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Contact details for the priests in the Pastoral Area of Mooncoin, & Kilmacow, Templeorum

Fr. Martin Tobin (Mooncoin + Kilmacow) 086 240 1278

Fr. Paschal Moore (Templeorum) 087 240 8078

Fr. Michael Kelly SJ, CC Kilmacow amd associate in the Pastoral Area 087 3792406

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This Link explains the value of Lent

Quotations for Lent


Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Today I’m offering you some quotations related to Lent (either directly or indirectly) that you might like to pray with during this special season of the year.

1.”No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by an advantage for others. So no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.” St. John Chrysostom

2. "Lent’s not what you give up; it’s how you reach out.” Regina Brett

3. "The thing to mortify is fear, this obstinate tendency to protect ourselves from God, to defend ourselves by sacrifices of our choice against the invasion of God’s love.” Louis Evely

4. "Jesus says, ‘When you fast, do not look gloomy.’ In view of this fact, we might want to consider this penance for Lent: to fast from gloominess, that is, to fast from complaining, from focusing on what’s wrong in the world, from wearing a cheerless face, from snapping at others, and from feeling sorry for ourselves.” Melannie Svoboda, SND

5. "You do not need to wallow in guilt. Wallow in the mercy of God.” St. John Vianney

6. "You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray,’ you can be sure you have already begun.” St. Josemaria Escriva

7. "You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving.” St. Francis de Sales

8. "The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of them need saving from the idea that God sees the world the same way they do.” Barbara Brown Taylor

9. "If I want to discover my daily cross, all I have to do is ask myself a few questions: What would I like to get rid of in my life? With whom or what am I regularly irritated? Where does my pain, anxiety, stress, confusion or turmoil find its source? I ought not simply to endure or fight what is difficult for me, but rather to see my cross as a source of transformation. The cross is a way for me to grow if I accept it.” Sister Joyce Rupp

10. "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” Pope Francis

11. "Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.” Paul Billheimer

12. "Is prayer your steering wheel or spare tire?” Corrie ten Boom

13. "God is hiding in the world. Our task is to let the Divine emerge from our deeds.” Rabbi Abraham Heschel

14. One way to begin prayer is to say, "OK, I’m here, God. Your move.” Sebastian Moore

15. "If there is any path at all on which I can approach You, God, it must lead through the very middle of my ordinary daily life. If you have given me no single place to which I can flee and be sure of finding you, then I must be able to find you in every place, and in each and everything I do.” Karl Rahner, SJ


 (photo by Sister Sandy Nativio)


Our song today is "Wounded Healer” by Audrey Assad. My prayer for all of us is this: may we give our hearts to Jesus today and every day.

The following may help you prepare and journey through Lent 2020
Thought for the Day - eBook
A handy ebook for your apple or android device which allows you to take a moment of prayer each day during Lent. A short thought for the day and some prayers to help you through your Lenten journey. Available for the start of Lent to download from ibooks.

Sunday Reflection - eBook
The Gospel readings for each of the Sundays of Lent are a powerful way of following the story of Jesus at this special time. Why not download our Sunday Reflection ebook for Apple or Android devices to have reflections on those Gospel to hand. Available for the start of Lent to download from ibooks.

"A Change is not change; it is what we do”
A viewing of the recent film "The Two Popes” and a discussion of the nature of the Church today in the company of Bishop Dermot Farrell, Rev Dr Dermot Ryan Director Ossory Adult Faith Development and Ms. Gemma Mulligan Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator. Monday 2nd March 6.30 pm at St Kieran’s College. Please book your free places at 056-7753624 or by email

Lectio Divina in our Pastoral Areas
To build on the Lectio Divina groups established in our Pastoral Areas we invite all those who were part of this to an experience of Lectio Divina in St Kieran’s College on Thursday 27th February at 7.30 pm. At which resources will be given to help establish a lenten Lectio Divina group in all pastoral areas.

Scripture Reflection Group
A gathering for prayer and fireside reflection on the scriptures each week at St Kieran’s College. Thursday’s 7.30-9.30pm more information at 056-7753624 or by email

Lenten Daily Tweet
Sign up for these by following @OssoryDiocese to receive a short thought-provoking line each day during Lent.

Lenten Daily Texts
Submit your mobile number to 085-8313100 or 056-7753624 or email to receive a short daily text to journey with others during this Lenten season.

Online Lenten Resources
Download AFD Lenten Resources which may be an aid for parishes or groups during Lent from the Diocese of Ossory website

Readers’ Guide
A resource to help and support those who are Ministers of the Word in our parishes explaining the Scriptures, their context and the ministry of the reader. (€10 includes St Paul’s Missal for this year to allow readers best prepare or €1 for the supporting resource card) Contact AFD office to order or order online

Parish-based retreats for communion or confirmation parents
These will take place in your parish and will provide parents an opportunity to come together for a mini-retreat. Contact AFD office 056-7753624 to book.
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Parish Based Communion Retreats
Why not book a retreat for those children preparing for the celebration of Holy Communion this year. A team will lead the children through a Godly Play retreat in the company of their parents. To book a night please call 056-7753624 or email

Parish Evenings at St Kieran’s College
Why not have your own parish evening - a time to come together and reflect. These evenings are held at St Kieran’s College. Contact AFD Office 056 7753624 to book your retreat evening.
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