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Twenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C(I). 13th October 2019
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Recently Deceased:  Mary Broadly, nee Tallis., Banse (Mon 7.30).  Paddy Hickey, Freshford.

Anniversaries   
Johnny Dunne, Knockeenbawn (Sat 7.30)
Breda Ryall, Kilbraghan (Sun 9.30)
Tom Comerford, Gorteen (Sun 10.30)

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Mary Delaney, Knockeenbawn (Sat 7.30)
Margaret Gibney, Ballykeeffe (Sun 9.30)
Thomas Egan, Ballykeeffe (Sun 10.30)

Mission Sunday Collection
This weekend, we take up the Mission Sunday Collection.  This is used to support the missionary church in many parts of the world.  If you wish to support the collection, then put in a little extra with your normal offering.  Anything above the usual weekly amount, we will send to the diocese on your behalf.  

Exposition
We have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday, from 6:45 pm in Killaloe, just before Mass.  You are welcome to join us for some quiet time of prayer and the rosary before Mass.

Aim High
We are currently accepting applications for the Ossory Aim High Programme.  This diocese-wide programme is open to transition and 5th year students who would like to be involved in both parish and diocesan life for the year as part of an award programme.  Three have already signed up.  Interested parties, can contact either myself or Ms. Vivienne Ryan.

Wise Words: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” –Mother Teresa

Ballycallan Organ
The organ in Ballycallan church was fitted 24 years ago. Since then it’s had a ‘love it or hate it,’ relationship with parishioners. The biggest complaint is it blocks the light from the large front window as well as taking up much of the gallery. Currently the organ is unused and when tuned it goes back out of tune almost immediately. Recent estimates put renovation of the organ at €20,000 and for an instrument that is not universally loved, it’s doubtful we will ever refurbish it.
NEXT week, I propose to put the matter to a public vote at the Ballycallan Mass.  Everyone there will be entitled to vote.  If people vote for it to be kept, it will remain where it is, as it is.  If people vote for it to be removed, then most likely it will be offered to another church that might be looking for an organ and willing to invest time and money in it.  As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

October Station
The October collection for the support of the priest of the parish is taken up this month.   This is the purple envelope in your contribution box and is the third of six collections from which I derive my entire income. Sincere thanks to all who support these collections.

Church Clean-up
20 people, from age 8 to 80 showed up last Wednesday to clean Ballycallan Church after it’s recent painting.  It now sparkles!  Thanks to all who took the time, it was a good night of chat as well as cleaning.
Do note, we are always in need of cleaners for our three churches.  If you think you can help, let me know.  Thanks

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict.  Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast Satan down to hell, and with him all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pastoral Areas. The Possibilities
Bishop Farrell will chair a public meeting on the new pastoral areas.  The working title is ‘An exploration of some of the ideas of possibilities in the new areas in Ossory.  Venue St. Kieran’s College. Saturday, 26th October, 11am to 1pm.  

Pastoral Areas
Following negotiations with other parishes and in particular with Tullaroan and Freshford who are in our pastoral area, our new Mass times, from 1st December will be as follows:
Kilmanagh: Saturday at 6.30pm
Killaloe: Sunday at 9am
Ballycallan: Sunday 10:15am
These new times will take into account the number of priests currently in our pastoral area (3) as well as our three churches in our parish, and the numbers attending Mass.  Being able to maintain three Masses in our parish will only last for as long as there are three priests, should one go, then we will have to face the reality that many other parishes are currently facing, fewer Masses, and churches with no Sunday liturgy.

Finance Meeting
The Parish Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday evening (15th) at 7.30pm in the parish House

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (I). 6th October 2019
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Anniversaries   
Geoff Foxall, Waterford (Sat 7.30).
Maura Doheny, Balleven (Sun 10.30)
Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Johnny Dunne, Knockeenbawn (Sat 7.30)
Breda Ryall, Kilbraghan (Sun 9.30)
Tom Comerford, Gorteen (Sun 10.30)
Day For Life
Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.
This year’s Day for Life is the 6th October, and will focus on the theme: ‘The Scourge of Domestic Abuse’. The Catholic bishops of Ireland, England & Wales and Scotland have chosen to focus on domestic abuse as the theme for Day for Life 2019. We wish to raise awareness of the prevalence of this issue across our countries.
OLA Sisters
Sr. Mary Crowley of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA Sisters), would like to thank everyone who listened to and supported her appeal last weekend, The amount raised was €728.
Servers Training
The postponed training evening for new and current servers will now take place this Tuesday evening at 7pm in Kilmanagh. This meeting will focus on safeguarding and code of conduct, and is COMPULSORY FOR ALL NEW SERVERS, although we hope all servers will show up to this. The new rotas for the different churches will be given out at this event.
Exposition
We have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday, from 6:45 pm in Killaloe, just before Mass. You are welcome to join us.
Aim High
We are currently accepting applications for the Ossory Aim High Programme. This diocese-wide programme is open to transition and 5th year students who would like to be involved in both parish and diocesan life for the year as part of an award programme. Three have already signed up. Interested parties, can contact either myself or Ms. Vivienne Ryan.
Ballycallan Organ
The organ in Ballycallan church was fitted 24 years ago. Since then it’s had a ‘love it or hate it,’ relationship with parishioners. The biggest complaint is it blocks the light from the large front window as well as taking up much of the gallery. Currently the organ is unused and when tuned it goes back out of tune almost immediately. Recent estimates put renovation of the organ at €20,000 and for an instrument that is not universally loved, it’s doubtful we will ever refurbish it.
What I propose to do is put the matter to a public vote in Ballycallan at one of the Sunday Masses in the near future...If people vote for it to be kept, it will remain where it is, as it is. If people vote for it to be removed, then most likely it will be offered to another church that might be looking for an organ and willing to invest time and money in it. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Advance Notice
The Mission Sunday Collection will be taken up next weekend, the 18/19th of October.
Collectors for Ballycallan in October are: Joe Brennan & Tomás McCluskey. Thanks to all our collectors.
October Station
The October collection for the support of the priest of the parish is taken up this month. This is one of the next purple envelope in you contribution box and is the third of six collections from which I derive my entire income. Sincere thanks to all who support these collections.
Coláiste Eamonn Rís, Callan
An open night for prospective students will take place next Wednesday, 9th October at 7pm. All are very welcome to attend.
No Mass Thursday
On account of a family commitment, I am unable to offer Mass at Ballycallan at 7.30pm. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Church Clean-up
Now that Ballycallan Church has been re-painted, a lot of dust has accumulated on the different surfaces. In order to put things right, we are organising a clean-up on Wednesday next, starting at 7. It should only take about an hour if enough people show up to help. Please bring a duster (and a hoover?) as such items are limited in the church. (I’ll be there myself to help out). Thanks
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast Satan down to hell, and with him all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Wise Words: Faith is believing BEFORE what will only make sense AFTER. – Steven Furtick