Parish of Oughterard Posts

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Time to participate in the June 1st meeting of Oughterard, Kilannin & Moycullen

There has been a series of 5 reflections asking some very difficult and philosophical questions relating to being a Catholic. These were trying to bring us outside of our normal sphere of thinking and ponder, reflect and put together something coherent on living our faith. The questions were:

  1. What is the purpose of the parish church and Glann, Colinamuck chapel?
  2. What is the Catholic church’s mission? How does the parish community fulfil it?
  3. Whom are we trying to reach for Christ? How does this happen in our parish?
  4. What determines whether the church is alive and growing?
  5. How will we accomplish the mission God has given to us? Can you first name that mission in your community?

As you can see, its not how we normally think. Yet, when big decisions have to be made, any organisation needs to go “back to basics” and have a good solid appraisal.

Please take a copy of the discernment questions, its part of the Synodal process currently being undergone in all the Catholic world, and return it through the letterbox of the parish office not later than Sunday 21st May 2023 – fr Michael


Grant Opportunity for replacement Gutters and Pipes

The parish has secured a significant grant for the continued replacement of missing or plastic substandard gutters and pipes. The grant aid from the Built Heritage Investment Scheme is for up to €12,000 but therein lies a challenge as this is for funding at 50% so we need to do €24,000 in work to draw down the full funding.

Please help with this specific request by donating to the ‘Gutter Project’ under the Restoration Programme. Many thanks and have a very happy and peaceful Easter.

Diocesan loan €135,000 to repay – Half for this year, half next year.


In Excess of 1,000 houses call the Parish of Oughterard Home in 2022


The Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated 468 times in 2022. This same year…

32 children were baptized into our Catholic Faith

64 children made their First Confession and First Holy Communion

37 young people anointed with the Spirit in Confirmation

18 couples celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage

23 Parishioners of Faith were called home to God

Over 100 house calls bringing Holy Communion and anointing of the sick

Over 750 Children and Teens grew in their faith through our school and Faith Formation programs.

Many, many food boxes delivered by St. Vincent de Paul…and much more…


Of lesser importance, our structures


Apart from Collinamuck church, our parish emits ZERO CARBON. Heat pumps, space heaters, upgraded insulation, an EV and a push bike all together heat and move our parish

40 high-efficiency solar PV panels producing 16kVA max have been installed, meaning our parish office and Church are partly powered by the sun.


The old convent school cleaned out (2 large skips!). All black mold and debris removed, walls and door cleaned. Loose plaster removed.

2 ground floor rooms renovated with new timber joisting and flooring.

A new kitchenette for a ground floor meeting room

New wiring, new lighting and soon to be installed 2 new heat pumps, if grant aid is available.

New camera systems for the church and Lamb of God chapel installed.


Please consider supporting our parish on a weekly basis, so we may continue with our plans and pastoral projects for 2023. Without your support what can we do after all?


To donate to the ongoing running costs of the parish, so vital for everyday parish life, please transfer your donation to Oughterard Church parish account,

IBAN – IE20BOFI90393993752657

To donate to the Church Restoration and upkeep works please transfer your donation to Oughterard Church Restoration account

IBAN – IE69BOFI90393931117711

To donate to the support of the priest of the parish and one retired priest please transfer your donation to Oughterard Church priest’s account

IBAN – IE95BOFI90393993752665




Adoration of the blessed sacrament is ongoing in our parish.


“Could you not wait with me one hour?”

This cry from the Lord’s troubled heart reverberates through the centuries, as He wishes to call select souls to be closer to Him in His trials. It is a privilege to feel the call. The Lamb of God chapel is well ventilated and heated. Please give your hour per week to the Lord in Adoration, praying for so many great needs in our world. Amen.


Eucharistic Adoration

Tuesday 10:30-11:30

Thursday 19:00-20:00

Friday 10:30 – 11:30

Lamb of God Chapel


Phone: 091 552290