December 16, 2017

Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Advent 2017

Abbeylara Parish Bulletin

17th Dec. 2017
Priest on Duty: Fr. Michael Campell
Phone 043 6686270. 086 8718999

St. Bernard’s: sat. 16th & Sunday 17th Dec.
7.30 p.m. Joe and Bridie Feely. (A)
11.00 a.m. Pat Kilbane. (5th A)

St. Mary’s: Sunday 17th December.
9.30 a.m. Tommy Heaney (10th A) and Deceased members of the Heaney Family, Cloughernal and Smith Family, Castletown.

St. Bernard’s: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th Dec.
7.30 p.m. Tommy Macken and his daughter Elizabeth (A) Robinstown.
11.00 a.m. Eamon Brady, (30th A) Derragh.
12. Midnight Mass. Parishioners’ Intentions.

St. Mary’s: Sunday 24th December.
9.30 a.m.
7.30 p.m. Mary Nicholson (A)

Christmas Day:
Carra: 9.30 a.m. Johnnie Mahon, (36th A) Carra.
Abbeylara 11.00 a.m. Parishioners’ Intentions.

Weekday Masses: St. Bernard’s.
Monday & Wednesday 7.30 p.m.
Friday 7.30 p.m. Bernadette Gilligan. (9th A)

St. Mary’s: Tuesday & Thursday 7.30 p.m.

Collections: Offertory 8/12/17 – €310 Offertory 10/12/17 – €1,240; Sick and Retired Priests Fund €398 to date; Church Heating – €798 to date. Propagation of the Faith – Mission Sunday realized in total €326: Cemetery Fund – €405 to date: St. Vincent DePaul collection realised €325.06. Thank you very much.

Marriage: Congratulations to Edmund O’Farrell, Kilbride, Abbeylara and Linda Fitzsimons, Kilquade, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, who were married in St. Patrick’s Church, Kilquade on Sat. 9th Dec.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Mai Hickey, Kilgobinet, Dungarvan, Waterford, died Friday, 8th Dec. Aunt of Sheila Fahey, Mastersons Close, Abbeylara. Bridie Gilligan, Cloonaghmore, Abbeylara, died Monday, 11th Dec. May they rest in peace.
Congregational Singing: These hymns will be sung every Sunday until Christmas. The cards will be placed on the seats before Mass for people to use, as has been the case since September.
‘The Entrance Hymn is No. 1. O Come O Come Emmanuel – The Final Hymn is No. 5 Like a Shepherd
Hymns 2, 3, & 4 will be sung throughout Mass ie:- Offertory and Communion’

Christmas Confessions: Will be celebrated on Wednesday, 20th Dec. in Abbeylara Church at 8 p.m. and in Carra at 8.30 p.m. A number of visiting Priests will be available to hear your individual Confessions for Christmas.

Christmas Communion Calls: Our Parishioners who are visited on First Fridays will be visited on Friday, 22nd Dec. for Christmas. Please inform them.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus: – On Tuesday 19th Dec. in Abbeylara Church at 11a.m. You are welcome to attend.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Thursday, 21st Dec. in Carra Church at 8 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Friday 22nd Dec. in Abbeylara Church from 3 to 4p.m.

A/G Bingo: Jackpot stands at €20,000 in 42 no’s, if not won you could win €1,500 in 47 no’s. There is a second jackpot of €7,300 in 42 no’s. All full panels are for €100 next Wednesday night. Come along and join in the fun in this lovely Christmas atmosphere. Pat will be calling the no’s so you are guaranteed a laugh.
Tidy Towns: The Committee wish to thank all who came out and supported us at the launch of our 60th year in the Tidy Towns Competition which was held in the Community Centre on the 1st December. We had members from the Tidy Towns Committee 60 years ago attend. It was very interHalf Columnesting to hear how it all started and the improvements made in our Village down through the years.


Nativity Play: On Tuesday, 19th Dec. in Abbeylara Church at 6 p.m. Performed by Abbeylara N.S. All are welcome.

Christmas Carol Service: – Will take place on Tuesday, 19th Dec. in Aughnagarron N.S. Christmas jumpers and hats please. Everyone welcome.

County Longford Social Services: Hold their annual collection at Masses on Sat. 16th & Sun. 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.

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” is 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.

Meeting: Meeting on Tuesday, 19th December in the Parish Centre at 9:00pm to organise the running of Seamus O’ Rourke’s new play, “From under the Bed” on Friday 16th February 2018. Calling on all people who are willing to help please attend. Tickets in Farrell’s Foodstore, Abbeylara. A great Christmas gift.

Ring Christmas Bells: The students and staff of Cnoc Mhuire proudly present, Ring Christmas Bells’, an evening of music song and verse in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Tuesday 19th December 2017. This professional production promises to be a festive treat for all the family. We are delighted to welcome Eileen Coyle- Professional Soprano and Lir Brass Quintet who will add greatly to the evening. Tickets available from the school office (043 6686231) or by emailing
Abbeylara Gun Club: Our annual Christmas Draw and Party are on Saturday, 16th December in Crawford’s Bar and Lounge. Music on the night by Na Flanna, Plenty of spot prizes on the night. All welcome.
Abbeylara Lip Sync Race Night : Fundraiser on Friday, 29th December in Crawford’s Bar Abbeylara commencing at 9 30. Please support on the night and or by purchasing a Horse and/or Jockey for €5 each from any committee member.
Abbeylara GAA Club: Lotto Results 14/12/17.
Winning numbers: 5, 7, 18, 25.
Winners: Paul Belton, Bunlahy; Colm Reilly, Ballymore, Granard; Tom Burke, Springtown; John & Philomena McHugh, Springtown; Maura and Paul Gilna, Carrickduff: Next draw is in Crawford’s on 21/12/17. Jackpot €3,750.
Advent Safeguarding Message 2017: As we approach Christmas we remember that Jesus Christ was born into a family; he was a son. He was brought up by Mary and Joseph and by his wider family and local community. Scripture records his connections with family and friends. Mary and Joseph looked after their son; they protected and kept him safe at a time when there were many threats. In our time, as a Church community, we look after and protect our young people and adults at risk. I thank our Parish Safeguarding Representatives and our Priests for their valuable work in ensuring the safety of children and adults at risk in our Church related activities.
I encourage anyone with concerns regarding the safety of children or anyone who suffered in the past to contact our Designated Liaison Person, Sean Leydon (087-7431649) or our Deputy Designated Liaison Person, Róisín O’Doherty (087-3327587).

THANK YOU to everyone who supported our recent Christmas Concert in Abbeylara. To all our generous sponsors, Videographer Mel Brady, Musicians Barney Brady, Philip Clarke & PJ Kennedy. Thanks to all involved who worked so hard behind the scenes to make everthing run smoothly on the night.
To all the boys & girls who performed on the night – ‘so talented’, Congrats to you all.
Special thankyou to Fr. Michael Campbell for the use of Parish Centre. Music lessons will resume after Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all.

Social Dancing: Ian Pickens will provide the music for our Social Dancing night out on Friday 29th December. Doors open at 9.30 dancing from 10pm till midnight. Going to be a great night of fun and dancing. Best wishes for the Christmas Season and good health in the New Year to all our dancing friends.


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