3rd Sunday of the Church Year – January 24

Priests of the Parish Fr. Pierre Pepper 057 9151338 Fr. Michael Scanlon PP – 090 64 57122 or 086 8091335 (Cloghan)

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

Adoration: Adoration continues every Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. You are invited to come and spend some time in silent prayer. Why not give 15 min. to God this Wed. All welcome.

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no. 086 1000465

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 24th 11:30 am
7:00 pm Leo Mullins, Main Street
Sunday 25th 8:30 am Moira Daly & Deceased family, Middle Road
11:30 am Kitty Dolan, Curraghavarna
Monday 26th 7:00 pm Rose Riccoboni
Tuesday 27th 9:30 am
Wednesday 28th 9.30 am
Thursday 29th 9.30 am
Friday 30th 9.30 am
Saturday 31st 9.30 am
7.00 pm Mary McCormack (8th Anniv.)
Sunday 1st 8:30 am Elizabeth Egan, West End. (2nd Anniv.)
11:30 am Bernard, Ester & Peter Higgins & Dec. Family

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Egan, Curraghavarna.  May he rest in peace.

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1452

Restoration Collection: €718 (Target €700)

Collectors: Team E

Readers of the Word: February

7.00 pm  Aideen Madden & Eimear Regan
8.30 am  Liam Broderick & Méabh Doorly
11.30 am   Maria Curley and Pauline Scales

Eucharistic Ministers: February

7.00 pm  Helena Boylan & Paddy Scales
8.30 am  Ann McIntyre
11.30 am   Hilary Kelly and Jim Windsor McGlynn

Candlemas Day: On Mon. 2nd Feb. candles will be blessed for use in homes and in the Parish.  If you wish to have candles blessed you can leave them on the table in the Church during the week.

Feast of St. Blaise on Tues. 3rd Feb.  Blessing of Throats will take place at 9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mass on the Tues.

Liturgy Meeting this Wednesday 28th  Jan. at 9 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Time of Silence and Prayer:  Each Wed. evening from 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a short time of silence and prayer takes place in the Church.  This is a wonderful way to close the activities of the day.   All are welcome.

Cluster Trip to Restored St. Mel’s Cathedral:  On Sunday 15th Feb. buses will leave all the Parishes arriving in Longford at 3.30 p.m., for a guided tour of St. Mel’s Restored Cathedral.  If you are interested in seeing the newly restored Cathedral please give your names to Fr. Pierre.

Country and Western Dance Classes in Dooley’s Hotel Birr on Tuesdays at 8.30 to 10.30 p.m.   Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive.    All Welcome.  No partner needed.

Country Jamboree Night in Cloghan Hall on Fri. 30th Jan. at 9.30 p.m. Performing:  Jason Travers Band, Blue Ridge Country and special guest Ciaran Rosney.  Finger food, BYOB, doors open at 9 p.m.  In aid of Lumcloon N.S.  Adm. €10

Banagher St. Patrick’s Day Parade:   Banagher’s 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sun. 15th of March at 3 p.m. Please come out and support this celebration of our National Day. The committee would like to encourage as many local entries in the parade as possible, so please get your thinking caps on and get involved.   A fund raising Table Quiz will be held on Friday night the 13th February in Corrigan’s Bar, please come along and support.

Banagher College Coláiste na Sionna  –  OPEN NIGHT for sixth class students and their parents/guardians takes place on Thursday, 29th January commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Chiropody Clinic, Birr Portumna road, ten minutes from Banagher, home visits and evening appointments available. For appointment please contact Geraldine Heenan 086 3532672

Cloghan & District Boxing Club will be hosting the Offaly County Boxing Championships on Sat. 31st Jan. & Sun. 1st Feb in their Club Premises at Quigley’s Hall, Banagher.  This should be a good weekend of competitive Boxing from all Clubs competing.  All are welcome to come along to give their support.

Active Retirement Group:  New Year’s Party this Tues. 27th.  The bus will leave the Library Car Park at 6 p.m. sharp.

Banagher Youth Theatre needs you!    Banagher Youth Theatre are looking for young people aged between 12 to 18 yrs. of age to take part in their forthcoming production in March. If you are interested in drama, acting, meeting new friends and having fun why not join BYT this term. BYT meets every Friday Night in the Crank Hse., Banagher from 7.30 to 9 p.m. Check BYT out on Facebook – Banagher Youth Theatre for information or contact Anne  087 8223175.

West Offaly CCE session next Sun. in Crank House 5-7 p.m.  (beginners 5-6, intermediate/advanced 6-7).   All singers musicians are welcome.

Banagher Junior Knitting Club has recommenced, meeting on Saturdays in Banagher Library 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. All are welcome.  Please make sure a parent/adult attends to sign your child in.

Church Gate Collection for Cystic Fibrosis next weekend January 31st  and February 1st. Your support would be much appreciated.

ECDL beginning in Crank House, Banagher on Tuesday 17th February at 7 p.m. For further information call Carmel on 057 9152003

Invitation:  Offaly Hospice Annual Public Meeting will be held on Tues. 3rd Feb. at 8 p.m. in The Goodbody Suite of the Tullamore Court Hotel. This is an open invitation to everyone, most of you at some time have donated money to Offaly Hospice, you may have helped us fundraise or sadly you may have had cause to use the service, so come along and hear how the money raised by Offaly Hospice is used to benefit the palliative care services in Offaly.

Shannonside Sub Aqua Club: Try A Dive or Snorkel. Try Scuba Diving! It’s your chance to discover unknown worlds, make new friends, and enjoy a unique passion. There’s nothing like it. Diving is much easier than you might think! Be ready to enjoy the new challenge and dive into a new world. Come along  and experience a Try A Dive or Snorkel at Birr Swimming Pool on the 26th Jan. or the 2nd Feb. at 9 p.m.

Paws & Claws Dog Grooming has relocated to Crank Road, Banagher. Please call 087 9920652 for all your dogs grooming needs. Over the next 6 months we will be opening a small number of kennels and a cattery. We also offer day care for dogs. Wishing you all a very happy New Year.