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We hope that all residents, visitors and especially those new to the catholic parish of St. Cronan's Church will find something of interest and take a few minutes to explore our site.

We are striving to ensure that this website evolves into a useful and used resource containing information on all aspects of our parish life and community and we welcome your views.  Check out our News & Events page to find out what's happening in the  community of Brackenstown.

We encourage you to provide your own input and ideas so that we can be certain that we're meeting the needs of our community.

We love to welcome new parishioners into our Church, and hope that you would make yourself known to us if attending Masses at St. Cronan's Church.

Fr. Paul Thornton Adm.

from  9th August 2020
Weekdays:        10:00am
Saturday Vigil: 6:30pm
Sunday:             9:00am

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My Flesh."  

John 6:51

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are the planned dates for First Holy Communion as allocated at the draw on Tuesday, July 21st

Under the current restrictions, we are able to facilitate 100 people in St. Cronan's Church, i.e. the child for First Communion and two adults. It is unlike that this is going to increase by the time we reach First Holy Communion Day.
We will be talking to you over the next while about how we will be celebrating the Ceremony and also that there is some preparation that needs to be done between now and the Ceremony Some of this will be done on line and some of it will be done when the Schools return in September.
We pray that these dates will not need to be changed again! Let's all play our part by continuing to social distance, wear masks when in public, wash/sanitize hands frequently and practice good respiratory etiquette
I hope you felt that this was a fair way to allocate the dates for First Holy Communion. You will receive an email this coming Monday to remind you what date has been chosen.

Fr. Paul
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We are taking registrations now for the second running of our online Summer School 'Theology, Spirituality and Religious Experience' starting on August 10, it also ran this July. 

The course consists of 10 online lectures by Fr Pat Collins C.M. given over two weeks and we were delighted to receive hugely positive comments from participants who took part in July; see just two examples below.  

"your talks are refreshing me, rekindling my spirit  and renewing my enthusiasm.... Refocusing on the centrality of religious experience is vital and extremely helpful"

"The eyes of my mind have also been enlightened, as I gained a fresh understanding, from a range of Christian and other perspectives, of the nature of genuine religious experience as well as of the inherent dangers that can lie within that approach'.

Prayers & Petitions

Forward us your prayers and petitions and we will place them in the Prayer Basket at the Sacred Space of the Church.


Let us join together for Evening Prayer and The Rosary which continues to be said each evening via webcam at 8:30pm

Eucharistic Holy Hour on Wednesday Evenings from 7:30pm

Stations of The Cross Tuesday & Friday mornings at 10:30am

Taize Prayer Around The Cross on Friday Evenings from 7:30pm

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This link brings you to the following website:   www.thedivinemercy.org

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary...

And the Word was made Flesh:

And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary...

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


We sympathise with and remember in our prayers the families and friends who have recently lost a loved one.  

During this very difficult time and in line with Government advice, funerals can only be attended by up to 10 people of immediate family of the deceased. 

Please see below two links to booklets that may be of help to you when organising a loved ones funeral.

Please CLICK HERE for Funeral Booklet

Please CLICK HERE FOR Prayer in the Home for the Deceased


Although we can no longer be together in person,

we can stay connected and united in prayer.

Please note the webcam in the Church is only switched on when a Mass/Service is happening in the Church.  This is due to the new Data Protection regulations. 

Mass is celebrated with a maximum congregation of 90 people in the Church and broadcast via webcam

Saturday: 6.30 pm;  Sunday: 9.00 am, 11.00 am & 5:30 pm;        Weekdays Mon - Sat 10 am

Each Evening at 8:30 pm: Rosary & Nightprayer and  Friday 10:30 am & 7:30 pm - Stations of the Cross


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