The Baptism of Our Lord January 10th 2021 


    Last week's Newsletter for January 3rd 2021



RIP: Mattie Power, Powers Cross.


We are with you” The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times. See


Congratulations to John Mark Clancy & Magda Cichon, Loughatorick who celebrated their wedding in St. John the Baptist Church on Friday January 8th. Ad Multos Annos!


John Mark and Magda would like to thank everyone in Woodford and Loughatorick who made their day so special and look forward to hosting a Community Party of the occasion in the future.


Church Envelope Boxes The 2021 Church Envelopes Boxes are available to collect in the Church for an hour after Sat. Vigil or Sunday Mass and for half an hour after daily Mass.

Thanks to all who have generously supported the Church Collections this past year.

This coming year the Parish will be operating the Tax Relief Scheme for donations to eligible charities. The Parish qualifies under this scheme to claim back a percentage of income tax paid on donations of more than €250 in any tax year. More details on next week's newsletter


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


Sunday Mass: Mass is available every Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon from Loughrea Cathedral via webcam at Mass available on RTE News Now at 11am every second Sunday and on RTE News Channel at 2pm on the the alternate Sundays.


Mass from Woodford also available locally on your radio on 105.0FM as well as on the Parish Facebook page on


Tommy Larkins Lotto: 7-9-14-23 Match 3 Maria Murphy, Darragh Kelly, Margaret Power, Woodford Youth Club. Jackpot 12,400 euro Draw in Clubhouse on Sun. Jan 10th


Ireland Lights Up: As Fit4Life is cancelled this year due to current Covid restrictions we are instead inviting you to participate in a virtual walk with the Club all done safely either on the track at the Clubhouse and within 5kms of your home or on a safe walk of your choice. The plan is that our Healthy Club Community participants walk a cumulative 4,000 km (around Ireland). To take part you will need to download MyLife App selecting Tommy Larkins as your club to walk with. See Social Media (Fb & Insta) for further details or contact Angela on 086 8513031. If the club is successful in achieving 4k kms we are in with a chance to win some excellent prizes for the Club. No entry fee for participants but you must be over 18 years with start date Wed 13th Jan until Wed 3rd March.


Woodford/Looscaun Christmas Lights Competition winners: Winner of ‘Best festive house’ in the village is Gerty Page and winner of ‘Best festive house’ in the parish is Dessie & Philis Forde. The award for 'Best Business Window' goes to Kearys . Well done to all involved. Many thanks also to everyone who contributed or supported the lights in anyway this year. It is greatly appreciated. Donation boxes are still available in QnR stores and Kearys and you can also donate online until the end of the month everybody a healthy & a happy new year.


ALONE manages a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm by calling 0818 222 024, and will remain open over the Christmas period.


Invitation to privately recite a rosary of reparation daily to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for 40 days from Sat. Jan 9th until Shrove Tuesday Feb. 16th. Let us pray to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart Mary in reparation for sin in the world today. Please invite family and friends to join. This is a Prayer Initiative from the Legion of Mary for January 2021.


The Tree of Hope has been installed at the railing of the Marian Shrine. Please tie a Ribbon For a Loved One and leave a special intention in the box. This tree has been kindly donated by Woodford Nurseries


Applications for Director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG The Board of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG (Accord CLG) in conjunction with RSM Ireland is seeking applications for the role of a full time Director.   For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New Year’s Eve Countdown Programme This New Year’s Eve was a difficult one for many. Normal gatherings of family and friends were not possible and celebrations were confined to those we live with or we were simply on our own. When settling down to watch the New Year’s Eve Countdown Programme on our national broadcaster RTE, people of faith, did not expect to have their religious beliefs deliberately ridiculed and at the same time have the crime of rape disturbingly trivialised. Regrettably, this is what happened in the Waterford Whispers Sketch segment of the programme. To register a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, please go to: and to RTÉ Complaints office by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 9.30am Tue. 7.30pm Wed. 9.30am

Thur 9.30am Fri.8pm Sat. 10am & 7pm

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

Saturday January 9th 7pm Michael Donnellan, Clonmoylan

Friday January 15th 8pm Brian Allen, Surrey, England & Woodford (First Anniv)

Saturday January 16th 7pm Tess & Mick Kennedy, Woodford & their daughter Marian Garvey, Coose,

& deceased members of the Kennedy & Mahon Families.

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sun. 11.20am*** available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM


***Sunday January 10th 11.20am Mass For People of the Parish.

***Sunday January 17th 11.20am Eileen Dermody, Rostulis (14th Anniv) & her mother Mary Lyons,


Altar Society Team 5 Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart


***Also Please note that from Sunday Jan. 10th to Sun. Feb. 7th inclusive Sunday Morning Mass will be at the later time of 11.20am to facilitate the provision of Sunday Mass in the Deanery.


Please note that under Level 5 restrictions, Mass is behind closed doors and available on the Church Radio on 105.0FM locally and online worldwide! on


Sun Jan 10th SR 8.43am Set 4.39pm

New Moon on Wed. Jan 13th at 5.00am


Fr. Kieran would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


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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