Saturday, May 2, 2015

Update 3rd May


As with all good vine growers, God cares for his crop, nurturing it, pruning it, giving it all it needs so that it can grow and reach its full potential. 
We are no doubt the branches. What does it mean to be a branch? 
Branches must be connected to the vine or they bear no fruit. Even those branches that do bear fruit, they need pruning so that they can grow and bear even more fruit. Perhaps we can read this passage in terms of connectivity. Think of your most intimate friendships and relationships. 
You don’t measure their weight in terms of produce do you? 
But you do want to stay connected right? It is this closeness, this intimacy that Jesus calls us to: ‘abide in me’. Are you connected or disconnected? 
If the connection is strong, then fruit bearing comes naturally and people will see the Gospel in our lives and in the way we respond to the world. If we are connected, all manner of things are possible for us. (Jane Mellett / Intercom).
“People see the Gospel in our lives;” let them read our lives.’ Pope Francis.

Eucharistic Ministers For 9th / 10th May:

7.30pm : Bridie Farrell, Pat Gannon, Keith Suffin, Martin Purcell
9.30am  : Andrew Carr, Breege Donoghue, Catherine Davitt
11.30am :  Ita Lohan, Eamon Mullen, Betty McDermott, Nora McDonagh


 7.30pm  :   Donal J. Farrell
 9:30 am :  Peggy Feely
11.30am :  John Murphy
St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society:
St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society wish to thank all the people who gave so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection . A special thank you to the Gate Collectors. A total of €598.70 was raised. The next meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Society will take place after the 10.30am Mass on Wednesday 13th May.

Galilee Community:

COME TO THE QUIET. Young Adults (25+), invited to an evening of Quiet Reflection Communing with God in Nature at Galilee Community, Boyle, Co. Roscommon .DATE: Friday, May 15th – 7.30 to 9.30pm
Pentecost Retreat: Dr. Ruth Patterson will lead a day of retreat in Galilee Community, Tintagh, Boyle on Sunday, May 24th.   The theme of the day is “A SONG AND A DANCE”.  Tea and coffee will be served at 10:30am and opening session will begin at 11:00am.  A light lunch of soup and scones will be served.  The day will conclude at 4:30pm Contact:  Galilee Community by phoning 071 -9664101. or emailing
Pilgrimage to Fatima:
Pilgrimage to Fatima from 29th August to 3rd September 2015. For further details please contact Patricia O’ Flaherty on 071-9637077 or  087-9804288.

Masses for the week

Monday:  10.00am Kathleen Casey
Tuesday:  10.00am Michael McWilliams, Patrick and Rose Brennan
Wednesday: 10.00am The Deceased Friends & Customers of the Grehan Family
Thursday: 10.00am Patrick and Evelyn Callery, Michael and Margaret Duffy
Friday: 10.00am Patrick and Elizabeth Meehan
7.30pm Phil Mc Dermott and The Deceased Family Members
Agnes and Michael Mc Crann, Peter, Dora and Michael Durr, Willie Beirne
Saturday 10.00am
Vigil: 7.30pm  Donal, Sheila and Sr. Carmel Farrell
Sunday  9.30am People of the Parish
11.30am The Deceased Members of Boyle Ex Service Men’s and Women’s Association and The Deceased Members of the 19th Battalion F.C.A.

Diocesan Wedding Jubilees:

The Diocesan Wedding Jubilees will be Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church, Athlone on Sunday 28th June 2015. Bishop Kevin Doran will celebrate  Mass at 3pm and a buffet meal will follow in the Shamrock Lodge at 5pm Please give your name to any of the Priests or contact the Parish Office before 19th May if you are interested in attending the Celebration.
Assisted Pilgrimage To Lourdes:
Applications are now being accepted for inclusion in the Assisted Pilgrimages Section with a return date for completed forms on the 3rd June next.
All interested parishioners seeking further details/booking forms, please contact Mary Clifford on 086 8164541 or Desmond Mc Loughlin on 086- 2553985.

New Website for Marriage

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has launched a new website which will host relevant material which has been published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, its councils, and by individual bishops.  
Lough Derg:
Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season opens Saturday 2nd May with One Day Retreats which continue on 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 25 of May. Advance booking is essential. The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May. You can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage any day between 29th May and 13th August. Pre-booking not required. Contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 (from NI 00 353 71 9861518) or email
Offertory Collection amounted to €2545.74 on Sunday 26th April. Thank you.

Sunday Mass Times

7:30pm Vigil of  Sunday & Eve of Holy Day
9:30am & 11:30 a.m. Sunday & Holy days
Weekday Mass Times

Monday To Saturday 10:00am
Friday evenings only 7:30pm

Baptisms: Sundays at 12:30pm (two weeks notice required)
Application forms available from Sacristy

Saturday 10:25am to 11:00am & 7:00pm to 7:20pm
First Friday before all Masses

Marriages: Minimum 3 Months Notice

Parish Contact Numbers
Rev. Gerry Hanly P.P. 071 966 2218
Rev. John Coughlan C.C. 071 966 2012
Parish Office & Sacristy 071 966 2643, 9:30am to 12:30pm
24hr Emergency Number 086 826 2643
Parish email

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