Friday, January 11, 2019


Sat Jan 12th  8:00p.m.Vigil Mass  Michael & Stephen Shrahan  
Mon 14th 10a.m.  Peoples’ Mass
Tues 15th 10a.m. Sr. Ita Service
Wed 16th  10a.m. Mass   St. Fursa
Th 17th 10am Mass St. Anthony Abbot
Fri 18th 10a.m. Mass Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins
Sat 19th   12 Noon Mass Peadar Allen
Sat 19th 6:30p.m. James Higgins (Jnr.) Clondelara
Sun 20th 1p.m. (Church)
Mary L’Estrange M/M
Sun 13th Jan Baptism of the Lord 10:30a.m. Brigid Rigney
Sunday 20th John Loonam, Brendan Loonam & dec’d family members
SECOND COLLECTION IS  THE LOURDES COLLECTION Our annual Collection for our May27-June 1st Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taken up as a 2nd Collection after Communion in both Church this weekend Jan 12/13th .Your support welcome
THANK YOU  to all who contributed €800 at carol singing for Offaly Hospice
DAY OF PRAYER at St. John’s Rest Centre, Knock Shrine on Sat. 2nd Feb., 10am to 5pm. Given by Fr. Killian Byrne. Holy Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Talks. Bus leaving from Parochial House, Tullamore at 7.30am on Sat.  Kay 085 7114205 or Sadie 085 7223542.

 SR. MAURA MORAN Sadly we will bid farewell to Sr. Maura Moran OSU (Ard Chiarain) who after 21 years here begins a new phase of her life in Sligo Jan 21st. She will be at our Party on Jan 20th in Shannonbridge. You may wish to contact her personally, but if you’d like to be part of a presentation being planned– you can leave contributions to Tom Cox, Eileen Quinn, Ann Corbett, 

 FREE INTERNET SKILLS CLASSES (Some Changes in details)  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 4 x Two and a Half hour classes held in Shannonbridge starting mid February. Minimum numbers required. Register your interest with Paula on 087 6891036 
OFFERTORY  Jan 5th/6th 2019  €785 Shrine €115  Christmas Dues €2,860
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed, Jan 16th 2019 @ 7:30p.m. Celebrant  Fr. Tom Cox
OFFALY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY – Local Training Initiative Welding/Construction Course - We are now taking names for our next Welding/ Construction Course to be run from Banagher College of Further Education starting on March 4th. Award on Completion: QQI level 4 Employability Skills Award Additional Training/ Certification: Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels, GOALS Programme, C.V. Preparation. Places are limited, so please contact us for more details on 087 683 5561.
STRUGGLING TO FIND THE PATH THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU? - Offaly Local Development Company offers free one-to-one support to individuals throughout Offaly. For advice and support on employment opportunities, training and education, personal development and community involvement, contact Louise now on 087 692 5276
                   MINISTRIES                                                        Shannonbridge:Sat  19th Jan @6:30p.m.
Servr:Grp2:Niamh & Aoife F, Niamh C
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister Sinead Ryan
 Church Care:Jacinta Kelly, Ann Keena, M ary Killeen
Clonfanlough:Sun 20th Jan @10:30am
Server Gr.1 Abigial K, Rory D.
Reader: Ann Guinan
Euch Min.:Enda Molloy
Ch Care–Jan: Mary Guinan, Anne Guinan
New Server Rota next week. Training/Orientation for all Servers Wed 16th @6pm Clonfanlough Thur 17th @6:30pm S’bridge
 DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO Numbers drawn  on Jan 7th draw were 11, 6, 23, 25 No jackpot winner. One match 3 winner. Jackpot at  €4,600. Next Draw Shannonbridge Jan 14th
PARISH COUNCIL Thurs Jan 17th @ 8pm
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 17th January from 8pm to 9pm. Subsequent pre-baptism meetings are scheduled for Thursday 14th February and Thursday 14th March. Parents are asked to contact their local priest about attendance at these meetings.
GODS’ WORD 2019  Available from Sacristy./Fr. Tom. The daily Mass readings with a short reflection. Cost price €6 A gift of his Word to accompany in the New Year.
SUNDAY READINGS  2019 is now freely available to parish Readers. If  others would like to get a copy, we’d appreciate  €5.00.
PARISH CALENDARS are in the Church porches and you are welcome to take a copy home
Cluain Chiaráin Prayer Centre on Friday
18th of January and every third Friday. Mass
at 9pm. Adoration and prayers follow until
2.10am. All welcome. Enquiries to Dave 085
 CHANGE OF DATE :  SHANNONBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY  Sunday, January 20th 2019 commencing with Mass  in Church at 1p.m Please contact 087 2410587.Please take this as your invitation.
 Baptismal Blessing
This Sunday (Jan 13th) is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. I invite all those who had babies baptised during 2018 to come with their child to Mass in Shannonbridge or Clonfanlough next weekend to give thanks to God for the gift of their child & to join in the blessings of this special feast
 January 13th Baptism of the Lord
Baptisms of 2018 in this Parish
Hollie Dowling
Daimhin Claffey
Conor Mahon
Hannah Quinn
Dan Ryan
Patrick Joseph Daly
Tiernan Malynn
Evie Gleeson
Jack O’Shea
Patrick O’Flynn
Daniel Molloy
Saoirse Donaghy
Harry Finn-Killeen
Patrick  Ascough
Alexandra Stanley
Ava Kelly
Róise Murphy
Luke Nugent
May God’s angels guard them on their journey through life.
On Christmas night we welcomed the child Jesus. On the Feast of the Epiphany we learned of His mission. Today we hear that He begins His public ministry by entering the river Jordan to be baptised by John. The early Christians celebrated their Baptism date more passionately than their birthday. Do I know the date of my Baptism? At my Baptism I was named by my parents; claimed by the priest for Christ, and aimed to live my life as He would want. In other words I was conferred with an extraordinary dignity, and entrusted with a precious responsibility. As I dip my finger in the holy water font today may it remind me of my dignity as a member of God’s family and the ongoing responsibility that flows from that reality. Whether in living room, classroom or dressing room may I try to act always in such a way that, through me, others may see Him. Baptism is faith in action.

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