Latest Updates

Recruitment of Volunteers for Accord Marriage Preparation Programme

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Accord is seeking registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage....

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Diocesan Appointments – Summer 2021

Parish of Elphin Fr. John Joe Gannon PP Elphin, to be Pastor Emeritus and to continue to exercise a pastoral and sacramental ministry in the parishes of Elphin and Aughrim-Kilmore, but without the burden of administrative responsibilities. Fr. Stephen Ezenwegbu (Awka, Nigeria) PP Aughrim-Kilmore, has been appointed Parish Priest of Elphin in addition to his...

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The Return to the Public Pastoral Life of the Church – Summer 2021

UPDATE 1st JULY 2021 The Sacrament of Baptism continues to be celebrated in our diocese. Please discuss with your parish priest. Numbers should be limited to 10 per family group. In our diocese, Confirmation and First Holy Communion ceremonies are scheduled for the Autumn and this has not changed.   MAY 2021 Thank God, and thanks...

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Mass of Chrism

Bishop Kevin will celebrate the Mass of Chrism on Tuesday 22nd June at 4.00pm in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo.   As this is the Mass at which the priests of the diocese renew their commitment to their priestly ministry, the majority of places available under the Covid-19 restrictions will already be taken....

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Send Forth Your Spirit, O Lord! Preparing for Pentecost 2021

To prepare ourselves for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost, we have prepared this prayer resource for you to pray at home from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd May 2021.   The Feast of Pentecost is one of the most important feasts in the entire church year. It occurs fifty days after Easter...

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Programme of Preparation for Parents of First Holy Communion Children

To help you prepare for your child’s First Communion, a group of trained Catechists appointed by Bishop Kevin are inviting your family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles) to three, 30 minutes sessions designed to support you as you develop faith at home with your children. Our intention is to support and ‘walk with you’ on this...

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Catechetical Programmes for Parents of Children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Partners in the Gospel are delivering three Zoom sessions to parents of children preparing for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Elphin. The focus of the sessions is on supporting parents in accompanying their children on their faith journey.  The date for these diocesan gatherings will be Tuesdays June...

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Novena to St Joseph the Worker

With thanks to Bishop Michael Duignan, Diocese of Clonfert, we would like to share this Novena to St Joseph the Worker, whose feast day is Saturday 1st May.  The novena begins on Friday 23rd April.  Full Novena to St Joseph the Worker Day One – 23rd April – St Joseph, Open to God Day Two...

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Easter Message of Bishop Kevin Doran

Christ Has Died; Christ is Risen; Christ will Come Again – Easter Message of Bishop Kevin Doran Somebody asked me recently if I had prepared my Easter message yet. It strikes me that there is really only one Easter Message and it will be familiar to most of you: “Christ has died; Christ is risen;...

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Pastoral Message from the Bishops of the Six Dioceses of the Tuam Province

Dear Parishioners, brother Priests and Deacons, Religious and Friends, Covid-19: A Year On This week we mark the first anniversary of the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. As we consider how this has touched our parish communities, particularly given the tragic loss of so many lives, we wish to share some thoughts with...

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