Welcome to the parish website for Kilbarron, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. We want to make an interesting and worthwhile location for both parishioners and visitors to keep up to date with what's happening in our parish.

Parish Notices

25th March

Peggy Bagenal - Ernedale Heights

24th March

Paul O'Sullivan - Erne Street

18th March

Anne McShea - Tully

12th March

John Gerard Patton - Tonragee

01st March

Paul Barron - Cashelard

  • 12th March - Karen Summerville and Kevin McNeela
  • 29th December - Eimear Hoey and Johnny Gallagher
  • 09th October - Sarah Jane Gillespie and Colin Kelly
  • 24th September - Lorraine Gillespie and Ciaran Ferguson
  • 18th September - Aoife McArdle and Phelim McGeady
  • 28th July - Kate Ward and Patrick Ward
  • 10th July - Rebecca McDonagh and Barry Rouse
  • 11th June - Joanne Patton and Cathal Kelly
  • 12th December - Laurena McGlinchey and Darren McGee
  • 19th September - Niamh Drummond and Michael Lawless
  • 03rd April - Nathan John Coughlan
  • 03rd April - Jack Leo McGurl
  • 03rd April - Madison Michelle McGee-O'Connor
  • 26th March - Tilly Marie McLoughlin
  • 26th March - Aoibhinn Catherine Brennan
  • 06th March - Patrick John Christopher Branley
  • 06th March - Ríoghán Sé McCaffrey
  • 06th March - Croíse Mary Anne Slevin
  • 06th February - Adam James Patterson
  • 06th February - Sadhbh Tess Greene

Holy Week 2022

Holy Week 2022
April 10th - Palm Sunday.
Blessing of Palms will take place at all Masses. Blessing of Palms outside Kilbarron Pastoral Centre (weather permitting) followed by procession into the Church (11am Mass)
April 14th - Holy Thursday.
6.15pm - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. (Holy Oils, Washing of feet, Solemn procession to Altar of Repose)
9pm-10pm - Guided Holy Hour
April 15th - Good Friday
3.00pm - Celebration of the Lord's Passion, Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion
April 16th - Holy Saturday
10.00am - Blessing of Easter Food
9.00pm - The Night Vigil
April 17th - Easter Sunday
Mass of The Resurrection (9am & 11am in St. Patrick's, 10am in St. Mary's)

First Confessions

First Confessions:

Monday, 7th March at 7pm for pupils from Creevy N.S., Scoil Chaitríona and Rockfield N.S.

Tuesday, 8th March at 6pm for pupils from Gaelscoil Éirne  

Dates for Confirmation and First Communion

This year it is hoped to be able to have the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion at the usual time in May

(The following dates may be subject to change)

Confirmation: Sunday, 1st May at 11 am in St. Patrick’s 

First Communion: Saturday, 7th May at 11 am Gaelscoil Éirne

                             Saturday, 14th May at 11 am: Creevy N.S., Scoil Chaitriona & Rockfield N.S



Christmas Eve: 9.30am, 6.15pm and 8 pm

Christmas Day: 9am and 11am in St. Patrick's

                         10am in St. Mary's, Cashelard


  • For elderly or anyone with an underlying health condition who understandably feels more at risk during the pandemic, Masses can be viewed via the Parish webcam at:
  • Masks must be worn coming to church, all during Mass, and leaving the Church
  • Social distancing should be observed. Sit as a family but give space to next family/persons.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on 

Sunday the 21st of November. 

Praying for road traffic victims and their families.

Blessing of emergency services.

Blessing of cars after Mass that weekend.

At the 6.15pm Mass on the Saturday evening (November 20th) before this date we will remember and pray for all those who have died in tragic circumstances on our roads.  

A candle will be lit for each victim. 

If you would like to have a candle lit for a relative or friend please give their name to any of the priests or call the Parish Office 

on 98 51295

We also pray for families, friends and communities who continue to live with this grief every day, and for those involved in the aftermath of a tragedy; Fire Services, Gardaí, Ambulance Crew, Clergy, Medical Personnel and Counsellors.

Let us remind ourselves how precious life is and how vulnerable we all are each and every time we use the roads -  as drivers or pedestrians - and ask ourselves:

     “What can I do to make sure that  fewer families 

     are grieving for their loved ones this Christmas?”

-We must be fully responsible for our actions

-We must be visible on the roads at all times

-We must be vigilant of other road users

-Never ever drink / take drugs and drive

-Never let anyone under the influence drive

-Never use mobile phone when driving

Sacrament of Confirmation 2021

Bishop Alan McGuckian recommended in a letter to all parishes that parishes begin now to prepare for the ceremonies of Confirmation and First Communion from mid-August onward.

Hence the arrangements for the Celebration for the Sacrament of Confirmation in this Parish of Kilbarron are as follows:

Creevy N.S. Group A - Confirmation on Saturday, 21st August at 11am (Practice on Friday, 20th August at 6.30pm)

Creevy N.S. Group B - Confirmation on Saturday, 21st August at 2pm (Practice on Friday, 20th August at 7.15pm)

Rockfield, Scoil Chaitríona & Gaelscoil - Confirmation on Sunday, 22nd August at 2pm (Practice on Friday, 20th August at 8pm)

Each family will be allocated a seat each - maximum of 9 people, inclusive of Confirmandi, sponsor and parents.

Bishop McGuckian writes in his letter: "It is very important that we conduct any ceremonies according to the strict guidelines and protocols that we have been following to date. I respectfully request that it be made clear, in the interests of safety, that any subsequent gatherings be kept strictly within family pods."

Now that we have definite dates, let us pray that the Conferring of the Sacrament of Confirmation will be a special celebration and an occasion of renewal of faith for all our Confirmandi and their families.

First Penance and First Eucharist 2021

First Penance and First Eucharist 2021


First Confessions


Monday 14th June at 7pm: Creevy N.S.


Tuesday 15th June at 6pm: Gaelscoil Éirne


Tuesday 15th June at 6pm: Scoil Chaitríona 

     & Rockfield N.S.


Parents and child only to attend; Covid-19 

guidelines re sanitising, masks, social distancing 

are to be observed throughout.


First Holy Communion


Saturday 11th Sept. at 11am: Creevy N.S. Group 1


Saturday 11th Sept. at 2pm: Creevy N.S. Group 2


Saturday 18th Sept. at 11am: Scoil Chaitríona, Rockfield NS & Gaelscoil Éirne


Restricted seating in St. Patrick’s will limit each family to one seat only - maximum of 9 people

No participation by the children: Readings by teachers and music by cantor only (no choir)

Guidelines re social distancing, sanitising, wearing of masks to be adhered to.

There will be no refreshments or gathering after the Ceremony.



The most important preparation for these Sacraments is praying as a family at home and attending Sunday Mass. With our 

            churches open again, please bring your child 

            to Mass over the summer months.

Prepare your child for the Sacraments 

            discussing the Catechetical Programme  

            which they are doing at school, and helping  

            them to get to know the Mass using their  

            “THUMBS” Book.

“The Little Way Sunday School” on YouTube has good videos for children 

             preparing for the Sacraments.


Holy Week Ceremonies

will be celebrated behind closed doors in St. Patrick's
HOLY THURSDAY - 6.15pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
GOOD FRIDAY - 3.00pm Celebration of the Lord's Passion
8.00pm Prayer around the Cross
HOLY SATURDAY - 9.00pm Easter Vigil
EASTER SUNDAY - 11.00am Mass of the Resurrection
All Masses viewable online at

Christmas Masses at St. Patrick's

  • The Irish Bishops recommend that families consider attending their Christmas Mass on any of the 12 Days of Christmas
  • Anyone with an underlying health condition and the elderly are recommended to watch Mass on the Parish Webcam at
  • Places in St. Patrick’s are limited to 100 at each Mass due to government guidelines.
  • St. Patrick’s Church is divided into two sections (pods) - on both sides of main aisle - and there is to be no crossover from one section to the other.

        Right Hand Section: Enter and leave church by upper side-door facing car park.

        Left Hand Section: Enter and leave church by upper side-door facing Chapel Street.

  • Holy Communion (in the hand only) will be distributed to each section separately
  • Masks must be worn coming to church, all during Mass, and leaving the Church.

      You must book your place for a Christmas Mass, and you will be issued with a booking ticket. Church will be closed when allowed capacity has entered. So please come early!


Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve: 

9.30 am (for elderly), 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm.


Christmas Day:

7.30 am, 9.30 am and 11.30 am.


  • You may book your place & get your ticket in the Parish Office or after any of the weekend Masses.
  • Booking system will be closed after Sunday, 20th December.
  • Four allowed in each seat observing 2m social distancing; couples/family may sit together.

Please follow the guidance of the stewards in St. Patrick’s to ensure the welfare and health of all in these challenging times.


All Souls Day

Masses: 9.30am & 6.15pm in St. Patrick's.

Masses behind closed doors can be viewed online at

Let us pray during this time for all our deceased relatives and friends

6.15pm Mass on Monday, 2nd November for the deceased of the Parish who died this past year. A candle will be lit for every deceased member.

(If someone belonging to you has died outside the parish and you would like to have a candle lit for them please give their name to any of the priests or the parish office 98 51295)