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Divine Mercy Sunday 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated in Galway Cathedral on Sunday 8 April 2018, beginning at 2:00pm. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Declan Lohan.

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The Western Dioceses are seeking to fill the newly created position of Data Protection Officer for said dioceses. For more details on the position and the application process, please see this document.

Choose Life Website

The Irish Catholic Bishops' portal for resources on the protection of the unborn is to be found at

Laudato Si

Laudato Si’ Mysticism or Fresh Eyes for 2018

Galway City Mass Times

Please click on the following link for Mass Times in Galway City


Diocesan Changes


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

Papal Blessings

Papal Blessing Application Form:


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 recently 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.

Unit 2 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church resumes on Tuesday 17th September, 2013

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