18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday August 1st 2021




Michael Murphy, Loughatorick

Michael English on his First Anniversary.


Congratulations to Sean Brogan, Gurteeny & Geraldine McCaw, Miltown Malbay who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in St. Joseph’s Church, Miltown Malbay last Thursday. We wish them every Joy and blessing. ‘Ad Multos Annos’


THANK YOU Diocese of Clonfert Somalia Vaccination Programme Collection

A big thank you to all those who so generously contributed to the above collection to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Somalia. If you had intended to donate and still wish to you may do so through your local parish, on line on the Clonfert Dicoesan Website or by post to Clonfert Diocesan office, Coorheen, Loughrea Co Galway H62 TD82 with cheques made payable to Clonfert Collections. We hope in due course to let you know how much we have raised for this worthy cause. May God reward your generosity.

Renew and Strengthen your People”. A Pastoral Reflection on the Future of the Church in the Diocese of Clonfert “Like the early Christian community, we need to focus on and prepare ourselves to share the Good News of Jesus and his wisdom with others. Firstly, by forming welcoming Christian communities – they will be small in number. Communities where people are enlightened by the Scriptures, supported in prayer, sanctified by the Sacraments and assisted in understanding the faith as full of life-giving meaning. Our witness as a people who work for justice and who look after and care for those who are on the margins of society needs much work. To use the words of Pope Francis, how do we become a faith community “which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” (The Joy of the Gospel, 49) (Bishop Michael)

Copies of the Pastoral Reflection are available for download at www.clonfertdiocese.ie

Accord Ballinasloe Going through a difficult time in your relationship? Maybe we can help…ACCORD Ballinasloe is open for face-to-face counselling in a safe environment. For more information call 090 9643573 or 086 4149033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank You for Your Parish Donation 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.

This 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

For Members of Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Finance Committees New norms and guidance published by the Diocese of Clonfert on the role and operation of Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Finance Committees: visit www.clonfertdiocese.ie

Repainting of Exterior of Churches and Parochial Houses: The Parish Council has decided to proceed with the painting of both Churches and Parochial Houses in the parish. To help proceed with this project, expressions of Interest and tenders are invited for this project. Please submit these expressions of interest(tenders) before Tuesday August 3rd to Parochial House, Looscaun, Woodford H62 AK18

Celebration of Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations Update As a result of the rising threat from the very contagious Covid-19 Delta variant, at very short notice, the Government has changed its previous position with regard to the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. It now advises as follows: “First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on the resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so.” (gov.ie) Consequently, all celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020 and 2021 are to be postponed for the time being. Further advice will follow on the resumption of these ceremonies when it is deemed safe to do so. We are deeply saddened by this situation and very much regret the disappointment this uncertainty brings to so many in our parish communities. As regards the celebration of Baptism – if you have arranged a baptism or have a child for baptism please speak with your local priest for guidance in this regard.

30th Galway - Abbey/Duniry Scouts are now accepting enrolments for new members in all sections - from 6years upwards. If you are interested in exploring the great outdoor around us in new and exciting ways, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form. Thank you.

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 channel 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 Sunday Mass on TV alternates with Mass at 11am on RTE1 and on the alternate Sunday at 2.15pm on the RTE News Channel.

Tommy Larkins Lotto No’s6-8-16-19Jackpot: €2,400. No Jackpot Winner: Win/Share €150: Roy Fox, Joey & Carmel Next Draw: Sun. Aug. 1st in The Clubhouse. Tickets;in local shops and Klubfunder Lotto Site/Klubfunder app. Draw results on Facebook on Sunday at 7pm

Galway East Life Support GELS Suicide Prevention. New and used pop up shop will be open in the GELS Centre located behind the Credit Union in Ballinasloe on Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th of August from 12 noon to 3pm. Donation items accepted Contact 085 1237878.

 Galway Centre for Independent Living Galway Centre for Independent living have been supplying Caring/Assisting Services to older persons and persons with disabilities since 1994. Due to an increased demand for our services in Homecare and  our Personal Assistance Service to People with disabilities we are now recruiting in your area. Please forward CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Ann on 091-773910

Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is taking place in Woodford Library for children of all age groups.Call to register your name and receive your starter pack. For more information contact Woodford Library at 090 9749887


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 8pm Tue. 7.30pm Wed.9.30am Thur 9.30am 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 August 1st 11am Eddie Hayes, Powers Cross & deceased family members.

Friday August 6th 8pm Helen Rafferty, Woodview (2nd Anniversary)

Sunday August 8th 11am Patrick & Mary Lyons, Shragh & deceased family members.

Altar Society: Team 3 Wiltrude Duell Mary Gorman Angela Sheil


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sat. 7pm available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, & on 105.0FM

Saturday July 31st 7pm Mass for People of the Parish

Saturday August 7th 7pm Annie & John Page & deceased family members, Ohilly. .

Altar Society Team 6 Mary Walsh Nora Flaherty


Sun. Aug. 1st Sunrise 5.51am Sunset 9.27pm

Last Quarter on Sat. Jul.31st at 2.16pm


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.

Newsletter available on www.clonfertdiocese.ie, Twitter: @Woodf4dLooscaun

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Woodf4dLooscaun

Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150