Friday, February 24, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER FEB 26TH 2017

ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                    
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                    
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500     
E-mail: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie

Masses for Sat 25th/26th Feb 2017
Sat 25th  8p.m. Brigid & Pat Flannery & Jimmy Flannery
Sun 26th 10:30a.m. John-Joe Maleney (1st Anniv.).
WEEKDAY
Mon 27th– 10:00a.m. Mass
Tues 28th (Shrove) 10:00a.m. Communion
Wed 1st (Ash Wed) 10:00a.m. S/bridge
Wed 1st (Clonfanlough) 7:00p.m.
Thurs 2nd
Fri 3rd First Friday 10:00a.m.  S/bridge
  Fri 3rd 7:00p.m. (Clonfanlough)
Sat 4th 10:00a.m.
Masses for Sat 4th /Sun 5th March 2017
Sat 4th  8p.m. Bina & Tom Nugent
Sun 5th 10:30a.m. Michael & Mary Kelly (Clonfanlough)

 Dues 2016 Statement
There are six  collections each year. Last year  they comprised of:
(Balance forward €1270), Shrove €1730,  Easter €2605, Pentecost €2255, Harvest €1685. November €2,020, Christmas €2,830 Total €14,395 (Total  in 2015 €17,259)

Each of the 41 parishes pool  Dues income to  support the 56 priests serving this diocese  with a monthly income of €1,700 per Calendar Month, (€392 gross per week) or €20,400 per annum . This is likely to fall. 
Once again I acknowledge and thank parishioners for their contributions which help to keep Church, and priest and parish facilities available to all.


  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge4th March 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Rachel
Reader: Michaela Anderson
Euch. Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 5th March 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Conor S. Conor B., Eoin S., Abigail K
Reader: Kathleen Guinan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Declan McEvoy
 Monthly Cleaning Rota   (March )
Josie Egan Betty Dolan
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES
Day of Fast & Abstinence  (Ages 18-60)
10a.m. Shannonbridge
7:00p.m. Clonfanlough
Fast = one full meal and two “collations” or  light meals. Abstinence = the use of meat or its products is forbidden.

               LENTEN TROCAIRE CAMPAIGN
–Box available from the Churches of the Parish. Your generosity is  greatly appreciated.

Temperance Sunday (Feb 26th) , coming as it does, on the threshold of Lent, invites us to take a different approach.  It invites us to enjoy a life free of the scourges of alcohol and drug abuse.  Over the years thousands of people have accepted that invitation, have taken on that challenge, and as a consequence, have enjoyed life to the full.  That opportunity is open to all.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge! Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent.  Make your Lenten pledge by visiting www.pioneerassociation.ie and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative.
Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!
BAPTISM MEETING The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for Baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen on Thursday March 15th from 8-9p.m.
STATION MASSES: The tradition of hosting Mass in the home is a beautiful part of our faith tradition. If  you would like to help continue this– I’d love to hear from you. Remember simplicity is best. No need for fuss, just a cup of tea.  

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE (LIMERICK)
the Annual MA in Education & Wellbeing of the Older Person Free Public Lecture Series will take place on Friday 3rd and 10th of March from 6.30pm-9pm in T204, Tara Building, MIC. 
"These lectures are a must for all those interested in issues affecting older people in society today.' All Talks are free to attend but pre-booking is required. For more information and to book liz.early@mic.ul.ie

CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Feb 19th €750  Shrine €100
Shrove Dues Envelope falls this week. Thank you for your generosity.



 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 13th
Walking Group: (Monday &Wednesday) Assemble at Church: earlier time of 7:30pm.
Shannonbridge GAA Minor Club 
Registration Night for all age groups
With training for Under 8’s and Under 6’s On Monday 27th Feb. in Clonfanlough Hall from 7-8pm Cost €15 per child Or €60 per family
TUESDAY 28th
Active Retirement A.G.M. next Tuesday at 10.30 a.m. All members requested to attend. 
SLIM FOR LENT fundraiser for Palliative Care in conjunction with Cornafulla Walking Club weigh in Shrove Tuesday 28th Feb and weigh out Holy Thursday 13th April in Clann na nGael Clubhouse 7-9pm both nights. Sponsor Cards available on the night
WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH
Athlone IT Ash Wednesday Mass  11am Location : John McCormack Hall
Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre No Mass.
FRIDAY 3rd MARCH
MARRIED COUPLES Gift yourselves a special weekend break together to boost and refresh your relationship by making a Marriage Renewal Weekend. The next Weekend will be at The Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone from 3rd to 5th March 2017. For more info and / or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie  or call     (087) 784 0408.  Weekends are presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland

ARDAGH & CLONMACNOIS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2017 – 27th May – 1st June, five nights, fully inclusive price €725. Please contact: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin. Tel: 01-2410812 or 01-2410811. Pilgrimage Director: Monsignor Bernard Noonan, PP, Moate, Tele: 090 6481180. Director Special Section for Sick/Assisted Pilgrims: Rev. Michael Scanlon, PP, Cloghan, Tele 090 457122.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 19TH 2017



                                                                                               
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                   
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                 
    Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500     
E-mail: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie
www.shannonbridge.com

Masses for Sat 18th/19th Feb 2017
Sat 18th  8p.m. Bridie Carry (Months Mind)
Sun 19th Feb 10:30a.m. Kieran & Mary Daly & Tom Mannion (Ballyhearth)

WEEKDAY
Mon 20th– Fri 23rd 10:00a.m.
Sat 25th 10:00a.m.  No Mass, Communion Service

Masses for Sat 25th/26th Feb 2017
Sat 25th  8p.m. Brigid & Pat Flannery & Jimmy Flannery
Sun 26th 10:30a.m. John-Joe Maleney (1st Anniv.).

RECENT DEATHS
Philip Hyland Banagher (Nephew of Mrs Rose Hendrick, Martin Golden (Athlone) nephew of Sean Coughlan (Ballyhearth)  Kevin (Clonlyon) ; Brendan Dunican Clonshask,
Patrick Cunningham (Longford) formerly Shannonbridge

BAPTISM We welcomed into the Christian Community this weekend James Niall Donaghy


 CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Feb 12th €690  Thank you to all our contributors.
Thanks from Ballinasloe Social Services to all who purchased St. Brigid’s Crosses recently & helped raise €5,332.79


  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge25th Feb 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Rachel
Reader: Eileen Quinn
Eucharistic Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Kathleen Price, Catherine Curley, Patricia Anderson
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 26th Feb 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Conor S. Conor B., Eoin S., Abigail K.
Reader: Kathleen Guinan 
 Minister of the Eucharist:Declan McEvoy
 Monthly Cleaning Rota   (February ) Maureen Claffey  Bridie Coughlan

BAPTISM MEETING The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for Baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen on Thursday March 15th from 8-9p.m.

STATION MASSES: The tradition of hosting Mass in the home is a beautiful part of our faith tradition. If  you would like to help continue this– I’d love to hear from you. Remember simplicity is best. No need for fuss, just a cup of tea.

Saints of the Week Tues 21st St. Peter Damian Wed 22nd  The Chair of Peter,  Apostle,  Thurs 23rd St. Polycarp,
 Banagher Musical Society present the  hilarious Dolly Parton musical '9 to 5'.on Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th & Sat 25th February @ 8.00pm in Banagher College Colaiste na Sionna. Tickets €10 on Thurs night & €12 on the Fri & Sat nights. Tickets are available in local shops in Banagher: Banagher Post Office, Seamus Flynns and Feenys Day to Day. Booking line :0874319206."
MARRIED COUPLES Gift yourselves a special weekend break together to boost and refresh your relationship by making a Marriage Renewal Weekend. The next Weekend will be at The Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone from 3rd to 5th March 2017. For more info and / or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie  or call     (087) 784 0408.  Weekends are presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland
SLIM FOR LENT fundraiser for Palliative Care in conjunction with Cornafulla Walking Club weigh in Shrove Tuesday 28th Feb and weigh out Holy Thursday 13th April in Clann na nGael Clubhouse 7-9pm both nights. Sponsor Cards available on the night.
HIGH STREET DRAMA GROUP presentation of  “DA” by Hugh Leonard & directed by Brendan Ryan continues in the Tuar Ard Thurs 23rd-Sun 26th Feb For bookings phone 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie Tickets: €12 / €10
SPRING (by Bridie Carry RIP)
( from Feb. 1979 issue of the Shannonbridge Star. )
1st February here comes Spring,
All good things begin to swing
Snowdrops peeping  through the ground,
Daffodils dancing all around.
What joy there is on a Spring morn,
I just woke up without a yawn.
Beautiful smell of sweet fresh air,
Listening to the birds sing everywhere.
February may bring snow,
March brings winds that blow.
April will bring showers,
To grow the pretty flowers.
Spring cleaning is the mother’s chore
From ceilings to the floors.
All the work she doesn’t mind
Because the weather  will be kind
 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 20th Walking Group: (Monday &Wednesday) Assemble at Church: earlier time of 7:30pm.
Tuesday 21st  Shannonbridge Active Retirement Association meeting in the Parish Hall after 10a.m. Mass. New Members welcome.
WED.  22nd FEBRUARY Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre Mass  7:30p.m.

REFUGEES
(Note: Sometimes you need to change your perspective.read to the end you’ll see!)
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand.
We need to see them for who they really are
Changers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut throats and thieves.
They are not
Welcome here.
We should make them
Go back to where they came from.
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries.
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out.
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us.
A place should only belong to those who are born there.
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way.
(now read from from the bottom to the top)
-Brian Bilston


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CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 12TH 2017

ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                    
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                   
  Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500     
E-mail: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie

Masses for Sat 11th/12th Feb 2017
Sat 11th Feb 8:00p.m. James Higgins
Sun 12th Feb 10:30a.m.  Padraig Devery (Clonlyon)
Weekday Mass Mon 13th –Fri 17th
Masses for Sat 18th/19th Feb 2017
Sat 18th  8p.m. Bridie Carry (Months Mind)
Sun 19th Feb 10:30a.m. Kieran & Mary Daly & Tom Mannion (Ballyhearth)
RECENT DEATHS Edel Anderson, (Creevagh), Sr. Cyril Keena RSM (formerly Aughacabe, Clonmacnois) John Cunningham Rochfortbridge formerly  Shannonbridge ESB.

Saints of the Week Mon 13th St. Catherine of Ricci  Tues 14th  St. Cyril & Methodius, Fri 17th Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Sat 18th St. Flavian

CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Feb 5th €950    Shrine €115
January Monthly €1030
Thank you to to all our contributors.

  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge11th Feb 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Darragh, Matthew & Emily
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Eucharistic Minister: Martha Murphy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 12th Feb 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3 Conor D. Adam E., Charlie G., Kelan C.
Reader: Ann Guinan 
 Minister of the Eucharist:Leanne Quinn
 Monthly Cleaning Rota   (February ) Maureen Claffey  Bridie Coughlan

BAPTISM MEETING The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for Baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen on Thursday February 16th February and March 15th from 8-9p.m.

Bookings now taken for Spring Station Masses  Carrowkeel, Charlestown, Clondelara, Clonever, Clonfinlough, Clongowny, Clonfiff, Clonfiffeen, Clonlyon Castlequarter, Clonlyon (Gerald), Clonlyon Glebe, Clonmacnois, Clorhane, Creevagh, Curraghmore, Derryharney, Derryhask, Derrylahan, Garrymore, Glebe, Gurrawirra, Woodbank, Lecarrow, Leitra, Raghra, Tullaghbeg



                             Pilgrimage to New York.
A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place from 8th -14th May. Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK, the pilgrimage offers the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic trip. Itinerary includes a Requiem Mass on Saturday 13th at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral for the reinternment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses which will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Dolan. If you would like to find out more or make an enquiry, please contact the tour operators Joe Walsh Tours on (01) 2410800 or email: bronwvn.clinton@ioewalshtours.ie 
DR KYRAN BULGER, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Tullamore, retirement Mass on  15th Feb 2017 at 6.00 pm in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore.  All are welcome.
Banagher Musical Society are staging their annual musical on Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th & Sat 25th February @ 8.00pm in Banagher College Coliste na Sionna. This year's musical is the hilarious Dolly Parton musical '9 to 5'. This promises to be a spectacular night of entertainment tickets €10 on Thurs night & €12 on the Fri & Sat nights. Tell all your friends and neighbours to come along to be entertained. Tickets are available in local shops in Banagher: Banagher Post Office, Seamus Flynns and Feenys Day to Day. Booking line :0874319206."
MARRIED COUPLES Gift yourselves a special weekend break together to boost and refresh your relationship by making a Marriage Renewal Weekend. The next Weekend will be at The Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone from 3rd to 5th March 2017. For more info and / or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie  or call     (087) 784 0408.  Weekends are presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland
 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 13th
Walking Group: (Monday &Wednesday) Assemble at Church: earlier time of 7:30pm.
Tuesday 14th  Shannonbridge Active Retirement Association will resume meetings in the Parish Hall on Tues 14th February after 10a.m. Mass. New Members welcome.
WED.  15TH FEBRUARY Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre Mass  7:30p.m.
FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Clonmacnois Prayer Vigil in Cluain Chiaráin Prayer Centre on Friday 17th Feb. Mass at 9p.m. Adoration and Prayers follow. Finishes at 2:10a.m. All welcome. Enquiries Dave 085-7746763
HIGH STREET DRAMA GROUP present “DA” by Hugh Leonard & directed by Brendan Ryan on Fri 17th & Sat 18th Feb in High St. Hall at 8p.m. For Friday night phone Seán 087 6370097, Sat night phone Eunan 086  8308658, “DA” will play in the Tuar Ard Thurs 23rd-Sun 26th Feb For bookings phone 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie Tickets: €12 / €10
ARDAGH & CLONMACNOIS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2017 – 27th May – 1st June, five nights, fully inclusive price €725. Please contact: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin. Tele: 01-2410812 or 01-2410811. Pilgrimage Director: Monsignor Bernard Noonan, PP, Moate, Tele: 090 6481180. Director Special Section for Sick/Assisted Pilgrims: Rev. Michael Scanlon, PP, Cloghan, Tele 090 457122.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER  FEBRUARY 5TH 2017

 ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                    
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                     
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500     
E-mail: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie

Masses for Sat 4th/5th Feb 2017
Sat 4th Feb 8:00p.m. Shannonbridge Michael & Stephen Shrahan (Anniv)
Sun 5th Feb 10:30a.m.  Clonfanlough Jack & Mary & Pat Maloney
12 Noon Clonfanlough Requiem Mass Paddy Dolan

WEEKDAY MASS
Mon 6th—Fri 10th 10a.m..
Sat 11th 10:00a.m. Allan Kelly (4th Anniv)  Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated.

Masses for Sat 11th/12th Feb 2017
Sat 11th Feb 8:00p.m. James Higgins
Sun 12th Feb 10:30a.m.  Padraig Devery (Clonlyon)

RECENT DEATHS Paddy Dolan Glebe, Anne Carroll (Banagher) Mother of PJ Carroll, Shannonbridge

Saints of the Week Mon 6th St. Paul Miki & companions, Tues 7th  St. Mel’ Wed 8th St. Jeerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita Turs 9th St. Teilo  Fri 10th St. Scholastica Sat 11th Our Lady of Lourdes
  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge11th Feb 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3 Kate, Paddy
Reader: Pattie Corbett
Eucharistic Minister: Marie McManus
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Marion McManus, Catherina Slattery, Ann Corbett
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 12th Feb 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Jane E, Tadgh T., Roisin D.
Reader: Mary Kelly
 Minister of the Eucharist:Niall O’Shea Monthly Cleaning Rota   (February ) Maureen Claffey  Bridie Coughlan

BAPTISM MEETING The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for Baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen on Thursday February 15th and March 15th.
Coffee Morning Thank you to all who supported the recent Coffee morning in Killeens.
Bookings now taken for Spring Station Masses  Carrowkeel, Charlestown, Clondelara, Clonever, Clonfinlough, Clongowny, Clonfiff, Clonfiffeen, Clonlyon Castlequarter, Clonlyon (Gerald), Clonlyon Glebe, Clonmacnois, Clorhane, Creevagh, Curraghmore, Derryharney, Derryhask, Derrylahan, Garrymore, Glebe, Gurrawirra, Woodbank, Lecarrow, Leitra, Raghra, Tullaghbeg



 Saturday next 11 February is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858 Our Lady appeared for the first time to Bernadette Soubirous a poor girl. Many come to the Sacred Shrine each year from all over the world seeking healing from illness and for spiritual grace. The following prayer is taken from Ár bPaidreacha Dúchais: Virgin Mary, glorious, gentle, beautiful, you are my beloved, my sustenance, my treasure, you are my guiding star, leading me on my way and in this valley of tears you are my friend. Amen.
Pilgrimage to New York.
A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place from 8th -14th May. Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK, the pilgrimage offers the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic trip. Itinerary includes a Requiem Mass on Saturday 13th at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral for the reinternment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses which will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Dolan. If you would like to find out more or make an enquiry, please contact the tour operators Joe Walsh Tours on (01) 2410800 or email: browvn.clinton@ioewalshtours.ie 

DR KYRAN BULGER, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Tullamore, retirement Mass on  15th Feb 2017 at 6.00 pm in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore.  All are welcome.
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
(Choose one of the eight verses in this prayer,
write it down and put it in your pocket
as a refrain, a mantra, to pray throughout the day...)
Lord,
-be with me, stay with me, close by my side...
-speak to me, hear me and answer my prayer...
-strengthen me, guide me along the right path...
-show me today what you want me to do...
-hold me and mold me as you'd have me be…
-save me from harm, from wrong and from sin...
-keep me at peace with all those I know…-grant me good rest when this day is done...Amen.
 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 6th
Portiuncula University Hospital
Remembrance Service on Monday 6th February 2017 at 7.30pm in Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel. A service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage , stillbirth or neonatal death
Walking Group: (Monday &Wednesday) Assemble at Church: earlier time of 7:30pm.
WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre Mass 7:30p.m.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick Mass of Healing and Anointing Saturday February 11th at 10a.m.  St. Ciaran’s Church, Shannonbridge. World Day of the Sick, a celebration started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. People around the world take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick on this day. Faith organizations mark this day especially to provide the sick with medicines, food, and spiritual guidance.

ARDAGH & CLONMACNOIS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2017 – 27th May – 1st June, five nights, fully inclusive price €725. Please contact: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin. Tele: 01-2410812 or 01-2410811. Pilgrimage Director: Monsignor Bernard Noonan, PP, Moate, Tele: 090 6481180. Director Special Section for Sick/Assisted Pilgrims: Rev. Michael Scanlon, PP, Cloghan, Tele 090 457122.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

         CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER JANUARY 29th 2017
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                    
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                    
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500     
E-mail: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie

Masses for Sat 28th/29th Jan
Sat 28th 8:00p.m. Kathleen Lantry  née Norton, Tullabeg, Clonmacnois
Sunday Jan 29th 10:30a.m. Bridget Rigney
Mon 30th & Tues 31st (St. John Bosco) 10:00a.m. Communion Service (No Mass)
Wed 1st Feb (Feast of St. Brigid) 10:00a.m. Margaret, Michael & Denis Kelly
Thurs 2nd (Candlemas Day) 10:00a.m.
Candles for use in the home & Church are blessed on this Day.. If you  have candles you wish blessed, please bring them.
Fri 3rd Feb  (St. Blaise-blessing of throats at 10:00a.m. (Shannonbridge) and 7:00p.m. Clonfanlough
Masses for Sat 4th/5th Feb 2017
Sat 4th Feb 8:00p.m. Michael & Stephen Shrahan (Anniv)
Sun 5th Feb 10:30a.m.  Jack & Mary & Pat Maloney
FIRST FRIDAY Fri. 3rd Feb is the First Friday of the Month. Sick will be visited

RECENT DEATHS Annie Grenham, (nee O’Brien) Ahasrcragh & formerly Raghrabeg
 CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Jan 22nd  € 665 Shrine €115
2017 PARISH  CALENDARS  & St. Paul Missals (Sunday readings for Parish Readers & if you’d like a copy) some left

 UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge4th Feb 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Rachel
Reader: Dympna O’Carroll
Eucharistic Minister:Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Eileen Quinn, Dolly Deeley,
Veronica Hynes
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 5th Feb 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Conor Sl, Conor B., Eoin S. Abigail K.
Reader: Sophie Gilson
 Minister of the Eucharist:Ann GuinanMonthly Cleaning Rota   (February ) Maureen Claffey  Bridie Coughlan
Centenary of Fatima Apparitions
Tullamore Parish Pilgrimage June 8-15th. Seven nights full board €749pps. Spiritual Director Fr. Shane Crombie. Contact Pat Kidney 0863192399 or P.J. Smyth 086-8796190
FIRST COMMUNION DATES 2017  1st Confession Wed March 15th First Communion Sat. May 13th
BAPTISM MEETING The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for Baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahowen on Thursday February 15th and March 15th. Parents can contact me (Tom Cox) about attendance at these meetings.
St. Blaise Feast day 3rd February. An Armenian bishop martyr of the fourth century. Tradition states that he was a physician before becoming a bishop. Since the eight century he has been venerated as patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. So throats will be blessed after all Masses on Friday.
there will be blessing of throats after Masses at 10.00 am  (Shannonbridge)and 7.00 pm. (Clonfanlough)

ARDAGH & CLONMACNOIS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2017 – 27th May – 1st June, five nights, fully inclusive price €725. Please contact: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin. Tele: 01-2410812 or 01-2410811. Pilgrimage Director: Monsignor Bernard Noonan, PP, Moate, Tele: 090 6481180. Director Special Section for Sick/Assisted Pilgrims: Rev. Michael Scanlon, PP, Cloghan, Tele 090 457122.

A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
 And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil  (Robert Frost)

Bookings now taken for Spring Station Masses
 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 30th
Coffee Morning for all in Killeens after 10a.m.  Mass. A time to meet & greet
Social Dancing Classes in Cloghan Hall Mondays 8:30p.m. All Welcome
Walking Group: (Monday&Wednesday) Assemble at Church: earlier time of 7:30pm.
WEDNESDAY 1st February
Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre Mass 7:30p.m.
High St/Belmont Social Dancing at 8p.m. in High Street Hall.  All Welcome

COMPUTER CLASSES all levels, Crank House,, Banagher. Also Manual Handling Course. Call Carmel 057 9152003
Portiuncula University Hospital
Remembrance Service on Monday 6th February 2017 at 7.30pm in Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel. A service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage , stillbirth or neonatal death.
INFORMATION MEETING ON PERMANENT DIACONATE  in Ballinasloe Family Centre, (near health Centre) town side of Ballinasloe. On Mon 30th Jan from 8-10p.m. Speakers will include Deacon William Gacquin & his wife Carmel (Curraghboy, Athlone) and Deacon Seamus Talbot & his wife Teresa (Kilteevan, Roscommon).
William & Seamus were ordained as Deacons for the Elphin Diocese in 2012 following completion of a year of discernment & a subsequent 3 year formation programme. Both are involved in parish ministry and last year Seamus was appointed Administrator of Kilbride & Derrane Parish.








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