Synodal Process
In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the
world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what
God wants of his people
at this time. These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process. “Synodal” comes from a Greek word which
means “walking together”.
This Sunday, 17th October we mark the opening of
this Synodal Process entitled, For a synodal
Church: communion, participation and mission. This
Synodal Process coincides with the start of the twoyear Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in
Ireland which will lead, in time, to a National Synodal Assembly in Ireland.
We pray that the next two years will be a time of
prayer, listening and discernment, involving a consultative conversation. This will allow all people –
both within the Church and in society at large, to
share their insights into the Catholic Church in Ireland – past, present and future – so that we can prepare for a National Synodal Assembly in the coming
Pope Francis has asked us to pray continually for
the success of this synodal process. He asks that
we use the words of a very ancient prayer attributed
to St Isodore of Seville who lived in the 6th century.
This prayer has been used at Councils and Synods
of the Church since ancient times.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance
lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
Who are at work in every place and time
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen

Published on October 18, 2021

Sacrament Celebrations
Congratulations to the children and young people of
our parish schools and Parish Preparation Programme who received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion recently. The ceremonies were joyous occasions and we thank parents
and teachers for their help and understanding with the
necessary postponements.

Published on October 11, 2021

Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Congratulations to the children of our parish schools
and Parish Preparation Programme who received
Holy Communion for the first time this weekend. We
keep these children and their families in our prayers

Published on October 5, 2021

They’re Really Two-at-One

Published on October 5, 2021

This Monday, 4th October is the Feast of St. Francis
of Assisi
They’re Really Two-at-One
Jesus the Nazarene and Francis of Assisi!
Two attractive men, heart and soul.
But, risk any closeness, feel a tremor!
Jesus’ mind of at-oneness-with-all was undoubtedly Shared and practiced and encouraged by

Celebration of Sacrament of Confirmation
Congratulations to all young people receiving the
Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. The
young people who attended Crinkill N.S. will be confirmed next Friday, 24th September @ 7.30pm. We
keep them all in our prayers.
Lord, You send out Your Spirit
to touch the hearts of all people,
so that they may believe in You
and in Jesus whom You sent.
Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation
as they listen to Your voice.
Open their hearts to Your Spirit
and bring to fulfilment
the good work that You have begun in them.
As we prepare these children for Confirmation,
make each of us an instrument of Your love.
Teach us to appreciate what is holy in others,
and to be patient with what we do not understand.
Deepen our faith in the Gospel
and help us to pass it on by our example.
We pray that You will continue
to guide us and sustain us.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Published on September 21, 2021

Farewell to Fr. Pat Gilbert
On Wednesday Bishop Fintan announced his clerical
changes for the Diocese of Killaloe, These changes
impact on Birr Parish and the Brendan Cluster of parishes with the retirement of Fr, Pat Gilbert as school
chaplain to St. Brendan’s Community School. Fr. Pat
is undertaking a sabbatical for a year with a view to
returning to pastoral ministry in the Diocese in 2022.
Fr. Pat will be greatly missed. He has been central to
the lives and families of so many whilst serving in the
role of school chaplain for 32 years. He has celebrated
the joyful moments with the marriages of so many of
his past students and the baptising of their children.
His enthusiasm and love of sports and music enabled
him to make many connections. In his school role as a
teacher he had a profoundly positive influence,
nurturing the faith and religious formation of our young
people. Fr. Pat has been there for the painful and sad
occasions bringing solace and hope. His wise and reflective counsel has been a great light and strength to
so many,
We wish him every blessing on the next stage of his
journey. May he have continued good health and inner
serenity. We thank him for his work and ministry as a
good and faithful priest here in Birr Parish and with
sadness bid him farewell.

Published on July 3, 2021

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Ceremonies
Following on from Government and NEPHET announcements on Tuesday it is with sadness that our
parish celebrations of the Sacraments of Confirmation
and First Holy Communion have to be postponed. We
are not in a position to set new dates until after July
19th pending further government announcements.
These events are special family occasions and we
know of the sadness of the young people involved.
Please God we will be in a position to celebrate these
sacraments by the end of the summer.

Published on July 3, 2021

Year of St. Joseph 2021

Published on March 12, 2021

Year of St. Joseph 2021
Pope Francis is well known
for his devotion to Joseph,
husband of Mary, foster
father of Jesus and Patron of the Universal
Church. He has
written a meditation on St. Joseph
called “With A
Father’s Heart”.
He wanted to “share

Do you want to Fast this Lent

Published on February 19, 2021

In the words of Pope Francis

Fast from hurting words …and say kind words

Fast from sadness   …and be filled with gratitude

Fast from anger  …and be filled with patience

Fast from pessimism  …and be filled with hope

Fast from worries  …and have trust in God

Fast from complaints …

COVID-19 Level 5 Restrictions

Published on January 2, 2021