First Sunday of Advent November 29th 2020 


    Last week's Parish Newsletter for November 22nd 2019


RIP: Brod Hanley, Cloncoe. Jimmy Power, Cloncoe. PJ O’Rourke, New York, uncle of Fr. Kieran


November Remembrance of Our Dead 2020 in A Time of Pandemic During the month of November you are encouraged to visit the graves of loved ones. A short Graveside Prayer can be downloaded at or picked up at the back of your local church. This may be prayed while visiting the grave of a loved one or if this is not possible in your own home.

We remember those who died this past year in our parish, Sr. Mary Patrick Callanan, Dora Conway, Margaret Minogue, Brian Allen, Tom Guilfoyle, Tony McGuire, Fr. Sean Lyons, Tom Conroy, Ann (Nancy) McManus, Peter Flaherty, Eamonn O’Reilly, Eva Webb, Nicola Maloney, Michael English, Brian Keary, Charlie McMahon, Tom McNamara, Brod Hanley, Jimmy Power. May they rest in eternal peace.

“We are with you” The Diocese of Clonfert has launched “We are with you”: a prayer initiative for the deceased and their families in these difficult times. See


Online Banking,gives another option to donate to the parish directly by SEPA Transfer or direct debit to BIC BOFIIE2Dxxx IBAN IE23 BOFI 9039 4726 8843 26 You may wish to note your name or envelope number on the remittance note. Thank you to those who have also continued your generous financial support for the Parish in these difficult times by dropping off envelopes in the letter box at the Parochial House, Looscaun.They are very much appreciated in these difficult times


Sunday Mass: Mass is available every Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon from Loughrea Cathedral via webcam at Mass available on RTE News Now at 11am every second Sunday and on RTE News Channel at 2pm on the the alternate Sundays.


Advent 2020 Each passing year presents us with a new opportunity to recall the Christian story by

celebrating the different feasts and seasons of what we call the Liturgical Year. As we do

so our lives are opened up to the saving presence of God and we are drawn deeper into

that great mystery of love between the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. The Liturgical

year begins with the season of Advent, which consists of the four weeks before

Christmas. Central to Advent is the Christian belief that God comes close to and visits

humanity. “The first visit — we all know — occurred with the Incarnation, Jesus’ birth

in the cave of Bethlehem; the second takes place in the present: the Lord visits us

constantly, each day, walking alongside us and being a consoling presence; in the end,

there will be the third, the last visit, which we proclaim each time that we recite the

Creed: “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”. (Pope Francis)


First Sunday of Advent – 29 th November 2020

Today we celebrate the first of the four Sundays of Advent and with it a new LiturgicalYear. As the commercial world about us readies itself for the Christmas season we are invited to take a step back and view the bigger picture: the key Christian belief that life is a sacred journey towards eternity and that someday “at an hour we do not expect”, Jesus will return again to bring finality to the transforming work he began that first Christmas many years ago.


In Hopeful Expectation: Prayers at Home for Advent in a Time of Pandemic

Each Advent, we are invited to set aside some extra time and space for prayer, reflection

and good works. The restrictions in place because of the coronavirus mean that we may

not be in a position to gather as usual for our religious services. This situation challenges

us to find new ways of reflecting on our faith and praying in our homes. A guide to

assist you in doing just that is now available. Download it from

Clonfert Diocese Facebook Page or Twitter Account.


The Advent Wreath Catholicism has a long tradition of using images and symbols to help us to pray. Setting aside a place in your home for an advent Wreath can help in this regard. For this you will

need some ever-green leaves and five candles (it is preferable if there are three purple,

one pink and one white). Arrange the leaves in a circle. Without beginning or end, the

circle, along with the green leaves, symbolises the eternity of God who sustains life in all

things. Put the purple and pink candles in the circle – and place the white one in the

centre. As we progress through the Sundays of Advent, the different candles are lit, with

the white one being lit on Christmas Eve. With the lighting of each candle we are

reminded of how God draws ever-near and brings with him his saving light to dispel the

darkness of our lives and our world.


Mass this weekend at 11am on RTE One Mass also available locally on your radio on 105.0FM as well as on the Parish Facebook page on


Tommy Larkins GAA Lotto Results 15-23-27-29 Jackpot 11,800 euro Match 3Joe & Anita Forde. Next draw on Sun. Nov.29th in Clubhouse. Tickets online on Klubfunder, locally at Woodford & Gurteeny Post Offices, Keary’s & Tuohy’s Video of draw/results will be posted on Facebook. Club/lotto


Tommy Larkins GAA Club AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Tommy Larkins GAA Club will take place on Friday, December 4th at 8pm either online via Microsoft TEAMS, at the Clubhouse or in Ballinakill Hall depending on level of Government restrictions in place at that time.

In the event the AGM is online, if you wish to participate please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, December 2nd in order that the link for the meeting can be sent to you in advance.


Woodford Parish Development are looking for participants for a community Biodiversity Training Programme. We need 8 people from Woodford & surrounding areas to attend the 10 hours training starting in January. The course will take in all aspects of Heritage in Woodford and how this Heritage interacts with Biodiversity. At the end of the 10 hours our training group will work together to create a Biodiversity Plan for Woodford. Following on from this there will be targeted skills training based on your plan e.g. if you had in your plan that you wished to create a community orchard you would get targeted training in that. Together with the organisers, BurrenBeo, we will present them in a final showcase and celebration entitled “Communities for Biodiversity” in June 2021. Sun Nov.22nd SR 8.10am Set 4.28pm First Quarter on Sun.Nov. 22nd at 4.45am


Woodford/Looscaun Christmas Lights It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas lights are up and ready for switch on on Dec 1st, many thanks to the Tús workers. Unfortunately , there will be no ‘Big switch-on’ this year but having our town bright , cheerful and welcoming for Christmas has never been more important.As we can’t have our annual fundraiser this year we have set up a fundraising page to help cover running costs of the lights All donations would be greatly appreciated.

Competition time: There will be an Award for best Business window again this year and also a new competition for ‘Best Festive House’ , winner gets a €50 All4one voucher!Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Wishing everybody a happy and healthy Christmas.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Mass Times: Mon. 7.30pm Tue. 9.30am Wed. 9.30am Thur. 9.30am Fri.8pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am

Mass will be available on 105.0FM locally & available on Facebook Live on the Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Page.

Sunday Nov. 29th 11am Jim McNamara, Cappa (Anniv)

Monday Nov. 30th 7.30pm Michael Walsh, Allendarra & deceased family members.

Friday Dec. 4th 8pm Michael & Julia Moran, Cappa.

Sunday Dec. 6th 11am Mary Starr, Bolag.

Deceased members of the Keane & Regan Families, Clonmoylan.

Altar Society: Team 5 Maura Cooney Jacki Hickey .


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Mass Times: Sat. 7pm Sun. 12.30pm available on Woodford/Looscaun Facebook Live, amd on 105.0FM

Saturday Nov. 28th 7pm Tom & Mary Lyons & their son Gerard, Rea.

Sunday Nov. 29th 12.30pm Funeral Mass for Jimmy Power, Cloncoe.

Altar Society Team 5 Mary Goonan Bernadette Stewart.




Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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