Sunday, December 16, 2018

Fr. Tom Cox (Adm) Tel. 090 9674125/  086-8319500
Sat 15th Dec 8p.m. Vigil Mass of 3rd Sunday of Advent Richard & Kieran Hynes
Mon 17th 10:00a.m. Mass
Tues 18th 10:00a.m. Mass St. Flannan
Wed 19th 10:00a.m. Mass
Thurs 20th 10:00a.m. Service
Fri 21st 9:30a.m. Mass
Sat 22nd 10:00am Mass Maura Moran
Sat 22nd 8:00p.m. Vigil Mass Eileen Higgins 1s Anniv.
Sun 16th Dec. 10:30a.m. Kieran & Ann Pillion(Do This in Memory Mass Group)
Sun 23rd Dec 10:30a.m.
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Dec 19th   @ 7:30pm  (Mass Resumes Wed, Jan 9th 2019)
DEATHS - Please pray for the souls of  Bridget Milner (Walsh Island)  mother of Dermot Milner (Glebe).                   BAPTISM We welcome into the Christian community Róise Anne daughter of Ailbhe Ryan & Sean Murphy.                           MINISTRIES                                   S’bridge:Sat  22nd  Dec  2018@8p.m.
Servr:Grp2:Niamh &Aoife F,Niamh C
Reader: Seamus Grennan
Euch. Minister: Margaret Duffy
 Church Care:Marian McManus,Catherina Slattery, Ann Corbett
Clonfanlough:Sun 23rd Dec  @  10:30
Server Gr.3 Roisin & Teagan D.
Reader: Bridie Coughlan
Min. of Eucharist: Declan McEvoy
Ch Care- Dec  K. Norton/Helen Darcy

CHRISTMAS CLONMACNOIS           PRAYER VIGIL in Cluain Chiaráin Prayer Centre on Fri. 21st Dec. Mass at 9pm. Adoration and prayers follow until 2.10am. Enquiries to Dave 085-7746763.
The 3rd & final instalment of our Advent prayer times in Shannonbridge Church is  on Monday, 17th Dec at the (slightly) earlier time of 7pm.  Children are welcome to bring their family crib figure(s) (make sure they’re tagged!) with them as we gather around the Crib. There will be an opportunity for Confessions later at 8p.m. All are welcome.
 Offertory Envelopes 2019 These days the Parish envelopes are being distributed by some of our parishioners. I thank them. I am grateful for your unfailing generosity and support for our Parish and for myself. Our very parish name is borne by the Diocese and the generosity of Pobal Ciarán “Ciaran’s People” is known.  I want to thank all our loyal collectors at all our Masses. A special thank you to the counting teams who count the money each week and have been doing so for many years without fail. . Thank you to one and all . Fr. Tom

Arrangements for Christmas
Monday, Dec 24th   Christmas Eve
Clonfanlough 7:00p.m.
Shannonbridge 9:00p.m.
 Christmas Day (Tuesday) in Clonfanlough  at 10.30 a.m. and 12 Noon Shannonbridge.
Confessions for Christmas
are as follows and take the form of penitential services with a number of priests attending.
Ferbane– Mon 17th  Shannonbridge 8p.m.
Pullough—Wed  19th 6:30p.m.
(Mass of Reconciliation with
individual absolution)
Banagher –Wed 19th 7:30p.m.
Ballinahowen—Thursday 20th 7:30p.m.
Boher—Friday 21st 7p.m.
Ferbane Friday 21st 10:00a.m.  (an opportunity for individual confessions after 10a.m. Mass in Ferbane. There will be a number of priests available.)
Christmas Eve—Mon  24th
Ferbane 10:30a.m.—3:30p.m.

BAPTISM PREPARATION - Ballinahowen Parochial House Jan 17th 8-9p.m.
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO  winning numbers  were 1, 11, 29, 32,  No jackpot winner. One match 3 winners. Extra 10 prizes of €50 in next weeks draw. This week’s jackpot is €3,400. Draw will be held in Shannonbridge on Monday 17th December.
CHRISTMAS AT CLONONY CASTLE - Santa Claus will be making his annual visit to Clonony Caste on this Sunday 16th December from 12 noon to 4pm, the Castle Craft Shop will also be open with some beautiful Christmas Gift ideas.  All are welcome !
CHRISTMAS PARTY  Sunday 23rd December, Shannonbridge Hall 4-6p.m. . €3 per child €10 per family of 4. Raffle & special guest appearance
GATES  The new gates at Shannonbridge Community Centre and at the adjacent Parochial House have been commented on favourably. They were funded under a grant– it was investigated if the existing gates could be repaired– but the costs proved prohibitive and with some old asbestos filler paint-hazardous.
S’BRIDGE SENIORS CHRISTMAS  Party  Sunday, January 6th 2019
CAROL SERVICE Sunday, 16th Dec at 5p.m. in Moore Church.

This is ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, a Latin word that means ‘rejoice’. We light the pink candle on the advent wreath to remind us that, while this is a season of quiet reflection it is also a time of joy. The Lord is near, and this good news gives purpose and meaning to our journey. We are going somewhere. Joy is the
echo of God’s life within us. It is the most certain sign of the presence of God. John the Baptist tells us today that this joy is nourished most powerfully, when we reach out generously in the service of others: ‘If anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none’. Those who are happiest are those who do most for their brothers and sisters. We rise by lifting others. The key to joy, then, is service. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud this Christmas.
 OFFERTORY  Fri/Sat Dec 7th/8th (Immaculate Conception) & Sat/Sun Dec 8th/9th €1021,56  Shrine €78.44
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 motor tax online and much more. All equipment provided or bring your own smart phone, tablet or laptop. Consisting of 5x two hour classes held in Shannonbridge starting mid January. Minimum numbers req’d.Register your interest with Paula on 087 6891036                                        SVP—FOOD COLLECTION  continues this weekend  (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
SHANNONBRIDGE MASS TIME CHANGE 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 .
SUNDAY READINGS  2019 is now available €5.00. Parish Readers may collect their free copy in the sacristy.                                                                         GODS’ WORD 2019  Available from Sacristy./Fr. Tom. The daily Mass readings with a short reflection. Cost price €6 A possible Christmas present!

 TRÓCAIRE APPEAL In Yemen people are facing the worst famine in a century, with five million at risk of starvation. In South Sudan, four million have had to leave their homes and seven million are in need of food aid.Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal focuses on providing food and support for the people in countries such as  
South Sudan and Yemen. If you wish to make a donation this Christmas please visit the Trócaire website at

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