Parish Pastoral Council

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  • September 7, 2017

At Wednesday’s meeting the contract for the painting of St Brendan’s Church was awarded to Noel Coughlan Painters. Arrangements for liturgies in the Autumn and Winter were agreed; a group is to be trained to lead liturgies on Saturday mornings during Advent in place of the 10am Mass for a trial period. The funeral team is also to be put in place and trained in the area of conducting the reception of funerals and burials. A nominee to represent the PPC will be appointed to the Marian Hall committee. The PPC is to write to St Flannan’s Trust for permission […]

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New School Year

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  • August 28, 2017

We wish everyone well whether heading back to the same school or starting out in a new one. God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

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  • August 8, 2017

  Following the recent parish audit by the diocesan committee for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults it was noted that updated training and information was required for a number of groups and individuals. This has been arranged to be held in Birr on Wednesday 11 October. We will be in touch with those concerned in early September.

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Trócaire Emergency Appeal

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  • August 8, 2017

Many thanks to all who contributed to the recent collection at Sunday masses and those who made subsequent donations. The total sent to Trócaire was € €4,535. Read more about the emergency appeal and further information at trocaire.org

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Confirmation 2018

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  • June 24, 2017

Most Rev Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, will adminster the Sacrament of Confirmation next year in Birr on Saturday 21 April 2018. The ceremonies will be at the following times: 11am  Carrig, Crinkill and Mercy schools 3pm  Killeen and St Brendan’s schools and the Parish Preparation Programme. More details and the dates for the celebration of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time will be published in September.

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World Meeting of Families

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  • June 9, 2017

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for WMOF2018 is The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. The event will consist of a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions for adults; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children. WMOF2018 will include the daily celebration of Mass, a festival of families event, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, gestures of solidarity with those in need, and much more. WMOF requires host families […]

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Birr Parish Bereavement Support

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  • February 19, 2017

Birr Parish Bereavement Support Group is available for individuals who are seeking confidential, non-directive counselling support; please call 089 4670926 for further information and appointments.

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  • January 2, 2017

Like our page on Facebook and keep up-to-date with prayer, parish news and other links St Brendans Church, Birr will find us. Please note that we do not reply to messages via Facebook; if you wish to contact the Parish you can email info@stbrendans.birr.ie or in an emergency call 086 3531955

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World Day of Peace

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  • December 30, 2016

The 50th World Day of Peace is celebrated on Sunday 1 January. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative,  affirms that active nonviolence is at the heart of the vision and message of Jesus, the life of the Catholic Church, and the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet. This bold effort was launched at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome April 11-13, 2016 and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other international bodies. How can you get involved. Visit Catholic NonViolence Initiative  Also see 64 Ways to Nonviolence Here […]

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Land of Saints and Scholars

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  • December 21, 2016

“Land of Saints and Scholars – the story of the Catholic Church in Ireland” is a new publication designed to appeal to younger people and children. Told in full colour picture format the book would make an excellent Christmas present. It is a special publication which is only available through parishes and there are pages dedicated to the Diocese of Killaloe. It costs €10 and is available in the Parish Office.

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