Parishes Working Together – Edgeworthstown – Rathowen – Streete
The three Roman Catholic parishes of St. Mary’s serve the adjacent communities of Edgeworthstown, County Longford and Streete and Rathowen, both in County Westmeath. We share a rich historic, cultural and literary tradition, counting Maria Edgeworth, Oliver Goldsmith and Oscar Wilde among those that lived or visited here. To this day there continues a vibrant and talented music, drama and written tradition, most delightfully practiced by our youngest generation.
Na trí paróistí Caitliceacha Rómhánacha Naomh Muire freastal ar na pobail in aice na Meathas Troim, Contae an Longfoirt agus Streete agus Ráth Eoghain, i gContae na hIarmhí. Roinnimid traidisiún stairiúil, cultúrtha agus liteartha saibhir, comhaireamh Maria Edgeworth, Oliver Goldsmith agus Oscar Wilde i measc iad siúd a raibh cónaí nó thug cuairt anseo. Go dtí an lá, tá fós le ceol bríomhar agus cumasach, drámaíocht agus traidisiún scríofa, an chuid is mó iontais chleachtadh ag ár ghlúin is óige.
Throughout the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois neighbouring parishes have been asked to explore ways of co-operating together which could lead to better communication and a better use of personnel and resources in providing the best possible service to our people. With this in mind our parishes of Edgeworthstown, Streete and Rathowen have begun a journey of exploration together.
Le linn an Deoise Ardach agus Chluain Mhic Nóis paróistí comharsanacha iarradh ar bhealaí comhoibriú le chéile a d’fhéadfadh bheith ina chúis le cumarsáid níos fearr agus úsáid níos fearr pearsanra agus acmhainní chun an tseirbhís is fearr is féidir a sholáthar dár ndaoine iniúchadh. Sin san áireamh inár bparóistí de Meathas Troim, Streete agus Ráth Eoghain tá tús curtha turas taiscéalaíochta chéile.
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Friday 6th Epiphany
Wednesday 18th to 25th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 29th to 3rd February Catholic Schools Week:
Theme – learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home
Wednesday 1st Feast of St. Brigid
Thursday 2nd Candlemas Day – blessing of candles
Friday 3rd Feast of St. Blaise – blessing of throats
Wednesday 1st Ash Wednesday
Tuesday 7th First Confession Edgeworthstown @ 7.00 p.m.
Friday 17th St. Patrick’s Day
Sunday 9th Palm Sunday
Friday 14th Good Friday
Sunday 16th Easter Sunday
Sunday 23rd Devine Mercy Sunday
Wednesday 26th First Confession Rathowen @ 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 27th First Confession Boherquill @ 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 7th Confirmation Edgeworthstown @ 3.00 p.m.
Sunday 7th First Holy Communion Rathowen @ 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 13th First Holy Communion Edgeworthstown @ 12.00 noon
Sunday 21st First Holy Communion Boherquill @ 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 4th Pentecost Sunday
Sunday 4th at 3.00 p.m. Cemetery Sunday Russagh
Sunday 11th at 3.00 p.m. Cemetery Sunday Rathaspic
Sunday 2nd Cemetery Sunday Aughafin @ 12.00 noon
Sunday 2nd Cemetery Sunday Streete @ 11.00 a.m.
Tuesday 15th Assumption of Our Lady
Wednesday 1st All Saints
Sunday 3rd 1st Sunday of Advent
Sunday 8th Immaculate Conception
Monday 25th Christmas
Pastoral Letter March 2017 – Bishop Francis Duffy
Sustaining our Faith Community
in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise
I write to you concerning the reality that the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois has, and will continue to have, fewer priests ministering to the faithful.
I know that many of you who read this are now or have been involved in many ways in your parish church community as Ministers of the Word, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, members of Parish Pastoral Councils, Parish Finance Committees, Ushers, Altar Servers, Safeguarding, Eucharistic Adoration groups, sacramental preparation teams, in addition to the long established choirs and the committees and individuals who maintain churches in such good order. There are many other invaluable local initiatives that you have undertaken such as hospitality at times of funerals, raising awareness of local identity through events and publications and outreach and support to those who have various pastoral and spiritual needs.
At diocesan level we have a Diocesan Pastoral Council, a Diocesan Liturgy Commission, Finance Committee, Accord, Safeguarding Committee, Diocesan Advisors in Catechetics and the Saint John Paul II Awards for young people. The two most recent initiatives are the introduction of the Parish Catechist and the Permanent Diaconate.On behalf of our diocese, to each and every one of you, I offer my blessing and heartfelt gratitude.
As you are aware, in the midst of all these positive developments there has been a steady decline in the number of our priests. Many of you will fondly remember when there were two or three priests working in your parish and where now there is only one.
Three of our parishes do not have a resident priest. This trend of a declining number of clergy is set to continue. At the moment we have 52 very dedicated diocesan priests in our parishes but sadly no seminarians preparing for ordination.
In addition we have four priests from abroad and from missionary congregations who are working in the diocese. This means we have a declining, and an ageing, group of clergy.
From both a pastoral and a duty of care perspective, it is important that responsibilities our clergy now carry are shared with parishioners even more so than at present.
By 2030, over the next 13 years, 28 of our 53 diocesan priests will reach the retirement age of 75 years. By the time children baptised this year reach Confirmation our diocese will be a very different place.
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These statistics tell us that from this year on, as our priests retire or are transferred, there will not be priests to replace them and so an increasing number of parishes will not have resident clergy. In the very near future your parish may not have a resident priest, or if you have, then your priest may be called on to provide pastoral care in a neighbouring parish that is without a resident priest. This ongoing development will impact every parish in the diocese and will bring about considerable change in how the parishes are organised and also in the way the Good News of Jesus Christ is passed on to succeeding generations.
Critically, there will also be an impact on the workload of priests and their welfare is our concern in this changing context.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life”.
The Sunday Eucharist and the celebration of the sacraments and the pastoral care of people are of central importance for every parish. As a consequence, consideration needs to be given to developing and enabling parish faith development and pastoral care to continue and to flourish with fewer priests and with greater involvement of parishioners.
This is not about closing churches but about reimagining how we worship and pass on our Christian faith.
At this time you and our priests have a unique and precious opportunity to serve the Lord by encouraging and engaging with each other to prepare for and take on responsibility for the formation, promotion and practice of the faith at local level in changing circumstances. We continue to pray for and promote vocations to priesthood and religious life. A time of decline in one area can be an opportunity for growth in other areas. I firmly believe the Lord is with us in change and will provide opportunities for the local church communities to continue to flourish in new ways.
I invite your support as we prepare for a future that will differ greatly from the past in terms of how we worship as a faith community. I therefore ask each of you to consider carefully these matters and
I would greatly welcome your input and suggestions directly, or through your Parish Pastoral Councils, as we seek to meet this challenge together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
Post: Saint Michael’s, Longford, Co Longford, N39 Y4X5
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parishes of the Diocese of
Ardagh & Clonmacnoise
Clerical Changes – September 2017A number of Clerical changes have been made by Bishop Francis Duffy effective September 1st, 2017.
Frs. Seamus McKeon, Pat Lennon and our Pat Kiernan have all been granted sabbatical study leave.
Fr. Kiernan travels to California where he will be engaged in Parish Ministry in the Diocese of San Diego. During this time he will also have the opportunity to attend a course of study in San Diego. We wish Fr. Pat the very best while he is away.
We welcome Fr. Tom Healy to our parish. Currently administrator in Longford he is to take over as the new parish priest in St. Mary’s Edgeworthstown and as the Diocesan Secretary and Financial Administrator.
Other changes include Fr. James McKiernan, CC Boher who is to become Administrator in Longford while
Fr. PJ Higgins will return from Ecuador to become CC Boher.
Additional responsibilities have also been bestowed on other priests within the diocese.
Fr Tom Murray PP in Clonbroney will become Director of Planning, while Fr Seamus O’Rourke, CC Carrick-on-Shannon has been appointed Vocations Director.
Fr Pat has left us the following note:
WORD OF THANKS
I would like to exprees my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for their support, help and generosity during the last two years. At this time your kindness, good wishes and prayers are very much valued and appreciated. I pray that Jesus the Good Shepard will bless, protect and guide you and your families today and always. Please remember me in your prayers. I promise to do likewise for you. Beannachtaí agus Buíochas.
Mass Times and Church Notices
Mass Times This Week:
| The Manor
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|Monday||11.00 a.m.||9.30 a.m.|
|Tuesday||11.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.
Mass for the Holy Souls
|Thursday||11.00 a.m.||9.30 a.m.|
|Friday||11.00 a.m.||9.30 a.m.||8.00 p.m.||Saturday||7.00 p.m.||11.00 a.m.||8.00 p.m.|
St. Mary’s Edgeworthstown: Saturday vigil 7.00 p.m. Sunday 10.00 a.m. & 12 noon
The Manor, Edgeworthstown: Sunday 11.00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Boherquill: Saturday vigil 8.00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Rathowen: Sunday 11.00 a.m.
Edgeworthstown: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Boherquill: Tuesday and Friday 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. with Rosary at 7.10 p.m.
Rathowen: Wednesday 7.00 to 8.00 p.m.and Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
First Confession: Wednesday March 21st @ 7.00 p.m.
First Holy Communion: Saturday May 12th @ 12.00 noon
Enrolment Ceremony: Saturday October 7th @ 7.30 p.m.
Service Of Light: Saturday February 24th @ 7.00 p.m.
Sacrament of Confirmation: Friday March 9th @ 4.00 p.m.
Parish Secretary (Edgeworthstown):
The Presbetry, St. Mary’s Edgeworthstown
043 6671046 email@example.com
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. if you wish to book Anniversary Masses.
Also if you wish to contribute to Offertory Collections and to Priests Dues by way of the weekly envelope system the parish secretary will include you.
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Recent Baptisms and Deaths
We welcomed the following children into our Christian commmunity in recent weeks:
Please pray for the souls of our recently departed:-
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and formerly of Spiddal, Co. Galway
Angela Tuite, Bracklin Road)
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Requiescant in Pace
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Saturday 7.00p.m: Monica Coyle, Cathal McGirr
Sunday 10.00 a.m.: Mark Reynolds, Anne Mulligan
Sunday 12 noon: Kate Crossan, Dolores Courtney
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
Saturday 7.00p.m: Mairead Fulham, Marie Reilly, Kate O’Connor
Sunday 10.00 a.m.: Anne Smith, Siobhan Campbell, Anna McGerr
Sunday 12 noon: Maria Noonan, Liam Tuite, Angela Dockery
Financial Statement 2016, St. Mary’s Parish Edgeworthstown
Readings for Today
(Courtesy Irish Bishops Conference):
Thought for this Week
(Courtesy Fr. Tom Cox)
Mary Greene R.I.P.
Tribute to Kevin Greene and to Mary Greene (R.I.P.)
On Sunday August 21st 2016 in St. Mary’s Church, Edgeworthstown at the end of 10.00 a.m. Mass we read a tribute to Kevin Greene. Surrounded by his family and grandchildren we presented him with a Genesis crafted Nativity set.
Tribute to Kevin Greene
This morning we are going to take a few moments to acknowledge and pay tribute to our Parishioner, Kevin Greene, who gave freely of his time and expertise to our parish of St. Mary’s, Mostrim for the last 27 years
When volunteering for a job, sometimes one actually volunteers, or as often happens, one is volunteered. Either way, one usually concentrates on the job in hand, not looking ahead, taking one day or one week at a time. As one week follows the previous one, the weeks become months and soon enough a year or two passes by.
In Kevin’s case, he volunteered and served this Parish diligently, conscientiously, quietly and efficiently during the last 27 years. During this time, he was a wondrerful help and support to the many Priests who have served in this Parish, namely, Fr. Christopher Stapleton, Monsignor Patrick Early, Fr. John F. Doyle, Fr. John Francis Kiernan, Fr. Charlie Healy, Fr. Hugh Turbitt, Fr. Jim Sorohan, Fr. Patrick Murphy, Fr. Michael Bannon and Fr. Patrick Kiernan. He also worked closely with Sacristans, Joe Breaden and his good wife Mary.
For the last 27 years Kevin was responsible, with the assistance of other generous volunteers, in collecting and counting the Offeertory Collection here at St. Mary’s, Mostrim, which you the Parishioners so generously and faithfully support, every week of the year.
It is with gratitude and appreciation that we would like to recognise your wonderful contribution to our Parish and we would like to acknowledge all of those who give of their time so generously to volunteer and to serve the various roles in our Parish. On this August morning, we would like to make a presentation to you Kevin on behalf St. Mary’s Parish, in recognition and appreciation of your dedicated and loyal service for the last 27 years.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you health and happiness now and in the future.
Beannachtaί agus Buίochas
It is with a heavy heart that we record the death of Kevin’s wife Mary, peacefully at home in Devine Crescent (formerly of Drumeel, Ballinalee) on September 14th 2017 after a short illness. It was a kindness that she was not allowed to suffer for a long period. As we know The Lord works in mysterious ways. It was his way of saying to Mary “Good and Faithful Servant, your time to enter the Kingdom has come”. He gently opened the gates of Paradise and welcomed Dear Mary home.
Mary served as Sacristan in St. Mary’s church, Edgeworthstown for 13 years. She succeeded Joe Breadan and served under the following priests/parish priests:
Monsignor Patrick Early, Fr. John F. Doyle r.i.p., Fr. John Francis Kiernan r.i.p., Fr. Charlie Healy, Fr. Hugh Turbitt, Fr. Jim Sorohan r.i.p., Fr. Patrick Murphy, Fr. Michael Bannon and Fr. Patrick Kiernan – she just missed working with Fr. Tom Healy, newly transferred from St. Mel’s two week’s prior to her passing. She also assisted Fr. Peter Beglan, Cannon Jerry McAuley r.i.p., Fr. Cieran McGovern, Fr. Joe McGrath and Fr. Nigel Charles.
Her passing has left a very big void in her family’s lives, those of husband Kevin, sons Gerard and Philip, daughters Rosemary, Noeleen and Catherine, grandchildren, great grandchild, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers Tommy, Jimmy, Robbie, Mickey and Joe, sisters Róisín, Ita, Bridget and Ann, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins. As it has to the community of friends who all loved Mary
Mary’s great loves included her husband and family and her work in the church. While her attention to detail ensured all services ran smoothly she always made time to chat with neighbours and friends. Several times each day – hail, rain or shine – Mary walked from home through to the other end of town to her devine calling, her church. She also facilitated those of us who counted the collections and banked them.
Mary was the mainstay of our church for those thirteen years, her total dedication and love of her work radiated from her. She truly loved what she did and we owe her a deep gratitude.
It is a great tribute to the Greene family that Kevin served us for twenty seven years, Mary for thirteen years, Gerard has filled in as sacristan during and after Mary’s illness and Philip acts as funeral usher.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam
May she rest in peace and rise in glory
Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois - Knock Shrine - Accord - St. Vincent de Paul - Safeguarding - General Register Office - World Meeting of Families 2018 - The Trócaire Romero Award
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