Diocese of Clonfert

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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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Diocese of Clonfert - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATED GUIDANCE – 25th March 2020

25th March 2020

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

The public celebration of all Sunday Masses and Weekday Masses in the Diocese of Clonfert is cancelled until further notice. During this time the obligation to be physically present at Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day is suspended. Priests will continue to celebrate Mass (including Mass booked for an intention) but without a congregation. All are encouraged to join spiritually in the celebration of Mass from their own homes (resources are available at or by means of parish radio or web-cam or through television and radio broadcasts. For example, Mass from the Cathedral, Loughrea on www. Churches throughout the Diocese of Clonfert will remain open for individual prayer. Please enter only in small numbers and observe strict social distancing and hygiene routines.

Funeral Mass may proceed, but must be limited to immediate family only. Persons considered vulnerable should stay at home. Standard guidance with regard to safe distancing and physical contact should be observed along with HSE guidelines for the funerals of those who have died of Covid-19. Only the Priest, Funeral Directors and the immediate family group that attended the Mass, should proceed to the cemetery or crematorium. We will always offer Mass for the deceased, if requested, even if it comes to the point that there can be no congregation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated on request only. This will occur only after a conversation (preferably by telephone) with your local Priest who will assess the situation and advise accordingly. Additional safety measures will apply. All are reminded that if you cannot receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, God’s forgiveness is available by making a sincere examination of conscience, an act of contrition and intending to frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation once it is possible to do so (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1452)

It is recommended that the Sacrament Baptism be deferred. If a Baptism is to proceed participation is limited to Parents, Godparents and the Child. In the case of grave illness or danger or death please contact your local priest who will guide you. The Sacrament of Marriage may only be celebrated on the understanding that participation is limited to the couple themselves, their two witnesses and the priest. The celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Confession, and First Holy Communion, along with all house visits, first Friday visits, and all Church meetings are postponed until further notice.

In these times of need, we pray for God’s help. We are also called to generously play our part and work for the common good by reaching out, as appropriate, to practically assist those who are impacted by this situation. Parishioners throughout the Diocese are encouraged to do so.


Welcome to the official website
of the Catholic Diocese of Clonfert



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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