Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday January 23rd 2022


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

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

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


Saturday January 22nd 7pm Desmond Page, Cloncoe (Anniversary) & deceased family members.

Saturday January 29th 7pm Sheila Conroy, Rockhill (Months Mind)

Altar Society: Team 6 Geraldine Lyons Bernadette Larkin Mary Lyons


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sun. 11am available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, & on 105.0FM

Sunday January 23rd 11am Peter & Bina Mcnamara, Derrygill & their son Kieran & deceased family members.

Sunday January 30th 11am Bridget Minogue, Choose and her Nora Moloney, Scarriff on Bridget’s 62nd anniversary and Nora’s Month's Mind. .

Altar Society Team 5 Bernadette Stewart Mary Goonan



Margaret (Alacoque) Sullivan (nee Murray) Reddington Road, Shantalla, Galway, Mother of Mary G Keary, The Bay, Woodford.

Fr. PJ Bracken retired Parish Priest of Fahy/Quansboro


Please do not attend religious services if you have symptoms associated with Covid-19

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.

Catholic Schools Week 23rd January 2022 – 30th January 2022 Each year this week offers us an opportunity to celebrate our local Catholic Schools and to reflect on the unique contribution of Catholic Education. This years theme is Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full. Resources for each day can be found at

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from 18th - 25th January. Please join for this special service of prayer hosted in conjunction with the Church of Ireland from the Cathedral of St Brendan, Loughrea on Tuesday next 25th January at 4pm. The service will also be livestreamed at

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation 2022 Towards the end of January 2022 a provisional schedule of dates for the Celebration of Confirmation 2022 will be issued by the Diocesan Office (Please be aware that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation these dates may change at short notice). Soon afterwards those who wish to enroll for confirmation will be invited to do so by their Parish.

New website launched to support Synodal Pathway

A new website has been launched to support engagement with the national synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. The website provides information about the synodal pathway and the timeline for the work, as well as making available a variety of resources to support engagement.


Prayer at the Crib God our Father you sent your only son, Jesus as a little child to love us and to be our Saviour. Your Holy Spirit came down on Mary and gave wisdom to Joseph so that they could prepare for his birth. As we pray here around the crib open our hearts to his love and to his gentle care. Take away our fears and fill our hearts with joy. Guide and care for our families and help us to care for one another so that we can live as the people of God. May we know his presence with us and find deep peace in our lives during these days of Christmas and in the year ahead. Amen Copies of prayer are available in the Church to take with you and to use before your crib at home.

Woodford-Looscaun Christmas Lights:Happy New Year! Many thanks to everyone who helped out or supported the lights in any way this year.Congratulations to John Keary on winning the Best Business Window and to Jimmy and Geraldine on winning ‘Best Festive House’ in the village.If you would like to make a donation towards the Christmas lights you can still do so on or by dropping a donation into one of the donation boxes in local businesses. Míle buiochas. Wishing everybody a happy and healthy 2022

ATTENTION LADIES!!! As part of Tommy Larkins Healthy Club we have started a Gaelic4mothers&others which is an initiative designed for all ladies to have some fun and get some exercise while learning some football skills - don't worry we are a hurling community, none of us know how to play. Meets: Tuesday 8pm at astroturf in the pitch.If interested message Alanna Stanley 086-3916346

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

Priests Christmas Collection Thank you for your contributions to this special collection that supports the payment of your Priest.

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.

The Church Envelope Boxes for 2022 can be collected at both Churches in January. The Woodford Boxes are in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford near crib and the Looscaun Boxes in St, Brendan’s Church, Looscaun near crib. Thank you for your generous support this past year.

Tommy Larkins Lotto No’s 1-8-23-26 Jackpot: €4,900. No Jackpot Winner: Match 3; John & Pauline McHugo Brendan Gorman Your support is very much appreciated


East Galway Black 47 DNA Project – The East Galway: Genealogy DNA: Sponsoring DNA tests for people who have ancestry in east Galway parishes going back at least 3 generations. Next year marks the 175th anniversary of ‘Black 47'. In 1847 massive emigration/deaths caused by An Gorta Mor led to a huge loss of population in these parishes. Descendants of the 1,000’s who emigrated often don't know the exact place of origin of their ancestors. Doing a DNA test will help us reconnect our long-lost family/friend's/neighbour's/ descendants to their homeplace. Tel: Martin Curley 089 4164830. If you already have done a DNA test please join the group to see how to help the Project. All are welcome.



Sun.Jan 23rd Sunrise 8.30am Sunset 5.00pm

Last quarter On Tue. Jan. 25th at 1.40pm ,


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