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November 2018 - Live streaming of all Masses is now available.

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Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish ALPHA COURSE begins Date: Thursday 7th February 2019 Venue: The Parish Pastoral Centre, Bunclody Time: 7:30pm—9:30pm To Book A Place Contact: Bunclody Parish Office: Phone: 053 9376190 Email: Kilmyshall Parish Office: Phone: 053 9377188 Email:

General Data Protection Regulation With the introduction of GDPR in 2018, new rules regarding the storage and access of data are being implemented within the Diocese and the Parish. These include the introduction of a request form for Baptism/Confirmation/Letter of Freedom certs as well as the Parish needing to renew consent for your information to be held. Information regarding these changes is available in the parish office. We thank you for your patience and understanding while we begin to implement these changes.

Letter from Fr.O'Connor re Mass changes

Video message of Pope Francis ahead of the opening of the World Meeting of Families 2018 Video Message

Final Mass for World Meeting of Families 2018 (Sunday 26th August 2018)

The World Meeting of Families concludes with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration that will gather individuals and families from all around the world in thanksgiving and communion. The Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin . The main celebrant for the Final Mass will be Pope Francis. Attendance to this event will be free and ticketed. Though there will be no charge for the tickets, every person in attendance will require a ticket to access the venue.

Pastoral message of Bishop Denis Brennan on the Right to Life

Pastoral Message.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 The launch of the Ferns Diocesan preparation for the WMOF 2018 will take place at Our Lady's Island on Friday September 8th at 7pm. Bishop Denis will celebrate the mass and Fr. Timothy Bartlett Secretary General of WMOF 2018 will preach the homily. All families are invited to attend.

It's time to register for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and here's the link and all the information you need The World Meeting of Families comes to Ireland.

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The World Meeting of Families comes to Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.

Thousands of volunteers invited to sign up for the World Meeting of Families in 2018

Official hymn launched for WMOF2018 - A Joy For All The Earth

Parish Family Mass

The Parish Family Mass will be celberated at 7pm on Saturday July 1st.
Fr.O'Connor will launch,unveil and enthrone the Icon of the Holy Family and light the Candle for the World Meeting of Families in our parish.
More events will take place throughout the Parish as we progress through the year and we look forward to August 2018 when the main event will be held in Dublin.

We extend our congratulations and very best wishes to Fr. Joseph Fleming on the occasion of his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. On Friday June 23rd Mass was celebrated in St. Brigid's Church Clonegal by Bishop Denis Nulty. Also attending was Fr. Fleming's family, relatives and friends. A reception was held afterwards in Spellman Hall Kildavin.


At their Summer General Meeting in Maynooth, bishops offered prayers for those who have died, for the injured as well as for the emergency services who responded to the scene of the fire early this morning at the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London. Bishops will remember the victims and their families at Mass, as well as those who have died in recent terrorist attacks in Britain, and assure all those affected of the prayerful solidarity of the faithful across Ireland.

It is estimated that 10 million people will join together in prayer this year as part of the annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests.
The eighth annual Relay will take place this year on Friday 23 June Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Over 100 shrines in more than 50 different countries, crossing 24 time zones, will play a part in this relay by praying a particular mystery of the Rosary at an allocated time. By midnight on 23 June, the entire world will be ‘encircled in prayer’. A special Global Rosary Relay ‘Prelude’ will take place this year at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico on Thursday 22 June.
The Global Rosary Rely itself will begin on Friday 23 June at Shinnaedong Church, a new shrine in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, and will finish 24 hours later in the Shrine of the Divine Child Jesus, Hermosillo, Mexico. This year new participants will join the Relay from locations as diverse as Iceland, Chile, Peru, Thailand and Hawaii.
Participating shrines in Ireland will include:
• The Father Patrick Peyton Centre in Attymass, Co Mayo, which will pray the Luminous Mysteries at 2.15pm;
• Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, which will pray the Glorious Mysteries at 2.30pm;
• Our Lady of Dublin Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin 2, which will pray the Joyful Mysteries at 3.45pm Irish time;
• Poor Clare Saint Damian’s Monastery, Dublin 4, which will pray the Joyful Mysteries at 6.15pm; and
• Our Lady’s Island, Wexford, which will pray the Glorious Mysteries at 8.00pm.
The Global Rosary Relay for Priests is organised by WorldPriest, a lay organisation of professional communications people formed in 2003 by Irish lay Carmelite Marion Mulhall to ‘affirm the dignity, beauty and gift of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ in humanity’.


Plenary Indulgence for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the Fatima Anniversary Year. There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: Go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
1 – Pilgrimage to the Shrine Make a pilgrimage to the Fatima shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.
2 – Prayer before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima Visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017): there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of Our Lady.
3 – Application for the elderly and infirm Those who, because of age, illness or other serious cause are unable to get around well, can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must “offer to our merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

Perpetual Profession of Vows


Congratulations to Sister Grace who made her Final Profession of Vows on Saturday 3rd December 2016. Holy Mass was presided by Bishop Denis Brennan in the Most Holy Trinity in Bunclody.
Sister Grace's brother Fr. Sean Bradley, who is a priest in the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) and a missionary in Scotland, concelebrated the Mass and gave his sister the ring, one of the insignia of perpetual profession. V.Rev.Laurence O’Connor P.P., Rev.Patrick Duffy C.C. Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish, Rev. Jim Doyle C.C. Mulrankin, Canon S.S. de Vál and V. Rev.Daniel McDonald P.P. Marshallstown also assisted at the celebration.
Sister Grace's Mother, Father, Brother and Sisters from Galway also joined her in this joyful occassion. Some religious sisters from the Netherlands and the USA were also present. .The Mass was followed by refreshments in the Pastoral Centre.

Pastoral Service of house visitations

For the last number of years, the Parish has been offering a pastoral service of house visitations. The Sisters have been visiting parishioners in their homes, offering them an opportunity for a chat, company and friendship. It’s also an important link between the Parish and the people, and enables the Parish to receive your feedback, thoughts, opinions, and suggestions. If you are interested in a visit, please contact the parish office 053 9376190 or the Sisters 085 8235525, and they will be in touch.

Family Mass

Starting on Sunday 16th October 2016 and on one Sunday of each month afterwards a special Family Mass will be celebrated at the 12:00 Mass.
We would encourage all families to come and participate in this celebration for families in the parish.
The most important celebration for a family, the pope said, is Sunday Mass, which brings people "the grace of Jesus Christ, his presence, his love, his sacrifice, his making us a community, his being with us."

V.Rev. Aidan G. Canon Jones

13/10/2016. The death occurred of V. Rev. Aidan G. Canon Jones.
Fr Jones was participating in an ecumencial pilgrimage in Greece at the time of his death.
A special Mass of Remembrance was celebrated in The Most Holy Trinity on Friday 11th November at 7:30pm.
May he Rest in Peace.

Day for Life 2016

Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland , England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 2 October on the theme ‘Everything is Connected’.

The Holy Rosary will be recited in public outside Most Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 15th October at 4pm. All are welcome.

Creation Time 2016

From 1 September - 4 October, Christian churches of the world celebrate Creation Time. Pope Francis has instituted 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. In the context of the ecological crisis we face he urges us to "rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motives for our concern for the care of creation".

WYD 2016

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As part of the diocesan celebrations for the Jubilee Year of Mercy Bishop Denis Brennan held a Coffee Morning in Aid of The Bobeleo Disabled Children's Home in Kenya in Bishop's House, Summerhill, Wexford on Thursday 21st July.
Fr. Leo Staples, the Founder of the Children's Home was present. Fr Leo accepted a cheque for €10,172.00 in support of the children's home.

Congratulations on your Golden Jubilee Fr. O’ Connor


We extend our congratulations and vey best wishes to Fr. O'Connor on the ocassion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
May God bless you on completion of 50 years of service and devotion to the religious life.

A Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Golden Jubilee was held last Friday night, 1st July 2016 in the Church of The Most Holy Trinity Bunclody. The chief celebrant was Bishop Denis Brennan assisted by Fr. O’Connor and Fr. Wall with many other clergy also present.

Bishop Denis Brennan spoke of Fr. O'Connor's achievements and his life long dedication to the priesthood.
Also attending were Fr. O’Connor’s family, relatives and friends.

Mr. Pat Lennon, Chairman of the Finance Committee, made a presentation of a specially commissioned handmade bog oak sculpture to Fr. O’Connor on behalf of the people of Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish.
After Mass refreshments were served in the Millrace Hotel

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) – Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on Love In The Family
Highlights of Pope Francis's teaching on the family

Canon S.S. de Vál- 90th Birthday Celebrations April 2016

On Friday, 1st April 2016, the parish community gathered together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the very popular and well known Fr. Wall.
The evening started with Mass at 7:30pm celebrated by Fr. Wall assisted by Fr. Laurence O’Connor P.P and Fr. Pat Duffy C.C. The Homily was given by Fr. O’ Connor.
After Mass the celebration continued with refreshments and a birthday cake in the Pastoral Centre.
We all wish Fr. Wall a very happy 90th birthday , may you have many more of them.
Thanks to Joe Guinan for the photos.

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Launch of Jubilee Year of Mercy December 2015 in St. Aidan's Cathedral

Bishop Brennan writes Pastoral Letter to mark The Year of Mercy

To mark the Year of Mercy in Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish

Rosary followed by Benediction will take place on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm in the Church of The Most Holy Trinity Bunclody for the Jubilee Year.

June 6th, 2015 - The death has occurred of V Rev Walter Forde, Parish Priest of Castlebridge.

Formerly of Gorey and Bunclody. Deeply regretted by his loving sister Maura and her husband Ken Quinlivan, his nieces Clíodhna, Aoife and her husband Paul McMahon and his nephew Kevin, Bishop Denis and the Clergy of the Diocese of Ferns, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

May 7th, 2015 - Bishop's Pastoral Letter- Meaning of Marriage

Pastoral Letter to the people of the Diocese of Ferns

Youth 2000 Summer Festival 2014

Archbishop Eamon Martin's homily on 15th August at the 2014 Summer Festival in which he called on young people, like Mary, to magnify the Lord in society.

Mother Knock's Final Vows March 2014


Congratulation to Mother Knock who made her Final Profession of Vows.
On Thursday 20th March 2014 Bishop Denis Brennan presided over the celebration of the Mass where Mother Maria de Knock Maguire made her Final Profession of Vows.
V.Rev.Laurence O’Connor P.P., Rev.Patrick Duffy C.C. Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish, V.Rev. Aiden G. Jones, Canon S.S. de Vál and V. Rev.Daniel McDonald P.P. Marshallstown also assisted at the celebration.
Mother Knock’s family on her father’s side originally came from County Fermanagh. Her father, mother, sister and brother also came over from Argentina to join her on this joyful occasion. Some sisters from the Netherlands, Iceland and friends from the USA were also present. The Mass was followed by a reception in the Millrace Hotel Bunclody.


Bunclody/Kilmyshall Parish Mission took place from Saturday September 28th to Saturday October 5th 2013. The Parish Mission was given by the Redemptorist Mission Team of Fr. Denis Luddy, Fr. Ciarán O'Callaghan and Ms. Niamh O'Neill.

Farewell to Sister Esquipulas


On Saturday 1st June 2013, the Parish of Bunclody, said farewell to Sister Espuipulas, who will be moving on to a new mission elsewhere in her congregation after serving in our community for the past five years. Canon Seamus de Vál led the tributes to Sister Esquipulas for all the work she has done in the parish and also spoke about the celebration of her final vows in January 2011 which were taken here in Bunclody Church. A large crowd of well wishers attended where refreshments were served and sister Espuipulas cut the traditional cake. As a parish community we expressed our sincere appreciation and gratitude for her many and varied contributions to the life of the parish in the past five years. May she enjoy God's blessings wherever she ministers and serves in the future.

Fr. Jones's Retirement

Fr. Aidan G. Jones said his farewell Mass in the Most Holy Trinity at 12Noon on Sunday 29th January 2012. He was assisted by Fr. Ignacio and Fr. Joe Power P.P. Kilrush.
Also attending was Canon S.S. de Vál, Fr. Joseph Fleming P.P. Clonegal and Mr. William Masterson representing the Church of Ireland Community.
A presentation was made to Fr. Aidan by Eamon Cowman, chairman of the pastoral parish council on behalf of the members of the parish community in appreciation of his contribution to our parish.
William Masterson also made a presentation to Fr. Aidan on behalf of the Church of Ireland community.
There was a big attendance at the Mass with standing room only.
Refreshments were served in the Pastoral Centre afterwards.

FCJ 150th Anniversary

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The FCJ School celebrated it's 150th Anniversary in Bunclody this year . To commemorate the anniversary, Mass was celebrated on Saturday 19th November in the Most Holy Trinity Church. Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Denis Brennan, V.Rev. A.G.Jones P.P, Canon S.S. de Vál and Fr.Ignacio Mikalonis C.C. Kilmyshall.

Vocations to the Priesthood

The Diocese of Ferns has launched a new website aiming to provide information on vocations to the priesthood. The website addresses some frequently asked questions on the subject of vocations to the priesthood and also includes testimony from clergy and clerical students in the diocese.
Vocations to the Priesthood


 Canon Vál

We extend our congratulations and very best wishes to Canon Vál on the occasion of his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. On Friday June 18th a special Mass was concelebrated to mark the occasion. Canon de Vál was joined on the altar by many priests from the Diocese which included Rev. James Ryan C.C. Rev. Richard Lawless C.C. and V.Rev.Monsignor Lory Kehoe and two other priests who are natives of Bunclody - V. Rev. Walter Forde P.P. Castlebridge and Rev. Martin Doyle C.C. Clonard.
Bishop Denis Brennan spoke of Canon Seamus's achievements and his life long dedication to the priesthood.
Mr. Joe Byrne, Chairman of Bunclody Pastoral Council, presented Canon de Val with a sculpture of a dove carved in bog oak on behalf of the parish.

Most Holy Trinity Church Choir Visit to Knock

For the annual Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock shrine on July 4th 2010 the choir led by Choir mistress Eileen Carton was accorded the honour of singing for the special Mass in the Basilica. They were accompanied by organist Eanna Mc Kenna.

Church Choir at Knock

Back row: Josephine O'Reilly, Mairéad Connaughton, Phil Callanan, Tommy Roche, John Murphy, Lena Doyle, Frances Carroll, Denis Byrne, Ann Ivory, Maureen Byrne.
Middle row: Eileen Carton, Kay Whelan, Betty Cowman, Anne O'Connor, Ellen Delaney, Marie Reynolds, Nell Redmond, Marie Hayes, Bridie Cowman.
Front row: Mary Hegarty, Ann Mahon, Kathleen Cardiff, Frances Roche, Catherine O'Neill, Kay Hepburn, Marcella Dunne, Maureen Nolan, Annie Meyler.