Saturday, September 01, 2018


Sat. 1st Sept 8:00p.m. Mass. Kieran Joseph & Margaret Mannion (Aughincabe)
Mon 3rd Sept 10am Communion Service  (St. Gregory Gt.
Tues 4th Sept 10am Mass (St.MacNissi)
Wed 5th  10am Mass (Teresa of Calcutta)
Thu 6th Sept 10am Mass
Fri 7th Sept 10am Mass (First Friday)
Sat 8th Sept 12 Noon Mass James Downey 1st Anniv (Nativity of BVM).
Sat 8th Sept 8pm Mass
 2nd Sept 10:30am Kieran “Harry” Kearns
Fri 7th Sept 7:00p.m. First Friday Eve
Sun 9th Sept 10:30am Gordon McEvoy
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Sept  5th at 7:30p.m.
Shanonbridge: Sat 8th Sept  2018@8p.m.
Servers:Group3:Michael C, Rachael, Kate, Paddy, Cliodhna
Reader: Catherine Doolan
Euch. Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
 Church Care: Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll, Geraldine Darcy
Clonfanlough:Sun 9th Sept  @  10:30
Server Group 3 ConorD,RoisinD,TeaganD
Reader:  Bridie Coughlan
Min. of Eucharist: Anne Rohan
Ch Care- Sept Anne McEvoy/Eilish Egan
Walk the 14km from Clonbonny, Athlone to Clonmacnois across bog to join the Pilgrim Road.  Start point at 11am (you drive 5km past Aldi, Athlone to T junction, turn left  park at bog railway crossing).
Arrive Clonmacnoise 2p.m. to take part in Annual Pattern Day. Bus back to start point via Shannonbridge for refreshments arrive back at 6p.m. Bring walking shoes/boots, waterproof clothing, water and picnic lunch. Walk led by an experienced leader of Athlone Walking Club. To book place on bus
087 2128842

MEATH DIOCESE  Our prayers with our neighbouring diocese of Meath as Fr. Tom Deenihan is ordained Bishop this Sunday 2nd

IRISH DANCING CLASSES (Ganley School) resume on Mon. 10th September in Heritage Centre, Ferbane. Beginners at 6p.m, Advanced Dancers 6:45pm. Adult Classes start in Dún-na-Sí, Moate on Wed 3rd Oct @ 8:45pm. Enquiries to Joe Ganley 087-6473497
EXERCISE CLASSES starting in Shannonbridge Hall Tues Sept 11th at 8p.m.
AUTUMN STATIONS - To book your Station please contact the Parish office 090-9674215
 Station Mass Areas areas:  (1)Chapel St & Hill, (2)Ballyhearth, (3)Clongowney, (4)Carrowkeel,  (5)Clonfanlough & Lakefield (6) Clonmacnois & Tullabeg (Sept 21st Booked)  (7)Clonlyon (Nov 9th booked) (8) Glebe, (9)Aughincabe/Clerhane/Creevagh (10)Shannonbridge (11) St. Kieran’s Park, (12)Garrymore, Woodbank, Charlestown, Lecarrow, Blackwater (Oct 26th Booked)  (12) Clondelara
CLONMACNOIS N.S. FUNDRAISER  Clothes Collection on 26th September in Clonmacnois National School. We want all your clean and dry unwanted clothes, handbags, pairs of shoes, blankets, curtains, bed clothes, towels and cuddly toys. We cannot accept duvets or pillows!
Bagged items can be dropped off outside the school during school hours prior to this date. Thank you on behalf of the Parents Association
FIRST FRIDAY - Friday 7th is a day for Communion visits. the First Friday of September. If anyone would like a call, please let me know.

PPC Tuesday 4th Sept at 8:00p.m. in Presbytery. Items for inclusion can be forwarded
OFFERTORY Aug 25/26    €650
September Monthly  Envelope due this Sunday. Thank you. It enables  works in the parish.

 POPE FRANCIS.. .Faith in Ireland seems strong and yet it is fragile– which may seem a paradox, but fragility keeps us from arrogance and self-centredness. May his visit to Ireland bear fruit, and may God grant him the strength and courage he needs to lead the Church in these challenging times
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA /LOTTO The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 3-14-15-22. No jackpot winner. Two match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €5,200 and the draw will be held in Doon on Monday 3rd September
LOCAL  W’end BUS Until Sept 30th, offering 3 buses linking Clonmacnois (9:00/12;30/16:00hrs from Monastic site) to Shannonbridge (Tourist Office) 9:15/12:45/16:15hrs)  on to Tullamore via Lough Boora returning at 11:40/15:15/18:35hrs to S’bridge and 11:55/15:30/18:50 hrs to Clonmancoise. Buy Tickets on bus Child €3 (€5 return) Adult €6 (€10 return). Connect in Tullamore with other services to Birr/Banagher/Clar/Daingean etc all in one ticket.  Phone 057 8692168 
Knock Pilgrimage  Sunday 2nd September The Ardagh & Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Knock takes place this Sunday. Blessing of the sick is at 2 p.m. followed by Mass at 3 p.m. This year the pilgrimage will be led by Monsignor Bernard Noonan and the homily given by Fr. Michael McGrath. This is a special occasion for our diocese when we all come together as a diocesan family to pray and seek God’s blessings. No hurling final distraction this year!  .
PATTERN DAY Clonmacnoise will be celebrated Sunday 9th Sept which is the actual Feastday of St. Ciarán beginning with our Pattern Prayers at 2:45pm with concelebrated Mass at 3p.m. Celebrant & Preacher: Bishop Francis Duffy. If you’d like to join a group walking from Clonbonny, Athlone on Sunday 9th (11a.m.) the 14km to Clonmacnois contact 087 2128842 for details or see under “Clonmacnoise”

 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 13th September and Thursday 18th October. Parents are asked to contact their local priest about attendance at these meetings
BACK TO SCHOOL - As the new school year
begins we welcome back all our pupils and teachers
as they begin another year. A special welcome to the
children who are beginning school and students making the transition to Third Level. May God bless them all.
gone to Secondary School. We acknowledge their
faithfulness to serving times, and their reverence in
the sanctuary, on weekdays and Sundays and also
being available for funerals and other ceremonies.
We ask God’s blessing on them as they begin their
second level studies.
P.S. you’re very welcome to continue  a role either serving or reading at Mass or leading Prayer of the Faithful! Or in any other way you think.
SEASON OF CREATION . From 1st September until the Feast of St Francis on 4th October Christian churches are encouraged to celebrate the Season of Creation. This is an annual celebration of prayer and action inviting us to think more deeply about what is happening at present to the Earth and the environmental destruction which threatens our world. The theme this year is ‘Walking Together’. As pilgrims, let us walk together to awaken again to the wonder of the Earth, our common home, and the web of life which it shelters.
Our Common Home is for the good of all life. These resources of our world while
abundant, are finite, and therefore need responsible management in co-operation with Earth’s processes. ”Soil, water, mountains: everything is , as it were, a caress of God”

Actions we might take:
1 Inform ourselves about the wonder and beauty and brokenness of our world
2 Work for healthy soil by planting trees, flowers, organic growing, composting.
3 Ensure clean water by eliminating harmful toxins and using only what we need.
4 Keep the air fresh by transitioning from fossil fuels.


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