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Importance of St Vincent de Paul on the increase

THE number of people being supported by St Vincent De Paul in Shannon has dramatically increased and the organisation will be having its annual collection this Thursday and Friday.Des McDonnell is treasurer of the local branch of St Vincent De Paul and he said that many people are now in need of support. “We wouldn’t have all the sums done yet but I’d say we’ve had between 30 and 50% more call-outs. We are getting calls from new clients every other night. We’ve always had a few core people that we would have helped a few times a year but now we have people coming who we’ve never had before.”He said that there can be different reasons why people fall into serious financial difficulties. “People can become unemployed, marriages can break up. It would be more common now for a woman to be left with two or three kids and not have support from a partner. We would see ourselves …

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Bishop makes first pastoral visit to the town

BISHOP Kieran O’Reilly paid his first pastoral visit to Shannon last weekend. On Friday morning, he began with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Convent Oratory. He also visited St Tóla’s in Tullyglass, St Conaire’s and St Senan’s.Later on Friday, he met with the pastoral council and representatives of parish organisations.On Saturday, the bishop celebrated the Vigil Mass in Ss John and Paul Church, at which the Shannon Gospel Choir sang. He also met with parishioners and later in the evening, he met with priests serving in the Tradaree cluster, which takes in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Sixmilebridge and Shannon.He also began work on Sunday morning by celebrating the 9am mass in Mary Immaculate Church. He then went to SS John and Paul Church to celebrate the 10am mass, while he also met parents and pupils of St Conaire’s, who are preparing for Confirmation. The bishop presided at their enrolment ceremony, at which music was provided by the folk choir.On Sunday, Bishop …

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