Seventh Sunday in Ordinary time February 23rd 2020



  Parish Newsletter for February 16th 2019





Teresa Mitchell (nee Mahon) Renmore, Galway & formerly Woodford, sister of Celia Noonan, Woodford.            

Kevin Page USA & formerly Coose, brother of Fr. David Page USA and the late Seamus, Coose and Tommy, Rossmore. May they rest in peace.


Confession Available: After 10am Mass on Sat. morning in Looscaun, 6.20pm -6.45pm before Vigil Mass in Woodford and after 11am Mass on Sunday.


Parish Envelopes: The Parish Envelope Boxes (Church Offering)for 2020 are available in the Church before & after Mass.. Please note your 2020 number may be different to your 2019 number. Thank you for your financial support of the parish.


Ash Wednesday: Next Wednesday Feb. 26th is the first day of Lent. It is a day of fast and abstinence. Distribution of Holy Ashes after Mass. Mass will be in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun at 8am & in St. John the Baptist Church Woodford at 7.30pm This year Easter Sunday falls on April 12th


Station Masses for Spring: If you would like to host a Station Mass in Woodford this Spring, please contact Fr. Kieran on 090-9749100 at your convenience. Having the opportunity to have Mass in your home with your neighbours and family has a long tradition in the parish but can only continue with everyone’s help.


New Ministers of The Eucharist Currently Being Recruited In: Our Deanery Area. Training will be in March. Please consider becoming one if your faith is strong and you a belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.


Lenten (Diocesan) Collection: Next Saturday 29th Feb & Sunday 1st March is the annual Envelope Collection for the needs of Clonfert Diocese. Along with the 15% of the weekly Offertory Collection in each parish, this is for the many administrative needs of the diocese including: (1) Child Safeguarding, (2) G.D.P.R. (General Data Protection Regulations) and (3) Charity Regulatory Authority. These new requirements are in addition to the many ordinary demands of a modern office. Please be generous in your response.


Woodford Development Group/Tidy Towns will host a Coffee Evening after 7pm Mass on Saturday 29th February in Heritage Centre Woodford. We hope you can join us for light refreshments and a chat.- an opportunity not to be missed to meet your neighbours and community - next time we can do this is 2024!


St. Joseph’s N.S, Woodford Enrolment forms for Sept 2020 are now available in school If you wish to enrol your child please return completed application form before Fri 27th Mar


AGM of Woodford Development Group/Tidy Towns will be held on Wed next 26th Feb in The Heritage Centre Building @ 8.30pm. This is a great opportunity to have a voice and participate in the future vision of Woodford. We need everyone's support to sustain a vibrant community. Hope you can make it.


ACCORD Ballinasloe are committed to providing a professional counselling service for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. This confidential service is available and affordable. CONTACT 090 9643573 for appointment or E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the Clonfert Diocesan Pilgrimage to Győr where pilgrims can venerate the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Consolation, taken to Győr by Bishop Lynch of Clonfert while in exile during the Cromwellian Wars. The group will then move to Budapest for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Michael Duignan. Sept. 15-21 2020. . Cost: €845.00 per person sharing (single supplement applies). For more information or to book, contact Isabelle 091 - 841 560. Places are limited immediate booking advised.

Silent Retreat: Theme: “If you but knew the gift of God...” Preached by: Fr. Kilian Byrne Venue: Esker Monastery Date: April 13th-19th Cost: €380 full board Contact: Helen : 086 1678027/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A privileged time to come away from noise and distractions, and listen to the Spirit of God, - Who is Love. Silence, prayer, teachings & liturgy of the Church.

Why not come on a life changing journey with the Holy Spirit. Emmanuel House of Providence, Clonfert are holding 7 weeks Life in the Spirit Seminar including Mass, starting on Sunday 23rd February from 2.30pm – 5.00pm. Bishop Michael Duignan: 1st seminar on God’s love. Contact: 057 91 51552 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clonfert Diocese's Lenten Adult Faith Dev. Gathering takes place Sun. March 8th, 2.30 - 5 pm. Guest Speaker: Bishop Michael Duignan. More details @ . All welcome.

Our Lady of Clonfert Church Restoration, Extensive renovations are currently taking place at the Shrine in Clonfert, including Roof, electrical, heating , sound , painting and decorating . Our Lady of Clonfert holds a special place in the hearts of so many people near and far. I am making a special appeal for financial support to offset the huge cost of this project. I would be most grateful for any donations which can be sent to the Parish Office, Eyrecourt , Ballinasloe H53KX85. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (090) 9675113. Many thanks in advance

Tommy Larkins Lotto: 2-11-19-26 Jackpot 8,800 euro.No winner. Match 3: Amy Murphy John Page Tom Donoghue Draw this Sat. Feb. 23rd in O’Connor’s Moyglass.

The Dark Shadows exhibition of bog oak sculptures by Keiran Tuohy is staying at the Woodford Heritage Centre until the end of February. It can be viewed between 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 12.30 pm Friday."

Affordable Live-in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, call Eileen or Tom on 087 9916791. Website is

Oesophageal Cancer Church Collection Sat. 22rd & Sun 23rd Feb...Support gratefully appreciated…


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Ash Wed. 7.30pm Sat. 7pm

Saturday February 22nd 7pm Tom Joe Guilfoyle, Woodview (Months Mind)

Friday February 28th 7.30pm Frank Keon, Galway & Annie Keon, Woodford & deceased family members

Saturday February 29th 7pm William McEnery, Shannonhill & Justin Fahy, Douras.

Eucharistic Ministers: Patricia Eames Celia Cox

Altar Society: Team 6. Geraldine Lyons Mary Lyons Bernadette Larkin.

Reader for Church Gertrude Starr.


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Mon 9.30am Tue. 9.30am Ash Wed.8am Thur. 8am Fri. 8pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Sunday February 23rd 11am Tommy Page, Rossmore

Monday February 24th 9.30am Special Intention.

Friday February 28th 8.15pm Sean Mullin, Clonmoylan.

Sunday March 1st 11am Kate Kelly & deceased family members. .


Eucharistic Ministers Ann Page Mary Coughlan.

Altar Society Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart.

Reader for Church. Maura Stewart.


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.


Sun. Feb. 23rd SR 7.35am Set. 5.59 pm New Moon on Sun. . Feb. 23rd at 3.32pm


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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