Friday, October 05, 2018

Fr. Tom Cox (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500 
For Sick Calls this week  Contact Fr. Michael Molloy (Moore)   090 9673539
Weekend Masses Fr. Pat Brown

Sat Oct 6th 8:00p.m. Vigil Mass John & Ellen Curley & dec’d family (Corrigeen)
Painting Work scheduled for the Church this week at time of going to print (Sept 27th)
No Weekday Mass till Saturday 13th
Sat Oct 13th 8:00p.m.  Vigil Mass Martin & Mary Burke  (First Communion Enrolment)
Sun 7th Oct 10:30a.m. Kathleen Kilduff Sun 14th Oct 10:30a.m. Jim Francis Maleney (brother of late John Joe Maleney (Glebe)  Memorial Mass
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Oct 10th at 7:30p.m. 
Mon 8th 11am (German Language)
Tues Oct 8th St. Denis, St. John Leonardi, Bl John Henry Newman
Thurs Oct 11th St. Canice, St. John XXIII
Monthly Communion Calls  Fr. Cox will attend to calls on Sat 13th Oct…
THANK YOU to all who contributed  at our Coffee Morning on Sept 13th… The sum of €200 was raised for Offaly Hospice
THIS IS  a time of year  where many people consider something new. If you’d like to help in the Mission of this Parish by helping as a Server, Reader, Choir, Church Cleaning, Eucharistic Minister or any role I’d love to hear from you. Contact me  090 9674125.  or 086 8319500 -

 Birr Jobs Club are running a FOUR WEEK JOBSEEKING WORKSHOP commencing Monday, 8th October, 2018 in Birr Jobs Club, Brendan St., Birr, Co. Offaly. Please contact Tara or Celine at Birr Job Club for more information. Phone: 057 91 23940 or Mobile: 087 2802919 Places are limited so please book early

HUGH MANNION BENEFIT FUND - Cabaret Night in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Tuesday 16th October. Tickets €20. Ticket sellers will be calling to homes over the next few weeks. Please support
FINANCE COMMITTEE met on Tues 28th & reviewed accounts which will be published for 2016&2017 in December
AUTUMN STATIONS -  Station Mass Areas areas:  (1)Chapel St & Hill, (Oct 19th booked)   (2)Ballyhearth, (3)Clongowney, (4)Carrowkeel,  (5)Clonfanlough & Lakefield (6) Clonmacnois & Tullabeg (complete)  (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
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND “A Lifeline for Married Couples” Do you want or need to improve communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 5th – 7th October 2018. For further information contact Tony and Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike and Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, send and email to or visit the website at
DATA PROTECTION The protection of your personal data is important in the parish. We are happy to include your notice in the Parish Bulletin, but please ensure that you have received the consent of any persons referenced before submitting a notice. Thank you. All Clubs etc must ensure that people named in items have given permission for their names, contact details etc to be included.
ROSARY AT CLONMACNOIS.  ALL WELCOME to join us at CLUAIN CIARAN Prayer Centre, CLONMACNOISE on SUNDAY , 07 OCTOBER 2018 at 2:30pm.  Rosary on the Coast event  is happening all over Ireland this day to pray for LIFE and FAITH in Ireland.  This ROSARY event is also taking place in other countries too on this day e.g. USA, UK, Syria and Australia etc

A Word in Your Ear..... We’re experiencing a loss of trust in many of our public institutions: the politicians, the banks, the Media, the Gardaí, the Church, and the legal establishment; this week, with the CervicalCheck scandal, it was the turn of the medical profession and the HSE to join the ranks of the discredited. Dr Scally’s report was devastating. He found that the doctors concealed the truth from the patients. He uncovered a widespread disregard for patients which was “damaging, hurtful, and offensive”, with “no compelling requirement” on doctors to provide information to women. The 170-page document reveals a “total systems failure” with no one person in charge of the cervical screening service.              
When any of our social institutions misbehave, it erodes that most precious commodity of all: trust. When the medical profession deliberately misleads its patients, for whatever reason, it is a matter of life and death. The lives of many of these young women have been irreparably damaged, both psychologically and physically. 18 women impacted by the controversy have died.
Yet trust is essential to all our relationships. It would be impossible to go about our daily lives without fundamentally trusting the people around us. That’s why random acts of violence against the public or wilful negligence, however rare, have such a devastating impact on society as a whole. The driver who deliberately mows down pedestrians. The smooth talking liar who cheats somebody out of their life savings. The politician who knowingly seeks to mislead people. The builders and planners who put profits before safety and thereby endanger hundreds of lives. The perverted priest who destroys rather than heals. All these are betrayals of trust that have catastrophic social consequences.
But none of us is immune from those impulses and desires that can lead us to betray and deceive others. We are responsible for our actions, but our capacity to nurture our better selves can be supported or undermined by the values promoted by our public institutions. It becomes easier to adopt attitudes of greed, selfishness and dishonesty when those are the values shaping our society. We rightly remember those rare individuals who stand out against the crowd in times of tyranny, risking their lives to defend justice, freedom and truth. Yet we also know from history that such courageous individuals are not the norm. Most people tend to collude and keep quiet rather than resist and speak out, and that silence is the fertile soil in which cultures of abuse spread.
The strength of resistance sometimes comes from having faith in a transcendent source of justice. To say this is not to be naïve about the nature of faith. Jesus told his disciples, “Trust in God still, and trust also in me”. This was no anodyne religious platitude. It was said just before his arrest. That little community was about to undergo the worst imaginable trauma - Judas would turn traitor, Jesus would be tortured and executed, most of his disciples would abandon him, and his followers would become the target of some of the Roman Empire’s most harsh persecutions. It must have been very difficult to believe that their trust in God had not after all been betrayed.
  Trust is the most difficult and the most necessary quality of human life, especially when it seems most absent from our vital institutions and public interactions. -

 A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS “Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when in trouble. It is the steering wheel that directs you along the right path through your journey.” “When God solves your problems, you have faith in his ability. When God does not solve your problems, He has faith in your ability”. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.” “Friendship is like a book. It takes minutes to burn, but years to write.
S’bridge:Sat 13th Oct  2018@8p.m.
Servers:Group4: Darragh, Lauren & Isobel, Rian C, Shane K.
Reader: Michaela Anderson
Euch. Minister: Martha Murphy
 Church Care:Eileen Quinn, Dolly Deeley, Veronica Hynes
Clonfanlough:Sun 14th Oct  @  10:30
Server Gr2. Neása T., Tadgh T, Charlie G
Reader: Kathleen Guinan
Min. of Eucharist: Leanne Quinn             Church Care-Oct Eithne Rohan, Della Fitzgerald

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