Sunday, December 09, 2018

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

Sat 8th Dec 8:00p.m. Vigil Mass of 2nd Sunday of Advent  Kieran, Brian & Mary Ann Flannery (Creevagh)
Monday 10th Dec 10:00a.m. Mass
Tuesday 11th Dec. 10:00a.m.Mass (St. Damasus I Pope)
Wednesday 12th Dec 10:00a.m.Mass (Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Finian)
Thursday 13th Dec 10:00a.m. Mass (St. Lucy
Friday 14th 10:00a.m.  Dec Service of Word (St. John of the Cross)
Sat 15th Dec 8p.m. Vigil Mass of 3rd Sunday of Advent Richard & Kieran Hynes

Sun 9th Dec 10:30a.m. Kieran & Mary Daly & Tom Mannion
Sun 16th Dec. 10:30a.m. Kieran & Ann Pillion(Do This in Memory Mass Group)
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Dec 12th   @ 7:30pm
Full list of Christmas schedule will be published next week.
S’bridge:Sat  15th  Dec  2018@8p.m.
Servr:Grp1:Emily, Ruth, Grace F
Reader: Eileen Quinn
Euch. Minister: Marian McManus
 Church Care:Dympna Fitzpatrick/Dympna O’Carroll/Geraldine Darcy
Clonfanlough:Sun 16th Dec  @  10:30
Server Gr.2 Neása T, Tadgh T.
Reader: Alan/Leanne Devery
Min. of Eucharist: Leanne Quinn
Ch Care- Dec  Kathleen Norton/Helen Darcy

Advent Prayer:
Maranatha… Come Lord Jesus. Come as a gentle light of dawn into all of our lives troubled by fear and hurt and the anguish of the mind…...Come Lord Jesus.
Come as a gentle light of hope to all those who live in the twilight grey of addiction and depression …. Come Lord Jesus.
Come as a gentle light of healing to all hearts broken by betrayal , wounded by abuse and haunted by the past …. Come Lord Jesus.
Come as a gentle light of forgiveness to our world, darkened by violent words , human trafficking and domestic abuse …. Come Lord Jesus
Touch our eyes and our hearts so that we can see and feel Your kindness, Your compassion and Your tears in the faces of all who suffer. Come Lord Jesus.
SHANNONBRIDGE MASS TIME CHANGE Following some discussion at Parish Council it was proposed to try for a 6 month period moving back the 8p.m. Saturday Vigil in Shannonbridge to 6:30p.m.I propose to begin this Saturday, Jan 19th 2019 .

INDER-DENOMINATIONAL CAROL SERVICE in  Teampall Chiarain, (Clonmacnois Monastic Site)  on Sunday, 9th December at 3:30p.m. Refreshments afterwards.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT At the time of Christ, whenever a local ruler was travelling through the countryside, his servants went before him to remove obstacles from his path so that he could make a smooth, safe journey. On this second Sunday of Advent John the Baptist uses that same image, familiar to his listeners, as he cries from the wilderness: ‘prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight’. The best way to prepare the way of the Lord is to tune into His presence, which surrounds us every day. It means removing from our lives any obstacles that would hinder His entry into our hearts and minds. It means straightening the crooked places within us that prevent us from being the best of ourselves, the kind of people He intended us to be. If we use these Advent days in this way, then the beauty of Christmas will be found, not in the presents, but, rather, in His presence.

HIGH ST./BELMONT WOMEN’S GROUP—Christmas Flowers on Mon. 10th December in High Street Hall at 8pm. Please bring own flowers and container. All welcome.
BAPTISM PREPARATION - 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 December from 8pm to 9pm. Parents are asked to contact their local priest about attendance at these meetings.
BAPTISM:  We welcomed into the Christian Community last weekend Ava Mary Kelly, daughter of Shane Kelly & Annette Turley (Deerpark)
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO The winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 5, 18, 22, 25. No jackpot winner. Two match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €3,200 and the draw will be held in Doon on Monday 10th December.
TUAR ARD - Tue 11th Dec. at 8pm, Tuar Ard Film club presents WAJIB. €5. Mon 17th Dec. at 8pm, Country Christmas Concert with Robert Mizzell. Tkts €25.
DEATHS - Please pray for the souls of  Seán (Jack) Norton (New York) brother of Kieran and Frank Norton (Tullabeg) Kieran Patrick Darcy brother of May Duffy
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS My old email “” got hacked. I’ve opened a dedicated parish address Email“” Feel free to use it for notices etc.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel/ That mourns in lonely exile here / Until the Son of God appear [Refrain] Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel  Shall come to thee, O Israel

Mary Most Holy from your hands falling  Are heaven's blessings, hear us now calling. Refrain: Teach us to pray and work for God's glory Ave Maria, Ave.
Help us to witness, Christ is still living Service to others, cheerfully given. Refrain Teach us...

OFFERTORY  Sat/Sun Dec 1st / 2nd €780, December Monthly Collection envelope due– thank you for your generous support.  November Dues €2,037 forwarded to Clergy Income Fund.. Thank you.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL - Church Gate Collection this weekend Saturday  evening 8th December in Shannonbridge.. Your support is greatly appreciated.
THE MAGIC  OF CHRISTMAS—A Christmas Concert featuring Rachel Goode (Soprano) and friends (Ballinasloe Town Bank, Ard Scoil Mhuire Choir)  in St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe, Wednesday 19th December at 7:30p… Admission Free (donations to East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre)
FREE INTERNET SKILLS CLASSES for beginners. Learn how to send Emails, use websites, pay our motor tax online and much more. All equipment will be provided or bring your own smart phone, tablet or laptop. Consisting of 5x two hour classes held in Shannonbridge starting mid January. Minimum numbers required. Register your interest with Paula on 087 6891036                                        SVP—FOOD COLLECTION On the second and third Sundays  Advent (Dec 8th & 9th/ Dec 15th & 16th) we will collect non-perishable food for sharing with those who may be in need at this time of year  (examples-Tea, coffee, sugar, Tayto, selection boxes, minerals, biscuits, soup, jam, baked beans, cornflakes, custard, peas, crackers, shampoo, toilet rolls, tinned food
2019 BIBLE DIARIES available– The daily Mass readings set out & (Small) place for writing. Just €7 (€12 in shops)
SUNDAY READINGS 2019 available from sacristy  freely for Parish Readers. A limited amount for sale just  €5.

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