Friday, February 23, 2018


Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500 

BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 15th March from 8-9pm. Subsequent pre-baptism meetings are scheduled for April 12th and May 17th – contact me for details..

STATION MASSES to book your Station please contact 086 8319500
 Station Mass Areas are:  (1)Chapel St & Hill, (2)Ballyhearth, (3)Clongowney, (4)Carrowkeel,  (5)Clonfanlough & Lakefield (6)Clonmacnois & Tullabeg  (booked) (7)Clonlyon  (booked)  (8) Glebe, (9)Aughincabe/Clerhane/Creevagh (10)Shannonbridge (11) St. Kieran’s Park, (12)Garrymore, Woodbank, Clondelara, Charlestown, Lecarrow, Blackwater

PETITIONS - During Lent this year, as part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families in August, people are welcome to write personal petitions for their families & place them in a special Petition Box in each Church. These boxes will be taken to St. Mary’s, Athlone when the Holy Family Icon comes there on March 21st/22nd. Then they will be brought to the Poor Clare Convent in Drumshanbo, where the nuns will pray for these intentions & finally they will be taken to the Papal Mass in Dublin on August 26th.

 “Love…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13, 4-7. Trócaire has launched it’s Lenten campaign ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’. Fear is felt by millions of people around the world who can’t feed their families, are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or are imprisoned for standing up for their rights. Love is the support shown to them by people here at home through the Lenten campaign. To find out more visit

Sat 24th Feb 8:00p.m. (Vigil) Allan Kelly (5th A)
Mon 26th Feb 10:00a.m.Mass
Tues 27th Feb 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Wed 28th Feb  10:00a.m. Mass
Thurs 1st March 10:00a.m. Mass
Fri 2nd March 10:00a.m. Mass (First Friday)
Sat 3rd March 10:00a.m. Mass James Mc Bride & parents (dec’d)
Sat 3rd March 8:00p.m (Vigil) Bina & Tom Nugent
Sunday Feb 25th  10:30a.m.  Michael & Mary Kelly, & Monsignor Willie Kelly & family members
Fri 2nd March First Confession 6:45p.m.
Fri 2nd March 8p.m.Mass (First Friday)
Sun 4th March 10:30a.m. John-Joe Maleney (2nd A)
CLUAIN CHIARAIN mass  Wed Feb 28th @7.30p.m.
Shannonbridge: Sat 3rd March 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 4 Darragh, Lauren & Isobel, Rian Claffey, Shane Kelly
 Reader: Eileen Quinn
Euch. Minister: Margaret Duffy
Church Cleaners Mairead Darcy, Martha Murphy, Marie McManus
Clonfanlough:Sun 4th March ‘18 @  10:30
Altar Server Group 3 Conor Dunican, Roisin Daly, Teegan Daly,
Reader: Marie Egan
Min. of Eucharist: Kay Kelly
Mthly Cleaning Rota(Mar) Josie Egan/Betty Dolan
PARISH COLLECTIONS OffertoryFeb 17/18€895
SHROVE DUES Shrove 2018 €2,740  (Shrove 2017 reached  €1,725.) Thank  you very much.
LOURDES FUND I’ve forwarded €465 to this Fund from our recent Collecction. Thank you. (2017 total €672)
TRÓCAIRE BOXES - Trócaire encourage people to help the poor by taking home a Trócaire box and place their loose change into it during the 40 days to be returned to the Church on Good Friday.
BAPTISM - Recently, in Shannonbridge Church, we welcomed into the Christian Community Dan Ryan (Lecarrow)
LENT AT ARD CHIARAIN  Lenten Prayer in Ard Chiarain continues Monday Feb 26th at  8.00pm 

 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 27th Feb 2018 at 10:45a.m.  (after 10 Mass) in Shannonbridge Hall. Annual Membership of €15 per person due.  
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.
 HIGH STREET DRAMA GROUP present The Loves of Cass McGuire, this Sun. 25th February at 8pm. In Tuar Ard Moate Tickets €12/€10
TABLE QUIZ Friday, 2nd March at 9p.m. in Killeens, In aid of Melanie Baxter (worked in Killeens in past).. Your support would be greatly apppreciated.
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  Winning numbers Numbers were 8-14-17-27  No Jackpot winner & 5 match 3 numbers Jackpot now €7,000.  Draw in Shannonbridge on Monday 26th February.
Medjugorje Pilgrimage with the Ark of Divine Mercy (Athlone)  will depart from Dublin Airport on Thursday 24th of May 2018 for 7Nights with J.W.T. Spiritual Director Fr Jim Candon. Cost €719.Full details from Kathleen O’Connor or Paul Woods on 087 7828283
CHURCHGATE COLLECTION  S’bridge/Clonfanlough Feb 24th/25th Oseophageal Cancer
HIGH STREET/BELMONT WOMEN'S GROUP - Stella O’Malley, APCP, BPS Psychotherapist and Councillor (appears on national and local radio) will speak on Well-Being and Mindfulness on Mon. 26th February at 8pm. Admission: Members €5. Non-members €8.
CHOOSE LIFE - Copies of a one-page note from the Catholic Communications office on the sacredness of every human life is available in each Church this weekend. Please take one and reflect on

 The World Meeting of Families August 21– 26th 2018 Dublin,
Ireland has the great joy of hosting the 9th World Meeting of Families that will take place in just under seven month’s time form the 21st -26th August 2018. The sense of excitement, expectation and anticipation is building by the day as we prepare to welcome families from across Ireland and across the world to our family gathering. The World Meeting of Families was established in 1994 at the request of Pope St. John Paul and to date has been hosted in Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and Philadelphia. Now it’s our turn here in Ireland because Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host city for the next World Meeting of Families and he has invited us to reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” The main events of WMOF2018 will take place in Dublin but it is also anticipated that related events, including the hosting of international groups, will take place all over the island of Ireland. The following key moments make up the 9th World Meeting of Families. 1) A National Opening on Tuesday 21st August which will take place simultaneously in each of the dioceses of Ireland. 2) A three day congress from 22-24 August in the RDS, Dublin 3) A Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August , comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents. 4) A Closing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26th August with thousands of people from Ireland and across the World.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL  for the above events: email: or call: 01 5676800 Volunteers needed:


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