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  21st January 2018

Bishop Denis is recommending the temporary suspension of the
Sign of Peace
at all Masses until the current flu season has abated. Parishioners are to be reminded
there is no obligation to attend Mas when ill.

Please pray for:  
Edward (Eddie) Dunne, Daingean.
Brenda Mulpeter, Clara.
Baby Darragh Lacey, Clonmore.
Bridget Connor née Bryan, Walsh Island.
Julia Weir née Galvin, Tullamore.
Edel Buggy née Davis, Balleek, Durrow.
Harry Bagnall, Fenter.

KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Thomas Dunne, Meelaghans.  1st Anniv.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
RAHEEN:               SUNDAY        9.00 am
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Patrick Brady, Clonmore.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Masses during the Week:
Wed   10.00am    Readings & Communion
Thurs 10.00am    Readings & Communion
Fri     7.30pm     Mick Dunne, Lockclose.
                                               Months Mind.
In Geashill:
Mon      7.30pm  
Tues    10.00am
Wed    10.00am
Fri        7.30pm    Pat Direen, Cloneygowan.
KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY   7.30 pm
John Casey, Gorteen.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Fintan Connor, Kilcooney.  Months Mind.
Annie, Willie & Pat Spollen, Ballydownan.
Patrick McHugh, Backwood.
RAHEEN:               SUNDAY        9.00 am
Rich Bryan, Geashill.
Paddy & Betty Wyer, Ard.
Michael & Rose Cleary. Ard.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Richard D’Arcy, Curraghill,  Months Mind.
Paddy Bolger, Rathfeston.
Seán Mulligan, Rathfeston & his Parents Eoin & Christina, Walsh Island.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Michael Elliott, Ballinvalley.
Ms of Eucharist Sun Jan 28th  Group B.
Readers for next week-end:
7.30pm Killeigh:         Liam Byrne
7.30pm Raheen:          Family
9.00am Raheen:          Family
10.30am Ballinagar    Family
11.30am Killeigh:        Eugene Cahill
Readings will be posted out to you.

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

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:
The reign of God is now.  Are you willing to drop what you are doing to follow Jesus’ call?  Believe that God will give you what you need.  If you think God is calling you to be a priest contact  
Fr. Ruairí Ó Domhnaill   045 897470 or email

To book your wedding in Killeigh Parish please contact the Parish Office or one of the Priests.    
A Preliminary Booking Form [available on and from Priests] has to be completed and returned before your booking will be confirmed.    
Six months’ notice required to the Parish and minimum of three months to the State Registrar of Marriages.

The Irish Catholic  -  available at the door.  A great read for  €1.80
Each one of us need to play our part in fighting for unborn.      Page 8
Is it possible to lose your vocation? P22
Hands-on Pope gets all the credit, but also the blame.   Page 17
The Third Age – Seeing Older People as a resource.  Page 27
Protecting family time in an age of digital disruption.       Page 28
Titles and entitlement – a gentle warning!   Page 36
Dolores O’Riordan remembered as an artist ‘full of soul and courage. Page 3

Family & Life Meeting in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow this Mon 22nd at 8pm.  All are welcome.

Killeigh Community Centre Development Association:
The committee has begun to engage with Architectural Service companies with the main purpose of carrying out feasibility studies on the options available for a Community hall in Killeigh. Once agreed, fundraising will commence to cover these initial costs. If anyone still wants to get involved they can contact any member of the committee.

North Offaly Community Dev. Network CLG is seeking volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels Service to serve the Killeigh area. If you can spare an hour at 12.30pm we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please contact 057 – 93 62755.

Resumes this Wed in Geashill Old School 10am-12noon.  Make a Blobby Doll, materials supplied. €3. Come for the Cuppa & Chat.  Men & Women welcome.

Sat  30th June     Raheen      7.30pm
Sun 8th    July    Ballinagar 10.30am
Tue 10th    July    Annagharvey
Sat 14th    July     Killeigh     7.30pm  

St. Patrick’s, Carlow College- Course.  Introduction to Psychology Evening Course from 1st Feb – 8th Mar, Course is every Thurs, from 7-9pm.
Contact: Alison Brennan 059 91 53200, or see

Enrolments now being taken for September 2018:
Play Pals Play-School, Cloneygowan: Contact Fran 087 9401184
Killeigh Community Pre-School:
Contact: Dympna   087  6198083
Maria Montessori School AMS:
Contact: Breda 085 122 2654
Happy Days Pre-School  Ballinagar: Contact:  Sarah  087  1300432

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Kildare & Leighlin 2018:  16th -  21st July
€739 from Dublin return.  Full Board.  Single room supplement €155 - €180.    
Application Forms from the Parish Office.

Killeigh Parish Community Games:
Meeting this Mon Jan 22nd at 8pm in Ballinagar Hall.  Please attend if at all possible for games to continue.  We rely on the support of the local people on a voluntary basis to keep going.  Also check out the community games website for events coming up in May.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.
Valentine’s Ball – Black Tie Event Sat
Feb 10th in the Tullamore Court Hotel with drinks reception at 7.15pm.  For tickets call ABI Mountbolus 057 93 54565, or Guy Clothing, Tullamore.

Na Fianna Hurling Club A.G.M.
Monday 29th January 8pm in Killeigh GAA meeting room. All are welcome.

Land of Saints & Scholars Book (€15) is now available from Fr. John for those who ordered them last April.

Killeigh & Raheen GAA. Lotto: 15th Jan:
Lotto Results: No’s: 5-7-13-23  Jackpot -
Winner. 5 @ 3’s €40  Next Wk  €200  & €2,000 Jackpot Direens  Mon Jan 22nd.

Ballinagar Community Lotto: 15th Jan:
Lotto Results: No’s:  2-6-13-21
No Winner.  3 @ 3’s  €70 Next Week €200/€15,000/€7,400 Ned’s Mon 22nd Jan

Please bring one to your neighbour.
Let us always meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.

Thanks to the committee for running once again a successful draw. Thanks to all our parishioners for their support.
Thanks to our Sponsors who so generously support us.
Thanks to all who distributed and collected the Draw Cards.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Bishop Denis Nulty visited Killeigh Parish on Tuesday 9th Sept 2014.
He Celebrated the morning Mass before meeting individually those who were at Mass. He later visited our four primary schools.

See the Parish FaceBook page for pictures of Bishop's visit
in the church and the schools.
Thanks to John P. Conroy for the pictures.


If you have a concern contact:-

Diocesan Designated Person; (D.L.P.)

Ms Joan Treacy:    

The DLP is the person responsible in our diocese for receiving all
Child Safeguarding concerns
and reporting same to the civil authorities.

Parish Safeguarding Representatives: –

  Breda O’Connor       087-6482625
 Concepta Murphy    087-6550239
 Margaret Conroy      086-1797652

The PSR’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.

Read about
Bishop Daniel Delaney.
Bishop of K&L 200 years ago

Bishop Nulty's Statement for Vocations Sunday 2014

Parish Office Opening Hours:
Normally open Tues, Wed & Thursday
10.30am – 1.00pm
Book Masses, Certificates, etc.
Phone 057-93-44161


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

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)

welcomes individuals for private retreats ,short breaks and quiet days . We also welcome groups for Assemblies, Conferences and Meetings
Visit us on

View slides from Prayer gathering 2012 around the Congress Bell in Killeigh on   
Killeigh Parish FaceBook

In 1900
there were 266,000,000 Catholics in the world.
By 2050 it is estimated there will be 1,100,000,000 [1.1 Billion] / living in the Global South

Suicidal Thoughts?
Share the Load!
….others can help you carry it.
Midlands Living Links 086-1600641
Console – 1800 201 890
MABS – Money Advice – Hibernian Hse, 057 93 23211 / 93 52252 (free & confidential).
C.I.C. – Citizens Information Centre
Mon-Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm
057 9352204.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
1life, Suicide helpline 247 100

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.

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

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.
FFACE: 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

  On Monday 7th October 2015 the parish of Rahan turned out in style to say 'Thank You' and to bid farewell to Fr. Johnny McEvoy.
Fr. Johnny is returning to his Missionary Order, the Columbans in Navan.
   The Committee which organised the event, presented Fr. Johnny with the fishermen in their boat, reflecting the image of being sent as a missionary, called 'to be fishers of men'.
   Raheen Church picture taken lately.

Some of the pictures from the recent dedication of our school Garden to the memory of Maree Grace - McElduff, and raising of our 3rd Greenschools Flag in Killeigh National School.
Many more pictures on the Parish Facebook page. Get link on our homepage.

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