First Sunday of Lent February 18th 2018


RIP: Sean Conroy, New York, USA & formally Derrygill. Funeral Arrangements later.

         Daniel (Danny) McMahon Glasnevin Dublin , formally Shragh Woodford.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Sundays 2pm to 3pm in St. Brendan’s Church


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.

Parish Envelopes: The Parish Envelope Boxes for 2018 are available in the Church, Looscaun envelopes in Looscaun Church, Woodford envelopes in Woodford 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.

Second Basket Collection for Clonfert Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund this weekend. This aids the sick and others to go on the Diocesan Pilgrimage that would not otherwise be able to go.

Fit4Life continues at Woodford Pitch at 10 a.m. on Saturdays Get 2018 off to a healthy and enjoyable start - all ages and abilities catered for. For further information contact Mary Kelly at 087 7913046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Everyone Welcome.

Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto 4-7-19-25: No Winner Match 3:Emer Neville Mattie Whyte Draw Sat.Feb 17th in Eames’ , Woodford Jackpot 4,400 euro

Tommy Larkins Cards Game: Congratulations to Card Winners Leo Riordan and Kevin Rourke winning 13 games and the Jackpot of €210 on Monday night. Joint 2nd - Eamon Whelan/Jimmy Power and Pat Lyons/Thomas Sheil on 8 games. Cards continue weekly on Monday nights Jackpot next Monday €100 for 13 games.

Trocaire Boxes available in Church Porches. Please take home one with you to use during Lent

Please support the third National Collection for World Meeting of Families 2018 which will be taken up in our Families:parish next weekend - 24 & 25 February 2018.  

In preparation For The World Meeting of Families Parishes are holding a few gatherings during Lent to chat about family life in general and how we might celebrate the WMOF this coming August which it is hoped will include a visit by Pope Francis. These gatherings for the next few weeks will be hosted by Moyglass National School each Tuesday beginning this Tue. Feb. 20th at 8pm. A video showing/cup of tea will be part of these gatherings. All are welcome.

Oesophageal Cancer Annual Church Gate Collection next weekend Sat/Sun. Feb. 24/25.

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat at Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry on 23rd - 25th Feb. Facilitated by Contemplative Outreach Ireland. Give yourself the gift of a weekend of silence and contemplative prayer in community in the peaceful surroundings of Esker. Residential/non-residential option. Phone Maeve or Patricia at Esker on 091 844007, Mon-Fri 09.00 - 17.00 or Sat 10.00 - 15.00

Davitts Camogie Club will celebrate their successful year in 2017 by holding a tea party & medal presentation on Saturday 24th February in Tynagh community Centre. Music on the night by Evoke. Tickets €10 & are available from any committee member

Spare Wheel found on Derrygoolin Rd last weekend.Owner can have same on 086 1789553

Cappataggle Hurling Club Monster Auction will be held at Cappataggle Community Centre on Sunday 18th February at 12 noon. Items for sale include tickets to top concerts, fuel, gift vouchers, cars, animal feeds, furniture and much, much more. All welcome.

The Seumas O'Kelly Players present Big Maggie by John B. Keane on Thur Mar 1st, Sat Mar 3rd and Sun Mar 4th in the Temperance Hall Loughrea at 8 pm. Tickets €10 in advance from T.L. O’Brien’s Main Street Loughrea, €12 on the door. For further information please contact 083 8633796.

Free Bus For the March for Life to save the 8th Amendment in Dublin on Saturday the 10th of March . Pick up in Tynagh and will collect in surrounding areas.Please contact 087-2040826/087-2561521/087-9422356.

Re-Runs on the Runway - A Wacky Night of Fashion & Entertainment in the Lough Rea Hotel, Thur 22 Feb. New & pre-loved clothes and show stopping song by local artists will illuminate the run way. Tickets on sale from Tom O'Briens, Moylans Bar and Geraldine 087 410 9639 Tickets €20 includes cocktails from 7-7.30pm show starts at 8pm Loughrea Rugby club thanks you for your support

A new creative play writing group is being set up in Loughrea, OddSoks! will hold its first meeting in the Gaeilge Locha Riach Office on Thursday 22nd at 8pm. For more info call/text Daniel @ 085-2810895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants will meet to present and discuss their work each month with workshops from established writers throughout the year.

Abbey 8KM Challenge: Sunday 11th March 2018 starting at 12 noon – under 12’s race starts at 12.10pm. Entries to and also at Abbey Community Centre on Saturday 10th March from 7pm to 8pm and Sunday 11th to 11.30am. Race covers the same 8km course as last year. Check out our Facebook page for details – Join in and run, jog or walk!

Boutique Pop-Up Event in the Emerald Ballroom on Saturday 24th February from 10am to 5pm in aid of Ballinasloe Social Services. Great Bargains on the Day.

The first South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society lecture of the year, by Donal Boland, takes place on Tuesday February 27th at 7:30pm at the Workhouse. In this lecture, Donal looks at the personal journey of people during the Great Hunger through the illustrations of the period.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue 7.30pm Sat. 7pm

Saturday Feb. 17th 7pm Fr.Pat Naughten PP Woodford/Looscaun 1983-2006(4th Anv), Martin Comer, Rea.

Saturday Feb. 24th 7pm Liz Seymour, London,

niece of Dick Seymour & Maureen Conway, Woodford. Eucharistic Ministers: Patricia Eames Anne McMahon.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Cecilia 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 Fri.7pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Sunday Feb.18th 11am Hannah Tuohy(Sr. Elizabeth) New York & Coose (Months Mind), Sean Mullin, Clonmoylan (Anniv)

Sunday Feb. 19th 11am Brendan Donnelly, Douras. Tommy Page, Rossmore.

Eucharistic Minister: Eamon Whelan Bridie Flanagan

Altar Society Mary Coughlan Margaret Shiels

Reader for Church Michael Walsh.

Altar Servers: (B) Catherine Hanley Fionnuala Hanley


Sun. Feb. 18th SR 7.47am Set 5.49pm New Moon on Thur. Feb. 15th at 9.05pm Sun. Feb.25th SR 7.30am Set 6.04pm First Quarter on Fri. Feb. 23rd at 8.09pm



Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, T. 090 9749100, M. 087 2997956, E. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150