Christmas 2017 Newsletter

The Feast of The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Christmas Day 25th December 2017


Christmas Greeting

I wish to extend Christmas greetings and blessings to you all.   I hope Christmas wil be a happy and peaceful time for everyone.   May the many blessings of Christmas be present in all your homes.  I wish to welcome home all the members of your families and your friends who have come to spend Christmas in our parish.   I hope that you all enjoy the season of goodwill together.   We remember especially in our Christmas prayers ay members of your families that may be ill or in hospital at this time.   Christmas can be a lonely time for individuals and families who have lost a loved one furing the year.   You are all very much in our prayers this Christmas, may the peace of Christmas be with you.

Mass Intentions                        Ballinlough

Sat. 23 Dec.8pm          Thomas Reilly, Anniv.

Sun. 24 Dec. 8.30pm   Christmas Eve. John Gilmartin, Srah. Anniv.

Mon 25 Dec.10.30am  Christmas Day. Feast of the Birth of Our Lord.

Tues 26 Dec.10am       St. Stephen’s Day

Wed 27 Dec.10am       St. Johh, Apostle and Evangelist.

Thurs 28 Dec. 10am    Johnny Flynn, Loughill. 2nd Anniv.

Sat. 30 Dec. 8pm         Feast of The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.                                     Michael Fagan, Oaklawn, Ballinlough M.M.                                   Vincent Kelly,Cloonlough,Anniv.his brother Joe and also his son Michael                                         Kate Judge and her husband Ned, Cloonlough

   Offertory Collection:  Sat & Sun16th & 17th Dec.

         Ballinlough:  €605    Granlahan:  €505

Eurcharistic  Ministers                                                        Church Readers

          Ballinlough: Sun 24th Dec. 8.30 pm. Christmas Eve

Maria Cregg/Teresa Markham

Monday 25th Dec. Christmas Day. 10.30am

Mary Morris/Frank Moran

Saturday: 30th Dec. 8pm

Peter Baggott/Christina Gormley         

Granlahan: Sun. 24th Dec. Christmas Eve. 7pm

Mary Birmingham/Mary Gormley

Mon. 25th Dec. Christmas Day. 11.30am

Angela Keaveney/Joe Keane

Sun. 31st Dec. 12 noon

Mary Gormley(B)/Anne Hett                               John Caulfield


Christmas Day Adoration: We hope to have an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as usual on Christmas Day from 5pm-6pm in Ballinlough and Granlahan Churches.

The Christmas Collection for the support of the Priest of the Parish will be taken up at all Masses on Christmas Eve night and at all Masses on Christmas Day.

Mass Intentions:                           Granlahan

Sun. 24th Dec. 12 noon       Mass for all the people of the parish

Sun. 24th Dec.  7pm             Christmas Eve

Mon 25th Dec.11.30am      Christmas Day. Feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Fri.   29th Dec. 10am.           Feast of St. Thomas a Becket

Sun. 31st Dec. 12 noon.       Feast of The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Tom Bailey, Ballybane. Anniv.

Joe Bailey, Ballybane and Northampton . M.M.

Helen and John Joe Lynch, lowberry. Anniv.

John Ruane and his parents Anne and Patrick, Lisnagroobe

Margaret Moran, Nora and Austin Moran, Lisnagroobe. Anniv.

John and Mary Burke, Grange. Anniv.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kevin Hunt, London and formerly of Lisnagroobe also for the repose of the soul of his brother-in-law Tom Fahy who died in London also. R.I.P.

Date and times of Masses for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Ballinlough:  Christmas Eve 8.30pm, Christmas Day: 10.30am
Granlahan: Christmas Eve:  7pm, Christmas Day: 11.30am
Cloonfad:  Christmas Eve 7pm  Christmas Day 10.30am

Prayer before Christmas Dinner

God of all gifts, we thank you for the many ways you have blessed us this day. We are grateful to you for gathering us around this table.   We ask you to bless us, and our food and to bless those we love who are not with us today.   In our gratitude and love, we remember your humble birth into our world and we pray for those who are without enough to eat.   We remember the stable in which you were born and pray for those who have no place to call home.   We remember your challenging message of caring and giving, and pray for peace in families and nations throughout the world.   We bless you and give you thanks in your Spirit who brings our hearts to life this Christmas Day and forever.   Amen


New Year’s Day Mass:  St. Joseph Cluster.   There will be a special New Year’s Day Mass for all the parishes/church area in St. Patrick’s church, Ballyhaunis @ 12 noon on January 1st 2018.  This is the fourth year of this event and as on previous occasions representatives from each of the parishes/church areas will take part in the Mass.  The theme of the Mass will be “The World Meeting of Families 2018”. The combined choirs of the Cluster will provide the music and singing at the Mass. All are welcome. A collection will be taken up at the Mass, the proceeds of which will go towards defraying costs of various e vents organised by the St. Joseph Cluster.


Table Quiz: A table quiz in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and in memory of Jason Egan, Ballintubber will be held in Todd Campbell’s Lounge on Saturday 30th December @ 7pm. Contact Dean Flanagan on 086 1002521 for more information


St. Stephen’s DayCommunity Healthy Heart Dash: Ballinlough/Granlahan Defribillator Group are holding a 6K walk from Granlahan to Ballinlough via Carrick, and a 10K Cycle on the Ballinlough Cycle Route on St. Stephens Day 26th Dec.  Registration for walk in Granlahan Community Centre @ 11.30am Registration for cycle @ 11.30am in Whitehouse Hotel, Ballinlough. Walk and cycle start at 12.30pm.   Please support this enjoyable event.


Enrolment Night: Carrick NS will host an enrolment on Thursday 18th Jan. @ 7pm for parents hoping to enrol a child in Junior infants in Sept. 2018.   All new parents are welcome to attend on the night.   This will be an opportunity to meet the teachers, see our school and collect school enolment pack. Enrolment forms will be available from the school throughout. the month of January.


The Roscommon Underwater Search and Recovery unit will hold its annual church gate collection on 6th & 7th January 2108.  All monies collected will be used for the maintenance of the unit.   We would like to thank you for your generous support in the past and hope you will be able to support this collection.