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NEWSLETTER – 10th January

NEWSLETTER – 10th January

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

Readings:       Baptism of the Lord

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 9th      9.30am      Eileen Dolan, Cushcallow. (1st Anniv.)

                           7.00pm    Josephine & Thomas Quirke


Sunday 10th       8.30 am
11.30am        Johnny O’Brien, Ard Abhann. (4th Anniv.)

Monday 11th        7 pm       John Heraghty, Harbour Road

Tuesday 12th         9.30 am

Wednesday  13th   9.30 am

Thursday   14th    9.30am

Friday 15th      9.30 am    Special Intention

Saturday 16th           7.00 pm   Leo Mullins, Main Street.

Sunday 17th        8.30am

11.30am  Brian Graham, Cuba Avenue (8th Anniv.)


Collectors:  Team  E

Readers of the Word:      January         7 p.m.  Ger Woods and Barry Moylan

8.30  Ciarra O’ Sullivan & Cliodna Kelleher   11.30  Jim Windsor McGlynn & Lucy Kelly

Eucharistic Ministers:     January         7 p.m.   Emer Rigney & Ann Gallagher

8.30  Ann McIntyre                                          11.30 a.m.  Margaret Daly and Paddy Scales


Banagher Review 28th Edition is on sale in local shops.  Price €12.

Cloghan Calendar 2016 now available in local shops.   Cost €10.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m. each morning.  Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to come to the Church once a week, once a month.



Useful Numbers

In emergency dial 999 or 112

Jigsaw  057 9352871           Samaritans  116123            Teenline Helpline    1800833634

Childline  1800 666 666      Pieta House  0505 22568   HSE Drugs Helpline 1800459459


A bend in the road is not the end of the road.



8 K – Run – Jog – Walk – Cycle in aid of the Banagher & Cloghan Branches of St. Vincent de Paul this Sunday 10th Jan. 2016 at 11 a.m.  Registration from 10 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. at St. Rynagh’s Hurling Clubhouse.  Entry €10.  Your support would be very much appreciated.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts: These can be given to either the St. Vincent de Paul shop in Birr (clothing only) or to the Sue Ryder Shop, Main St., Birr.

Offaly Local Development Company are running a FETAC level 4 Landscaping & Horticulture Local Training Initiative in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher.  It is a 26 week full-time programme commencing February 2016.  For further information please contact Roy/Imelda on 087 6835561.

DOCHAS Offaly Cancer Support Group, Offaly St, Drop In Centre. Mon-Thur 10 a.m.- 2 p.m . Phone Support. 9328268

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,  and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:     “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.   Amen.


Reflection:   There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.  Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good.  Love the people who treat you right.  Pray for the ones who don’t.  Life is too short to be anything but happy.  Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.