Rahan Mucklagh and The Island Parish

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St Carthage Church, Killina

St Colman's Church, Mucklagh

St Patrick's Church, The Island

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th November 2014.

Relationships with one another are based on trust or lack of it. To grow in love, in friendship, in working relationships
we have to allow others to trust us and be prepared to place our trust in them. To trust, to place one’s confidence in
someone else is about having ‘faith’ in them, depending on their reliability, exposing oneself to their honesty and
sincerity. Trust embraces so many other virtues and qualities in life – love, honesty, sincerity and truth. In the Gospel
the man places his trust in his three servants and trusts them completely according to their ability – he recognises that
not everyone is the same so he doesn’t overburden any of them. The man is not looking for perfection but for honest and effort that his servants would do their best to reward him for his trust

Reflection on Sunday Gospel Readings - by Don Fabio Rosini, broadcast on Vatican Radio. Translated by Kieran Troy, Newtown, Rahan

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Farewell to Fr Johnny McEvoy

Due to the many celebrations that were held in the parish over the last few weeks, farewelling Fr Johnny and as tribute to all who turned up and helped out in these celebrations, this weeks webpage is dedicated to all these wonderful people of Rahan, Mucklagh and the Island together with the teachers and pupils of the schools in the parish who attended and participated in these celebrations. Enjoy the slide shows and the video from the pupils and teachers of St Colman's N.S. Mucklagh. Fr Johnny left the parish on 17th Oct. 2014 - 3 years to the day that he had a narrow escape from that tree that fell on his car in Mucklagh

Mucklagh Church was crowded to overflowing on the night of the 6th Oct for the farewell Mass, where some 25 priests from all around concelebreted. It is good to note that there were 6 priests native of the parish present.


The Feeding of the 5,000

The 5,000 who returned to the School Gym for refreshments after the Mass!!!! Well, if not 5,000 at least 500 were fed, thanks to Fr Martin Carley and the Organising Committee who worked so hard to cater for everyone. Rahan Comhaltas provided the music on the ocassion. See slideshow opposite.


Teachers and Pupils in St Colman's School Farewell Fr Johnny as well as the Staff and Residents in Carthage Nursing Home. The Music Teacher in St Colman's, Miss Majella Killeen wrote a special song in honour of Fr Johnny. The Pupils of the School sung this Ode as they bade their last farewell.

(Enlarge the photos by clicking on the square and see slideshows)


Lynally Mass and Gathering Monday 13th Oct. 2014

Since 2007 a small number of parishioner, mainly from Lynally gathers for Mass or Rosary at the ruins of the old monastic church in and around the end of Sept. (Sept 26th is thought to be the Feastday of St Colman). Bad weather often kept people away but this year we were blessed with one of the loveliest evenings. It was sheer mystical and the setting sun shone across the 40/50 people who turned up to honour those who were buried in this cemetery. Those present were in no hurry to go home but lingered and chatted to one another for a long time after Mass. Once again thanks to Mattie Mooney and the Mooney Family for facilitating us each year for this event. But it is disappointing that the Council is no longer cutting the grass in this graveyard and if OPW does not act soon the walls of the old Monastery will come toppling down with the weight of ivy. And what a shame that would be. Can anyone champion the cause of LYNALLY. Please. Fr Johnny.

Thank You From Fr Johnny

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who turned out to wish me well on Monday 6th October. The Mass and liturgy was most uplifting and impressed everyone present. Fr Martin and the Organising Committee worked hard to put it all together. The celebration was a wonderful witness of Parish Unity. Those who baked and catered were rewarded by the massive numbers who returned to the school gym afterwards. Our visitors are still talking about the event. It was all a very humbling experience for me. I express the same words of gratitude to all other groups in the parish who were so kind to me and for the good wishes expressed - Teachers and Pupils of our three schools, Mucklagh Developement Association, The Staff and Residents of Carthage Nursing Home, The Presentation Sisters, and all who gave me cards and gifts and had Masses offered.
Words of gratitude are insufficient to express my appreciation for your kindness & friendship. Thanks indeed to everyone. I wish Fr Martin and all parishioners of Rahan Parish every blessing for the future. Let us continue to walk together in spirit and in prayer working in the Lord’s Vineyard wherever that may be. Fr. Johnny.

Dates to Remember

Do This in Memory: Thursday 16th 7.30pm: Enrolment Ceremony for Communion. Scoil Chartaigh Naofa.

Confirmation for our Class 6s in both Schools - Sunday 19th April, 2015 at 1pm.
First Holy Communion Killina –Saturday May 9, 2015. First Holy Communion Mucklagh – Saturday May 16, 2015.

Why not take a short trip around the Old Monastic Churches at Rahan with Darrell Hooper and Sr Oliver by clicking on the following link


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