NEWSLETTER – August 7th

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

Readings: 19th 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 6th 9.30am

7pm    Martin & Mary Curran, West End

Sunday 7th  11 am   Ian Coughlan. (21st Anniv.)

Monday 8th 7 pm    John & Bebe Ryan

Tuesday 9th 9.30 am
Wednesday 10th 9.30 am

Thursday 11th 9.30 am   Kieran, Eileen & Ciaran Kenny, Harbour Road.

Friday 12th 9.30 am


Saturday 13th 9.30am     .

7 pm   Denise Kennedy, Feighs. & deceased family. (4th Anniv.)

Sunday 14th 11 am    Frank Kenny, Curraghavarna.


Collectors:  Team   E

Readers of the Word:   August    7 p.m.   Sheila Flynn and Eimear Rigney

11 a.m.   Cliodna Kelleher and Mairéad McMahon

Eucharistic Ministers:  August     7 p.m.    David Nagle

11 a.m.   Caroline McGee


“We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.  There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”

                                                                                                  Mother Teresa


Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m. each morning. Reason 36 “Prayer:  The Lord is near to all who call on Him.

Tullamore & AIB National Livestock Show is the ultimate family event, providing a truly authentic cultural experience with something for everyone. The show attracts large attendances, regional and international (in 2011 attendance surpassed 60,000 approx.). Agriculture was originally the Shows’ main focus, but this has broadened considerably over the years to adapt to Irelands changing culture, with entertainment, food, crafts, lifestyle, pets corner, fun etc., the order of the day.    Where else would you be on Sunday August 14th!

Computer Summer Camp – West Offaly training.  Children on these camps will use computers for educational, research and fun purposes.  Liquid refreshments, course manual and certificate of participation will be provided.  Cost €25.   Date:  9th – 12th Aug.  Beginners 9.30 – 12.30 p.m. Tues. to Fri., Intermediate 2 – 4.45 p.m. Tues. to Fri.  For more details contact West Offaly Training at 057 9152003.

We must all be GREEN:  It’s our world, and we must not sit back and wait for our so-called leaders to finally see the light and take much needed political action.  We need to take action ourselves.   Next time think before you drive.  Can you get the bus, or the train, or even walk?   Look at your diet.  Can you cut out some of the meat and dairy?   What about your electronic devices?  Do you really need to leave the TV, VCR, computer and other appliances on when you’re not using them?  In particular, make sure that they are really off, and not just on stand-by.


  7 Ceremonies for the Year of Mercy


  1. 11th Aug. 7.30 p.m.Pray for the Living and the Dead,


My Message of Mercy – By Pope Francis.

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

“Women have much to tell us …  Women are capable of seeing things in a different angle.  Women can pose questions that we men cannot understand.”     Pope Francis


“The hungry ask us for dignity, not for charity.”

Pope Francis

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.

Lough Derg – Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage follows a 1000 year old pattern. As soon as you arrive on the Island you take off your shoes and socks. You start the traditional series of Station prayers, walking around the penitential beds.  At 10 p.m. you begin a 24-hour vigil which ends when you go to bed on the second night.  You will experience a great sense of community as you celebrate Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and take part in time- honoured rituals and prayers.  You leave the Island on the morning of the third day, although your fast continues until midnight.  Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have managed to complete this pilgrimage, thought to be the toughest in all of Europe, perhaps even in the whole Christian world.   Pilgrims are allowed 1 Lough Derg meal on each day of their pilgrimage, consisting of Toast (without butter), Oatcakes and Tea/Coffee (without milk). On the third day of the pilgrimage, once pilgrims have departed from the Island they are permitted to take Soft Drinks. Still water is allowed at all times throughout the pilgrimage and drinking fountains are available, while bottled water is available to purchase in the souvenir shop. Please note pilgrims must be at least 15 years of age, and in good health.  Boat Times:    Boats will commence each day at 10:30 a.m. (31st May – 13th August). The full schedule of sailings is as follows:  10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00noon, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:15pm.   €70 includes Boat Fare.