December 3, 2017

1st Sunday of Advent – 3rd December 2017

Abbeylara Parish Bulletin

Sunday 3rd Dec. 2017
Priest on Duty: Fr. Michael Campell
Phone 043 6686270. 086 8718999

St. Bernard’s: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd Dec.
7.30 p.m. Parishioners’ Intentions.
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.

St. Bernard’s: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th Dec.
7.30 p.m.
11.00 a.m. Deirdre Reynolds. (14th A)

St. Mary’s: Sunday 3rd Dec.
9.30 a.m. Deceased members of the Mulligan Families of Cullaboy and Ballywillian.

Weekday Masses: St. Bernard’s.
Monday 7.30 p.m. Stephen (9th A) and Bridie (4th A) O’Hara, Aughamore, Lisryan.
Wednesday 7.30 p.m. Deceased members of the Lynch Family, Renehan & Kilbride.

St. Mary’s:
Tuesday 7.30 p.m.
Thursday 7.30 p.m. Anna Mae Walsh, (1st A) Carrickduff.

Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady: Is celebrated on Friday, 8th Dec. and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses as follows:
Carra: Thursday 7th Dec. 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass.
Friday 8th Dec. 9.30 a.m. Michael and Brigid Kiernan & Deceased members of the Kiernan Family
Abbeylara: Friday 8th Dec. 11.00 a.m.
7.30 p.m. Barney Gilligan, (A) Cloonaghmore.

Death: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Marian Boylan, Cullentra, Rathcore, Enfield, Co. Meath, died Thursday, 30th Nov. Mother of Joan Murphy, Carra. May she rest in peace.
Epilepsy Longford Association Ireland: Hold their annual collection at Masses on Sat. 2nd & Sun. 3rd Dec. Please support.
Collections: Offertory – €720; Sick and Retired Priests Fund €363 to date; Church Heating – €753 to date. Propagation of the Faith – Mission Sunday – €281 to date: Cemetery Fund – €335 to date: Longford Dyslexia Workshop collection realised €210: Thank you very much.
Congregational Singing: On Sunday, 3rd Dec. 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: Thanks very much to all the people who attended these Holy Masses during November.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus: – On Tuesday 5th Dec. in Abbeylara Church at 11a.m. You are welcome to attend.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Thursday, 7th Dec. in Carra Church at 8 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Friday 8th Dec. in Abbeylara Church from 3 to 4p.m.
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.

County Longford Social Services: Hold their annual collection at Masses on Sat. 16th & Su. 17th Dec. Please support. They deliver meals on wheels in our area and provide transport services to and from hospitals, clinics & St. Joseph’s Care Centre. To provide these facilities it is necessary for them to hold a collection.
Knock Shrine: A bus will travel to Knock Shrine on Thursday 7th Dec. from Carra Church at 7p.m. for a Night Vigil in honour of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady which is celebrated on Friday 8th Dec. Contact Bridget Lynch – 087 2487883 to book your seat.
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 6th April 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. Please note change of date.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: _ Performed by Abbeylara Music Students & Friends.Sunday, 3rd December in the Parish Centre, Abbeylara at 6 p.m. Donation at Door. Promises to be a great night of fun & entertainment. Everyone welcome, please bring along family and friends.
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

Abbeylara GAA Club: Monthly Club meeting on Thursday, 7th Dec. in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 9 p.m. Full attendance please.

Abbeylara GAA Club: Lotto Results 30/11/17.
Winning numbers: 7, 14, 16, 27.
Winners: Eileen Charles, Leitrim; Kitty Small, Toneymore; Barry Smyth, Abbeylara; Christina Lynch, Kilbride; James McEntyre, Springtown:
Next draw is in Crawford’s on 7/12/17. Jackpot €3,650

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.

Interested in Volunteering for the World Meeting of Families 2018: The World Meeting of the Families 2018 will attract thousands of Irish and International pilgrims. Preparing for this event and seeing it through will only be possible with the generous assistance of many volunteers. Further details on volunteering are available at the World Meeting website:

Active Retirement: Last meeting of 2017 next Thursday at 11 AM, all members please attend.

St. Vincent dePaul : Hold their annual collection at Masses on Sat. 9th & Sun.10th December. Please support.
The goal of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to fight poverty in all its forms through practical assistance to people in need. Christmas is probably the time when our services reach highest demand and we depend largely on donations from the public. Thank you for your support and generosity.

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