March 3rd Ballinlough/Granlahan Newsletter

                    The Eighth Sunday of the Year.       3rd  March 2019.

Mass Intentions                                          Ballinlough                                                                          

Sat  2nd  Mar.  8pm         Tommy Joe & Kathleen Forde, Anniversary and their son Tommy, Loughill, Anniversary Mass.

Tue 5th  Mar. 10am         Private Intention.   

Wed 6th Mar.10.15am    Ash Wednesday.

                                       Ashes will be distributed at this mass.

Sat  9th Mar.  8pm      Michael Geraghty, Clooncrim, Months Mind Mass.

          Maureen & Luke Browne, Mountain Lower, Anniversary Mass.       

          Eugene Daly, Ballinlough, 13th Anniversary and also

          Tom & Ellen Grennan, Loughill, Anniversary.

              Offertory Collection:           Sat Feb 23rd  & Sun 24th  Feb.

                                            Ballinlough: €375 Granlahan: €

  Eucharistic Ministers:  Kitty Murphy  & Mary Larkin.  Church Readers:  Family.
    Ballinlough Sat 9th Mar 8pm.

  Eucharistic Ministers:   John Maloney & Mary Birmingham  Church Readers: Grace O’ Gara & Roísín Ruane.
                           Granlahan Sun 10th Mar 12 noon.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. This is the first day of Lent. It is above all a time of penance, when God asks us to think seriously about our faith. It is a time that focuses especially on the mercy and love of god. God is merciful. He is calling us to return, to come back to him.

Times of Masses on Ash Wednesday:

    Cloonfad:    Wednesday  9.30am.

    Ballinlough:    Wednesday  10.15am.

    Granlahan:    Wednesday  7pm.

             (Ashes will be distributed at all these Masses.)

New Dawn, magazine of the Arch Diocese of Tuam is on sale after Masses.

Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Lithuania: – A seven day DIVINE MERCY Pilgrimage Tour, following in “ The Footsteps of St. Faustina &  St. John Paul 2nd”, takes place on 12th of September for seven days with Fr. Karl Burns as Spiritual Director. Detailed Itinerary from Norah at 087 2533272 & 094 90 21510 or e mail .

Items to be included on Newsletter:  Contact 086 8406295.

Mass Intentions                    Granlahan                                               

Sun  3rd Mar.    12 noon        Bernard & Annie Delaney and their grandson Joe Bailey ,also Michael & Mary Brennan.       

Wed 6th Mar.    7pm        Ash Wednesday – The Ashes will be distributed at this mass.

Fri  8th Mar.    10am        Private Intention.    

Sun 10th Mar.    12 noon        Jarlath Waldron, Coraslustia, 1st Anniversary Mass.

                Molly Griffin (anniversary) & her brother Jim.

                Kelly and their parents, Pat & Catherine, Culkeen.

                Mary Ellen Raftery, Clougher 2nd Anniversary.

                Bob Raftery, Miltown, 18th Anniversary.                                                        

Saint Patrick’s Day in Granlahan:

The Children from Granlahan N.S. will play traditional Irish music at the 12 o’ clock mass in Granlahan church on Sunday March 17th. Come and join us in our celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick.

Granlahan N.S. Enrolment 2019/2020:

Enrolment  packs for children starting in Junior Infants in Granlahan National School, next September, are now available at the school. Please call to the school at anytime during the school day.

Irish Kidney Association – wishes to thank all who contributed to the recent Church Gate collection. A sum of € 89.00 was collected.

Knock Shrine – One Day retreats & workshops, focussing on prayer, reflection, deepening of faith & spiritual rejuvenation.

Listening in Lent Series: – An evening of Spiritual music, reflection & prayer, led by Deirdre Ní Chinnéide.

Beginning experience weekend: – for people who have lost a spouse, through death, divorce or separation, 5th – 7th of April 2019, Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway. Contact Gerry 086 3855090 or Maureen 087 6646896.

Information Meeting about Exodus 90 Programme – There will be an information meeting on Monday March 4th, in the Alexian Brothers, Knock at 7pm. Exodus 90 is an intense programme of spiritual exercises for men. Not for the faint hearted. Grow in freedom and self mastery and become a better man for yourself and your family. Contact .

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Archbishop Michael Neary, will depart Knock Airport, on 19th of July 2019, for five nights. For more information and bookings please contact Sheila Davin 093 24439 or 086 8664633.

Bereavement Support Group: – The Knock Bereavement Support Group, which meets at the Family Centre, every Wednesday at 11am, will also meet on Wednesday evenings during Lent at 8pm. Anyone is welcome to drop in to either session. Further information from Monica Morley, Knock Shrine on 094 93 75320 or on .

Clonfert Diocese has a vacancy for a part time (19.5) hours, Pastoral Ministry Co – ordinator: – Among the responsibilities will be – Liaising with Youth Groups through Second Level Schools – Supporting the Primary School Catechetical Programme. Please send applications by email to or by post to The Office Administrator, Clonfert Diocese, Coorheen, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 TD82, by Friday 15th of March 2019.
Local Link Mayo Rural Transport Services: – Ballyhaunis Community Council, is hosting a further meeting on Monday 4th of March at 8pm, in the Parochial Hall, to discuss potential new Local Link routes to & from Ballyhaunis. If you think your area needs such a service, you are invited to attend the meeting. The key next step will be surveying areas to assess whether there are sufficient numbers to launch, such a route. Visit

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