Newsletter – 3rd December 2017


3rd DECEMBER 2017


Saturday 2nd December — Sunday 10th December 

Saturday: 2nd December    7.00pm      Aidan O’Carroll

Sunday: 3rd December     8.30am      Dina Morris (1st Anniversary)

Sunday: 3rd December     11.30am    Nancy Mc Gee. Seán Mc Caffrey.Thomas, Catherine & Kathleen Fox

Monday: 4th December     9.30am     Margaret Mc Carthy

Tuesday: 5th December      9.30am     People of the Parish

Wednesday: 6th December   9.30am     Mass Available

Thursday: 7th December    7.00pm    Pat & Kitty Quinn

Friday: 8th December     8.30am    Thanksgiving Mass

Friday: 8th December     11.30am    Patrick & Margaret Cunningham

Saturday: 9th December      7.00pm     Lily King Kelly

Sunday:  10th December      8.30am    Angela Ramsey. Deceased members of the Moroney Family.

Sunday: 10th December     11.30am    Kate, Bridie, Martin & John Naughton


Friday          8th December        11.30am           Team Blue 5

Saturday      9th December        7.00pm           Team Green 1

Sunday        10th December        8.30am           Team Red 2

Sunday        10th December        11.30am           Team Blue 1



Vigil 7p.m. – J. Cunningham, M. Morgan.

Sun. 8:30 a.m. – T. Higgins, W. Kenny, T. Morris.

Sun. 11:30 a.m. – J. Donnelly, P. Leonard, M. Gunning


December    Group F—M.Gleeson. M.Shannaher. S.Quinn. M.Donnellan

Choose Life: Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances. (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 168)

MASSES NEXT WEEK: Friday is a Holy Day of Obligation,. Vigil Mass Thursday at 7.00pm. Mass on Friday morning at 8.30am & 11.30am.

NOTICES FOR NEXT WEEKS NEWSLETTER: Parish Office will be closed on Friday, the newsletter will be printed on Thursday so please have any notices in by 11am Wednesday.

ORDINATION MASS TIME: Sunday 17th December at 12.00noon .

Please note, there will be no 11.30am Mass on the 17th December due to Martin Reidy’s

Diaconate Ordination. All other mass times remain the same.


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 

CHILDRENS CHOIR: We are hoping to get a Children’s Choir up and running in the next few weeks. We would like to get the parents support with this and ask you to encourage your children to become involved. We will have further details in the coming weeks.

REFRESHMENTS REQUEST: We will be having light refreshments in the Parish Hall after Martin’s Ordination on the 17th December. If you would like to bake something small please contact Monica Gleeson, Nancy Scally or the Parish Office to let us know.

AREA DISTRIBUTORS: The Christmas envelopes will be available to distribute next weekend. They can be collected from the Sacristy. Thank you for your help delivering these.

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 @

HOSPICE SHINE A LIGHT: You can sponsor a light on the Hospice Christmas Tree in Knock for someone you know, living & deceased, at all pharmacies in Roscommon & Mayo, Hospice shops & Knock Shrine. The Tree Lighting ceremony takes place in Knock at 2pm on Sunday 3rd December following a 5km memorial walk. All welcome. Contact 0949388666

Roscommon Cancer Support Centre: are holding their annual Christmas market in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Sunday December 10th from 1pm-5pm. All the sights, sounds and aromas of the festive season will be there and there will also be a special visit from Santa. Admission is free. For more information please contact Veronica at 09066 25898

Roscommon Solstice Choir: The award winning Roscommon Solstice Choir are to hold a Christmas Concert in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon, on Sunday the 3rd of December at 7pm, along with the renowned St. Brigid’s Community Choir  The Concert is in aid of Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation who work to end conflict and build inter-ethnic schools in Africa. Tickets are 10 euro each.

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.

St. Brigid’s G.A.A.:  Lotto Jackpot this weekend €12,800.

Last weeks results: Numbers Drawn—06 / 07 / 25 / 27. There was no jackpot winner There were

2 match three winner, receiving €100.00. Draw takes place Sunday night 03/12/2017 in

Brigid’s Sports & Social Centre at 10pm.

CONGRATULATIONS: to St. Brigid’s u14 girls and their management team on winning the county final on Sunday last in Kilbride.

GOOD LUCK: to St Brigid’s u20 team who will face St. Dominic’s in the county final Sunday

Club Cam: Club Cam 50/50 Draw. Guaranteed winner each week. Congratulations to last weeks winner Tommy Dolan snr, Cam Lodge €510. This weeks draw will take place in Hamrock’s, Brideswell, Sunday 3rd December at 10pm

Special Olympics Connaught: is calling on all who’s brave enough to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this December and raise funds for local athletes with intellectual disabilities. First ever Polar Plunge that will take place at Rosses Point on December 9th at 11am. If you are

interested you can sign up on and click on Freezin for a Reason go to the Rosses Point event you can register there.


SAMARITAN CONCERT: The  26th Annual Samaritan Christmas Concert will take  place on Wednesday 6th December in the Franciscan Friary, at 8pm. Compere on the night will be RTE’s Teresa Mannion. Tickets €12, available at the Franciscan Friary & Cunninghams’ Pharmacies. Samaritans are available on freecall 116123 24hrs for anyone who needs to talk in confidence.  

COLÁISTE CHIARÁIN, ATHLONE: transition year students present “fiddler on the roof” on 5th, 6th & 7th December in the school hall at 8 pm. Admission: adults €10; students/oaps €8.   Tickets available from the college or book at 090 6492383.

ROAD SAFETY: A Public Meeting will take place on Thursday Dec 14th at 8pm in the parish hall. This meeting is held to discuss Road Safety concerns in the Kiltoom area N61 and lateral roads. Concern is safety of our Pedestrian and cyclists as well as motorists. If anyone has any issues they want raised please email by Fri 7th Dec. All local Councillors have been invited. As a large attendance is expected please arrive early.

Marie Corcoran’s memorial fundraiser: Neds Bar, Knockcroghery, Saturday 9th December 2017. Starts 9.30pm, €10 entry. See parish website for further details.

BALLYBAY NATIONAL SCHOOL: The Annual Lighting of Ballybay NS Christmas Tree will be  Sunday, 10th December at 6:00 p.m. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class will sing carols in the church and everyone is encouraged to join in. This will be followed by the lighting of the tree and hot chocolate in the hall. The Parents Association raffle drawing will also take place on the night. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Ballybay students and from the school office.

Athlone Choral Society: will celebrate Christmas with their Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 17th Decmeber 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.  

Midland Warmer Homes in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland run a Warmer Homes Scheme. This project is FREE to people who are in receipt of certain Social Welfare Payment. For more info or an application form contact us on 090-6488292.

INSPIRED : an exhibition of work by artists from Athlone and Roscommon – opens in The CORE, Church Street, Roscommon at 7pm on Thurs. December 7th.  10am to 6pm on Fri 8th & Sat 9th and from 12 noon to 5.30pm on Sun. 10th Dec.