NEWSLETTER Sunday 23rd August

NEWSLETTER Sunday 23rd August

Fr. Pierre Pepper 057 9151338

Fr. Michael Scanlon 090 6457122 or 086 8091335

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

Readings: 21st 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 22nd 9.30 AM

7.00 PM Jo & Johnny Butler, Coolfin.

Sunday 23rd 8.30 AM Michael Langtry, Curraghavarna.

11.30 AM Kathleen Kennedy, St. Rynagh’s Terrace.

Monday 24th 7 pm

Tuesday 25th 9.30 AM

Wednesday 26th 9.30 AM

Thursday 27th 9.30 AM

Friday 28th 9.30 AM

Saturday 22th 9.30 AM

7 PM Monica Garvey, Cushcallow.

Sunday 30th 8.30 AM Larry Dolan, The Hill.

11.30 AM Garry Hyland, Cuba Avenue.

* Dawn Morning Prayer: 6.30 – 7 a.m. Find total silence in our Morning Prayer each morning at 6.30 a.m. We invite each person reading this to give God this ½ hour once a week or fortnight. God is never outdone in generosity.

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday & Holy Day €1502.00

Restoration Collection: €631 (Target €700) Collectors: Team A

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

Best of Luck: We are losing two of the Priests who have served in our cluster area this week. Fr. Frank O’Hanlon P.P., Shannonbridge, who is retiring and Fr. Frank Murray, who is moving to Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim. We wish them both well in their new positions. We welcome Fr. Peter Burke to Ferbane and Fr. Gerry Brady to Shannonbridge.

Stay Here & Keep Watch With Me: Silent Morning Prayer each morning 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Please join us any morning, as we begin the day in the presence of the one who gives us the day. We pray for our parish, the sick, the young and in a simple act of thanksgiving.

Today Sunday 23rd the Cluster Family Fun Day takes place in Cloghan G.A.A. Pitch. All are welcome. It’s a celebration to mark the end of the summer. Why not bring a picnic. The event runs from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Greek & Latin Classes are recommencing in Banagher College for beginners, Junior & Leaving Certificates. Contact Pauline O’Donovan 057 9151533 or 087 1326204.

St. Rynagh’s Hurling Club Facilities Development fund – The High Kings in Banagher College on Fri. 28th Aug. 2015. Tickets €20. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets available at 087 1894778

Banagher College Coláiste na Sionna: Opening Dates – Fri. 28th August: 1st Years Induction Day. Monday 31st August: Leaving Certs / LCA2 / Junior Certs & JCA3 Return.

Tuesday 1st September: LC1 / LCA1 / 2nd Years & JCA2 Return. Monday 7th Sept. TY Students Return

St. Rynagh’s Primary School reopens for all pupils on Tuesday 1st Sept. 2015.

Found: A sum of money was found in the Health Centre, Banagher on Thursday 20th August, please come to reception in the Health Centre if you are the owner.

Banagher Utd Boys U12 Training will commence this coming Mon. from 6.15 to 7.30 p.m. All players intending to play this year are asked to attend as the season is only weeks away!

Walkabout in Old Graveyard (Church Street): This informal walkabout will take place on Mon. night next, 24th August at 7 p.m. Anybody who has a story or memory of the place is welcome to speak and the event is open to all.

Banagher Active Retirement Club: we are organising a trip to Hotel Westport – Sunday 22nd Nov. for 3 nights. Please give your name to Mary or Bridie by Monday 31st Aug.

College Bus Services: From Sept. 2015, Laois Offaly Local Link will run daily bus services to and from AIT Athlone, Moate Business College and St. Sheelan’s College, Templemore. Designated Pick-up points on all routes are available across the County. Please contact Frances on 057 8692168 for booking details.

Chiropody Clinic attending Banagher Health Centre on Fri. 28th Aug. 9 -3 p.m. for general & diabetic senior citizens footcare. Home clinic & house calls also available. Contact (086)1901247 or (067) 27234 for an appointment.

Family Friendly Bat Walk on Sat. 29th Aug. as part of National Heritage Week Discover what bats live near the Shannon using bat detectors. Meet at entrance to Marina at 8:30 p.m. Bring a hat and torch. Queries to Therese (0868650133).

Heritage Week events at Clara Bog Visitor Centre: Guided Walk on Clara Bog Boardwalk on Tues. 25th Aug. at 2 p.m. Meet at the Boardwalk on Rahan Road.
How to Write a Parish History, a talk by Stephen McNeill (Chairman of Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society) on Wed. 26th Aug. at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Centre. Queries to 057 9368878.

Banagher Library will be unstaffed on the following dates; Fri. 28th Aug. 2-5 p.m., Fri. 4th and Sat. 5th Sept. Thank you.

The National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock takes place on Sun.13​th Sept. Blessing of the sick 2.30 p.m., Mass at 3 p.m. Chief Celebrant – Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick. Guest Soloist, Fr. Liam Lawton​. Everyone welcome. Children are invited to compose a prayer for their Grandparents and send it to CGA office, Castlebar St, Westport, Co Mayo. All prayers will be blessed during the Mass. For further information please phone 09824877​ or email

Annual Banagher Horse Fair 2015 is the 13th Sept. 2015. One of Ireland’s oldest horse fairs. Please attend and show your support. See Banagher Horse Fair page on Facebook.

Knock Counselling Centre provides a confidential Drop – In listening service for pilgrims and visitors to Our Lady’s Shrine of Knock on weekends from April to October. The Centre is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11a.m. to 5 p.m., offering people the opportunity to discuss personal issues and difficulties in a caring environment. For further information call 094 9375032 or visit or just call into the Centre – no appointment needed.

A donation is appreciated towards the provision of this service.

Offaly SPCA’s Annual Dog Walk will take place on Sun. 30th Aug. in Charleville Estate (beside Heartworks) at 4 p.m. Please come along & support. Entry Fee €5.

Unwanted Clothes Collection for the Camogie Club. Bags can be left into Ann Marie Kelly or phone Pasquelina Mahony 087 1894778. Your support greatly appreciated.

If you live in the Ferbane/Banagher area and are interested in Sport, Drama, Agriculture, Public Speaking, Debating or just the social side of things, why not get involved and join our Macra club. Contact Sarah Jane Egan on 085 1036705 for more information.

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.

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.