Friday, April 21, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER - APRIL 23rd 2017
    ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE                                                                 
   ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH                                                                   
  Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500    
Email: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie  
Facebook Page “Parish of Clonmacnois”
www.shannonbridge.com

 ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 23rd 8p.m. Margaret Carty
Mon 24th April 10a.m.
Tue 25th April 10a.m.
Wed 26th April 10a.m.  Communion Service
Thurs 27th April 10a.m.
Friday 28th April 10a.m. Liam Fitzpatrick (4th A)
Sat 29th April 10a.m. Mai Rock & her sister Nancy Kelly
Sat 29th April 8p.m. Edward & Margaret Cogivan & dec’d family members.
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Divine Mercy Sunday 23rd 10:30a.m.
Sunday 30th April 10:30a.m.
[Do This in Memory Mass]

CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory April 16th  € 740
Easter Dawn Mass €338
EASTER DUES Thank you to everyone for returning the Easter Dues.
DATES TO REMEMBER
First Communion (Clonmacnois N.S.) Saturday 13th May 12 Noon

  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge29th April 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 4
Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister: Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Anne Ryan, Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell.

Clonfanlough:-  Sun 30th April 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 1 Conor S., Abigail K.
 Reader: Kathleen Guinan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Declan McEvoy
 Monthly Cleaning Rota  (April) Bernie Kenny, Margaret Lantry

Saints of the Week: Mon 24th St. George Tues 25th St. Mark; Wed 26th St. Marcellinus; Thurs 27th  St. Zita; Fri 28th St. Peter Chanel;Sat 29th St. Catherine of Siena
TROCAIRE w o u l d
l i k e  t o  t h a n k parishioners for their support of the Lenten campaign 2017 and their unfailing generosity. Trócaire boxes can be returned to your local parish in the coming days. For security reasons please don’t leave them unattended in Churches. Thank you for remembering those in need during Lent.  Donations can be made online at:  www.trocaire.org
 BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On Thursday 18th May 8-9p.m. and Thursday 15th June  in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.

RACHRA Vs FERBANE GAA Our Intermediates play Championship Round 2 Rachra GAA  Vs Ferbane at 6p.m .on Sunday 23rd April in Cloghan.

STATION MASSES
Friday April 28th  @ 8p.m. Celia Molloy Glebe
FRIDAY May 12th Dorothy & Niall Darcy

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY—APRIL 23rd
Ark of Divine Mercy Athlone will host Divine Mercy Sunday with Fr John Mockler at Cluain
Chiarain Clonmacnois on Sunday April 23rd starting at 1.30pm.
Blessing of Divine Mercy
Image, Rosary Chaplet and holy Mass. Closing with Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy
Further details from Kathleen O'Connor or Paul Woods on
087 7828283


The second Sunday of Easter- is designated Divine Mercy Sunday. St. John Paul 11 said ‘It is the Sunday of thanksgiving for all the goodness God has shown us in the whole Easter Mystery’ The Feast was extended to the Catholic Church by him on April 30, 2000, the day that he canonized a young Polish nun Saint Maria Faustina. Her message is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness.


Live the Word: Thomas put his finger in our Lord's wounded hands. When we put our problems in God's hands, he puts his peace into our hearts.
 DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– APRIL 25TH  meeting of Active Retirement Assoc at 10:30a.m. in Shannonbridge Hall.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th
Cluain Ciaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m.
Active Retirement Association Meeting at 10:30a.m. . in Shannonbridge Hall.

Community Alert Text Group Meeting for text group leaders will be in the medical centre on  Tuesday the 25th April @ 8.00pm  The annual fee of €10 for everyone receiving the text alert is now due.
Please give to your local rep, Killeens or Nicky Nugent whichever is convenient. If you've signed up to the group and have changed phone number or have not  been receiving text alerts please let Rita know on 0876311345 
THURSDAY APRIL 27TH
EASTER SOCIAL A Social Afternoon will be held in Shannonbridge Hall on Thursday, April 27th at 1:30p.m. A belated celebration of Easter! All ages welcome. Lunch provided. Please contact 087 2410587 if you are attending. €6 Cover charge.
TOMORROW LAND  a free event for young people aged 17-25 seeking work or training opportunities. Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe 11am-3:30p.m. Book (Helen) 087 6780640 Email:  yicbsloe@eircom.net

SUNDAY 30th APRIL ONWARDS
Taughmaconnell Community Care
(Fundraising Event for Senior Citizens) presents Brendan Shine in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday 28th April 2017 Dancing from 10p.m. Price €15
SOCIAL DANCE In Cloghan Hall on Friday, 5th May. Music by Checkers, Dancing from 9:30p.m.-12:30a.m. Refreshments and raffle on the night.








Saturday, April 15, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN APRIL 16th 2017
EASTER SUNDAY 
ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 15th Easter Vigil
Mon 17th April  10a.m. Communion service
Tues 18th/Wed 19th/Thurs 20th Mass
Fri 21st 10am Harry Gunning M/M
Sat 22nd 10a.m. Communion Service
Sat 23rd 8p.m. Margaret Carty
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Easter Sunday 16th April 10:30a.m.
Divine Mercy Sunday 23rd 10:30a.m.
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory April 9th  € 765
Lenten Alms €474
World Meeting of Families €384
EASTER DUES envelope this weekend. Thank you for your generosity.

RECENT DEATHS
 Mary Nevin Clononey (formerly Mannion from Aughinacabe)
Frank Keenan (Boyle/Athlone) who worked on Power Station Construction

BAPTISMS: We welcomed Daniel Morimoto (Dusseldorf/St. Ciaran’s Park) into our Christian Community through the Sacrament of Baptism






  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge22nd April 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 3 Rachael, Kate, Paddy, Cliodhna
Reader: Pattie Corbett
Euch. Minister: Marian McManus
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Kathleen Price, Catherine Curley, Patricia Anderson

Clonfanlough:-  Sun 23rd April 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 3 Conor D, Roisin D, Teagan D, Rory D.
 Reader: Ann Guinan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Leanne Quinn
 Monthly Cleaning Rota  (April) Bernie Kenny, Margaret Lantry
EASTER THANKS: The Ceremonies are quite complex and demanding. We are deeply grateful to all of you who offered your times an services this week: disciples for foot washing, altar servers, florists, Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, choir, musicians,  church cleaners, collectors, and various chronically shy helpers who have asked to remain anonymous!
EASTER SOCIAL CANCELLED  The Easter Social planned for Tuesday 18th had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
 BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On Thursday 18th May 8-9p.m. in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
STATION MASSES
Friday April 28th  @ 8p.m. Celia Molloy Glebe
FRIDAY May 12th Dorothy & Niall Darcy
Divine Mercy Sun April 23rd
Ark of Divine Mercy Athlone will host Divine Mercy Sunday with Fr John Mockler at Cluain Chiarain Clonmacnois on Sunday April 23rd starting at 1.30pm.
Blessing of Divine Mercy Image,Rosary Chaplet and holy Mass. closing with Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy
Further details from Kathleen O'Connor or Paul Woods on
087 7828283
Easter Reflection 
Breaking through the powers of darkness
Bursting from the stifling tomb He slipped into the graveyard garden To smell the blossom air. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, That I have journeyed far Into the darkest deeps I’ve been In nights without a star. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, That fear will flee my light That though the ground will tremble And despair will stalk the earth I hold them firmly by the hand Through terror, to new birth. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, The globe and all that’s made Is clasped to God’s great bosom They must not be afraid. For though they fall and die, He said And the black earth wrapped them tight They will know the warmth Of God’s healing hands In the early morning light. Tell them, Mary, Jesus said, Smelling the blossomed air Tell my people to rise with me To heal the earth’s despair.
 DIARY THIS WEEK
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC.  Next meeting Tuesday April 25th at 10:30a.m. . in Shannonbridge Hall.
Cluain Ciaráin Centre Next Mass April 26th 2017
FRIDAY 21st APRIL
Clonmacnois Prayer Vigil in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Friday 21st
April. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am. All Welcome.  Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.

TROCAIRE Please bring your family Trócaire box to your Church or school at your earliest convenience. Last year’s Lenten box campaign raising €6.4 million. Thanks!

Taughmaconnell Community Care
(Fundraising Event for Senior Citizens) presents Brendan Shine in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday 28th April 2017 Dancing from 10p.m. Price €15

WEDDINGS  Congratulations & many years of happiness to Shane Kelly (Shannonbridge) & Annette Turley who married on Friday 7th April and to Corina Slattery ( Raghra Park) who married Gary Sheridan (Aughaboy, Ferbane & Raghra Pk)  on Saturday 8th April



Saturday, April 08, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN APRIL 9TH 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    Facebook “Parish of Clonmacnois”
www.shannonbridge.com


ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 8th 8:00p.m. Mass
Mon 10th Communion Service
(General Confessions in Ferbane after 10a.m. Mass. A number of local priests will be available.
Tues 11th 10:00a.m.  Mass
Wed 12th 10:00a.m.  Mass
Thur13th/Fri 14th /Sat 15th NO MASS
[See Holy Week Ceremonies]
Sat 15th 9:00p.m. Easter Vigil
Dawn Mass (Clonmacnois) 6a.m.

ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sunday 9th April 10:30a.m. Peoples Intention
Monday 10th April 7:00p.m.  Mass
Good Friday 14th April 5p.m Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Dawn Mass (Clonmacnois) 6a.m.
Easter Sunday 16th April 10:30a.m.
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Mar. 26th  €645
March Monthly this weekend.EASTER DUES envelope next weekend. Thank you.
EASTER SUNDAY DAWN MASS  Our Pastoral Area (St. Ciaran’s) is arranging a Dawn Mass at the Cathedral in Clonmacnois Monastic Site (beside Cross of the Scriptures). To coincide with sunrise (6:21a.m.) on Easter Morning 16th April. Mass will commence at 6a.m. and all are welcome. Please let your family and friends know as this will be a very special Mass for all who attend this ONLY Dawn Mass in our Pastoral Area
  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge:  15th April 2017  9p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 2 Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Aoife
Reader: Patti Corbett
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll

Clonfanlough:-  Easter Sun 16th April 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 2 Jane E, Tadgh T, Charlie G.
 Reader: Mary Kelly
 Minister of the Eucharist:Niall O’Shea
 Monthly Cleaning Rota  (April) Bernie Kenny, Margaret Lantry

MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS
 The diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: For information on the Ministry of Catechist contact Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk For information on the Order of Deacon  contact Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website http://www.dublindiocese.ie/vocations/permanent-diaconate/

BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On Tues 11th April & Thursday 18th May 8-9p.m. in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
STATION MASSES
Friday April 28th  @ 8p.m. Celia Molloy Glebe
FRIDAY May 12th Dorothy & Niall Darcy

2 True Stories: Dealing with Depression,
a mental health event being hosted by Offaly Macra Na Feirme on Good Friday 14th April at 7.30pm in the Bridge House Tullamore. 2 guest speakers will give a true account of how they dealt with depression followed by a showing of the film Pilgrim Hill which highlights rural isolation. The film will be followed by Michelle Coyne a representative  from SOSAD, the suicide awareness group. All welcome.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES
Holy Thursday 13th April
11:00a.m. Diocesan Chrism Mass in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford. Priests renew their commitment & the Oil of Catechumens, Chrism & of the Sick are consecrated. All are welcome.
8p.m. Shannonbridge

Good Friday 14th April
 Day of Fast & abstinence—i.e. no meat & only 1 full meal & 2 light ones)
3pm Stations of the Cross (Shannonbridge)
5p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Clonfanlough)

Holy Saturday  15th April
11-4p.m. Confessions in Ferbane Church
9p.m. Parish Easter Vigil (Shannonbridge)

 9p.m. Easter Vigil   (Shannonbridge)
Easter Dawn 6a.m. Clonmacnois Monastery
Easter Sunday 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough

 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 10th April Lenten Prayer  A Reflection on the Stations of the Cross continues Monday 3rd, Ard Chiarain 8..00pm 
TUESDAY 11th
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC.  Next meeting April 25th at 10:30a.m. . in Shannonbridge Hall.
WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL
Cluain Ciaráin Centre NO MASS April 12th & 19th  Next Mass April 26th 2017

TROCAIRE: Don’t forget to return your Trocaire Fast Box (full!)  during the Easter Ceremonies Holy Thursday 8pm or Holy Saturday 9pm Shannonbridge.  Good Friday 5pm  10:30a.m.  Easter Sunday in Clonfanlough or soon afterwards. The people who feature on the Trócaire box this year are our supporters and volunteers. Like you, they are helping to make a difference to people in some of the most vulnerable regions across the world.
A Social Afternoon will be held in Shannonbridge Hall on Tuesday, April 18th at 1:30p.m. to celebrate Easter. All ages welcome, lunch provided. Please contact 087 2410587 if you are attending. €6 cover charge.
GOLFING QUOTES
Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.” -Sergio Garcia.  “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” -Gary Player “If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” -Bob Hope.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN APRIL 2ND 2017

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



ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 1st 8:00p.m.  Peoples Intention
Mon 3rd 10:00a.m. Mass
Tues 4th 10:00a.m.  Mass
Wed 5th 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Thurs 6th 10:00a.m.Mass
Fri 7th 10:00a.m.Mass
Sat 8th 10:00a.m. Mass —
Sat 8th 8:00p.m. Mass David Macklin (Anniv.)
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 2nd April 10:30a.m. —
Thurs 6th 7:00p.m. Michael Molloy & Michael J & his parents Michael & Annie Molloy
Sunday 9th April 10:30a.m. Peoples Intention
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Mar. 26th  €785
March Monthly €690

EASTER SUNDAY DAWN MASS  Our Pastoral Area (St. Ciaran’s) is arranging a Dawn Mass at the Cathedral in Clonmacnois Monastic Site (beside Cross of the Scriptures). To coincide with sunrise (6:21a.m.) on Easter Morning 16th April. Mass will commence at 6a.m. and all are welcome. Please let your family and friends know as this will be a very special Mass for all who attend this ONLY Dawn Mass in our Pastoral Area


  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge8th April 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 1 Matthew, Emily & Ruth
Reader: Ffionn Anderson
Euch. Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Marion McManus, Catriona Slattery, Ann Corbett

Clonfanlough:-  Sun 9nd April 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 1 Conor S, Abigail K.
 Reader: Declan McEvoy
 Minister of the Eucharist:Ann Guinan
 Monthly Cleaning Rota  (April) Bernie Kenny, Margaret Lantry

MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS
 The diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: For information on the Ministry of Catechist contact Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk For information on the Order of Deacon  contact Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website http://www.dublindiocese.ie/vocations/permanent-diaconate/

BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On Tues 11th April & Thursday 18th May 8-9p.m. in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
APRIL 1st/2nd Collection for World Meeting of Families
Pope Francis personally chose Dublin, to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 22-26 August 2018.  Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway.   A dedicated office and support team has been established and later this year a nationwide programme of talking about the family will begin with an emphasis on Pope Francis’ teaching and reflections.  The World Meeting of Families promises to be an occasion that will reflect on the faith experience of families from many parts of the world as well as on the challenges and celebrations which characterise the ups and downs of day-to-day family life. A collection (envelope in Parish Box of Envelopes) will be held on April 1st/2nd  to help meet the expenses of this Gathering.
STATION MASSES
Friday April 21st  @ 8p.m. Celia Molloy Glebe

PRAYER FOR LENT
Fifth Week of Lent Lord, Be my strength as I go about the activities of this week, in any good deeds for others and in my prayer and denial, I ask you to bless me my Lord and my God. In your goodness help me this week to grow under your protection. Grant me a thankful heart that I may always praise you for all your kindnesses to me, All graces you pour on me, graces I do not merit. May you inspire me throughout this week, to listen to your promptings, and to grow in love of you and of others. I thank you for all your blessings. I know you will be my strength. Amen.



 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 3rd April Lenten Prayer  A Reflection on the Stations of the Cross continues Monday 3rd, Ard Chiarain 8..00pm 
TUESDAY 4th
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC.  meeting at 10:30a.m. in Shannonbridge Hall.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Presbytery Shannonbridge  8p.m.
DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING
CONFERENCE Tuesday, April 4th @ 7. 30 pm., in St. Mel’s College, Longford. Guest Speaker:Breda O’Brien, Irish Times Columnist.All Welcome.

WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL
Cluain Ciaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m.

St. Ciaran’s Pastoral Area Meeting (Reps of Parish Councils)  Presbytery, Banagher 8:30p.m.
FRIDAY 7th APRIL
First Friday The Sick will be visited.
SATURDAY 8th APRIL
The 21st Pioneer National Ball on Sat 8th April 2017, in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, after 6.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone, Celebrant:Bishop Francis Duffy. Tickets €30 (from Brenda Lynch 087-6189411 /Dermot Fagan 085-7201646) Guest Speaker: Jim Bolger. Music by Nite Fever. Fagan 085-7201646."
‘Everybody needs encouragement. None of us achieves anything without help. The great achievers in history became all that they were because of great people in their lives.’


Friday, March 24, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN MARCH 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                            
Facebook Page “Parish of Clonmacnois”
ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 25th  8p.m.
Mon 27th 10:00a.m.Mass
Tues 28th  10:00a.m.Mass
Wed 29th Communion Service
Thurs 30th  10:00a.m.Mass
Fri 31st 10:00a.m.Mass
Sat 1st 10:00a.m. 10:00a.m.Mass
Sat 1st 8:00p.m.  Peoples Intention
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 26th 10:30a.m. Peoples Intention
Mon 27th 7:00p.m. —
Sunday 2nd April 10:30a.m.
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Mar. 17th €610 Mar.19th  €570
PARISH ACCOUNTS 2016 have been finalised/balanced & returned to Diocesan Office as required annually. I’m as ever  struck and humbled by peoples support of their parish. I hope with the help of Parish Finance Committee to  publish a more readable (!) version for parishioners.
“Mothering Sunday Quotes” “No matter how old a mother is, she still watches her middleaged children for signs of improvement.” -Florida Scott. Mothers of teenagers understand perfectly why animals eat their young.” -Jane Sellman. “Never marry a man who hates his mother because he will end up hating you.” -Jill Bennett. “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his!” -Oscar Wilde. “We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves.” -Henry Beecher. “A mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.” Peter De Vries.

 UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge1st April 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 4 Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader: Dympna O’Carroll
Euch. Minister: Martha Murphy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly Eileen Quinn, Dolly Deeley, Veronica Hynes
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 2nd April 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 4 Conor D, Roisin D, Teegan D., Rory D.
 Reader: Anne Rohan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Mary Kelly
 Monthly Cleaning Rota  (March )
Josie Egan/ Betty Dolan  (April) Bernie Kenny, Margaret Lantry
RECENT DEATH Harry Gunning (Shannonbridge) John V. (Seán) Kelly (Athlone) son of Ciarán (band leader)  Clonfanlough
MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS
 The diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: For information on the Ministry of Catechist contact Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk For information on the Order of Deacon  contact Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website http://www.dublindiocese.ie/vocations/permanent-diaconate/
 BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On Tues 11th April & Thursday 18th May 8-9p.m. in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
Diocesan Safeguarding Conference Tuesday, April 4th @ 7. 30 pm., in St. Mel’s College, Longford. Guest Speaker:Breda O’Brien, Irish Times Columnist.All Welcome.
SUMMERTIME Clocks forward 1 hour Sat. Night
STATION MASSES
Thursday March 30th Niamh & Declan Egan Clonlyon 8p.m.
Friday March 31st @ 8p.m.Patty & Pat Corbett
Shannonbridge  8p.m.
Friday April 21st  @ 8p.m. Celia Molloy Glebe
MOTHERING SUNDAY Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it is often called Mothers’ Day, it has no connection with the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘Mother Church’ once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘Mother Church’- the main Parish Church or Cathedral of the area. Inevitably the return to the ‘Mother Church’ became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.) And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother Church’ which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.


 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 27th Lenten Prayer  A Reflection on the Stations of the Cross continues Monday 27th, Ard Chiarain 8..00pm 
TUESDAY 28th
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOC.  meeting at 10:30a.m. in Shannonbridge Hall.
WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH
Cluain Ciaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m.
FRIDAY 31st MARCH
MASS OF HOPE for those bereaved by Suicide in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone on Fri. March 31st at 7:30p.m. There will be an opportunity to have your loved one included in the Mass. All are welcome, spread the word.
APRIL 1st/2nd Collection for World Meeting of Families
Pope Francis personally chose Dublin, to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 22-26 August 2018.  Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway.   A dedicated office and support team has been established and later this year a nationwide programme of talking about the family will begin with an emphasis on Pope Francis’ teaching and reflections.  The World Meeting of Families promises to be an occasion that will reflect on the faith experience of families from many parts of the world as well as on the challenges and celebrations which characterise the ups and downs of day-to-day family life. A collection (envelope in Parish Box of Envelopes) will be held on April 1st/2nd  to help meet the expenses of this Gathering.
The 21st Pioneer National Ball on Sat 8th April 2017, in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, after 6.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone, Celebrant:Bishop Francis Duffy. Tickets €30 (from Brenda Lynch 087-6189411 /Dermot Fagan 085-7201646) Guest Speaker: Jim Bolger. Music by Nite Fever. Fagan 085-7201646."

The 21st Pioneer National Ball on Sat 8th April 2017, in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, after 6:30p.m. Mass in St. Mary’s Htel,affter 6.30pm Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone, which will be celebrated by Bishop Francis Duffy. Tickets €30. Guest Speaker: Jim Bolger. Music by Nite Fever. For tickets/information - contact Brenda Lynch 087-6189411 or Dermot Fagan 085-7201646."