Church of The Annunciation

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The 24,936 acres of the parish are delimited by the Galtee mountains to the south, the River Suir to the east and Slievenamuck, Steeple Hill to the West. The south of the parish stretches into the Glen of Aherlow.
Contact Information

Parish Priest

Very Rev. Michael Hickey PP


Bansha, Co. Tipperary


T: 062 54132 / 087 9365758
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Mass Times

Church of The Annunciation Bansha

Saturday 7.00pm
Sunday 9.00 am and 11:30 am

Arranging a Baptism

Parents, it is your faith that carries your child to the baptismal font. This is why the Church insists that children will only be baptised where there is a well-founded hope that they will be brought up in the Catholic faith.

It is the Parents who take the baptismal promises for their child. It is a promise made before God and the gathered Church. For this reason, baptism can only be celebrated if parents are committed to and practicing their faith on a regular basis.

Parents who are not practicing their faith on a regular basis at present and who present their child for baptism may be asked to wait for a period of time to renew the practice of their own faith. This time offers them an opportunity to reflect on the commitment they are about to make before God on behalf of their child.

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is generally organised through the schools in co-operation with the parish community and home.
The reception of this Sacrament assumes an active faith life on the part of the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Candidates for First Holy Communion must be baptised Catholics and at least one parent/guardian must be VERIFIABLE (Baptism Cert) Roman Catholic.


The Sacrament of Confirmation is generally organised through our local Catholic Schools in conjunction with our parish community and the child’s home. Candidates for Confirmation must have already received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (Holy Communion). At least one of the candidate’s parents/guardians must be verifiable (Baptism Cert) Roman Catholic.


The church is a hospital for Sinners” (Pope Francis).

Jubilee Year Of Mercy –Some Prayers to say:

Once they have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a Corporal or Spiritual work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfil the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father” – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”).

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests His power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy maybe a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of

Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and



Pope Francis -Message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls

“Merciful Like the Father”

Dear Young Friends,

The Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father’s mercy from reaching and embracing us. The Holy Door is now open in Rome and in all the dioceses of the world.

This grace-filled moment also concerns you, dear young people. I encourage you to take an active part in this celebration and to realize that each of you is a child of God (cf. 1 Jn 3:1). I would like to invite you, one by one, calling you by name, as Jesus does each day. For you know that your names are written in heaven (Lk 10:20), in the heart of the Father, that Merciful Heart which is the source of all reconciliation and kindness.

The Jubilee is a year-long celebration, in which every moment becomes a chance for us to grow in holiness. It is a time when we can discover that life together as brothers and sisters is like a great party, perhaps the most beautiful party we can imagine, the endless party that Jesus has taught us to celebrate by His Spirit. The Jubilee is the party to which Jesus invites us all, without excluding anyone. That is why I also wanted to have some days of prayer and celebration with you. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in April.

“Merciful like the Father”. This is the theme of the Jubilee, but it is also the prayer we make for all of you as we welcome you in the name of Jesus. To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real. It means to grow physically and spiritually. You are preparing to be Christians capable of making courageous choices and decisions, in order to build daily, even though little things, a world of peace.

Yours is a time of life which is full of amazing changes. Everything seems possible and impossible all at once. I repeat what I said to some of your friends: “Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. Jesus gives us this courage! … With Him we can do great things; He will give us the joy of being His disciples, His witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things. We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals” (Homily at the Conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation, 2013).

Here I cannot forget those of you who are living in situations of war, extreme poverty, daily troubles and loneliness. Don’t ever lose hope! The Lord has a great dream which, with your help, he wants to come true! Your friends, young people your age living in less trying conditions than your own, have not forgotten you; they are working for peace and justice for everyone everywhere. Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror all around us. Instead, make new friends. Give of your time and always show concern for those who ask your help. Be brave and go against the tide; be friends of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace (cf. Is 9:6). “Everything in him speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8).

I realize that not all of you can come to Rome, but the Jubilee is truly for everyone and it is also being celebrated in your local Churches. You are all invited to this moment of joy. Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners, but your hearts and your minds as well. Think carefully about the hope and desires you will hand over to Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in the Eucharist which we will celebrate together. As you walk through the Holy Door, remember that you are committing yourselves to grow in holiness and to draw nourishment from the Gospel and the Eucharist, the Word and the Bread of life, in order to help build a more just and fraternal world.

May the Lord bless your journey towards the Holy Door. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide your steps and enlighten you. For you and your families, and for all who help you to grow in goodness and in grace, may the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of us all, be a true Door of Mercy. From the Vatican, 6 January 2016, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Marriage at Bansha & Kilmoyler

Getting Married in the Catholic Church – What is Needed

1. The first thing a couple need to do is to contact their local parish clergy where they live.
2. They must book the church where they wish to marry.
3. They must ensure they have a priest who has agreed to marry them.
4. The Pre-nuptial Inquiry Form for each person must be completed by the priest, for which the following are required:

A new long form Baptismal Certificate issued within six months of the proposed date of marriage from the parish of Baptism.

Indication of Confirmation (separate certificate if not recorded on baptismal certificate).

Proof of Freedom to Marry

(This can be established through the traditional letters of freedom from each of the parishes the person has lived in for six months or more since he/she was 18 years of age.

Alternatively they can ask a parent or somebody who has known them all their lives to write a letter stating their relationship to them and that to the best of their knowledge they have not been married religiously or civilly in any jurisdiction.

Another possibility is for the person to swear an affidavit before a Commissioner of Oaths attesting that he/she has never been married religiously or civilly in any jurisdiction.

It is always best to check with your local priest with regards to methods of establishing freedom to marry as practices vary from place to place.
Marriage Preparation Certificate

Permissions and Dispensations where applicable need to applied for. If either party has previously married, it is essential that freedom to marry be established before any marriage arrangements can be confirmed.

It is always best to check with your local priest with regards to regulations and practices in your own Parishes and Dioceses with regards to planning your Marriage in the Church.

Marriage Preparation Programme

We care about your relationship and future together. The marriage preparation course we offer is designed with you in mind.

Your Marriage Preparation Course offers both of you the opportunity to reflect on how you communicate, to explore your understanding of commitment, how to manage conflict, how to be responsible parents and live the sacrament of marriage.

During the Marriage Preparation Programme we invite you to:

1. Spend quality time together reflecting on your relationship and your future.
2. Relax and enjoy an atmosphere that is respectful, confidential and fun.
3. Meet other couples preparing for marriage.

Contact Accord
Central Office,
Columba Centre,
Co Kildare
W23 P6D3

Phone 01 5053112
Civil Requirements ~ Republic of Ireland

The couple must arrange to meet in person a civil registrar at least three months before the wedding to give the required three months notice of their intention to marry (in advance of the meeting with the registrar, meet one of the local clergy, book the church and know the name of the priest (solemniser) who has agreed to celebrate the Marriage).

1. Receive the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the civil registrar – without this document no Marriage can take place.
2. Show the MRF to the Priest (Solemniser) to check the details are correct.
3. Make the verbal declaration of no civil impediment not more than two days xxxxxxxx.
4. Return the signed MRF to any(?) civil registrar no later than one month after the wedding.

to check the website links
For information on getting married in Rome see the website for the Irish College in Rome

(We do hope that you find this information useful and we wish you both every happiness and success in the future. )

You will find more detailed information on getting married at the Jesuit website ‘Getting Married’ Getting Married

We would like to congratulate you both as you set on this wonderful journey and commitment together. Your journey towards marriage began the day you first met.

Marriage Prayer Cross of St. Brigid

The peace of the Father be with you,
The peace of Christ be with you,
The peace of the Holy Spirit be with you,
Always, each and every day and night.

Aman Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfill these very human yearnings, the
realisation that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship
with God and seek out a worshipping community to guide one’s journey in faith.

What is the RCIA?

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a preparation through which non-baptised men and women enter the Catholic Faith. (It is also for those baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptised Catholic, but never confirmed) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.

Participants in the RCIA are known as catechisms. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.

To discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in greater detail please contact Fr
Fr Michael Hickey PP at T: 062 54132 / 087 9365758


Diocesan vocations director.
Fr. Enda Cunningham
Holy Cross College,
Dublin 3.
Phone. 01 8087561

Sunday 9.00 am and 11:30 am
Saturday 7.00pm