Newsletter 17th December 2017


17th DECEMBER 2017


Saturday 16th December — Friday 29th December 

Saturday:        16th December         7.00pm          Johnny Dolan

Sunday:           17th December         8.30am           People of the Parish

Sunday:            17th December         12.00pm      Diaconate Ordination of  Martin Reidy

Monday:          18th December         7.00pm           Mary Killion (Months Mind)

Tuesday:         19th December          7.00pm          Mary Carty

Wednesday:   20th December        8.00pm       Holy Hour

Thursday:       21st December          7.00pm         Communion Class ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass

Friday:            22nd December         9.30am         Deceased members of the Fenlon & Mc Gorisk Families

Saturday:        23rd December         7.00pm         Martin Joe Hughes

Sunday:           24th December         8.30am          Mass Available

Sunday:           24th December         11.30am         Denis Fenton

Sunday:           24th December        8.00pm        Christmas Vigil-People of the Parish

Monday:         25th December        9.00am         People of the Parish

Monday:         25th December       11.30am        People of the Parish

Tuesday:         26th December                                 No Mass

Wednesday:   27th December                                 No Mass

Thursday:       28th December       10.00am       Mass Available 

Friday:             29th December       10.00am       Partick & May Lenehan


Saturday       23rd December         7.00pm           Team Green 3

Sunday         24th December         8.30am           Team Red 4

Sunday         24th December         11.30am           Team Blue 3


Sunday         24th December         8.00pm           Team Green 4

Monday        25th December         9.00am           Team Red 1

Monday        25th December         11.30am          Team Blue 4

Recent Baptisms

We Welcome into the Christian Community

Annabelle May Watson 

Who was Baptised in our Church recently

We congratulate her parents and we wish them all God’s blessing

Choose Life: The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right. (Irish Catholic Bishops, Two Lives One Love)

GOOD LUCK: We wish Martin Reidy best wishes as he is Ordained into the Permanent Diaconate today (Sunday). We ask you all to keep Martin and his family in your prayers.


Vigil Mass                    Sunday 24th December at 8.00pm

                          Christmas Day            Monday 25th December at 9.00am & 11.30am

*Weekend Masses prior to Christmas will remain the same, Saturday 23rd December at 7.00pm & Sunday 24th December at 8.30am & 11.30am

PARISH OFFICE: The Kiltoom Parish Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January. If you would like any notices placed in the newsletter over Christmas, they will need to be submitted by next Thursday 21st December at 11.00am.

Christmas Triduum of Masses: Christmas Mass Cards will be on sale again this year. You can purchase the cards in the Sacristy or Parish Office for €3.00 each or 4 for €10.00

HOLY HOUR: Our next Holy Hour is on Wednesday 20th December at 8.00pm. All welcome

SICK CALLS: Fr. Michael will visit the sick & housebound on Monday 18th December from 2pm

Finance and Asset Manager: The Diocese of Elphin is advertising for a Finance and Asset Manager.  Job description is available on

Advent Scripture Sharing Groups:  Reflections available to download @ and other prayer booklets available from Justin Harkin @087 6171526 /

Advent Reflections Recording:  Fr. Eugene McLoughlin’s presentation ‘Advent as a time of anticipation and preparation’ available to listen and to podcast @

Christmas Reflection: You are invited to Christmas Prayer and Reflection at Galilee Community, Tintagh (Boyle). Thursday 14th December at 8pm. All are welcome.

ELPHIN DIOCESE YOUNG ADULT PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI AND ANCIENT CHRISTIAN ROME : 23rd June – 1st July, 2018 OPEN TO YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 35. Cost €599. see for details. For Further Information please contact Frank McGuinness, Director of Youth & Young Adult MinistrySt. Mary’sTemple StreetSligoTel: 0879880690 Email:

Silent Retreat – Knock: Silent Retreat- Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius will take place at the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Knock, Co. Mayo, for women aged 18 years and up. From December 28th 2017 to  January 1st 2018.  Places are limited. Please book early. For more information contact 085-8235525.

Towards Peace: In 2009, at the request of survivors of abuse by Church personnel in Ireland, the Irish Bishops and the Religious and Missionary congregations established Toward Peace to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time. Full details of how to access the service of Towards Peace can be found on .

THANK YOU: To our 3rd and sixth class children for bringing up the gifts and reading during Saturday evening mass. Thank you also to their Parents for their help and support.

COMMUNION CLASS CHILDREN: Your next ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass is on Thursday 21st December at 7.00pm. We ask all communion class children, parents & teachers to attend.

Donation of non perishable items: The first holy communion class are asking the people of the parish to help them support their food appeal. They are asking the community to donate non perishable items for example toiletries, tinned foods, cereals etc. A container will be left at the altar where the items can be placed before Thursday December 21st.

St. Brigid’s G.A.A.: Lotto Jackpot this weekend €13,200.

Last weeks results: Numbers Drawn—14/ 17 / 20 / 21. There was no jackpot winner There were

5 match three winner, receiving €40.00. Draw takes place Sunday night 17/12/2017 in

Brigid’s Sports & Social Centre at 10pm.

DINNER DANCE: St Brigid’s Dinner Dance will take place in Hodson Bay Hotel on Friday 12th January 2018. Our special guest on the night will be Oisín McConville with the presentation of medals to the Minor County and Connacht Champions and the u20, Junior and Senior County Champions. Music on the night by the fabulous Big Deal. Tickets are €25 and will be available in the clubhouse or contact Michael McDonnell on (086) 248 3362, Tomás on (086) 087 6933, or Áine on (086) 379 1294.

Club Cam:   Club Cam 50/50 Draw. Guaranteed winner each week. Congratulations to last weeks winner Amy McDonnell, Four Roads €515. This weeks draw will take place in McDermott’s, Curraghboy, Sunday 17th December at 10pm

Athlone Choral Society: will celebrate Christmas with their Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 17th December at 6pm in Athlone Church of Ireland. Come and enjoy some festive cheer, mulled wine and special guest appearances from soprano Aisling Kenny and piper Mark Redmond. Tickets are €10 and are available in advance (Facebook page) or at the door.

Online Advent Calendar: As a unique Advent prayerful resource, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has provided its online Advent 2017 Calendar which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  The calendar is available online, and on your smartphone, on  This year’s Advent Calendar focuses on the theme of family as we prepare together for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin from 21 – 26 August.  Each day during Advent you are invited to click open a virtual door where you will find faith content for family, school and parish.  During Advent, families are invited to take special time together to pray, to talk, and to be together.  Family members are encouraged to undertake a daily act of kindness or charity – as suggested by the calendar – and by so doing reaching out to help those around us.  By using the online calendar, we hope that you will be part of our journey through Advent this year.

WMOF2018 Petition Box: The Petition Box given to the diocese from the World Meeting of Families will visit each parish from now until Aug. 2018. For schedule see

ELDER PERSONS PARTY: in association with An Gardai Siochana Community policing unit in Athlone. Will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone on Sunday 28th January 2018 from 4pm—8pm. Tickets available at Athlone Garda Station from members of the Community policing unit. Ask for Andrew, Brian, Mary, Aileen or Clare. Tickets €8.00 per person. All welcome.

PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL CHORAL MEETINGS 2018: Spring / Summer / Autumn & Advent Coral Meetings. Various Packages available, see Kiltoom Parish website for further details.