Fifth Sunday of Easter Sunday May 2nd 2021 


Please note that under Level 5 restrictions, Mass is behind closed doors and available on the Church Radio on 105.0FM locally & online worldwide! on

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 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 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 1-5-16-23 Congratulations to Martin Kenny who matched 4 winning numbers winning €13,900 Next week's Jackpot is €2,000. tickets available online and in local outlets Draw Sun. May 2nd

Increase in Number of Mourners at Funerals From Monday 26th April, the government has increased the number of mourners allowed at funerals to 25 people.

Renew and Strengthen your People”. A Pastoral Reflection on the Future of the Church in the Diocese of Clonfert. During the week, Bishop Michael published “Renew and Strengthen your People”. A Pastoral Reflection on the Future of the Church in the Diocese of Clonfert. His hope is that the Pastoral Reflection will provide an opportunity for parish pastoral councils, parish groups or church organisations, those involved in catholic education, groups of priests, religious and interested families and laypeople in the Diocese to discuss the ideas raised. Once the Clonfert diocesan community has had time to reflect on its contents, Bishop Michael is asking for feedback. Copies of the Pastoral Reflection are available in your local church. It is also available for download at

Our Lady of Clonfert Church will be open daily for the month of May from 7.00am to 11.00pm. Daily Mass Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm and Sunday at 10.30am. Mass will be livestreamed on

Pope urges Catholics to pray in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cancellation of Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2021 Sadly, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes that was scheduled for 17th to 22nd August 2021 has been cancelled. We will let you know as soon as we get dates for the 2022 pilgrimage.

Trócaire Lenten Campaign Please find below a link to a video sent to us by Fr James, thanking you and the people of Ireland for supporting the Lent Campaign this year. 

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports 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.

“We are with you” The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times. See

Keeping Connected Why not visit Clonfert Diocese Facebook Page or follow on Clonfert Diocese Twitter.

Synodal Pathway for the Church in Ireland – How to Proceed? Visit to offer feedback to the following question: What would be your preferred option for engagement in a conversation process about the Synod? The responses will be considered by the task group to be put in place by the bishops this summer to plan and oversee the first steps along the synodal pathway.


Church Reopening: Following on from the Announcement from the Department of the Taoiseach on last Thursday April 29th ‘New public health measures announced: The Path Ahead’ people will be free to attend Mass here in Woodford and Looscaun from the weekend of May 15th/16th. This is only possible thanks to the generous help of volunteers to sanitise both Churches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their work, for without their generous help it would not be possible to have Public Mass in the parish. As Churches reopen, I appeal once more for more volunteers to step forward to help in keeping the Church a safe environment in which the Faith Community can gather in prayer together after nearly 5 months being apart. With more volunteers, it will lighten the load on everyone. Ni Neart go cur le cheile. Thank God, there is light and we pray that better days lie ahead. However we still have to remain vigilant as we learn to live with the coronavirus. In the meantime let us respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to pray for an ending of the Pandemic.

Keep Woodford Clean. A massive thanks to everyone who contributed to our cleaner community as part of the recent National Spring Clean supported by Galway Co Co. Well done Woodford. Remember all littering and fly tipping can be reported to Galway County Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 091 509510


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Tue. 7.30pm Thur 8pm Fri. 8pm Sat 10am & . 7pm

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on the Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page.


Saturday May 1st 7pm Tom & Margaret Martin, Gurteeny (Anv)

Tuesday May 4th 7.30pm Katie & Tom Page, Slaughty.

Thursday May 6th 8pm Patrick Joseph (Joe) & Margaret Mulrooney(nee Sullivan)

Friday May 7th 8pm CJ(First Anv) & Chloe(3rd Anv) Page. Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Baby Ellen Page Hade (11th Anniv)

Saturday May 8th 10am Gerry Tunn, Woodford (3rd Anniversary)

7pm Naoise O’Grady, Dublin & formerly Woodford.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sun. 11am Mon. 9.30am Wed. 9am available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM

Saturday May 1st 10am Willie Flanagan, Clonoon, his parents & deceased family members.

Sunday May 2nd 11am Mary Mahon (Snr) & Mary Mahon (Jnr) Woodford.

Monday May 3rd 9.30am PJ Ryan, Gurteeny.

Wed May 4th 9am Mary & Tony Lavelle, Castlebar.

Sunday May 9th 11am Tommie & Annie Kemple, Rossmore

Altar Society Team 6 Mary Walsh Nora Flaherty



Sun. May 2nd Sunrise 5.58am Sunset 9.02pm Last Quarter on Mon. May 3rd at 8.50pm

Sun. May 2nd Sunrise 5.45am Sunset 9.16pm New Moon on Tue. May 11th at 7.59pm


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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