NEWSLETTER – 3rd April


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

Readings: Second Sunday of Easter

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 2nd 9.30am

7pm Liam Hughes, Cuba. (5th Anniv.)

Sunday 3rd 8.30 am
11.30am Bridget Hough.

Monday 4th 7 pm Mary Hughes, Harbour Road. (Month’s Memory)
Tuesday 5th 9.30 am Special Intention

Wednesday 6th 9.30 am

Thursday 7th 9.30 am

Friday 8th 9.30 am

Saturday 9th 9.30 am

7.00 pm James Nolan, Harbour Road.

Sunday 10th 8.30am

11.30 am Eileen & Kathleen Larkin Esker.
Jesus Said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joe McKeever, New York, husband of Rose Dolan, Cushcallow. May he rest in peace.

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1,455.

Restoration Collection: €538 (Target €700) Collectors: Team B

Readers of the Word: April 7 p.m. Sheila Flynn and Luke O’Connor

8.30 Sr. Margaret & Cliodna Kelleher 11.30 Pauline Scales and Maria Curley

Eucharistic Ministers: April 7 p.m. Hilary Kelly

8.30 Damian Keenaghan 11.30 Jim Windsor McGlynn

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m. each morning. Reason 20 “How can we know God’s plans for us unless we listen ”.
The ‘Check it Fits’ Service is a full-time, nationwide, free expert service which aims to put parents, grandparents and guardians minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car. The service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free and will be in The Bridge Centre, Bridge Street, Tullamore on Tues. 5th April 10 to 5.30 p.m. and in O’Connell Square Carpark, Edenderry on Wed. 6th April 10 to 5.30 p.m. where our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have.

Banagher Craft Group: Due to the success of the last craft course we are continuing classes for another four weeks in the Crank House on Tue.5th April from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. All welcome even beginners.

Banagher Active Retirement Club: The club are hosting their Annual Tea/Coffee Afternoon on Fri 15th April in St Rynagh’s College 2-4 p.m. This is in aid of Uganda Ireland “Open Door Orphanage” in Kampala. All money raised goes towards Ester’s care and medical needs through Ann Flannery Comerford All support greatly appreciated.

Sisters of the Rising which will be performed at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre as part of their 1916 Centenary programme on Sat. April 16th at 8 p.m. Sisters of the Rising is the first play written by Offaly playwright Christiane O’Mahony.

New Mass Times (First Weekend in July) Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. (no 8.30 a.m. Mass and 11.30 Mass changes to 11 a.m.) Christmas & Easter there will be an 8.30 a.m. Mass. There will be Mass each Sunday at 7 p.m. in Ferbane.

Charlotte Bronte 200 Celebrations: As part of the second That Beats Banagher Festival an evening to celebrate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday will be held on Thurs. 21st April. The evening commences at 7 p.m. with “’A Miscellany for Charlotte”’ in St. Paul’s Church. This will be a selection of readings, music and song related to the great novelist and her husband Arthur Bell Nicholls of Banagher. Immediately afterwards
“Charlotte’s Birthday Celebrations” will be held on the grounds of Charlotte’s Way, (formerly Hill House). Admission to this event is strictly limited and by ticket only. Tickets are free. Bookings can be made online at or by calling to the Offaly Local Development Company offices upstairs in Crank House on Main Street. For further information contact Aileen at 087 943 0489 or Roisin at 087 812 4986. An opportunity to make a donation supporting That Beats Banagher Festival will arise during the evening. The main festival will take place from Friday to Sunday, 13th – 15th May.

The Harbour Hill Pre-School is running a summer camp in July – 4th to 8th and 11th to 15th, places are limited so book early. Contact Jackie on 0872153253 for any additional information/booking forms or to discuss the changes to the ECCE programme. Does your child qualify for the additional year?

Census Night is 24th April: Census enumerators will be calling to all dwellings in the area in the coming weeks.

Banagher Library will open in April on Thurs. 7th April from 2-5 p.m. 6-8 p.m., Fr. 8th April from 10 a.m.- 1p.m., Thurs 14th April from 2-5 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., Fri. 15th April from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat. 16th April from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fri. 22nd April from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat 23rd April from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thurs. 28th April from 2-5 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., Fri.29th April from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Library books can be returned to any library branch in Offaly. If you wish to renew your books please ring Birr Library on 057 9124950 or Tullamore Library on 057 9346832.

Trocaire Boxes: Parishioners can return their Trocaire Boxes to the Church during the coming days.
Mass in Banagher Cemetery: Saturday 23rd July 7 p.m.

Mass in All Saints Cemetery: Monday 25th July 7 p.m.

The Darkness into Light 5km Walk/Run will take place in Banagher this year on Sat. 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the preventions of suicide and self-harm. The event will begin at 4.15 a.m. from Banagher College and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. You can register online now.

Improvers Computer Course begins in Crank House, Banagher on Tues. 5th April. For further info. call Carmel on 057 9152003.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9-17, 2016, on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. €1,495 per person sharing. Details and itinerary on or call 01 878 3111.

Ardagh & Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes – 27th May to 1st June 2016, under the leadership of Most Rev. Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois. Fully inclusive Price €715. Flights from Knock Airport. Contact: Joe Walsh Tours 01 21410812 or 01 2410811. Pilgrimage Director Mons. Bernard Noonan. Details for special Section for the Sick please contact: Rev. Michael Scanlon 090 6457122.

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

St Rynagh’s Hurling Club, as part of their ongoing 5 year plan, have set up a sub-committee, The History of St Rynagh’s GAA. This committee are now meeting on a regular basis and would love to hear from anybody that has any information, notes, pictures, posters, newspaper cuttings etc. that they would like to share with us. This information can be given to Anne Lyons Byrne or Willie Gavin or alternatively it can be emailed to