Saturday 28th Sept (Vigil Mass of 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6:30p.m.Kathleen (Kay) Donegan
Monday 30th September 10:00a.m. Mass St. Jerome. [40th Anniv of the visit of St. John Paul II to Clonmacnois )
Tuesday 1st October 10:00a.m. Mass St. Thérese of the Child Jesus, Patron of Mission
Wednesday 2nd October 10:00a.m. Mass The Guardian Angels
Thursday 3rd October 10:00a.m. Mass Bl. Columba Marmion
Friday 4th October 10:00a.m. Mass (First Friday) St. Francis of Assisi
Saturday 5th October (Vigil Mass of 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday 29th September 10;30a.m.
Michael & Lena O’Shea
First Friday 4th October 7pm. Mass. St. Francis of Assisi
Sunday 6th Octobeer 10:30a.m. (Day for Life)
Kathleen Kilduff (4th Anniv)
CLUAIN CHIARAIN Mass Wed. 2nd October at 7.30pm
COLLECTIONS: Offertory Sept 22nd 2019 €775 Shrine €55
COFFEE MORNING FOR HOSPICE Sept 19th €340 raised. Many thanks
MARRIAGE Best wishes to Eamon Kelly who married Donna Murphy in Passage East Waterford this weekend.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CONGRATULATIONS to Denis & Maureen Loonam who reach this wonderful milestone on September 29th next. Many more happy and healthy years to you both.
RECENT DEATHS We pray for the soul of Lizzie Coughlan Ballyclare Ferbane, mother of Ann Rohan, back Road, Clonfanlough
TIME OF VIGIL MASS IN SHANNONBRIDGE
Next Saturday, 5th October we plan to gather your views on what time our Vigil Mass should be. The general feeling falls with a mass time or 7p.m. or 7:30p.m. Most feel a seasonal moving mass time would cause confusion
On Friday, 4th October we gather at Clonmacnois Mass Shelter with our school and parishioners at 11:15a.m. concluding the Season of Creation & Marking the Papal Visit of 1979 also the particular Mission Month of October in this “Extraordinary Year of Mission”
Sacramental Enrolment The young people making their First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation are being enrolled on Saturday, October 5th during the 6:30p.m. Mass in St. Kieran’s, Church, Shannonbridge. This is the start of a process of preparation guided by their parents, their teachers and the parish community. All three pillars of influence have a very important part play in the faith formation of our young people. Personal example and true witness are the greatest influence in any young person’s life
TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
The rich man and Lazarus The sin of the rich man in today’s Gospel is
the sin of omission. It’s not that he did something wrong. He just did nothing. His wealth blinded him to the fact that a poor man lay at his gate. His indifference calls to mind the age-old adage: ‘to close one’s heart is to begin to die; to open one’s heart is to begin to live’. It is not without significance that the poor man Lazarus is the only person to be named in all the parables of Jesus. The poor are always close to His heart. We had better take notice. We are indeed called to be our brother’s and our sister’s keepers. In a world where a child dies from malnutrition every two seconds the image of the parable should disturb us. The poor are still at the gate. How we treat them will determine the kind of welcome we will receive at another gate!
Shannonbridge:Sat 5th October @6:30 p.m.
Servers Grp3 Michael C, Cliodhna F, Niamh C
Reader: Eileen Quinn
Euch. Minister Sinead Ryan
Church Care:Dympna Fitpatrick, Dympna O’Carroll, Linda Moran
Clonfanlough:Sun 6th Oct @10:30am
Server Grp 2 Neása T, Eva S
Reader: Della Fitzgerald Euch Min.:Ann Guinan
Church Care– Sep Anne McEvoy/Eilish Egan
40 years on from September 30th 1979 There was only a week to go when confirmation of a short visit by Pope John Paul II (described as “private” to Clonmacnois was made. Despite efforts to dissuade people, estimates of the time say 15,000 people converged on Clonmacnois to greet the Papal Helicopter at 9:30am. From 3am That morning. Local estimates are much higher. Some of you reading this remember the day vividly– other weren’t even born! Report of the time say.
"By 3am the big build-up began, with cars, bicycles and pedestrians converging on Clonmacnoise from the Shannonbridge, Athlone and Ferbane roads." Fr. O’Lehane in the “Shannonbridge Star” (!) pointed out that for him the Holy Father was saying to us “Go back to your roots– they were sound.” Gardaí were out in force.
When the Pope arrived, he was flanked by Cardinals O'Fiach and Carroll and Bishop Marcinkus, and greeted by Bishop Cahal Daly. Bishop Daly described it later as the "happiest day of his life".
The Pope visited an open-air oratory where he venerated St Manchan's Shrine and other diocesan relics.
From there he went up the hill, stopped to examine the Cross of the Scriptures, before coming to view on a specially prepared platform where he addressed the huge gathering
Before leaving he blessed a yew tree which was later planted in Clonmacnois and was presented with a replica of the Papal Crozier, made of an alloy of metals from Clonmacnois.
A year later in 1980 while receiving an Irish Group he gave these remarks. "I will never forget that place, in which we stopped for a short time, in the early morning hours, on Sunday September 30: Clonmacnois. The ruins of the monastery & of the churches speak of the life that once pulsated there...It is difficult to look on these ruins merely as a monument of the past: whole generations of Europe owe to them the light of the Gospel & the structural framework of their culture. These ruins are still charged with a great mission, they still constitute a challenge”
World Day of Migrants &Refugees
Sunday 29th September 2019
Irish Blessing for those
Who are Forced to Leave Home
The love and affection of the angels be to you.
The love and affection of the saints be to you.
The love and affection of heaven be to you,
To guard you and to cherish you.
May God shield you on every step, May Christ aid you on every path, May Spirit fill you on every slope,
On hill and on plain; On earth and on sea
until it is safe to go home again.
A day in Honour of Our Lady -
"Calling all Families". Consecrate your families to Our Lady on Sat. 5th Oct in Knock Shrine at the 3pm Pilgrimage Mass. Followed by testimony, food + music in the Rest + Care Centre and concludes with a Holy Hour to pray for our Priests, Bishops & their Dioceses. Contact HLI Ireland in Knock 094-9375993/085-
8608835 or email: email@example.com
SHANNONBRIDGE ACTION GROUP A.G.M. Tuesday 1st October 9p.m.
CONGRATULATIONS to Shannonbridge GAA who are into the County Final after an outstanding win Vs Kilcormac/Killoughey on Friday night in Tubber on a scoreline of 1:14 to 2-8
BIRR COMMUNITY NURSING UNIT Pop
Up Shop - Sunday, 6th October, commencing
1p.m. Proceeds will specifically fund the creation of a Multisensory Enclosed Garden for Day Care Users. 30 Pop up Shops to cater for all your Shopping needs including: Pre Owned, Pre-Loved and New Jewellery, Clothing, Cakes, Paintings, Arts & Crafts, Home Produce, Household Products
ARK OF DIVINE MERCY will host First Saturday in honour of our Blessed Lady in St Ronan’s Parish Church Taughmaconnell on Saturday October 5th 2019 starting at 2.00pm
with a short Procession, Adoration Rosary Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Concluding with Holy Mass. Celebrant Fr Luke Ohiemi. All are most welcome. Details from Kathleen O'Connor on 087 6600190 Paul Woods on 087 7828283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Experience weekend 18-20 October for people who have lost a spouse through death, divorce or separation Esker Retreat Centre Athenry; Phone Maureen 0876646896 or Josie 0879881143!!
DOON / SHANNONBRIDGE GAA LOTTOThe winning numbers in last week’s lotto drawwere 7, 10, 29, 31. No jackpot winner. No match 3 winner. This week’s jackpot is €9,600 and the draw will be held in Doon on Monday 30th September
SHANNONBRIDGE FITNESS CLASSES
1) Pilates on Monday at 11am in the Hall, S’bridge
2) Fitness Class Tuesdays at 8p.m. in the Hall, S’bridge
ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP MEET on Tuesdays at 10:45a.m. in Hall. All welcome
SHANNONBRIDGE LIBRARY open every Thursday 7-9pm