NEWSLETTER - Killeigh Parish

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Parish Newsletter    7th June 2020


We will offer Mass for the promised intentions in the prayer space in each priest’s house.

Mon to Friday 11am – 3pm.
Sat & Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Restricted Access.  
Light a candle, Say a prayer.
Leave a Petition.

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

Mass Cards and Mass Bouquets available at the Parish Office.

Feast Days this week:
Tues:      St Columba (Colum Cille).
Thurs:    St Barnabas, Apostle.
Sat:         St Anthony of Padua

We Pray for:
Peter Phelan, Lockclose.

KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
John & Catherine Flynn, Killeenmore & their daughter Ann & Pat Joe Flynn.
Anniversary masses booked will be offered at the 10.30am Mass in Geashill available on Ballinagar Church webcam.
This weeks anniversary:
Paddy & Anne Daly, Geashill.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Paddy Dolan & his parents James & Mary, Ballyduff.
Anthony & Roseann Dunne, Toberlaheen.
Jack Murphy, Knock.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
John & Bridget Bracken & John Junior, Killeenmore.
Jack & Ellen Dunne & Deceased Family, Derrybeg.

Masses during the week:

Killeigh Church webcam for masses from parochial house Killeigh.

Ballinagar Church webcam for masses from Geashill Oratory:

Killeigh -      Mon to Friday 10.00am:

Geashill:  As Announced.
KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Ned & Sadie Martin & Bridie Murray.
Anniversary masses booked will be offered at the 10.30am Mass in Geashill available on Ballinagar Church webcam.
This weeks anniversary:
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Michael & Margaret Fitzpatrick, Ballyduff.
George, Larry, William & Maria Hackett, Ballyduff.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Paddy Berry, Derryadd.
Patrick & Christina Walsh, Glendyne.
Paddy, Peggie, Marie & Jim Bourke & Deceased Family Members.

All Churches are now open.
Mon to Friday 11am – 3pm.
Sat & Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Restricted Access.  
Light a candle, Say a prayer.
Leave a Petition.
Please adhere to Covid-19 safeguarding guidance.
Due to advice - Forbidding Sharing of Pens – If you wish to leave Petitions in the church, write them at home please.

Newsletter available in local shop.

Please note due to the Covid 19 Virus outbreak and in the interest of public safety, funerals will be restricted to the immediate family (10 members max.).  When the restrictions are all done, Family can arrange a Memorial Mass to give the family and the community an opportunity to pray for and celebrate the life of their departed friend.

Baptisms /Weddings:

Fr. Tom and Fr. John thank you for your generous support to the Retired Priests Fund last week.  Also to those handing in Envelopes to priest’s house & also to those who contribute on line.  
Bank Details (BIC & IBAN numbers) for those who want to bank on line are as follows:-
Killeigh Clergy Account:             
IBAN: IE30 AIBK 9322 5616 8410 38
Please include your ENVELOPE NUMBER or your NAME
Thanks to all those leaving White Envelopes into the Priests houses
& also to those who contribute on line. €1006 direct debits received in May.
Killeigh Parish Account:               
IBAN: IE96 AIBK 9322 5616 8411 11
Mass Cards and Mass Bouquets available at the Parish Office.


Rivers do not drink their own water;
trees do not eat their own fruit;
the sun does not shine on itself and
flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves.
Living for others is the rule of nature. We are all born to help each other.
No matter how difficult it is...Life is good when you are happy;
but much better when others are happy
because of you.
                               Pope Francis 2020

Mass is also been shown by RTÉ on the RTÉ News Now channel each morning at 10.30am

On Your 2019 Donations.
A letter and the approved certification form, CHY4 will be going out in the post to all relevant homes during the week.
The Parish received €17,063.65 on your 2018 donations.  Thanks so much to all who return their forms.

COVID-19 Diocesan Update:
Knock: Diocesan Pilgrimage this Sunday 7th June.  Schedule: Rosary 2.30pm.  Mass and Benediction 3pm.  Pilgrims may place their petitions online on the Knock Shrine website & these will be placed on the altar for the Mass.  A message from Bishop Denis will also be transmitted prior to this.
Funerals:  No more than 10 attending.
This is mandatory as set out in the HSE and Government guidelines.
A Roadmap for Returning to Public Worship: Each Parish will be asked to submit a detailed plan to reengage with Masses.

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation during these uncertain times.
Please see out website for updates.

Ceremonies, are broadcast via webcam & Facebook, [but not recorded] on

Keep in touch:
There are many ways to keep in touch and stay connected with your parish and diocese.
• See for up to date news and resources, including a list of parishes that have webcams so that you can join in prayer and watch Masses and other Church services taking place these days, as well as a statement from
Bishop Denis
• Follow Bishop Denis on twitter @BishopDNulty for daily tweets
• Like Kildare & Leighlin Diocese Facebook page to keep updated  
• Follow the diocese on twitter: @KANDLEi  @KandLeYouth   @meithealkandl

Ballycommon & Telework Training Centre 057-93-53177 for information
or email

North Offaly Community Development
Contact: 057-9362755
A Free Friendly Call Service, Meals on Wheels, Emergency Repairs.

Some simple suggestions for the children and their families to work on at home. Bishop Denis is asking them to do a number of  things as they continue to get ready for their Confirmation whenever it will eventually happen;
  • Watch the Video and listen      to his message;
  • Write him a letter or send      him an email
  • Decorate their Front Door      for Pentecost
  • Say a Prayer to the Holy      Spirit
  • Go to Mass on Livestream      for the Feast of Pentecost
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.
Proposed dates, under review due to Covid 19 virus.
Sat 27th June Raheen
Tue 30th June Annagharvey
Sun 5th July Ballinagar
Sat 11th July Killeigh


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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