
Lencten, meaning “the Spring”.
Lent is one of the most significant seasons of the Liturgical Year. It originated from the period of preparation embarked upon by those preparing for the new life of baptism at Easter. Eventually, it became a time for the whole Christian community to seriously review and renew their lives in advance of the annual celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
Consisting of forty days (Sundays excluded), the season of Lent is modelled on the forty days spent by Jesus fasting in the desert prior to beginning his public ministry. (Mt. 4)
A message from Pope Francis 
“Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us – as communities and as individuals – to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father”.
(Pope Francis, Message for Lent, 2021)
Easter liturgies

The Living Word at Easter

The Living Word at Easter 

Galway Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Zoom Programme (

In Lent we journeyed through the Passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel. However, we must never forget that God’s plan for Jesus was always resurrection! Paul reminded the early Christians that we preach Christ crucified AND risen.

For six Tuesday evenings online, beginning on Easter Tuesday, we continue our journey with the Risen Christ by focusing on the Easter Gospel passages in all four Gospels. Don’t worry if you were not able to join us  during Lent; join us now and discover how the Resurrection changed everything for those first followers of Jesus and experience the impact that it can have on our own lives, on our own faith journey.

These are not ‘academic’ evenings, but an opportunity to grow in our understanding of God’s word and how it can transform our lives.

The sessions will be facilitated by Fr Gerard McCarthy SVD. There will be time for questions and discussion in each session. Scripture texts and supporting material will be provided.

The course runs online via Zoom for six Tuesday evenings from 6 April to 11 May 2021.

DateSession Title
7.30pm Tuesday 6 April‘The First Easter Morning’
7.30pm Tuesday 13 April‘He’s going before you into Galilee’
7.30pm Tuesday 20 April‘The Road to Emmaus’
7.30pm Tuesday 27 April‘Peace be with you’
7.30pm Tuesday 4 May‘Magdalene and Doubting Thomas’
7.30pm Tuesday 11 May‘A Question of Love’

Are you interested?
Just drop an email to and we will send you a link to the Zoom meeting platform.

These sessions are free of charge, but if you would like to make a donation towards costs, click here to access the diocesan iDonate system and select ‘Scripture Courses’ when you reach the “Which Parish are you Donating to?” screen.

Easter Sunday


St John the Baptist, Ballyvaughan and 
St Patrick, Murrough, Fanore

Please Note: All sacraments and devotions are impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. We will post any new updates here.


Very Rev. Richard Flanagan SVD, Adm.
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7077045

National Schools

St Patrick’s National School
Fanore, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7076197
Principal: Bríd Queally

St John the Baptist National School
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7077079
Principal: Loretta Gray