February 8th 2015 Newsletter



8th FEBRUARY 2015



Sat. 7 Feb 8 pm. Michael & Margaret Geraghty, Clooncrim – Anniv.

William & Nellie Egan – Anniversary

Tues. 10 Feb. 10am. John Keaveney, Cloonlee
Wed. 11 Feb. 10 am. Mass for all the people of the Parish.
Sat. 14 Feb. 8pm. John Page, Foxboro – 2nd Anniversary and his parents Elizabeth & Martin and his sisters Mary, Eileen & Patricia


Eucharistic Ministers: Church Readers
Ballinlough Church:
Sat. 14 Feb. 8 pm. Rena Burke

Joan McDermott

Colm O’Gara

William Walsh

Granlahan Church:
Sun. 15 Feb. 12 noon. Maura Caulfield

Mary Gormley

Aoibhe Coggins Lorna Gormley

Offertory Collections:   

Sat. & Sun. 31st January & 1st February

Ballinlough:  €533.    Granlahan:  €380.


Ash Wednesday is celebrated on Wednesday 18th February this year.

Astro Turf Plaque at Carrick National School

Any other family or individual who would like to contribute €100 to the Astro Turf Pitch will have their names engraved on a special plaque to be unveiled at the official opening in a few weeks time.  Closing date for contributions is Friday 13th February.  Contact Joan on 086 805 3115.

World Day of Prayer for the sick is on Wednesday 11th February.  Please join in prayer for those who are ill.

St. Brigid’s Crosses – Many thanks to all who contributed to the sale of St. Brigid’s Crosses in aid of Cancer Care West.  Amount Collected:  Ballinlough €215.55.

Granlahan €77.74.  Cloonfad €181.43.

Granlahan Foroige Club are hosting a “Community Get Together” in Granlahan community centre after 12 noon Mass on Sunday 8th February.  Come along and enjoy a cuppa and chat.  Everyone welcome.


Sun. 8 Feb. 12 noon Edward & Mary Winston, Grange – Anniversary

Seάn Lyons, Granlahan – 10th Anniversary

P.J., Ellen, John & Jim Murphy, Granlahan

John McAtamney, London

John Dolan, Four Roads

Deceased members of the Croghan family

Deceased members of the Conroy family Mountrath

Peter & Ellen Craven & their daughter Mary Conroy and deceased members of the Croghan family

Helen Sweeney & deceased members of the family, Glenties – Anniversary.

John Raftery & deceased members of the family, Coraslustia

Fri. 13 Feb. 10 am. Private Intentions.
Sun. 15 Feb. 12 noon James, Patrick and Winifred Burke, Grange – Anniversary

Ballinlough Community Development would like to invite past and present members from all committees under the umbrella group to a social get-together in the Time Out Café on Wednesday 18th February at 9pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Support Group for Parents & Carers Knock Counselling Centre is hosting a support group for parents & carers of young people who are experiencing difficulties in life, on Thursday 12th February at 7pm.  The evening will be facilitated by Peter Devers, Psychotherapist.  To book, please call 094 9375032.

Dunmore Monster Bingo continues Sunday 8th Feb. at 4pm in Dunmore Comm. Cntr.

Teen Fostering Initiative – Tusla Child & Family Agency is looking to recruit foster carers for teenagers.  If you have experience of teenagers, have a spare room in your home and are interested in learning more, please contact Patricia Randles at Social Work Department 091 546366/546370.

Tax Relief on Charitable Donations – The church as a registered charity can claim Tax Relief on donations made by all taxpayers.  This applies to both PAYE & self-employed since 2012.  If you paid tax in 2014 and donated more than €250 in the year to weekly collections and/or Priests Offerings, a refund of up to 31% of the gross donation can be claimed.  Donors are required to complete a simple form called a CHY4 which are available to download from the revenue website or just google “Form CHY4”.  Copies are also available at the church door.  This is an extremely valuable source of funds to the parish.  It actually costs the parishioners nothing and relief cannot be claimed by individual taxpayers themselves since 2012, so is completely lost unless claimed by the charity.  If you qualify we would kindly ask you to complete the CHY4 and return in a sealed envelope to Fr Joe or any member of the Church Finance Committee for claim processing within the next couple of weeks.  If you have any queries or need further information please contact David Kirrane 086 3974766 (evenings after 8pm).

Padua & Lake Maggiore – 30th June, 7 nights contact 01 2410816 or 093 28337,

Holy Land – 12th October, 8 nights contact 01 2410822 or 093 28337.

Granlahan Card Game Winners:  1. Stephen Doherty, Gerry Coffey, Joe Grogan & Tommy McDermott.  2. P.J. Ruane & Jarlath Waldron.  3. Keogh Conboy & Padraig Gallagher.  Raffle winners – Mary Birmingham, Paddy Conroy & Gerry Coffey.

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