The following videos have been produced by Elphin Diocese. We are grateful to the diocese for facilitating us in sharing them here. They will be a help to all who are involved in preparing our parishes for return to worship.
STATEMENT BY FATHER DERMOT MEEHAN, DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR, DIOCESE OF ACHONRY
ON THE DEATH OF DETECTIVE GARDA COLM HORKAN
Death always brings pain, leaves a major void in the lives of loved ones and raises questions. When death is unexpected and, as in the case of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, so tragic and unnecessary how much greater the loss felt, and the questions raised.
On behalf of the diocese of Achonry – its priests, deacons, religious and laity, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Colm’s father, sister and brothers, his wider family, to his Garda colleagues, his GAA Clubmates, his many friends and his hometown of Charlestown.
We acknowledge Colm’s selfless and giving commitment to The State, An Garda Siochána and to the communities he served over the past twenty-four years.
In face of tragedy and uncertainty, we place our trust in the Lord and, in that trust and to the Lord, we bring our prayers for all at this time.
May Detective Garda Colm Horkan, a guradian of the peace, rest now in the peace he lived and died to protect.
The Funeral Mass takes place today, Sunday June 21st, at 12noon in St James’ Church, Charlestown. Monsignor Tommy Johnston, P.P., will be Principal Celebrant and homilist.
It will also be broadcast live on Mid West Radio, 96.1FM
With sadness, the diocese announces the death of Fr Paddy Kilcoyne, retired Parish Priest of Kiltimagh. Fr Paddy died, surrounded by the loving care of his family in his native Tubbercurry, earlier today – the Feast of The Sacred Heart.
Yesterday, marked the 53rd Anniversary of his ordination.
Funeral arrangements later.
May he rest in peace.
Fr Paddy’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated today in Kiltimagh Parish Church at 3.30pm. Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator will be Principal Celebrant.
The Mass will be live streamed on www.kiltimaghparish.org
RESCHEDULED DATE ANNOUNCED FOR ORDINATION OF
FR PAUL DEMPSEY, BISHOP-ELECT OF ACHONRY
Following the January 27th announcement by Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio, of Pope Francis’ appointment Fr Paul Dempsey as Bishop of Achonry, a date was arranged for his Episcopal Ordination. However, due to the introduction in mid-March of restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the decision was taken to defer the ordination.
Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry is now pleased to announce that a new date has been set. Fr Dempsey will be ordained bishop in The Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen, on Sunday August 30th at 3.00pm.
Planning for the ordination will be in accordance with Government and NEPHET guidelines and as a result the number able to attend will be more limited than was originally planned for April 19th.
You are asked to keep Fr Paul in your prayers at this time. The people, priests, deacons and religious of Achonry Diocese look forward to welcoming him as he begins his ministry in our midst.
STATEMENT BY BISHOP-ELECT DEMPSEY
Father Paul Dempsey, Parish Priest of Newbridge and Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Achonry has issued the following statement today, Wednesday 17 June:
It is a source of joy for me to know that we now have a rescheduled date of Sunday 30 August for my Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Achonry.
I requested the postponement of the ceremony, which was originally scheduled for 19 April, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It was a difficult decision but I felt it would not have been appropriate to proceed with the ordination at that time.
I am grateful to Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and to the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Achonry for their patience and understanding as we have been dealing with the unprecedented consequences of Covid-19 in our country and in our world. I am especially grateful for the support of Father Dermot Meehan who has administered the diocese over these challenging weeks and months.
As I prepare to leave Kildare and Leighlin Diocese, I offer my renewed thanks to Bishop Denis Nulty and to the people and priests of the diocese, especially the people of Newbridge Parish, for their support at this time.
I ask for your prayers as I prepare to take on the role of shepherd in the Diocese of Achonry.
Please see below the document produced by the Western Dioceses in response to the requirements for return to Worship from June 29th. Entitled, “NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD”, the document seeks to set out a roadmap for return to worship. This journey will involve and depend on so many people. Volunteers will be required in every parish and community.
CONSIDER BEING A VOLUNTEER IN YOUR PARISH!