Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord January 13th 2019


 Parish Newsletter for January 6th 2018



A course for new & existing Eucharistic Ministers takes place in St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney on 4 consecutive Monday evenings 8-9.30pm beginning Jan. 14th. Course open to practicing Catholics who are willing to join their own Church’s rota and/or willing to bring Holy Communion to people who are housebound/living in Nursing Homes. If interested please contact Fr. Kieran 090-9749100

Pope John Paul II Awards: If there are any Transition, 5th or 6th Year students interested in the John Paul II Award Scheme, please contact your local priest or Ms Marie Burke 083 879 1745.


Tommy Larkin Lotto Results: 10-28-30-32. Match 3 Des Forde Jackpot 3,000 euro Draw in Elsie’s Woodford this Sat.Jan. 12th


Fit4Life 2019 a free training programme with sessions for all ages and all abilities returns to Woodford Pitch on January 5th 2019 at 10 a.m. and will continue each Saturday for 6 weeks. For further information contact Martin Rourke at 086 3866786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In conjunction with this initiative the Club will partake in this year's "Ireland Lights Up" in partnership with RTE's Operation Transformation and supported by Healthy Ireland and Get Ireland Walking. Organised walks under lights will take place at the Clubhouse Walking Track on Thursday evenings commencing 17th January and will run until 21st February. Further details to follow.


The Engine Room, Portumna are running a 12 Hour Indoor Cycle in Aid of The Mark Pollock Trust (a pioneer to finding a cure for paralysis) on Sun. Jan. 6th 2019. Starts at 7am till 6pm Looking for people cycle up to 1 hour on spinning bikes. 20 euro per person. Donations are welcome also. To book your bike, Contact Sarah 087-2117262


Pilates 6 week Course starts Thur. Jan. 10th at 7.30pm in Woodford. 60 euro. Spaces limited. Please contact Gayle on 087-2185283 if interested.


Chiropody: Mobile Podiatry and Chiropody service - house calls and nursing home visits available. Call Aine at 087-2979172 to arrange an appointment.


Parish Envelopes: The Parish Envelope Boxes (Church Offering)for 2019 are available in the church The Woodford boxes are available in St. John the Baptist Church near Our Lady’s Altar and the Looscaun Boxes are in St. Brendan’s Church near Our Lady’s Altar also. Please note your 2019 number may be different to your 2018 number. You may use the spare envelope in the box in the meantime. If you have no Box allocated to you, you may take an unmarked box and write your name on the first envelope you use. Thank you for your financial support of the parish.


A&C Social Dancing classes are starting Monday 21st January in Laurencetown Hall @8.30Pm. Learn how to Jive, Waltz, Quickstep and some Line Dancing. Pay as you go €10 per night per person. Its a enjoyable social night out & a great way of making new friends while learning a few new moves. Contact Ciara Or Anne-Marie for more details 087 6663325 /087 7827596.

Chiropody Clinic will be attending Hayes pharmacy, Portumna on Monday 14th & Tues 29th January for general and diabetic footcare.Contact Emma on 0861901247 for an appointment.

West Offaly Training Working with Autism, Understanding Dementia, Mindfulness, Train the Trainer, Hairdressing, Make-Up, Spring Gardening, Abrasive Wheel, Manual Handling, HR training, After School Coding are just a sample of what will be on offer. We also continue to offer Computer classes from very basic to Advanced level. For further information or to secure a place call Carmel on 057 9152003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pilates - An enjoyable and fantastic means by which to achieve a full body workout that helps strengthen and tone. Relief from back pain and joint stress. Mixed ability class. Suitable for all ages. Men and Women welcome. 6 week course commencing Wednesday 16th January at Shragh Community Centre @ 7pm. Cost = €40 for 6 weeks. Enquiries or to register please contact Mary on 087 6152668 or Eilish 087 7416724

Dance Aerobics Class resumes in Abbey Hall on Thursday 10th January 2019 @ 7.30 pm. Pay as you go class. Contact Noel @ (087) 9379563

Yoga and Meditation with Ruth will begin on Tuesday next 15th January at An Gáirdín, Portumna. The Gentle/Beginners class takes place from 6.15 – 7.15pm. The Continuation class is from 7.30 – 9.00pm. Ruth teaches a wholistic system of Yoga which helps to bring about balance and harmony. Contact Ruth at 089 4725113 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Loughrea Macra na Feirme club meeting taking place on Fri Jan 18th at 9pm in the Family Resource Centre. Come along and meet the new committee and find out about upcoming events and activities. Open to anyone aged 17-35. The resource centre is fully accessible. For further details contact Debbie 086 780 8987.

Day of Prayer given by Fr. Kilian Byrne: "Lord to whom shall we go?"in Knock Shrine - St. John's Rest & Care Centre Saturday February 2nd, 10am-5pm Includes: Talks, Rosary, Adoration, Mass Further Info: Helen 086 1678027 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pilates 6 Week Course in Ballinakill Hall Begins Wed. 9 Jan.:@ 8.45pm €40. An effective efficient workout that increases strength and flexibility. Both men and women welcome. Bring your own mat. Tel: Mary 086 3203765, Niall 087 2593796, Maura, 087 7942567.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Sat. 7pm

Saturday January 12th 7pm Patrick & Nora Starr, Derrygoolin, Nicky & Michael Bunce, England & deceased family members

Saturday January 19th 7pm Lena & John Joe Brogan, Gurteeny, Lissie & Josie Garvey & their son, Joe, USA. . .


Eucharistic Ministers: Bernadette Larkin Carmel Kelly.

Altar Society: Team 5 Maura Cooney Jacqueline Hickey. .

Reader for Church Ollie Conroy.

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


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Sunday January 13th 11am Michael Donnellan, Clonmoylan (Anniv.)

Sunday January 13th 11am Mass for People of the Parish.


Eucharistic Ministers: Eamonn Whelan Bridie Flanagan.

Altar Society Breda Fahy Julia Fahy. .

Reader for Church Maura Stewart.

Altar Servers: (A) Peter Flaherty Evan Flaherty Ciaran Kemple Mark Conroy Louis Donlon..


Sun. Jan 13th SR 8.41am Set 4.43pm First quarter on Mon. Jan. 14th at 6.45am

Sun. Jan 20th SR 8.6am Set 4.47pm Full Moon on Mon. Jan. 21st at 5.16am


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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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150