30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. October 25th 2020 


    Last week's Parish Newsletter for October 18th 2019



Mary Shiel (nee Comar) Moyglass sister of Nancy O’Reilly, Loughatorick.

Bridget(Una) Porter (nee Flood) Bayside, Dublin wife of the late John formerly of Clonoon & sister in law of Julia Power

Eileen Mullin(nee Byrne) Ballybofey Co. Donegal, mother of Deirdre Bassett, Lowertown, Woodford.


Level 5 Covid-19 Guidance for Parishes Effective from 22nd October 2020

Until further notice the following restrictions are in place.

(1) Churches will remain open for private prayer with appropriate cleaning, sanitising and social distancing.

(2) There is to be no public Celebration of Mass or other Religious Services. You are invited to join spiritually in Mass and other Religious Services from your home or by means of the parish radio, web-cam or through television and radio broadcasts.

(3) The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sacrament of the Sick and the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated only in cases of grave necessity. All necessary safety precautions are to apply. Please discuss with your local priest over the phone.

(5) Funerals should be conducted in accordance with the safety guidance in “Nothing can Separate us from the Love of God” with a maximum of 25 mourners present.

(6) The Sacrament of Marriage should be celebrated in accordance with the safety guidance in “Nothing can Separate us from the Love of God” with a maximum of 25 guests present.

(7) All gatherings for parish related activities are to be moved on-line.

(8) It is advisable that Parish NewsLetters continue.

(9) An appropriate means for people to return their donation envelopes will be made available locally. Parishioners may also wish to donate to their parish using the online donation facility on the Clonfert Diocesan Website.

Please continue to pray for our medical staff and front-line workers, our political leaders and our scientists at this time. Please keep safe and help keep each other safe. St Brendan, Pray for us!, Our Lady of Clonfert, Pray for us!

Covid-19 Act Now! Given the resurgence of cases of Covid-19 we all need to renew our commitment to following the advice given by our public health experts. Consistent social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene along with the wearing of face coverings are essential if we are to succeed in controlling infection. So too is self-isolating at the onset of any symptoms and immediate contact with your doctor. Our actions have a direct effect on our families, our friends and in particular those who are most vulnerable. It is important for the common good that we redouble our efforts to keep ourselves safe and to keep each other safe. It is a real and concrete expression of our Christian calling in these difficult days.

Thank You for Your Parish Donation It is Greatly Appreciated 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.

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. 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

Please be advised that at Level 5 restrictions Mass cannot be PUBLICLY celebrated at this time.

Mass will be available on 105FM locally and on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/woodf4dlooscaun May the Holy Spirit help us to help each other at this time.

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 Mass on RTE 1 at 11am and when not at 11am, 2pm on RTE News Now

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results 1-4-12-20 Jackpot 11,300 euro Match 3 Mike Hickey Noel Garvey Wayne Connors Barry Donohue. TJ Starr. Next draw on Sun. Oct. 25th in Clubhouse. Tickets online on Klubfunder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook. www.klubfunder.com/clubs/Tommy_Larkins_GAA_ Club/lotto

Archbishop Eamonn Martin is asking families to pray the Rosary together for the month of October in what is called the Family Rosary Crusade

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of 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.


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)

Sunday October 25th 11am Tom McNamara, Woodview.(Months Mind)

Sunday November 1st 11am Margaret McCole, Derryvonlan, Powers Cross (2nd Anniv)

Altar Society: Team 5 Maura Cooney Jacki Hickey. .


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

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

Saturday October 24th 7pm Martin, Gertrude & Eugene Tully, Rossmore.

Saturday October 31st 7pm Tom Slattery, Boula, Rossmore

Paddy & Molly Coughlan, Clonmoylan.


Altar Society Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart.



Sun Oct. 25th SR 7.19am Set 5.15pm

First Quarter on Fri Oct. 23rd at 2.22pm

Full Moon Sat. Oct. 31st at 2.49pm

Please note clocks go back one hour at 2am this Sun. Oct. 25th to wintertime (GMT)



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