December 21st News



Sat 20 Dec. 8 pm. John Joe Waldron, Anniv. and his son Eugene, Clooncrim.
Sun 21 Dec. 11 am. Jim Kelly, Ballinlough, 5th Anniv.


22 Dec. 10 am. Canon John Ball, Anniv.
Christmas Confessions after mass.


23 Dec. 10 am. Patrick and Teresa Connell &Bill Steadman.


24 Dec. 9 pm.. Christmas Eve.


25 Dec. 11 am Christmas Day,
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ


26 Dec. 7.30 pm. St. Stephen’s Day. Martin Finnegan, also William and Nellie Egan, Marystown.
Sat 27 Dec. 8 pm. William Walsh, Carrick, Anniv.


28 Dec. 11 am. Margaret Kerrigan, Cloonlee Anniv. and William & Bill Kerrigan.
Eucharistic Ministers: Church Readers:
Ballinlough Church:
Wed. 24 Dec. 9 pm. Christina Gormley,
Margaret McDermott
Thur. 25 Dec. 11. am. Carmel Connell, Marian Carty
Sat. 27 Dec. 8 pm. Peter Baggot, Anne Moylan Laura Waldron
Sun. 28 Dec. 11 am. Mary Connolly, Loretta Garvey Áine Scally
Granlahan Church:
Wed. 24 Dec. 7 pm. Mary Birmingham,
Mary Gormley
Thur. 25 Dec. 12 noon Angela Keaveney,
Mary Patterson
Sat. 27 Dec. 7 pm. Joe Keane.
Mary Gormley (B)
Philomena Birmingham
Sun.28 Dec. 12 noon. Tess Ronan, Ann Hett Gerradine Denning

Christmas Confessions: Granlahan Mon. 22 Dec 7.45 pm,
Ballinlough Mon. 22 Dec after 8 pm mass.

The priest will visit the sick and housebound on Christmas Eve.:

Ballinlough: Wed. 24 Dec 10.30 am. Granlahan: Wed. 24 Dec. 10.30 am.


Sat 20 Dec. 7 pm. Johnny Raftery, Coraslustia.
Sun 21 Dec. 12 noon. Michael, Anne and Sr. Bernadette Shiel, Altore.
Tues 23 Dec. No Mass
Wed 24 Dec. 7.30 pm. Christmas Eve. Mass for people of the parish.
Thur 25 Dec. 12 noon Christmas Day. Mass for people of the parish.
Fri 26 Dec. 8.15 pm. St. Stephen’s Day. Helen & John Joe Lynch.
Sat 27 Dec. 7 pm. Thomas & Margaret Burke.
Sun 28 Dec. 12 noon. Teresa Jennings First Anniv.
No Saturday Evening mass in Granlahan Church from 3 Jan till first Saturday in May. Saturday Evening Masses Ballinlough 8.00 pm., Cloonfad 8.15 pm.

Christmas Greeting

I wish to extend Christmas greetings and blessings to you all. I hope Christmas will be a happy and peaceful time for everyone. May the many blessings of Christmas be present in all your homes. I wish to welcome home all the members of your families and your friends who have come to spend Christmas in our parish. I hope that you all enjoy the season of goodwill together. We remember especially in our Christmas prayers any members of your families that may be ill or in hospital at this time. We pray that all may make a full and speedy recovery.

Carrick N.S. hosted its annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening last. Well done to all the pupils and teachers and all who helped make it a most enjoyable night’s entertainment.

Offertory Collections:

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 7th & 8th December

Ballinlough: € 360. Granlahan: €120.

Sat & Sun. 13th & 14th December

Ballinlough: € 940. Granlahan: €673.
Christmas Collection for the support of the priests of the parish will be taken up at all the Christmas masses.

Remembrance Mass: There will be the usual Remembrance Mass for all who died in 2008 on New Year’s Eve 31 December. We will pray also for the year ahead 2009, asking for God’s blessing for the New Year.

Times of Christmas Masses:

Ballinlough: Christmas Eve: Wednesday 24 Dec 9.00 pm.

Christmas Day: Thursday 25 Dec. 11.00 am.

Granlahan: Christmas Eve: Wednesday 24 Dec 7.00 pm.

Christmas Day: Thursday 25 Dec 12 noon.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Granlahan and Ballinlough Churches on Christmas Day 6 – 8 pm. Take time to spend a little while with Our Lord in the peace and quiet of the church.

Irish Association of Anger Management – Download “Stay Cool this Christmas” booklet at or ring Peter Devers on 094 9037677.

December 14th 2008

Apologies for the missing Newsletters:

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 14 December 2008.


Sat 13 Dec. 8 pm. Catherine Kelly, Carraghs, 6th Anniv.
Sun 14 Dec. 11 am. Deceased members of the Duffy family.

Barney Cunningham, Ballinlough 1st Anniv.


15 Dec. 10 am. Private Intention.


16 Dec. 10 am. Francis Gormley, formerly of Cloonlee, who died in the USA and his parents Hugh and Ellen Gormley, Cloonlee.


17 Dec. 10 am. Mass for all the people of the parish.


18 Dec. No Mass


19 Dec. 7.30 pm. Pat McDonagh, Castlerea.
Sat 20 Dec. 8 pm. John Joe Waldron, Anniv. and his son Eugene, Clooncrim.


21 Dec. 11 am. Jim Kelly, Ballinlough, 5th Anniv.
Eucharistic Ministers: Church Readers:
Ballinlough Church:
Sat. 20 Dec. 8 pm. Teresa Cunningham, Frank Moran. Michael Brehony.
Sun. 21 Dec. 11 am. Teresa Markham, Helen Finnegan. Kieran Connolly.
Granlahan Church:
Sat. 20 Dec. 7 pm. John Caulfield, Mary Ruane. Ann Bailey
Sun.21 Dec. 12 noon. Maura Caulfield, John Maloney. Teresa Hebron.

Offertory Collections:

Sat & Sun. 6th & 7th December

      Ballinlough: € 625. Granlahan: €530.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Francis Gormley, late of Cloonlee, Ballinlough, who died in the USA. Also for the repose of the soul of Annie Curley, formerly Annie Ruane of Granlahan, who died in the USA. May their souls rest in peace.

An Evening of Christmas music and song by candlelight with Gracenotes at the Friary, St. Mary’s Abbey Ballyhaunis on Sunday 14 Dec. at 8.30 pm. Admission free and all welcome. Donations in support of St. Vincent de Paul.


Sat 13 Dec. 7 pm. Patrick & Bridget Keane.
Sun 14 Dec. 12 noon. James & Patrick Burke and deceased of the Burke family.
Tues 16 Dec. 10 am. Annie Curley, née Ruane
Fri 19 Dec. 8.15 pm. Bernard & Annie Delaney and deceased members of the family.
Sat 20 Dec. 7 pm. Johnny Raftery, Coraslustia.
Sun 21 Dec. 12 noon. Michael, Anne and Sr. Bernadette Shiel, Altore.

Sincere thanks to all who helped to make the Granlahan Senior Citizens’ Christmas party so enjoyable – all the senior citizens who attended, the organising committee, all the sponsors and the many people who helped in any way. Thanks to you all. It was a great day.

Cloonfad Magazine 2008. On sale in local shops at €7.00. An ideal gift for Christmas, especially for those away from home.

Granlahan Foróige Club are hosting a Christmas Fair on Sunday 14 December at 1.00 pm. in Granlahan Community Centre.

There will be a choir practice for the teenagers and children’s choir Ballinlough on Tuesday 15 Dec 7 – 8 pm and again Thursday 18 Dec 7 – 8 pm. They will sing at the 11 am mass on Sunday 21 Dec. All the children and teenagers are invited to take part.

Castlerea Women’s Group supported by Roscommon Network CDP is highlighting an international campaign opposing violence against women. Contact Women’s Aid Freephone 1800 341900 or our office 094 9621690 if you or anyone you know is affected by this issue.

Too much telly? Fancy something different? Tuam Diocesan Youth Council invites young people to join them in walking from Ballintubber to Aghagower on Sunday Dec 28, meeting at Ballintubber Abbey at 10.45 am. Mass in Aghagower and bus return. Good boots and rain gear essential!

Christmas Gift Appeal for children in the Direct Provision Centres in the Old Convent Ballyhaunis and Old Railway Hotel, Kiltimagh. 094 9632846.

Meeting of the Active Retirement in Granlahan Community Centre at 3 pm on Tuesday 16 Dec. All members requested to attend.

Ballyhaunis Community School Leaving Cert Class of ’83 25 Year Reunion on Monday 29 Dec beginning with mass at 7 pm with refreshments afterwards. Details and to confirm attendance for those in Ballinlough and Granlahan please ring 086 8120324 or 0862323113.

Cake Sale and Raffle in aid of Senior Citizens Day Care Centre and social fund will be held in Lough O’Flynn Lounge, Ballinlough on Sunday Dec 21 at 12 noon.

Ballinlough 2009 Calendar. On sale now. All funds raised are towards Carrick National School . An Ideal Gift for the New Year. Cost €10 euro each from local shops.
Email : if you would like to buy one .