Second Sunday of Lent February 28th 2021 


Mass returns to Normal Time of 11am from Sunday February 28th

Please note that under Level 5 restrictions, Mass is behind closed doors and available on the Church Radio on 105.0FM locally & online worldwide! on

We are with you” The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times. See

Church Envelope Boxes The 2021 Church Envelopes Boxes are available to collect in the Church for half an hour after Sat. Vigil or Sunday Mass and for half an hour after daily Mass. Also the envelopes can be delivered by arrangement by contacting Fr. Kieran

Thanks to all who have generously supported the Church Collections this past year.

This coming year the Parish will be operating the Tax Relief Scheme for donations to eligible charities. The Parish qualifies under this scheme to claim back a percentage of income tax paid on donations of more than €250 in any tax year. For more information in regards to this, please contact Fr. Kieran. Thanks to those who have returned CHY3 forms already. . Every little helps. Thanks again.

Online Banking,gives another option to donate to the parish directly by SEPA Transfer or direct debit to BIC BOFIIE2Dxxx IBAN IE23 BOFI 9039 4726 8843 26 You may wish to note your name or envelope number on the remittance note. Thank you to those who have also continued your generous financial support for the Parish in these difficult times by dropping off envelopes in the letter box at the Parochial House, Looscaun. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times

Sunday Mass: Mass is available every Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon from Loughrea Cathedral via webcam at Mass available on RTE One at 11am every second Sunday and on RTE News Channel at 2pm on the alternate Sundays.

Diocesan Lenten Prayer Guide Now Available A specially prepared diocesan prayer guide is now available at to assist you and your family in making Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent 2021 a spiritually enriching experience.

Trócaire Lenten Collection 2021 The annual Trócaire Lenten Collection is a most important source of funding for ourCatholic Development Agency, which helps those who are suffering from poverty, a lack of medicine and education in many of the poorest countries in the world. As some of the poorest people in the world face the prospect of COVID-19, that support is needed now more than ever. Please pick up a Trócaire Lenten Donation Box from your local church and use it as part of your giving to the less well off this Lent. See for more information.

Home-schooling and Religious Education (Primary School) Veritas: Grow in Love is offering free access to their website to help support students, teachers and parents during this time when you are studying and teaching from home. To gain FREE ACCESS to our Grow in Love resources log on to with the following details: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Password: growinlove

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme The Irish bishops have encouraged Catholics to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme, “not only for their own good, but for the protection of life and the health of those who are vulnerable and for the common good of humanity.” (Irish Bishops) As vaccination is a medical issue, it is important that people discuss it with their own GP.For further information on the Church’s position with regard to vaccines, see

Year of St Joseph 2021Pope Francis has declared 2021 a special year to meditate on the figure and message of St Joseph, Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. The Holy Father has done so against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” (Pope Francis)

Fridays of Lent Traditionally, during the Fridays of Lent we turn our thoughts towards that first Good Friday and the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary.The Fridays of Lent have been considered important days for additional fasting (doing with less) and abstinence (doing without, eg. meat). Through such sacrifices, we become more aware of our calling as Christians to imitate Jesus who did not stop loving even if it meant that he had to pay the ultimate price with his death on the cross. The Fridays of Lent are also important days for added prayers and good works.

Stations of the Cross When we pray the Stations of the Cross, we walk with Jesus through the most significant moments of his passion. Traditionally there are fourteen stations. Although, the Scriptural Stations of the Cross introduced by Saint John Paul II in 1991 add a fifteenth station. The Stations are often represented in pictorial form along Church walls and are celebrated as a “walking prayer”. At each Station we are invited to take time to meditate on what is taking place and to contemplate its significance for our lives.

The Scriptural Stations of the Cross are: 1st station:Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane 2nd station:Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested 3rd station: Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin 4th station: Jesus is denied by Peter 5th station: Jesus is judged by Pontius Pilate 6th station:Jesus is scourged at the pillar and crowned with thorns 7th station: Jesus bears the cross 8th station:Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrenian to carry the cross 9th station:Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem 10th station:Jesus is crucified 11th station:Jesus promises his Kingdom to the repentant thief 12th station: Jesus speaks to his mother and the Beloved Disciple 13th station:Jesus dies on the cross 14th station: Jesus is placed in the tomb 15th station: The Resurrection At each Station pray ...We adore you, O Christ and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Amen

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St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am Tue.9.30am Wed. 9.30am Fri.. 8pm Sat. 10am & 7pm

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on the Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page.

Saturday February 27th 7pm Michael Moran, Woodford (19th Anniversary)

Friday March 5th 8pm Liam Kelly, Helsinki, Finland & formerly Ballinasloe.(Months Mind)

Saturday March 6th 7pm Marie, Frances, Brian & Bernard McMahon, Woodford.

Altar Society: Team 6 Geraldine Lyons Bernadette Larkin Mary Lyons.


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Thur.. 8pm Sun. 11am*** available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM

Sunday February 28th 11am Brendan Donnelly, Douras (5th Anniversary) .

Thursday March 4th 8pm Fr. Sean Lyons PP Abbey/Duniry & formerly Shragh (1st Anniv)

his parents Gus & Mary Ellen Lyons, his sister Sr. Imelda & brothers Neilus & Brendan.

Sunday March 7th 11am Tom Conroy, Woodview & formerly Kylenamelly (1st Anniv) & his parents John & Elizabeth Conroy

Altar Society Team 5 Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart.


Sun Feb. 28th SR 7.22am Set 6.10pm

Full Moon on Sat. Feb. 27th at 8.17am


Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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