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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A (II). 20th September 2020
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Recently Deceased: Mary Jo Harrison, Ballyhack
Anniversaries:
Maura Walsh, Ballycuddihy (Sun 10:15)
Declan Byrne, Ballyline (Mon 7pm)
James Butler, Ballycallan
Martin Brennan, The Commons
Collection for the Holy Land
This collection takes place this weekend.
The money raised goes towards supporting Christians where they are in a  minority and in need of financial assistance.
Please support if you possibly can by putting in a little extra. Anything above the usual amount will be forwarded to the diocese. 
Anniversaries   IMPORTANT
For the foreseeable future, the following will apply:
· There will be NO bookings of anniversary Masses in either Kilmanagh or Killaloe for the Vigil or on Sunday due to only 50 persons allowed in the church.
· We will continue for now to offer anniversary Masses in Ballycallan as it has a bigger capacity (80), but this is subject to change if things get out of hand.
· Those who still wish to have an anniversary Mass, and such Masses are recommended for praying for our deceased, I encourage families to choose a weekday Mass instead.
See our list of weekday Masses on the left.

My long-awaited book has been published. More next week.

Our Church Capacity
· Kilmanagh   50
· Killaloe        50
· Ballycallan  80, subject to a maximum of 50 persons in each designated area to include social distancing of 2 meters.
These numbers are set by law and I have little control over them. 
New Parish Text Service
The new number is 083 0826 615.  The service is FREE but you must opt in.  Application forms at back of church.
GBC Timber Auction
In order to support the day to day running of the club we have decided to hold a timber auction in mid to late September. We would welcome donations of trailers of sticks from any one in a position to provide one.
Tullaroan ADM
Next Weekend, I take on the administration of Tullaroan parish in addition to Ballycallan.  I’m looking forward to this new role.
To allow myself the opportunity to say hello to the Mass-goes on Tullaroan next weekend, Fr. Pat Guilfoyle will swap Masses with me.  He will offer the 10:15 Mass in Ballycallan and I will offer the 10.30 in Tullaroan.
GBC Bingo
After a successful night two weeks ago, the fun begins again with Bingo at the club field, this Sunday night starting at 6pm.  Why not go along for the craic...and you might win something.  All proceeds go towards supporting the club.
Important Notice
Following complaints from stewards, I wish to point out the following:
· No one has a special seat for themselves, not even if you have ‘always sat there’.
· The stewards must be listened to as they have the responsibility of keeping numbers to 50 & 80, and they must insure social distancing.
· To those who say, ‘no one will stop me going to Mass’, Yes, the virus will if you contract it or pass it on to others.
Creating a scene in the church will always be remembered.
The following is from Bishop Farrell
‘I encourage you to read this document (Resilience and Recovery 2020/2021, Plan for Living with Covid-19),  as we continue to do all that is possible  over the coming months to navigate our way through this deadly virus.  Since this lethal virus circulates easily and rapidly in the community, I ask you to strictly adhere to the latest government and HSE guidelines, The current rate of transmission of the virus in Dublin is a source of health and economic concern.
With prayerful good wishes for calm as we face the challenges of seeking to establish new rhythms that will permit us to learn and live in a changed environment’. Bishop Farrell


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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A (II). 13th September 2020
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Anniversaries:
Paddy & Alice O’Keeffe, Ballyfrunk (Sun 10:15)
Annie Curran, Goresbridge
Ciara Walsh, Clonard (Thurs 7pm)
Anniversaries   IMPORTANT
For the foreseeable future, the following will apply:
There will be NO bookings of anniversary Masses in either Kilmanagh or Killaloe for Vigil or on Sunday due to only 50 allowed in the church.
We will continue for now to offer anniversary Masses in Ballycallan as it has a bigger capacity (80), but this is subject to change if things get out of hand.
Those who still wish to have an anniversary Mass, and such Masses are recommended for praying for our deceased, I encourage families to choose a weekday Mass instead.
See our list of weekday Masses on the left.
Our Church Capacity
· Kilmanagh, 50
· Killaloe, 50
· Ballycallan, 80, subject to a maximum of 50 persons in each designated area to include social distancing of 2 meters.
These numbers are set by law and I have little control over them.
Church Car Park
The school uses the church car park during playtimes. We ask people not to park there during those times.
The car park will be available for 10am Mass on Friday and should a funeral occur.
New Parish Text Service
The new number is 083 0826 615. The service is FREE but you must opt in. Application forms at back of church.
GBC Timber Auction
In order to support the day to day running of the club we have decided to hold a timber auction in mid to late September. We would welcome donations of trailers of sticks from any one in a position to provide one.
Cathedral Draw
Anyone wishing to support the Cathedral Draw, let me know. Thanks to all who have done so.
First Holy Communion
All going well, we plan to have the celebration of First Holy Communion for the 2019/20 class on October 10th. I will be in touch with parents nearer the time re: venue and regulations that will be in place.
To help with the preparation, the diocese has released a helpful video on reconciliation. And preparing for FHC. It can be accessed at:
https://ossory.ie/2020/08/come-to-the-table-of-the-lord-1-3/
We encourage all parents to follow and use this video for the upcoming sacrament.
Collection for the Holy Land
This collection will take place next weekend.
The money raised goes towards supporting Christians where they are in a minority and in need of financial assistance.
Please support if you possibly can by putting in a little extra. Anything above the usual amount will be forwarded to the diocese.
St. Vincent de Paul
The monthly collection for the society will take place this weekend. Your support is appreciated. If you require the assistance of the society, their numbers are printed opposite on this sheet and in the church porches.
Parish Website
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Getting Back on Track Financially
The Insolvency Service of Ireland is the independent government body with four debt solutions to help people with all levels of problem debt - from credit cards to mortgages. It regulates debt advisors called Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs).
You could be insolvent if:
· You can’t pay your bills in full when they are due
· You’re paying a little off each bill trying to keep creditors at bay
· You’ve had calls and letters about missed repayments and threats of repossession.
If you are insolvent and in arrears on your home mortgage you could also be eligible for a free consultation with a PIP under the State-funded Abhaile Scheme. The purpose of that Scheme is to help people in serious arrears to find the best available solutions, with the help of professional advisors. The priority will be to find a sustainable solution that keeps a person in their home, where possible.
For more information visit www.backontrack.ie or freetext GETHELP to 50015 for a call back.