07 February 2016

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Updated 5th February 2016

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION IN HOSPITAL CHAPEL: Have you an hour to spend with the Lord on Tues 3-4am (urgent); Thurs 4-5am (urgent); Sun midnight-1am or 3-4pm or  if you would like to take up an hour for Lent ph 085 1162668.

LEGION OF MARY thank all who helped celebrating Alfie Lambe’s Anniversary Mass last Sunday, especially Fr Gallagher and Regina (Sacristan).  Anyone wishing to join the Legion of Mary or visit Alfie’s house, ph Mary 0863143302.  Rosary in the house, Sat 13, 8.15pm.  All are welcome.

PIONEER MASS  Sun 7, 3.30pm, Church of the Assumption.

LECTURE STYLED "The Military Strategy of The 1916 Leaders, A Retrospective Military Analysis of The 1916 Rising" by General James P. Cullen, retired US Army General, Mon 8, 8pm, Bury Quay.  All welcome.

ST JOSEPHS NS:  Closing date for Enrolment for September 2016, is Wed 17 Feb.

SUE RYDER SHOP need donations – gifts, clothing, household items, books, dvd’s, etc.  Ph 085 8568283.

CEILÍ & SET DANCING CLASSES Tues, Durrow Hall, 8.30pm.   Ph Martin: 086 8447495.  All welcome, including beginners.

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND:  Local candidates will be in attendance in the offices, Market Sq, Tues 9, 2.30pm, to meet carers to answer to your questions in relation to issues that affect all carers caring for their loved ones in the family home.

MARIE KEATING MOBILE UNIT Dochas Centre, Offaly St, Thurs 11, 10.30am- 3pm.  Free cancer community information service for both men and women.  No appointment necessary.

DEAFHEAR.IE -“Tea for Tinnitus” morning, Wed 10, Resource Centre, Church St, 9.30am–1pm.  For more information please call 057 9351606 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“LIFE IN THE SPIRIT” SEMINARS St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Clara, Thurs  8pm.  Guest speaker each week. 

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT FOR LENT: Fri 12-Sun 14, Mt St Joseph Abbey Roscrea.  Donation (full board, own room).  Contact: Sr Úna 090 6481666.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SOLEMN NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP:  Sat 13-Sun 21 Feb, St. Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise.  Website www.portlaoiseparish.ie

DIVINE MERCY HEALING MASS:  Ark Centre 23 Mitchell Tce Athlone, Fri 12, 7.30pm. All are most welcome.  Ph 087 7828283.

PARISH RETREAT HOSTED BY THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS Saturday Feb 13th, Parish Centre – beginning with 10.00am Mass and concluding at 3.00pm.  Refreshments will be provided.  The retreat is led by Fr John Walsh OP and the theme is 'Journeying with Christ'.  All are welcome.  If you would like to attend please leave your name in the Sacristy or Parish Centre.  This is a very good way to take time out at the very beginning of Lent.

HOLY SEASON OF LENT 
Ash Wednesday, February 10th:  Mass and distribution of Ashes will be at 7.30am, 10.00am, 1.10pm & 7.30pm.  
Durrow Mass will be at 8.00pm.
Weekday Masses for Lent:  7.30am, 10.00am & 7.30pm. 
Evening Prayer for Lent commences Sunday, 14th, at 5.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  All are welcome.

LIVING LINKS CHARITY SHOP:  Laurelle Plaza, Market Sq: Mon, 10am-5pm; Tues-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat 11.30am-4.30pm.  Donations always appreciated.  Support to suicide bereaved.

INDOOR PHOENIX MARKET Sat, 10-3pm, Kilcruttin.  Donations welcome.  Ph 087 7625463 / 087 9301749.  Proceeds to local charities.

RAHUGH NS:  Enrolment for Sept ’16, Mon 8-Fri 12.  Forms available.  Ph 044 923584 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

WORLD YOUTH DAY KRAKOW 2016 (Gathering of young Catholics with Pope Francis):  For young people (18-35) who wish to deepen, share and celebrate their faith. Please find information and booking forms on Diocesan website, www.dioceseofmeath.ie/youth.     

PARISH RETREAT HOSTED BY THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS Sat Feb 13th, Parish Centre – beginning with 10.00am Mass and concluding at 3.00pm.  Tea/coffee and lunch provided.  The retreat is led by Fr John Walsh OP and the theme is 'Journeying with Christ'.  If you would like to attend please leave your name in the Sacristy or Parish Centre.  This a very good way to take time out at the very beginning of Lent.

PRAYING FOR OUR LEAVING CERT STUDENTS This time of the year Leaving Cert students begin their mocks, practicals and orals and complete their CEO form.  This can be a stressful time leading up to the exams in June.  This weekend the names of the students from our three secondary schools will be placed in a basket on the altar.  You are invited to take a card and pray for that student over the next few months.

OFFALY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES:  Helpline 9351886 for information or to make an appointment.

GROW:  Thurs, 2.30pm in the National Learning Network, The Tanyard.  Ph Assumpta 086 8114135; Tues 11am, Community Mental Health Centre.  Ph John 086 8033126

DOCHAS OFFALY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Drop In Centre, Offaly St, Mon to Thurs, 10am-2pm.  Phone 9328268.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE:  Now enrolling for new courses.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

MEDJUGORJE:  Pilgrimage 14-21 Sept.  Ph Pat 086 3192399.

YOUTH NEWS

Origins Youth Prayer Course began Sunday night 17th.  Twenty young people have committed to this seven week programme on exploring prayer.  It is designed to give them a strong platform from which to build a life-long friendship with God.  The outcome will be young people developing healthy, spiritual lives, equipped with tools to help them grow in prayer throughout their lives.
Annual trip to Ovoca Manor, Co Wicklow takes place from 14th to 16th February.  This adventure retreat is for secondary school students and costs €80 including travel costs.  Please contact Annette, 086 058 3809, as soon as possible if interested.

SEXUAL ABUSE & RAPE CRISIS CENTRE:  Confidential Counselling Service, Helpline 1800 323232.

BALLINAMERE NS:
currently enrolling for September 2016.   Application forms available from school office or download from www.ballinamerens.ie

ARK CENTRE OF DIVINE MERCY: pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Wed 18-Wed 25 May. €569 if paid before Dec 11. Ph 087 782 8383.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP is in need of good quality furniture. Please contact Gerry on 057 93 22072.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY WANTED to teach English, Mondays, 7-9pm, Parish Centre.  Ph Rose 087 6469 680.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL:  Extended shop opening hours, Mon 10-2, Tues/Wed 10-4, Thur/Fri/Sat 10-5. 

OFFALY COMHALTAS:  Traditional Irish music classes, Sat, 12-1, St Mary'€™s Youth & Community Centre. Ph 087 265 6586.

€œTULLAMORE TO CALAIS REFUGEE SUPPORT€:  Looking for donations of goods. Ph Lena 087 328 9123 / Maria 087 350 4486 for information on collection points etc.