January 28th 2018 Newsletter


The Fourth Sunday of the Year     28thJanuary 2018

Mass Intentions                        Ballinlough

Sat.   27th Jan   8pm             Kay Knezevich, U.S.A. 16th Anniv. and deceased members of the Gaffey family, Islands.

SonnieDonegan, Clooncrim. M.M.

Michael Cummins, Ballinlough. M.M.

Tues. 30th Jan. 10am           Private Intention

Wed. 31st Jan.  10am          Mass for all the people of the parish.

Sat.     3rd Feb.   8pm           Terry Keaveney, Ballinlough. M.M.

Nora and Michael Kelly, Cloonlough Anniv.

Michael and Margaret Geraghty, Clooncrim. Anniv.

St. Brigid Crosses will be blessed at the beginning of this Mass and Candles will be  blessed after the Gospel. As today is the Feast of St. Blaise, throats will be blessed after this Mass

Offertory Collection: 20th& 21st January  Ballinlough: €410 Granlahan:  €370


Eucharistic  Ministers                                               Church Readers

Ballinlough: Sat.3rd Feb. 8.pm

Rose Gaffrey/Miriam Winston                                              Sarah Winston/Sinéad Tarmey

Granlahan: Sun. 4th Feb. 12 noon

Mary Birmingham/Mary Gormley                                     Róisin Ruane/Grace O’Gara


As next Friday is the First Friday of the month, I will visit the house bound and sick as usual.

Ballinlough: Friday 2nd Feb @ 10.30am, Granlahan:  Friday 2nd Feb. @ 11am,

Cloonfad:  Friday 2nd Feb. 2.30am.


Care of the Churches:  Ballinlough. Many thanks to the people of Town North and the Avenue who took care of the flowers during the month of January.   Would Cloonlee look after them during the month of February, please.


World meeting of Families – August 2018 As a preparation for this meeting of families and as a help to all families, there is a card from St. Joseph’s Cluster with suggestions, it is available at the back of the church and will also be given out at the doors of the church.   Please take one and give it a try.


Foyer of Charity Silent Retreat:  5 days.   Theme:  “If you but knew the gift of God…”   Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne.  Venue: St. Mary’s Hostel, Knock from Feb. 26th to March 4th.   Cost: €425 full board.  Contact: Helen @ 086 1678027 or hellywilliams@gmail.com

The retreats address those who search for God, or who wish to grow in their life of faith and prayer.


Mass Intentions:          Granlahan

Sun.  28th Jan. 12 noon       Joe Hussey, Castlequarter, Anniv. and deceased members of the Hussey family.

Eddie Burke and Colette, Cloonfad.

John Heneghan, Lowberry. Anniv.

Paddy O’Gara, Mike O’Gara. Anniv.

Mae O’Gara and deceased members of the O’Gara family Ballyglass.

Fri.  2nd Feb.  10am              Feast of The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple.

St. Brigid Crosses are blessed before this mass. Candles are blessed in honour of this Feast Day after the Gospel.   Saturday is the Feast of St. Blaise, throats will be blessed after 12 noon Mass on Sunday 4th February.

Sun. 4th Feb. 12 noon          Deceased members of the O’Brien family, Ballyglass.

Margaret Ruane, Granlahan. Anniv.


Please pray for the souls of Pat Moylan, Ballinlough, Mary Gate Caulfield, Grange, and Eimear Stanley, Ballinlough who died recently.  R.I.P.


Granlahan 25 Card Game Results:   1st:  Rose & Mike Gaffrey, Eileen Gillen, Tommy Geraghty.  2nd. PJ Ruane, Jarlath Waldron.  3rd. Jackie Finan, Michael O’Donnell.   Raffle Winners: Paddy Conroy, Pete Gallagher, Stephen Doherty.  Next game: 29th Jan @ 8.30pm.


Table Quiz in Mullvihills, Castlerea on Friday 3rd February in aid of The Elphin Diocesan invalid pilgrimage to Lourdes, Castlerea Deanery.   Quiz @ 9pm.  Please support.


Ballinlough Day Centre will reopen on Thursday next 1st February.   New volunteers and guests most welcome


Michael Glaveys Club wish to thanks everybody who supported them in their recent Race Night fundraiser which was a great success.   They also wish to thank all who supported the Michael Glavey’s LGFA recent church gate collection which raised €177.   Your support for both of these fundraisers is very much appreciated.


Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday 28th January.   The focus this year is on the family in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin 21-26th August.   Please God Pope Francis will be able to visit Ireland on this occasion.


Cluster Convenors Meeting: A meeting ofthe Cluster Convenors and representatives from the various clusters will take place in Knock House Hotel on Wednesday January 31st @ 8pm.   As we approach the conclusion of the 2013-2020 plan it is now envisaged that we begin to look at planning for the years after 2020.


GRETB Dunmore have the following QQI certified classes on offer Early Education and Play Level 5 – Thursday Mornings .Understanding Special Needs Level 5 – Monday Mornings.Work Experience Level 6 – Tuesday MorningsContact the centre on 093 39778 if you wish to register or for further info.”


10 Minute Spiritual Challenge – A Lenten Journey:  Take up the challenge for Lent of dedicating 10+ minutes a day on a spiritual practice of your choice, checking in one to one, once a week, or with an experienced prayer guide.  Opening gathering: Thursday 8th Feb @ 8pm at the Jesuit Centre, 6 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway.   Info/Booking:  086 8776537.


A new plinth containing a piece of the original stone from the gable wall of Knock Parish church has been erected outside Knock Basilica.

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