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Mass Times Corofin

Monday: 10.00am
Tuesday: 10.00am
Wednesday: 10.00am (Liturgy of the Word)
Friday: 10.00am
Saturday: 10:00am
Sunday: 10.00am

Available on the radio @ 105.9FM or
View live MASS stream here

Mass Times Belclare

Sunday: 11.30am
Thursday: 10am

Available on the radio @ 95FM or
View live MASS stream here

First Holy Communion

Dates for First Holy Communion.

Belclare - Saturday, Sept 19th @ 11am & 1.30 pm. (Corofin church, view live stream here)
Sylane - Saturday, Sept 26th @ 11am (Belclare church, view live stream here)
Ballinderry - Saturday, Sept 26th @ 1pm (Corofin church, view live stream here)
Cummer - Saturday Sept 26th @ 3pm (Corofin church, view live stream here)
Annagh Hill - Sunday Sept 27th, @ 1pm (Corofin church, view live stream here)

All ceremonies will be conducted according to current Government and Church guidelines. The church will be sanitised before and after each ceremony. Children may be accompanied by two parents/guardians. All ceremonies will be live streamed on the parish website and broadcast on parish radio. Families are welcome to use the church grounds for photographs afterwards. All adults are now required to wear masks in church.

Church liturgy during the Pandemic

Total capacity of 50 is still the maximum amount of people allowed in the church for Mass, funerals and weddings.

Families are asked to keep the numbers around 10 in the church for Christenings as there may be more than one family involved.

All adults are now asked to wear masks in church. The current schedule of masses will remain for the time being. Mass is at 10am each morning, with Sunday Mass in Belclare at 11.30 a.m. All Masses are broadcast on 95fm & 105.9fm. Masses from Corofin are also live-streamed on the parish website corofinbelclare.ie

We are very grateful to our ushers and sanitisers without whom we would not be able to open our churches to the public for mass. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding as we try to create and maintain a safe environment in our churches.

Our Parish

Parish of Corofin and Belclare is a Catholic Christian community inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ.
We want to celebrate God's love for everyone through our words and actions.

Here you will find information and news covering the Pastoral Area of Cummer, Kilmoylan and Belclare.

We have two churches in our parish, St Colman's Church, Corofin and Sacred Heart Church, Belclare.

Corofin

St Colman's CorofinCummer & Kilmoylan is the older title of the parish.

Belclare (the mouth of the plain) and Killower (the church beside the well) might also be added. 

Cummer, meaning confluence, refers to the meeting of the Clare and its tributaries - the Grange & the Abbert.

Kilmoylan is translated as the Church of the Mound.

The popular name for this parish is Corofin (Coire Finne), meaning a large pool of clean, clear water. Corofin was an important centre in Norman times because there was a ford at Corofin across a large expanse of water which covered one-third of the parish. This was the only crossing point available between the two large areas of water stretching from south west of Tuam to Lackagh.

As Penal Laws began to wane in 1760, a low thatched church was built at Corofin. The present church begun in 1829 by a Belclare man, Fr. Pat Canavan, was completed and dedicated to St. Colman in 1844.

Near Sylane National School is a Mass Rock, said to have been used in Penal times by Fr. Ulick Nally who evaded capture for many years by being employed as a butler by the landlord Malachy O'Connor. This family gave Corofin its second bishop - Dr. Thomas O'Connor, Bishop of Achonry (1788 - 1803)

 

Belclare

Sacred Heart Church BelclareThe first Belclare Church was on the northern slope of Knockmea at Churchfriar or Pollaturk, on the site of an old Franciscan house once affiliated to Ross Errilly Abbey near Headford. In 1924 it was replaced by the new Church of the Sacred Heart.

The ruins of the old church, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, are situated 200 yards away from the present Belclare Church in a place called Churchfriar, which was the site of an ancient Franciscan Monastery, founded with the help of the De Burgo's in 1291.

Belclare is the curacy of the parish of Corofin and the longest serving curate was Fr. Varden (1919 - 1931) whose tombstone is the only one beside the new church.

The first curate, Fr. Pat Canavan served as C.C. in Claretuam as it was then called, 1812 - 1816, when he became P.P. of Corofin until his death in 1856, spending most of forty years in Belclare and his fine tomb is in Churchfriar, beside the ruins of the old church which he reroofed after it was stripped on the Night of the Big Wind, 6 Jan 1839.

One of the many other curates to have served here is the present Archbishop of Tuam, Most Rev.Dr. Michael Neary who was here 1975 -'76.

History

In 1801, Dr Dillon, Archbishop of Tuam included in his list of parishes in the Archdiocese of Tuam the parish of Clare Tuam. The parish had one curate and an annual income of £70.

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) lists the parish of Belclare or Belclare-Tuam as being the head of a Union or District called Clare-Tuam, comprising the parishes of Belclare, Kilmoylan and Kilmacrean. It had two chapels situated respectively in Belclare and Kilmacrean. The chapel in Belclare is described as a good slated building recently erected. The parish had a school for Protestant females and two pay schools situated at Wood’s quay and Carabeg with 148 boys and 21 girls attending.

Kilmoylan is listed as being part of the Roman Catholic Union or district of Clare-Tuam. It had a public school with 80 pupils and a private school with 10 children. A chapel was in progress of erection at Curofin. 

Kilmacrean also called Cummer is also listed as being part of the Roman Catholic Union or district called Clare-Tuam. or Currofin. It had a chapel at Currofin, described as a neat stone building, three public schools with about 270 pupils and one private school with 30 pupils.