Saturday, February 10, 2018

Attending the WMF: People who wish to attend the WMF Congress in the RDS (Wed. 22nd—Fri. 24th August) and/or the Festival of Families in Croke Park and/or the Mass in the Phoenix Park must register on line. There is a charge for adults (under 18 free) attending the events in the RDS, no charge for the Festival of Families or the Phoenix Park Mass, but all attendees must register on line for the events they wish to attend. Festival of Families RDS, Sat. 25th August: Parishes are invited to encourage families as well as individuals or groups to register for this event, it is ticketed and no charge. Mass in the Phoenix Park, Sun. 26th August: This, like all the other events is a ticketed event, no charge, must be pre-booked. Web address:
A few thoughts for Lent: 1. Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them. 2. Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude. 3. Fast from anger; Feast on patience. 4. Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness. 5.Fast from problems that overwhelm: Feast on prayer that sustains.
Take on the TRÓCAIRE ROMERO FAMILY AWARD Step 1: Log on to award and register your family for the Trócaire Romero Family Award. Step 2: Receive your “Family Journal” via post from Trócaire. Step 3: Submit your family workbook via post to Trócaire Step 4: Receive a certificate and solidarity gift for your family.

Sat 10th 8:00p.m.  Eileen Higgins M/M
Mon 12th 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Tues 13th 10:00a.m Mass
Wed 14th 10:00a.m. (Ash Wednesday) Mass

Thurs 15th 10:00a.m.
Fri 16th 7:00p.m. Rita Kenny M/M
Sat 17th 10:00a.m. Mass
Sat 17th 8:00p.m. James Higgins (10th A) & Higgins family dec’d
Sun 11th 10:30a.m.  Padraig Devery (Clonlyon ) we welcome  Do This In Memory group
[26th World Day of the Sick-Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sacrament of the Sick will be Administered. ]

Wed 14th @7p.m(Ash Wed) Mass
Sun 18th 10:30a.m. People’s Intentions
CLUAIN CHIARAIN mass  [No mass Feb 14th –Ash Wednesday]
Shannonbridge: Sat 17th Feb 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 1 Matthew, Emily, Ruth, Grace Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan
Church Cleaners Gemma Moore, Doris Claffey, Nickie Roche-Ikhimioya
Clonfanlough:Sun 18th Feb ‘18 @  10:30
Group 1 Abigail K, Rory D.
Reader: Kathleen Guinan
Min. of Eucharist: Leanne Quinn
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Feb) Bridie Coughlan..

Ash Wednesday 14th February Wednesday next begins the Holy Season of Lent. It is a day of fast and abstinence. Fast = one full meal and two “collations” or light meals. Abstinence = the use of meat or its products is forbidden. Ages 18-60 years
 Lent as we all know is an opportunity and an invitation to practice Temperance.
Temperance is usually associated with food & alcohol (sweets and cigarettes during Lent), but Temperance means moderation and balance in our life choices and life style, the way I spend my time, it’s also about the time I give to work, family and to prayer. Please take home a Trócaire box and place on the family table during Lent.

SAINTS  OF THE WEEK Mon 12th  St.  Damian of Molokai Tues 13th St. Catherine of Ricci   Sat  17th St. Fintan &  Seven Founders of the Order of Servites .
PARISH COLLECTIONS - Offertory Feb 4/5th €820,  (Monthly) €725 SHROVE DUES envelope this weekend.. Thank you for your generosity to my upkeep.
BAPTISM  We welcome into our Christian Community, Hannah Mary Quinn (Carrowkeel) this weekend.
SHANNONBRIDGE HALL: PILATES CLASS   Mondays 11a.m. €8 per class  EXERCISE CLASS  Tuesdays @ 8p.m. YOGA Thursday at 8p.m. €12 per class. Phone 087 2410587
ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION on Tuesday 13th Feb 2018 at 10:45a.m.  (after 10 Mass) in Shannonbridge Hall.
THURSDAY 15TH FEB BAPTISM MEETING - The next meeting for parents who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House, Ballinahown on Thursday 15th February at 8pm. Please contact me about attendance at this meeting.
FRIDAY 16th  Clonmacnois Prayer Vigil in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Fri 16th & every third Friday. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and Prayers  follow until 2.10am. All Welcome. Enquiries Dave; 085-7746763
SPRING STATIONS - To book your Station please contact the Parish office 090 9674215
 Station Mass Areas are:  (1)Chapel St & Hill, (2)Ballyhearth, (3)Clongowney, (4)Carrowkeel,  (5)Clonfanlough & Lakefield (6)Clonmacnois & Tullabeg (7)Clonlyon  (8) Glebe, (9)Aughincabe/Clerhane/Creevagh (10)Shannonbridge (11) St. Kieran’s Park, (12)Garrymore, Woodbank, Clondelara, Charlestown, Lecarrow, Blackwater
PRO LIFE RALLY – A bus will travel to Dublin on Saturday 10th March to joins tens of thousands of others to call for protection of the unborn baby. The bus will call to Banagher, Cloghan, Ferbane, Ballinahown. This is an important moment in our history. Please show your support by joining us on the 10th. Contact Fr. Pierre 087 6960542 or Caitriona 087 7703089.
PROTECT THE 8th’ LONGFORD TALK AND TRAINING WORKSHOP - On Tuesday 13th February in the Longford Arms Hotel at 7.30pm, meeting room 2, located upstairs.
 HIGH STREET DRAMA GROUP - Present the Brian Friel play ‘The Loves of Cass McGuire’ in High Street Community Centre on Sat. 17th and Sun. 18th Feb .  The play will be presented in Tuar Ard Moate on Fri. 23rd, Sat. 24th and on Sun. 25th Feb.  Call 090- 6482042 to pre-book Tuar Ard. All shows at 8pm and entry may be gained at the door on any night.
World day of the Sick and Prayer for Temperance is celebrated today, 11 February and feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
ENROLMENT AT CLONMACNOIS N.S. if  you wish to enrol your child in Clonmacnois N.S. for the school year 2018/2019 please contact the school on 090-9674150 for enrolment forms by February 28th 2018.
GAA LOTTO  Numbers were 1, 15, 23, 28. Three matched 3 numbers. Jackpot next week €6,400.
ESB CONSULTATION PROCESS There will be a Public Consultation on Wed 21st Feb 3:00-8:00p.m. in Shannonbridge Parish Hall  relating to a planning application &  environmental impact assessment for ESB for a proposed development at West Offaly Power (Shannonbridge) station
PIONEER ASSOCIATION  Anybody interested in joining the Pioneer Association should contact any of the Pioneer Council. Applications are especially welcome from 5th. and 6th. class students who will be confirmed shortly. Please contact 0872950005 for further details.


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