Archive for July 2015

NEWSLETTER Sunday 2nd August

NEWSLETTER Sunday 2nd August

                      Fr. Pierre Pepper         057 9151338

Fr. Michael Scanlon    090 6457122  or   086 8091335

Email newsletter@strynaghschurch.ie   Web Address  www.strynaghschurch.ie

frpierre@strynaghschurch.ie

Doctor on Duty:           Midoc  1850 302 702  Banagher Health Centre  9151247

Readings:       18th Sunday of the Church Year

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no.  086 1000465.

Adoration:  Adoration continues Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Concludes with Benediction at 8.30 p.m.    Why not give a few minutes to God this Wed.    All welcome.

Confessions:           Sat. evening from 6.30 p.m. to Mass Time

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 1st  9.30 Am

7.00 Pm Des. Maloney & deceased Family Members.

Sunday 2nd  8.30 Am  Tommy Olerenshaw. (10th Anniv.)

11.30 Am  Ian Coughlan, Ballyeighter. (20th Anniv.)

Monday 3rd  9.30 Am (please note time change) Denise Kennedy & deceased family members.

Tuesday 4th  9.30 AM

Wednesday 5th  9.30 AM

Thursday 6th  9.30 AM    Special Intention

Friday 7th   9.30 AM

(First Friday)   7.00 PM   Danny Kennedy, Cuba Cottages, (Month’s Memory)

Saturday 8th   9.30 AM

7.00 PM   Edward Conneely, Main Street.

Sunday 9th    8.30 AM

11.30 AM  Frank Kenny, Curraghavarna.

Offertory Collection:      Last Sunday  €1,045.00

Restoration Collection:     €515  (Target €700)         Collectors:  Team  C

Readers of the Word:      Aug.              7 p.m.   Paul Quirke and Lucy Kelly

8.30 a.m. Cliodna Kelleher & Ger Fogarty  11.30    Jim W. McGlynn & Mairéad McMahon

Eucharistic Ministers:     Aug.               7 p.m.   Emer Rigney & Paddy Scales

8.30 a.m. Ann McIntyre                               11.30  Kay Hayes Hickey & Maria Kelly

Croagh Patrick Climb:  Bus leaves on Monday at 8 a.m. from the Church.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Sun. 6th Sept. Ceremonies begin at 2.30 p.m.

Cemetery Evening in Clonmacnois this Saturday 1st August, at 7 p.m.

Dawn Morning Prayer:  Begin the day in prayer with morning prayer each morning at 6.30 to 7 a.m.  We invite you to consider coming on one morning a week/fortnight.

Graveyard Collection: A sincere word of thanks to those who contributed to the upkeep and development of your cemetery.  Total collected was €5,196.  Envelopes €3,955. Collection at Cemetery Mass was €1,241.

Welcome to all who are visiting Banagher on this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Family Fun Day:  to mark the end of the Summer, the Cluster of Parishes have planned a Family Fun Day for Sun. 23rd Aug.  This year it will be held in Cloghan G.A.A. Pitch.  As part of the events to help the needy, each parish will collect non-perishable goods over the coming weeks.  The food will be given to Banagher St. Vincent de Paul.  A basket will be provided in the Church for the next few weeks.

TV Show – “That Beats Banagher Festival & Launch of Sionn Mhara” on Irish TV Sky 191 at 6 p.m. this Sun. 2nd Aug.

Shannon Bank Park – Church Gate Coll. next weekend 8th & 9th Aug.  Please support.

Shannon Harbour High Nelly Festival takes place this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Saturday 1st -activities from 5 p.m. including Slow Bicycle Race, Turf Footing Competition with BBQ afterwards. Sunday 2nd August High Nelly Cycle registration at 2 p.m.  Cycle at 3 p.m. sharp with refreshments and face painting afterwards.

A Prayer Across the Miles:  On Thurs. 20th Aug. a special Mass will be offered in Shannon Harbour for all those who left our shores in search of a new life, both in the recent past and over the decades.  Shannon Harbour was the departure point for many.  A book is in the Church where you can write the names of all those who have left.

Acknowledgements:   The Moran Family, Queen Street, wish to thank everyone who supported  us during Willie’s illness and during and after the Funeral.  To Fr. Pierre and Fr. Kennedy a special thank you.  Also our wonderful neighbours for their great help.  We will never forget your kindness.  May God and his Blessed Mother Bless and protect you always.

The Kennedy Family wish to express their thanks to all who sympathised with them on the recent passing of their much loved Dad, Danny. Thank you to all the staff of Tullamore Hospital, gravediggers, choir, neighbours and friends who brought food/refreshments to our home and all who sent Mass cards and flowers. We are very grateful and also to all who looked after Dad at home. Finally, a sincere thanks to all who contributed to the collection for the Palliative Care Unit at Tullamore Hospital totalling €1,015.

West Offaly Training’s Summer Camp will take place on August 11th for Juniors (1 week only) and on August 11th & 18th for Seniors. For further information call Carmel on 057 9152003 or fill out the form on www.westoffalytraining.com

Jackie Conneely is displaying her upcycled furniture, cushions etc. in Hunts/Coakley’s Shop Windows, Main Street.  For further details contact Jackie on 087 6705323

The Banagher, Cloghan, Lusmagh Branch of Offaly Hospice acknowledges with grateful appreciation the sum of €165 received in loving memory or Mr. Tom Bermingham RIP. Many thanks to all who contributed.    *  Thank you to all who helped in the recent Church Gate Coll. Totals collected – Cloghan €460.50, Banagher €606.33, Lusmagh €468.69. The total amount raised in the area was a wonderful €1,535.52.

Wedding:  Congratulations to Clare Cunniffe, Birr Road and Sean Casey, Kerry, who were married in Barna, Galway, recently.

The Liturgy of the Word is that part of the Mass that takes place at the lectern or pulpit, properly called the Ambo.  The most important part is the Gospel, preceded by the Alleluia, for which we stand.  The first reading usually gives some Old Testament background to the Gospel.  The Psalm is our answer or response to the first reading.  The second reading is usually from one of St. Paul’s letters, is unrelated to the others and is sometimes omitted  The homily is the priest’s attempt to relate the Word of God to everyday life.  The Creed which follows is a statement of the truths we believe.  The Liturgy of the Word ends with the Prayer of the Faithful.  We can best join in the Liturgy of the Word by listening carefully to the scriptures, especially the Gospel, and by joining in the Creed and the response to the psalm.

Graveyard Collection: A sincere word of thanks to those who contributed to the upkeep and development of your cemetery.  Total collected was €5,196.  Envelopes €3,955. Collection at Cemetery Mass was €1,241.

21st Century Parish:  Check out our Parish Website, Facebook and weekly blog “What’s the Story Father”.

Banagher Social Services:  Trip to the Glen Eagle Hotel on Tues. 22nd Sept. 3 nights 4 days.  Names & deposit of €50 to Bridie or Mary by Mon. 27th July.  Limited no. of places available.

CGH Allcare Pharmacy has teamed up with two local charities, Offaly Hospice and Banagher St Vincent de Paul, in a fund raising effort. The pharmacy is donating €300 to the initiative and we are asking customers to add a €1 donation to their spend. Every cent raised goes to the local charities. We are committed to raising as much as possible for these worthy causes and greatly appreciate any support received.

Banagher Library will be closed on the following dates in July: Friday 31st and Saturday 1st August. Open Library times can vary please check website or notices for details.

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

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.

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.

6.30 a.m. Morning Prayer: Each morning we begin the day when there is complete silence.  The early morning start is like a fitness programme for the soul.  I invite you to make a commitment for one morning a week or a fortnight to join us.  Renewal in the Church and our own lives will always begin with God.  This invitation/challenge is an address to you, so please join us as we pray at the start of each day for all in our Parish.

 

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 www.thatbeatsbanagher.com 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: focusfinder@gmail.com
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. info@westoffalytraining.com
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:
adonaghy@birdwatchireland.ie 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 dublin@youth2000.ie 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  www.cura.ie 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.

PRAYER FOR EMIGRANTS

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.
Amen

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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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