25th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 23rd 2018


 Parish Newsletter for September 16th 2018


RIP: Pat Fahy, Allendara. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Caoimhe McMahon, Lowertown, Woodford & Enda O’Connell, Clonmoylan who celebrated their wedding in St. John the Baptist Church on August 30th last. We wish them every joy and blessing in their future married life. Ad Multos annos!


Tommy Larkin's Race Night deferred to 6th October. Horses can be purchased from Senior Team Members and Executive.


Tommy Larkin’s GAA Club is presently finalising plans for events to celebrate the club’s 50th Anniversary. On Sat. 29th September a Mass in St Joseph’s Church Ballinakill at 5.30 p.m. followed by a BBQ and Race Night in Mc Cormack’s Curra will kick off celebrations. A Dinner Dance on 17th November in Meadow Court Hotel with the launch of the Club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Booklet will be a memorable night for the Club and the Community. You are invited to let family and friends at home and abroad know about these events as there are many who have expressed an interest in renewing old friends, acquaintances and clubmates at these celebrations


Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto:8-23-24-27 No Winner. Match 3: Peter McNamara carmel Bugler. Jackpot 4,700 euro. Draw this Sat. Sept 22nd in Elsie’s, Woodford. 

An 8-week innovative men’s health and wellbeing programme will commence on Thurs 27th Sept in Loughrea. Participants on the course will gain a unique opportunity to engage in free Cookery and Fitness classes as well as workshops on Heart Health, Nutrition, Mindfulness and more! The group will meet twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10.30am-1.30pm. To register today contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 087 9663227.

Weekend Retreat in the Burren Co Clare. 28 – 30 September. Why not come on a guided journey to the most secret and sacred places in the Burren and let the silence and beauty of this unique landscape renew in body and soul? Further info from Mary at 087 970 1130/Nóirín at 087 9459151

Radio Maria Ireland, a new Catholic Radio station is now available on Channel 210 on Saorview. It is listed on the Audio(Radio) Channel section. Mass is broadcast on the station at 10am everyday.

Beginning experience programme for Men & Women who have lost a spouse through death, divorce, or separation, 19-21 October Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry; Contact Gerry 086 3855090 or Maureen 087 6646896!!

Organic Gardening Course 2019 with Jim Cronin at An Gáirdín, Portumna. The first 2 classes of the course on Choosing and Preparing your site will take place on Saturday mornings 13th and 20th October 10am – 4pm. Topics covered will be Preparation and Choosing of your site; Soil; Fertility; Weed Control and Reading Your Garden. The course will then resume in Spring. Jim is one of the most respected organic growers in Ireland. See www.carmencronin.ie Cost is €30 per day. Booking at 0872845443 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See www.angairdin.ie and An Gáirdín Facebook.

A reprint of the history of Whitegate Creamery is now available in the local shops. This lists all the milk suppliers from the Woodford parish from 1958 to 1969".

Monster Auction will be held in Kiltormer Complex Sunday 21st October at 3pm. Doors open from 12noon. Huge selection of lots for auction as well as Bric a Brac shop, gift voucher shop with huge discounts, cake sale, bouncy castle, face painting etc. Any queries please contact 0877977189.

An Evening of Classical, Gospel and Liturgical Music: with The Good News Choir from Osnabruck, Germany & The Omna Singers in St. Brigid's Church, Portumna, on Thursday, September 27th, @ 8pm. This is a FREE evenings entertainment. All welcome.

French Grinds available, very experienced teacher, all aspects of Junior and Leaving Certificate courses covered. ‘Le document’ and oral topics tailor made to suit needs. Please contact Ann 087-6712487

Anam Cara Galway, the organisation that supports bereaved parents is holding a Parent Evening on Wed. Oct. 3rd at 720pm in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway. This event is free & open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue. 7.30pm Wed. 10am Thur. 10am Fri. 9.30am Sun. 11am

Sunday September 23rd 11am John Keon, Powers Cross, Jim & Lily & Thomas Coniry & deceased family members.

Patrick & Mary Cooney Rea & their son Bernard.

Jimmy & Margaret Sullivan, Rockhill & Loughatorick

Sunday September 30th 11am Joe & Delia Power & their son Paddy, Lowertown.

Michael Joe Keon & deceased family members, Cappa.


Eucharistic Ministers: Ann McMahon Geraldine Lyons. . .

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox .

Reader for Church Maureen Conway.

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon 9.30am Tue. 9.30am Thur. 8am Sat. 10am & 7pm

Saturday September 22nd 7pm Michael (Timbo) Tuohy, Togher, Gurteeny.

Saturday September 29th Mass for People of the Parish.


Eucharistic Ministers: Loretto O’Grady Carmel D’Arcy

Altar Society Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart

Reader for Church Michael Walsh

Altar Servers: (B) Fionnuala Hanley.


Sun. Sept.23rd SR 7.21am Set 7.30pm Full Moon on Tue. . Sept. 25th at 3.52am

Sun. Sept.30th SR 7.33am Set 7.13pm Last Quarter on Tue. Oct. 2nd at 10.45am


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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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150