December 17th 2017 Newsletter

The Second Sunday of Advent  –   17th  December 2017

Mass Intentions                    Ballinlough

Sat.  16 Dec.  8pm Ita Joyce, 1st Anniv. and her husband Jimmy 4th Anniv, The Avenue

Patrick & Margaret Finan, Foxboro. Anniv.

The deceased members of the Donnellan family.

James Fitzmaurice, Churchboro. 9th Anniv.

Tom and James Frain, Cloonlative

Betty Coyne, Cloonlative.

John Joe Waldron, his wife Kathleen and son Eugene, Clooncrim.

Patrick & Teresa Connell and deceased members of the Connell & Steadman families.

Margaret Kerrigan, Anniv., also Bill and William Kerrigan, Cloonlee.

Annie & Michael Hussey, Clydaugh

Rose Anne & James Hussey, Clydaugh.

Gallagher family, Carrick

John & Mary McGovern and Michael Casserly, Clydaugh.

Tues. 19 Dec 10am Frank Kelly and deceased members of the Kelly family, Carraghs East.

Wed. 20 Dec.10am Mass for all the people of the parish.

Sat. 23 Dec.8.30pmThomas Reilly, Anniv.   


                        Offertory Collection:  Sat & Sun 10th & 11th Dec. and Feast of

                                            The Immaculate Conception 8th Dec.

                                Ballinlough:  €630                     Granlahan:  €335


                                   Ballinlough: Sat. 23rd Dec. 8.30 pm.

Eurcharistic  Ministers                                                            Church Readers

Mary Finan/Teresa Cunningham                                       John James Cregg

                                    Granlahan: Sun 24th   Dec. 12 noon

John Caulfield/Mary Ruane                                         Teresa Hebron


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



Mass Intentions:                 Granlahan

Sun.17th Dec. 12 noon        Paddy & Brigid Keane, Castlequarter. Anniv.

Molly Caulfield, also Jim and JT Conry and deceased members of the Jennings family, Cornabanny.

Anne Ronan, Grange, 5th Anniv, her husband Tom Ronan.

Denis Finnegan, Coolnaha

Pat Conroy, Moigh Upper

Patrick Naughton and dec.members of Naughton family,Grange.Anniv.

Fri.  22nd Dec. 10am            Private intention

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


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.


Christmas Confessions:  We hope to have Christmas Confessions as usual in all three

Churches on the weekend prior to Christmas.  Ballinlough: After 8pm Mass on Sat. 16th.

Cloonfad: After 10.30am Mass on Sun 17th. Granlahan: After 12 noon Mass on Sun. 17th.


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


Christmas Day Adoration: We hope to have an hour of Adoration of the Blesseed Sacrament in all the churches as usual on Christmas Day from 5pm-6pm.


Sick & housebound:  For the Christmas season, I will visit the sick and the housebound as usual on Thursday and Friday.

Ballinlough: Fri. 22nd Dec @ 10.30am, Granlahan: Fri. 22nd  Dec. @ 11am, Cloonfad: Fri. 22nd Dec. @ 2.30pm


Granlahan 25 Card Game  Our special Christmas 25 card drive will be held next Monday night 18th Dec @ 8.30pm.   Loads of prizes and refreshments on the night.   This is the last card game of 2017.   Thank you all for supporting us, and look forward to seeing you all on the 8th January 2018.   Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and good health and fortune for 2018.


Active Retirement meeting next Tuesday 19th  January @ 2pm in Granlahan Community Centre.  Guest speaker will attend.  All welcome.


Hospice meeting in O’Connors lounge on Monday night 18th Dec. @ 8pm.   Draw will take place for Christmas jumper.   All welcome.


Community 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 and Registration for cycle @ 11.30am in White House Hotel, Ballinlough.   Walk and cycle start at 12.30pm.   Please support this enjoyable event.


Employability Coffee Morning at Employability office, St. Partrick St, Castlerea on Tuesday 19th Dec from 11am-1pm.  Come and join us!


Monstor Bingo on Dec. 26th in Dunmore Community Centre @ 4pm.