Friday, June 16, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN JUNE 18th 2017
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCHES, SHANNONBRIDGE &  CLONFANLOUGH                                                                    
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500                                         
  Email: thomascox@eircom.net   shannonbridge.blogspot.ie                           
www.facebook.com/parishofclonmacnois 
ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Saturday 17th June 8:00p.m. Patrick  & Paddy Duffy (Do This In Memory Mass)
Mon 19th 10a.m. Communion Service
Tues 20th NO  SERVICE
(Shannonbridge A.R.A. trip to Knock)
Wed 21st 10a.m. Communion Service
[Mass 10a.m. Ard Chiarain ]
Thurs 22nd 10a.m. Communion Service
Fri 23rd 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Saturday 24th  8p.m.  Jimmy, Lizzy & James Joseph McManus (Leitra)
      ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 18th June 10:30a.m. Egan Family
(Clonlyon)
Sun 25th June  10:30a.m.
MASS CARDS As was suggested, I stock a range of Mass Cards/Bouquets in the Church Sacristy
[Mass in Neighbouring Churches, St. Mary’s Clonfad Sunday 10a.m., High Street  12 Noon Sunday]
PARISH  COLLECTIONS
Offertory June 11th  €860
Holy Land envelopes please return
June Mnthly envelope fell due June 11th.
SAINTS of the week: 20th June Feast of the Irish Martyrs.  June 21st St Aloysius Gonzaga. 23rd June Feast of the Sacred Heart.  24th June Feast of St. John the Baptist.
CONGRATS to U-12 ladies county Champions Shannonbridge’s Kate Ryan, Aine Leonard and Rachel Carty were part of the Naomh Ciaran team that won the under 12 county final against Rhode at the weekend.. well done girls!
  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge24th June 2017 @8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 4
Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister: Martha Murphy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Anne Ryan,Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell 
Clonfanlough:Sun 25th June @  10:30
Altar Servers: Group Group 3  Conor D. Roisin D. Teagan D. Rory D.
Reader: Ann Guinan
Min.  of the Eucharist:Leanne Quinn
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (June) Leanne Quinn, Breda Maleney
RECENT DEATHS Joe Clarke Clonark/Coosan brother in law of John Deeley. Catherine Naessens (died May 13th) Dublin (niece of Kay Fitzpatrick.)

CORRECTION  to last week’s Bulletin
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY thanks to all who donated €280 at their recent church gate collection in Shannonbridge. & Clonfanlough.

 SATURDAY JULY 1st PRO-LIFE   RALLY DUBLIN leaving Banagher Church.10:30 a.m. Book 087 6960542
BALLINTUBBER ABBEY DAY PILGRIMAGE has been arranged for Thursday 6th July for St. Ciarán’s Pastoral area.  Adults €10, Children €5 Those who may be interested please let me know as soon as possible.Contact 090 9674125/086 8319500 




 MISSION APPEAL : The Pallottine Fathers are making their Mission Appeal in the Dioceses of Ardagh and Clonmacnois this year.  They will speak at all masses in our Parish on Sat 24th / Sun 25th June.  2nd Collection after Communion                                                  SACRED HEART NOVENA JUNE 15th-23rd        Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power. You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning; you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer during this novena, and grant what I ask. If what I ask is not for my own or others’ good, gran me always  what is best, that I may build up your kingdom of love in our world. Amen.
CEMETERY DATES                                         
Clonmacnois Sat Aug 5th 2017 @7p.m.              (replaces 8p.m. Shannonbridge Vigil)                     Mullanakill Children’s Cemetery, Clonlyon Glebe  Mon August 7th @ 7p.m.                                       Templeduff Children’s Cemetery, Cloniffeen Tuesday, August 15th @ 7p.m.                               FRANCES HOGAN SCRIPTURE SCHOLAR speaking in the parish centre Kilbeggan on Sunday 18th & 25th of June at 12 Noon.                                            
  NATIONAL HOLY WELLS DAY On Sunday 18 June, St. Ciaran’s Well, Clonmacnois at 3p.m. (Short Station) you & your friends are invited to visit one of 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing. On this day, you can pray for the protection of water and furthermore you can plan with others how to protect the water in your area. Visit lovingsisterearth.com                                                         
  FIRST RESPONDER DEMO Birr First Responders  carried out a demonstration incl. CPR, first aid, concussion etc. in Shannonbridge clubhouse on Monday evening last. Demonstration was a huge success and there was a very sizeable turnout.  Following on  we will hold a National Ambulance Certified course in Shannonbridge Hall. Contact Doris Claffey on 087 2211637 or Paula Claffey on 087 6891036 if  interestedwould like to put your name down to attend.


 TUESDAY– June 20th
Active Retirement Association trip to Knock Shrine. Mass with Fr. O’Hanlon. Bus leaving Church @9:30 ph 0872990833.
WEDNESDAY June 21st
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m
Shannonbridge Tidy Towns Clean Up Wednesday 7-8p.m. (day change owing to school play- reverts to Thursday thereafter)
THURSDAY June 22nd
INTRODUCING NEW MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS & FUNERALS with Sharon Lyons. Thursday, June 22nd 2017 Newtownforbes Church Free entrance. Pre-booking via turlough.baxter@gmail.com
FRIDAY June 23rd
WOW - Women On Wheels  (9 local women cycling  >600 km from  Mizen Head - Malin Head in August. WOW are supporting Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services (ODVSS). Launch tonight  McIntyre's pub in Shannon Harbour. Contact Clare Lynch on 087 1227666 for further details SUNDAY JUNE 25th Athlone Agri Show takes place Sunday 25th June from 10 am at Athlone Equestrian Centre, Moydrum.  Dog, Equine, Ovine, Cookery Competitions. Entertainment on the day. Visit athloneshow.ie or contact 0868521575 
PARISH COUNCIL
 Please return  Nomination forms as soon as possible, nominating at least 2-4 people from our parish. Help to form our shared future as a  Christian Community. .
SHANNONBRIDGE GAA will host an open meeting for everyone in the parish on Mon 26th June at 8.30pm in Clonfanlough Hall. The meeting will be used to discuss future development within the club, including fundraisers and short/long term goals etc. We would like to see everyone attend as the club is not only for members but represents the whole parish. All ideas regarding fundraisers & ideas & future development needed.We need your attendanceprove areas within our club going forward will be welcome. This meeting is extremely important and will help shape the Club’s future so please come along. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

FIRST RESPONDER DEMO JUNE 12th
Birr First Responders will carry out a demonstration inc. CPR, first aid, concussion etc. in shannonbridge clubhouse on Monday eve at 7.30pm whilst underage training is on. Demonstration will take approx 1 hour. All are welcome to attend!
it's free and available to all the community

Friday, June 09, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN JUNE 10TH/11TH 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  

ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat June 10th 8p.m. Thomas & Mary Coleman & dec’d family members
Mon 12th 10a.m. Mass
Tues 13th 10a.m. Mass Bridget Kitt & her siblings (Feast of St. Anthony)
Wed 14th 10a.m. Mass
Thurs 15th 10a.m. Mass
Fri 16th.  10a.m. Mass St. Richard of Chichester
Saturday 17th June 8:00p.m. Patrick ^ & Paddy Duffy
      ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 11th June 10:30a.m.  Peoples Intentn
Sun 18th June 10:30a.m. Egan Family (Clonlyon)
Novena to the Sacred Heart begins Thursday June 15th. Leaflets to accompany this novena available (40cent)
MASS CARDS As was suggested, I stock a range of Mass Cards/Bouquets in the Church Sacristy
[Mass in Neighbouring Churches, St. Mary’s Clonfad Sunday 10a.m., High Street  12 Noon Sunday]
PARISH  COLLECTIONS
Offertory June 4th  €565
Holy Land envelopes please return
June Monthly envelopes due June 11th.
Envelope June 4th Pentecost Dues
This is one of the six collections every year which goes to form our income as priests. 
BALLINASLOE REGIONAL NOVENA: takes place in St. Michael’s Church continues to Wednesday June 14 th . Times: 7.30a.m. 10a.m. & 8p.m.

UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge17th June 2017 @8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 3
Rachel, Kate, Paddy & Cliodhna
Reader: Patti Corbett
Euch. Minister: Marie McManus
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Kathleen Price, Catherine Curley, Patricia Anderson
Clonfanlough:Sun 18th June @  10:30
Altar Servers: Group Group 2  Jane E, Tadgh T, Charlie G.
Reader: Mary Kelly
Minister of the Eucharist: Niall O’Shea
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (June) Leanne Quinn, Breda Maleney
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES Aug21-26th 2018 takes place in Dublin. Would you like to help? Volunteers needed. See http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/nteer./
WOW - Women On Wheels are 9 local women cycling over 600 km from  Mizen Head - Malin Head in August. WOW are supporting Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services (ODVSS) and are holding a launch night in McIntyre's pub in Shannon Harbour on Friday night 23rd June, music by Jared Madden. 100% of funds raised goes directly to this deserving charity so your support is greatly appreciated. Thanking you from the W0W. Contact Clare Lynch on 087 1227666 for additional information.
team of the league awards playing for Offaly..
IRISH CANCER SOCIETY thanks to all who donated €280 at their recent church gate collection in Shannonbridge.
 PASTORAL AREA BAPTISM MEETING   15th June 8-9p.m  in Parochial House Ballinahowen..
EXAM PRAYER Lord, pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on these students: help them to remain calm,
to attend carefully to the questions asked, to think clearly, to remember accurately, and to express themselves well. Grant that they may reflect on the best of the work they have done and the best of the teaching they have received. Accept their best efforts in these examinations and in the great test of life on earth.
May your love be upon  Them, O Lord, as they place all their trust in you.                                                
INTRODUCING NEW MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS & FUNERALS with Sharon Lyons. Thursday, June 22nd 2017 Newtownforbes Church Free entrance. Pre-booking essential at turlough.baxter@gmail.com
FRANCES HOGAN SCRIPTURE SCHOLAR  speaking in the parish centre Kilbeggan on Sunday 11th the 18th and 25th of June at 12 Noon.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Each home should have received a local Information Card with useful numbers and a Quick Reference Card to enter details that are important in an emergency, eg. Eircode, Name & Contact of Doctor. Have you filled in your card ?
CEMETERY DATES
Clonmacnois Sat Aug 5th 2017 @7p.m.
(replaces 8p.m. Shannonbridge Vigil)
Mullanakill Children’s Cemetery, Clonlyon Glebe  Mon August 7th @ 7p.m.
Templeduff Children’s Cemetery, Cloniffeen Tuesday, August 15th @ 7p.m.
BALLINTUBBER ABBEY DAY PILGRIMAGE has been arranged for Thursday 6th July for St. Ciarán’s Pastoral area. Those who may be interested please let us know as soon as possible.Contact 090 9674125/086 8319500
NATIONAL HOLY WELLS DAY On Sunday 18 June, you and your friends are invited to visit one of 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing. On this day, you can pray for the protection of water and furthermore you can plan with others how to protect the water in your area. See the Loving Sister Earth website for more details.
 DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– June 13th
Active Retirement Association meeting in Shannonbridge Hall after 10a.m. mass.
WEDNESDAY June 14th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m
FRIDAY June 16th
SHANNONBRDIGE HALL  A meeting will be held in the Hall tonight at 8p.m. to discuss forming a Hall Committee
CLONMACNOIS PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre tonight and every third Friday. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers follow until 2.10am. All Welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763.
SATURDAY June 17th
Féile Dún na Sí Gala Concert with Damien Mullane and members of  Project West at 8pm tonight. Tickets: €20  Bookings contact Tuar Ard on 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie
PARISH COUNCIL
 Our Parish Council is up for renewal. Its’ call is to assist in the administration of the pastoral aspects of parish life, promoting the Christian Life of the parish, supporting & collaborating with existing groups & planning for future needs as we listen carefully to one another. Nomination Papers are available in our Churches this weekend. Please return them as soon as possible, nominating at least 2-4 people.
OTHER DATES
SHANNONBRIDGE TIDY TOWNS will be holding a meeting the first Tuesday of every month (July 4th next)  in the health centre at 9.30pm, all welcome. If you can't make the meetings and have a suggestion as to what you think may improve the village then drop you suggestions into Peggy in the tourist information office. All help and suggestions would be greatly received.
SHANNONBRIDGE GAA Next meeting to discuss progressing the club on Mon. June 26th at 8:30p.m. in Clonfanlough Hall.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN JUNE 4th 2017 

ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 3rd June 8:00p.m.  Peoples Intention
Mon 5th June 10:00a.m. James Gleeson & Sr. Norbert
Tues 6th June 10:00a.m. Mick & Cormac Devine
Wed 7th June 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Thurs June 8th 10:00a.m. Mass  Roseanne Coakley (2ndA) James Francis Coakley (23rd A.)
Fri June 9th 10:00a.m. Mass
Sat June 10th 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Sat June 10th 8p.m. Thomas & Mary Coleman & dec’d family members
[Mass in Neighbouring Churches, St. Mary’s Clonfad Sunday 10a.m., High Street  12 Noon Sunday]
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 4th June 10:30a.m. Sun 11h June 10:30a.m.  Peoples Intentn
PARISH  COLLECTIONS
Offertory May 28th  €640
Holy Land envelopes please return
June Monthly envelopes due June 11th.
Envelope June 4th Pentecost Dues
This is one of the six collections every year which goes to form our income as priests.  At present I am subsidised by the  Diocese.

DEATHS: Please pray for the repose of the souls of  Anne Quinn (Athlone) wife of Ted Quinn– formerly Shannonbridge ESB
WEDDING congratulations to the Emily O’Connor & Mark Colgan on the occasion of their marriage this weekend.

  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge10th June 2017 @8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 2
Fiachra, Sean, Niamh & Aoife
Reader: Ffionn Anderson
Euch. Minister: Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll
Clonfanlough:Sun 11th June @  10:30
Altar Servers: Group Group 1  Conor S, Abigail K.
Reader: Declan McEvoy
Minister of the Eucharist: Ann Guinan
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (June) Leanne Quinn, Breda Maleney
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES Aug21-26th 2018 takes place in Dublin. Would you like to help? Volunteers needed. See http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/nteer./
FRIENDLY CALL SERVICE This is a free, confidential supportive service to seniors in our locality. Provided initially in conjunction with Ballycommon Training Centre. For information call 087 7912586 or 086 2589505 or Public Health Nurses.
Congratulations and well done to Ellee McEvoy on being selected on the Lidl team of the league awards playing for Offaly..
Farewell to Fr. Seán Kilbane. We send our neighbour  Fr. Sean in Clonfad/Moore  every good wish as he moves to SMA, Wilton, Cork this week in retirement & thank him for his ministry







 PASTORAL AREA BAPTISM MEETING   15th June 8-9p.m  in Parochial House Ballinahowen..
EXAM PRAYER Lord, pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on these students: help them to remain calm,
to attend carefully to the questions asked, to think clearly, to remember accurately, and to express themselves well. Grant that they may reflect on the best of the work they have done and the best of the teaching they have received. Accept their best efforts in these examinations and in the great test of life on earth.
May your love be upon  Them, O Lord, as they place all their trust in you.                                                
INTRODUCING NEW MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS & FUNERALS with Sharon Lyons. Thursday, June 22nd 2017 Newtownforbes Church Free entrance. Pre-booking essential at turlough.baxter@gmail.com
VOLUNTEERS WANTED [National Volunteers Week June 1-7th 2017]
he World Meeting of Families takes place in August 2018. To host a large international gathering of this kind, the help of  several thousand volunteers will be essential. The opportunities embrace a very wide range of skills and talents. Applications are invited-
www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer. Do pick up a volunteer information leaflet at the church door.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS Each home should have received a local Information Card with useful numbers and a Quick Reference Card to enter details that are important in an emergency, eg. Eircode, Name & Contact of Doctor. Have you filled in your card
CEMETERY DATES
Clonmacnois Sat Aug 5th 2017 @7p.m.
(replaces 8p.m. Shannonbridge Vigil)
Mullanakill Children’s Cemetery, Clonlyon Glebe  Mon August 7th @ 7p.m.
Templeduff Children’s Cemetery, Cloniffeen Tuesday, August 15th @ 7p.m.
SHANNONBRDIGE HALL   A meeting will be held in the Hall on Friday, June 16th at 8p.m. to discuss forming a Hall Committee
CONGRATULATIONS  to Ruth Quirke who won Offaly javelin u10 title May 28th last in Tullamore 
 DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– June 6th
Active Retirement Association meeting in Shannonbridge Hall after 10a.m. mass.
TIDY TOWNS MEETING  will be held in the Health Centre on Tuesday 6th June at 9:30p.m. to discuss our future in the competition plus information on the employees on Tús Scheme. All are welcome & all ideas & input essential.
WEDNESDAY June 7th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m 10th anniversary of the death of Fr. Paddy Kenny
THURSDAY June 8th
SHANNONBRIDGE GAA club will hold an open forusm discussion on Thursday 8th June in Clonfanlough Hall at 8:30p.m. to discuss the future development of the club. A large attendance is essential as we welcome everyone’s input. Guest speakers on the night. All are welcome to attend.
SATURDAY June 10th
OPEN DAY AT BELMONT MILL Sat 10th June from 2-6p.m. All are welcome. Visit the restored oat mill & studio to see the creative activities which take place on this vibrant site. Refreshments available.
PARISH COUNCIL
 Our Parish Council is up for renewal. Its’ call is to assist in the administration of the pastoral aspects of parish life, promoting the Christian Life of the parish, supporting & collaborating with existing groups & planning for future needs as we listen carefully to one another. Nomination Papers will be available at Masses on June 10th/11th. You can return them straight away or the following weekend.
OTHER DATES
BALLINTUBBER ABBEY DAY PILGRIMAGE has been arranged for Thursday 6th July for St. Ciarán’s Pastoral area. Those who may be interested please let us know as soon as possible.Contact 090 9674125/086 8319500

Saturday, May 27, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN MAY 28th 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   

ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 27th May 8p.m. Peoples Intention
Mon 29th 10a.m. Mass
Tues 30th May 8:30a.m. Mass (Bus Departs 9a.m. to Leighlinbridge)
Wed 31st May 10:00a.m. Mass
Thur 1st June 10:00a.m. Mass
Fri 2nd June 10:00a.m. Mass & Adoration till 11a.m.
Sat 3rd June  Wedding Mass 1p.m .
8:00p.m. Vigil Mass
[Mass in Neighbouring Churches, St. Mary’s Clonfad Sunday 10a.m., High Street  12 Noon Sunday]
ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 28th May 10:30a.m.  - -
Fri 2nd June 7:00p.m. First Friday Mass

PARISH  COLLECTIONS
Offertory May 21st €815
Envelope June 4th Pentecost Dues
This is one of the six collections every year which goes to form the income of priests. 
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES MAY 27th-June 1st. Our prayers accompany our fellow diocesans as they take part in the Annual Ardagh & Clonmacnois pilgrimage to Lourdes.
DEATHS: Please pray for the repose of the souls of Lisa Dolan , Clonark niece of Margaret Duffy, Clondelara  and Bert Nevin  Snr. Shannon Harbour  husband of late Mary Nevin (nee Mannion, Shannonbridge, died April 11th 2017) &  Mick Rigney  Doon– all of whom died during the week. May they rest in peace.

  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge3rd June 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 1
Matthew, Emily & Ruth
Reader: Dympna O’Carroll
Euch. Minister: Marion McManus
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Marion McManus, Catherina Slattery, Ann Corbett
Clonfanlough:Sun 4th June 2017  10:30
Altar Servers: Group Group 3  Conor D, Roisin D, Teagan D., Rory D-n.
Reader: Anne Rohan
Minister of the Eucharist: Mary Kelly
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (June) Leanne Quinn, Breda Maleney
SAINTS OF THE WEEK:  Wed 31st Visitation of the B.V.M. Thurs 1st June  St. Justin Martyr  Fri 2nd June  Saints Marcellinus & Peter, Martyrs Sat 3rd June  Saints Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs
BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On  Thursday 15th June 8-9p.m  in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
FIRST FRIDAY Friday 2nd is the First Friday of June. The sick and housebound
will be visited as usual.
BAPTISM We welcome Baby Robert Stanley into our Christian Community
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES Aug21-26th 2018 takes place in Dublin. Would you like to help?Volunteers needed. See http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/nteer./

CLONFERT DEVOTIONS ( Mass at 8pm)
Sun 28th 9:30a.m. Mass
-3:00p.m. Mass & Blessing of Children & Parents
-7:00p.m. Rosary & Benediction.
Mon 29th  Fr. Simon Cadam (Granard)(Mass for deceased relatives & friends)
Tues 30th Msgr Cathal Geraghty PP Loughrea
Wed 31st  Closing Mass of Thanksgiving Fr. Declan McInerney PP
Our Lady of Clonfert, I come to you, as one of your children, who will never forget the importance of a woman like you. I come because I believe in you. I come to say thanks for the past and the present and ask you to bless me in the future.
You know me, you know how I live and you know my needs. Please help me especially when I need you most. I have problems, worries, and anxieties the same as everyone else--help me to cope. So often I would just love to give up when life hurts me and people betray me, but give me the courage never to lose heart.
Bless my family, my life, and my friends. Help me, no matter what happens to me in life, to believe, to trust, and to hope. Our Lady of Clonfert, Pray for us.
PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF THE MANCHESTER DISASTER
God of compassion, you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress; accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester. We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one, young people who are in deep distress, those who are injured, traumatised  or awaiting news, strengthen them in their hour of need, grant them perseverance and courage to face the future and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
   WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY 2017
Theme:  Communicating Hope & Trust in our time
“Today … the Spirit continues to sow in us a desire for the Kingdom, thanks to all those who, drawing inspiration from the Good News amid the dramatic events of our time, shine like beacons in the darkness of this world, shedding light along the way and opening ever new paths of  confidence and hope.”
Pope Francis—Message 2017
 DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– MAY 30th
VISIT TO LEIGHLINBRIDGE ARBORETUM with the Active Retirement Association All Welcome (book to reserve bus seat at 087 2990833. Cost €10 Bus departs 9a.m. from Shannonbridge Church.
WEDNESDAY MAY 24th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m
PARISH COUNCIL
 our Parish Council is up for renewal. Its’ call is to assist in the administration of the pastoral aspects of parish life, promoting the Christian Life of the parish, supporting & collaborating with existing groups & planning for future needs as we listen carefully to one another. Nomination Papers will be available at Masses on June 10th/11th. You can return them straight away or the following weekend.
CEMETERY DATES
Clonmacnois Sat Aug 5th 2017 @7p.m.
(replaces 8p.m. Shannonbridge Vigil)
Mullanakill Children’s Cemetery, Clonlyon Glebe  Mon August 7th @ 7p.m.
Templeduff Children’s Cemetery, Cloniffeen Tuesday, August 15th @ 7p.m.
OTHER DATES
OPEN DAY AT BELMONT MILL Sat 10th June from 2-6p.m. All are welcome. Visit the restored oat mill & studio to see the creative activities which take place on this vibrant site. Refreshments available.
BALLINTUBBER ABBEY DAY PILGRIMAGE has been arranged for Thursday 6th July for St. Ciarán’s Pastoral area. Those who may be interested please let us know as soon as possible.Contact 090 9674125/086 8319500
FRIENDLY CALL SERVICE This is a free, confidential supportive service to seniors in our locality. Provided initially in conjunction with Ballycommon Training Centre. For information call 087 7912586 or 086 2589505 or Public Health Nurses.
GENCY NUMBERS Each home should have received a local Information Card with useful numbers and a Quick Reference Card to enter details that are important in an emergency, eg. Eircode, Name & Contact of Doctor. Have you filled in your card?  C







Saturday, May 20, 2017

CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN MAY 21st 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  
www.facebook.com/parishofclonmacnois

ST. CIARAN’S, SHANNONBRIDGE
Sat 20th May 8:00p.m.  John & Mary Claffey & Rose Curley (Creevagh)
Mon 22nd May 10a.m. Mass
Tues 23rd May 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Wed 24th May 10:00a.m. Mass
Thur 25th May 10:00a.m. Mass
Fri 26th May 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Sat 27th May 10:00a.m. Mass
Sat 27th May 8p.m. Peoples Intention
[Mass in Neighbouring Churches, St. Mary’s Clonfad Sunday 10a.m., High Street  12 Noon Sunday]

ST. CIARAN’S, CLONFANLOUGH
Sun 21st May 10:30a.m. Paddy & Francis Kelly & dec’d family members
Sun 28th May 10:30a.m.  - -
CHURCH COLLECTIONS
Offertory May 14th €510
Envelope May 28th Holy Land Collection
This collection goes to assist the Holy Places in the Holy Land where the local population is too small to support the Church. It’s the reason why these places built where our Lord walked are open and maintained.
PULPIT SWAP As part of our Pastoral Area arrangements, this weekend we welcome Fr. Peter Burke to Mass in Shannonbridge and Clonfanlough. (I shall be in Pullough and Boher).
CHURCHGATE COLLECTIONS
May 27/28th Irish Cancer Society
  UPCOMING CHURCH ROSTERS                                                                 
Shannonbridge27th May 2017 8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group Group 4
Darragh, Lauren, Isobel
Reader: Catherine Doolan
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Dolly Deeley, Veronica Hynes
Clonfanlough:Sun 28th May2017  10:30
Altar Servers: Group Group 2  Jane El, Tadgh T., Charlie G.,
Reader: Bridie Coughlan
Minister of the Eucharist:Enda Molloy
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (May) Angela Walsh, Rosaleen Gunning
SAINTS OF THE WEEK: Mon 22 St. Rita of Cascia Thurs 25 St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi  Fri 26  St. Philip Neri Sat  27th St Augustine of Canterbury

Interested in Training and Working in Care? Offaly Local Development Company in association with the ETB invites applications for a 30 week full-time QQI Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing at the end of May 2017 in Birr, Co. Offaly. For further details contact Mary/Linda on 087-7385989
ST. CIARAN’S COMMUNITY AREA  EMERGENCY NUMBERS Each home should have received (if not-ask me) a local Information Card with useful numbers and a Quick Reference Card to enter details that are important in an emergency, eg. Eircode, Name & Contact of Doctor. Have you filled in your card?
BAPTISM MEETING  for our Pastoral Area. On  Thursday 15th June 8-9p.m  in Parochial House Ballinahowen. Contact Fr. Tom about attendance at these meetings.
CLONFERT DEVOTIONS ( Mass at 8pm)
Mon 22nd Fr. John O’Gorman PP Menlough
Tues 23rd Fr. Tom Ryan PP (Shannon)
Wed 24th Fr. Bernie Costello (Mass & Anointing)
Thurs 25th Speaker Michaela Byrne “Hope in time of darkness” surviving Depression, Suicide & self harm.
Fri 26th Mass 12 Noon & 8p.m. (Evening Mass for Exam Students with Fr. Sean Neylon)
Sat 27th @ 8p.m. Fr. Declan McInerney
Our Lady of Clonfert, I come to you, as one of your children, who will never forget the importance of a woman like you. I come because I believe in you. I come to say thanks for the past and the present and ask you to bless me in the future.
You know me, you know how I live and you know my needs. Please help me especially when I need you most. I have problems, worries, and anxieties the same as everyone else--help me to cope. So often I would just love to give up when life hurts me and people betray me, but give me the courage never to lose heart.
Bless my family, my life, and my friends. Help me, no matter what happens to me in life, to believe, to trust, and to hope. Our Lady of Clonfert, Pray for us.
MAY  - MONTH OF OUR LADY
[We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during May ]
DAY PILGRIMAGE TO BALLINTUBBER ABBEY
Has been arranged for Thursday 6th July for St. Ciaran’s Pastoral Area. Cost €10 adult €5 Child. If interested contact me as soon as possible (Fr. Tom Cox)
FRIENDLY CALL -  A free confidential supportive call contact service for Senior Citizens in conjunction with Ballycommon Training Centre. Contact me for details please or Public Health Nurses
LEADERSHIP QUOTES
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter F. Drucker.

DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– MAY 23rd    Active Retirement Assoc 10:30a.m. in S’bridge Hall
PARISH COUNCIL 8p.m. Presbtyery
BEALTAINE VARIEY SHOW with Rosemount GAA Social Initiative  in
TUAR ARD Moate, 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie Tues May 23rd at 7.30pm
Tickets: €5
PARISH CATECHIST INFORMATION EVENING (See Notice below). St.Mel’s Pastoral Centre, Longford 8p.m.
WEDNESDAY MAY 24th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m

OTHER DATES
VISIT TO LEIGHLINBRIDGE ARBORETUM with the Active Retirement Association/  Tues 30th May 2017. All Welcome (book to reserve bus seat at 087 2990833. Cost €10 Bus departs 9a.m. from Shannonbridge Church.
MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONSThe diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: Further info on the Ministry of Catechist is available from Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk
If you’re considering this Certificate in Catechesis Course on Tues, May 23rd at 8p.m. Dr. Marie Cooke from Maryvale Institute will attend a meeting at St. Mel’s Pastoral Centre Longford to help us. Come along!
Further info on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website www.dublindiocese.ie/ermanentdiaconate.



DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– MAY 23rd    Active Retirement Assoc 10:30a.m. in S’bridge Hall
PARISH COUNCIL 8p.m. Presbtyery
BEALTAINE VARIEY SHOW with Rosemount GAA Social Initiative  in
TUAR ARD Moate, 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie Tues May 23rd at 7.30pm
Tickets: €5
PARISH CATECHIST INFORMATION EVENING (See Notice below). St.Mel’s Pastoral Centre, Longford 8p.m.
WEDNESDAY MAY 24th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m

OTHER DATES
VISIT TO LEIGHLINBRIDGE ARBORETUM with the Active Retirement Association/  Tues 30th May 2017. All Welcome (book to reserve bus seat at 087 2990833. Cost €10 Bus departs 9a.m. from Shannonbridge Church.
MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS
The diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: Further info on the Ministry of Catechist is available from Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk
If you’re considering this Certificate in Catechesis Course on Tues, May 23rd at 8p.m. Dr. Marie Cooke from Maryvale Institute will attend a meeting at St. Mel’s Pastoral Centre Longford to help us. Come along!
Further info on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website www.dublindiocese.ie/ermanentdiaconate.

DIARY THIS WEEK
TUESDAY– MAY 23rd    Active Retirement Assoc 10:30a.m. in S’bridge Hall
PARISH COUNCIL 8p.m. Presbtyery
BEALTAINE VARIEY SHOW with Rosemount GAA Social Initiative  in
TUAR ARD Moate, 090 6482042 or email info@tuarard.ie Tues May 23rd at 7.30pm
Tickets: €5
PARISH CATECHIST INFORMATION EVENING (See Notice below). St.Mel’s Pastoral Centre, Longford 8p.m.
WEDNESDAY MAY 24th
Cluain Chiaráin Centre Mass 7:30p.m

OTHER DATES
VISIT TO LEIGHLINBRIDGE ARBORETUM with the Active Retirement Association/  Tues 30th May 2017. All Welcome (book to reserve bus seat at 087 2990833. Cost €10 Bus departs 9a.m. from Shannonbridge Church.
MINISTRY OF PARISH CATECHIST AND OF PERMANENT DEACONS
The diocese is actively promoting these two important initiatives: Further info on the Ministry of Catechist is available from Fr. Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath., 043-6685847 nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk
If you’re considering this Certificate in Catechesis Course on Tues, May 23rd at 8p.m. Dr. Marie Cooke from Maryvale Institute will attend a meeting at St. Mel’s Pastoral Centre Longford to help us. Come along!
Further info on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website www.dublindiocese.ie/ermanentdiaconate.