22 October 2020

Emmanuel House Family Day

Sunday 22nd April 2018, celebrates "Family Day" at Emmanuel House Clonfert.

From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. we will have a time away for couples from the busyness of life. 

To book a place please contact Mary Kelly on: 087 9101451 or alternatively you can phone Emmanuel House on 057 9251552 ext. 3

Family day includes:

Supervised activities and games for children provided.

An introduction to Cana Ireland and information on the upcoming World Meeting of Families.

Mass, testimonies, and talk by Eddie Stones.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & Coffee provided in our tea room.

History of the Statue of Our Lady of Clonfert
This Madonna and Child is a 14th Century hand-carved wooden figure. It is of native craftsmanship, one of a number of examples from a school of woodcarving, which apparently flourished in the Shannon area from the 13th to the 17th Century.

The Statue highlights Mary as the Mother of the Human Race, standing within reach of all. Undoubtedly this statue originated in one of the two religious houses nearby at that time;  St. Brendan’s Monastery or the famous Clonfert Cathedral.

It was hidden in a hollow oak tree during the Cromwellian Persecution of the Catholics in the 17th Century. Tradition has it that in the 19th Century it was found by woodcutters, who accidently cut off the left arm.

It was at one stage in view in the National Museum in Dublin and was carried in procession in the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932. Instrumental in the granting of many petitions through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, Mary.

Brief Summary of ceremonies for May 2018 

2nd May: 1st Anniversary Mass for Fr. Dan O’Donovan CC Ballinasloe All welcome

4th May: Jacqueline Daly is a director of the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre (Le Cheile) Ballinasloe . She will talk on living with and beyond Cancer.

5th May: Anniversary Mass for Fr. Joe Walsh RIP . Bishop John Kirby

10th May: Liam Curley, Creagh , Ballinasloe, is an addiction councillor with many years of experience dealing with various forms of addiction. Liam will speak of Alcohol and Gambling addiction and living with someone who carries the burden of addiction.

11th May: Peter Roche sadly lost his son to suicide in 2010, he will tell his story and offer support in relation to coping with loss and moving forward in Hope

17th May: Fr. Michael Cusack is a Redemptorist Priest and will be well known to those who attend Galway and Esker Novena. A gifted preacher and will have plenty of food for thought

18th May: Mass for Exam Students for everyone taking exams at all levels with special Exam prayer Card.

24th May: Mass on Eve of the Referendum . ( for the protection of the 8th Amendment )Guest speaker followed by all night prayer vigil at the Shrine . All welcome.

25th May: Mass with Fr. Bernie Costello Portiuncula, with Anointing of the Sick (Hall across from Church also available on the night)

27th May: Mass at 3pm and Blessing of Parents and Children (bring ear plugs)

30th May: Mass for all our deceased relatives and friends. Fr. Simon Cadem.



Practical advice: Arrive on time and bring a bottle of Water & a cushion if needed !