Castlepollard

Holy week ceremonies

Holy week ceremonies

Holy week ceremonies continue in Castlepollard Parish with Mass at 8.15am on Tuesday morning Adoration from 11.00am to 1.00pm and confessions from 3.00pm to 3.30pm. ‘’Spy Wednesday’’ April 1st - Mass at 8.15am, Calls to ill and housebound all morning. Confessions 3.00pm to 3.30pm. Adoration 11.00am to 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Holy Thursday April 2nd. Practice for servers at 10.30am. Adoration 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Confessions 3.00pm to 3.30pm, and 7.15pm to 7.45pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8.00pm, with Washing of Feet and Collection for Poor for Vincent de Paul Society and Procession to Altar of Repose, with adoration until 10.00pm. 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Castletown. Good Friday April 3rd - 10.30am Kissing of Cross ceremony Maple Court and Holy Communion. 11.15am Servers practice. 12.00 noon Confessions. 3.00pm Ceremony of the Lord’s Passion. Annual collection for support of Holy Places in Holy Land. 6pm Ecumenical Stations of Cross in Town Square. 7.30pm Good Friday ceremony in Finea. 9pm Taize prayer around the Cross. No Mass today. A day of Fast and Abstinence. Palm crosses will be given to worshippers. Holy Saturday, April 4th - practice for Servers 10.30am. Blessing of Polish gifts. 3.00pm to 3.30pm Confessions. Easter Vigil with Mass, Castletown 7.30pm, Easter Vigil with Mass, St. Michael’s at 9.00pm. Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection April 5th - Mass in St. Michael’s at 9.30am with renewal of Baptismal Promises. Mass in Finea at 10.30am with Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Mass in St. Michael’s at 11.30am with renewal of Baptismal Promises. Father Sean and Father P wish each parishioner and family as well as other people who come to parish Masses and ceremonies a Blessed Easter.

Half marathon

Next Monday, April 6th, Easter Monday, sees the culmination of months of hard work and training from local athletes and clubs both in North Westmeath and further afield in preparation for the Ringtown Easter Half Marathon and 10K. The 10K event starts at 11am and the Half Marathon starts at 11.15am. The event is AAI approved, and chip timing by www.precisiontiming.net. Both events will start close to Whitehall Church and follow the regular route through Templanstown, Kiltoom, Old Kiltoom, back onto the main Mullingar road, with a second lap for the Half Marathon competitors. Proceeds from the event will be shared between Ringtown GAA and TEAM (Temporary Emergency Accommodation, Mullingar). All finishers will receive a medal. Shower facilities, refreshments and prize giving will take place in Ringtown GAA clubhouse. Refreshments, marshalling and medical cover will be available on the day, and hopefully the notoriously variable Irish spring weather will co-operate on the day and result in a dry and pleasant outing for all involved.

Honda 50 run

Club 50, the local Honda 50 enthusiasts club, are holding their annual Easter Charity Run on Easter Sunday next, April 5th. Registration takes place in the Ringtown GAA Clubhouse at 10.30am, and the event gets under way 12.00 noon, following a varied 50km route. Refreshments, showers, raffles and prizegiving will take place after the event in the Clubhouse. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Baby Aine Boyhan Galligan fund. Hopefully the weather will cooperate on the day.

Parent & toddler grant

Applications should be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised by parents in the community. Those wishing for further information and interested applicants should contact Longford County Childcare Committee Ltd., Office 043-3342505, mobile 087-8783054, or email kathleen@longfordchildcare.ie.