Parish Newsletter- 4th February 2024

Mass times for the week aheadMASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 3rd February @7.00pm
Patrick & Maggie Ann Berry. Pat WoodS. Patrick O’Brien
Sunday 4th February @10.00am
Monica Scally. Patrick, Ellen, Peter, Tommy & Noreen Brennan
Sunday 4th February @11.30am
Tom, Norrie, John & Peg Duffin. Michael & Nano Brennan.
Johnny & deceased of the Hickey family.
Tuesday 6th February @7.30pm
St. Paul Miki & Companions
Ronnie Hughes (Month’s Mind).
Wednesday 7th February @7.30pm
St. Mel
No Intention
Thursday 8th February @10.00am
St. Josephine Bakhita
No Intention
Friday 9th February @10.00am
St. Tello
No Intention.
Saturday 10th February @10.00am
St. Scholastica
Dan & Josie Smith
Saturday 10th February @7.00pm
Joe, Peg, John, Jimmy & Josephine Grennan
Sunday 11th February @10.00am
Michael Pettit. Eileen Digan & deceased of the
Digan & Birmingham families
Sunday 11th February @11.30am
Peter Digan. Patrick Connegan.
Joseph & deceased of the Mannion family

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

Jesus of Nazareth – This Is Your Life…
Today’s Gospel tells three stories to illustrate the various dimensions of the life and ministry of Jesus. There is food for thought in each of them. The first story is one of healing. You might reflect on times when you were sick in body, mind or spirit and someone was a ‘Jesus person’ to you, someone who ‘took you by the hand and lifted you up’. Remember them with gratitude. Have there been times also when you did this for others? The second story adds how people are freed from demons. Have you had the experience of being freed from demons that imprisoned you: fear, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, addictions, bitterness, etc.? What was it like for you to get that freedom? Who were the ‘Jesus people’ who helped to free you? The third story has a number of different elements we can consider – Jesus goes off to a desert place to pray. After a hectic day he felt the need for quiet to ground himself once more. In the busyness of life how do you keep in touch with what is going on inside yourself? How do you keep in touch with God? Where do you find your ‘deserted place’? What difference does it make for you when you do succeed in taking time out? Jesus shows himself as a person seeking to break new ground. The disciples want him to continue ministry where he is. He wants to move on. What has been your experience of breaking new ground, moving beyond your comfort zone, or trying something you had not tried before???

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT Seminars in St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Clara. Commencing 8th February for 7 Thursday nights at 8.00pm. Guest speaker each night. Enquiries form Kay on 085-7114205. Come and be renewed in your Christian Faith!

Young Adult Retreat for Lent (18-40 yrs): Come, join other young people in prayer, friendship in the faith, talks, Confessions & time to talk with a member of the team and Mass. Cost €20. Contact Sr. Una 090 6481866 or email: /">.

Mass for Temperance Sunday & World Day of Prayer for the Sick will be broadcast next Sunday 11th February at 11.00am on RTÉ TV & Radio.

Annual Mass of Remembrance on Wednesday, 7th February at 2.00pm in St. Paul’s Church, Delvin Road, Mullingar in memory those buried in St. Loman’s Hospital Cemetery from 1907 to 1970 and to remember deceased patients and staff. Mass will also be livestreamed on

ALONE: Would you be willing to provide companionship or make calls to Older People once a week? ALONE are seeking volunteers in your area. Full training and support provided. If interested please sign up here: for more information, contact Fiona on or on (086) 136 6539.

OFFALY VOLUNTEER CENTRE – if you are interested in registering your voluntary organisation with us or becoming a volunteer for the many organisations, please contact us on (083) 015 4669 or see

Dates for Your Diary!
Confirmation: Tuesday 9th April
First Holy Communion: Boys School, Clara – Sunday 5th May
Girls School, Clara – Sunday 19th May
Horseleap & Streamstown Schools – Sunday 26th May
Blessings of Graves in Clara & HorseleapSunday 2nd June.

Collections for 27th/28th January:
Plate: €620; Development Fund: €1,190; Christmas Offerings: €30.
Thank You!


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