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Parish Newsletter
4th October 2015

Please pray for:

Joe Dunne, Hawkswood.
Melvie O’Rourke, Geashill.
Billy Maloney, Cloneygowan.
James Mahon, Killeigh.

Patrick Kelly, Cloncon.
William Gorman, Newtown.
Patricia Walsh, Derrygolan.
Bridie Gordon, Cloneyquinn.
Pat O’Rourke, Ballyaville, Geashill.
For the People of the Parish.
John & Catherine Brophy, Ballinagar.
William McEvoy and his Sons,
Gracefield, Portarlington.
Hugh & Bridget Mahon, Gurteen and

their Sons Joe & Jim.


Mon 10.00am Peg Kelly, Gorteen.
Tues 10.00am
Fri 10.00am

Mon 7.30pm
Tues 10.00am
Wed 10.00am
Fri 7.30pm



Breghidin Breslin, Ballinvalley.
1 Anniv.
Edward & Mary Fitzpatrick, Ballykeane
Thomas Hynes, Killelary.
Peter Hackett, Ard.
Siobhán Leavy-Conway, Daingean.
1 Anniv.
Gerry Dillon, Gurteen.
Eucharistic Ministers Killeigh & Raheen
Next Sunday Oct 11th. Group B.

Readers for Next Week-end:
7.30 pm Killeigh Family
7.30 pm Raheen Seamus Crombie
9.00 am Raheen John Hackett
10.30 am Ballinagar Family
11.30 am Killeigh Mary Walsh
Readings will be posted out to you.


Fresh Start – A Fresh Approach to Fostering and Young People.
A Representative from Fresh Start will speak at all Masses this week-end Oct 3 & 4.


Please bring one to your neighbour

Communion Calls

Fr John Stapleton:
Mon: Gorteen, Killurin, Derrybeg
Tues: Killeigh, Newtown, Ballycollin

Msgr. Tom Coonan:
Tues: Raheenduff, Ballinagar, Ballinakill, Ballintogher & Kilcooney.
Wed: Cloneygowan and
Geashill Village

First Holy Communion 2016:-


Tues 6 Oct for Geashill & Ballinagar
in St Joseph’s Church, Ballinagar
Tue 6 Oct
……..for Cloneygowan in Raheen 7.30pm
Wed 7 Oct
for Killeigh in Killeigh Church 7.30pm

NEXT WEEKEND we will have our Enrolment Masses in all churches.

The Irish Catholic…….
On sale at church entrance.
The price has increased to
Kiltegan Fathers re-locate to Africa due to lack of Vocations. Page 3.
Report on Eucharistic Congress last week-end in Knock. Page 6.
Synod on the Family. Page 8/9.

Prolife Campaign
The Eighth Amendment – A pro-life beacon for tomorrow. The Pro Life Campaign National Conference will take place on Saturday Oct 10 in the RDS Concert Hall from 1pm-4.30pm. Speakers will include US Congressman Chris Smith. Register instantly on or call 01 662 9275. See poster on church board.

Tax Relief
on your 2014 Donations.

If you paid tax in the relevant year
please return your form as soon as possible. Thanks to all who have returned their Forms so promptly. If you wish you can drop them into the envelope basket at week-end masses or into the Parochial House. They will go un-opened to the Parish Office.


Thanks to all who donated €1,739.15 to the Holy Ghost Missions. Anyone who still has an envelope to return please do so in the coming couple of weeks and they will collect them from us.

to all those who supported the Offaly Hospice Coffee Morning’s. Blanche Bagnall raised €843 & Eithne O’Byrne raised €662.35.

Tullamore (Save our Sons and Daughters info) are hosting a series of talks over the coming months. Free admission and all very welcome. Please confirm your attendance if you wish to secure seats at 93 46704. Hope to see you all there.
Tuesday 20th October Bridge House Hotel @ 7pm. Talk on Suicide
Speaker: Dr Eoin Galavan ( Clinical Psychologist)

Killeigh & Raheen G.A.A. Lotto:
Lotto Results: No’s: 8-12-23-29 No Winner
Match 3’s @ €200. Next week €400.
Next Week’s Jackpot €13,400 in Direen’s

Ballinagar Community Lotto:
Lotto Results: No’s 20-22-24-28 No Winner
Match 3’s €200. Next week win/share €200.
Jackpot is €15,000 in Ned’s next Monday.

Geashill Whist:

Top Score: Eileen Cleary
Other Winners:- Frank McLoughlin,
Teresa Byrne, Tricia Horan, Angela Walsh, Thomas Garry, Eileen Brophy & Heather Kelly.

Killurin Foróige Club Thursday’s
8.30 - 9.30pm in Killurin Clubhouse.

EOLAS: Mental Health Information & Support Programme:
Eight week programme commences Oct 8 in Kilkenny. See notice on Church Boards.

Geashill/Ballinagar Senior Citizens Social Bingo Evening:
Thurs 6 October at 7.30pm in Geashill Old School. Refreshments served and all are welcome.

Geashill Wednesday Club:
Wednesday‘s in Geashill Old School 10am-12noon. Men & Women welcome.

Killeigh Golf Challenge
will hold a cheque presentation to Dochas Tullamore on Friday 9 October in Esker Hills Golf Club @ 8.00pm.
We would like to welcome all who helped/donated to this very worthwhile event. Many thanks for all the very generous donations received.

DOCHAS Offaly Cancer Support Group, Offaly St, Drop In Centre. Mon-Thur 10am-2pm. Phone Support. 9328268.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Is Alcohol causing problems in your life?
Tullamore Group – 50 Anniversary. Open Meeting Fri 9 Oct at 8pm in Tullamore Parish Centre. See Poster on Church Notice Board.

Just a thought:

Admitting we are wrong is a modest way of showing we have grown wiser.

Parish Office Hours 10.30am - 1pm:
Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri 057 - 93 - 44161

Suicidal Thoughts?
1life Suicide helpline -
1800 24 7 100

Midlands Living Links 086-160 0641

Console - 1800 201 890

Killeigh Parish Finance Committee
AGM 8 September 2015
Chairman's Address

Reverend Father, fellow committee members, I welcome you all to our AGM. I thank all of you for your service and dedication, I also extend my thanks to all those who help out in any way in making our work possible, especially the Christmas Draw committee and the many volunteers who help distribute the cards and envelopes throughout the parish and those who look after the collections at masses.
In the course of the last year the committee has had to deal with a number of issues. I do not propose to list all the matters dealt with but the following were noteworthy.
The Parish hall in Cloneygowan received a new roof and a fresh coat of paint.
The old prefab at Ballinagar School was removed.
Raheen cemetery had a new gate installed.
A new diocesan accounts system was set up and is now running. This standardisesall the parishes in the Diocese. In addition there was a meeting of the Chairpersons of all Parish finance committees to discuss the diocesan finances.
There were some setbacks and security issues, most notably the theft of lead from the roof of Raheen church as well as the theft of heating oil and the robbery from the candle offerings in Killeigh. Security measures are being set up to deal with these and hopefully these will act as a deterrent.
The Old reliable are still with us and the Christmas Draw was again a resounding success. The Old School in Geashill is still weeping slightly and this is being monitored.
Some issues are still unresolved — the old school at Ballinagar is still in the early stages of planning and future use will depend on the outcome. The church is Killeigh is in the process of getting a new heating system and this should be commissioned before the winter.
The work of this committee is important and is ongoing. It needs the skills and experience and vigilance of its members. Again I thank you for your efforts and pray that the work will continue under the new committee.
Finally, I ask that we take a moment to remember all the committee members who have gone to their reward.

Eugene Cahill ~
Killeigh Parish Finance Committee


Some of the pictures from the recent dedication of our school Garden to the memory of Maree Grace - McElduff, and raising of our 3rd Greenschools Flag in Killeigh National School.
Many more pictures on the Parish Facebook page. Get link on our homepage.

Bishop Denis Nulty visited Killeigh Parish on Tuesday 9th Sept 2014.
He Celebrated the morning Mass before meeting individually those who were at Mass. He later visited our four primary schools.

See the Parish FaceBook page for pictures of Bishop's visit
in the church and the schools.

Thanks to John P. Conroy for the pictures.

Annagharvey Cemetery records now available on the 'Cemetery Stones' Page of this website.


If you have a concern contact:-

Diocesan Designated Person; (D.L.P.) - - - - - - - –

Ms Joan Treacy: 085-8021633

DLP is the person responsible in our diocese for receiving all
Child Safeguarding concerns
and reporting same to the civil authorities.

Parish Safeguarding Representatives: –

Breda O’Connor 087-6482625
Concepta Murphy 087-6550239
Margaret Conroy 086-1797652

The PSR’s role is to promote awareness of the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures,and to ensure that church activities are provided in a way that ensures the safety and wellbeing of the children involved.

Read about
Bishop Daniel Delaney.
Bishop of K&L 200 years ago

Bishop Nulty's Statement for Vocations Sunday 2014

Parish Office Opening Hours:
Normally open Tues, Wed & Thursday
10.30am – 1.00pm
Book Masses, Certificates, etc.
Phone 057-93-44161


Pontifical University – St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Higher Diploma in Theological Studies One-year part-time evening course. Lectures are held on: Mon’s & Wed’s 6.30-9.30pm
Four Saturdays ( 2 Sat every semester) 10am – 4pm. Info etcContact 01-7084772 email: or

Domestic Violence We can help! Contact Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service (ODVSS) on our
Confidential Information Line
057 9351886. (Open Mon to Fri 10am to 12pm2pm to 4pm)

welcomes individuals for private retreats ,short breaks and quiet days . We also welcome groups for Assemblies, Conferences and Meetings
Visit us on

View slides from Prayer gathering 2012 around the Congress Bell in Killeigh on Killeigh Parish FaceBook

In 1900
there were 266,000,000 Catholics in the world.
By 2050 it is estimated there will be 1,100,000,000 [1.1 Billion] / living in the Global South

Suicidal Thoughts?
Share the Load!
….others can help you carry it.
Midlands Living Links 086-1600641
Console – 1800 201 890
MABS – Money Advice – Hibernian Hse, 057 93 23211 / 93 52252 (free & confidential).
C.I.C. – Citizens Information Centre
Mon-Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm
057 9352204.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
1life, Suicide helpline 247 100

Grow: World Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland.
You alone can dot it,
but you can’t do it alone.
If you are anxious, depressed,
or feeling suicidal,
GROW can support you.
Strictly Confidential.
Young Adult Group Monday 7.30pm,
Community Group Thurs 3.00pm
Community Health Centre 057 9351124.

Have you got a number in your phone after the letters I.C.E.?
In Case of Emergency?

Warning signs of a STROKE:
The following can help you recognise if someone is having a stroke and ACT FAST if you see any of them.
FFACE: Ask the person to smile-does one side droop?
A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms and keep them there.
S – SPEECH: Can the person repeat a sentence? Is their speech slurred?
T – TIME: If you see any of the above signs – even just one – call 999 for an ambulance

On Monday 7th October the parish of Rahan turned out in style to say 'Thank You' and to bid farewell to Fr. Johnny McEvoy.
Fr. Johnny is returning to his Missionary Order, the Columbans in Navan.
The Committee which organised the event, presented Fr. Johnny with the fishermen in their boat, reflecting the image of being sent as a missionary, called 'to be fishers of men'.
Raheen Church picture taken lately.


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