Third Sunday of the Year – January 27

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 L.S.U. Convent on Cuba Avenue. All are welcome to come and spend a while with Jesus in the Eucharist.  The sisters welcome everyone who comes to spend time in Adoration.  When you go to Adoration ring the Convent door and someone will let you in.

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 26th 9:30 am St Rynagh’s N. S.
7:00 pm Leo Mullins, Main Street St Rynagh’s N. S.
Sunday 27th 8:30 am Rose & James Colgan & Deceased Family St Rynagh’s N. S.
11:30 am St Rynagh’s N. S.
Monday 28th 9:30 am College of Further Education
Tuesday 29th 9:30 am Special Intention College of Further Education
Wednesday 30th 9:30 am College of Further Education
Thursday 31st 9:30 am May Horan & deceased Horan Family College of Further Education
Friday 1st 9:30 am Special Intention College of Further Education
7.00 pm Bridget Leonard            First Friday St Rynagh’s N.S.
Saturday 2nd 9:30 am St Rynagh’s N.S.
7.00 pm Mary McCormack, The Hill.  (6th Anniv.) St Rynagh’s N.S.
Sunday 3rd 8:30 am Waldemar Krzykowski St Rynagh’s N.S.
11:30 am Esther, Bernard & Peter Higgins & deceased family St Rynagh’s N.S.

First Friday: Fr. Pierre will do his sick calls on Thursday and Friday.

Collectors: Team A

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1,082

Restoration Collection: €752 (Target €700)

Readers of the Word: February
7.00 pm: Terry Keenaghan
8:30 am: Kathleen Kelly & Ciarra O’Sullivan
11:30 am: Marie Donohoe and Barry Moylan

Eucharistic Ministers: February
7.00 pm: Marie Moran
8:30 am: Carmel O’Sullivan
11:30 am: Margaret Daly

St. Bridget’s Day:  To mark St. Bridget’s Day 1st Feb. we will hold a session on Wed. 30th Jan. to make St. Bridget’s Crosses in Crank House at 7 p.m.   We invite everyone to come along and continue this ancient tradition.  The crosses will be blessed at the Masses the following weekend.

Candlemas & St. Blaise:  The feast of St. Blaise will take place next weekend.  Throats will be blessed at all weekend Masses.  The blessing of candles will take place at the 9.30 p.m. Mass Sat. morning.

Church Gate Collection next weekend Feb. 2nd and 3rd for Cystic Fibrosis.

Catholic Schools Week:  This coming week we take the opportunity to celebrate our Catholic School and the contribution it makes to the life of the church and the wider community.  It is important at this time of major debate about the future of Catholic education that we reflect on what it means to have a Catholic School in our Parish.  It is the chance to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.  During the week a number of events take place in our school to mark this week.  We take this occasion to thank all involved in St. Rynagh’s N.S. for their outstanding contribution to education in our Parish.

Banagher College Coláiste na Sionna:  OPEN NIGHT for sixth class students and their parents/guardians takes place on Thur. 31st Jan. at 7.30 p.m.

Cloghan Hall – Lusmagh Drama Group present “Many Happy Returns” in Cloghan Hall on 8th Feb. at 8 p.m.  Door open 7.30 p.m.  Tickets Adults €10,  O.A.P.s and Students €5.

Active Retirement Group:  Next meeting on Tues. 29th Jan. at 2 – 4.30 p.m.  Guest speaker on the day.  New members welcome.

Art Classes – Maplewell Studio starting on Tues. 5th Feb. in the Comm. Centre 8 – 10 p.m. and Wed. morning 6th Feb. 10 – 12 noon for 5 weeks. Classes €85.  Contact Maureen White 087 2926530.

West Offaly Comhaltas:  New term of music classes commences Fri. Feb 1st St Rynagh’s College of further education 7 p.m.  Cost: (7 classes €50) family discount: 2nd member €30 3rd member €20.   Instruments: Button Acc, Banjo, Guitar, Tin Whistle, Flute, Bodhran, Piano, Fiddle & singing classes.  *New students please come early 1st night to register. For further info.  contact Damian 086 2582186 / Catherine 087 9030796.

West Offaly Training’s new timetable is available on Some of the courses planned are; –  Promoting with Social Media on 1st Feb.,  Skype for Beginners 7th Feb., Windows 8/Office 2012 23rd Feb.,  Getting started with Computers Jan./Feb.,  ECDL 13th March.  For further details contact Carmel on 057 9152003.

Acknowledgement:  Una Duffy and the family of the late Tommy Duffy R.I.P. wish to thank all those who sympathised with them in their recent sad loss, those who attended the funeral and sent Mass cards.  Also a heart-felt thank you to all our relatives and neighbours who were a tremendous help and support during this sad time.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions.

The Committee of Banagher/Cloghan/Lusmagh Branch of Offaly Hospice Foundation acknowledges with grateful thanks the receipt of €441.62 from the Duffy family, Lusmagh in loving memory of Tommy Duffy R.I.P.  Sincere thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

A “Teagasc Cross compliance” Meeting for farmers is taking place on Thur. 7th Feb. commencing at 8 p.m. in the County Arms Hotel, Birr and Tues. 12th Feb. in Belmont Hall, Belmont. All are welcome to attend.

Banagher Review 2012 on sale in local shops.  The 25th Edition contains 240 pages and 800 photos of events throughout the year.

Medjugorje Irish Centre:  Grand Prize – Every month for a year we are giving away one weeks free apartment accommodation  for up to 4 people.  Text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone us and we can enter you into the draw for free. Contact Us for details of our 2013 pilgrimages and €280 package deals Website:  Ireland: 048 82241888

Banagher Library February Opening Times:  Thurs. 2 – 5 p.m.  &  6 – 8 p.m.,  Fri. 10 – 1 p.m., 2 – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 – 1 p.m. with the sole exception of the afternoon of Friday 15th February when the Library will close 2 – 5p.m.    Banagher Library: 057 9151471.

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. 11th Jan. 5 – 6 p.m. For more details contact Tom Wells 085 8820300.

St. Rynagh’s Camogie Club are collecting any unwanted bags of clothes.  Bags can be left with Pasquelina or Ann Marie or ring 087 1894778.

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.

Fr. John Fahy –Radical Republican & Agrarian Activist 1893- 1969 by Jim Madden.  Some copies still available in Flynn’s and Feeneys.