St. Brigids Parish Newsletter

May 2020

First Communion

Fr. John, on behalf of the First Communion Team and the people of both the parish of Mervue and Ballybane, would like to assure the children from Holy Trinity and St. Michael’s Schools Mervue who were looking forward to receiving their First Communion on Saturday next May 23rd, that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

On the 23rd, Fr. John will light the Paschal Candle in St. Brigid’s Church Ballybane, for every child from the Parish preparing to receive the Body of Christ this year. With God’s help we will gather to celebrate this very special day for the children and their families, in the autumn.


Sunday Reflections

Sunday reflections from the Western Dioceses: the reflection for Sunday May 24th comes from our own diocese and is delivered by Fr Declan Lohan. It will be available to watch online at 6.30pm on

Recordings of the previous reflections are now available online at



The Poor Clare Sisters are holding a Youth Forum workshop on the spirituality of St Francis and St Clare on Saturday May 30th, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. It will be hosted via Zoom and anyone interested should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Galway Hospice Sunflower Appeal

Covid-19 has meant the cancellation of fundraising events for Galway Hospice, including its annual Sunflower Days collection on June 5 & 6th. Donations to the Hospice can be made at or on 091-770868. Thank you for your support.


The Parish Office

Will remain closed until further notice. If you wish to contact Fr. John please ring 091 755381/ 087 2354487or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Please Note:

Months Mind, Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance Masses will be rescheduled at a later date.


Galway Diocesan 'virtual' Pilgrimage to Knock online Mass

As the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock cannot take place this year owing to Covid-19 restrictions. Fr Richard Gibbons P.P. Knock will celebrate a pilgrimage Mass online on Sunday May 17th, with a special welcome to the people of the Diocese of Galway and will deliver a message from Bishop Brendan Kelly. Starting with the Rosary at 2.30pm, Mass at 3pm, followed by Benediction. and on Knock Shrine fb page.


Mass on RTÉ every Sunday at 2.00pm
Sunday Mass at 2pm on RTÉ News Now and can be accessed on Saorview Channel 21; Sky 521; Virgin 200; Eir 517.


GRETB Community Education YouTube Channel

The Community Education Service of the GRETB are delighted to launch a dedicated YouTube Channel for people in local community groups, their friends and families.  The content reflects Community Education courses.


Heartlink West 

Croí Heart & Stroke Charity recently launched Heartlink West, a new free daily service for heart and stroke patients. Heartlink West will provide support from their community based, multi-disciplinary health team of nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and physical activity specialists. For further information phone 091 544310 or visit


Healthy Galway City New Website The site will act as an information hub, signposting people to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information and useful resources, as well as promoting local programmes and events, which aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Galway City.



Child Protection

St. Brigid's Parish is committed to the protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults in our parish. The Galway Diocesan Policy on Safeguarding Children, Young people and Vulnerable Adults is available on



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