Sunday, February 03, 2019


Sat 2nd February 6:30p.m. Sean (Barney) Reynolds  
The blessing of throats will take place after all Weekend Masses  (Feb 2/3rd) in all Churches in the Parish
Mon 4th Feb,  Tues 5th./Wed 6th/Thurs 7th/Fri 8th 10am Service of Word & Communion
Sat 9th Feb 6:30p.m. Edel Anderson (A)
Sunday, 3rd February 10:30a.m.  Patrick (Paddy) Dolan (Glebe)
Sunday 10th Feb 10;30a.m. Padraig Devery (Clonlyon)
OFFERTORY  Jan 26/27th  2019  €790 Shrine  €165
February Monthly envelope falls this weekend.
CLUAIN CHIARAIN  Mass Wed. Feb 6th  2019 @ 7:30p.m. Celebrant Fr. Pat Brown.. In our prayer this evening we include Shane Hynes. (Glebe)
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.
INVITATION TO MINISTRIES - We would be happy to hear from anyone who may wish to volunteer in parish ministries i.e. , Readers, Choirs, Church Care, Eucharistic Ministers,, Collectors
 CLONFANLOUGH Sunday, 10th Feb 11:15a.m.
 FEAST DAYS - Thurs. 7th Feb.: Feast of St. Mel, Patron of the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmachois. Mon. 11th Feb.: World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Anointing of the sick will take place during  7p.m. Mass in Shannonbridge.  We ask God to bless all those who are sick and those in the caring profession who mirror the healing power of Christ

SPRING STATIONS -  Station Mass Areas areas:  (1)Chapel St & Hill, (Feb 23rd booked)   (2)Ballyhearth, (3)Clongowney, (4)Carrowkeel,  (5)Clonfanlough & Lakefield (6) Clonmacnois & Tullabeg (complete)  (7)Clonlyon (Feb 21st booked) (8) Glebe  , (9)Aughincabe/Clerhane/Creevagh (March 8thbooked) (10)Shannonbridge (Sat 13th April @ 11am )(11) St. Kieran’s Park, (12)Garrymore, Woodbank, Charlestown, Lecarrow, Blackwater  (12) Clondelara


As January shivers into February,
open my eyes, Lord,
and open my mind and heart,
my imagination and my soul,
to your power in the weather,
your presence in the stillness,
your beauty all around me...

In this shortest month of the year, Lord,
help me find the peace you offer:
when it's cold,
wrap me in your mercy's warmth; in the snow,
    cover me with saving grace;
    in nature's dormant silence,
    help me find more time for prayer,
    time with you to grow in winter's quiet,
    in the mystery of your love for me...

As January morphs into February,
open all I am, Lord, to all you have to give
and ready me for springtime
and the promise that it holds...
                   MINISTRIES                                                        Shannonbridge:Sat  9th Feb @6:30p.m.
Servr:Grp 1 Emily D,Ruth Q,Grace F
Reader: Catherine Doolan
Euch. Minister Martha Murphy
 Church Care: Dympna Fitzpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll
Clonfanlough:Sun 10th Feb @10:30am
Server Gr1 Abigail Kelly, Rory Dunican, Grace Dunican, Kate McCoy
Reader: Alan Devery
Euch Min.:Niall O’Shea
Ch Care–Feb Bridie Coughlan

- The winning numbers in last
week’s lotto draw were 1, 13, 14, 17. No
jackpot winner. Two match 3 winners. This
week’s jackpot is €5,200 and the draw will be
held in Doon on Monday 4th February
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 14th February  from 8pm to 9pm.                               SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE for who have experienced bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel on Monday 4th February 2019 at 7:30p.m. Refreshments afterwards.. Queries to Hospital Chaplain 090 9648200  (Bleep 812)                                          Shannonbridge Library open Thursdays 7-9pm

Catholic Schools Week
It was heartening to see this week the immense work of our school staff in nurturing faith. Thank you!. May God continue to bless all families who attend our School.

As Jesus continues to preach His first sermon the mood turns to anger and the audience becomes a mob intent on His destruction. He is rejected by His own when He holds up as models the widow of
Zarephath and Naaman, the Syrian, two Gentiles, two outsiders, two strangers. This was a bridge too far. They refused to countenance the challenge of His teaching, to look beneath the surface, to think
beyond the box: ‘when you look for beauty in all people and all things you not only find it you become it’. It was only when He had gone that His followers would come to grasp the meaning of His words on that day in Nazareth. A custom then
grew among the first generations of Christians whereby a room was kept free for any stranger who might come looking for shelter. It was called ‘the stranger’s room’. They believed that by welcoming
the stranger they were welcoming Christ…
and that is the Gospel truth!
 TUAR ARD - Rapscallion Drama Group present
the Mean Streets of Garradrima by Frank
Shouldice on Fri. 8th Feb. at 8pm. Admission
€12/€10. Declan Nerney live in Concert on Sun.
24th Feb. at 8pm. Admission €20.Tuar Ard
Film Club presents C’est la Vie on Tuesday
26th February at 8pm. Tickets €5.
ANY USED STAMPS ?? Ferbane Apostolic Word  Would appreciate any used stamps you may have to
support the Missions. You may leave them into St. Joseph’s Convent. Thank you.
ST. BLAISE - Feast Day, Sun. 3rd Feb. - Patron of sore throats and sick cattle. He was a physician before becoming a Bishop. The blessing of St. Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.
HIGH ST./BELMONT WOMEN’S GROUP - Mon. 4th Feb.: Mental Health & Well-Being with Geraldine Martin, Athlone Therapy Centre, Monksland in High St. Hall at 8pm. Date for your Diary - Tues. 26th March: Cookery Demo with Adrian Martin at 8pm. All welcome.
WEST OFFALY TRAINING - Courses: Working with Autism starting 5th February. Mindfulness intense 8 week course with one day retreat starting 6th February. FREE Internet for Beginners course starting Friday 8th February at 10am. Advanced Excel starting 28th February. Introduction to Hairdressing is starting 20th February. Call 057 9152003 to book and for more information.
A MASS OF REMEMBRANCE - On Wed. 6th February at 2.30pm in St. Loman's Hospital Chapel, Mullingar in memory of deceased patients and people buried in St. Loman's Hospital Cemetery from 1907 to 1970. All welcome.
SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES - Resume in High Street Hall on Wed. 13th February, 8pm. Adm. €5.
DÓCHAS OFFALY CANCER BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP - This group is open to people who have been bereaved through cancer. Programme commencing Thursday 21st February from 7-9pm. Call us on 057 9328268 or email:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - Meetings each week in Ferbane. Contact 01 852 7000
BALLINASLOE FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB present a Garden talk by Dermot Ward. Woodfield Garden Centre, Birr, in Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 8pm. Admission (non member €5)
INTERNET SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS CLASSES will take place on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February and Tues 26th and Wed 27th February  from 10:30am to 1p.m .in the Health Centre,, Shannonbridge . Limited availability. Contact Paula on  087 6891036   

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