Feast of Christ the King   November 22nd   2020


    Last week's Parish Newsletter for November 15th 2019


RIP: Carmel Byrne, Clontarf, Dublin, mother of Gerry Byrne, Kylenamelly & The Country Store, Portumna 


November Remembrance of Our Dead 2020 in A Time of Pandemic During the month of November you are encouraged to visit the graves of loved ones. A short Graveside Prayer can be downloaded at www.clonfertdiocese.ie or picked up at the back of your local church.  This may be prayed while visiting the grave of a loved one or if this is not possible in your own home. 


We remember those who died this past year in our parish, Sr. Mary Patrick CallananDora Conway, Margaret Minogue,  Brian Allen, Tom Guilfoyle, Tony McGuire, Fr. Sean Lyons, Tom Conroy, Ann (Nancy) McManus, Peter Flaherty, Eamonn O’Reilly, Eva Webb, Nicola Maloney, Michael English, Brian Keary, Charlie McMahon & Tom McNamara. May they rest in eternal peace.

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 www.clonfertdiocese.ie

Thank You for Your Parish Donation It is Greatly Appreciated A big “Thank You” to all those who have made online donations to assist our parish. Online donations can be made by logging on to www.clonfertdiocese.ie Click on the secure “Donate” button located on the right of the screen and follow the instructions given. At the drop-down menu click on Woodford/Looscaun Parish to ensure that your donation goes to your local parish. Once again thank you so much for your contributions to the continued upkeep of our Parish. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times.

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. It is greatly appreciated. You can also hold onto your envelopes at home and donate them when you have the opportunity and when it is safe for you to do so. Once again thank you so much for your contributions to the continued upkeep of our Parish. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times 

Thank You and Farewell after 340 Years Last weekend we said thank you and farewell to the Carmelite Sisters, Loughrea after340 years of prayerful service. We wish them well into the future and assure them of our prayers. “Generation after generation of people have come to ask the Sisters for prayers in times of trouble or sickness or need. Day after day, night after night the Sisters brought those needs before God. For many, great peace came as a result of those prayers. Miracles of the impossible becoming possible took place. As the commemorative plaque that stands before the sanctuary today states – “Both the people they prayed for and they themselves were forever caught up in the mystery of God’s everlasting and merciful love.” For this prayerful presence of the Sisters we are immensely grateful. However our gratitude is mixed with the sadness that parting brings and a real sense of the loss of something uniquely special. […]You have prayed so much for us- I would like to think we would now pray for you. That we would thank God for the gift of each one of you and that we would remember you in our humble prayers during the coming days and weeks and months of great change in your lives.” (Bishop Michael Duignan)

Fr Michael Griffin Anniversary This week will mark a hundred years since the murder during the War of Independenceof Father Michael Griffin (A Priest of the Diocese of Clonfert). He is buried in the grounds of the Cathedral of St Brendan, Loughrea.

Sunday 22 November 2020

11am Mass at the Church of St Michael and Fr Michael Griffin Memorial Church,

Gurteen including tribute to Fr Griffin by Noel Treacy. Webcam


Tuesday 24 th November 2020

11am Commemorative Mass from St Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea, Burial place of Fr

Michael Griffin. Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Michael Duignan, Bishop of Clonfert.

Broadcast from St Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea. Webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/loughrea  Audio of Mass available on Church Radio 105.0FM 

Televised Mass or Mass via Webcam Weekday Mass: Broadcast by webcam every day from St Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea at 11am and 8pm and on RTE news now at 10.30am 

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

Journeying in Hope – Advent 2020 Prayer resources to assist with praying at home and praying with broadcast Masses will be available on the Clonfert Diocesan Website in the days before the First Sunday ofAdvent on 29 th of November 2020

Mass this weekend at 2.15pm  on RTE News Now  Mass available locally on your radio on 105.0FM as well as on the Parish Facebook page on www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun  

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results 5-17-21-26 Jackpot 11,700 euro  Match 3 Mark & Amy Dervan  Next draw on  Sun. Nov. 22nd   in Clubhouse. Tickets online on  Klubfunder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny  Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook. www.klubfunder.com/clubs/Tommy_Larkins_GAA_ Club/lotto  

Tommy Larkins GAA Healthy Club.  As we are unable to host our Couch to 5K or Men on the Move this year we are delighted that we can support your health and wellbeing in a different way.  We will be challenging you to get active and get moving for 30 minutes daily with Healthy Club Committee member Roisín who is collaborating with Pieta House Wren Run.  We will also post some fab dishes from Recipes for Success on Facebook and Instagram.   The Walking Track remains open and is floodlit.  Please adhere to government and HSE guidelines while using the track. Come and join us on this virtual journey..your mental and physical health will thank you for it.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon 7pm   Tue 7.30pm   Fri.8pm Sat. 10am   Sun. 11am

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally &  available on Facebook Live on the  Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Sunday Nov. 22nd    11am Pat & Joan Gallagher, Woodford & Fr. Brian Gallagher SSC. 

                       PJ Coniry, Woodford (Fourth Anniversary) his parents Jim & Lily Coniry & his children, Padraig, Yvonne, Caroline, Margaret & Veronica.

Monday Nov. 23rd     7pm Joe & Delia Power & their son Joe, Lowertown.

Tuesday Nov. 24th     7.30pm Laurence & Margaret Egan, Drimnavee

Friday Nov. 27th        8pm Martin Egan, Drimnamuckla (25th Anniversary)

Saturday Nov. 28th   10am Holy Souls 

Sunday Nov. 29th      11am Jim McNamara, Cappa (Anniv)   

Altar Society: Team 4   Patricia Eames  Celia Cox. . 


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times:  Wed. 8pm  Thur. 8pm Sat. 7pm    available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM 

Saturday Nov. 21st       7pm Mary & Joe Eames, Woodford.

Wednesday Nov. 25th 8pm Tom & Peggy Porter, Clonoon. 

Thursday Nov. 26th      8pm Maggie & Chris Conway, Rostullis & deceased family members.

Saturday Nov. 28th      7pm Tom & Mary Lyons & their son Gerard, Rea.  

Altar Society  Betty Whelan Maura Tully



Sun Nov.22nd     SR 8.10am  Set 4.28pm First Quarter  on Sun.Nov. 22nd  at 4.45am 


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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