Third Sunday of Lent – March 3rd

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 2nd 9:30 am  Patrick Mann, Main Street. St Rynagh’s N. S.
7:00 pm  Helena Brazil, Feighs. St Rynagh’s N. S.
Sunday 3rd 8:30 am  Wallace Donohoe, West End. St Rynagh’s N. S.
11:30 am  Sr. Ann Broderick St Rynagh’s N. S.
Monday 4th 9:30 am College of Further Education
Tuesday 5th 9:30 am  Special Intention College of Further Education
Wednesday 6th 9:30 am College of Further Education
Thursday 7th 9:30 am College of Further Education
Friday 8th 9:30 am  Special Intention College of Further Education
Saturday 9th 9:30 am St Rynagh’s N.S.
7.00 pm  Teresa Dolan, Cuba Avenue St Rynagh’s N.S.
Sunday 10th 8:30 am  Hubert & Agnes Rigney St Rynagh’s N.S.
11:30 am  Patrick Reardon (1st Anniv.) St Rynagh’s N.S.

Collectors: Team D

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1,200

Restoration Collection: €905 (Target €700)

Readers of the Word: March
7.00 pm:  Sheila Flynn and Kevin Rigney
8.30 am: Ann Hughes & Paul Donohoe
11.30 am: Jim Windsor McGlynn & Lucy Kelly

Eucharistic Ministers: March
7.00 pm: Fergal McMahon
8.30 am: Caroline McGee
11.30 am: Ronnie Byrnes

Church Restoration Update:  By now most of the work has been completed.  Over the past week or two the new sound system and lighting systems have been completed, most of the stencilling has been finished.  During the coming weeks the new flooring will be laid, the remaining stencilling and timber work will be finished.  Once these are finished the final bits and pieces on the sanctuary will be done, which will include the new Tabernacle which was specially made.  The opening date will be 3 week’s time on Sat. 22nd March at the 7.00 pm Mass which is Palm Sunday.

Liturgy Meeting this Mon. at 8 pm in The Presbytery to plan our Easter Ceremonies.

Acknowledgement:  Collette Chard (nee Curran), Bristol, wishes to thank all those who sympathised with her on the recent sad loss of her husband Mike Chard R.I.P. Thanks to all who sent letter and cards they were very much appreciated.

Banagher Review:  A meeting will take place this Thurs. 7th March at 8.00 pm in the Presbytery.  The purpose of this meeting is to plan for this year’s “Review”.  If you would like to be part of this team you will be very welcome.

Are you interested in joining a Bereavement Support Group – or do you have any experience in this area?   If so, for more information please contact Fr. Pierre Pepper on 057 9151338.

St Patrick’s Day Parade – Sunday 17th March, 2013 at 3.00 pm.  As Part of Gathering, please let committee know if you have family returning from abroad for festivities. Please decorate homes and businesses to add to occasion. Please support by taking part, it’s the life of the Parade.

Scout Fundraiser – Saturday 16th of March:  Banagher Scouts are hosting a Cake, Book & DVD Sale in the Scout Den (at the Old Convent Grounds) on Saturday the 16th of March from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Any contributions to the Cake Sale can be left into the Scout Den between 10.00 am and 1.00pm on the day of the event.  Please come along and enjoy the event while supporting your local Scout Group. Teas, Coffees & Crepes available on the day.

West Offaly CCE presents in concert Eleanor Shanley and special guests Ferbane Ballad Group & Na Fianna Instrumental on Friday March 29th (Good Friday) in Colaiste Na Sionna, Banagher in aid of Stephen Reilly Benefit Fund & West Offaly Comhaltas. Tickets €10 on sale in Banagher P/O & Davis Pharmacy Eyrecourt. Doors open 7.00 pm. Please come along and enjoy an evening of music, song and dance – Support greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Caoimhe Mahon on reaching the final of this year’s doodle4google representing the Art students at Banagher College. We would very much appreciate your votes for her doodle at address below. Vote for caoimhe’s doodle4google on line @ (category 5)

Banagher Ladies Club next meeting on Wed. March 5th at 8.30 pm in the Community Centre. Guest Speaker Dolores Kelly, Fitness.  All are welcome

Important Notice for all Property Owners:  For the first time in the history of the Irish State 4 men are summoned to appear a Loughrea District Court on Wed. 6th March 2013 at 11.00 am for allegedly cutting turf on privately owned bog.  Stand up for your constitutional rights and come to Loughrea to support the 4 men.

Offaly natives wanted to for Birmingham St Patrick’s Day parade: Do you know any people from Offaly or with Offaly connections living in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton or other areas of the West Midlands of England? You might like to inform them that there is an invitation to all Offaly people to walk behind the county banner at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Birmingham on Sunday, March 17. Meet at 11.15 am after 10 am Mass, outside St Anne’s Church, Alcester Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0PB telephone 0121 772 2780. The Parish Priest is Ferbane native Monsignor Pat Browne.

Wanted-suitable spare plants and surplus timber decking:  Hello gardeners! Have you any spare evergreen plants/shrubs in your garden? Banagher Tidy Towns are busy planting up new areas to make our town more attractive. Shade tolerant plants such as ferns, mahonia, hostas and periwinkles(vincas) would be particularly suitable. If you have a surplus of this category and wish to donate please call Therese on 086 8650133. Also we are looking for suitable unwanted timber to help make up planter boxes for varies locations. Spare lengths of decking would be ideal but other similar timbers may also suit. Text 087 6269645 to arrange collection. This is one way to involve our community and help with activities and promote our recycling initiatives.

For Sale trailer for Ride on Mower.  Contact 087 9826668 for details.

We wish Banagher Drama Group every success with their production of ‘Out of Order’ West Limerick Drama Festival this Sat.

Eucharistic Adoration Regional Gathering  in Ferbane Church on Sun. 3rd March at 3 pm for those involved in Eucharistic Adoration. This is part of the new diocesan structure that wants to support adorers in there ministry. The event will involve a time of Adoration in the Church and a brief gathering afterwards to appoint representatives from parishes and this region to liaise with the diocesan committee. Any enquiries can be directed to Fr Turlough Baxter 087 9972259.

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.

Paving Bricks & Paving Slabs Workshop:  As part of the Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival, Co. Offaly VEC will run a Paving Bricks and Paving Slabs Workshop on Tues. 26th Feb. in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher, from 10.00 am -1.00 pm  This is a free workshop and open to all. To book a place, please contact Michelle (VEC) on 057 9349441.

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association suggests that people might consider taking a short-term pledge to abstain from alcohol during Lent.  During this time they could pause to think about their own relationship with alcohol. They could offer their sacrifice for a friend or relative whom they love who has a problem with alcohol or with other drugs.

Spring Colours – Primroses, Pansies, Violas & Rockery Plants now in flower at “Sleepy Hollow”, Taylor’s Cross,  057 9151273.  Open all day.

Parish Tax Forms  will be sent out during the week to Parishioners who have donated a total of €250 or more in the year 2012.  This money will help with the Restoration and Renovation of the Church. The money comes directly to the parish and costs you nothing!  If you are a PAYE worker/earner and would like to help the parish please return outstanding forms to The Presbytery as soon as possible.

Tidy Towns meeting next Thursday at 8.00 pm in Crank House. All existing members including sub. groups set up before Christmas are requested to attend. New members are also welcome.

Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration First Annual Pilgrimage to Knock:  Celebrating the Year of Faith at Knock Shrine on Sat. 20th April 10.00 am  to 5.00 pm there will be Talks, Adoration, Confessions, Eucharistic Procession, Workshops, Rosary, Mass, Benediction, Blessing of the Sick, Children’s Adoration.  All welcome.

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

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. 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm. For more details contact Tom Wells 085 8820300.

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.