Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bishop Francis Duffy leads prayers for those impacted by the planned closure of ESB plants in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge



Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, released the following statement in response to the announcement of job losses at ESB plants in the Midlands region in Lanesboro, Co Longford and Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.

Bishop Duffy said, “The news of the job losses at ESB plants in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge is a devastating blow to the employees in the midlands region, their families and to the local economy.  Its personal, social and financial impact on our region cannot be underestimated.  There are now very serious concerns about the consequences of this decision as it relates to the viability of Bord na Móna as an iconic Irish company.  Three generations of families have been employed in these plants.  Today, ESB workers with young families, those managing mortgages and financial commitments, and with their plans and hopes for the future, will be impacted by this decision.  Seasonal work for young people attending college and opportunities for apprenticeships now seem destined to disappear.

“I have asked for special prayers at Masses in the region over the coming weeks to be offered for the employees and their families.  We will continue to offer our prayerful support for those who are affected during these difficult times.  I am available to support initiatives which aim to address the needs of our people in any way that I can.”

“Finally, I call on our public representatives and government agencies to expedite their work towards making the Midlands region a place with greater opportunities for employment.  In particular, State investment must address the immediate needs of those whose jobs will end in 2020.”

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 10th 2019

 SHANNONBRIDGE
Saturday, 9th November  eve of 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
6:30p.m  Michael Anderson
Monday, 11th November  9:30am.  (NOTE TIME)- St. Martin de Tours
Tuesday, 12th November - St. Josaphat
10a.m. Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion
Wednesday, 13th November 10a.m.  Mass Tom Rocke
Thursday, 14th November - St. Laurence O’Toole 10a.m. Mass
Friday, 15th November –10a.m.  St. Albert the Great  Deceased Relatives & Friends
Saturday, 16th November - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 6:30p.m.  Vigil   Barry Quinn (1st Anniv). [World Day of the Poor]
CLONFANLOUGH.  
Sunday 10th November 10:30a.m.32nd Sunday in Ordinary time
1) Larry & Brigid Rohan Anniv
2) Brigid McEvoy 
Tuesday, 12th November - St. Josaphat
7:00p.m.. Deceased Relatives & Friends
Sunday, 17th November - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, World Day of the Poor
10:30a.m.  Mass for the People
[NOTE Some people were puzzled to see “Deceased Relatives and Friends” appear in the Mass Schedule...Through the year  I remember Deceased Relatives and Friends in my Masses– if I don’t receive particular intentions– it’s just in November I make it public.]
                                    
ESB Shannonbridge Mass for Deceased, St. Kieran’s Church, Shannonbridge, Thursday, November 21st at 8p.m. 
SHANNONBRIDGE ARA  Mass for deceased Members, Wednesday, November 20th at 10a.m.  (Shannonbridge)
NOVEMBER CEMETERY ROSARY -in Clonmacnois cemetery Sunday, 10th November after 10:30mass Clonfanlough
DUMPING IN CEMETERY Again we would appeal to people visiting and tending graves to bring waste items away.
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. 13th October  at 7.30pm
COLLECTIONS: Offertory Nov 2nd/3rd  2019 €840  Shrine €45    
 NOVEMBER DUES:  To date €1,016.00 and is one of the 6 annual collections we have to form a priests income.



SHANNONBRIDGE FITNESS CLASSES
1) Pilates on Monday at 11am in the Hall, S’bridge 2) Aerobic & Fitness Class Tuesdays at 8p.m. in the Hall, S’bridge
ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP MEET  Tuesdays at 10:45a.m. in Hall. All welcome. Membership subscriptions  of €15 by December 10th please.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT  GROUP Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th November at 10:30a.m. New Members welcome.
S’BRIDGE LIBRARYopen Thursdays 7-9pm
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO
The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 6, 9, 18, 22. No jackpot winner. Five match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €10,800 and the draw will be held in Doon on Mon. 11th Nov
NOVEMBER - Remembrance Tree  & Books in both Churches, if you wish to place/write  loved ones names on them
BAPTISM PREPARATION - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held on Wed. 27th November at 8pm in the Granary, Boher. Please contact me (Fr. Tom Cox 086 8319500) or Fr Brendan 057 9336119.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY  -CLONFANLOUGH Sunday, November 24th 1:30p.m.  in Clonfanlough Hall
FERBANE APOSTOLIC WORK Table Quiz on Friday 22nd November in the Black Boot at 9pm in aid of the Missions.
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiaráin Prayer Centre on Friday 15th November and every third Friday. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and prayers follow until 2.10am. Enquiries to Dave 085-7746763.
SATURDAY EVENING MASS TIME CHANGE  As of Sunday, 5th January 2020 the Saturday Evening Mass time will be at 7:00p.m. Thank you to the large number who indicated their preference.  Please tell friends/family who might not otherwise hear. I shall alert local bulletins-but you know yourselves!
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Naomh Ciaran LGFA collection this weekend
MEETING OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS on Nov 4th   and PPC  on Nov 5th  I would like to express a very big thank you to all who came to the Monday meeting and also to members of the Parish Pastoral Council on Tuesday for excellente feedback and for your time.  Also via the Response boxes in both Churches. The proposals have been forwarded to the Diocesan Office to help form Themes for the May 9/10th Diocesan AssemblyThey have been received & acknowledged at assembly@ardaghdiocese.org
HIGH STREET / BELMONT SOCIAL DANCING - Classes continue on Wednesday 13th November at 8pm. Refreshments served. Adm. €8. All welcome
WEST OFFALY TRAINING - Are running some great courses in the Autumn. Photography through Smart Phones (by Paul O’Moore) €35 on Tuesday 12th Nov., 6- 9pm. FREE Smartphone training for beginners starting Tuesday 12th Nov., 10am-12.30pm. Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 starting on 15th Nov., €395. Manual Handling/Abrasive Wheel Training (weekly) €50. Call 057 9152003 to find out more.
 BANAGHER DRAMA GROUP - Presents ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ by John Millington Synge and directed by Jared Madden in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education from November 14th-17th at 8pm. Booking line (087) 456 1569.
WELL DONE & THANK YOU   to the ladies of Shannonbridge Community Services Group who  lost out to Rathmore in the final 6 in the “Community” Section in the “Community”  Section of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards on November 2nd in Dublin.
BAPTISMS - We welcome into our Christian
Community Benjamin Rocke and Ethan Rocke
BEST WISHES   Well done firstly to Shannonbridge GAA (Offaly) who won Vs Roche Emmetts (Louth)  Nov 9th in the Leinster Junior Club Quarter Finalt ALSO to Naomh Ciaran LGFA  who take on Inch Rovers (Cork) in the All Ireland Intermediate Club Semi final in Ferbane on Sunday (2pm) ALSO to Ferbane/Belmont Minor Club  in the u20 County Semi Final in OCP Tullamore at 12 Noon Sunday.  Rachra GAA have a few players on the panel!

 THIRTY SECOND  SUNDAY OF THE YEAR   ‘He is not God of the dead but of the living’
‘How strange the fear of death is; we are never
frightened at a sunset’. So wrote Scottish Christian poet, George McDonald. The Sunday Gospels during the month of November, the month of the Holy Souls invite us to reflect in a deeper way on life and its destination. Our Celtic ancestors had a strong belief that our
relationship with a dead relative or friend does not end with his/her disappearance, but continues on a different plain. The Christian vision of life and death sits easily here. We too believe in the continuity between the here and the hereafter. We are citizens of both earth and
heaven, and death is but our second birthday. Our earthly pilgrimage is not so much a funeral march to the grave, but, rather, a victory parade to the place prepared for us, the place we call home. This is the reassuring message offered by Jesus in today’s Gospel, in answer to the question posed by the doubting Sadducees. It is a message that should banish our fear.

 ARD CHIARAIN an appreciation .This past week saw the last Public Mass in Ard Chiarain which since 1997 has been a beckoning light given by the Ursuline Sisters. It is good that the call to prayer and reflection will continue with members of the Romanian Orthodox Church opening a Monastery there at some date in the future.  We are sister Christians with them. We are Christians of the West (Latin or Roman Catholic if you prefer)- they are Christians of the East (sometimes called “Orthodox” for short


SHANNONBRIDGE POWER STATION Friday, November 8th was a date we will remember as the closure of West Offaly Power (Shannonbridge) and Lough Ree Power (Lanesboro) was announced by the end of 2020.  It has obvious implications on Bord Na Móna. Bishop Duffy has expressed his concern and joins with us in our sadness at this development. As a Community we have legitimate concerns for our locality and call on all the bodies involved to liaise with local groups and to ensure what has been called a “just transition”. In the context of a long relationship for which we are very thankful between ESB, Bord Na Mona and our local communities it is the least one can expect.

 We Remember Them. In the rising of the sun and its going down, we remember them. In the gush of the wind & in the chill of Winter, we name them In the opening of the buds & in the rebirth of Spring, we call them, In the blueness of the skies & in the warmth of Summer we honour them. In the rustling of the leaves & in the beauty of Autumn, we thank them. In the beginning of the year & when it ends, we celebrate them.When we are weary & in need of strength, we whisper them.When we are lost and lonely, we carry them. When we have joys we yearn to share, we love them. So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us as we entrust them to our God of love&everlasting peace. Amen.
 MINISTRIES                                               
  Shannonbridge:Sat  16th November @6:30 p.m.          
Servers Grp1 Emily D, Ruth Q, Grace F
 Reader: Dympna O’Carroll
Euch. Minister Marie McManus
 Ch Care:Jacinta Kelly, Ann  Keena, Mary Killeen
Clonfanlough:Sun 17th Nov  @10:30am
Server Grp 2 Neáa T, Eva S
 Reader: Declan McEvoy Euch Min.:Anne Rohan  Ch Care– Nov Joey Rigney/Dorothy Darcy




  


Sunday, November 03, 2019



CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 3rd 2019

 SHANNONBRIDGE
Saturday 2nd November (All Souls) 6:30p.m. Maureen Claffey
Monday 4th November  10a.m. Service of Word & Communion  St. Charles Borromeo
Tuesday 5th November 10a.m. Mass : Mary & Kieran Henry  anniv
Wednesday 6th November 10a.m. Mass
All Saints of Ireland
Thursday 7th November 10a.m.Mass St. Willibrod
Friday 8th November  10a.m. Mass
Saturday, 9th November  eve of 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
6:30p.m  Michael Anderson

CLONFANLOUGH.  
Sunday 3rd November 10:30a.m.31st Sunday in Ordinary Time   Kathleen & Michael Kelly (Lakefield)
Monday November 4th 7:00pm  Deceased Relative and friends
Sunday 10th November 10:30a.m.32nd Sunday in Ordinary time
1) Larry & Brigid Rohan Anniv
2) Brigid McEvoy 

ESB Shannonbridge Mass for Deceased, St. Kieran’s Church, Shannonbridge, Thursday, November 21st at 8p.m. 
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. 6th October  at 7.30pm
RECENT DEATHS Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kieran Rocke, 9 St. Ciaran’s Park,  S’bridge
COLLECTIONS: Offertory Oct  26/27th 2019 €625  Shrine €67       
November 1st (All Saints) Holyday Offertory  €393.55                  
 NOVEMBER DUES: In support of clergy are now due and may be handed in at any time over the next few weeks. Envelopes are provided for this purpose in your box
IMPORTANT DATES 2020  - Confirmation: St. Kieran’s Church, Shannonbridge on Sunday 22nd March  3p.m.
First Holy Communion: Clonmacnois N.S. Saturday, May 23rd at 12 Noon St. Ciaran’s Church, Clonfanlough
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING on Tues, Nov 5th at 8p.m. in Shannonbridge.
MASS TIME CHANGE Thank you for nominating a choice of 7 or 7:30pm for Saturday Vigil Mass. The ballots are closed now and votes will be counted on Nov 5th  at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 5th and new time to begin ASAP
SHANNONBRIDGE FITNESS CLASSES
1) Pilates on Monday at 11am in the Hall, S’bridge 2) Fitness Class Tuesdays at 8p.m. in the Hall, S’bridge
ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP MEET  Tuesdays at 10:45a.m. in Hall. All welcome
S’BRIDGE LIBRARYopen Thursdays 7-9pm
STATION MASSES Thanks you to all who hosted our Station Masses.
SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD: Galilee Spirituality Centre - Our relationship with God is a journey of discovery. You are invited to four very special Tuesday evenings in Nov. to explore how we can discover God in personal faith. All welcome. 7.30-9pm closing with tea. €5. Booking and enquiries info@galilee.ie 071-966-4101. Night 1: Nov. 5th, Bishop Kevin Doran: The God of My Life.
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO
The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 6, 7, 8, 12. No jackpot winner. Six match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €10,600 and the draw will be held in Shannonbridge on Monday 4th November.  
NOVEMBER - This month is a special time to remember and honour all our faithful departed. We presently have a Remembrance Tree in Clonfanlough Church with labels you can hang on the tree after you  write the names of those you would like to remember. Both Churches have Remembrance Books.  Your loved ones will be remembered at Masses this month in both Churches
BAPTISM PREPARATION - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held on Wed. 27th November at 8pm in the Granary, Boher. Please contact me (Fr. Tom Cox 086 8319500) or Fr Brendan 057 9336119.
CARE CARE OFFALY - DVD’s for sale ‘Songs from the Rambling House’. €10. Available from Sean Murphy, Belmont or Joe Kearns, Belmont.
SAVE THE DATE—CLONFANLOUGH CHRISTMAS PARTY  Sunday, November 24th 1:30p.m.  in Clonfanlough Hall
MEETING OF PARENTS/GUARDIAN(S) OF FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION  on Monday, November 4th at 7:30p.m. in Clonmacnois National School. Bishop Francis Duffy has requested such groups meet before Nov. 23rd next in our Diocese.
FERBANE APOSTOLIC WORK Table Quiz on Friday 22nd November in the Black Boot at 9pm in aid of the Missions.
HIGH STREET / BELMONT SOCIAL DANCING - Classes continue on Wednesday 6th November at 8pm. Refreshments served. Adm. €8. All welcome
WEST OFFALY TRAINING - Are running some great courses in the Autumn. Photography through Smart Phones (by Paul O’Moore) €35 on Tuesday 12th Nov., 6- 9pm. FREE Smartphone training for beginners starting Tuesday 5th Nov., 10am-12.30pm. Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 starting on 15th Nov., €395. Manual Handling/Abrasive Wheel Training (weekly) €50. Call 057 9152003 to find out more.
 BANAGHER DRAMA GROUP - Presents ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ by John Millington Synge and directed by Jared Madden in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education from November 14th-17th at 8pm. Booking line (087) 456 1569.
BEST WISHES to the ladies of Shannonbridge Community Services Group who  are among 6 finalists out of 480 represent the Midlands Region in the “Community”  Section of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards on November 2nd in Dublin.
THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost’ Zacchaeus appears just once in the New Testament, and his story is brief. A Tax Collector, small in stature, viewed by his peers as a traitor, a collaborator, a thief, wealthy, but not happy. The scene is Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Driven by curiosity he climbs a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus, about whom he has heard so much. By going out on a limb he catches the attention of the Son of God as he passes by. Then, a look of love, acceptance and mercy turns a flawed life into something beautiful. Once we encounter Jesus we are never the same. The Zacchaeus story reminds us once again that the potential for greatness lives within each of us, and even more encouragingly, as British Victorian author, George Eliot once proclaimed: ‘It’s never too late to be who you might have been’.

MINISTRIES                                               
  Shannonbridge:Sat  9th November @6:30 p.m.          
Servers Grp4  Isobel C, Rian C,Shane K
 Reader: Eileen Quinn
Euch. Minister Sinead Ryan
 Ch Care:Martha Murphy, Marie McManus
Clonfanlough:Sun 10th Nov  @10:30am
Server Grp 1 Grace D, Rory D, Kate McC
 Reader: Maura Molloy  Euch Min.:Bridie Coughlan  Ch Care– Nov Joey Rigney/Dorothy Darcy


Resting in Peace
November is the month of letting go. We let go of the light. The leaves gently let go of the trees. This month we remember all of our Parish Family, who this past year have made the ultimate sacrifice to let go of a loved one, back into the arms of God’s loving embrace. This month we pray for all those gone before us. We have a special place in our prayer this month for all of you who have been bereaved this last year. Your tears speak of a pain greater than words. November invites us to rest awhile. It invites us to remember and rebuild our shattered lives. God’s hands are the gentle hands of time, bringing comfort and healing to all wounded hearts. Grief takes time, it takes tears. Talking to a kind listener can help you to grieve the loss and the pain. It’s important to grieve in your own way and in your own time. Rest assured that our November prayer is with you these dark November days and nights. Know that your loved one is safe and well, at peace and at home close to God and closer to you than you can ever imagine.
Rosary will take place in Clonmacnois Cemetery on Sunday 10th  November after 10:30Mass (11:30a.m.).
Since Nov 1st 2018 last we laid to rest
Kathleen Kelly
Barry Quinn
Mary L’Estrange
Hubert (Louis) Darcy
Johnny Nally
Kieran Hanniffy
Shane Hynes
Annie (Birdie) Kelly
John (Sean) Rohan
Kieran Rocke

From this parish who died elsewhere...
Daniel (Donal) O’Connor
Brendan Loonam
Oliver Redican
Pauline Donnelly (Nee Redican)
Molly Rohan