Saturday, March 02, 2019


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


Sat 2nd March 6:30p.m. Peoples’ Intentions
Mon 4th March 10a.m. Mass (Private Intention) Saint Casimir
Tues 5th March  10a.m. Service
Saint Kieran the Elder (Ossory)
Wed 6th March 10:00a.m.  Mass
A Day of Fast & Abstinence
Thurs 7th March 10:00a.m.  Mass Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity
Fri 8th March 10:00a.m.  Mass Saint Senan and Saint John of God
Sat 9th March 6:30p.m. Darren Egan

Sunday 3rd March  10:30a.m
Ash Wednesday  6th March 7p.m.
Sunday 10th March 10:30a.m.
OFFERTORY  Feb 23rd/24th
€670 Shrine  €100 
[ February Monthly Envelope and Shrove Dues Envelopes  falls this weekend (March 2nd/3rd) [
CLUAIN CHIARAIN   Next Mass Wed. March 13th 2019 @ 7:30p.m.

Friday March 8th @8p.m.  Joe & Patricia Anderson Aughincabe, Clerhane, Creevagh
Friday, March 15th @8p.m. Marie & Ronnie Naughton (Clonmacnois & Tullabeg)
Saturday, April 13th @ 11a.m. Kathleen Price’s (Shannonbridge)

FINANCE COMMITTEE - A meeting of will be held in the Parochial House,       Shannonbridge  on Wed 6th March 8p.m.

DEATHS We pray for the souls of Bernadette Devery Endrim; and Seamus Whyte, Ballykeeran, Athlone who were buried in Clonmacnois Catherine (Kitty) Conniffe Clonfert (Mother of Christy, John & Patricia) Bernadette Kenny-King  Castleknock & Ballinasloe (Mother of Fr. Paddy Kenny). Rest in peace  
TEMPERANCE SUNDAY i.e. the Sunday before Lent is this Sunday. Give it some thought
LENT 2019 Trócaire boxes available from Churches during Lent this year
ENROLMENT AT CLONMACNOIS N.Scurrently enrolling for September 2019.You may contact the school on ‪09096 74150‬ for a school enrolment form ‪between 9.20am and 3pm‬. Thank you
THANK YOU from the students of Creagh N.S. to all who helped with their St. Brigid’s Crosses appeal for Ballinasloe Social Services. €7,007.65 was raised
Today Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge
to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength
and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new lie,
of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open
to dying with you and rising to your new life, day by day. Amen.

Shannonbridge:Sat  9th March @6:30p.m.
Servr:Group 1 Emily D, Ruth Q, Grace F
Reader: Kieran O’Connor
Euch. Minister Marie McManus
 Church Care: Anne Ryan, Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell
Clonfanlough:Sun 10th Mar @10:30am
Server Group 2, Neása T, Tadhg T, Eva S
Reader: Mary Kelly
Euch Min.:Bridie Coughlan
Ch Care–March Josie Egan/Betty Dolan

(March 6th 2019)
Shannonbridge 10a.m.
Clonfanlough 7p.m.
 DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTO - winning numbers in last week’s lotto draw were 8, 14, 17, 27. No jackpot winner. Two match 3 winners. This week’s jackpot is €2,200 and the draw will be held in Doon on Monday 4th March
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 March from 8pm to 9pm. Subsequent pre-baptism meetings are scheduled for Thursday 11th April and Thursday 16th May. You can contact me in advance re meeting.

SHANE HYNES People have been asking if they can help in any way since Shane fell ill just before Christmas. His road to recovery is a long one and by way of assisting in some small way– a function has been arranged with Rachra GAA  for Saturday, March 23rd in Killeens. People will be selling tickets (€10) and your support is deeply appreciated.
 Shannonbridge Library open Thursdays 7-9pm
SHANNONBRIDGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION are having their meeting starting Tuesday, 5th March 2019 at 10:30a.m. Affiliation money €15 now due. New member welcome
LENT - Begins this Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast (less food) and abstinence (no meat) (if between 18-60) one of only two such days in the year, the other being Good Friday. Mass with the distribution of ashes will be celebrated  10am & 7p.m.
TRÓCAIRE - Boxes are available in each of our churches this weekend. It is hoped that every family in the Parish will have a Trócaire box, placed in some visible place in each home during Lent, and used to help the poor of the world
FARMERS MARKET - On Saturday 9th March in Ferbane Heritage Centre from 11am-4pm. Contact 086 1210200.
ROSARY RALLY - Fair Green car park, Athlone on Sat. 9th March at 2pm. All welcome. Contact 087 7828283.
ATHLONE INST. OF TECHNOLOGY - Mass will be celebrated Monday-Friday at 8.40am and 1.05pm at the Institute Chapel during Lent. All are welcome

Words are powerful tools and dangerous weapons. They can inspire and they can destroy. They can be used in a manner that is awfully positive or positively awful. Words should never offend the dignity of another. We should guard against the terror of the untamed tongue. It is an interesting fact that we invariably judge others by their worst actions, while we tend to judge ourselves by our best intentions. Every time I judge someone else harshly, I reveal an unhealed part of myself. Jesus calls us, rather, to look into our own hearts first. If we do that honestly, we will notice ‘the plank in our own eye’. Then, whatever criticism we have to offer will be offered gently and out of love. Seventeenth century English Quaker, William Penn, after whom the American state of Pennsylvania was named, summed up the challenge succinctly: ‘They have a right to censure who have a heart to help’.

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