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Mass Times Corofin

Monday: 10.00am
Tuesday: 10.00am
Wednesday: 10.00am (Liturgy of the Word)
Thursday: 10.00am
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

Available on the radio @ 95FM

Confirmation & First Holy Communion

Confirmation ceremonies will take place in St. Colman's Church, Corofin as follows;
Monday, August 17th 11am. Cummer School
Monday, August 17th 2.30pm. Annagh Hill & Ballinderry Schools.
Tuesday August 18th 12 noon Belclare & Sylane Schools.

Due to Government restrictions still in place, each child may be accompanied by one parent. However, in order to comply with the guidelines, some parents will have to be seated in St Colman’s Room. Those who are seated in St Colman’s Room will be brought to the Sanctuary when their child is being confirmed.

Confirmation children and their parent are asked to be in the church at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins and to leave the church immediately after the ceremony, as the church will need to be sanitised afterwards.

If the day is fine, families are welcome to use the front garden and the grounds of the church for photographs but please be aware that there are bees in the garden at the back of the parish house so it might be best (for the bees!) to avoid this.

Archbishop Neary will not now be conferring the Sacrament of confirmation and has asked Fr. Ciarán to take his place.


First Holy Communion ceremonies will be arranged as soon as the children return to school and will hopefully take place during the month of September or early October.

Resumption of Public Masses

Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and to the co-operation and understanding of the public, the resumption of public masses has gone smoothly. At this stage it is important to remember that we are not out of the woods yet so sensible precautions are still necessary. Hand sanitizing and social distancing of at least two metres are still our best defence against the virus. Masks are recommended when in indoor spaces such as churches. Numbers are still limited to 50 in the church for the time being. For the time being, no other masses will be celebrated in the parish other than funeral masses and Weddings.

Mass is broadcast on the parish radio on 105.9fm from Corofin and on 95fm from Belclare. Masses are also live-streamed and can be accessed on corofinbelclare.ie. The readings can also be accessed on our website. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion at home can arrange to have a family member or neighbour bring it to them after mass any day of the week. 

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.