Parish Newsletter- 5th September 2021

Mass Intentions
Saturday 4th September@7.00pm
Sean Colleran (Month’s Memory). Mary Duffy.
Caroline Cornally. Tommy Dolan.
Sunday 5th September@10.00am
Deceased members of the Boland family.
Thomas, Margaret, Mary, Margaret, Brigid,
Anne & Pat Fox. Geraldine Murphy.
Sunday 5th September@11.30am
Joe, Mary, Joseph & Therese O’Keeffe.
Michael & Brigid Kelly.
Tom Cusack & Deceased of the Cusack Family.
Tuesday 7th September @7.30pm
St. Cloud
No Intention
Wednesday 8th September @7.30pm
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Jimmy & May White.
Thursday 9th September @10.00am
St. Ciaran
No Intention.
Friday 10th September @10.00am
St. Peter Claver
No Intention.
Saturday 11th September @10.00am
St. Deiniol
Nellie & Michael Kelly.
Saturday 11th September  @7.00pm
James Foley.
Sunday 5th September @10.00am
Frank & Rita Moran.
Sunday 5th September @11.30am
Marie & Des & Deceased of the Creagh Family.
Paul Dympna, Thomas & Annie Berry. John Buckley.
Johnny & Mary Frances Colgan.

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist
Jesus says 'Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest.'
Monday & Friday - 5.00-6.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday – after 7.30pm Mass to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!

Weekly Collections – 28th & 29th August
Development Fund: €1,700; Plate: €205; Offerings: €160.
Thank You!

‘Ephphatha’/ Be Opened!
This Sunday is the First Sunday of the Season of Creation, a global ecumenical season which runs from 1st September until the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4 October. All Christians are invited to embrace this season in prayer, especially in our liturgies, in deep reflection, in living more sustainably and in raising our voices in the public sphere. We are invited to think more deeply about what is happening at present to the earth, the environmental destruction which now threatens our world and the call to ‘eco-conversion’. The theme for this year’s Season is ‘Restoring Our Common Home’. It offers all of us a unique opportunity to renew our vocation to care more deeply for God’s creation. In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a man who was deaf and who had a speech impediment. Jesus says to him, ‘Ephphatha’, which means Be Opened. Immediately this man was healed. There are many issues in our world to which we might be deaf or are ‘closed’ to, sometimes because they overwhelm us. The environmental crises are an example. Pope Francis invites us in ‘Laudato Si’, his letter on the environment, to really hear and listen to the earth, which is crying out to us, to the scientific community who are sounding the alarm bells, to young people who are deeply concerned. Ephphatha! May we be open to hearing these cries, to praying for our world and to take action where we can. We begin with the small actions and encourage others to do the same. Ephphatha! Let us all be open to this call to care more deeply and
‘Restore Our Common Home’.

Clara Prayer Group will resume on Thursday 16th Sept. at 8:15pm in “The Upper Room” in the Parish Centre.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am – 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Need to upskill? FREE COURSES available in September at Athlone VTOS if you are over 21 and receipt of a DEASP payment for more than 6 months. We offer Art, Business and Computer Programming courses at Athlone Training Centre, Garrycastle, with excellent up to date facilities. Hybrid courses may be also available with a mixture of online and in-class delivery. Ring Maria on 086 8522795 or email

Time for Creation from 1st September to 4th October (the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi) is a special period of prayer and reflection in the annual cycle in a growing number of Churches in Europe. In this period, we remember the gift of Creation and our relation to it. Celebration of this Time and its place in the cycle of Christian prayers and worships was commended by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in 2007, which recommended that the period ‘be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change’. As followers of Christ from around the globe, we share a common role as caretakers of God’s creation. We see that our wellbeing is interwoven with its wellbeing. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it. This year, the theme for the season is ‘A Home For All?’

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