Christmas Time in Mitchelstown Parish

Christmas Confession Times in Mitchelstown Parish

Parish Church
Saturday  20th  December
12.00 noon to 1.0pm
7.00 - 7.30pm
Monday 22nd December
8 priests available to hear confessions
Tuesday 23rd December
12.00 noon - 1.00pm
Wednesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
12.00 noon - 1.00 pm
3.00 - 4.00pm
Ballygiblin Church
Thursday 18th December
Confession 7.00pm / Mass 7.30pm
Killacluig Church
Friday  19th December
Confession 7.00pm / Mass 7.30pm

Christmas Mass Times in Mitchelstown Parish

Parish Church
Wed  24th December (Christmas Eve)
Vigil of the Nativity 7.30pm
Carol Recital 9.30pm
Night Mass of Nativity 10.00pm
Thurs 25th December (Christmas Day)
8.30am / 10.00am /
11.00am / 12 noon
No Evening Mass on Christmas Day
Friday 26th December
Feast of St Stephen, 1st Martyr
Mass at 11.00am
Saturday  27th December
11.00am only
Ballygiblin Church
Wed 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Night Mass of Nativity 9.00pm
Thurs 25th December (Christmas Day)
Mass 10.30am
Killacluig Church
Wed 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Night Mass of Nativity 9.00pm
Thurs 25th December (Christmas Day)
Mass 9.30am


will close on Christmas Eve before the 10.00am Mass and resume after the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 28th December.

Dear Parishioner,

We want to greet you all, with the love and mercy of God, at this special time of celebrating the birthday of Jesus our Saviour. May He guide you all in your sorrows and troubles.

Thank you for your support and participation in the Parish throughout 2014. The Gospel of Jesus is a challenge to us all, but it makes us better people and prepares us for eternal life. The important thing is not to lose heart or hope and keep praying alone and with your family.

As we prepare for 2015, we ask the Lord for strength and protection. We give thanks for a great summer and for all the blessings and graces we received during 2014.

If you would like to help, in any way, in the Parish, please do contact us and we will discuss it with you. A special word of thanks to all who helped throughout the year and especially to Patricia, for taking care of the Parish Office demands so well. Thanks too, to our three Sacristans, Pat, John & Mary, who do so much to take care of our three Churches, and to the many others who help in so many ways. A special word of thanks to Michael O’Brien who passed to his reward this year, for this extremely generous and selfless care of Mitchelstown Town Hall for so many years.

A very Happy Christmas & New Year from Canon Michael Fitzgerald P.P., Canon O’Leary C.C. & Fr. Burke C.C.

p.s.  A full outline of the Parish accounts will be sent to you in the New Year.  

The Envelope System has been of great financial benefit to the Parish for all who qualify for the Tax Refund. We are now able to claim for the self-employed as well as PAYE workers. We encourage you to continue to use the system throughout 2015. But, of course, every single contribution is appreciated and makes a big difference in running the parish effectively. Thanks again to everybody.

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Lord, as we celebrate another Christmas help us to live each moment gratefully.  May we have the faith to trust in the gifts you have given us; may we have the hope that overcomes the dark thoughts that sometimes cloud our vision; may we have the love that makes our world a better place.  We make this prayer through Jesus our brother, born for us again in Bethlehem. Amen

Prayers around the Christmas Tree

Dear God, As we light this tree today may we be reminded that you are the light of the world.  May we be true lights in the lives of the people we meet each day.  In the beginning God made the world and saw it was good.  Long ago, God placed a tree in the garden of paradise as his gift to all human beings, a tree of wisdom and knowledge and laden with every good thing.  Our Christmas tree reminds us of that tree.  Long ago too, God's kindness appeared in the coming of Christ, who is our hope of eternal life.  This tree is a sign of Christ's blessings.

Christmas Reflection

God, great gift giver, we invite you to come among us and to grant us your holy blessing.  Help us in this busy season not to miss the miracle of the coming of Jesus.  In the days of preparation, as well as on the feast itself, help us not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready.  Protect us from the evil of the world.  May every greeting we send be signed with love, friendship and prayer.  May our greetings, so written, be fun to open and treasure to keep.  Giver of all gifts, help us to take delight in the marketplace, now transformed in beauty, lights and music.  May our decorations be signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord of Life.  But most of all, God of gifts, toys and sweets, help us to stay youthful, playful and dream filled, as we prepare for the coming of Christ.  

A Christmas Prayer

"We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us,  for the peace accorded us this day,
      for the hope with which we expect the morrow,  for the work, the health, the food and bright skies which make our lives delightful for our friends in all parts of the earth."  and giving us the gift of eternal life."


A Christmas Blessing:

May the Infant Jesus fill your hearts with the gift of Love, encourage you with the gift of Hope, and bless you with the promise of Peace.