19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 11th 2019


 Parish Newsletter for August 4th 2019



RIP: Helen Rafferty, 10 Woodview. Mary Kenny Moyglass. Sr. Monica McGuire, Convent of Mercy Loughrea & formerly Allendara. Sr. Philomena Geoghegan, Stella Maria Galway & formerly Tynagh

Susan McGettigan, Hilda Clearly, Gerard Clifford & deceased members of the McGettigan Family, Cloncoe.


Mass for Feast of the Assumption Of Our Lady August 15th Mass in Woodford at 11am and at Loughatorick Mass Rock at 3pm on Thur. Aug. 15th

There is no vigil Mass in the parish. Vigil Mass on the evening of Wed. Aug. 14th available in Mountshannon at 7pm, Ballinakill & Killeen at 8pm. Mass also available on the evening of Thur. Aug. 15th: Whitegate at7pm Abbey Cemetery at 7pm


The Friends of St. Anne’s Well and Baby Burial Ground would like to thank everyone that helped in any way in the recent development project at the Well. Harry Tuohy, Noel Flanagan, Tommy Ryan, Mattie Dermody, Paddy Conway, John Cavanagh, Trevor Wells, Brendan Broder. Martin Jones, Morgan Flannery. who provided their labour. We thank those who donated material for the project, Paul Conroy (Gate & Post) Oliver Donlon (Shrubs & Building Stone) Paddy McNamara (Building Stone) Aaron Conroy (Chips Ballinakill lQuarries ) Dinny Conway (Iron for Gate) Michelle Tuohy (Shrubs) Galway Co. Council Portumna Area Staff, Also Ready Mix, Blocks, Gravel, Sand & cement that was donated anonymously Also thanks for 850 Euro that was donated to the Project from envelopes via the Church Basket


St. Anne’s Well, Rostullis: Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on this Sunday to mark the 30th Anniversary since the Well & Burial Ground was renovated All are welcome.


Mass at Loughatorick Mass Rock at 3pm Thur. Aug. 15th . All are welcome to celebrate the generosity of those gone before us in giving us our Faith (Weather permitting)


Abbey Cemetery Mass: Thur.15th August, 2018 at 7pm. A contribution towards the upkeep of the cemetery will be collected at the entrance gate


Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto: 4-12-26-27 No Winner. Match 3: Pat Fahy Galway Hospice Next draw on Sat.Aug.10th in The Wren, Woodford. Jackpot 6,000 euro.


Tommy Larkins GAA club presently has two vacancies under the Sliabh Aughty C.E. Scheme for Pitch Maintenance and Clubhouse Maintenance. Enquiries to Pat Hickey 085 1741985

Woodford Tidy Towns Weekly Clean Up in and around the village continues this Thursday 15th Aug. meeting at Youth Club Hall @ 7pm. We would love more volunteers to help out with painting, weeding, sweeping and planting etc. This year we will be working around creating a more sustainable environment and have lots of new ideas so dust down the high viz jackets , bring a paint brush or sweeping brush and be part of a great Woodford Community.


The annual Young Adult Catholic Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Dublin on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st 2019. This is a fantastic weekend packed full of interesting events for young Catholics. Prices range from €25-€50, accommodation also available. For further details visit website http://www.legionofmary-deusetpatria.com/ or contact Lucy 087 9959803.

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will be held from 15th - 18th August, at the Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is both Youth 2000’s largest event and the largest Catholic youth event in Ireland with over 1,000 attending. There are free buses going from all around Ireland. For more information and to book your place visit http://youth2000.ie/

Next month, over two consecutive weekends beginning Aug24th, the Irish Workhouse Centre will be holding a free ‘Summer School’ on the history, folklore, and culture of the region. Those interested are asked to email Steve Dolan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 086 4070851.

St. Brendan's Education Centre, Sept 2019: still has availability for Level 6: Childcare and Train the Trainer both modules, Level 5:Care of Older Person, Safety and Health at Work, Business Administration, Communications, Work Experience, Business Law, Word Processing, Desktop Publishing, Level 4: Excel. Modules in bold are night time, all the rest are day time. 091 841387 or John Melville 087 9332033 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Smooth Transitions Confidence Camp for 5th and 6th class students from 10 to 2pm, Mon 19th to Wed 21st August in Kiltullagh Hall (opposite Church). Focus will be on fun and friendship using games, drama, music, mindfulness exercises and creativity to build resilience and develop confidence in preparation for secondary school. Contact Lizzie Harrison at 0872462034 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost €45. Sibling discounts available.

A Wreath will be laid in honour of Fr. John Fahy on the 50th Anniversary of his death will take place on Sunday Aug. 11th at 12.30pm at his grave in Abbey.

The chiropody clinic will be attending Hayes pharmacy,Portumna on the 19th and 20th August for general and diabetic footcare. Contact Emma on 0861901247 for an appointment.

Carmelite Lourdes Pilgrimage Fundraiser Tea Party Friday 23rd August 2019 in the Town Hall, Portumna. Sit down supper at 8.30pm followed by dancing to Sabrina Fallon. Tickets €15 on sale in O’Meara’s SuperValu, Portumna and on the night at the door

2019 Shorelines Art Exhibition – CALL TO ARTISTS: please bring your art work to the Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna on either Sunday 1st September, 2.30pm-4.30pm or Monday 2nd Sept, 5pm-7pm.Exhibition Launch on Sunday, 8th Sept, 5pm-7pm. Full details on www.shorelinesartsfestival.com/calling-all-artists.html or call 087 6319890.

Dogs Trust are holding a free workshop on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 11.30am in Woodford Library. Its aim is to build knowledge and confidence around dogs. Ideal age 7- 13, parent and guardians must attend. For further details contact Woodford Library 090 9749887

Furnace Festival In Woodford from 19th to 25th August 2019. We are back to make more iron!

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Wed.11am Sun. 11am Sunday August 11th 11am Mass for People of the Parish

Sunday August 18th 11am Patrick & Mary Hacket & their son Thomas, Rossmore. .

Eucharistic Ministers: Justin O’Byrne Mary Lyons.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox

Reader for Church Loretto Quinn Canning

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

St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am Fri. 8pm Sat. 7pm

Saturday August 10th 7pm Patrick Lyons, Shragh (Anniv)

Friday August 16th 8pm Johnny Brogan, Gurteeny (3rd Anniv)

Saturday August 17th 7pm Mary McNamara, Gurteeny (6th Anniv)


Eucharistic Ministers Eamonn Whelan Bridie Flanagan

Altar Society Mary Coghlan Angela Hanley.

Reader for Church. Maura Stewart.

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Leonard Evan Flaherty Ciaran Kemple Louis Donlon



Sun. Aug. 11th SR 6.07am Set. 9.10pm Full Moon on Thur. Aug. 15th at 1.29pm

Sun. Aug. 18th SR 6.19am Set. 8.54pm Last Quarter on Fri. Aug.23rd at 3.56pm



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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