Newsletter – January 15th

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

Readings: 2nd 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 14th 9.30am    Joe Butler, Cuba Avenue (1st Anniv.)

7pm    Ambrose Hughes, Harbour Road.

Sunday 15th     11 am   Marie Rigney, Cushcallow.
Monday 16th   7 pm     John Heraghty, Harbour Road

Tuesday 17th 9.30 am
Wednesday 18th    9.30 am   Special Intention

Thursday 19th       9.30 am
Friday 20th         9.30 am

Saturday 21st  9.30am

                          7 pm   Leo Mullins, Main Street.

Sunday 22nd    11  am  Patrick Kelly, Main Street. (10th Anniv.)

Offertory Collection:      Last Sunday  & Holy Day €1,800.00

Restoration Collection:     €825  (Target €700)             Collectors:  Team C

Readers of the Word:   Jan.    7 p.m.    Luke O’Connor and Cora Stronge Smith

11 a.m.   Róisín McMahon and Mark Kenny

Eucharistic Ministers:  Jan.    7 p.m.    Ann McIntyre           11 a.m.  Margaret Daly

The Mercy Pilgrim Icon will be in the homes of the following families:- 15th – 22nd Coughlan Family, 22nd – 29th Langtry Family and 29th – 5th Feb. Kelly Family. If you wish to take the icon to your home please sign your name on the sheet beside the Mercy Image.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m.   We begin each day at 6.30 a.m. with silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  We pray for families, the sick, the young.  Why not make a new year’s resolution not about the body, but about the soul.

Children’s Choir CD  now on sale.  You can purchase a copy in the Church or in local shops over the coming weeks.

Baptism:  We welcome into the Christian Community Charlie Flanagan, Harbour Road.

Pastoral Council Meeting  on Mon. 23rd Jan. at 8 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Classes will commence in Crank House during the months of January & February. Manual Handling course every Friday. Call Carmel on 057 9152003 for further information.

Banagher Graveyard Committee:  We are making a fresh appeal to members of the community to consider joining the Graveyard Committee for a 2 year period only.  To date we have only one new member to replace the 5 who finished their term.  It will be a pity if the work done to date returns to the former disgraceful conditions.  Please consider giving 2 years.  You can give your name to Fr. Pierre.

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


Offaly County Council is delighted to announce that Offaly 1916/2016: A film record of the Commemorative year’s events DVD is now available to purchase.   Costing €15 the DVD contains the film, commissioned by Offaly County Council, and produced by Aura Productions, capturing a diverse range of commemorative events held throughout the county’s towns and villages. It includes many of the civic ceremonies, exhibitions, theatrical and film productions, and other cultural events held during the year. Bonus features include footage of the 1966 Parade in Tullamore and extracts from the programme’s flagship event ‘Offaly 100′ a Ceremony of Commemoration and Centenary Concert. The DVD is available from county libraries, council buildings (Aras an Chontae, Municipal Districts of Tullamore/Birr/Edenderry) and online from the Offaly Historical Society Website

Used Stamps for Charity:  The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people.   You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need do is to put your used stamps into an envelope and send to:  ISPCC,  29 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.   There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around.   Even a little stamp can make a big difference.

Banagher Review is on sale in local shops €13.

Cloghan Calendar 2017 now available in local shops. Cost €10.

New Eucharistic Ministers List & Readers List available in the Church.


Clonmacnois Prayer Vigil in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Friday 20th January. Mass at 9 p.m. Adoration and Prayers will follow. Finishes at 2.10 a.m.  All Welcome. Enquiries Dave 085-7746763. (‘These ruins are still charged with a great mission’ St. Pope John Paul II).

Introduction of Ministry of Parish Catechist and of Permanent DeaconsFurther information on the Ministry of Parish Catechist is available from Fr Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, 043   665847,  Email :   Further information on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. Email: Also at the following website:

Dochas Offaly Cancer Support Group, Offaly Street, Tullamore.  Drop in Centre. Mon. – Thurs. 10 – 2 p.m. phone Support 057 9328268.