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Contact details for the priests in the Pastoral Area of Mooncoin, & Kilmacow, Templeorum

Fr. Martin Tobin (Mooncoin + Kilmacow) 086 240 1278

Fr. Paschal Moore (Templeorum) 087 240 8078

Fr. Michael Kelly SJ, CC Kilmacow amd associate in the Pastoral Area 087 3792406

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Mass Times for our Churches

Mooncoin Church Carrigeen Church Kilnaspic Church
Wednesday to Friday: 9.30 am - Mooncoin
Saturday: 7.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am (Please note change of time)
Sunday: 8.50  am (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of the month)
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Sunday: 8. 50 am (2nd & 4th Sundays of the month)
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Parish Financial Statement 2023

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Year of St. Joseph: What Catholics need to know

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Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.

Pope Francis said he was establishing the year so that "every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.”

Here’s what you need to know about the Year of St. Joseph:

Why does the Church have years dedicated to specific topics?


The Church observes the passage of time through the liturgical calendar - which includes feasts such as Easter and Christmas, and seasons such as Lent and Advent. In addition, however, popes can set aside time for the Church to reflect more deeply on a specific aspect of Catholic teaching or belief. Past years designated by recent popes include a Year of Faith, Year of the Eucharist, and Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Why did the Pope declare a year of St. Joseph?

In making his declaration, Pope Francis noted that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8, 1870.

Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has heightened his desire to reflect on St. Joseph, as so many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.

"Each of us can discover in Joseph -- the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence -- an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble,” the pope wrote.

He also said he wanted to highlight St. Joseph’s role as a father who served his family with charity and humility, adding, "Our world today needs fathers.”

When does the Year of St. Joseph begin and end?

The year begins Dec. 8, 2020, and concludes on Dec. 8, 2021.


What special graces are available during this year?

As Catholics pray and reflect on the life of St. Joseph throughout the coming year, they also have opportunities to gain a plenary indulgence or remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. An indulgence can be applied to oneself or to a soul in Purgatory.

An indulgence requires a specific act, defined by the Church, as well as sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, prayer for the pope’s intentions, and full detachment from sin.

Special indulgences during the Year of St. Joseph can be received through more than a dozen different prayers and actions, including praying for the unemployed, entrusting one’s daily work to St. Joseph, performing a corporal or spiritual work of mercy, or meditating for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer.

Why does the Church honor St. Joseph?

Catholics do not worship saints, but ask for their heavenly intercession before God and seek to imitate their virtues here on earth. The Catholic Church honors St. Joseph as the foster father of Jesus. He is invoked as the patron saint of the Universal Church. He is also the patron of workers, father, and a happy death.

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference statement on the Family and Care referendums

The importance of voting

Press Release - Sunday, 25 February 2024
Immediate: Newsdesks, Photodesks and Religious Affairs Correspondents


Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference statement on the Family and Care referendums



Caption Pope Francis greets families at the Festival of Families in Croke Park, Dublin, held during the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018 (Catholic Communications Office archive)



  • The proposed Family amendment to the Constitution diminishes the unique importance of the relationship between marriage and family in the eyes of Society and State and is likely to lead to a weakening of the incentive for young people to marry. 
  • The Care amendment would have the effect of abolishing all reference to motherhood in the Constitution and leave unacknowledged the particular and incalculable societal contribution that mothers in the home have made and continue to make in Ireland ... The role of mothers should continue to be cherished in our Constitution. 

Upon his arrival in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families on 25 August 2018, Pope Francis met at Dublin Castle with representatives of civil, cultural and religious life, including the Taoiseach and members of the Government.  Pope Francis said he was visiting Ireland to help families "reaffirm their commitment to loving fidelity, mutual assistance and reverence for God’s gift of life in all its forms, but also to testify to the unique role played by the family in the education of its members, and the development of sound and flourishing social fabric”.  He added, "Families are the glue of society, their welfare cannot be taken for granted, but must be promoted and protected by every appropriate means”.

In this context, we wish to comment on the two important referendums on family and care which are taking place on 8 March 2024.

The Family Amendment - 39th Amendment (amending Article 41)
The Family, based on the exclusive, life-long and life-giving public commitment of Marriage, is the foundational cell of society and essential to the common good.  This reality of the Family corresponds to the unchanging plan of God for humanity and the importance of the Family continues to be acknowledged by people of good will, whether they be persons of faith or not.

The family is acknowledged as the place where generosity, tenderness, forgiveness, stability, care, love and truth can best be taught and learned by children.  We recognise, of course, that there are families in all our communities which are not founded on marriage. They form part of the reality of family life, which Pope Francis described as "a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems”.

We believe, however, that the commitment of marriage contributes to the common good in a unique way, by bringing stability to the family and to society, and that it consequently deserves the protection of the State, which is currently guaranteed in the Constitution of Ireland.  The Constitution rightly qualifies the Family as a "moral institution” and one that enjoys "inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law”.  We are concerned that the proposed Family amendment to the Constitution diminishes the unique importance of the relationship between marriage and family in the eyes of Society and State and is likely to lead to a weakening of the incentive for young people to marry. 

While ‘Marriage’ entails a public and legal commitment, the term ‘durable relationship’ is shrouded in legal uncertainty and is open to wide interpretation.  It does not make sense that such an ambiguous reality would be considered ‘antecedent and superior to all positive law’ and acquire the same ‘inalienable and imprescriptible’ rights as those ascribed to the ‘family founded on marriage’.  Various commentators have suggested that the term ‘durable relationship’ risks leading to unforeseen and unintended consequences.

The Care Amendment - 40th Amendment (deleting Article 41.2 and inserting a New Article 42B)
In an age when people, and especially women, often emphasise the desirability of balancing work and domestic commitments, it is noteworthy that the Constitution already recognises and seeks to facilitate the choice of mothers who wish especially to care for the needs of the family and the home.  Contrary to some recent commentary, the present constitutional provision emphatically does not state that "a woman’s place is in the home”.  Neither does it excuse men of their duties to the home and family.

It is reasonable to ask what benefit is it to Irish society to delete the terms ‘woman’ and ‘mother’ from the Constitution of Ireland?  People generally recognise the enormous commitment that women in Ireland have given, and continue to give, in relation to care, love and affection in the home.  Pope Francis has said "Families and homes go together”(AL44).  We therefore have similar concerns about the removal of the term ‘home’ from this article.

In contemporary society there now exists a welcome co-responsibility between women and men for every aspect of domestic life, including the provision of care in the home.  We believe that, rather than removing the present acknowledgement of the role of women and the place of the home, it would be preferable and consistent with contemporary social values that the State would recognise the provision of care by women and men alike.  Care, both inside and outside the home, is at the core of compassion.  Without such care in the family, the common good of society cannot be achieved.  The State has to date failed to financially acknowledge the role of women in the home; once again there is no indication that there will be provision for the adequate financial remuneration of carers.  The proposed term ‘strive to support’ appears to weaken the State’s constitutional responsibility to materially and legislatively support such care.  Indeed, the proposed new Article 42B does not actually confer any enforceable rights for carers or for those being cared for. 

It is right to recognise that care within the family and the wider community takes many forms and is provided by a wide variety of people.  In the words of Pope Francis speaking at the Festival of Families in Croke Park on 25 August 2018 "in any family celebration, everyone’s presence is felt: fathers, mothers, grandparents, grandchildren, uncles and aunts, cousins, those who cannot come and those who live too far away”.

The proposed amendment would have the effect of abolishing all reference to motherhood in the Constitution and leave unacknowledged the particular and incalculable societal contribution that mothers in the home have made and continue to make in Ireland.  The present constitutional wording does not in any way inhibit women from working or taking their proper place in social and public life.  It does, however, respect the complementary and distinct qualities that arise naturally within the Family.  The role of mothers should continue to be cherished in our Constitution. 

The importance of voting
Pope Saint John Paul II said in Ireland back in 1979: "The family is the true measure of the greatness of a nation”.  In a democracy that guarantees the freedom to vote, it is important that citizens cast their ballot on 8 March with matters of such importance at stake.  As pastors, concerned for the common good as well as the moral and spiritual well-being of God’s people, we offer these reflections in order to help inform the consciences of Christians and others who are concerned to preserve and foster the dignity and value of family life and motherhood.


Welcome Fr. Michael


Bishop Niall Coll has announced the appointment of Fr. Michael Kelly, SJ, as Curate of Kilmacow Parish while assisting in the Pastoral Area of Kilmacow, Mooncoin, and Templeorum.

Fr. Michael is a native of Kilkenny city and now returns to his native diocese, having ministered as a Jesuit priest in Zambia.

We extend a warm welcome to Fr. Michael and wish him every blessing as he ministers in the name of the Lord among us.

First Holy Communion Mooncoin 2024




11 a.m.

Carlow Cathedral, Kildare and Leighlin Diocese 

First Holy Communion Carrigeen 2024


SATURDAY  11th May
ST. KEVIN'S CHURCH at  11 a.m.



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THURSDAY 14th March 11 a.m. Mooncoin Church

Cyril, a fourth-century bishop of Jerusalem and a doctor of the church, was instrumental in forming the church’s doctrinal understanding of the Holy Spirit. He wrote, "The Spirit comes gently and makes himself known by his fragrance. He is not felt as a burden for God is light . . . The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen and to console.”

Why is Confirmation important? What effect does it have on me?

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighbourhoods, society, and the world. Through Confirmation, our personal relationship with Christ is strengthened. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.

The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts—wisdom, understanding, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, piety, and fear of the Lord—to assist us in our mission and witness. The impact of these gifts accompanies us in the various stages of our spiritual development.

As the confirmed, we walk with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom enables us to see the world from God’s viewpoint, which can help us come to grasp the purpose and plan of God. It grants us the long-range view of history, examining the present in the light of the past and the mystery of the future. It saves us from the illusion that the spirit of the times is our only guide. The Spirit’s gift of knowledge directs us to a contemplation, or thoughtful reflection, of the mystery of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—as well as of the mysteries of the Catholic faith. We are drawn to meditative prayer, where we allow God to lead us while we rest patiently in the divine presence.

The gift of understanding stimulates us to work on knowing ourselves as part of our growth in knowing God. It is what St. Augustine meant when he prayed, "That I may know You, may I know myself.” When the Spirit pours fortitude or courage into our hearts, we can trust that we will be prepared to stand up for Christ and the Gospel when challenged. As the gift of counsel or right judgment grows in us, we can sense the quiet teaching that the Spirit gives us about our moral lives and the training of our consciences.

The gift of piety or reverence is an act of respect for the Father who created us, for Jesus who saved us, and for the Spirit who is sanctifying us. We learn reverence for God and people from our parents and others who train us in virtue. The Spirit fills us with this gift at liturgy, which is a masterful school of reverence, as well as through popular devotions and piety.

Finally, the gift of fear of the Lord or wonder and awe in God’s presence can infuse honesty into our relationship with God, a frankness that places us in awe before the majesty of God. Yet the gift also imparts an attitude of grateful wonder that God loves us and that we can share in his life.

When we are responsive to the grace of Confirmation and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we begin to bear the fruits of the Spirit. The tradition of the Church names twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity (cf. CCC, no. 1832; Gal 5:22).

Change Mass Times

Mass Times for the Pastoral Area:

Kilmacow and Mooncoin.

Saturday Vigil Mass:  

    Mooncoin 7.00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                       



Carrigeen/Kilnaspic:  8.50 am

( Rota 1st, 3rd and 5th Carrigeen;  2nd and 4th Kilnaspic)

Mooncoin:    10:00 am

Kilmacow:    11:15 am                                                                                

This schedule commences on the weekend 30th Sept/1st October 2023

                                                                            Fr. Martin Tobin Adm

                                                                                          086 2401278

Eucharistic Adoration


Eucharistic adoration on Thursdays

EXPOSITION will be in the  Church of the Assumption Mooncoin following Mass and will conclude at 12 noon







Parish Office Opening Hours




Monday - Wednesday - Friday

9.45am – 12.45pm

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Fr. Martin: 086 240 1278       



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The Parish Office opening hours are as follows: -
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Wednesday:      9.45 am - 12.45 pm.

Friday:                9.45 am - 12.45 pm.



St. Patrick






Filbuckstown, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny X91 D8VX

3 Bed Detached House In the Region of €250,000. Viewing Strictly by appointment

•             Ukraine… We pray that peace may be restored to their country.  Bishop Nulty, Apostolic Administrator, in a recent letter requested that if our parish or any parishioners have vacant property or rooms that could help the Ukrainian refugees we should register our intent with the Irish Red Cross " ". Martin Crotty, Diocesan Solicitor, will prepare a simple "license to occupy” document.  As you are aware the Parochial House at Filbuckstown is up for sale and we had a sale agreed upon only to discover a legal issue surrounding the title of the property.  This matter is rectifiable, only it is taking forever to get progress.  I sought an update from the Diocesan Solicitor regarding this matter and he wrote in reply: " The sale is not "imminent” I am afraid and is still a long way off for later this year so you are free to offer it to the Red Cross at present.” I have already consulted the Finance Committee and  Parish Pastoral Council on this matter and now I wish to consult with you, the faith community, that we should register this property with the Irish Red Cross until the title of the property is rectified. You may speak to me on this matter at any time. 086 2401278

First Fridays



Visitation of The Sick

First Friday: Visitation of the Sick will take place on the first Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the month.  The Parish Office will contact you prior to a visit.

Please contact the Parish Office if you will not be at home on the first Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the month. Should anyone who is recently sick or housebound and would like a visit, or to receive Holy Communion, you are welcome to contact Fr. Tobin on 086 2401278

Hospital Visits

Please contact the Parish Office and let Fr. Tobin know if you or your loved ones or neighbours are ill at home or hospital and would like a visit (taking into account any restrictions on visits that may occur from time to time). Thank You.




Today, March 5th  we celebrate the feast of St Kieran who is the patron saint of our diocese. Kieran of Saighir is known as the "first-born of the saints of Ireland". Most of what we know about him comes from various stories that were written down much later. St Kieran’s life story is full of surprises. His mother was from Cape Clear in Co Cork, his father from Ossory. As a young man, Kieran set out for Rome, where he was baptised and studied scripture there. On his way back to Ireland he met St Patrick, who told him exactly where to found his monastery, giving him a bell which would only ring when he found the place. This turned out to be Saighir Chiaráin, about four miles south-east of Birr, Co Offaly. Like John the Baptist, Kieran is a wilderness figure, dressed in the skins of wild animals. These, it is said, helped him build his hermitage and were his first monks! Another story is that he blessed a well so that "it had the taste of wine or honey for everyone who drank it were drunk as well as filled". Saighir Chiaráin was the chief church of Ossory for some time. Since then many churches, schools, and cemeteries have taken the name of St Kieran. Today we pray for all the people of our diocese and in a special way that St Kieran will help us to grow in our love of God and each other and that our diocese will be a place where we truly love Jesus as St Kieran did.

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