In a beautiful and touching ceremony Fr Francis Duffy was ordained new bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Athlone on Sunday last. Bishop Francis who is a native of Templeport was supported in the congregation by his mother who presented his ring for investiture, and also by other members of his family who carried gifts for Offetory. Among the parish representatives at the ceremony was Sean Reilly, Pastoral Council Sec. who had the honour of carrying the Bishop’s crozier in the procession into St. Mary’s. The principal celebrant was Cardinal Sean Brady assisted by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and now retired Bishop Colm O’Reilly, 24 bishops also attended from the various dioceses and a very large number of priests from a wide geographical spread. For many this was an occasion to meet and greet and renew old acquaintances and in particular school pals who may not have met for a long time if at all since. Amidst all the pomp and splendour however, bishop Francis in his homily spoke about everyday Life. He said how precious each human life is “and especially the hearts of those who are in dark places, maybe facing difficult choices or feeling abandoned, alone or of little worth or struggling financially, as many are”. He also prayed for young victims, their families and their communities whose passion for life and whose sensitivity to others conveys the message that life is worth living which is the message of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Colm, who is now retired has been in office for the last 30 years since his consecration in 1983 when he replaced Bishop Cathal Daly now deceased. This Diocese has been in the spotlight for the past few years as the restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral is ongoing following a fire at Christmas 2009. It is hoped to have this work completed by end of 2014. In the meantime the youthful Bishop Francis will settle in to his new role, for which he is well qualified, with a fresh energy, where he will be greatly supported by a hard-working team in Longford and throughout the diocese. We wish God’s blessing on him and his work and a happy retirement to our ever faithful Bishop Colm in the days ahead.
A special Granard Deanery Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Monday night Oct. 21st at 7.30 pm. A representative from each parish organization is requested to take part in procession before Mass. Names please to Kathy 086.1935235 or Sean 086.3666798 a.s.a.p.
Pastoral & Finance Councils
Meeting tonight Wednesday on the Parochial hall at 8.30 pm All members are requested to attend.
Enrolment for First Holy Communion children will take place during 11 am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Sunday next 13th Oct.
The Play “The Quareland” will be performed in the Parochial hall on Sunday night October 27th at 8.30 pm. Tickets €10 available in local shops or from Club members. This brilliant comedy is directed by Seamus O’Rourke and stars Shane Carroll.
The Country Dance of the Year featuring Patrick Feeney, Busy Fingers, Nite Fever, Anthony McBrien, The Davitt Showband, Andreas Durkin, Gary Gamble, Christy and Mono, Matt Leavy, Trevor Moyles plus a legendary special guest on the night takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arvagh County Cavan on Monday 14th October 2013 in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Master of Ceremonies on the night is Mr Brendan Farrell from Shannonside Northern Sound. For details or tickets please contact 086-0753309. This is a night not to be missed so get your tickets because you will not be disappointed!!!
Draw took place in The Hideaway, Cloncovid on Tuesday night 1st Oct. Jackpot €15,700, No’s 14,21,28,30, No Jackpot winner, €100 winner; A Maguire, Ballinagh,€25 x 4, 1. Tony Donohoe, Killydoon, 2. Damien & Joan O’Reilly, Mullah Oran, 3. Eamon Dalton, Loughduff, 4. Paul Caffrey c/o Hideaway.
Fun/Fit & Health Club
8 week course €30, open to all levels of fitness, enrolment by Monday Oct. 24th, contact Patricia 087.2528314 or Monica 087.4157391.
Parents of all underage girl players are asked to come to important meeting in the Clubrooms tonight Wednesday at 9pm.
Regretfully the reception planned for Saturday night 12th October in the Clubrooms will be not now take place due to prior engagement with another Club. However, another date will be organized later.