First Sunday of Advent Sunday November 28th 2021



Lucy Sirin Aribeyi, Killimor niece of Maeve Whelan, Bolag.

Pat Conroy, Kylemore, Abbey, brother of Ms. Cepta Flynn, SNA St. Joseph’s NS, Woodford.


Wear a Face-Covering as an Act of Love for Others We would ask all parishioners to wear a face-covering while in Church. Face-coverings are only effective if worn fully over the nose and mouth. Please continue to sanitise your hands with the sanitiser provided and practice social distancing while at Church. In these difficult days let us care for one another by adhering to these basic precautions.

Facilitated meetings for members of Parish Pastoral Councils in the Diocese Bishop Michael has convened meetings for the Priests of the Diocese and for Parish Pastoral Councils to discuss how we might meet the challenges facing our faith community by closer cooperation between parishes going forward. The meetings will be facilitated by Mr Martin Kennedy. Mon. 29th November 2021 Parish Pastoral Councils Portumna Deanery@ 8pm- 9.15pm Mon. 6th December 2021 Parish Pastoral Councils Ballinasloe Deanery@ 8pm- 9.15pm Please note that due to the current situation with Covid-19 these meetings will be online. For further information, members of Parish Pastoral Councils should contact their Parish Priest/Moderators.

Clonfert Diocese Collection for Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Gedo Somalia An enormous thank you to the people of the Diocese who raised the incredible figure of €56,020.78 For further information on the use this money will be put to in Somalia visit Clonfert Diocese Facebook Page.

Holy Water Dispensers: Dispensers for Holy Water have been very kindly donated to the Parish. Like the sanitiser dispensers, you place your hand underneath the dispenser to receive Holy Water. The Holy Water Dispensers will be placed near the ambo as well as at the main door of both Churches which for the moment is the door that is used for daily access to the Church.

Accord Ballinasloe Going through a difficult time in your relationship? Maybe we can help…ACCORD Ballinasloe is open for face-to-face counselling in a safe environment. For more information call 090 9643573 or 086 4149033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greater Ballinasloe Syrian Refugee Appeal Holy Hour of Thanksgiving & Petition (see ) will take place in St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe ( ), 7 – 8 pm on Sunday 28th November.  All welcome as we give  thanks for generosity of all contributors and remember the needs of all refugees and asylum seekers before God

Thanks to the TY Students undertaking the Pope John Paul II Award for creating the Advent Calendars. Advent Calendars are available at the Church Doors & can give some great ideas this Advent Season as we prepare for Christmas.

Woodford-Looscaun Christmas Lights The committee have decided not to have a ’ Big Switch On’ this year due to the ongoing concerns about Covid-19. However, our village will still look as bright and festive as ever with the Christmas lights on from 8th Dec.We will run our usual competitions for Best Business Window and Best Festive House again this year. To help with running costs a fundraising page will be set up and there will be donation boxes in local businesses. More details to follow.

The Carmelite Abbey Loughrea. On Friday December 3rd there will be a Holy Hour of Prayer & Adoration for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, The Time: 7 pm. All are welcome

9 Day Rosary Novena for Ireland We are inviting you to join in a 9 Day Rosary Novena beginning Tuesday 30th November and ending on Wednesday 8th December. People all over Ireland will pray the Rosary together each evening at 9pm. On the final evening at 9pm on Radio Maria the Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead the final Rosary live. If you are gathering to pray in groups we encourage you to gather safely adhering to local Covid 19 regulations. 

Lough Derg online shop offers unique Christmas Cards, featuring scenes of the Island from across the centuries and bespoke Gifts including a limited edition Lough Derg Christmas Candle.  Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards are also available  – Fr La, Prior, will offer a triduum of Masses beginning on Christmas Eve for all those who are enrolled.   Visit Telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518 Delivery nationwide and Click & Collect Service available.

St Brendan's Education Centre, Abbey Street, Loughrea H62T262 phone 091 841387: the Early Childhood Care and Education Award QQI Level 5 and 6 are being deactivated next year. If you need to complete a module/modules for the above we will try to assist starting January 2022 to the end of May 2022 based on demand. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. 

Thank You for Your Parish Donation 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 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 parish. Once again thank you so much for contributions to the continued upkeep of our Parish. They're 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. They are very much appreciated in these difficult times

WOODFORD YOUTH CLUB/COMMUNITY HALL - Regrettably there will be no SALE OF WORK this year due to ongoing concerns regarding Covid 19. We are holding our annual raffle for a 50inch Smart TV - tickets €2 on sale locally and we would welcome your support. Monies raised will go to maintaining the hall. Thank you.

A Big Thank You to all who participated, sponsored, donated or helped in any way at the recent Shragh 6k. €1,325 was raised for the upkeep & maintenance of Shragh Community Centre.

Mercy College Woodford is now welcoming enrolment of First Year students for 2022/23. Admission forms to our vibrant school community are now available on our school website along with our school promotion video. We are happy to answer any queries on 090 9749076

Tommy Larkins Lotto No’s 2-13-27-32 Jackpot: €4,100. No Jackpot Winner: Match 3; Roy Fox Charlie Stanley Kevin Lyons Next Draw: Sun. Nov. 28th in The Clubhouse. Tickets in local shops and Klubfunder Lotto Site/Klubfunder app. Draw results on Facebook on Sunday at 7pm  

Planning to get married in Church in Woodford and Looscaun in 2021 and 2022. Please contact Fr. Kieran on 087-2997956 or 090-9749100 at your earliest convenience for update on latest COVID 19 Guidelines in regards Churches.

Junior Cert Grinds required in Higher level Irish and Higher level Maths. Contact 085 8221776 evenings please.

Leaving Cert. Chem grinds available in person (Loughrea area) or online, by an experienced teacher of 15 years. Phone- 0872034099.

The Foot Clinic will be attending Hayes pharmacy Portumma on Monday the 15th, 22nd 29th of November and Monday the 6th 13th and 20th of December for general and diabetic foot care.

To make an appointment ring 087 3344530 many thanks. We attend Hayes & Hayes pharmacy every Monday except bank holidays



St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon.7pm Tue. 7.30pm Wed. 8pm Thur.9.30am Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

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

Sunday Nov. 28th 11am Jimmy (1st Anniv) & Mary Ann Power, Cloncoe. Jim McNamara, Cappa.

Monday Nov. 29th 7pm Martin Egan, Drimnamuckla (26th Anniv)

Tuesday Nov. 30th 7.30pm Margaret & Thomas Gaffey and their daughter Una, Bolag.

Wednesday Dec. 1st 8pm Johnnie Kelly, Green Valley Court & deceased members of the Kelly & Mitchell Families.

Sunday December 5th 11am John & Mary Kate & Joe Slattery, & Jim & Helen Hickey, Clonmoylan.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox .


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am Fri. 8pm Sat. 7pm available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, & on 105.0FM

Saturday November 27th 7pm Jimmy, Maisie & Francis Fahy, Bawnmore & DFM

James, Michael & Agnes Kelly, Clonoon & DFM

Monday November 29th 9.30am Special Intention

Friday December 3rd 8pm Deceased members of the Keane & Regan Families. Clonmoylan.

Saturday Dec 4th 7pm Mary & Paddy & Bridie Shiel, Coose. Chris & Maggie Conway, Rostullis

Altar Society Team 4 Betty Whelan Maura Tully


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