Saturday, January 14, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER JANUARY 15TH 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 Jan 14th/15th
World Day of Migrants & Refugees
Sat 14th 8p.m. Shannonbridge Tommy, Geraldine & Simon McManus
Sun 15th 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough Peter & Earl Kelly (Anniversary)  & Memorial Mass for Sr. Brigid Kelly Carrowkeel & USA
Weekday
Mon 16th-Thurs 19th 10a.m. Mass
Friday 20th  No 10a.m. Mass.
Saturday 21st 12 Noon Peadar Allen 1st Anniversary (note change of time from 10am)
Masses for Jan 21st/22nd
Sat 21st 8:00p.m. Peoples Intentions
[Do This in Memory of Me Mass]
Sun 22nd 10:30a.m. John Loonam & dec'd family members

RECENT DEATHS Tom Egan (Edenderry) brother of Mary Hynes & Bridget Mooney.  Anne (Nancy) Egan (Ballyvora, Ferbane) sister of Danny Farrelly  Kathleen Doyle (Castledaly) sister of late Thomas Nugent and aunt of Nicky Nugent (Butchers, Shannonbridge)

CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Jan 6th  €460  Jan 8th 2017 €1,005.00 Shrine €160
Christmas Dues  €2,925 lodged to Clergy Income Fund.
PULPIT SWAP! On Jan 21st/22nd we welcome Fr. Peter Burke to Shannonbridge & Clonfanlough for Mass.

ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY MISSAL 2017 – Parish Readers may collect their free copy in the sacristy.  Also available generally to buy for €5.00. 
2017 BIBLE DIARIES 12 Left, stock being returned this week. Containing Reading of Day, reflection & journal space. Cost price €7 available from me (Fr. Tom Cox)
 UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge21st Jan 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3. Kate & Paddy
Reader: Linda Moran
 Eucharistic Minister: Sinead Ryan
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Mairead Darcy, Martha Murphy, Marie McManus
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Jane E, Tadgh T., Roisin D.
Reader: Anne Rohan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Enda Molloy
Monthly Cleaning Rota   (January ) Mary Guinan Anne Guinan
2017 PARISH  CALENDARS some left
FIRST COMMUNION DATE 2017  Sat. May 13th
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
CAROL SINGING  Christmas Eve raised €660 for Offaly Hospice. Thank

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 19th January from 8-9p.m. Subsequent pre-baptism meetings are scheduled for February 15th and March 15th. Parents can contact me (Tom Cox) about attendance at these meetings.
CHURCH UNITY WEEK: Church Unity Week this year is celebrated from 18-25 January. At a local level, we had our Joint Ecumenical Carol Service in December at Teampall Conor, Clonmacnois on Dec 11th. This is a very special year for Church Unity. 500 years ago this year (1517) Fr Martin Luther OSA began his Reforming campaign. 2017 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected with this in mind. The theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has two stresses:: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation
World Day of Migrants & Refugees
For over a hundred years the third Sunday of January is devoted to the plight of Migrants and Refugees worldwide. In his pastoral letter for this special Sunday Pope Francis chose the theme ‘Minor Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless.’ The Pope is very concerned as we all are about hardship suffered due to wars, persecution and natural disasters. Millions of people - including women, men and children - have to leave their native countries to seek refuge elsewhere. Let us welcome those who seek refuge in Ireland. A trait associated with Irish people is to always welcome the stranger. We can recite this prayer for them:
Lord, be present to migrants and all those dispossessed. Be present to those who cannot be with their own people. Be present to those who long to see even one friendly face. Be among those who yearn for a warm greeting. Help us to reach out to your people to create a just world for all. Amen.

 DIARY THIS WEEK
MONDAY 16th
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.
TUESDAY 17th
Parish Pastoral Council meeting in Hall at 8p.m.
WEDNESDAY 18th
Pastoral Area Meeting for Reps of Parish  Councils from our 4 parish Pastoral Area, in the Parochial House,  Ferbane on Wed 18th Jan at 8p.m.
 Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre Mass 7:30p.m.
High St/Belmont Social Dancing at 8p.m. in High Street Hall.  All Welcome
FRIDAY 20th
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Friday 20th January. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow. Finishes at 2.10am. All Welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763. (‘These ruins are still charged with a great mission’ St. Pope John Paul II).
Saturday 14th/Sunday 15th
Lourdes Fund Collection Our Annual Collection to assist with our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (May 27th-June 1st) will be taken up as a  second collection after Communion in Shannonbridge & Clonfanlough this weekend (Jan 14th/15th.) Your generous support would be very much appreciated.  The organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage. The fund is used to subsidise the air fare of sick or assisted people who join the Diocesan Pilgrimage.  Generous support will be greatly appreciated.
COMPUTER CLASSES all levels, Crank House,, Banagher. Also Manual Handling Course. Call Carmel 057 9152003







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CLONMACNOIS PARISH NEWSLETTER JANUARY 8TH 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 Jan 7th/8th
Sat. 7th Jan 2017   Shannonbridge 8:00p.m. Jimmy & Joe Coleman & dec'd
Sun 8th Jan 2017 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough

Masses for Jan 14th/15th
Sat 14th 8p.m. Shannonbridge Tommy, Geraldine & Simon McManus
Sun 15th 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough Peter & Earl Kelly (Anniversary)  & Memorial Mass for St. Brigid Kelly Carrowkeel & USA
Recent Deaths  Brendan (Barney) Claffey (Birr/Cloghan) brother of Patty Corbett.  Maureen Claffey  (wife of late Michael Claffey, Shannonbridge) Bridget (Bridie) Carry  14 St. Kieran’s Park, Shannonbridge
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory Jan 1st 2017    €680
Shrine €80
Christmas Dues  €2,830 to date. Thank you to all who have returned their envelope. You can do so at any Mass.

 Mass for the Intentions of the People of the ParishMissa pro Populo, in Shannonbridge, on Saturday 14th at 10a.m.
 ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY MISSAL 2017 – Parish Readers may collect their free copy in the sacristy.  Also available generally to buy for €5.00. 
2017 BIBLE DIARIES in stock. Containing Reading of Day, reflection & journal space. Cost price €7 available from me (Fr. Tom Cox)
 UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge14th Jan 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2. Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Rachel
Reader: Seamus Grennan
 Eucharistic Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Anne Ryan, Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 15th Jan 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Conor S., Conor B, Eoin S. Abigail K
Reader: Bridie Coughlan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Anne Rohan
Monthly Cleaning Rota   (January ) Mary Guinan Anne Guinan
2017 PARISH CALENDAR  Limited number available in Sacristy for anyone who did not receive one.

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 BABIES BAPTISED IN CLONMACNOIS PARISH IN 2016
John Peter Kelly
Kian Shay Hynes
Peadar Jack Quirke,
Nevaeh Harper Darcy
Dylan Simon McManus
Conor James Turley
Sean Ryan
Molly Ryan  
Ȇanna Hugh Mitchell
Alice Mary Daly
(apologies if I’ve left out anyone...I searched every bulletin of 2016!I will happily correct)
What started at our Christening needs to be validated by our personal decisions.
We haven't left our Baptism behind us.  It faces us each day as God's HOPE of each of us.
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 19th January from 8-9p.m. Subsequent pre-baptism meetings are scheduled for February 15th and March 15th. Parents can contact me (Tom Cox) about attendance at these meetings.
CHURCH UNITY WEEK: Church Unity Week this year is celebrated from 18-25 January. At a local level, we had our Joint Ecumenical Carol Service in December at Teampall Conor, Clonmacnois on Dec 11th. This is a very special year for Church Unity. 500 years ago this year (1517) Fr Martin Luther OSA began his Reforming campaign. 2017 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected with this in mind. The theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has two stresses:: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation
 DIARY DATES
MONDAY 9TH
Clonmacnois N.S.  Reopens on Monday, January 9th 2016
Social Dancing Classes in Cloghan Hall Mondays 8p.m.
Wednesday 11th
 Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre.  The celebration of Mass resumes on Wednesday 11th January, at 7.30 p.m. 

Saturday 14th/Sunday 15th
Lourdes Fund Collection
Our Annual Collection to assist with our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (May 27th-June 1st) will be taken up as a
second collection after Communion in Shannonbridge & Clonfanlough on next weekend. January 14th/15th. Your generous support would be very much appreciated.
The organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage.
The fund is used to subsidise the air fare of sick or assisted people who join the Diocesan Pilgrimage.  Generous support will be greatly appreciated.

INVITATION TO MINISTRIES
Like to get involved in parish? A New Year can be a time to consider taking up a new role in life. We’d be happy to hear from people who may like to volunteer time or talent in these or many other roles (Readers, Choirs, Church Care, Eucharistic Ministry etc.). We would be very happy to hear from you.
















Thursday, January 05, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH JAN 1ST 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 Dec. 31st/January 1st 2017
Sat Dec 31st 8p.m.-  Shannonbridge
Sun Jan 1st 2017 10:30a.m. Paul Kelly (3rd A) Clonfanlough

Weekdays
 Jan 2nd Holiday Monday No Mass
Tues 3rd/Wed 4th/Thurs 5th 10a.m.
Thurs 5th 8p.m. (Eve of Epiphany)
Fri 6th Clonfanlough 10:30a.m. (Epiphany) replaces 7pm First Fri eve Mass.
Masses for Jan 7th/8th
Sat. 7th Jan 2017 Shannonbridge 8:00p.m. Jimmy & Joe Coleman & dec'd
Sun 8th Jan 2017 10:30a.m. Clonfanlough

Saints of the Day: Sun Jan 1st Mary-Mother of God, Fri 6th Epiphany (Holyday of Obligation), Sat 7th St. Raymond
Offertory Dec 25th    €1440
Shrine €90
Christmas Dues Thank you to all who have returned their envelope. You can do so at any Mass.

CLONMACNOIS PARISH STATISTICS FOR 2016
Baptisms 11
First Communions 10
Confirmations 19
Marriages 4
Deaths 5

ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY MISSAL 2017 – Parish Readers may collect their free copy in the sacristy.  Also available generally to buy for €6.00. 
Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service Re-Opens Wednesday the 4th of January at 10am.  In case of emergency please contact the Tullamore Gardaí on: 057 93 27600 or National Freephone Helpline on: 1800 341 900
  
 UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge7th Jan 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1. Darragh, Matthew & Emily.
Reader: Michaela Anderson
 Eucharistic Minister: Martha Murphy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Kathleen Price, Catherine Curley & Patricia Anderson
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 8th Jan 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3 Conor D., Adam E., Charlie G., Kelan C.
Reader: Alan Devery
 Minister of the Eucharist:Bridie Coughlan
Monthly Cleaning Rota   (January ) Mary Guinan Anne Guinan
2017 PARISH CALENDAR  available in our Churches to take home. Please be mindful of neighbours or others who may not otherwise receive a Calendar.
BAPTISM We welcome Conor James Turley & Ȇanna Hugh Mitchell  into the  Christian Community in Baptism.

 BLESSINGS OF THE NEW YEAR
-In January–the month of darkness& frost Saints Saran  Manchan –Be with us Lord
-In February – the month of rain, wind and snow – Be with us Lord.
-In March – the month of farmers, lambs, and new life – Be with us Lord.
-In April – the month of swallows, growth and green grass - Be with us Lord.
-In May – the month of the cuckoo, flowers and Summer - Be with us Lord.
-In June – the month of exams, the mid-Summer sun - Be with us Lord.
-In July – the month of holidays, the dry grass and Summers end - Be with us Lord.
-In August – the month of harvest, wheat and corn - Be with us Lord.
-In September – the month of fruits, school and our own St. Ciaran - Be with us Lord.
-In October – the month of falling leaves, nuts and Halloween - Be with us Lord.
-In November – the month of the dead, the Holy Souls and the Saints - Be with us Lord.
-In December – the month of the gift of light and our Saviour - Be with us Lord.Amen.

Air of AULD LANG SYNE (L.M.)
1. An-oth-er year of set-ting suns, of stars by night re-vealed, of spring-ing grass, of ten-der buds by win-ter's snow con-cealed.
2. An-oth-er year of sum-mer's glow,  of au-tumn's gold and brown, of wav-ing fields, and rud-dy fruit the bran-ches weigh-ing down.
3. An-oth-er year of hap-py work, that bet-ter is than play, of sim-ple cares, and love that grows more sweet from day to day.
4. An-oth-er year to fol-low hard, where bet-ter souls have trod, an-oth-er year of life's de-light, an-oth-er year of God.
Wishing All a Happy & Blessed New Year

ANNUAL MUMMERS FESTIVAL takes place in New Inn Leisure Centre on Saturday 7th Jan at 7:30p.m. and Sun 8th Jan at 2:30p.m. A feast of traditional entertainment.
SHANNONBRIDGE COMMUNITY LIBRARY reopening on Thursday 5th January.
1st  FRIDAY Jan 6th Sick will be visited
2017 BIBLE DIARIES in stock. Containing Reading of Day, reflection & journal space. Cost price €7 available from me (Fr. Tom Cox)
BLESSING THE HOME AT EPIPHANY TIME  There is a lovely  family custom in some countries of blessing homes  with blessed chalk. I’ll leave some in the Churches for Jan 5th vigil  (8p.m.) & Jan 6th @ 10:30a.m. Calling on the 3 Magi (Wise Men) Caspar [C], Melchior (M), and Balthasar (B)  Take (blessed) chalk (of any colour) and mark on the lintel of your front door to look like this 20 + C + M + B + 17 saying:
“The three Wise Men, C Caspar,  M Melchior,  B and Balthasar followed the star of God’s Son who became human  20 two thousand 17 and seventeen years ago. ++ May Christ bless our home  ++ and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen”
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 car;
I begin again. Ready for life’s challenges I leave my past to your providence;  With your help I begin again. Amen.





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Thursday, December 29, 2016

CHRISTMAS DAY 



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

CHRISTMAS MASSES
Christmas Eve Dec 24th
Clonfanlough  7p.m.
Shannonbridge 9p.m.
Christmas Day 25th
Clonfanlough  10:30a.m.  Mickey Kelly (Lakefield)
Shannonbridge 12 Noon
Monday Dec 26th NO MASS
[Mass at 11a.m. in Moore or 7p.m. Ferbane]
Tues Dec 27th –Fri 30th 10:00a.m.
Sat Dec 31st 10:00a.m. No Mass
Masses for Dec. 31st/January 1st 2017
Sat Dec 31st 8p.m.-  Shannonbridge
Sun Jan 1st 2017 10:30a.m. Paul Kelly (3rd A) Clonfanlough
RECENT DEATHS Vera O’Sullivan (Ballylongford, Kerry)  mother of Eileen Finn, St. Ciaran’s Park, Sr. Brigid Kelly  (formerly Carrowkeel), died in USA, sister of Ethna Dolan (Glebe) & Margaret McEvoy (Lemonaghan)
Saints of the Day: Mon 26th St. Stephen, Tues 27th St. John Evangelist, Wed 28th Holy Innocents, Thurs 29th St. Thomas Becket

Offertory Dec 18th    €850
Shrine €70
December Monthly €1,070 Thank you to all who contributed.
 Christmas Dues comes up at this time. Thanks to all who contribute to our income as priests.


 ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY MISSAL 2017 – Parish Readers may collect their free copy in the sacristy.  Also available generally to buy for €6.00. 
Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service Re-Opens Wednesday the 4th of January at 10am.  In case of emergency please contact the Tullamore Gardaí on: 057 93 27600 or National Freephone Helpline on: 1800 341 900
The Society of St. Vincent De Paul sincerely thank all who contributed so generously to the annual collection which raised €460 in addition to the €143 donated at the Ecumenical Carol Service in Clonmacnois on Dec   11th.........A sincere thanks also  to all who organised the collection of gifts from the children and their parents the same day. 
    UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge31st Dec 2016 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3. Kate, Paddy
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
 Eucharistic Minister: Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)
 Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll
Clonfanlough:-  Sun 1st Dec 2017 10:30a.m.
Altar Servers: Group 2 Jane E., Tadgh T. Roisin D.
Reader: Marie Egan
 Minister of the Eucharist:Kay Kelly
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (December)
Kathleen Norton & Helen Darcy




Buíochas
Christmas is one of the times of the year we acknowledge the goodness and generosity of our Parishioners. Just to say a sincere word of thanks for the kindness, support and encouragement throughout the year. We are blessed to have such an extraordinary number of people who are actively involved in the life of the Parish above and beyond the call of duty. Our thanks to all who help in a special way with the Sunday Liturgy, Readers, Choir, Altar Servers, Eucharistic ministers. To all who take responsibility in caring for our churches. Opening/closing, cleaning, decorating and upkeep.  We acknowledge the work of the Pastoral Council; Basket Collectors, Counters. We are conscious of the contribution our Teachers make in handing on the Faith. There are so many we do not see but are always there. So many people who voluntarily help in making our Parish such an alive and welcoming community. Míle Buíochas. Tom Cox (Adm.)
2017 PARISH CALENDAR  available in our Churches to take home. Please be mindful of neighbours or others who may not otherwise receive a Calendar.

 INTRODUCTION OF MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS - Further information on the Ministry of Parish Catechist is available from Fr Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, 043 668 5847, nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk
Further information on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.  090 643 0124. Email: aidanfryan@eircom.net   Also at the following website: www.vocations.ie
SHANNONBRIDGE COMMUNITY LIBRARY A very Happy Christmas to all our customers. We are now closed for the Christmas break; reopening on Thursday 5th January. See you all in the New Year. Rose and Pat.
CHRISTMAS CLAY PIGEON SHOOT for Shannonbridge GAA  in Esker Shooting Range, Banagher on Tuesday 27th December at 6pm as a fundraiser to replace the stolen items from the clubhouse. The cost is €35 and cartridges are provided but bring ear muffs/plugs. Prize giving in Killeens at 9.30pm for the best and worst shots of the night with  finger food and live music! It promises to be a fun night so please come along and support it. To book contact John Ryan 087 6499296, Cathal Daly 087 9175963 or Jim Killeen 086 8181729.
THANKS to everyone who came to see Santa on Sunday, and to all who donated spot prizes for the day.  A great time was had by all .
2017 Bible Diaries  in stock. Containing Reading of Day, reflection & journal space. Cost price €7 available from me (Fr. Tom Cox) One possible (belated!) gift idea.