Third Sunday of Lent March 24th 2019


 Parish Newsletter for March 17th 2018


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. Please contact me also if you have further questions about Station Masses or indeed any question or comment regarding Church or parish. The door is always open and any comments questions etc. most welcome


Sincere thanks to all who contributed to Oesophogeal Cancer Collection 478.66 euro was raised.


Parish Envelopes: Spare Boxes available in Church If you have not got an envelope box issued in your name, you may take a spare box, also available in both Churches and write your name on the First envelope you use.


Trocaire Boxes: The Trocaire Lenten Box is available at all church doors. Please take one home and support the Trocaire Lenten Appeal. Every little helps.


Tommy Larkin Lotto Results: 18-20-22-24 Match 3 Cancer Care West Jackpot 4,000 euro Draw in McCormack’s Curra this Sat .Mar.23rd


Shragh/Woodford First Responder Group is going live with the National Ambulance Service from Sun. Apr. 14th 2019. From this date the Defibrillator phone number will no longer be valid. In the case of an Emergency Phone 999 or 112 and a trained Community First Responder will be dispatched.


St. Joseph’s N.S, Woodford Enrolment forms for September 2019 are now available for collection. If you wish to enrol your child please return completed application form to the School on or before the 5th of April 2019.


St. Brendan’s NS Derryoober is currently accepting applications for enrolment of Junior Infant Pupils for September 2019. Please email or call to the school for an enrolment form. Visits to view the school, to see the facilities and to meet the teachers can also be arranged. Full preschool & after school care available at the school. For further information Phone 086-0483344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Heritage/History talk - Declan Kelly, MA will speak about on 'How the town of Ballinasloe developed from the 18th century and the impact of this development on local burial practices' on Friday 29th March at 730 pm in the Woodford Heritage Centre, all welcome to attend this event.


Anam Cara Galway that supports bereaved parents is holding a Parent Evening on Wed. 3rd Apr. at 7.20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. The event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death eas recent or not. For more information 085 288 8888 or


Altar Serving Practice on Tue. Mar. 26th at 6.30pm in St. John the Baptist, Church Woodford. and

on this Wed. Mar. 27th at 6.30pm in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun .


Pastoral Council Meeting on Tue. 26th March at 8pm in Woodford Hall. Beginning Experience weekend for people who have lost a spouse through death, divorce, or separation, 05-07 April Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Athenry Details contact Gerry 086 3855090 Maureen 087 6646896


Chiropody Clinic will be attending Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna on 25th March for general diabetic foot care. Contact Emma on 086 1901247 for an appointment.


Woodford Community Games County Galway Community Games Athletics Finals will be held on Sun 2nd June in Ballinderreen. Woodford Community Games area includes the parishes of Tynagh/Killeen, Abbey/Duniry, Ballinakill and Woodford/Looscaun. We are looking for any children from U8 to U16 who would be available to compete on 2nd June. If interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st March for further details.


Galway Hospice is seeking 60 people to get involved in its upcoming Oscarz event. A casting call will take place on Thursday 28th March in Galway Hospice. Contact the Galway Hospice Fundraising Team on 091 770868 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

Loughrea Friends for Life presents a free talk by Gianna Care at Loughrea Hotel & Spa on Monday April 1st at 6.30pm. Newly established Gianna Care help women and families throughout unexpected pregnancies and when the baby is born, All welcome.

Loughrea Friends for Life presents the Loughrea Movie Premiere of "Gosnell: America's biggest Serial Killer" - The shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell - Friday 12th April at 7pm Loughrea Library. Free Pro Life event, All welcome. Killimor Camogie Club are holding a Preloved Handbags Ladies Night in St Joseph's Centre Killimor from 8 to 10pm on Friday March 29th. Entry is free and everyone is entered into a draw for a hotel voucher. Complimentary refreshments. Please support

How to Reduce Plastic in Everyday Life: Saturday morning 10am-1pm at An Gáirdín, Portumna with Ann Marie Mahon PhD GMIT. We will look at ways to reduce plastic in everyday life. We will learn why we must reduce instead of recycle. We will meet people who have found ways to reduce their plastic use and we will be introduced to alternative products. See Booking at 0872845443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next lecture of the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society will be on Thursday 28th at the Irish Workhouse Centre at 8pm and will be given by Sean Hogan on ‘The Politics of Revolution in Tipperary 1913-1923’.



St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue. 7.30pm Fri. 8pm Sat. 7pm

Saturday March 23rd 7pm Irene & Raymond Keary, Woodford, Joe Torpey, Derrygoolin.

Tuesday March 26th 7.30pm Pat & Frances Mahon, Woodford.

Friday March 29th 8pm John & Lucy Donlon, Rea.

Saturday March 30th 7pm Frank Keon, Galway & Derrygoolin (Months Mind)

Michael, Thomas & Mary Ann Conroy & deceased family members, Gurteeny


Eucharistic Ministers: Ann McMahon Geraldine Lyons.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox

Reader for Church Justin O’Byrne.

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon. 9.30am Wed. 9.30am Thur. 8am Fri. 8.30pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Sunday March 24th 11am Michael & Kathleen Conway Douras

Monday March 25th 9.30am Sophie Kearney, Kylenamelly

Sunday March 31st 11am Denis Lynch, Loughatorick (1st Anniv.) .


Eucharistic Ministers: Eamon Whelan Bridie Flanagan.

Altar Society Eileen Whyte Mary Jo Dermody. .

Reader for Church Michael Walsh

Altar Servers: (A) Fionnuala Hanley.


Sun. Mar. 24th SR 6.27am Set 6.53pm Last Quarter on Thur. Mar. 28th at 4.09am

Sun. Mar. 31st SR 7.10am Set 8.06pm New Moon on Fri. Apr. 5th at 9.50am


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, Twitter: @Woodf4dLooscaun


Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150