FIRST CONFESSIONS: Ten children will come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday March 7th, at 7.00pm.

FIRST CONFESSIONS: Ten children will come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday March 7th, at 7.00pm.

TEEN MASS: Teenagers are the main participants in next Sunday’s Mass. All young people are invited. All are welcome. A full rehearsal for all participants in the upcoming Teen Mass on March 10th will be held in the Church on Friday March 8th, from 6.00pm sharp to 7.00pm.

ST MARY’S NS ENROLMENT: Enrolment for St Mary’s National School for September 2013 takes place from March 11th to 22nd. Enrolment packs can be collected from the school and relevant forms returned during this period.

DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP: The fourth defibrillator has been installed at Derryhawn. People from that area are invited to contact Geraldine Greene (087) 619 0134, or Mairéad Farrell (086) 856 6608, to avail of training. The group thanks installers Ronan Muldoon and Dermot Nolan, and the property owners who have accommodated the storage boxes. A refresher class for residents of Portanure and adjoining townlands will be held in the GAA Clubhouse at 8.00pm on Wednesday March 6th. Trained personnel are asked to make a special effort to attend and refresh their skills. It is planned to have a class for beginner the following week. Would-be participants are asked to contact either of the above trainers. A cake sale is scheduled for Saturday March 16th and Sunday 17th.

ICA: The Newtowncashel Guild holds its March meeting in “The Hill” on Tuesday March 5th at 8pm. All members are requested to attend, new members welcome.

TIDY TOWNS: The monthly Tidy Towns meeting will be held in “The Hill” on Wednesday March 6th at 8.00pm. All members are asked to attend please.

FLOWERS: There are thirty-five flower beds in the village, big and small, all cared for by the Tidy Towns. We would like to hear from anyone who has the interest to adopt a flower bed for the coming season. The Tidy Towns will supply all the flowers. Please ring Ann Flanagan on (043) 332 5049 if you are interested.

THANK YOU: Longford Women’s Link acknowledges 220.00, proceeds of their recent church gate collection. They thank the collectors and all those who contributed.

GAA: The Club invites people to take out membership and to support the Club Lotto. Club members will visit the houses of the parish in coming weeks to provide details enabling people to do this.

TALKS FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: The second of four talks for the Year of Faith will be given in the Pastoral Centre, St Mel’s College, Longford, on Thursday March 7th, at 8.00pm. The topic is “Faith and the Living Earth”, the speaker Fr Huge O’Donell, a member of the Salesian community and author of “Eucharistic and the Living Earth” (2012). All are welcome.

EARLY MORNING LENTEN MASSES: During Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All are welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that may be performed at any time of the year but is particularly suited to the Lenten Season. Instead of the Rosary, the Way of the Cross will be followed in the Church on the Fridays of Lent at 7.30pm. All are urged to make a special effort to participate in this traditional devotion.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: The Annual Pilgrimage takes place from May 27th to June 1st, and the organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage. Names should be submitted as soon as possible please to Elizabeth Clyne (043) 332 5156. The recent Lourdes Sick Pilgrims’ Collection realised 530.00. The organisers thank the collectors and all who contributed so generously. The fund is used to subsidise the air fare of sick or assisted people who join the Diocesan Pilgrimage.

STATIONS – THANK YOU: Fr Brady wishes to extend his appreciation and thanks, for their welcome, hospitality and generosity, to the households who hosted the Stations – to those who stepped in spontaneously and to all who accommodated the calendar.