25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday September 19th 2021
Congratulations to James McNamara, Cappa & Breda Walsh, Moycullen who celebrated their wedding in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Moycullen on Sept 4th last. Ad Multos Annos!
A Church in Conversation In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the world and the Catholic Church in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time.These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process. “Synodal” comes from a Greek word which roughly means “walking and talking together.” Let us remember this important process in our prayers.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.
The Season of Creation 1st September to the 4th of October 2021 The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The theme for the Season of Creation 2021 is ‘Restoring Our Common Home’. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action. The global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13).
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
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're very much appreciated in these difficult times.
The East Galway Family History Society are having their annual fundraising event in aid of Galway Hospice on Thursday 23rd September from 9.30 am to 4 pm, please support.
Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning for Galway Hospice at Shragh Community Centre on Saturday 25th September 10.00am – 2.00pm (in line with Covid Guidelines). So come along for a cuppa and some delicious home baking and support this very worthy cause. All are welcome. For more info phone/text Mary 087 6152668.
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
Priests Autumn Collection Thank you for your contributions to this special collection that supports the payment of your Priest.
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 Copies also available at Church doors now.
Portumna Day Care Centre As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, the Portumna Day Care Centre team are making plans to reopen when conditions allow us to do so. To help us with our planning and to accommodate people within the available space in line with guidelines, we ask those that are interested in attending to send us their contact details, i.e. name, address and telephone number. New, as well as returning, attendees are most welcome! Please contact us with your details at: 087 430 2540 or
A talk on Frank Duff, Founder of the Legion of Mary by Dr. Evie Monaghan, member of the Historical Commission for the Process of Canonisation of Frank Duff. The talk will take place in the Family Centre in Ballinasloe on Sunday 26th September at 4:00pm. Contact Mícheál Cregg on 086 261 8152 or Tony Naessens 086 083 5187"
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
St Brendan's Education Centre, Abbey St., Loughrea Places available for courses in Hairdressing, Fashion Media and Make up, Healthcare, IT, Horticulture and Business and Administration. Please email
Portumna Further Education, St. Brigid's Road H53 A263 Part time QQI courses in Healthcare, Horticulture, Tourism and Computers and Full time in Office Admin with Computers Contact: 0860617945 or 0876699169 and enrol www.fetchcourses.ie
Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rdOctober, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. Advance booking is essential. For further information email
Alone Manage a national support line and additional support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024
True Devotion to Mary: Small study group forming. More info. for interested persons @ www.creideamh.ie/study-group. Open to everyone but places are limited.
A local history course is being run in Portumna Community School during the autumn of 2021 and the spring of 2022 [scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 5th October]. For further details, or to book your place, contact John Joe at 087 2963803 or email to
St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.
Mass Times: Mon. 7pm Tue. 7.30pm Wed. 9.30am Thur. 9.30am Fri.9.30am **Sat. 10amMass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun)
Sunday September 19th 11am Edward & Mary Conway, Bolag & their sons PJ & Francis & deceased family members
Marian Moylan, Woodford & deceased members of the Comer Family.
Monday September 20th 7pm Regina Doliwa, Germany.
Friday September 24th 9.30am Mass for Mercy Day with Mercy College, Woodford.
**Saturday September 25th 7pm Tommy Touhy, Clonoon.
Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox
St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun
Mass Times: Sat. 7pm ** Sun. 11am available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, & on 105.0FM
Saturday September18th 7pm Dinny Tuohy, Tooreney, Coose (Months Mind)
**Sunday September 26th 11am Funeral Mass for Ralph Kelly, London & formerly Powers Cross.
Altar Society Team 6 Mary Walsh Nora Flaherty .
**Please note that Saturday Vigil Mass next weekend is in Woodford, Sunday Morning Mass is in Looscaun for next weekend only.
Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email:
Newsletter available on www.clonfertdiocese.ie, Twitter: @Woodf4dLooscaun
Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150