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NEWSLETTER 12th July 2015





Jesus Said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tom Bermingham, Garbally; Dave Malone, America, father of Petria Malone and Fr. Tony Cahir, former P.P., Birr. May they rest in peace.

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1061.00
Restoration Collection: €530 (Target €700) Collectors: Team E
Readers of the Word: July 7 p.m. Aideen Madden and Eimear Regan
8.30 a.m. Liam Broderick & Kevin Rigney 11.30 Pauline Scales and Maria Curley
Eucharistic Ministers: July 7 p.m. Hilary Kelly and David Nagle
8.30 a.m. Carmel O’Sullivan 11.30 Caroline McGee & Damian Keenaghan

Mass in Banagher Cemetery: Saturday 25th July 7 p.m.
Mass in All Saints Cemetery: Monday 27th July 7 p.m.
Croagh Patrick Climb: The Annual Cluster Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on the Aug. Bank Holiday Monday. Names to be given to Fr. Pierre.
Altar Swap: Next weekend the Priests of the Parish will swap Churches Fr. Aidan Ryan will say Mass in Banagher, Fr. Pierre will say Mass in Pollagh & Boher.
Mass Survey: The results of last weekend’s Mass Survey are as follows: 7 p.m. 196 votes, 8.30 a.m. 83 votes and 11.30 a.m. 155 votes. The 8.30 a.m. Mass received the least votes, so in the event of any Mass changes the 8.30 a.m. Mass will be dropped. These changes and any other will be discussed over the coming months. Parishioners will be kept informed of any developments.
6.30 a.m: It has always been a tradition in the Church for Christians to rise early in the morning to pray, both to praise God and seek his help. From this Mon. and every morning except Sun. the Church will be open for parishioners to spend a few minutes in prayer at the start of the day at 6.30 a.m. All will be welcome any day. We will pray each day for the whole parish and each person’s needs.
Up Coming Cluster Events: Thurs. 20th Aug.

Remembering Emigrants who left Shannon Harbour for England.

Sun. 23rd Aug. Family Fun-Day in Cloghan G.A.A. Pitch 2 – 6 p.m.


That Beats Banagher Festival 9th to 12th July. “Banagher in the time of Anthony Trollope” celebrates his time in Banagher, his work with An Post and his literary output. Events traditional skills workshops, demonstrations, readings, exhibitions, community celebrations and more. Information and bookings or 087 9430489.
Banagher Tidy Towns would like to thank all who contributed to the Church Gate collection last weekend. €573.79 was collected. Donations can also be made any time in Crank House. Volunteers are needed for a litter pick on Tues. 14th July from 7 to 8 p.m. Meeting at the Marina playground.
Please join The Mid Ireland Boat Club with the official launch of the Sionn Mhara on Sun. 12th July at 3 p.m. from Banagher Marina / Slipway. Come & try out rowing on this magnificent Bantry Bay Longboat for yourself after the launch. Visit Sionn Mhara facebook page for more information.
A Pat Mc Keon Photographic Exhibition including the launch of “The Doorways Of Banagher ” Collector’s Edition is on display in the front entrance lobby of SuperValu, Banagher. If you need more details or you would like copies of any photograph on display…. contact Pat on 087 6269645 or email:
West Offaly Training’s Summer Camps will take place for Juniors on the 11th Aug. and for Seniors on the 11th and 18th of Aug. More details to follow.
Art and Crafts Summer Workshops: Get crafty this summer with Linda Kelly. 1st Workshop on Sat. 18th July 11.30-12.30, age group 5-8 years, cost €8. 2nd Workshop on Sat. 25th July, 11.00-12.30, age group 9-12 years, cost €10. Limited places so book in advance at 0579151471 or 0579124950!
Banagher Library will be closed on the following dates in July: Friday 24th July 2-5 p.m., Thursday 30th, Friday 31st and Saturday 1st August. Open Library times can vary please check website or notices for details.
Chiropody Clinic will be attending Banagher Health Centre on Fri. 17th July from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for general & diabetic senior citizens footcare. Home Clinic & House Calls also available. Contact (086)1901247 or (067) 27234 for an appointment
Offaly Hospice Foundation – Church Gate Coll. will be held the weekend 18/19th July. Your support would be appreciated.
St Mel’s Cathedral – Ireland’s Favourite Building! St Mel’s Cathedral Longford has won the Irish Architecture award for being the favourite building in Ireland as voted by you

Banagher Horse Fair 2015:   Please like and share Banagher Horse Fair Page anyone who is on Facebook.

Shannon Harbour High Nelly Festival takes place August Bank Holiday Weekend. Saturday 1st – activities from 5 p.m. Sunday 2nd  High Nelly Cycle registration at 2 p.m. race at 3 p.m. sharp.

½ hour to yourself: Each Wed. at 8.30 p.m. a ½ hour period of quiet time takes place in the Church. Come along because your worth it.

Landscaping & Horticulture Course starting 20th July 2015 in St. Rynagh’s College, Banagher. Now recruiting! Level 4 Major Award in Horticulture- 6 month full time course- ETB training allowance provided. Contact Monica on 087 6835561.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Aug. 26th for 7 nights €679. Spiritual Director – Rev. Fr. Pat Deely. For more info. Aodh & Carmel Horan 087 2072996 or 087 2072982.
For Sale: All Summer Bedding Plants available at ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Taylor’s Cross, Banagher, 057 9151273

The Irish Heart Foundation F.A.S.T. Awareness Week is taking place this year from 26th-31st July. F.A.S.T. can help you to rapidly recognise when a stroke is taking place and then act quickly to get medical treatment.
F – Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S – Speech – is their speech slurred?
T –Time to call 999 if you spot any single one of these signs.

Sunday Morning Litter Pick meet at the Library Car Park at 7.30 a.m.

Lough Derg is a place of welcome where no one is judged and everyone is equal. You can begin your three Day Pilgrimage on any day until 13th August. No need to book. Daily boats to the Island from 10.30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 7 days a week until 13th August.

Appeals for breeding Curlew records

Have you seen breeding pairs of Curlews?

Curlew are on the edge of extinction as a breeding species in Ireland, having declined almost 80% since the 1970s. They nest on the ground in damp, rushy pastures and open moorlands.

Under contract from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, BirdWatch Ireland is undertaking a national Breeding Curlew Survey in parts of the north-west, west and south-west of Ireland and is appealing to members of the public to take part.

Gun Clubs have been asked to assist in monitoring the Irish breeding populations of this iconic and highly threatened species. If you see breeding pairs of curlew this summer, please contact:

Dr. Anita Donaghy, Senior Conservation Officer, BirdWatch Ireland at: or on 07491 36436.




Youth 2000 Summer Festival

Join over 1000 young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from Thursday 13th August to Sunday 16th August 2015.   For all frequently asked questions, online booking links and free bus information contact the National Office at or 01 6753690.

Cura Pregnancy Support Services is an Agency of the Irish Episcopal Conference and was established in 1977 to ensure the provision of services to people facing a crisis pregnancy. If you are concerned about an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk to someone, in confidence contact CURA  Lo-Call 1850 622626 or for local Centre details.   All Cura services are FREE and Confidential.


Pray for all our loved ones who have emigrated

In the current economic climate, many families have witnessed the departure of our young people to other countries.

On Thursday August 20th, as part of the Cluster Events, there will be a special remembrance for those who left Shannon Harbour for England in years past.


Bless all those who have left our country and now live in other lands.
Give them a strong faith so that they will always put their trust in you
and make you known by the example of their lives.
Console those who are lonely because they are separated from those they love.
Help all missionaries who are working far from home to make your love known.
Bless our people overseas who are sick or in prison.
We pray for foreigners living in our country that they may experience our hospitality.
Grant your eternal welcome to our emigrants who have died and to all the dead.

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Nineteen priests on the move in Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise

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Nineteen priests in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise are on the move.

Bishop Francis Duffy has made the changes which were announced at Masses across the diocese yesterday.

Among the changes is the introduction to the diocese of Fr Joseph Okere from the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria; the appointment of a Parish Priest for Ballymahon following the death of Fr Padraig Mc Gowan in February; while two priests are set to retire.

Parish Priest of Edgeworthstown Fr Michael Bannon is to be Parish Priest of Gowna and Mullinalaghta.

Curate in Mount Temple Fr Pat Kiernan is to be Parish Priest in Edgeworthstown.

Fr PJ Fitzpatrick, Parish Priest Gowna and Mullinalaghta, is to be a curate in Mount Temple.

Fr Gerry Brady, Parish Priest of Newtowncashel, is taking up the same role in Clonmacnoise.

Parish Priest of Clonmacnoise Fr Francis O’Hanlon is to retire.

Curate in Carrick-on-Shannon, Fr Merlyn Kenny, is to become Parish Priest in Newtowncashel.

Parish Priest of Drumshanbo Fr Peter Burke is take over the same role in Ferbane.

Parish Priest of Ferbane Fr Frankie Murray is moving to the same role in Drumshanbo.

Administrator in Athlone Fr Liam Murray is moving to be Parish Priest in Ballymahon.

Curate in Athlone Fr Declan Shannon is to move to the role of Administrator in the town.

Fr Padraig Kelliher is moving from Longford to be a curate in Athlone.

Parish Priest of Rathowen Monsignor Patrick Earley is to retire.

Fr Nigel Charles, Administrator of Killashee, is moving to the same role in Rathowen and Streete.

Resident Priest in Streete Fr Joe McGrath is moving to the same role in Ballinamuck.

Fr Patsy McDermott, curate in Ballinamuck, is to be Administrator in Killashee.

Fr Joseph Okere from the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria is to be a curate in Longford.

Curate in Carrick-on-Shannon Fr Michael McGrath is moving to be a curate in Longford.

Curate in Longford Fr Brendan O’Sullivan is to be a curate in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The recently ordained Fr Seamus O’Rourke is to be a curate in Carrick-on-Shannon.


* Pictured Above : L-R    Fr Frankie Murray is moving as Parish Priest to Drumshanbo

Fr Pierre Pepper remaining in Banagher

Bishop Francis Duffy at Confirmation in St Mary’s Cloghan earlier this year

Fr Seamus O’Rourke is to be a curate in Carrick-on-Shannon



Come back to God, Come back to the Church

Join us tonight 8.30pm for a half hour of quiet time with Jesus

The Parable of the Lost Son

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.  But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

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Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Celebrated on 29th June

On this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the principal patrons of Rome, we welcome with joy and gratitude the Delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch, our venerable and beloved brother Bartholomaios, and led by Metropolitan Ioannis. Let us ask the Lord that this visit too may strengthen our fraternal bonds as we journey toward that full communion between the two sister Churches which we so greatly desire.
“Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod” (Acts 12:11). When Peter began his ministry to the Christian community of Jerusalem, great fear was still in the air because of Herod’s persecution of members of the Church. There had been the killing of James, and then the imprisonment of Peter himself, in order to placate the people. While Peter was imprisoned and in chains, he heard the voice of the angel telling him, “Get up quickly… dress yourself and put on your sandals… Put on your mantle and follow me!” (Acts 12:7-8). The chains fell from him and the door of the prison opened before him. Peter realized that the Lord had “rescued him from the hand of Herod”; he realized that the Lord had freed him from fear and from chains. Yes, the Lord liberates us from every fear and from all that enslaves us, so that we can be truly free. Today’s liturgical celebration expresses this truth well in the refrain of the Responsorial Psalm: “The Lord has freed me from all my fears”.
The problem for us, then, is fear and looking for refuge in our pastoral responsibilities.
I wonder, dear brother bishops, are we afraid? What are we afraid of? And if we are afraid, what forms of refuge do we seek, in our pastoral life, to find security? Do we look for support from those who wield worldly power? Or do we let ourselves be deceived by the pride which seeks gratification and recognition, thinking that these will offer us security? Dear brother Bishops, where do we find our security?
The witness of the Apostle Peter reminds us that our true refuge is trust in God. Trust in God banishes all fear and sets us free from every form of slavery and all worldly temptation. Today the Bishop of Rome and other bishops, particularly the metropolitans who have received the pallium, feel challenged by the example of Saint Peter to assess to what extent each of us puts his trust in the Lord.
Peter recovered this trust when Jesus said to him three times: “Feed my sheep” (Jn 21: 15,16,17). Peter thrice confessed his love for Jesus, thus making up for his threefold denial of Christ during the passion. Peter still regrets the disappointment which he caused the Lord on the night of his betrayal. Now that the Lord asks him: “Do you love me?”, Peter does not trust himself and his own strength, but instead entrusts himself to Jesus and his mercy: “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you” (Jn 21:17). Precisely at this moment fear, insecurity and cowardice dissipate.
Peter experienced how God’s fidelity is always greater than our acts of infidelity, stronger than our denials. He realizes that the God’s fidelity dispels our fears and exceeds every human reckoning. Today Jesus also asks us: “Do you love me?”. He does so because he knows our fears and our struggles. Peter shows us the way: we need to trust in the Lord, who “knows everything” that is in us, not counting on our capacity to be faithful, but on his unshakable fidelity. Jesus never abandons us, for he cannot deny himself (cf. 2 Tim 2:13). He is faithful. The fidelity which God constantly shows to us pastors, far in excess of our merits, is the source of our confidence and our peace. The Lord’s fidelity to us keeps kindled within us the desire to serve him and to serve our sisters and brothers in charity.
The love of Jesus must suffice for Peter. He must no longer yield to the temptation to curiosity, jealousy, as when, seeing John nearby, he asks Jesus: “Lord, what about this man?” (Jn 21:21). But Jesus, in the face of these temptations, says to him in reply: “What is it to you? Follow me” (Jn 21:22). This experience of Peter is a message for us too, dear brother archbishops. Today the Lord repeats to me, to you, and to all pastors: Follow me! Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering; do not dwell on secondary things, but look to what is essential and follow me. Follow me without regard for the difficulties. Follow me in preaching the Gospel. Follow me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism and holy orders. Follow me by speaking of me to those with whom you live, day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends. Follow me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us, so that no one will fail to hear the word of life which sets us free from every fear and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God. Follow me!


Prayer for the family

We Are Family

Lord, God, we thank you for the gift of family. We acknowledge that our image and name as family come from you. We believe that within our family lies a homemade holiness. We affirm that it is in this household of faith that we experience your presence, your forgiveness, and your love.

We are Family. We give thanks to you for the many joys and blessings that have come to us through family. 
As a family we sometimes feel pain. And so we offer you our disappointments, frustrations, and hurts. Help us to forgive those members of our family, including ourselves, who have caused pain.

We pray for the strength to be a light within our family. May we open our hearts, our eyes, and our ears and carry our light to those in need.

God, Creator of the earth and all its people, help us to be mindful that, as members of one global family, we are equal in your eyes. Help us to continue to appreciate the diversity of persons in our homes and in our world. As members equal in human dignity, may we build a better world and proclaim our willingness to be the holy people you call us to be.



Michael Corrigan, Johnny Butler, Willie Lyons and Sean Corrigan photographed recently with their Daughters at St Mary’s Church Cloghan on the day of their Confirmation

In Loving Memory

Let us remember those who have gone before us and who’s anniversaries occur at this time.

Next weekend we remember especially in our prayers, Ann & Jimmy Devery as well as Tom, Susie & Sheila Flynn


Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, you have overcome death for us.

Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored us to eternal life.

We pray for those you died believing in Jesus and are buried with him in the hope of rising again.

God of the living and of the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you forever in the joy of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord


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Willie Moran who’s Month’s Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 5th July at 11.30am

Banagher Servers tour to Wicklow – Wednesday 24th June

Today as our young people who serve in our Church enjoy a trip away, we pray for those who serve and for a greater awareness of the need to serve others.


Father, allow me to serve others with a joyful heart

Never keeping score

Always giving

Never expecting to receive

Allow me to give of myself

To give of my talents and my goods

To give of my time and of my energy

To give of my heart and of my soul

Help me understand the needs of others

Never criticizing, never demeaning

Never scolding, never condemning

You have been so gracious to me

Always loving, always forgiving

Always restoring

Never gloating over my defeats

Even when I have been so wrong

Father, keep a condemning spirit

Far from my heart and further from my lips

Allow me to serve others as You serve

With gentleness, compassion and tenderness

Never diminishing the worth of another

Choosing to extend mercy to the broken hearted

Like you have repeatedly shown it to me.




Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children

Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children

Move my hands that they may feed the hungry

Touch my heart that it may bring warmth to the despairing

Teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers

Let me share my possessions with people in need

Give me the care that strengthens the sick

Help me share in the quest to set prisoners free

In sharing our anxieties and our love

Our poverty and our prosperity

We partake of your divine presence





Pro-Life Rally : Saturday July 4th (Contact Fr.Pierre RE: Bus)

Almighty God, our Father, you who have given us life

And intended us to have it forever

Grant us your blessings

Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction

That all human life is sacred

Because it is created in your image and likeness

Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives

That life occupies the first place, that human life is precious

Because it is the gift of God, who’s love is infinite

Give us the strength to defend human life

Against every influence or action that threatens or weakens it

As well as the strength to make every life more human in all it’s aspects