December 23, 2017

Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Advent 2017

Abbeylara Parish Bulletin

Sunday 24th Dec. 2017
Priest on Duty: Fr. Michael Campell
Phone 043 6686270. 086 8718999
St. Bernard’s: Sat. 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. Parishioners’ Intentions.
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.

St. Bernard’s: Sat. 30th & Sunday 31st Dec.
7.30 p.m. Brendan Brady. (6th A)
11.00 a.m.
7.30 p.m. Thomas (31st A) and Nancy Walsh,
(11th A) Toneymore & all Deceased members of their Families.

St. Mary’s: Sunday 31st Dec.
9.30 a.m. Fr. Michael Egan. (27th A)

Weekday Masses: St. Bernard’s.
Wednesday & Friday 7.30 p.m.
St. Mary’s: Tuesday & Thursday 7.30 p.m.

Collections: Offertory €951; Sick and Retired Priests Fund €398 to date; Church Heating – €818 to date: Cemetery Fund – €407 to date; County Longford Social Services collection realised €261.67: Thank you very much.

Congregational Singing: These hymns will be sung every Sunday until Christmas.
‘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 i.e.:- Offertory and Communion’

Confessions for Christmas: Thanks very much to the people and priests who celebrated this Sacrament on Wednesday last in Abbeylara Church and Carra Church.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus: – On Tuesday 26th Dec. in Abbeylara Church at 11a.m. You are welcome to attend.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Thursday, 28th Dec. in Carra Church at 8 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Friday 29th 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.

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.

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 21/12/17.
Winning numbers: 10, 23, 25, 30.
Winners: Jack Flood; Barney Lynch, Toneymore; Johnny McGovern, Carra; Paddy & Margaret Battrim, Ballinrud; Robert Smyth, Kilbride: Next draw is in Crawford’s on 28/12/17. Jackpot €3,800

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.

Parish Draw: Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Thursday 21st Dec. in Carra at 8.30 p.m.
€300- Jim Dalton, Springtown.
€200 – Lar Maguire, Abbeylara.
€100 – Kitty Mahon, Carra.
€50 – Kathleen Brady, Derragh.
Thanks very much to all who support the draw and also to the collectors.

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:

Christmas Message 2017: At Christmas we recall the birth of a baby in Bethlehem. A birth that would dramatically change the relationship between God and the human race. We remember that Jesus 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.
We think of our own family and we miss those who are not with us. At this time we are mindful of families that are vulnerable because of poverty, homelessness and exile.
Next August the World Meeting of Families will take place in Ireland. Dublin was chosen by Pope Francis as the venue to host this important event. It will be a conversation about the value of family life; all are welcome to prepare and to participate. We hope that Pope Francis will be there and I hope that you will be able to come and to celebrate family. I wish you and your family and your friends a Christmas that is joyful and peaceful and full of hope, because of the birth of Jesus, God among us. Francis Duffy. Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Christmas Card / New Year Calendar: Each home should by now have received their Christmas Card/Calendar, if not there are some available in our Churches. You may wish to send one to people belonging to you, living elsewhere. You are welcome to take some for these people living away from home.

Contact/Keeping in Touch: Christmas Greetings with prayers to all our people away from home.

Welcome: – To those who are coming home for Christmas, to those with us for their first Christmas, to Foreign Nationalists living among us and to those visiting among us.

Christmas Greetings and Gratitude: Thank you all very much for your support to our Parish which is important and appreciated. My Holy Mass and prayers during Christmas will be offered for each of you and all your intentions.

Christmas Wishes: A very happy Christmas of peace and joy and a blessed New Year is my wish for each of you at home and away this Christmas.

Fr. Michael

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