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  10th December 2017

Please pray for:    

Ann Burbage née Betson, Portarlington.
Nora Egan, Longford.

KILLEIGH:           SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Seán Lee, Newtown & Deceased Family.
Mick & Bridie Geoghegan, Tullamore.
Joseph & Sarah Whyte, Killurin.
Jack & Kathleen Keenahan, Killurin.
Joe McKenna, Newtown.
RAHEEN:              SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Christopher & Mary Feeney, Cloneygowan
            & their Daughter Helena.
Paul Bolton & his Uncle Joe Dunne,

RAHEEN:              SUNDAY        9.00 am
Matt & Annie Kelly, Cloneygowan & Deceased Kelly Family, Geashill.
Mary B. Hoctor, Ballykeane.
BALLINAGAR:    SUNDAY      10.30 am
Oliver Walsh, Ballycue, Ballinagar.
Sheila Betson, Ballinagar.
Adrian & Eamon Duffy, Ballycrumlin.
KILLEIGH:           SUNDAY      11.30 am
Pat & Julia Plunkett & Deceased Family Members & Joe Feeney, Killeenmore.
Masses during the Week:

Mon  10.00am  For the People of the Parish.
Tues  10.00am  Private Intention.
Wed  10.00am  Deceased Conroy Family,
Thurs 10.00am      Tom & Julia Murray, Moneyquid & Deceased Family Members.
Fri     10.00am      Private Intention.

In Geashill:
Mon    7.30pm   
Tues  10.00am
Wed   10.00am   
Thurs   7.30pm    
Fri   7.30pm  Ettie Kelly, Ballinakill.  1st Anniv.
KILLEIGH:           SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Aidan O’Hora, Ballinasragh.
Paddy, Kathleen & John Hughes, Kilcavan & their Grandson Con Dunne.
Joseph & Elizabeth Brady, Gorteen.
RAHEEN:              SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Jack Hyland, Cloneygowan &
 Deceased Hyland Family, Emo.
Alo McHugh, Kilcooney.
Lil & Dick Reynolds, Bloomville.
Michael & May Devane, Bloomville &

RAHEEN:              SUNDAY        9.00 am
For the People of the Parish.
BALLINAGAR:    SUNDAY      10.30 am
Bobby Gorman, Ballinagar &
          his Sister Phyllis who died recently.
KILLEIGH:           SUNDAY      11.30 am
James Scott, Killurin.
James & Annie Deering, Ballyaville.
Ms of Eucharist Sun Dec 17th  Group A.
Readers for next week-end:
7.30pm Killeigh:     Molly Dunne/Emma Beatty   
7.30pm Raheen:        Jerry Kelly  
9.00am Raheen:          Michelle O’Byrne
10.30am Ballinagar    Colette Crombie
11.30am Killeigh:       Mary Walsh

Parish Christmas Draw:  
Takes place this Wednesday 13th Dec in Killeigh National School at 8.00pm.  If you have not done already please return your cards to your promoters or to one of the Priest.  THANKS to the more than 70 Parishioners who do the ‘footwork’.
Second Sunday of Advent:
God calls us to proclaim the Good News.  How do you share that Good News? Pray for the grace to be faith-filled witnesses of God’s love.  If you think God is calling you to be a priest contact  
Fr. Ruairí Ó Domhnaill   045 897470 or email

CHOIR Practices for Christmas:
Killeigh:  8pm Wed & 6pm Sat.
Ballinagar:    Thurs 14th Dec 7.30pm.  Raheen: After Sunday morning Mass.
Please come along to any of the practices, no matter what your singing ability, new & former members welcome

Congratulations to Amy Carthy on receiving a Gold John Paul 11 Award from Bishop Denis Nulty last Wed in Portlaoise.

Clothes Collection supporting Friends of Calcutta this Wed Dec13th. Bags of clean clothes can be left at all 3 Churches in the Parish before 1pm. This special collection will fund the building of a school kitchen in Calcutta. All enquiries to Michael Hopkins 087-9073074

Killeigh Community Centre Dev. Assoc.
Elected Officers at their meeting this week:
Chairperson-Joe Walsh, Secretary- Maria Bannon, Treasurer-Gerard Cleary, P.R.O.-Martina Gorman & 12 more names on the working committee.  2 Initial Projects:- To raise some funds & To engage someone to do a feasibility study re future hall needs, location, funding, etc.

Geashill/Ballinagar Christmas Party Sun Dec 17th.  Court Hotel, Tullamore at 1pm.

Killeigh & Raheen GAA. Lotto: 4th Dec:
Lotto Results: No’s: 1-3-18-24  Jackpot -
No Winner.   2 @ 3’s  Next Wk  €200  & €9,800 Jackpot Hamilton’s Mon Dec 11th

Ballinagar Community Lotto: 4th Dec:
Lotto Results: No’s:  11-12-20-25
No Winner.  1 @ 3’s  €200 Next Week €200/€15,000/€6,600  Ned’s Mon 11th Dec.
Christmas Draw Sun 17th Dec at 5pm.

Geashill Whist: Top Score: Patricia Quinn
Other Winners:  Marie Garry,
Brigid O’Brien, Mary Troy, Margaret Harte, Mary Carroll & Bridie O’Grady.

Signed Christmas Mass Bouquets. Available in the Sacristy CHRISTMAS


Monday 18th Dec:   Mountmellick   7.30pm

Tuesday 19th Dec:   Portarlington    T.B.A.

Tuesday 19th Dec:  Tullamore ALL DAY Beginning after 7.45am Mass &
ending after 7.30pm Mass.
For the Whole of Killeigh Parish……
Wed 20th  Dec:  In Ballinagar  7.30pm

Friday 22nd December:
Rosenallis 7.00pm   AND  Clonaslee 8.00pm

Christmas Mass Times:

(Mass at the usual times for the 4th Sunday of Advent 23rd & 24th Dec).
Sun   24th Christmas Eve:
Killeigh    6.30 pm  /  Raheen    8.00 pm
Ballinagar  9.00 pm
Mon  25th Christmas Day:
Raheen     9.00am  /  Ballinagar 10.30am
Killeigh     11.30am

School Nativities / Celebration:
Mon 18th  Ballinagar NS 7pm in School Hall
Tue 19th Geashill NS 7pm in Raheen
Wed 20th Killeigh NS  in the School
Thurs 21st Cloneygowan NS 7pm in Raheen

Advent 2017 Calendar
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has provided its online Advent 2017 Calendar which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  See

Clonaslee Christmas Carollers:
Free Christmas Concert Sun 10th Dec in
St. Manman’s Church at 5pm.  Refreshments served.

Portarlington Christmas Carollers:
Free Christmas Concert Sun 17th Dec in
St. Michael’s Church at 4pm.  Refreshments served & goodies for the children.

The Three Tenors in Concert:
In St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick, Sun Dec 17th at 8pm.  Tickets €25 from Parish Office 057 86 24390, Horan’s Newsagent.  Special Guests Emer Dunne accompanied by Antoinette Dickinson Kaur.

Killeigh Schoolboys/Girls Soccer Club thank all who supported their recent very successful Annual Monster Draw. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

The Irish Catholic available at the door.  A great read for  €1.80

St Vincent de Paul  057  93 22072

Please bring one to your neighbour.

Killeigh Parish Finance Committee
AGM 13 September 2016
Chairman’s Address

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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