Monday, September 10, 2018


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

Sat 8th Sept 8pm Mass: Vigil Mass of Sun
Mon 10th Sept 10:00a.m. Communion Service
Tues 11th Sept 9:45a.m. Mass
10:30a.m. German Mass Group
Wed 12th Sept 10:00a.m. Mass
Thurs 13th Sept 10:00a.m. St. John Chrysostom  (Mass)
Fri 14th Sept 10:00a.m. Triumph of the Cross  (Mass)
Sat 15th Sept 10:00a.m. (Mass)
Sat 15th Sept 8p.m. Eileen Keena (1st A)
 Sun 9th Sept 10:30am Gordon McEvoy
Sun 16th Sept 10:30a.m.  Mary Kelly m/m
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Sept  12th at 7:30p.m. (Tom Cox)
Shanonbridge:Sat 15thSept  2018@8p.m.
Servers:Group4:Darragh, Lauren&Isobel, Rian C, Shane K.
Reader: Dympna O’Carroll
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan
 Church Care: Gemma Moore, Doris Claffey, Nickie Roche-Ikhimioya
Clonfanlough:Sun 16th Sept  @  10:30
Server Group 1 Abigail K, Rory D.
Reader:  Anne Rohan
Min. of Eucharist: Enda Molloy
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
WELCOME  As a Roman Catholic  Community we welcome Revd. William Leslie Steacy as the incumbent of theAthlone Union of Parishes– which includes Temple Conor Clonmacnoise. He will be instituted this Tuesday, 11th Sept  by  Bishop Patricia Storey in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Athlone 

 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, (Oct 19th booked)   (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
OFFERTORY Sept 1/2nd    €770 Shrine €53
HARVEST DUES envelope which goes to form this priests income is due next weekend. Thank  you
DUES UPDATE Our income of €20,4000 comes from 6 collections through the year (Christmas/Shrove, Easter/ Pentecost/Harvest/November)
We have 4 of the 6 completed this year.
2017 Xmas,Shrove, Easter, Pentecost €8,843
2018 Xmas, Shrove, Easter, Pentecost €12,065
I’m very grateful for such a positive response.
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 Thur 13th September and Thurs 18th October. You can contact me about attendance
 DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA /LOTTO The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 2-13-19-28. Jackpot winner Eugene Doyle. Two match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €5,200 and the draw will be held in Shannonbridge on Monday 10th  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 
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

    PRAYER TO ST. CIARAN St Ciarán Patron of our parish&diocese.Watch over your people.Teacher and friend, Help us to see God’s presence,Prayerful youth. Inspire the young. Pilgrim for God,Be with all missionaries. Steep us in Gospel Ways. Protector&Patron,confirm our faith, that we may walk anew with Christ

 Ballinalsoe Counselling and Psychotherapy: are you experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, grief, hopelessness or distressing memories of trauma?  It helps to talk.  For an appointment phone 087 362 3809 or email frank at

A TIME FOR EVERYTHING  a unique concert of Music, Poetry and Readings.
St Mel’s Cathedral, Sunday 16th Sept at 8.00pm. Directed by Dr Ite O’Donovan, Organist Simon Harden. Special Guest Noel Monahan, featuring LASSUS, DCF professional chamber choir and Noel Monahan, Poet. Tickets €15 & €10 (concesn)
Irish National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Our Lady Shrine Knock today 9th September Grandparents are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardian of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions. Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience. Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents
(1)    West Offaly Training enrolling now for a free Getting Citizens Online programme.  This basic internet course will consist of 5 x 2hr day or evening classes in Crank House, Banagher. We can also deliver in other locations if there are sufficient numbers. For further details call Carmel on 057 9152003
(2)    Autumn Mindfulness programme  Crank House, Banagher Wed 26th Sept 7pm.                 CORAL LEISURE BALLINASLOE  1 Day only Sale (Sept 21st)   Pool  & Gym Memberships. Tel. 090 9645755

 Season of Creation 1 Sept. – 4 Oct 2018                       On September 1 Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation focused on water as a precious resource and describes access to it as a human right. The following is one of his prayers: Let us pray that waters may not be a sign of separation between peoples, but of encounter for the human community. Let us pray that those who risk their lives at sea in search of a better future may be kept safe. Let us ask the Lord and all those engaged in the noble service of politics that the more sensitive questions of our day, such as those linked to movements of migration, climate change and the right of everyone to enjoy primary goods, may be faced with generous and farsighted responsibility and in a spirit of cooperation, especially among those countries most able to help

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