November 25, 2017

Bulletin – 34th Sunday 2017

Abbeylara Parish Bulletin

Sunday 26th Nov. 2017
Priest on Duty: Fr. Michael Campell
Phone 043 6686270. 086 8718999

St. Bernard’s: Sat. 25th & Sunday 26th Nov.
7.30 p.m. John Mulligan, (16th A) Ballywillian.
11.00 a.m. Deceased members of the McCabe Family, Kilbride House; Eileen Dowling and her son Padraig.

St. Mary’s: Sunday 26th Nov.
9.30 a.m. Mary & John Farrell & their son Matt. Tommy and Betty Farrell, (A) Aughnagarron.

St. Bernard’s: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd Dec.
7.30 p.m.
11.00 a.m. Peter Sheridan (19th A) and Deceased members of the Flynn & Sheridan Families.

St. Mary’s: Sunday 3rd December.
9.30 a.m. Liam Reilly (6th A) Carrickduff and Deceased members of the Reilly & Grier Families.

Weekday Masses: St. Bernard’s.
Monday 7.30 p.m. Elizabeth Masterson (13th A)
Wednesday 7.30 p.m. Michael & Marcella Donohoe, (A) Springtown.
And All Souls.
Friday 7.30 p.m. Deceased members of Abbeylara Tidy Towns.

St. Mary’s:
Tuesday 7.30 p.m. James and Joseph Reilly, (A) Cloughernal.
Thursday 7.30 p.m. Joseph Kelly, (32nd A) Cloughernal.
And All Souls.

Longford Dyslexia Workshop: – Hold their annual collection at Masses on Sat. 25th & Sunday 26th Nov. Please support.

Collections: Offertory – €1,125; Sick and Retired Priests Fund €353 to date; Church Heating – €743 to date. Propagation of the Faith – Mission Sunday – €281 to date: Cemetery Fund – €270 to date: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust collection realised €276.24: Thank you very much.
Congregational Singing: On Sunday, 26th Nov. in Abbeylara Church at the 11 a.m. Mass. Please use the hymn sheets kindly arranged by the Choir and join in the singing of these appropriate and beautiful hymns.

November Masses for the Holy Souls: Two Masses will be offered each week during Nov. in our parish for the Faithful Departed.
Masses this week are on Wednesday & Thursday at 7.30p.m. Also Prayers will be offered in all other Masses for the Holy Souls.

Months Memory: – For Bridget O’Hara, Kilasonna, Granard on Tuesday 28/11/17 in Boherquill, Streete at 8 p.m.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus: – On Tuesday 28th Nov. in Abbeylara Church at 11a.m. You are welcome to attend.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Thursday, 30th Nov. in Carra Church at 8 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Friday 1st Dec. in Abbeylara Church from 3 to 4p.m.
First Friday: Friday 1st Dec. is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions in Abbeylara Church at 7p.m. followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30 p.m.

Fr. John Christopher Drumgoole: The Rosary and prayers will be offered for the Beatification of Fr. John Christopher Drumgoole on Friday, 1st Dec. in Abbeylara after the 7.30 p.m. Mass. You are welcome to take part.
Fatima First Saturday, 2nd Dec. This Mass will be celebrated with the Saturday evening Mass in Abbeylara at 7.30 p.m. with Confessions. This is the Centenary Year of the Apparitions of Fatima. 13/5/1917 – 13/5/2017

Pilgrimage to Fatima: From 19th to 24th Feb. 2018. Cost €490. Contact Tommy 087 6851691.

A/G Bingo: Jackpot stands at €20,000 in 42 no’s and if not won you could win €1,400 in 47 no’s. There’s a second Jackpot of €6,800 in the first half in 42 no’s. There are also two raffles of €100each, eyes down at 8.45pm. Christmas is around the corner and it could be you.

Active Retirement Midland Region: The Christmas Party will be on Sunday 26th November in the Bloomfield House Hotel, from 12.30pm till 6pm.

Coast Rosary for Ireland and for Life – On Sunday, 26th November at Strand Hill in Sligo. Bus will leave Edgeworthstown at 12 O’clock and Longford at 12.30. Contact 087 6851691 or 087 2487883. For more information about the Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith including prayers and other locations visit or email

Trócaire Romero Family Award: Cards with full details are available at Masses this weekend in our Churches. Please take one home and register your family for Trócaire Romero Family Award. “A spirit not to have more, but to be more” Blessed Oscar Romero. See

Offertory Boxes of Envelopes 2017/ 2018 Are available now at the front of both Abbeylara and Carra Church. You will need your first new offertory envelope for Sat. 2nd & Sun. 3rd Dec., the first weekend of Advent. Once again thank you very much for your ongoing generous financial support to the offertory and other collections. It is very much appreciated. Thanks very much to the people who prepared the boxes for distribution.
“A Date for your Diary” Friday 16th February 2018, Seamus O Rourke’s new play “From under the Bed” coming to the new Parish Centre, Abbeylara. A night not to be missed. Please support. All funds towards the Parish Centre.

Servers Clothes: Anyone who has Servers Clothes for Mass that they no longer need, please leave them into Abbeylara N.S. who need some more Servers Clothes.

Dance Classes: – Every Thursday night in the Parish Centre, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. Learn to Jive, Waltz, and Line Dance. Registration starts at 8pm

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES 2018: 7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle service from €279 per person. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email

Second Collections: It is proposed by the Abbeylara Parish Pastoral Council to move the 2nd Collections which are taken up inside our Churches after Holy Communion to be taken up outside our Churches as Church Gate Collections. This is in order to preserve the dignity and solemnity after Holy Communion and also to decrease our work load and place more responsibility on the charitable organizations who are taking up the collections. We acknowledge the good work all these organizations are doing and wish them every blessing.

Abbeylara GAA Club: Lotto Results 23/11/17.
Winning numbers: 3, 8, 14, 24.
Winners: Liam Reilly, Mullinroe; Kevin Smyth, Abbeylara; Fiona Savage, Abbeylara; John & Philomena McHugh, Springtown; Joe Flynn, Trumroe:
Next draw is in Crawford’s on 30th/11/17. Jackpot €3,600

Community Employment Vacancies:Granard Area Action Group CLG are looking for an Environmental Worker in Bunlahy and Abbeylara. To check eligibility please contact your local Intreo Office. For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Joe or Michelle on 043 6686922. Closing date for applications is 5th January 2018.

Night not to be Missed! Abbeylara Music Students & Friends are hosting a night of entertainment on Sunday 3rd December in the Parish Centre, Abbeylara at 6pm. Everyone Welcome!

Abbeylara Tidy Towns: On Friday 1st Dec. we will be holding a meeting in our Parish Centre after the 7.30pm Mass which will be for the deceased members of the Abbeylara Tidy Towns over the past 60 years. Refreshments will be served immediately after Mass followed by a meeting including speakers from Longford Co. Council (Biodiversity, Heritage etc.) and Mr. Philip Butler a member of The Abbeyshrule Tidy Towns Committee, winners of the 2012 Competition will also attend. We are looking forward to the 60th Anniversary in 2018. With a good push and get everyone involved we will increase our marks from our present (266) to a far higher mark. Everyone is welcome to come along on Friday night. We wish to thank the Community Employment workers for their work and look forward to working with them in 2018.

Active Retirement: Next meeting on Thursday, 30th Nov. 11am.

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