Sunday December 29th 2013

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
29 December 2013
I wish to extend New Year’s greeting and good wishes for 2014 to you all.  I hope the year ahead will bring you health and happiness and I pray for God’s Blessings on all your work and undertakings.  May God guide and direct all our efforts during the New Year.  I pray God’s Blessings on all families, and I pray especially for children in examination classes and those who are seeking employment; may you all be successful in your endeavours.  I welcome all who have recently come into our community.  I wish those people and their families happiness and success in our parish.  With God’s help and guidance may the year ahead be a good year for us all.                                           Fr. Joe

MASS INTENTIONS:                                                                                BALLINLOUGH
8 pm.
Kate & Ned Judge, Cloonalough, Anniv.
Vincent Kelly, Cloonalough, 2nd Anniv.
Martin & Mary Ellen Kelly, Foxboro, Anniv.
Mary Nealon, Cloonalough, Anniv.
Martin Finnegan, Willie & Nellie Egan, Marystown, Anniv.
10 am.
New Years Eve.  Private Intention.
10 am.
Feast of Mary, Mother of God.  It is a World Day of prayer for peace.
8 pm.
Eileen O’Connor, 1st Anniv.
Patrick Godfrey, Oola & Birmingham, 9th Anniv.
John & Rose Caulfield, Clooninsla.
Deceased members of the Greene & Caulfield families.

Eucharistic Ministers:
Church Readers
Ballinlough Church:
Sat. 4 Jan. 8 pm.

Nancy Flynn
Mary Finan
Nessa Doherty
Granlahan Church:
Sun. 5 Jan. 12 noon
John Caulfield
Mary Ruane
Cáit Phillips
Ursual Brady
Offertory Collections:           
Sat & Sun. 21st  & 22nd Dec..
 Ballinlough:  € 620.             Granlahan:  €590.

Pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. John Fennelly who died 23 December last.  He was born in 1925 and ordained a priest in 1996.  He worked as a curate in Athenry and as a confessor in Knock.  He died in Our Lady’s Manor, Dalkey, Dublin.

MASS INTENTIONS:                                      GRANLAHAN
12 noon.
Tom Bailey, Anniv. & also Andy & Sarah Bailey & deceased members of the family
John Joe & Helen Lynch, Lowberry,
Patrick Conroy, Moigh.
Martin, Brigid & John Cooney, Coraslustia.
Edward & Cecilia Coggins and deceased family members, Ballina
John & Margaret Lyons & deceased family members, Redford, Ballyhaunis.
Deceased members of the Naughton Family, Coraslustia.
10.30 am.
Feast of Mary, Mother of God.  It is a World Day of prayer for peace.
12 noon
Tessie Walsh, Altore, 3rd Anniv.
Michael & Anne Sheil and their daughter Sr. Mary Bernadette, Altore, Anniv.
Mary Cregg, Derryvounge, Anniv.
Pat Gormley, Ballybane, Anniv.
Joe & Josephine Igoe and deceased members of the Hussey family, Castlequarter.

I want to thank most sincerely the many people who helped with the Christmas Liturgies; all the people who decorated the churches, Granlahan and Ballinlough both inside and outside; all who took part in the liturgy itself; those who organised people – adults and children to take part and finally our organists and members of the choirs.  It all helped to make Christmas a meaningful celebration of the great feast that it was –the Birth of Christ.  Many thanks to you all.
Wednesday next 1 Jan 2014 has been designated A World Day of Prayer for Peace.
I wish to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the Christmas collection for the support of the priest of the Parish.
Care of the Churches:
Ballinlough:  Sincere thanks to the people of Town South who looked after the flowers during the month of December.  Would the people of Town North and the Avenue look after them during the month of January.
Granlahan:  Our gratitude to Group C who cared for the church during the month of December.  Would Group D look after it during the month of January 2014.  Group D:  Noreen Coggins, Mary Patterson, Mary Raftery, Mai O’Gara, Ruth Sullivan, Angela Keaveney.
There will be no First Friday calls this month of January.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Carrick N.S. Draw.  1st Prize Fiachra Nee.  2nd Jason Kelly.  3rd Colm Considine.  We raised a total of €2330.
Granlahan Card Game:  Winners: 1st  Frank Cregg, \peter Culcannon .  2nd Maureen Devaney, Helen Hogan  3rd  Colin Conroy, Sheila Brady.  Raffle Winners: Gerry Coffey, Tommy Geraghty, Jackie Finan, Colin Conroy.
A very special Gathering in Ballinlough on New Year’s Eve as we celebrate a very successful year.  Dancing to Jivin Ivan in Campbell’s Lounge, light refreshments will be served.  Ring in the New Year on the square with live music, ringing of bells as we watch lanterns rise into the midnight sky to welcome in 2014.
Cluster Choir.  Choir practice in Ballyhaunis Parish Church at 11 am. on New Year’s Day.  Mass will be at 12 noon and all singers are welcome.

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