Monthly Archives: March 2020

Feast of Annunciation

At 12noon on March 25th, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, has asked that all parishes in Ireland consecrate the People of Ireland to the protection of The Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In so doing, we are asking Our Lady to intercede for our world at this time and to rid the world of the ravages of the COVID-19 Virus.  Priests in our parishes will offer this Prayer of Consecration tomorrow (March 25th).  In parishes where there are webcams, you might like to join in Live Stream, otherwise, you are invited to join in these prayers at home or wherever you are at 12noon.


Ballaghaderreen Watch
Carracastle Watch
Charlestown Watch
Coolaney Watch
Kiltimagh Watch
Swinford Watch

The prayers to be used are included here.

Act of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the Coronavirus 

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2020

The Act begins with the recitation of The Angelus

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, ………..

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

Hail Mary, ……

And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, ……..

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.


The Apostles Creed

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Annunciation of the Lord

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.And the angel said unto her:” Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest”… And Mary said:” Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”. And the angel departed from her. (Luk 1,26-38)

Oh Mary with Your “yes” You have opened heaven’s ways, You have achieved the will of the Father. You will be blessed for ever: Your intercession is heard in Heaven, because You have accepted God’s plan. Let us pray that we can say “yes” to the Father in every instance He ask it of us. Mary help us to be humble and obedient to God’s will.

As we begin this decade of the Rosary we do so in solidarity with Pope Francis who has asked us to join together today in praying the Our Father to implore God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 Prayer of Consecration

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.

O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.

Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.

We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.

Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs,
as your Son implores us to do for one another.

O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.

You know what we need during these difficult days.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,

we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.

A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.



May your servants be shielded, O Lord
By the protection of your loving-kindness,
That, doing what is good in this world,
They may reach you, their highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Daily Masses

During this time, Masses continue to be celebrated in all our parishes.  If it helps you to join in with the celebration there are webcams in the following Parishes

Ballaghaderreen Watch 8.00am and 10.00am 8pm, 8am, 10am, Noon
Carracastle Watch 10.00am 11.30am
Charlestown Watch 10.00am 12noon
Coolaney Watch 10.00am 7.00pm, 10.30am
Kilmovee Watch 9.30am 10.00am
Kiltimagh Watch 10.00am, 7.30pm (Fri) 7.30pm, 11.00am
Swinford Watch 10.00am 12noon

*Webcams are often only turned on during the broadcast of Masses.

There is an audio recording of Daily Mass in Kilmovee Parish  LISTEN

Bishop-Elect Paul Dempsey


Fr Paul Dempsey

Father Paul Dempsey, Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Achonry has issued the following statement today:

“It is with regret that we have had to postpone my Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Achonry which was planned for Sunday 19th April. I requested the postponement in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. I have asked that the ceremony be rescheduled until sometime in the Summer. This decision has been difficult but it would not have been appropriate to proceed with the ordination at this time.

The decision has been made in consultation with His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okola and the Diocese of Achonry.  I am grateful to Archbishop Okolo and to the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Achonry for their patience and understanding as we deal with the unprecedented consequences of Covid-19 in our country and in our world.

I am grateful to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, who has asked me to continue for the moment as parish priest in Newbridge Parish.

I ask for your prayers at this time for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”


Fr Dermot Meehan is Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese and continues in that role of leadership and pastoral care of our diocese up to the moment Bishop-Elect Dempsey is ordained.





There will be a daily broadcast of Mass on RTE NEWS NOW (SKY 521, SAORVIEW 21, VM 200 and EIR 500) each day at 10.30am.  It will also be available on RTE PLAYER.  The Mass will be broadcast from St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny.

This is to give people the opportunity to pray the Mass during the continuing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19

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