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Parish Newsletter    1st  December 2019

Wednesday 11th December at 8pm in Cloneygowan C.Y.M.S. Hall.
Cards are being distributed at present along with the 2020 Parish Calendars.

We Pray for:
Anne Hunt, (Byrne) Ballymacrossan.

KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Bridget & Eddie Cullen, Killurin.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Bridget & David Cox, Cloneygowan.
George McHugh, Alderboro.
Patrick & Anne (Dolly) Briscoe &
Eileen Kinnarney, Geashill.
John & Margaret Begnall, Cloneygowan.
Betty & Wally Byrne, Bogtown.
Catherine & Stephen Byrne &
Bridie Doheny, Cloneygowan.
RAHEEN:               SUNDAY        9.00 am
Paula Rispin Tracey, Cloneygowan.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Aisling Conroy, Ballymooney.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Joe & B. Kelly, Cloncoher.
Denis & Mary Brazil, Gorteen.
James & Annie Deering, Ballyaville.
Masses during the Week:
Mon     10.00am   For the People of the Parish.
Wed     10.00am    Private Intention
Thurs   10.00am    Private Intention
Fri       10.00am    Private Intention
Exposition from 9am & Confessions 9.30am.
Mon    7.30pm   
Tues  10.00am   
Wed     10.00am         
Thurs    7.30pm   
Fri     10.00am       FIRST FRIDAY
KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
William Rooney, Meelaghans & his Son Gerry, Dublin, who died last July.
Jack & Kathleen Keenahan, Killurin.
Sarah & Joseph White, Killurin.
Seán Lee, Newtown & Deceased Family.
Joseph & Elizabeth Brady, Gorteen.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Martin Gordon & Deceased Gordon Family Members, Kilcappagh.
Christopher & Mary Feeney & their Daughter Helena, Cloneygowan.
Paul Bolton & Joseph Dunne, Ballydownan.
Paddy & Anne Guinan, Backwood.
RAHEEN:               SUNDAY        9.00 am
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Adrian & Eamon Duffy, Ballycrumlin.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Sheila Kearney, Daingeanbeg.  1st Anniv.
Ms of Eucharist Sun Dec 8th Team D.
Readers for Next Week-end:
7.30pm Killeigh:          Confirmation Children
7.30pm Raheen:           Confirmation Children
9.00am Raheen:           Confirmation Children
10.30am Ballinagar     Confirmation Children
11.30am Killeigh:         Patricia Nunan
Readings will be posted out to you.
Packs of 12 Christmas Cards €6 & Signed Christmas Mass Bouquets €10.   Available in all Sacristies.

1/3 of the basket collection this weekend 1st Sunday of Advent goes to Bishop Nulty.

Communion Calls:
Fr. John & Msgr Coonan will visit the week of December 15th.

The Irish Catholic at the door:   €2
News stories from around the world.
Narrow-mindedness continues – it has just shifted the focus.  Page 2.
Pro-life youth leader tells of barrage of abuse over stance.  Page 6.
Mindfulness.  Page 14 & 15.
Make 2020 a year to go to the Holy Land. Page 12.
Designer babies: the ultimate in family planning.  Page 10.

Aid to the Church in Need Week:
Eleven Christians are killed for their faith every day.
Aid to the Church in Need Ireland estimates that more than 245 million Christians face extreme persecution for their Faith in our world today.

**Senior Citizens Christmas Parties:
Killeigh Senior Citizens Christmas Party:    Dec 8th 1.30pm in the Bridge House Hotel.
Geashill/Ballinagar Christmas Party
Tullamore Court Hotel 1pm  Dec 15th.

**6th Class Killeigh N.S. Christmas Fare:  In aid of Charity on Sat 7th Dec from 5.30-7pm.  Lots of Handmade items available to buy.

**Geashill Wednesday Club:
This week Christmas Flower Arranging.  €3 materials supplied.
In Geashill Old School.  Come for a cuppa.  All are welcome.  

**Geashill Wednesday Club:
Craft Fair on Sunday December 8th from 2-5pm in Geashill N.S.

Thanks for €230 raised at the coffee morning last week for Community4James Saunders

** Christmas Tree Lights Killeigh:
Lights will be turned on after 7.30pm mass next week-end December 7th.

**Geashill Whist:
Top: Veronica Kearns
Other winners: Patricia Quinn, Noreen Garry, Teresa Mulhare, Noel Harte, Bernadette Mahon, Thomas Garry & Bridie O’Grady.
Club and Community notes available on
Bring a newsletter to your neighbour.


Wed 18th Dec:   Portarlington    7.30pm Wednesday 18th December:
Rosenallis 7.00pm   &  Clonaslee 8.00pm
Monday 23rd Dec:  Mountmellick   7.30pm
For the Whole of Killeigh Parish……
Fri 20th  Dec:  In Killeigh  7.30pm
Mountmellick Parish will host an ‘Advent Retreat’ on the evenings of Wed 4th, 11th and 18th of Dec from 7.30 - 8.15pm in St. Joseph's Parish Church.  Amid the busy-ness of getting sorted for Christmas you are welcome along for some time of prayer and reflection. A guest speaker will share their insights and thoughts and help us consider what the deeper meaning of Christmas is. Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends.

**Teach Mhuire Praying Community
Mass for Healing
Tuesday 3rd Dec.  Rosary 7:45pm.  Mass 8:00pm.  St. Paul's Church, Emo.

**On Line Advent Retreat:
Reflect on the great ‘O Antiphons’ used in Evening Prayer and Mass during the second part of Advent.  Watch an online talk each day from December 16th.  Register now at (01) 404 8124

Diocesan Adoration Committee Invitation:
To all who come to Adoration in
St. Patricks Church, Killeigh best wishes from the “Diocesan Adoration Committee”.  We would like to invite you all to our prayer day in Carlow college on Sat Jan 25th 2020 at 10am.  Lunch Served. Hope you can come.  Rosary, Adoration, Holy Mass, Sharing etc.  All welcome. God Bless.

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul express profound gratitude your generosity to their recent church gate collections

**Drug and Alcohol Addiction knows no boundaries, You Are Not Alone, help is always available. Please contact You Are Not Alone support group on
085-787 2730 for a confidential and non-judgemental service.

If you cannot come up to receive Holy Communion please raise your hand and the Minister will go to you.

Please leave the Basket on the SEAT after the Collection is done  -  NOT ON FLOOR  -  so the Collectors do not have to stoop.  If the seat is full, please hold on your lap for Collectors.  This is a matter of Health & Safety.

The St Vincent de Paul in Tullamore is in urgent need of good quality winter clothing, Coats, Jackets, hats and scarves, If you are doing a clear out they would be especially welcome. Items can be dropped at our shop on Offaly St.

Cemeteries:      Please do not leave any waste “spoil, flowers, wreaths, etc,” in the cemeteries, all should be taken away.

Catholic convert Keith Nester answers the question, "What's so great about being Catholic?"
A Copy of the Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, found in 1948 in a cave near the Dead Sea.
Carbon dated showing it was writen in 70 B.C.
Killeigh Parish Finance Committee
AGM 10 September 2019


Diocesan Designated Person; (D.L.P.) –
Mick Daly: 085-8021633  Email:-                                          

The DLP is the person responsible in our diocese for receiving all Child Safeguarding concerns
and reporting same to the civil authorities.
Local Safeguarding Representatives: –
Breda O’Connor       
Concepta Murphy  
Aileen McDermott  

The LSR’s role is to promote awareness of the diocesan safeguarding children policy and procedures, and to ensure that church activities are provided in a way that ensures the safety and wellbeing of the children involved.

Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator
Michelle Hughes: Email:

Duty Social worker can be contacted 9am-5pm
  Laois Area                                      
057 86 92567/8                                
Offaly Area
057 93 70700
HSE National information line:- 1850 24 1850 (callsave)

Outside of these hours in cases of emergency please contact An Garda Síochána

Tullamore:       057 93 21305  
Portarlington:  057 8623112

Portarlington:  057 8623112



Warning signs of a STROKE:
The following can help you recognise if someone is having a stroke and ACT FAST if you see any of them.

F FACE: Ask the person to smile-does one side droop?

A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms and keep them there.

S – SPEECH: Can the person repeat a sentence?  Is their speech slurred?

T – TIME: If you see any of the above signs – even just one – call 999 for an ambulance


Suicidal Thoughts?
Share the Load!
….others can help you carry it.
Midlands Living Links 086-1600641

MABS – Money Advice – Hibernian Hse, 076-107-2710 (free & confidential).
C.I.C. – Citizens Information Centre
Mon-Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm     057 9352204.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
Pieta House 1800 247 247 or 0818 277 438
Samaritans new freephone number 116 123

visit for a full list of crisis helplines

Domestic Violence
We can help! Contact Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service (ODVSS)
on our Confidential Information Line  057 9351886. (Open Mon to Fri 10am to 12pm2pm to 4pm)

Have you got a number in your phone after the letters I.C.E.?
In Case of Emergency?

Grow:  World Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland.
You alone can dot it,
but you can’t do it alone.
If you are anxious, depressed,
or feeling suicidal,
GROW can support you.
Strictly Confidential.
Young Adult Group Monday 7.30pm,
Community Group Thurs 3.00pm
Community Health Centre 057 9351124.

Pontifical University – St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Higher Diploma in Theological Studies  One-year part-time evening course.  Lectures are held on: Mon’s & Wed’s 6.30-9.30pm
Four Saturdays ( 2 Sat every semester) 10am – 4pm.  Info etcContact 01-7084772 email: or

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