Monday, January 15, 2018

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN 
JANUARY 14th 2018
CHURCH UNITY WEEK: Church Unity Week is celebrated this year from 18-25 January. The themes this year have been proposed by the churches of the Caribbean. Ecumenical Service in Athlone Methodist Church, Northgate St. on Wed. 24th at 11a.m.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES  2018 from 21st—26th August 2018. included is the Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August 2018 and the final Mass on Sunday 26th August 2018. Registration is required for the weekday events. The organisers seek volunteers, There is a wonderful website where you will find the latest information on all the events taking place information on all the events taking place in preparation for and during the world meeting of families. The website is: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL  in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Friday 19th of January and every third Friday. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am. All Welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.


RECENT DEATH: Sr. William PillionMt. Sackville Dubln & Clonascra

BAPTISM: We welcome baby Conor Trevor Mahon into our Christian Community this weekend.
Newsletter: Bulletin Notices please  Thursday, 5p.m.  Items for the Jan 26/27th bulletin must be in by Fri 19th Jan. Thank you..


 ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 13th  8p.m. Tess & Tommy Corbett
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]
Mon 15th 10a.m. Mass Private Intn
Tue 16th 10a.m. Mass
Wed 17th 10a.m. Mass
Thurs 18th 10a.m. Mass
Fri 19th
Sat 20th 10a.m. Communion Service
Sat 20th 8p.m. Tommy, Geraldine & Simon McManus
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 14th 10:30a.m. Bridget Rigney (Anniv) [Do This In Memory Mass with First Communicants]
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]
Sun 21st 10:30a.m. John Loonam & dec’d family
CLUAIN CHIARAIN mass Wed, Jan 17th @7:30pa.m.
MINISTRIES
Shannonbridge: Sat 20th Jan 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Niamh & Aoife
Reader:  Ffion Anderson
Euch. Minister: Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Eileen Quinn, Dolly Deeley, Veronica Hynes
Clonfanlough:Sun 21st Jan ‘18 @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 3 Conor D, Roisin D., Teagan D., Rory D.
Reader: Anne Rohan
Min. of Eucharist: Enda Molloy 
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Jan) Mary Guinan,Anne Guinan
SIGN OF PEACE is suspended for the present because of the flu and on the advice of +Francis.
ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY MISSAL : Free to our parish readers. This Missal contains all the Readings and Prayers of the Mass for 2018. There are some extra copies available at €5 each. If you would like a copy, please contact me
GOD’S WORD 2018 I also have copies of the Daily readings with a short reflection for €6
OFFERTORY Jan 6th (Epiphany) & 7th €1,195
CHRISTMAS DUES €4,020.. Many thanks for your generous response. (€2,830 in Xmas 2016 Dues)
SAINTS Wed 17 St. Antony, Abbot, Sat 20th St. Fabian & Sebastian, Memrl of B.V.M.


 THANKS As we fold away Christmas 2017 & put it away in the attic for another year, it is good to pause and to say thanks. My prayer is one of profound gratitude for all of you who “decorated” this time with the lovely lights of your kindness, warmth and generosity and prayer. Thank you for your extraordinary generosity to the 6 “Dues” envelopes which forms my income as a priest and also your ongoing faithful support to our Sunday collection and Monthly Envelope for our parish. Thank you to our Sacristan, all who attend to altar linen, Organist, Choirs, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist & organisers of these as well as Counters, Collectors, those who open and close the Churches. To Parish Council, Finance Committee, members of the School Board of Management , Safeguarding Officers  and to the Ursuline Sisters, to all who put up our unique & beautiful cribs and the Church Care groups in both Churches and all who with flowers and art created the décor of Christmas beauty, wonder and prayer. We don’t forget those men and woman who  laboured outdoors to put up lights at our Playground and Church...I shall miss the sight! I would like to wish everyone in the parish all the Blessings you need in  2018 All this sense of gratitude reminds me of the solidarity, friendship and kindness that is synonymous with  Ciaran’s People

SHANNONBRIDGE GAA CLUB NOTES Sympathy  expressed to the Higgins family on the recent untimely passing of Eileen (Nee Mooney). We hope that they find strength in this Most difficult time. Ar dheis de go raibh a ainm.
Shannonbridge G.A.A./EGM An extraordinary general meeting was held on Sunday last in the clubhouse to ratify committee  members for the coming year. We had a very sizeable attendance and we would like to thank everybody for coming!   Committee members as follows: Chairman; Tony Rohan, Vice; Pakie Brazil Secretary; Lucy Quirke, Asst; Olive Costello  Treasurer: Vincent Costello, Asst; Trevor Mahon  PRO; Jason Mahon Registrar: Declan McEvoy, Asst; Darragh Corbett  County board delegates; Jim Killeen & Damien Brazil Executive Committee meeting
Congratulations to Colette Quinn on winning the top prize €1000 in our Take-your-pick fundraising draw last night! Draw results as follows: €1000 Colette Quinn €500 K Cunniffe Ballinasloe c/o Vinnie Costello €200 Cahill family, Belmont €100 Kieran and Ann Rohan, clonfanlough  €100 Ken Gunning, Shannonbridge  €100 Tomás Ryan, Lukers ShannonbridgeA great night was had by all and the club would like to thank everyone who helped out with the event, organising, selling tickets, collections etc. We would also like to wish everybody a very happy 2018!
 LOURDES COLLECTION - Our Annual Collection to assist with our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taken up as a second collection after Communion in all Churches of the Parish on this weekend 13th/14th January. Your generous support would be very much appreciated

PILATES CLASS   Mondays 11a.m. €8 per class  Shannonbridge Hall
EXERCISE CLASS  Tuesdays @ 8p.m.  Shannonbridge Hall
MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES SUNDAY

This Sunday we remember migrants and refugees all over the world. We extend a warm welcome to all who have come to make their homes among us in Ireland. “Migrants trust that they will encounter acceptance, solidarity, and help , that they will meet people who will sympathise with the distress and tragedy experienced by others, recognise the values and resources the latter have to offer, and are open to sharing humanly and materially with the needy and disadvantaged. …….When we heal the wounds of refugees, displaced persons, and victims of trafficking, we are practising the commandment of love that Jesus has left us...Their flesh is that of Christ.” (Pope Francis)
NEW SERVER ROTA should be issued next week where we welcome 6 new Servers
IMPORTANT DATES 2018
 First Confession Fri. 2nd March @6:45p.m. Clonfanlough 
First Communion Saturday, April 28th @ 12 Noon.  (Clonfanlough),
Confirmation, Friday May 11th @ 4p.m. Shannonbridge
  

 Celtic Rune of Hospitality
I saw a stranger yesterday I put food in the eating place drink in the drinking place music in the listening place And in the sacred name of the Triune He blessed myself and my house my cattle and my dear ones And the lark said in her song often often often Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise often often often Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN JAN 6th 2018

ENVELOPES FOR 2018  I hope that by now envelopes for the New Year 2018 have reached your home. If there is an error or an omission, please contact me.  Don’t be alarmed if your number is different to  previous years, this happens with changes in parish lists.
I am very grateful to all who donate and I’d just like to remind you that contributing through the envelope system has the extra benefit for the parish because the parish, as a charitable institution, can reclaim tax on your contributions, provided your total for the year reaches €250 or more. The envelope system is necessary for a paper trail as evidence that you have contributed.
If you’re attending Church in Moore,Cloonfad, Leamonaghan, Ferbane parish– your envelope is kindly returned by those parishes... Thank you for your continued support.
BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 18th January & after that Thursday 15th February. Please contact me in advance.
OFFERTORY Dec 31st  €840
CALENDARS Parish Calendars for 2018 are available at all churches. Our thanks to the distributors of Offertory Boxes, Cards & Calendars in the last few weeks.

CHRISTMAS DUES envelopes are still  welcome. Many thanks. January Monthly Envelope falls due Jan 7th

. GAA Minor Club calendars available in Killeens & Morans- €5. 

PILATES CLASS  returrns Monday 8th at 11a.m. €8 per class

EXERCISE CLASS resumes Tues  9th @ 8p.m.



 ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Fri 5th 8:00p.m. Vigil of Epiphany
Sat  6th Jan 8p.m. Vigil of Sun Michael & Stephen Shrahan
Mon 8th 10a.m. Mass
Tues 9th  10a..m Communion Service
Wed 10th  10a.m. Mass
Thurs 11th 10a.m. Mass
Fri 12th 10a.m. Mass
Sat 13th 12 Noon Peadar Allen (2nd A)
Sat 13th  8p.m. Tess & Tommy Corbett
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]

ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sat 6th 2018 @10:30a.m. Epiphany
Sun 7th Jan 2018 10:30a.m. Peter & Earl Kelly
Sun 14th 10:30a.m. Bridget Rigney (Anniv)
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]
MINISTRIES
Shannonbridge:  Sat  6th Jan 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 4 Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader:  Catherine Doolan 
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan 
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Mairead Darcy, Martha Murphy, Marie McManus 
Clonfanlough:Sun 7th Jan 2018  @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 1 Abigail K,ConorS
Reader: Alan/Leanne Devery
Min. of Eucharist: Kay Kelly
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Jan) Mary Guinan,Anne Guinan
INTER-DENOMINATIONAL CAROL SERVICE January 6th at 4p.m. in Shannonbridge  Church       
 Extraordinary General Meeting  of Shannonbridge GAA on Sunday 7th January @5p.m. in  GAA Clubhouse
 Sunday January 14th we celebrate WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES This years theme: “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”. We pray & remember our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters . Pope Francis has called on all of us to be generous & welcoming to all who find themselves displaced from family &homeland.
EPIPHANY PROCLAMATION  2018  In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. So on the Feast of the Epiphany, it was sung out… (Don’t worry I’m not going to do that!) But here it  is for 2018
 Know, dear brethren,(brothers and sisters,) that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Saviour. On the Fourteenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season. On the First day of April you will celebrate with Joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the Thirteenth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the Twentieth day of May the feast of Pentecost. On the sixth day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On the Second day of December the First Sunday of Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
CHALKING THE DOOR

What Is Chalking the Door? This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, usually at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes   In Deuteronomy 6:9 God tells the people of Israel: “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house… You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Chalking the door is a tangible way to honour God in our lives.

What Do the Numbers and Letters Mean? The first and last numbers simply refer to the current year. The letters C M B come from the traditional names for the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Some also suggest "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means, "May Christ bless this dwelling!"

How To Do It   Mark your calendar: Epiphany is on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. . Many families gather in their homes to celebrate with friends, food, singing, and gifts... and to chalk the door. Find some chalk: Any colour will do! Gather your household: Everyone should be involved. For those who live alone, consider inviting a friend or neighbour. Or gather at your church to chalk the church entrance. Pray: Use the prayers and liturgy below. Write the inscription: Using the chalk, and taking turns, make the following inscription above the outside of your door.    20 + C + M + B + 18                                                                                                        Liturgy & Prayers for Chalking the Door  Leader: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
People: Amen.One or more of the following prayers maybe said:May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.      God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.As participants take turns making the inscription, the leader says:
The three Wise Men, [C] Caspar, [M] Melchior, [B] and Balthasar followed the star to Bethlehem and the child Jesus [20] two thousand, [18] and eighteen years ago. [+ +] May Christ bless our home [+ +], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.  [Lord’s Prayer ]

 EPIPHANY MASSES 
Fri 5th Jan  @8p.m Shannonbridge
Sat 6th Jan @ 10:30a.m  Clonfanlough

Saturday, January 06, 2018

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN JANUARY 7th 2018
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500 Email: thomascox@eircom.net   
WEB shannonbridge.blogspot.ie 
SOCIAL MEDIA www.facebook.com/parishofclonmacnois
 ENVELOPES FOR 2018  I hope that by now envelopes for the New Year 2018 have reached your home. If there is an error or an omission, please contact me.  Don’t be alarmed if your number is different to  previous years, this happens with changes in parish lists.
I am very grateful to all who donate and I’d just like to remind you that contributing through the envelope system has the extra benefit for the parish because the parish, as a charitable institution, can reclaim tax on your contributions, provided your total for the year reaches €250 or more. The envelope system is necessary for a paper trail as evidence that you have contributed.
If you’re attending Church in Moore,Cloonfad, Leamonaghan, Ferbane parish– your envelope is kindly returned by those parishes... Thank you for your continued support.
OFFERTORY Dec 31st  €840
CHRISTMAS DUES Thank You For Your Christmas Dues Parish Contributions! Sincerest thanks to everyone for the generous donations individuals, households have made to the current parish Christmas Dues collection. If you prefer to  not use the Parish envelope, simply write “Dues” on an envelope & drop it in.  Buíochas mór daoibh go léir!
JANUARY MONTHLY ENVELOPE  falls due today. Thank you for your generosity.
 
MARRIAGE - Congratulations to Emma Anderson and David Larkin who were recently married.
BAPTISMS - We welcome into our Christian Community Hollie Dowling and Daimhin Claffey
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CALENDARS Parish Calendars for 2018 are available at all churches. Our thanks to the distributors of Offertory Boxes, Cards & Calendars in the last few weeks.
BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 18th January & after that Thursday 15th February. Please contact me in advance.




 ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Fri 5th 8:00p.m. Vigil of Epiphany
Sat  6th Jan 8p.m. Vigil of Sun Michael & Stephen Shrahan
Mon 8th 10a.m. Mass
Tues 9th  10a..m Communion Service
Wed 10th  10a.m. Mass
Thurs 11th 10a.m. Mass
Fri 12th 10a.m. Mass
Sat 13th 12 Noon Peadar Allen (2nd A)
Sat 13th  8p.m. Tess & Tommy Corbett
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]

ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sat 6th 2018 @10:30a.m. Epiphany
Sun 7th Jan 2018 10:30a.m. Peter & Earl Kelly
Sun 14th 10:30a.m. Bridget Rigney (Anniv) [Do This In Memory Mass with First Communicants]
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]
CLUAIN CHIARAIN mass Wed, Jan 10th @7:30pa.m.
MINISTRIES
Shannonbridge: Sat 13th Jan 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Matthew Emily & Ruth
Reader:  Dympna O’Carroll 
Euch. Minister: Marian McManus
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Jacinta Kelly, Mary Killeen, Ann Keena 
Clonfanlough:Sun 14th Jan ‘18 @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 2 TadghT, CharlieG
Reader: Bridie Coughlan
Min. of Eucharist: Anne Rohan
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Jan) Mary Guinan,Anne Guinan

 Extraordinary General Meeting  of Shannonbridge GAA on Sunday 7th January @5p.m. in  GAA Clubhouse
 . GAA Minor Club 2017 calendars available in Killeens & Morans- €5. 
PILATES CLASS  returns Monday 8th at 11a.m. €8 per class  Shannonbridge Hall
EXERCISE CLASS resumes Tues  9th @ 8p.m.  Shannonbridge Hall
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL Meeting Wednesday 10th Jan 2018 at 7p.m.
WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES is celebrated next Sunday. We extend a warm welcome to all who have come to make their homes among us in Ireland.
LOURDES COLLECTION - Our Annual Collection to assist with our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taken up as a second collection after Communion in all Churches of the Parish on next weekend 13th/14th January. Your generous support would be very much appreciated

GENESIS IN REVERSE  I was in Galway during Storm Eleanor and you could only be struck. by the power of nature. Things are changing. The precarious condition of our environment has to be taken seriously. Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ warns that we are approaching ‘tipping-point’. If we fail to act now, the damage will be irreparable An Anglican clergyman, Colin Morris, told this cautionary tale. ‘Genesis in Reverse’ he called it. If one were to write a bible for the 21st century, he said, we would start with the story of how man dismantled the world, rather than how God created it. And it might run like this: “In the end, mankind systematically demolished the home God had given them even though they had nowhere else to go. They plundered the earth, slaughtered one another, and their brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom. And this was the seventh day from the end. They polluted the clear air with the fumes of their machines, poisoned the sea with their garbage and turned rivers into foaming torrents of chemical waste, and began ever so slowly to choke themselves to death. And this was the sixth day from the end. They stifled all truth that wasn’t their truth and scoffed at the warnings of the prophets and were deaf to the ominous sounds of the earth in torment. Arrogance and self-righteousness drowned out wisdom and humility. And this was the fifth day from the end. And they said the strong are entitled to most of what's going and the weak can have the rest. But the more they had to lose, the more they feared those who had nothing to lose, so they built ever bigger walls and larger armies to protect their self-interest. And this was the fourth day from the end. They slept uneasily and awoke afraid and set to work to create the ultimate weapon. Then they said, ‘Now we feel really safe!’ But their enemies didn’t feel safe, so they too created an ultimate weapon, and the whole world lived under the shadow of extinction and called it peace. And this was the third day from the end. Then having proved by their cleverness that they could make anything, they said, now let us make God in our own image, let us gaze into a mirror and worship the one we see there. And this was the second day from the end. And they were mesmerised by the gleaming products of their ingenuity, and they cried ‘Bigger! Faster! Stronger! Richer! Louder! More!’ And they became obsessed with a desire nothing could satisfy. And this was the day before the end. Then there was chaos and uproar, and when the din subsided, human life had vanished. And the ravished earth rested on the seventh day. Then God broke the silence. ‘Back to the drawing board,’ he said sadly.”

 CLONMACNOIS PARISH BAPTISMS  FOR 2017

 James Niall Donaghy,
Patrick Alphonsus Shrahan, Ciarán Peter Ascough,
Daniel Yoshi Morimoto,
Robert Thomas Stanley,
Maeve Molloy,
Harlyn Kate Hennessy
 A Prayer as the year turns… To you, Lord Jesus, I open the door of my heart; I begin again. Ready for a better year I make a new start; I begin again. Ready to live life anew, I leave my past to your mercy; I begin again. Ready for each new day I leave my present to your care; I begin again. Ready for life’s challenges I leave my past to your providence; With your help I begin again. Amen. 

 


Monday, January 01, 2018

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN DECEMBER 31st 2017

ENVELOPES FOR 2018 Envelopes for the new year 2018 will hopefully have reached your home (if not please let me know). We thank our distributors.
 Contributing through the envelope system has the extra benefit for the parish because the parish, as a charitable institution, can reclaim tax on your contributions, provided your total for the year reaches €250 or more. The envelope system is necessary for a paper trail as evidence that you have contributed.
Note your number may change from year to year with changes.. Thank you for your continued support.
BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 18th January & after that Thursday 15th February. Please contact me in advance.
OFFERTORY Dec 24th €690 Xmas Day €1,520
CHRISTMAS DUES envelopes are welcome. Many thanks. January Monthly Envelope falls due Jan 7th
. GAA Minor Club calendars available in Killeens & Morans- €5.  Also available after Mass.





 ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 30th 8:00p.m. Paul Kelly (4th A.)
Monday Jan 1st 12 Noon World Day of Prayer for Peace—Margaret Gleeson (A)
Tues Jan 2nd 10:00amCommunion Service
Wed Jan 3rd 10:00a.m. Mass.
Thurs 4th 10:00a.m. Mass.
Fri 5th (First Fri) 10:00a.m. Mass  (Exposition 10:30-11:00a..m)
Fri 5th 8:00p.m. Vigil of Epiphany
Sat  6th Jan 8p.m. Vigil of Sun Michael & Stephen Shrahan
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 31st.  10:30a.m. Peoples Intention
Thurs 4th Jan 2018 @7p.m. Eve of 1st Fri
Sat 6th 2018 @10:30a.m. Epiphany
Sun 7th Jan 2018 10:30a.m. Peter & Earl Kelly
MINISTRIES
Shannonbridge:  Sat  6th Jan 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 4 Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader:  Catherine Doolan 
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan 
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Mairead Darcy, Martha Murphy, Marie McManus 
Clonfanlough:Sun 7th Jan 2018  @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 1 Abigail K,ConorS
Reader: Alan/Leanne Devery
Min. of Eucharist: Kay Kelly
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Jan) Mary Guinan,Anne Guinan

INTER-DENOMINATIONAL CAROL SERVICE January 6th at 4p.m. in Shannonbridge  Church                                    Extraordinary General Meeting  of Shannonbridge GAA on Sunday 7th January @5p.m. in  GAA Clubhouse

New Year: A Reflection on Time Tomorrow sees the first day of the year, it’s a peculiar day. Today we are more conscious than at any other time of the year of the passage of time. On this day, we look back to the year that has passed, and forward with some anxiety to the year that stretches out ahead of us. Conservative creatures that we are, we are more inclined to look back than to look forward. At least the past is known to us, it has been absorbed by us; we are most comfortable with the familiar. But the future is impossible to grasp. Whether we like it or not, we have all been changed, for good or for ill, by the year that has passed. Old father time has left another footprint on our faces.
Some of us may have lost loved ones during the year, either through death, emigration or broken relationships; others may have been broken by sickness or circumstance; others may have been changed by marriage, or the birth of a child. Whatever our individual circumstances, we have all been changed in some measure by the year that has gone. The challenge to us now is to be reconciled to this new self, to make ourselves at home with our changed circumstances. If we are to live fully human and productive lives, this reconciliation is essential. Otherwise we will waste ourselves and our days in pining after what is impossible or what is no more.
New Years Day then is above all a day for reflection on time and how we use it. Fast transport today means that we save time in our travels.What have we done with the time saved? Do we spend the time saved watching rubbish on TV, for example? No skill, no art, is honed or developed without time and devotion. The greatest poets will spend hours and hours working on a single verse. Seamus Heaney has written that his most valuable possession is his fountain pen; his next most valuable possession is his waste paper basket. If we are to develop any skill, it demands time. This of course applies to love and relationships. Any of you with children will know that they demand enormous time. If you neglect to spend that time with them now, you may be sowing the seeds of disruption for the future. The same applies to love and marriage. If time is not given to the partner, the relationship will soon deteriorate if not disintegrate.
There are things money cannot buy but time can achieve: another person’s respect and trust, and a clear conscience. We pay for each in instalments, by the way we use our time. On the other side of the coin,we learn to our cost that what took years to build up can be torn down in a few careless minutes.When we abuse time, we risk serious damage to our happiness. It has been said that we die clutching in our hands only that which we have given away in our lifetime. How we experience time as it ebbs from us will be coloured very much by the way we used it when we had plenty of it. In this sense, time is full of eternity.   The egg timer was a great image. There we saw the sands of time run out before our eyes. It is the most effective illustration we have of the ebb & flow of time. Time literally runs out before our eyes. But the more conscious we become of this, the more we will treasure time as a gift.
CLONMACNOIS PARISH STATISTICS 2017
Baptisms 7  (2 resident) First Communions 10   Marriages     3        Funerals  10
 EPIPHANY MASSES 
Fri 5th Jan  @8p.m Shannonbridge
Sat 6th Jan @ 10:30a.m  Clonfanlough





Saturday, December 23, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN DECEMBER 24th 2017
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm)
Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500
Email: thomascox@eircom.net
WEB shannonbridge.blogspot.ie
SOCIAL MEDIA www.facebook.com/parishofclonmacnois
Offertory : Dec 17th €970.00

 BISHOP’S Christmas Message 2017
At Christmas we recall the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.  A birth that would dramatically change the relationship between God and the human race.  We remember that Jesus was born into a family; he was a son.  He was brought up by Mary and Joseph and by his wider family and local community. 
We think of our own family and we miss those who are not with us.  At this time we are mindful of families that are vulnerable because of poverty, homelessness and exile.
Next August the World Meeting of Families will take place in Ireland.  Dublin was chosen by Pope Francis as the venue to host this important event.  It will be a conversation about the value of family life; all are welcome to prepare and to participate.  We hope that Pope Francis will be there and I hope that you will be able to come and to celebrate family. 
I wish you and your family and your friends a Christmas that is joyful and peaceful and full of hope, because of the birth of Jesus, God among us. 
Francis Duffy
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
ENVELOPES FOR 2018 Envelopes for the new year 2018 are shortly available. We thank our parishioners who distribute boxes.
 Contributing through the envelope system has the extra benefit for the parish because the parish, as a charitable institution, can reclaim tax on your contributions, provided your total for the year reaches €250 or more. The envelope system is necessary for a paper trail as evidence that you have contributed.
Note: your number may change from year to year with changes.. If you didn’t receive a box, contact Fr. Tom or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council and it will be sorted. Thank you for your continued support.
 MINISTRIES
Shannonbridge:  Sat 30th Dec  @8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3 Rachael, Kate, Paddy, Cliodhna
Reader:  Seamus Grennan
Euch. Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Anne Ryan, Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell.
Clonfanlough:Sun 31st Dec  @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 3 Conor D., Roisin D, Teagan D., Rory D.
Reader: Marie Egan
Min. of Eucharist: Declan McEvoy
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Dec) Kathleen Norton/Helen Darcy
SUNDAY 24th 7p.m.
Reader : Alan Devery
Euch Min Declan McEvoy/Kay Kelly
MONDAY 25th 10:30a.m.
Reader : Anne Rohan
 Euch Min Bridie Coughlan
SHANNONBRIDGE ACTION GROUP would like to thank everyone for their support in getting the village lit up for Christmas. Thanks for the generous contributions and we hope you all we have a happy Christmas. The names of all those
 For whom bulbs were purchased will be placed on the tree at the Church 
RECENT DEATHS Eileen Higgins Clorhane   Eileen Walker Glasson, sister in law of Dorothy Darcy.
WORLD MEEETING OF FAMILIES CARD will be distributed at Christmas Eve Masses. You are welcome to use them for a mealtime prayer at Christmastime

ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE re-scheduled to January 6th at 4p.m. in
Shannonbridge

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it
under a tree. [Roy L. Smith]

A Gift of Kindness…
While Christmas is also about gift giving in a tangible way, there are many other gifts that we are and can bring that have no price tag– such as kindness..
If all children would like to bring a picture of an act of kindness for Christmas (could be helping out at home, being patient with someone etc.) we can hang it up in the Church. We will display them over the Christmas Season.
BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 18th January & after that Thursday 15th February. Please contact me in advance.

SHANNONBRIDGE GAA Minor Club calendars available in Killeens & Morans- €5.  Also available after Mass.

E.G.M  of Shannonbridge GAA on Sunday 7th January @5p.m. in Clubhouse
(please note change of venue)

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
In August of next year Pope Francis will visit Ireland on the occasion of the Wold Meeting of Families.  As we cross the threshold of this special year of celebration we pray that it may be a time of grace and renewal for our own individual families, for our Parish family, and for the wider family of the Church.  Thank you most sincerely for your loyal support, unfailing kindness, and generous hospitality during 2017. 
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Shuaimhneach Fr. Tom
PARISH COUNCIL Enda Molloy, Shane Hynes, Anne Guinan, Doris Claffey, Kathleen Norton, Eileen Quinn, Vincent Darcy, Dympna Fitzpatrick,
Tom Cox, Patricia Anderson, Anne McEvoy


  
Mass of 4th Sunday of Advent (Sat 23/Sun 24th)
8p.m. Shannonbridge
Sat 23rd 8:00p.m. Damien & Josephine Kenny
Sun 24th 10:30a.m. Peoples Intention
 Confessions for Christmas
Christmas Eve Confessions—Sun 24th
Ferbane 12 Noon—4p.m.
 I invite all penitents to come for the short preparation beforehand and wait for the prayer of thanksgiving afterwards. As part of the celebration of the World Meeting of Families 2018 this is a good opportunity to come as a family for reconciliation and healing
Christmas Eve/Day Masses
 Sunday, Dec 24th  Christmas Eve
Clonfanlough 7:00p.m.
Shannonbridge 9:00p.m.
 Monday, Dec 25th Christmas Day Clonfanlough  10.30 a.m.
(Michael Kelly Anniv)
12 Noon Shannonbridge.
CHRISTMAS WEEK MASSES
Tues 26th 12 Noon Funeral Mass of Eileen Higgins
 Wed 27th 10amCommunion Service
 Thurs 28th 10:00.m. Mass
Fri 29th 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Sat 30th 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Sat 30th 8:00p.m.Shannonbridge
 Paul Kelly (4thA.)
Sun 31st 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough Peoples Intention
Monday Jan 1st 2018 12 Noon
(Margaret Gleeson)
 SAINTS OF THE WEEK
Tues 26th St. Stephen, Wed 27th St. John, Thu 28th Holy Innocents Fri 29th St. Thomas Becket Sun 31st The Holy Family