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.                    22nd April 2018

Fr’s John and Tom thank you all for your generous contributions to the Easter Collection.

The Irish Catholic - at the door.  €1.80

Pray for:   
Joe Colgan, Rath, Birr.
Mary Moran, Tullamore & Meelaghans.
Brendan Toomey late London,    Formerly of Dublin.

KILLEIGH:           SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Anne Hewitt, Moneyquid.  1st Anniv.
Annie (Nanny) Rooney, Meelaghans.
Maureen Murray, Cloncollog, Tullamore.
Sonny & Betty Dunne, Quarrymount &
       Deceased Family Members.
RAHEEN:              SATURDAY   7.30 pm
James & Mary Hynes, Killelary.
Malachy Bolton, Alderborough, his Parents Joe & Christine also his Uncle Ber Lambe.
Patrick & Elizabeth Dunne, Cloneygowan &
          Deceased Family Members.
James & Annie Daly, Geashill & their Sons
                   Joe & John.
RAHEEN:              SUNDAY        9.00 am
Eoin Gorman, Killeenmore.
Fran Tobin, Cloneygowan &
Chris Coleman, Bogtown &
         Deceased Members of both Families.
BALLINAGAR:        SUNDAY      10.30 am
Eddie Dolan, Cloneygowan & Dublin.
      1st Anniv.
Sr. Rose Byrne, Knock who died recently, & Deceased Members of the Byrne Family.
Séamus & Margaret Cooke, Ballinagar.
KILLEIGH:           SUNDAY      11.30 am
Terence & Annie Berry, Scrubb.
Masses during the Week:

Tues      10.00am:
Wed      10.00am:
Thurs   10.00am:
Fri        10.00am:

Mon     7.30pm:
Tues   10.00am:
Wed   10.00am:
Thurs   7.30pm:
Fri      10.00am:


KILLEIGH:           SATURDAY   7.30 pm

RAHEEN:              SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Brigid McHugh, Alderborough.
RAHEEN:              SUNDAY        9.00 am

BALLINAGAR:        SUNDAY      10.30 am
Dan & Margaret Scally & their Daughter Geraldine, Ballinagar.
KILLEIGH:           SUNDAY      11.30 am

Ms of Eucharist Sun April 29th Group E.

Readers for Next Week-end:
7.30pm Killeigh:         Pat Feery
7.30pm Raheen:      Nora Dunne
9.00am Raheen:          David & Colette Carty
10.30am Ballinagar:   Margaret Murphy
11.30am Killeigh:        Attracta Brady
Readings will be posted out to you.

Tomorrow is the 12th Anniversary of the Opening of Ballinagar Church.  We pray for the Benefactors of this Church.

Thanks to all for your wonderful support of Trócaire.  €5,133 has been lodged to date.
You can still bring your Trócaire collection to any of the masses.

Our Common Humanity:
Life begins at Conception.
At every point, from conception on, the baby has the potential to realise the fullness of life that God intended.  All that is needed is time and nurturing.  Today we see more clearly that human life begins at conception.  There is no later stage in a baby’s development where we can say; ‘up until now the foetus was not a person and now it has become a baby’.

Fourth Sunday of Easter:
On this Good Shepard Sunday we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  What love God has bestowed on us in calling us his children!  Pray that you may be faithful to your vocational call.  If you think God is calling you to be a priest contact:-  Fr. Ruairí Ó Domhnaill   
045 897470 or email

The Irish Catholic –A great read €1.80
Irish Church urged to close parishes to grow the Faith. Page 1 & 2.
Tributes paid to man of Faith, Big Tom. Page 3.
Disabled unborn must be defended – pro-life group. Page 6.

People in Mortgage Distress:
Public Information Meeting in the Family Resource Center, Arden View, Tullamore on May 2nd at 7 pm hosted by It’s free of charge.

Pilates Classes in Dun Eochla Centre (former COI) Ballycommon.
Teen Classes starting Wed Apr 25th 6.30pm
Mon - 7pm Ladies, 8:15pm - Men's
Thurs - 7pm Mixed.  Sat- 10am Kilclonfert Hall  -  Mixed Class.  Carol 087 1233660.

Tullamore BPW Club Meeting.
Wed 25th @ 8pm, Bridge House. "Understanding Dementia".
All welcome. Admission Free.

Tusla:    Become a Foster Carer. or call 057 93 70700
See posters on church board.

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH without raising your voice.
Saturday April 28th in the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin.  See poster on church board.

Bring a newsletter to your neighbour.
Visit of the Icon of the
Holy Family to the Diocese:
Portlaoise Parish Church beginning Mon Apr 30th at 7.30pm with Mass of welcome with a blessing for families and formal opening of the Icon. Wed May 2nd 12noon is Schools Liturgy & entrusting of petitions.  People are welcome to visit the Icon until Thurs May 3rd when at 10am Mass the formal closing of the Icon will take place.  

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock:
3rd June.  More details to follow.

Diocesan Family Fun Day: Carlow College Saturday June 16th, details soon.

Have you, or has someone you know been affected by Domestic Violence? ODVSS offers free, confidential support to those affected. Call our Helpline number on 0579351886 for information or an appointment.

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour?  Become a member of Family Carers Ireland.   For more information call 057 93 22920 or visit our website

The Committee would like to say a big thank you to all who attended the  American Tea Party last Sunday & are overwhelmed by the support to date and are now able to cover all costs relating to the Feasibility Studies which they expect to be completed within weeks. This will determine whether the old Macra Hall site is suitable for a community centre, to renovate the existing hall or to commence a total rebuild.
Thanks also to all who attended the Tea/Coffee morning last Thurs.  €58 was donated to the Feasibility Studies.

Offaly Hospice Foundation Annual Public Meeting Monday 30th April  8pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel.  All supporters of Offaly Hospice are encouraged to attend to hear how your money is spent.

Schoolboys Girls Soccer Club Lotto:
Wed 18th Apr - No winner of Jackpot €2400.
2 @ 3 €100.  Next draw Wed 2nd May Maunsells.

Killeigh & Raheen GAA. Lotto: 16th April:
Results: No’s:  5-7-24-30    No Winner.
3 @ 3’s  €70  Next Wk €200 &  €4,600
Jackpot - Doyles  Mon 23rd April.

Ballinagar Community Lotto: 16th April:
Results: No’s: 12-14-22-29 No Winner.  
0 @ 3   Next Week €400
€15,000/€10,000  Ned’s Mon 23rd April.

Geashill Whist: Top Score: Marie Garry.
Other Winners: Thomas Garry, Teresa Mulhare, Margaret Harte, Bridie O’Grady & Brigid O’Brien



 Letter from Pope Francis
 Published on Saturday 25th of March.

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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