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


Published on June 19, 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

Christmas Mass Arrangements

Published on December 11, 2020

Resumption of Masses

Published on December 2, 2020

With the lifting of Level 5 restrictions and the move to Level 3 with exceptions on Tuesday 1st December we welcome back mass goers at 10.00 a.m, Please remember number restrictions apply and everyone must wear a mask and sanitise their hands on entry to the church.

Reschedule of Sacramental Celebrations

Published on August 8, 2020

Re-opening of Our Churches for Liturgies

Published on July 4, 2020