ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Administrator) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500
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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.
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
Shannonbridge: 1st 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 firstname.lastname@example.org For information on the Order of Deacon contact Fr. Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. email@example.com 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
Thursday March 30th Niamh & Declan Egan Clonlyon 8p.m.
Friday March 31st @ 8p.m.Patty & Pat Corbett
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
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."