Sacraments

Celebrating the sacraments is at the core of our parish life. Our big moments in life are marked in a solemn way from womb to tomb.

On this page we will provide all the details for the celebration of the sacraments and there is a link to more information on each sacrament.

Baptism Arrangements

Please call the Parish Office @ 061 368 127 (under the current Covid 19 restrictions all baptisms are postponed)

» Read more about the Sacrament of Baptism

Marriage Arrangements

In this diocese, church weddings can take place on any day other than Sundays and major feast days.

(under current health guidelines surrounding Covid 19 only 6 people can attend a wedding)

In order to allow time for preparation and necessary paperwork to be completed, it is essential that you give the parish a minimum of six months notice of your intention to get married.

In order to book your wedding, it is necessary to complete a booking form, which can be obtained from and should be returned to the Parish Office. If your details change after your initial booking, please inform us, in case we need to contact you. You should also complete a form if you are getting married in another parish or Church, especially if you need a priest from the parish you are resident in to be present. In order to avoid any disappointment, please do not book any hotel reception until you have confirmed your preferred date with the parish.

A priest from the parish you are resident in will normally officiate at your wedding (if they are available). If you have a friend or relative who is a priest or deacon whom you would like to officiate, let us know at the time of booking your wedding. They may need to obtain the appropriate authorisation from relevant Church and Civil authorities if they are not normally resident in the Diocese of Killaloe.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Marriage

Eucharist and First Communion

First Communion ceremonies take place in the month of May. A programme of preparation takes place throughout the year.
For dates and details please click below.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Eucharist

Reconciliation (Confession)

At Easter and Christmas the parishes of Shannon and Newmarket come together for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also confessions are heard in the confession box in Newmarket Church during these seasons. All the details are published on the newsletter the week before.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confirmation

Confirmation is celebrated each year in our parish. Postponed in line with current health guidelines

» Read more about the Sacrament of Confirmation

Funerals

(under current health guidelines surrounding Covid 19 only 10 people can attend a funeral)

To be arranged with Fr Tom.

Housebound and Sacrament of the Sick

Every First Friday of the month, Fr Tom visits the housebound with Holy Communion. Lay Ministers of the Eucharist are also available to distribute Holy Communion to the sick on Sundays or in time of need. Many sick people also like to receive the sacrament of the sick and are strengthened and affirmed. If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to receive the sacraments in your home, please contact the Parish Office or Fr Tom

» Read more about the Sacrament of the Sick

Months Mind/Anniversaries

If a family wishes to have a Month’s Mind/Anniversary Mass celebrated they should contact Fr Tom or the Parish Office.

House Blessing

If you would like to have your house blessed please contact Fr Tom.

Holy Orders

The ongoing life of the church depends on vocations to the priesthood. Our diocese has a director of vocations and we’d be delighted to make an introduction for any interested candidates. Talk to any of the priests to get more information. The Diocesan website may also have useful information about Vocations in our diocese.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Holy Orders