Newsletter – 24th December & 31st December

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, Christmas & New year 

24th DECEMBER 2017 & 31st DECEMBER 2017


Saturday:      23rd December          7.00pm           Martin Joe Hughes

Sunday:        24th December          8.30am           Special Intention

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:                                                                  No Mass

Wednesday:                                                             No Mass

Thursday:    28th December          10.00am       Tommy & Molly Dowd

Friday:           29th December          10.00am     Patrick & May Lenehan

Saturday:      30th December          7.00pm      Neil Dillon & Kitty Dillon

Sunday:        31st December          8.30am           Mass Available

Sunday:        31st December          11.30am         Joe Scally.   Colette Doyle

Monday:        1st January                10.00am         People of the Parish

Tuesday:                                                                  No Mass                                                                        

Wednesday:                                                             No Mass                                     

Thursday:    4th January                9.30am       Mass Available

Friday:           5th January                7.00pm           Lorna Martin – First Anniversary

Saturday:      6th January                8.30am           People of The Parish

Saturday:      6th January                11.30am         Marie Lawlor

Saturday:      6th January                7.00pm           Ann Morris – Months Mind

Sunday:        7th January                8.30am           People of The Parish

Sunday:        7th January                11.30am       Veronica Tiernan.  Mary Tiernan


Sunday 24th December 8.00pm—Team Green 4 & notified children

Monday 25th December 9.00am—Team Red 1

Monday 25th December 11.30am—Team Blue 4


Saturday 30th December      7.00pm—Team Green 5

Sunday 31st December 8.30am—Team Red 2

Sunday 31st December 11.30am—Team Blue 5


Friday 05th January 7.00pm—Team Green 1

Saturday 06th January 8.30am—Team Red 3

Saturday 06th January 11.30am—Team Blue 2

Recent Baptisms

We Welcome into the Christian Community

Donna Jane Williams.     Ben Paul Bruce.            Will James Nevin. 

Who were Baptised in our Church recently

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

Choose Life: It is God who gives life.  Let us respect and love human life, especially

vulnerable life in a mother’s womb (Pope Francis)

Christmas greetings from Bishop Kevin: Bishop Kevin’s Christmas message is available to watch or read on

THANK YOU: Fr. Michael and Deacon Martin Reidy would like to sincerely thank all who participated and attended Martin’s Diaconate Ordination on Sunday last. We were extremely grateful to the Parish Pastoral Council, those who prepared the Church, Readers, Servers, Choir, the Stewards both inside and outside the Church, all who helped out in the hall Saturday & Sunday and everyone who made and donated such a wonderful variety of food. 

PARISH OFFICE: The Kiltoom Parish Office will be closed until Tuesday 2nd January. Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and New Year.

HOLY HOUR: Thanks to all who attended our Holy Hour on Wednesday night last, our next Holy Hour will be on Wednesday 24th January at 8.00pm.

2018 CALENDARS: Kiltoom Parish Calendars are available at each door with the newsletters.


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:

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 .

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

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

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.

Western Alzheimer’s Charity Walk – St Stephen’s Day

The Roscommon Voluntary Committee of Western Alzheimers will hold their annual charity walk on St. Stephen’s Day starting from Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road at 12 noon.  This will be a real family event with a choice of routes (5K or 10K).  Entry is €10 per person or €20 for a family.  Refreshments in Hannon’s Hotel and lots of entertainment on the day. We hope you can join us.

Marie Corcoran Memorial Trust Fund: The Committee would like to thank everyone that supported our event in Ned’s Bar in Knockcroghery on Saturday 9th Dec in Aid of Roscommon Palliative Care Services Which was a huge success monies raised on the night was €3,203

THANK YOU: To our 3rd and 6th class children for bringing up the gifts and reading during todays (Sunday) mass. A big thanks also to the Children’s Choir under the direction of Orlagh Tiernan & Michael Moylette and all the children’s Parents for their help and support.

KILTOOM DRAMA GROUP: Presents Sleeping Beauty

Our fabulous cast supported by local children from the parish will bring the house down with song, dance & laughter. A show not to be missed!

Dates: Thurs 4th to Sun 7th January

Time: 8pm. Matinee at 3pm on Sun 7th for our younger supporters.

Tickets on Sale in the Parish Hall: Sat 30th Dec from 6.30-7.30pm, Sun 31st Dec 11am-12.30pm, Mon 1st Jan 7.30-8.30pm, Tues 2nd Jan 7-8.30pm. Also from Hamrocks Brideswell.

Price: Adults €12, OAP’s €10, Children €5

COMMUNION CLASS CHILDREN: Thank you to all the children for attending the ‘Do this in Memory’ mass on Thursday last. We ask our Parishioners to pray for the children as they prepare for their special day.

THANK YOU—Donation of non perishable items: The Communion Class Children would like to thank everyone who donated items to their Christmas Food Appeal.

St. Brigid’s G.A.A.: Lotto Jackpot this weekend €13,400.

Last weeks results: Numbers Drawn—01/ 06 / 31 / 32. There was no jackpot winner There was

1 match three winner, receiving €200.00. Draw takes place Saturday night 23/12/2017 in

Brigid’s Sports & Social Centre at 10pm.

Club Cam:  Happy Christmas from all at Club Cam. 50/50 Draw guaranteed winner each week. Congratulations to last weeks winner Frank Finneran, Derryglad €535. This weeks draw will take place in Hamrock’s, Brideswell, Saturday 23rd December at 10pm. Anyone interested in a quarter, half or full year subscription in Club Cam please contact 087 2774490 or 086 8226357.

COUNTY ROSCOMMON DISABILITY SUPPORT GROUP: Would like to thank you for you co-operation during their recent Church Gate Collection. The amount collected here in Ballybay was €429.24

On behalf of Fr. Michael & Fr. Hugh 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank William Gacquin, Martin Reidy, The Kiltoom Parish Pastoral Council, The Area Distributors, Basket Collectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, The Alter Society, Alter Servers, Choir, Counters, Caretakers, those who do a wonderful job maintaining and cleaning the church, Lorraine O’Riordan (Parish Secretary), Orlagh Tiernan (Safeguarding Liaison Office), Nancy O’Conor and Carmel Nally for all her help and opening and closing the church daily. We would also like to thank anyone who has helped out in anyway and supported the Parish throughout the year especially during my Silver Jubilee Celebrations and the Ordination of Martin Reidy to the Permanent Diaconate.

We wish you all a lovely Christmas & New Year

God Bless

Fr. Michael & Fr. Hugh