Welcome to the official website
of the Catholic Diocese of Clonfert




Welcome to the official website
of the Catholic Diocese of Clonfert


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Diocese of Clonfert
On-Line Revision for those Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation 2020

We are inviting all candidates for Confirmation to follow this short on-line revision course in preparation for confirmation.

It consists of three lessons each with a video and worksheet.

Once you have completed all three lessons please send all your worksheets to the Priest of the Parish where your school is located a week before you make your Confirmation.

If you have any difficulty accessing the videos or worksheets please contact Isabelle at 083 8791745.

We are looking forward to celebrating this most special day with all those to be confirmed, their families and sponsors.

Lesson 1: Who is the Holy Spirit and the difference the Holy Spirit makes


Lesson 2: Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit


Lesson 3: The Confirmation Ceremony






Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God: Guidance for a return to the Public Pastoral Life of the Church in the Tuam Ecclesiastical Province


1. What to expect when we return to Church -

2. Covid-19 Church Stewarding -

3. Covid-19 Church Cleaning -

4. Covid-19 Use of Personal Protective Equipment -

5. Covid-19 Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Etiquette and Physical Distancing -

6. Covid-19 Communications and Signage -

7. Covid-19 Distribution of Holy Communion -


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Diocese of Clonfert
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
UPDATED GUIDANCE – 14th April 2020

This guidance is in addition to that already given – Please read carefully

Now that the Government has announced a continuation of the Covid-19 restrictions until May 5th 2020 the following additional guidance is applicable as of the above date.

As regards the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation – the 2020 schedule issued by the Clonfert Diocesan Office is now cancelled. Once the government deems it safe to have gatherings again, after appropriate consultation, a new Confirmation schedule will be issued.

As regards the celebration of the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion any dates already given at parish level are now cancelled. Once the government deems it safe to have gatherings again, your local parish priest, after appropriate consultation, will issue new dates for these celebrations.

We look forward, very much, to celebrating these important events as soon as we can. In the mean-time those who are due to celebrate the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are encouraged to continue their preparation – resources to help with this have been made available on the Diocesan Facebook page.

All people over 70 years of age and those in the vulnerable category have been asked to remain cocooned. If your priest happens to be in that group, you can still contact him by phone or email, but, like everyone else in this category, he is not supposed to have direct face to face contact with others. This means that, in the event of a sick call or a funeral, he will arrange for another priest to assist you.

Let us also recommit ourselves to adhering to the necessary restrictions in place. By all accounts our actions over the last few weeks have been effective – let us not weaken or wain now but let us fix our minds on the end goal of simply saving as many lives as possible.

We continue to pray for an end to the Pandemic. Pray for those who are sick, those who have died and their families. Pray for our medical staff, our priests, our political leaders and our scientists. Pray for those who are cocooning, for those who miss them and for students anxious about their exams. Please also continue to reach out, as appropriate, to practically assist those who are impacted by this situation.

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"We are with you”

The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times.

As participation in the funeral liturgy of the Church is limited, we would like to pray in a special way for your loved one who has died and for your family.

As you are preparing a loved one’s funeral, Bishop Michael invites you to enrol their name in the Clonfert Diocesan Prayer of Remembrance for the Dead.

This is for funerals that take place in the Diocese of Clonfert and can be arranged through the Priest or the Funeral Director.

During the time of the funeral one of our local religious communities of sisters and groups of priests from the Diocese will pray privately the formal Prayer of the Church for your loved one and for your family. In the following weeks they will continue to remember you in their prayers and we let you know that they have done so.

The Clonfert Diocesan Prayer of Remembrance will be prayed locally by

  • The Carmelite Sisters
  • The Sisters of Mercy
  • The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
  • Groups of Priests from the Diocese of Clonfert

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Prayer for Vocations in the Diocese of Clonfert

Lord of the Harvest,
Bless young people in the Diocese of Clonfert with the gift of
Courage to respond to your call of service.
Open their hearts to great ideals and wonderful things.

Inspire all of your disciples to mutual love and giving;
For vocations blossom in the rich soil of faithful people.

Inspire priests and religious, all our parishioners and families
With the confidence and grace to invite our young people
To consider the exciting and noble path of life dedicated and consecrated to You.

Unite us to Jesus
Through prayer and sacrament,
So that we may cooperate
With you in building your kingdom of
Mercy and truth, of justice and peace.

Adapted from the Message of Pope Francis on the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Vocations Director: Fr Iomar Daniels, phone: 091-841758


Our diocese is located in East Galway taking in a small part of Co. Roscommon and Co. Offaly. The diocese has three deanery areas, Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Portumna.

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If you have any further queries, please send us an email at or phone us at 091 841 560.


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