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Parish Newsletter    29TH NOVEMBER 2020

50 for Mass. 25 for Funerals and Weddings

3 C’s to Remember
for Safety from Most Risk:
Crowd – Stay away from gatherings of more than 10 - 15 people.
Closed Space – Without ventilation. Try to avoid being indoor.
Close Contact – with a person for more than 15 minutes.  Without mask on both.  Without ventilation.  (If both wear mask – 99% safe).
(Prof. Luke O’Neill to Mens Shed Virtual Gathering).

Killeigh Parish Draw will happen again this year on Wednesday Evening
9th December at 8.00pm live on the Parish Facebook page.
Cards were posted on Tues last 24th.
You can return your card
1. To either of the Priests Houses.
2. Finance Council Members (Names
    on the Draw Card)
3. On the parish website
Find the Parish Draw Button by clicking “DONATE”.  Please include the number of your Draw Card.

If you did not receive an envelope or need additional cards please contact the Parish Office
Enter the Draw using the “DONATE” button on the website and use the Number 2000 for your card number and the Office will allocate a number to you.

We Pray for:

Mairead McKenna (McCourtney), Newtown
Jim Digan, Killurin.

KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY  7.30 pm
Denis & Mary Brazil, Gorteen.
Paddy & Kathleen Hughes, Kilcavan,
son John & Grandson Con Dunne.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Seán, Concepta, Carmel & Luke Henchy, Ard.
Paula Rispin Tracey, Cloneygowan.
Elizabeth (Betty) & Wally Byrne, Bogtown.
Bridget & George McHugh, Alderborough.
Deceased Members of the C.Y.M.S.
Billy Dunne, Ballycrystal.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Patrick & Brigid Mahon and daughter & son
Mary Hannon & Pat Mahon, Logmore.
Theresa & Ned Sullivan, Geashill.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Mary & Seán Walsh & son Patsy, Killeigh

Masses during the week:
Killeigh 10.00am – Church Webcam:-
Mon   10am: Private Intention.
Tues   10am: For the people of the parish.
Wed   10 am:
Thurs 10am:   
Fri      10am:   First Friday. Adoration from 9am. Blessing Holy Water for use in your home. [Have a bottle ready and some salt to mix in].

Geashill  -  Ballinagar Webcam:   
Mon  & Thurs   7.30pm
Tues, Wed  &  Fri  10.00am   
KILLEIGH:            SATURDAY  7.30 pm
Patrick Conroy, Moneyquid.  1st Anniv.
William Rooney, Meelaghans.
Jack & Kathleen Keenahan, Killurin.
Jane & Patrick Kelly, Cloncon.
RAHEEN:               SATURDAY   7.30 pm
Peter & Annie Kelly, Ballymacrossan and their daughter Anne Marie Carter.
Stephen & Catherine Byrne, Cloneygowan.
Brigid Doheny, Ballinakill, Laois & Dublin.
Brigid & David Cox, Backwood.
BALLINAGAR:                      SUNDAY      10.30 am
Aishling Conroy, Ballymooney.
Sheila Betson, Ballinagar.
KILLEIGH:            SUNDAY      11.30 am
Joe & B. Kelly, Cloncoher.

If you think God is calling you to serve the Church as a priest or in the consecrated life, contact
Fr. Ruairí Ó Domhnaill   
045 897470 or email

Samaritans:  Phone 1160123

Invitation from Bishop Denis to an Advent Liturgy of Hope:
Bishop Denis invites all in Kildare & Leighlin Diocese, to join him, for a service of prayer beginning the Advent journey, at 7:30 pm this the 1st Sunday of Advent, Nov 29th.  May this prayer help people to draw once more on the Hope that comes to us through our Faith in Jesus, a Hope that brings the light of Christ into our lives.
It will be streamed live from Carlow Cathedral, via, [Link on our website,]
We ask you to set up your Crib for it, or have someone draw or paint a Crib and have a special Christmas Candle or Advent Wreath.  
PARISH     OFFICE Hours next week:- 10.30am-1.00pm
Tues  Wed, Thurs     & Fri
  Killeigh Parish Draw  
will happen again this year on
Wednesday Evening
9th December at 8.00pm live on the
Parish Facebook page.

Mini Advent Retreat on Zoom:
For three sessions, during Advent, you are invited to take part in a mini-retreat that will explore the themes of Faith, Hope and Love. The retreat will be led by Fr Billy Swan, St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy and will take place from Tues 1st - Thurs 3rd Dec at 8pm. To take part, all you need to do is send an email to to receive the Zoom link. Come and join us to prepare for Christmas.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND broadcast 24/7.  Available to download FREE by App “RADIO MARIA WORLD FAMILY” on mobile devices & FREE streaming on by clicking “LISTEN LIVE”.  Rosary at 9pm every evening until
1st Dec for safety from the Covid 19.

No Communion Calls until further notice.  But if you need a Priest urgently do not hesitate to contact either of the Priests.

Our only email address now is

St Vincent de Paul  057  93 22072

Draw takes place on Wednesday 9th December at 8.00pm.
Cards were posted on Tues last 24th.  
You can return your card to:-
1.  Either of the Priests Houses.
2.  Finance Council Members (Names
    on the Draw Card)  OR
3.  On the parish website
Find the Parish Draw Button by clicking “DONATE”.  Please include the number of your Draw Card.
If you did not receive an envelope or need additional cards please contact the Parish Office
Enter the Draw using the “DONATE” button on the website and use the Number 2000 for your card number. The Office will allocate a number to you.
Thanks for the great response already by each of the three options above.

Donation Button on
Killeigh Parish Website:
We are very grateful for your support at this time.  
At the moment there are 6 options:-
Parish Draw. No. 1
Clergy Collection.  No. 2
Envelope once off.  No. 3
Envelope weekly recurring.  No. 4
Envelope monthly recurring.  No. 5
Anniversary Mass Offering.  No. 6
Thanks to all those leaving Envelopes into the Priests houses & those
donating by direct debit & by the Donate Button on the website

Geashill & Killeigh Parish Picnic 1923:
Ian Parker now living in Australia sent us a photo which is available to see on the Parish newsletter page on the Killeigh website.  Can you give us any more details on who the people might be?  Ian’s Father William is in the back row left 13 in.

Family Carers Ireland
Closed to the public due to level 5 restrictions. We will, as always, be available to offer support & advice over the phone on 056 772 1424 or on our 24 hour careline 1800 24 07 24. Please do not hesitate to contact us & we will assist you as much as possible.

ALONE  -  COVID-19 Support Line for Older People  Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

This picture below, arrived recently to the parish office, with the following message from Ian Parker

Hello, thought you might like a copy of a photo I have, of my farther William Edward Parker (back row left 13 in (in uniform) to add to your parish history.     
My name is Ian Parker now living in NSW Australia, any background you may have l would find very interesting.
 Take care regards

Thanks to Joe Deverell for the second picture, taken on same occasion. His father and uncle are among the boys that day.

So, if anyone can check with the oldest in your family, about memories.
John Stapleton PP

Message of Bishop Denis for OPENING OF CHURCHES.
The 7 S’s
Signage,     Sanitisation,     Stewarding,     Support,     Social Distancing,     Seating &     Symptoms.
Please note encouragement of Bishop Denis to those who are Elderly, Vulnerable or Ill not to come to mass for now.
Message of Bishop Denis to all the girls and boys preparing for First Holy Communion at present.
A Copy of the Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, found in 1948 in a cave near the Dead Sea.
Carbon dated showing it was writen in 70 B.C.
Due to Covid 19 virus.
CEMETERY MASSES  2020 are cancelled.


Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Diocesan Designated Person; (D.L.P.) –
Mick Daly: 085-8021633  Email:-  
Second Designated Person  Michele Hughes                                   

The DLP is the person responsible in our diocese for receiving all Child Safeguarding concerns
and reporting same to the civil authorities.
Local Safeguarding Representatives: –
Breda O’Connor       
Concepta Murphy  
Aileen McDermott  

The LSR’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.

Duty Social worker can be contacted 9am-5pm
  Laois Area                                      
057 86 92567/8                                
Offaly Area
057 93 70700
HSE National information line:- 1850 24 1850 (callsave)

Outside of these hours in cases of emergency please contact An Garda Síochána

Tullamore:       057 93 21305  
Portarlington:  057 8623112

Portarlington:  057 8623112



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.

F FACE: 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


Suicidal Thoughts?
Share the Load!
….others can help you carry it.
Midlands Living Links 086-1600641

MABS – Money Advice – Hibernian Hse, 076-107-2710 (free & confidential).
C.I.C. – Citizens Information Centre
Mon-Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm     057 9352204.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
Pieta House 1800 247 247 or 0818 277 438
Samaritans new freephone number 116 123

visit for a full list of crisis helplines

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)

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

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.

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

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