First Sunday of Advent – December 2nd

Priests of the Parish

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

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

Adoration: Wed. 10.00 am – 6.00 pm in the Convent Chapel. All are welcome to come and spend a while with Jesus in the Eucharist.

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 1st 9:30 am  Paddy, Dolores, John & Dympna Flannery Banagher College of Further Education
7.00 pm Jim Reynolds & Mary Spillane St Rynagh’s N. S.
Sunday 2nd 8:30 am Mark & Jim Finnegan St Rynagh’s N. S.
11:30 am Lily & James Gleeson, 1st & 40th Anniversary St Rynagh’s N. S.
Monday 3rd 9:30 am Banagher College of Further Education
Tuesday 4th 9:30 am Banagher College of Further Education
Wednesday 5th 9:30 am Banagher College of Further Education
Thursday 6th 9:30 am Banagher College of Further Education
Friday 7th 9:30 am Special Intention Banagher College of Further Education
7.00 pm Vigil Bridget, Frank & Pat Gallagher. St Rynagh’s N.S.
Saturday 8th 11:30 am Feast of Immaculate Conception
Margaret Trodd, The Crescent.
St Rynagh’s N.S.
7.00 pm Martin Dolan, Cuba Avenue. St Rynagh’s N.S.
 Sunday 9th 8:30 am Anne King St Rynagh’s N.S.
11:30 am Patrick & Kathleen McNally & Dec. Family. St Rynagh’s N.S.

First Friday:  Fr. Pierre will do his First Friday calls this coming Thurs. & Friday.

Collectors: Team C

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1,164

Restoration Collection: €570 (Target €700)

Readers of the Word: December
7.00 pm: Maria Curley and Róisín McMahon
8:30 am: Kevin McGuckin and Caroline McGee
11:30 am: Petria Malone and Laura McManus

Eucharistic Ministers: December
7.00 pm: Ann Gallagher and Paddy Scales
8:30 am: Carmel O’Sullivan
11:30 am: Kay Hayes Hickey and Damian Keenaghan

Youth Facility Monster Auction:  Thanks to everyone who supported our Monster Auction, to those who donated items and those who came on the day.  Total raised €6,300.

Offertory Envelopes:   A few area have yet to receive their envelopes.  If yu would like to help deliver them contact Fr. Pierre.

Liturgy Meeting this Mon. 3rd Dec. at 8 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Banagher Review 2012 is now on sale locally this weekend.  The 25th Edition contains 240 pages and 800 photos of events throughout the year.

Parish Christmas Cards:  This year the Parish will be selling Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards with the image of last year’s crib on the front.  All those who receive a card will be included in the Masses over the Christmas Season.  Cards will be on sale after Masses and in some shops €1.50.  A great gift for family & friends.

BEAVERS Bring & Buy Sale on 8th Dec. in the New Scout Hall (The Old Convent, entrance beside National School) from 2 – 4 p.m. in aid of  St.Vincent de Paul Toy Appeal.  All money raised will be used locally.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Banagher Foroige Club  are holding a Christmas Food Collection in aid of St. Vincent de Paul  (non perishable food only).  The food can be brought to the Comm. Centre 8 – 9.30 p.m. on Thurs. 6th – 13th Dec.  *  Club meet every Thurs. 8 – 9.30 p.m.   * The Club will close for Christmas on Dec. 13th and reopen on Jan. 10th 2013.

St. Rynagh’s Ladies FootballAnnual Fundraising Silver Circle.  The 2nd Draw 1st  prize €150  Marie Devery,  2nd €100  Aoife Kelly, Lusmagh.  3rd €50 Eamon Nevin. 4th €25 Gerry Dolan and 5th €20 Mai Lynch.

Banagher Snooker Club is holding a Church Gate Collection this weekend, 1st/2nd December. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Would you like to Sponsor a Student in KenyaFollowing on from Br. Brian Johnson’s talk at last weekends Mass on Kenya please contact Maura Flannery at 0877601784 if you would like to sponsor a student.

Lusmagh Foroige Club are holding a Food Collection for St. Vincent de Paul (non perishable foods only).  The food can be dropped to the Lusmagh Parish Hall from Mon. 3rd & 10th from 8 – 9 p.m.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Acknowledgement:  The family of the late Denise Kennedy R.I.P., Feighs would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the help and support shown them by Fr. Pierre and the local community in their recent sad loss.  A sum of €785 has been donated to Riverview Resources, Birr.  Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.

Retirement Club  meeting Tues. 4th Dec. 2 p.m.  Christmas Floral Demonstration followed by raffle & refreshments.

Art Exhibition by Mona Collins & other local Artists will be held in the Exhibition Centre, Green Street, Birr.  Opening on Wed. 5th Dec. at 7.30 p.m. until Sun. 9th Dec. 8 p.m.  All proceeds will go for Cancer Research.

West Offaly Bantry Bay Longboat Project:  Places are available on this project which is taking place in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education on Mon. 9 – 4 p.m. and Tues. 9 – 1 p.m.  The project includes training in carpentry skills and the construction of a Bantry Bay Longboat under the direction of Dougal McMahon (Boat Builder, Belmont).  If interested contact P. Boland 087 9155394 or visit the class.

Clonfert Christmas Bazaar will be held in the Community Hall this Sun. 2nd Dec. 2012 starting at 2.30 p.m. Lots of prizes and a large Hamper to be won. All are welcome. Please support.

Eyrecourt Christmas Craft Fair & Country Market will be held on Sat. 8th Dec. in Eyrecourt Comm. Hall from 10 – 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in taking a stall please contact Caroline McCormack 087 9584424 or Mary Colohan 087 6213717.

For Sale:  Winter Pansies & Violas, Trailing Violas, Barrels, Window Boxes, Baskets all at “Sleepy Hollow”, Taylor’s Cross  057 9151273.  Buy Irish, Buy Local.

Scholar & Warrior Studio –Come and learn Self Defence and Keep Fit in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.   Ages 6 upwards. St. Rynagh’s N.S. Fri. 5 – 6 p.m. For more details contact Tom Wells 085 8820300.

Friends of Asthma Charity Shop,  Lower Main Street, Banagher. Open daily 11 a.m. -5 p.m.  Free draw as a thank you for all donations made.  Your support greatly appreciated.

Unislim classes in Crank House, Banagher every Tuesday evening from 7 – 8 p.m.   Class Leader Linda Ryan. Contact No. 086 8707969.

New Charity Shop supporting Asthma Ireland open 11a.m. -5 p.m. daily. Lower main street, Banagher, formally “K. Donegan Shop”.  Donations accepted.  €5 reward for 10kg (ie:Bin liner) Bags of Wearable Clean Clothes.  Manager Kathleen Finnegan.   Thanking you for your Kind Support.

Newsletters will be available every Monday in The Mall, SuperValu during the Restoration of the Church.

Come and learn Self Defence and Keep Fit:  Ages 6 upwards. St. Rynagh’s N.S. Fri. 5 – 6 p.m. For more details contact Tom Wells 085 8820300

Tidy Towns:  Anyone interested in joining Banagher Tidy Towns should give their names to any of the following committee members: Pat McKeon, George Smith, Mary Hynes, Gerry Flynn, Tom Nallen, Denise Kenny or by using the contact page on their website,

Ferbane/Banagher Macra club is always welcome to new members, so if you live in the Ferbane/Banagher region and  have an interest in sport, agriculture, drama, debating, public speaking or the performing arts then please contact club secretary Tom Needham 085 7145307.

Macra is always welcome to new members and invite anybody to join and for more information about check out If you live in the Ferbane/Banagher region and have an interest in Sport, Drama, Agriculture, Performing Arts, Public Speaking or Debating why not get involved and join Ferbane/Banagher Macra Na Feirme. Check out our Facebook page or tweet us anytime on Twitter.