Parish Newsletter- 14th April 2024

Mass times for the week aheadMASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 13th April @7.00pm
Irene Duffy (Month’s Mind). Ollie & Martin O’Connor.
Sunday 14th April @10.00am
Tom, Theresa, Michael & deceased of the Gannon family.
Jim Kelly
Sunday 14th April @11.30am
Trudy Thomas (Month’s Mind). Frank, Margaret & Bobby Simpson. Joe Sammon
Tuesday 16th April @7.30pm
Ronnie & deceased of the Hughes family
Wednesday 17th April @7.30pm
John, Mary Kate & deceased of the O’Brien family
Thursday 18th April @10.00am
St. Laserian
No Intention
Friday 19th April @10.00am
No Intention
Saturday 20th April @10.00am
Bea & Paddy Rickard
Saturday 20th April @7.00pm
Breeda, Luke, Christiana & Pat Bracken.
Sunday 21st April @10.00am
Christy & Kevin Glennon. Richard & Margaret Meares.
Sunday 21st April @11.30am
Tony Roche (Month’s Mind). Pat Joe & Eileen Flattery & deceased of the Flattery & Minnock families.
Blaine Bracken. Jimmy Quinlan. Kathleen Tracey

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 to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!

We are today’s witnesses to the Resurrection. Peter and the others call out to us over two thousand years; the risen Jesus calls out to us over two thousand years; “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” So… why are we troubled? Why do doubts rise in our minds? Can’t we hear the risen Jesus say to us, “It is I myself! Touch me and see.”

It Is Written that the Christ would Suffer and on the Third Day Rise from the Dead…
When we are not expecting it to happen, even a good event can startle us. So it was with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them. He sought to calm them and helped them to see the good news behind what had initially alarmed them. Who has been a Jesus person for you by helping you to find meaning and good news in life? Jesus helped the disciples to find new hope, but he did not give them easy answers. He asked them to see the facts before their eyes. He wanted them to learn from the lived experience they were having. As a parent, teacher, friend, or guide, have you been a Jesus person to another, helping him/her to find hope and purpose in life by learning from his/her experiences? Who has done this for you? Jesus opened their minds to ‘understand the scriptures‘, and the effect was transformative. Perhaps there have been times when a new and deeper understanding of scripture has had a transformative impact on you. Recall the experience and give thanks for those who opened the scriptures for you. The resurrection experience empowered the disciples to be witnesses. Unexpected possibilities for the future surfaced when it seemed that hope had gone. When have new possibilities opened for you after a ‘resurrection‘ experience: recovery of health when it did not seem possible, new opportunities after failure or disappointment, inner healing after a deep hurt, etc?

OFFALY VOLUNTEER CENTRE – if you are interested in registering your voluntary organisation with us or becoming a volunteer for the many organisations in our community please contact us on: (083) 015 4669 anytime – or look us up on

SeniorLine: is Ireland’s national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10.00am-10.00pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or may need company during their day. SeniorLine’s older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer a caller to other helpful services if necessary.

UCD Protein & Exercise Programme for Older Adults: Are you over 70 yrs and living alone? Want to get Stronger? Sign up for a 12 week online exercise class, protein drinks and dietary advice, all free of charge. For further information contact Catherine Fallon at UCD 01 7163256 or email:

Dates for Your Diary!
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 6th/7th April:
Development Fund: €1,890; Plate: €860; Easter Offerings: 1,610; Trocaire: 610.
Thank You!

Image: The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle by James Tissot


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