May 2019 – A Special Month for Shanbally Church.

This month we will mark the 200th Anniversary of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Shanbally with a number of special celebrations in our Church.

Bi-Centenary Concert- 6.00 p.m. Sunday 12th May 2019

Next Sunday, 12th May 2019, we will begin our celebrations with a concert entitled ‘Blessed are you among Women’ where our Church Choir and invited local artists will lead us in an evening of classical, traditional and modern hymns in honour of Our Lady as well as congregational pieces. This concert is open and free to all who wish to attend. Join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of music and song in honour of Mary which will I’m sure reawaken memories of May processions and devotions from years past. We hope you will join us next Sunday.

Bi-Centenary Mass & Anniversary Fete Sunday 26th May 2019

On Sunday 26th May we will celebrate the central moment of our anniversary celebrations with a concelebrated Anniversary Mass at 3.00 p.m. in Shanbally Church.  Bishop John Buckley will be our chief celebrant and Fr Sylvester O’ Flynn has kindly agreed to preach.  After Mass everyone is invited to gather for a Community Fete in the grounds of Shanbally National School where food and refreshments will be provided for all.  We would love to see parishioners of the Harbour Parishes and all those connected to Shanbally Church down through the years to join us to celebrate together this sacred space that has been home to so many special moments in our lives and in the history of our community.  Please note that there will be no 10.00 a.m. Mass in Shanbally on 26th May to allow us all to gather as a single community on this special day.

Play your part in helping us prepare

To help us prepare our Bi-Centenary Mass and Anniversary Fete we are holding a meeting this Monday night 6th May from 8.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the Community Room  in the Oratory.  We are hoping that people will volunteer to help in different aspects of the day: preparing and participating in the liturgy, preparing the Church itself,  looking after hospitality and refreshments for the Community Fete, stewarding for parking, etc.  The wise Irish seanfhocal reminds us that ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ so we hope that everyone will row in and help to make this celebration a memorable one for our parish.

Add your voice to strengthen our song

Shanbally Church Choir would love to invite anyone who would like to be part of the Choir for the Bi-Centenary Mass to join them for this special occasion.  Simply come along to the two special practices in the Church on Monday 13th May and Monday 20th May from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. each night.  All are welcome so please feel free to simply come and join them.