Easter Sunday – March 31st


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: Adoration every Wed. 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Why not spend some time with Jesus on the altar, giving him the time to speak to your heart.

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Holy Saturday 30th 7:00 pm  Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday 31st 6:30 am  Dawn Mass (old Church, Church Street)
8:30 am
10:30 am  Pat Lyons. (Please note change of Mass Time) 
Monday 1st 9:30 am  James Nolan, Harbour Road
Tuesday 2nd 9:30 am Special Intention
Wednesday 3rd 9:30 am  Joseph, Kitty & Maeve Martin, Garrycastle
Thursday 4th 9:30 am
Friday 5th 9:30 am  Special Intention
First Friday 7:00 pm  Elizabeth (Baby) Egan, West End. (Month’s Memory)
Saturday 6th 9.30 am
7.00 pm  Liam Hughes
Sunday 7th 8:30 am
11:30 am  Ned Malone, Cushcallow

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ned Horan, Rapemills and George Kelly, Curraghavarna.  May they rest in peace.

Collectors: Team D

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1565

Restoration Collection:  €765  (Target €700)

Readers of the Word: April
7.00 pm:  Aideen Madden and Róisin McMahon
8.30 am: Liam Broderick & Conor O’Sullivan
11.30 am: Mairead McMahon & Eamon Corcoran

Eucharistic Ministers: March
7.00 pm: Ann Gallagher & Paddy Scales
8.30 am: Carmel O’Sullivan
11.30 am: Kay Hayes Hickey & Damian Keenaghan

Symbol of Fish at Baptismal Font:  Many people have asked what does the symbol of the fish mean?   In the early Church in Rome, the new Christians were subjected to the most horrific persecutions.  They devised ingenious ways of recognising one another in the hostile atmosphere through the use of symbols.  From the second century, Christians used the fish as a popular Christian symbol.  It was found in the catacombs.  After all, the apostles were fishermen, and fish occur frequently in the Gospels.  When Jesus wanted to feed the multitude in the desert, Andrew introduced the boy with the five loaves and the two fishes.  The miracle of the loaves and fishes resulted and this in turn was seen as a pointing to the Eucharist.  But probably the main reason why the fish became so popular in Christianity was the realisation that the Greek word for fish was ixOus.  The letters, as an acronym, stood for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.  So when Christians saw the sign of the fish, they recognised they were among friends and fellow Christians.

First Friday: Fr. Pierre will be doing his Frist Friday calls on Thursday & Friday.

Banagher Ladies Club: Meeting this Wed. 3rd April at 8.30 p.m. in the Comm. Centre. Guest Speaker – Bird Watch Ireland. * Members please bring your deposit for the Summer Outing.

Pastoral Council Meeting Tues. 9th April at 8.30 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Shannon Harbour Community Association *Easter Egg Hunt this Easter Sunday 3 p.m. Meet at McIntyre’s pub at 2.45 p.m.

Banagher Foroige Club: * Club Members Disco in Dublin on April 3rd for 15 years up. Tickets €15 plus bus. * Members Disco in Kilcormac on April 5th cost €10. * Next Club Meeting April 11th in The Community Centre. Permission Form for all outings from Ann Mullins.

Banagher Knitting Club meet in The Library every Thurs. eve from 6 to 8 p.m., so bring along your needles and wool. We are hoping to set up a kids knitting club after Easter on Sat. morn in The Library. If anyone wishes to help to teach kids to knit please let us know.

The Cat in the Hat at Banagher Library: Offaly County Childcare Committee Ltd. invite parents, childminders and children to join them in Banagher Library on Friday 19th April 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon at Banagher Library for Cat in the Hat storytelling and make and do.

Chiropody Clinic will be attending Banagher Health Centre on Friday 5th April at 9 – 3.30 p.m. for the senior citizens footcare.

Free Triple P Parenting Programme for Parents of 0-7 years coming to Banagher! Triple P gives you tips and strategies to make family life less stressful with young children and a good understanding of positive parenting with plenty of ideas to make parenting easier. The VEC are running a Dealing with Disobedience Workshop on Wed. 10th April from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in St Rynagh’s College of Further Education. Please phone Crona on 090 6434070 to book a place on this free workshop.

Join in a Day at the Dogs in Mullingar to support Offaly Down Syndrome Association Home Teacher Program on Sunday April 7th. Tickets €10 Contact Petria, 057 9151321.

Interested in Training and Working in Care? Offaly Local Development Company in association with FAS invites applications for a 6 month full-time FETAC Level 5 Healthcare Support Course commencing in June 2013 in Birr. Applications to FAS Employment Services, Tullamore, telephone 057 9321921. Informal enquires to 057 9120000. (priority will be given to those who are currently not working).

Banagher Sub Aqua Club Fundraising Event – Rock n Roll Bingo on Monday April 1st in Corrigans bar 6.30 p.m. approx. please come along for Bingo with a difference and to support the club.