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Shannon Mass goers encouraged to wear masks again

IN a note in last week’s parish newsletters, people attending mass were urged to consider wearing masks once more. Parish priest Father Arnold Rosney said that while people are not being compelled to wear masks, it is wise to do so. “All I’m doing is trying to encourage people to wear a mask again, just inviting them to think of their own safety and the safety of everyone else when we gather for mass. “Crowds do attend mass, especially at the time of funerals. I feel its responsible on my part to alert them to the fact that there are huge Covid numbers and a lot of people with flus and sickness, and there’s the situation in our hospitals.” Priests and eucharistic ministers at local masses will be wearing them while giving out communion, he added.

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Confession and Christmas shopping at unique Clare event

A UNIQUE Shannon event last week at which people could have their confession heard while they did their Christmas shopping proved hugely popular. An annual event pre-Covid, the first Mercy on the Mall event since 2019 took place at the Town Centre on Thursday, December 8 and saw a team of priests make themselves available to hear confessions as people did their shopping. Parish priest Father Arnold Rosney said it had been a busy day. “We started the day with a blessing of the crib in front of the Adoration Chapel. It’s a lifesize crib and a lot of people love it, especially kids, who like to go close to it and touch the glass at the front of it. It’s a lovely feature. We had children from St Senan’s school singing festive carols for the blessing. “Then we had Mercy on the Mall from 1pm to 4pm. We had 12 priests and I’m very grateful to those who joined …

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Hope renewed as novena returns to Shannon

BLESSED are those who bring hope is the theme of the November Novena, which begins with 6.30pm mass this Saturday, and which will continue until November 6. The November Novena had been up and running prior to the pandemic, but this is the first one since 2019. “It started two years before the pandemic, and this is the first one for three years. We’re delighted to have it back. It’s a novena of hope in honour of the Holy Souls,” said parish priest Father Arnold Rosney. He said that all are welcome to attend. “There’s an open invitation to everyone. We’d love to see as many as possible attend all the sessions, or at least one. We’d encourage young families to bring primary school children as well, to experience what a novena is. The speakers are vast and varied.” On the first two days the speaker will be Father Gerard Moloney. He is a member of the Redemptorist Community in …

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Accounts show effect of lockdowns on Clare parish’s finances

INCOME has exceeded expenditure in Shannon Parish for two of the past three years, according to income and expenditure accounts for 2019, 2020 and 2021. The accounts, published recently showed income exceeding expenditure by €59,464 in 2019 and by €10,475 in 2021. In 2020 however, expenditure exceeded income by €1,294. In 2019 the offertory collections in Shannon came to €136,096. In 2020 and 2021, when pandemic restrictions were strictest, the figures were €90,264 and €93,603 respectively.  In general income fell heavily during the pandemic, down from €256,274 in 2019 to €111,399 in 2020 and €144,840 in 2021. To put it in context, the combined income from 2020 and 2021 was almost exactly the 2019 amount. The parish received a tax rebate of €34,951 in 2019, along with much smaller sums in 2020 and 2021. Over the three years there was over €55,000 in shrine income, while the parish received €19,000 in donations and bequests. Repairs and maintenance were the biggest …

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Fr Arnie reflects on privilege of sharing people’s lives

PARISH priest Father Arnie Rosney is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination, with a silver jubilee mass at Ss John & Paul Church on Saturday evening at 6.30pm, followed by a parish reception at the Oakwood Hotel. Entering the priesthood is a major commitment, opening the door to one way of life while closing other doors, and as Father Arnie made his way through Maynooth in the early to mid 90s, he increasingly realised that it was for him. “I’m not sure it (becoming a priest) was something I always wanted to do, but I always thought it was something worthwhile doing. I saw it as a good way to spend my life. “When I was going through Maynooth I never expected to see the whole thing through, I never expected that. But as you went up along and got closer to it, you got more settled into it and you suddenly realise this way of life is for …

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