1st December 2014

Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party
The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party takes place next Sunday December 7th in The Standing Stone Hotel from 2.30 – 8pm.  Tickets are presently being distributed but if anyone is overlooked or forgotten about please feel free to come along without a ticket.  Looking forward to seeing you all there. 

Film Morning For Children Ballinamore Library
“The Dog Who Saved Christmas”

The Bannister family's new addition, Zeus, the yellow Labrador and former K-9 police hero, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However, when two burglars set out to break into the Bannister's home while they are away for Christmas Eve, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero, proving every dog even this one has his day. Bring the kids along to Ballinamore Library on Saturday morning 6th December at 11.30am to see this heart-warming story “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” and have a look at the large selection of Christmas books now in stock.

Film Evening ‘Mamma Mia’ Tuesday 9th At 7.30pm

Come along to Ballinamore Library on Tuesday 9th December at 7.30pm and see the movie “Mamma Mia”; This feel good blockbuster adaptation of the smash-hit stage musical, with Meryl Streep finding love the second time around on the Greek isles. After reading her mother Donna's diary, soon-to-be-wed Sophie invites three of her mother's old flames, Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan), and Harry (Colin Firth) to the wedding, in the hope of finding out who her real father is. Arriving on the sun-drenched Mediterranean island for the first time in 20 years, the now middle-aged hunks soon rekindle long dormant emotions, causing Donna to revisit her past glories, and, with the help of her two oldest friends, Rosie and Tanya, belt out all those Abba hits with the exuberance of a spring chicken. Remember Admission is FREE

Fundraising Table Quiz

Ballinamore Men's Sheds are holding their first Fundraising Table Quiz in Smyth's Siopa Ol on Wednesday 17th December at 9.30p.m.  Please Support.

Men's Sheds continues to run every Wednesday night from 7  to 10 pm in the Tech.  New members are always very welcome.

St Vincent De Paul
Next weekend Saturday 6th and Sunday 7TH   Dec St. Vincent De Paul Society Ballinamore are holding our annual Christmas Church gate collection. We need your help, all monies collected are to support people in need in our local community. Your generosity will make Christmas very special for families in this community. We thank all of you who support us in any way throughout the year. S.V.D.P. confidential mobile number is 087-9360562

Church Of Ireland
Church Street, Ballinamore, Sunday Service is at 12.15pm every Sunday except on the 4th Sunday which is held in Drumreilly Church, Drumreilly

1st Leitrim Scouts
1st Leitrim Scouts are running their annual Christmas craft fair on Sunday 7th December from 2-5pm in Ballinamore hall. Tables are €20 and can be shared. Places are filling up fast so if anyone else is interested in taking a table please contact Linda on 0872338154 or Cecilia on 0868910450 ASAP. Hope to see you all there. 


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

There will be a lot stirring in the Hunt Hall, Castle Street, Mohill on Sunday evening 7th December when the Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir takes to the stage for their Christmas Show ‘Sleigh Bells Ring’ which starts at 8pm sharp!

Come along, take your mind of the everyday worries &

kick start this Christmas in Mohill Town. A great evening of song and music along with a visit from Santa himself!

Beneficiaries: St. Mary’s Parish Mohill and Mohill Family Support Centre

Results from week seven of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup sponsored by the Aughnasheelin Gun Club.  McGirl’s (5) Quinn’s (4) Drumcoura (5) Jackie’s (4) Ossies (6) Poor Scholar (3).  Points total so far Ossie’s (41) Quinn’s (40) McGirl’s (34) Poor Scholar (27) Jackie’s (24) Drumcoura (23).

Next Sunday's proposed Advent Carol Service has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Church News

Masses for the Week :  

Ballinamore : Mon &Wed 7pm,  Tue, Thrs & Fri  9am , Sat 11am & 7pm (vigil)  Sun 11.30am. Aughnasheelin :  Wed 9am, Fri.8pm   Sunday 10am
Visitation of the sick & housebound will not take place this week but instead will take place closer to Christmas.

If an elderly person wishes to remain in their seat to receive Holy Communion perhaps a relative would let Priest or Eucharistic Minister know, they  will be more than happy to bring Holy Communion to that person in their seat.
If a family member or neighbour has an arrangement to take Holy Communion to an elderly person in their own home  ( a good practice) they should do so only if they are already a Eucharistic Minister or have been commissioned  a Eucharistic  Minister for that purpose.    If you need a pyx ( a small container for bringing Holy  Communion to homes ) please contact Fr. Sean.

Liturgy Committee of St. Patrick’s Church Ballinamore will meet Tuesday 8pm in the Parochial House, Convent Rd to plan for the Christmas Liturgy. 

A Parish Pastoral Council meeting willtake place on Monday December 8th at 8-30pm in the Community Centre. All members are asked to attend.

Coeliac Condition : If you suffer from Coeliac condition you may receive Holy Communion in this church Gluten free sacramental hosts are available and may be received, from priest at altar or one of the Eucharistic Ministers  at Cross Isle in Church  who will have a small ciborium attached to a larger one.

Are you elderly or living alone and feel you need some assistance at home? Do you have a loved one in need of help with personal care/shopping or day to day living activities?  If so we can help - from as little as one hour a day to sleepover service we provide an all-round confidential, homecare service.  Please contact Area Manager Caroline O’Neill, RHS Homecare on 089 974 5853 or email enquiries to:  Carolineoneill@rhshomecare.ie

John Paul Awards
Young people between the ages of 16-18 , whether in full - time education or who is not in post-primary education  are invited to participate in the John Paul awards. The award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul. The awards are given to encourage young people to get involved in their church, parish and community. Already a number of young people from the Transition Year in Ballinamore Community School have enrolled. If you wish to enrol or want further information please contact  our parish youth officer Shirley Sammon or Fr. Sean, before next Friday. The Vigil mass on Saturday 13th of December will have a large Youth Involvement and  is being prepared by the Pupils of Ballinamore Community School .

Our Lady Fatima In keeping with the request of Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Rosary will be recited in public at 3 pm. on Saturday 6 December 2014 at the Town Clock, Carrick on Shannon.  Please join us for this time of prayer for persecuted Christians worldwide and for world peace.

Youth 2000 Ireland
Will be hosting their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th December 2014. Over 500 young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) are expected at this donation only event, with all newcomers very welcome.   This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  Free buses available.  Online booking necessary, see www.youth2000.ie or phone 01 6753690.

Christmas Whist Drive
Will take place on Thursday Dec 4th in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. Hamper and loads of prizes to wIn.

As we approach the end of the year, it would be much appreciated if dues and offertory and other contributions were brought up to date.  The weekly offertory contributions go towards the upkeep of the Churches and the monthly dues contributions provide the salaries for the priests of the parish.  Thanking for your generosity. If you are paying by cheque would you be kind enough to use a separate cheque for offertory and dues contributions as they have different account numbers.

Christmas Hip Hop
Christmas hip hop how will be held on Tuesday 16th December at 6.30pm in Canon Donohue hall Mohill. It is going to be a fun event for all to display the hard work and fun.

Adult Christmas Party
Adults Christmas Party will then be held in Canon Donohue for all on Thursday 18th at 6.30pm- please bring something along- a few buns etc. I have asked a few local businesses to come along with cards. It is going to be a fun event.   Contact Charlene Mulligan 0862692977 if you have any other queries.

Ballinamore Charity Shop In Ballinamore
Ballinamore Charity Shop supporting St. Christopher's Hospice is now open(located on High Street) and would be grateful for donations of clothing, toys, household items, books, etc".

Rehabcare Ballinamore

We would like to thank all family members and members of the local community who supported us at our annual “1 day for Rehab” fundraising day, this support is much appreciated. We would also like to thank those who baked  for our cake sale and sponsored prizes for our raffle. The day proved to be very successful and we raised over 1,000 Euro which will go towards improving our services locally.

Assorted Fitness Charity Christmas Party

On Monday the 15th of Dec at 7.30pm in Ballinamore Community Centre the Assorted Fitness Christmas party is taking place. A fun filled night is guaranteed with lots of music and dancing, along with cooking, hair and beauty demonstrations. Refreshments tea and coffee will be served and amazing prizes are up for grabs in the raffle. All donations on the night will be going to SHOUT Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust and The North West Hospice. All welcome, for further information contact Michelle Fanning on 0879390980

Bridge Results

Results of bridge held on 27th November are as follows
Joint first
Marian Quinn and Evelyn Smith and Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn.
2nd Paddy Joyce and Kay Dolan
3rd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn
Bridge resumes on Thursday 11 th December and final night on 18 December at 7pm.
All players welcome.

Ballinamore Women’s Group
Monthly meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday 3rd December at 8 pm.
Christmas dinner is in Kennedys on Friday 5th December at 7 30pm.
All members are asked to attend final meeting of the year.

Christmas Lights
Nearly there folks. 4 more sleeps... till Santa arrives to Ballinamore to turn on the Christmas Lights. We have new improved lights this year and they will certainly brighten up your Christmas Season. Santa arrives at the Courthouse at 5:30 on Sunday the 7th Dec. He will be joined by a special guest. All the Boys and Girls will get a goody bag as well as a little chat with Santa.There was a great crowd last year and we hope to create the same atmosphere this year. We have a few surprises in store. So get your Santa hats on and your festive colours and join us on Sunday.  

Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre

A part-time Fetac Level 5 Start & Grow Your Own Business class will commence in January 2015 in Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre. The participants will learn the basic skills required to start and grow a business. The participants will have access to agencies that support new business in the region. The classes are funded by Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim ETB. For more information or to book a place contact Michael on 071 9641577, 087 6177071 or mbruen@drumshanboenterprise.ie Football

Underage Football

A meeting will take place Thursday at 9pm in The Park for all coaches, trainers, mentors and interested parents within our underage setup. Please ensure your attendance at this important meeting.

Indoor Hurling

Indoor Hurling will commence this Monday in the Sports Complex between 5pm-6pm. Open to all children from 1st-6th class.

Club Lotto Monday 24th November 2014

Numbers Drawn 4,0,1,7,3,5,6,2

Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar Dé Luan seo caite.

Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche:

House Draw €40: Philip McHugh

Sponsored by Terry Shortt – Won by Agnes Short, Mary Harte & Walter Sharpley

€40 an duine; Seamus Mac Murchaidh; Diarmaid Keegan, Andrew Burns; Aindréas Ó Dubhthaigh Next Weeks draw takes place on Monday night - Pota Oir €9100


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