CHURCH NOTICES: Mass Readers, Castlemahon Church, Saturday February 16 at 7.30pm, Mary Hayes; Feohanagh Church, Sunday February 17 at 11am, Joan Geary.

CHURCH NOTICES: Mass Readers, Castlemahon Church, Saturday February 16 at 7.30pm, Mary Hayes; Feohanagh Church, Sunday February 17 at 11am, Joan Geary.

Eucharistic Ministers Castlemahon Church May O’Brien, Feohanagh Church Bridie Scanlon.

HOMELESS COLLECTION: The Church gate collection taken up in Castlemahon and in Feohanagh on the weekend February 2 and 3 was in aid of the Homeless run by Associated Charities Trust and was well supported. A sincere thank you to all who supported the collection and also to the good collectors at both places. Total collected in Castlemahon €150, Feohanagh €138.

SEVEN STEPS: The next Seven Steps meeting will be held in the Sacristy Feohanagh on Monday, February 18 at 7.30pm. All interested in taking part are very welcome to attend.

PARISH MISSION MEETING IN COOLYROE: In order to make preparations for the forthcoming Parish Mission to be held from April 20 to 26, an open meeting will be held in Cooylroe large hall on Wednesday, February 20 at 8pm. All parishioners in Feohanagh-Castlemahon are invited to this meeting in order to get their views in preparation for the Mission. You are all very welcome and if you cannot attend it would be appreciated if you could be represented by any member or members of your family.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy to John Joe Nash, Coolyroe on the death of Joe O’Sullivan, Glenville, Ardagh. Following Requiem Mass on Wednesday, February 6 in Ardagh Church the funeral took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Today, February 13, is Ash Wednesday and is also the first day of Lent. Mass will be celebrated in Castlemahon Church at 9.45am with the blessing of ashes and Mass will be celebrated in Feohanagh Church at 7.30pm with the blessing of ashes also. There will be confessions before Mass in both churches.

LENTEN GARDENS: In keeping with the season of Lent the Churches in Castlemahon and Feohanagh have neatly prepared desert gardens in front of both altars. The garden is made of sand and stone and the cross with a purple cloth and also a variety of cactus plants. In the Lenten garden there are three requests, pray, repent and give alms. The desert garden is to remind us of the origin of Lent, namely Christ’s 40 days in the desert where he prayed and fasted on our behalf. You may take a stone from the nearby basket as a symbol of your worries, hurts, burdens, and sins and place the stone on the sand.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: During the weeks of Lent the Stations of the Cross will be held in Feohanagh Church on Wednesday at 7.06pm and Stations of the Cross will be held in Castlemahon Church on Fridays at 7.05pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm.

CHURCH CORRESPONDENCE: During the past week all householders have received Lenten Dues envelopes, the Lenten Trocaire box, the weekly offering envelopes and the Easter Dues envelope.

CONFIRMATION IN CASTLEMAHON: Though there was snow and sleet on the ground, on Tuesday morning, February 5 a large number attended the 11am Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Castlemahon, where 35 boys and girls of Mahoonagh NS, 5th and 6th Class were to receive the sacrament of confirmation from Fr. Tony Mullins, Diocesan Administrator. To celebrate the special occasion the papal flag and bunting waved at the church entrance to greet everyone attending. At the beginning of Mass Fr John Duggan PP welcomed Fr Tony Mullins, Fr Chris O’Donnell and also the 35 children with their parents, family and friends and thanked them for coming along in such great numbers. The altar flowers and decorations were a credit to all who prepared them and the teachers made excellent arrangements for all the children who were very well organised. The Mahoonagh NS choir with organist Lisa Murphy were excellent as were all the musicians, Jack Roche, Michael, Conor and James Stack, Naomi Carlin, Amy Condon, Roisin Normoyle, Emma Roche, Meghan Nolan, James P. Ryan and Darren Roche. During the ceremony Fr Mullins prayed for the Blessing of the Holy Spirit on all the 35 children, giving them strength and courage for the rest of their lives. When Mass was over Fr Duggan thanked Fr Tony Mullins, Fr Chris, all the parents and relatives for attending, the choir, the organist and the musicians and all who helped. He sent best wishes to the school Principal Carl Nash and thanked all the teachers for their good work in preparing the details for the confirmation. A special word of thanks to the sacristan and also to the alter servers. All were then invited to Coollyroe hall to enjoy refreshments and a light meal and with much thanks and appreciation to the good ladies who gave their time and help to make confirmation day a day to remember.

Congratulations and best wishes to the following children who were confirmed on the day: Catherine Cahill, Ava Cashin, Amy Condon, Anna Guina, Roisin Normoyle, Jordon Aherne, David Condon, Michael Cremin, Conor Davey, Cian Doody, Luke Lane, Fergus Lyons, Gavin Massey, Davis O’Brien, James Patrick Ryan, Robert P. O’Donovan, Conor Stack, Naomi Carlin, Makayla Delee, Kayla Hough, Zoe Leonard, Megan Nolan, Emma Roche, Jack Grimes, Jeremiah Cahill, Jamie Kelly, Jack Kenny, Stephan Lyons, Michael McMahon, Barry Murphy, Ben Murphy, David O’Brien, David O’Donovan, Jack Roche and Michael Stack. All were presented with confirmation certificates by Fr Chris O’Donnell.

A WAKE IN THE WEST: Feohanagh-Castlemahon Drama group will be staging their play “A Wake in the West” in the Village Hall, Adare on this Friday, February 15 at 8pm. The Adare Hall Committee are looking forward to a very enjoyable night and great support for this hilarious comedy produced by Triona Quaid.

KILMEEDY RAMBLING HOUSE: Kilmeedy Rambling House, February 15, Sean O’Gorman, organiser and MC invites all his friends to another very enjoyable and entertaining Rambling House session on Friday night next, February 15 at 8.30pm in Aras Ide, Kilmeedy. With every effort made Sean promises to have Friday night well up to the high standard of previous sessions with the best of traditional music, song, storytelling and plenty of light humour. With Spring in the air, good entertainment and good food all supporters and friends can look forward to more enjoyable entertainment on Friday night.

ICA: The Guild resumed after the Christmas holidays on Monday, February 4.

A vote of sympathy was extended to the family and relatives of the following who passed away recently, Martin Coughlan, Catherine Mangan, John Scanlon, Margaret Doody-Scully, Ann Brouder, Tony Ahern, Helen Reale-Warwick and Veronica Dore. May they rest in peace.

The President, Nuala Condon welcomed back all the members and outlined different speakers in the months ahead. She thanked Ann Lynch for the lovely mince pies to finish off the course, Health and beauty given by Grainne before Christmas.

Maggie Fitzpatrick was the lucky winner of the raffle.

The next Federation meeting will be held on February 27 at the Woodlands House Hotel.

You can bring along this years Christmas cards, they will be donated to the Brothers of Charity, decluttering before the Spring clean.

A surprise party was served at the end of the meeting to cheer us during this bad weather.

Diarmuid Cahill, Pharmacy, Newcastle West will be the guest speaker at the next meeting on February 18.

The competition on the night will be for the nicest Christmas card, hostesses on the night are Bridie O’Connor and Helen McEnery.

New members always welcome, see you on February 18, don’t forget your Christmas cards.

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