14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. July 5th 2020



  Parish Newsletter for June 28th 2019


**Welcome Back to Church

Think Local: Familiarise yourself with local church arrangements St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford will reopen on Sat. eve July 4th for 7pm Mass & Sun. Morning July 5th at 11am for Mass.


  1. Social Distancing Numbers in Church will be reduced: come early. The Capacity of the Church with Social Distancing is 59 with the new regulations subdividing the Church

Doors will open 20 minutes before Mass.

  • Follow entrance and exit instructions.

  • Take the seat allotted (households may sit together)

  • Always keep two metres apart (signage and stewards may be of assistance)

  1. Hand Hygiene

  • Use sanitizer as provided at entrance and exits

  1. Respiratory Etiquette

  • Cough or sneeze appropriately

  1. During the Ceremony

  • There will be no handshake during the sign of peace

  • For the reception of Holy Communion follow the guidance given respecting social distance

  • Please receive Holy Communion in the hand

  • There will be no missalettes – take the newsletter on exit

  • If you are a Reader/Eucharistic Minister/Member of the Choir – what you do may now be different check beforehand

  • Boxes will be provided for your donations at entrance and exit on Sundays and Weekdays

After each ceremony the church will be cleaned: Volunteers for Stewarding/Cleaning are most welcome: Please note ONLY Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday Morning Mass are open to the public now. Weekday Mass is still behind closed doors. If you are vulnerable or have flu symptoms please join us from home online on Facebook live www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun or on the radio on 105.0FM Thank you for your understanding, co-operation and patience For further information see www.clonfertdiocese.ie

Training Resources for Parish Volunteers and an Information Video for those returning to the Public Gatherings in Church are available on the Clonfert Diocesan

Website/Facebook Page or Twitter Account.


Please Note that from Next Weekend July 11/12th Saturday Vigil Mass will be in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun with Sunday Morning Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

This is to help in the Sanitising of the Churches. WE NEED MANY MORE VOLUNTEERS to ensure the Churches can remain open going forward. Please be generous with your time to ensure the Public celebration of Holy Mass can continue in the Parish of Woodford/Looscaun. Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to get this far. It is good to be able to gather for the celebration of Holy Mass after 16 weeks. Celebration of the Sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2020

At the moment our churches are busy putting in place safety measures for reopening to the public. It will be necessary for these new measures to be in place for a time before the celebration of the Sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be possible. It is hoped that, following appropriate consultation, new schedules for the celebration of these sacraments will be published in the autumn.Please note that the continuance of government health restrictions will mean that the celebration of these Sacraments will take place with social distancing. This will mean reduced church capacity. All of the other safety measures being rolled out at the moment will also need to be in place. Thank you for your kind understanding at this time. As we wait for these celebrations let us keep the boys and girls in our prayers as they prepare for this special time in their lives

Thank You for Your Parish Donation it is Greatly Appreciated. A big “Thank You” to all those who make donations to assist our parish. Please note that due to the safety measures in place there will be no basket collection during ceremonies. Collection boxes for contributions are available at all Masses throughout the church. Please use them instead. 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.

If you like you may wish to contribute to Woodford/Looscaun Parish directly by online banking, 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..

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 Also RTE 1 at 11am every Second Sunday and at 2pm on RTE News Now Saorview 21, Sky 521 when the Sundays Mass is not on at 11am.

Mass on Radio Galway Bay FM will broadcast Mass, celebrated, at 11.30am www.galwaybayfm.ie;

Shannonside Radio 104.1 FM will broadcast Mass at 10.00am. www.shannonside.ie

Clare FM 96.4 & Tipp FM 103.9 Mass at 9am. www.clare.fm www.tippfm.com

Scariff Bay FM 88.3 Mass at 11am www.scariffbayfm.com and locally everyday in Woodford/Looscaun on 105.0 FM

First Friday Calls/Home Visitation: During Covid-19 Restrictions Fr. Kieran will only bring Holy Communion to the housebound on request. Please phone anytime on 090-9749100 or 087-2997956

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results: 1-2-30-32 Jackpot 9,700 euro Match 3: Pat Hickey Next draw on Sun. Jul. 5th in Clubhouse. Tickets online on Klubfinder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook each Sunday. www.klubfunder.com/clubs/Tommy_Larkins_GAA_ Club/lotto


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am 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)

**Saturday July 4rh 7pm Michael & Connie Gorman, Derryoober.

**Sunday July 5th 11am Paddy, Bertha, Roger, Denis & Angela Canning, Woodford, Harry & Kathleen McMahon, Bristol & Woodford

.**Sunday July 12th 11am Veronica Torpey, Woodview.

Altar Society: Team 5 Maura Cooney, Jacki Hickey.


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sat. 7pm available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, now also available on 105.0FM ^^**

Saturday July 11th 7pm Edmund Mcguire, Allendarra, daughters Esther & Breda. Michael, Margaret & Paddy Nevin & deceased family members.

Altar Society Breda Fahy Julia Fahy.


Sun. Jul. 5th SR 5.15 am Set 10.00pm Full Moon on Sun. Jul. 5th at 5.44am


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