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Cancellations • The Lenten Talks scheduled for the Sacred Heart church on Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st March 2020 are cancelled owing to Covid...
:: Covid-19 update ::  Following on the Taoiseach's directive on 12 March, Bishop Brendan Kelly has instructed that all public Masses in...
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Bringing Holy Week Home :: Tuesday

Bringing Holy Week Home: A Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday Companion 2020


Today we see Jesus at table with his disciples. Jesus is troubled for he knows one of those present is plotting to betray him.

Covid-19: Galway City Community Response

Covid-19 :: Galway City Community Support Helpline

Postponement of Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been postponed to 30 June 2021.

RTÉ Easter Liturgies

RTÉ broadcasts of liturgies during Holy Week 2020

Palm Sunday 5 April

11.00–11.50: Mass on Palm Sunday

Prayers at home when gathering for Mass is not possible

Prayers at home when gathering for Mass is not possible

Cancellation of talks & courses


• The Lenten Talks scheduled for the Sacred Heart church on Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st March 2020 are cancelled owing to Covid-19 directives.

All Masses suspended across the diocese

:: Covid-19 update :: 

Following on the Taoiseach's directive on 12 March, Bishop Brendan Kelly has instructed that all public Masses in this diocese, Sundays and weekdays, are suspended until 29 March or until further notice.

Bereavement Support Evening

Bereavement Support Evening

Bereavement charities Anam Cara in collaboration with Féileacáin and Pieta House are hosting a Bereavement Support Evening in Galway on Tuesday 24th March 2020 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway.

Beginning Experience West of Ireland

Beginning Experience West of Ireland

The next Beginning Experience Residential Weekend Spring Programme® will be held between 3rd and 5th April 2020 in Esker Monastery and Retreat House, Athenry, County Galway, H65 XA36.

Public Health Guidance for Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Religious Services

Taking care of each other’s wellbeing as a community of faith: how to minimise the spread of illness.

• Parishioners who are ill (even if symptoms are mild) should not attend church services.

Lenten Talks 2020

A series of Lenten talks to aid us in our spiritual preparation for Easter.

Querida Amazonia

Various documents and electronic resources relating to Pope Francis’ encyclical Querida Amazonia are now available: click here for a portal link.

Official Irish Pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2020) in Budapest

Join the Irish Pilgrimage to Budapest for IEC2020

An Turas Naofa

The ecumenical service on Saturday 1 February in Galway Cathedral with Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop Patrick Rooke, Rev. Lynda Peilow and Rev. Helen Freeburn was a peaceful and uplifting service.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service seeking marriage preparation course facilitators

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service seeks marriage preparation course facilitators

An Turas Naofa: A Journey Through Galway's Christian Heritage

An Turas Naofa – A Journey Through Galway’s Christian Heritage

Celebrate Galway 2020!

Ecumenical service at 12.00 noon on Saturday 1 February in Galway Cathedral with Bishop Brendan Kelly and Bishop Patrick Rooke.

Catholic Schools Week 2020 :: 26 January – 2 February

Catholic Schools Week 2020 runs from Sunday 26 January to Sunday 2 February. The theme this year is: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation.

Book Launch: Bishop Martin Drennan

Turning Wounds into Wisdom: Reflections on the Sunday Gospels

Bishop Emeritus Martin Drennan's book will be launched on Sunday 2 February in the Chapel of St Columbanus, NUI Galway, as part of the annual diocesan gathering to celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life.

Mulch your Christmas tree

Mulch your Christmas Tree in aid of Galway Hospice Foundation

:: 6—18 January 2020

Monday to Friday 5.00pm–7.00pm; Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm

Location: NUI Galway, adjacent to the Alice Perry Engineering Building

Christmas Mass & Confession times

Please see below or click here for a list of Christmas Mass and Confession times in city churches.

Galway Hospice Memorial Tree

Galway Hospice Annual Christmas Tree

Advent Talks 2019

A series of Advent season talks to aid us in our spiritual preparation for Christmas.

8:00pm Tuesday 26 November 2019
— Welcoming the Christ Child in Song — Our Faith, Our Music
Talk given by Ms Neása Flaherty Burke

ACN Week of Witness for Persecuted Christians 2019

ACN Week of Witness for Persecuted Christians
15 November – 1 December 2019

A message from Dr Michael Kinsella, National Director, Aid to the Church in Need (Ireland):

Relics of Blessed Karl of Austria

The relics of Blessed Karl, the Last Emperor of Austria, will come to Galway Cathedral on Thursday 21 November 2019. Holy Mass in honour of Blessed Karl of Austria will be celebrated in Galway Cathedral at 7:30pm. Bishop Brendan Kelly will be the chief celebrant.

:: Candlelight Rosary Procession in the Cathedral ::

The annual candlelight October rosary procession takes place in the Cathedral on the Sundays of October, beginning at 8:00pm each Sunday.

:: International Youth Conference ::

International Youth Conference

Anointing Fire Catholic Ministry

Taizé Evening at Galway Cathedral

Weekly Taizé Evening in Galway Cathedral :: 

An hour of prayer, music & reflection in Galway Cathedral
Every Monday 8:00pm–9:00pm

Islam & Christianity: Exploring New Horizons of Faith

Dr Ali Selim (Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland) and Dr Richard Kimball (The Religious Society of Friends) have designed a course for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue and improved community relations. The course is being offered in Galway and Dublin as an evening course.

Homily of Pope St John Paul II at Ballybrit

The homily given by Pope St John Paul II at Holy Mass for the Youth of Ireland in Ballybrit on 30 September 1979 can be downloaded here.

Anniversary of Visit of Pope John Paul II

The 40th anniversary of the visit to Galway of Pope John Paul II will be marked with a mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 3:00pm.

Prayer at the Ploughing

In preparation for hosting the Diocesan Stand 399 at the National Ploughing Championships, Bishop Denis Nulty (Kildare & Leighlin diocese) is inviting people all around the country to choose their favourite prayer, perhaps a prayer learnt at their mother’s knee or handed down ó ghlúin go glúi

Youth 2000 Summer Festival


Join over 1000 young people aged between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare from Thursday 15 August to Sunday 18 August 2019.

Reek Sunday

Reek Sunday :: Sunday 28 July 2019

Sr Sarah Clarke Award

Congratulations to Indira Kelly from Seamount College, Kinvara, who won the Inaugural Sr Sarah Clarke Award for her project analysing the fast fashion industry using the tenets of Catholic social teaching.

Resources for Lent 2019


The Meaning of Lent

iCatholic Videos is the Irish Church's equivalent to the RTÉ player or BBC iPlayer (or if you prefer, our own Netflix!).

Click on the following link to access videos on the Faith and Church News:


Safeguarding Brochure

A new brochure on child protection, intended for children and parents, and created by John Paul II Awards students. Click here to download it (PDF, 2.3 MB).

Confirmation Dates 2019

To access the list of Confirmation Dates for 2019 please click on the following link:


Bishop Kelly: Homilies 2018

Bishop Brendan Kelly preached the following sermons in Galway Cathedral on (i) Friday 17 August 2018 at the funeral of Fr James Max Mitchell and (ii) Saturday 18 August 2018 at a mass of reconcilliation and remembrance of the Maamtrasna murders.

Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre hosts the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis programme, from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham.
For more information on the programme, see the Maryvale website at

Laudato Si

Laudato Si’ Mysticism or Fresh Eyes for 2018

Diocesan Changes


Rev. Barry Hogg, President, St. Mary's College; to be Pastor Emeritus

Papal Blessings

Papal Blessing Application Form: click to download

How to apply:

Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement Counselling (By Appointment)

Do this in Memory Dates 2017/2018


2017- 2018

Diocesan Administrator

At a meeting of the Diocesan College of Consulters on Tuesday 2 August, Canon Michael McLoughlin, the Parish Priest of Moycullen, was elected as Diocesan Administrator for the Dioceses of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. He takes up this responsibility immediately.

Diocesan Appointments 2017

 Diocesan changes announced by Canon Michael McLoughlin Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Bishop Drennan retires

The retirement has been announced of Most Reverend Martin Drennan DD as Bishop of Galway & Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora. His retirement takes effect from Friday 29 July 2016.

"How Mercy Transforms the Heart"

Fr. Michael Conway will explore "How Mercy Transforms the Heart" on

Date: Saturday 24th September 2016

Venue: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith,

Time: 10a.m - 3.30p.m

Cost: €20

Family Focus Week in Knock

Family Focus Week takes place in Knock Shrine between 9 and 15 July 2016. See the item on the Knock Shrine website for full details.

Youth Ministry Support Co-ordinator........ Closing date extended to July 8th

Applications are invited for the post of Youth Ministry Support Co-ordinator in the Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

Easter Experience of Mercy

"Mercy & the Underdeveloped Heart" (Part 2) Fr. Michael Conway.

Date: Thursday 21st April.

Venue: Diocesan Pastoral Centre,

Time: 7.30p.m

Adult Studies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

You are invited to join a new Study Group which begins on Monday 14th March 2016.
The Catechism presents the full teachings of the Catholic Faith.
The course will be of interest to:

Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017

The dates of the Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes are July 1st to July 6th.

The Pilgrimage will be led by the Diocesan Administrator, Canon Michael McLoughlin.

Lenten Talks for the Year of Mercy

Fr. Michael Conway on "Mercy and the underdeveloped heart" Thursday 25th February @ 7.30p.m. To commemorate the Year of Mercy as designated by Pope Francis the Pastoral Centre is offering a series of talks during Lent.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Led by Charlie Davy, SJ & Moira McDowall, RLR this is a day for past participants of our diocesan training course as well as those who have the desire to become involved in RCIA or baptismal programmes in their parish.

Benemerenti medal awarded

Teresa O’Donoghue, Doolin, Co. Clare, was recently awarded a papal Benemerenti Medal in recognition of her many decades of service to the Lord and to his community. She is pictured here with Fr Conor Cunninham.

G1 Family Focus Group

This is a group for people affected by the drug/alcohol use of family or friends. It offers time and space to meet people in a similar situation and find new ways to cope. The group is open to anyone over the age of 18. It is a confidential and supportive space.

An Evening of Sung Prayer for the Faithful Departed

An Evening of Sung Prayer for all the Faithful Departed takes in Galway Cathedral:

Date:Tuesday 24th November.

Time: 7.30p.m

Evening Prayer will be followed by a talk on Liturgical Music by Don Columba McCann of Glenstal Abbey.

An evening of Remembrance for our Dead.

The evening will offfer an opportunity for healing and hope as we remember our dearly departed ones in:

Upcoming Events in the Pastoral Centre.

Bereavement Support Group:
Thursdays for eight weeks
Beginning 17th September @ 7.30p.m.

Journey of Faith: Fr. Gerard McCarthy SVD.
Thursdays for six weeks
Beginning 24th September @ 7.30p.m.

Eucharistic Congress 2016

The 2016 International Eucharistic Congress takes place in Cebu in the Philippines next January. Joe Walsh Tours is offering packages to those interested in attending.

Towards Peace

Towards Peace is a National Initiative of the Episcopal Conference set up to help survivors of sexual abuse by Church personnel.
It is a spiritual support service for survivors that are interested in engaging with their faith. 


National Office Recommendations............. Action Taken 

Parish Pastoral Council Day....."Equipping Parishes for Mission"

Parish Pastoral Council day..."Equipping Parishes for Mission"

Filed under: Parish, Pastoral Centre
Day for Parish Pastoral Councils… “Equipping Parish Pastoral Councils for Mission”… January 25th 2014, Menlo Park Hotel.

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group for 8-10 people will be offered in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith in Autumn 2014.  The group will run for 8 weeks and will be facilitated by professional personnel.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Please contact the Pastoral Centre for further information.

Tel. 091-565066



Child Protection Report

The Audit Report on the safeguarding practices in the diocese has been published, and is available here.

Beginning Experience

Beginning Experience is a structured Programme for men and women who have lost a spouse/partner through death, separation or divorce - for at least one year.

For more information contact Mary 087-2613541, Ann 087-7854990 or Martin 086-2238085

Parenting Support Classes -


Topics / Skills covered will include Connecting with your Teenager, Listening, Encouraging Teenagers, Managing conflict and Applying Consequences