NEWSLETTER - Killeigh Parish

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Parish Newsletter    9th August 2020

   PLEASE NOTE: From Next Week the Sunday Mass in Killeigh will revert back to Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 11.30am.

 Message from Bishop Nulty:
Face Coverings: in light of the latest guidelines coming into effect from NPHET and Government regarding shops and public buildings, I suggest that all attending Mass are encouraged to wear a face mask or a visor from Monday 10th August 2020

Please take the Newsletter home with you due to the Covid-19 Virus

Feast Days this week:
Tue:       St Clare
Wed:       St Muredach, St Lelia, St Atracta
Thur:      St Fachtna
Fri:        St Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Sat: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Bishop Nulty Video
Returning to Public Worship – watch on the Killeigh website.
The 7 S’s
Signage, Sanitisation, Stewarding, Support, Social Distancing, Seating & Symptoms.
Please note encouragement of Bishop Denis to those who are Elderly, Vulnerable or Ill not to come to mass for now.

Maximum Seating Capacity in our churches:-
However only 50 people are allowed at any one sermon including stewards, priest, etc.
Worship: With 2 metre spacing the 3 churches will facilitate the following:-
Killeigh: 14 Family slots (3-4 persons). 18 slots for Singles/Couples Total 70.
Raheen: 8 Family slots (right hand side) 16 Singles/Couples (left hand side) 8 Couples/Singles on the gallery. Total 70
Ballinagar: 7 Family slots (right hand side) & 4 Family slots on the gallery 21 slots Singles/Couples (left hand side) 6 Couples/Singles on the gallery. Total 70
Please follow signs and guidance from Stewards.

Parish Office open Wed, Thurs & Friday 10.30am – 1.00pm.
Please leave a message on the phone machine otherwise.

Please note all parish email addresses will no longer work from July 1st.
Send all emails to

Mass Cards and Mass Bouquets available at the Parish Office and the Sacristy after mass.

Newsletter available in the Church and Local Shop.

We Pray for:

Michael Breslin, Clonaslee & England.

KILLEIGH:            FRIDAY    7.30pm
John McEvoy, Killurin.  1st Anniv.
Betty, Oliver & Joe Gorman, Fenter.
Joe McKane, Moneyquid & Deceased McKane & Plunkett Family Members.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Kathleen O’Brien, Ballintogher. 1st Anniv.
Maureen Hyland, Cloneygowan.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Peter Slattery, Toberlaheen.  1st Anniv.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
For the People of the Parish.

Masses during the week:

Killeigh Church webcam for masses from Killeigh Church.

Ballinagar Church webcam for masses from Geashill Oratory:

Tues  10.00am  &  Thurs 10.00am
Fri   7.30pm:      Holy Day Mass:
Victor & Brigid Meredith &
Michael Connolly, Ballymacrossan & Deceased Family Members.

Mon  7.30pm, Wed & Thurs 10.00am.

Ballinagar:     Holy Day Mass:  
Friday  7.30pm.
KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY  7.30 pm
John & Catherine Greene &
Deceased Family Members.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
John Corcoran, Ballykeane. 1st Anniv.
James Conroy, Urney Hse, Cloneygowan.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Patricia & Pauric Hanlon, Toberlaheen.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Terry Dunne, Derrybeg.
Readers for next week;
Killeigh Fri  7.30pm                       Elizabeth Kinnarney
Killeigh Sat 7.30pm:         Family
Raheen Sat 7.30pm:          Family
Ballinagar Sun 10.30am:  Catherine Dolan Jnr
Killeigh Sun 11.30am:       Róisín O’Connor
Readings will be posted out to you.
Killeigh Eucharistic Ministers next week:
Fri 7.30pm:  Sally Green/ Anne Malone
Sun 11.30am: Patricia Nunan/Anne Brady

Raheen Eucharistic Ministers next week:
Sat 7.30pm: Elysia McCormack &
   Seamus Crombie

Saturday Aug 15th
Holy Day of Obligation
Assumption of B.V.M.
Masses:   Friday 14th Aug:
Killeigh 7.30 & Ballinagar 7.30pm
Saturday 15th Aug:
Killeigh  7.30pm  &  Raheen 7.30pm

Donation Button on Killeigh Parish Website:
When you click on the button you have a choice of donating to the Clergy Fund or the Parish Funds.
Thanks to those who have already donated.

Fr. Tom and Fr. John thank you for generously donating to the clergy account by handing in Envelopes or contributing on line.  
Bank Details (BIC & IBAN numbers) for those who want to bank on line are as follows:-
Killeigh Clergy Account:             
IBAN: IE30AIBK 9322 5616 8410 38
Please include your ENVELOPE NUMBER or your NAME
Thanks to all those leaving White Envelopes into the Priests houses
Killeigh Parish Account:               
IBAN: IE96 AIBK 9322 5616 8411 11
Restricted to the immediate family (50 members max.).  This is mandatory as set out in the HSE and Government guidelines.

Baptisms /Weddings:
By arrangement with your Priest.
Only immediate family members.

Part Time School Secretary:
Applications are invited by the Board of Management for the position of Part Time Secretary in Scoil Shinchill, Killeigh N.S.  Applications with C.V. and two References to be returned to
Fr. John Stapleton by 12noon, Wednesday 12th August, 2020.
No Appointment will be confirmed until Garda Vetting is completed by the Board of Management.  
This is an hourly paid position.  PAYE/PRSI  apply.

West Offaly Training Courses Online:   Call 086 841 3082 or email

Mountmellick Library are operating an appointed browsing service, “Books in a Bag” & Build A Story.  Check out the library Facebook page or please call 057 86 44572


Message of Bishop Denis for OPENING OF CHURCHES.
Times and dates of Confirmation in Killeigh Parish 2020:
Friday 31st July       
     11am  Killeigh NS in Killeigh church
     2pm Cloneygowan NS in Raheen church
Saturday 1st August
      11am Geashill NS in Raheen church
      2pm  Ballinagar NS in Ballinagar church
With social spacing 1 seat for each pupil and 2 adults will be assigned in the church.
There will not be space for Sponsors, [who will be recorded in church records].
A Teacher will do proxy for the  Sponsors on the day.
Only the pupils will leave their seats during the ceremony.
The 7 S’s
Signage,     Sanitisation,     Stewarding,     Support,     Social Distancing,     Seating &     Symptoms.
Please note encouragement of Bishop Denis to those who are Elderly, Vulnerable or Ill not to come to mass for now.
Message of Bishop Denis to all the girls and boys preparing for First Holy Communion at present.
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.
Due to Covid 19 virus.
CEMETERY MASSES  2020 are cancelled.


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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