1st July 2015

WHIST DRIVE – IN AID OF NORTH WEST HOSPICE.
The monthly whist drive in Ballinamore Community centre takes place on Thursday 2nd July at 9pm and all proceeds are going to the North West Hospice, we are calling on all card players to please come along and support this worthy cause. There will be a great selection of wonderful prizes to be won and tea and refreshments at half time. So why not come along, bring a friend and enjoy a good night while supporting the North West Hospice. If you wish to support with a subscription /donation/spot prize, you can do so in Community Centre from 8pm on the night, All Welcome,

CHURCH NEWS
Ballinamore Masses:,  Mon & Wed 7pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am, Sat 11am & 7pm ( Vigil) Sun 11.30am. Aughnasheelin Masses:      Wed 9am, Fri 8pm, Sun. 10am
Confessions:  Saturday after 11am mass and before and after 7pm Vigil mass, anytime on request.
Altar Servers Tour  
to Waterworld Bundoran will take place on Monday July 6th. Details have been sent out to all servers and their parents.  Please hand in all the necessary forms to Fr.Sean before this Sunday evening.
Visitation Of The Sick And Housebound
will take place this week : Aughnasheelin on Thursday am Ballinamore on Friday am.
Tax Relief For Donations:  Thanks to all who have so kindly returned the CHY4  Cert which was sent out with your acknowledgements  for your contributions to the Parish for 2014. Anyone who contributed €250 or more to the Parish in 2014 received a CHY4 Cert.  If you are a tax payer please fill this form in and return to the Parochial House , Convent Rd. This has become an important source of revenue for the Parish and we appreciate your co-operation.
Baptism:   We welcome into the parish Community Neala Ni HAodh who was baptised on Saturday last. We pray God’s blessing and protection on Neala and her family.

BELFAST TO KNOCK PEACE WALKERS.  
We are fast approaching that time of the year when our friends from Belfast pass through our town as they walk to Knock over five days on their Peace Pilgrimage. This is the twenty first anniversary of the walk and over those years Fr Duffy R.I.P. always looked forward to meeting and celebrating Mass with the walkers on their Thursday evening stopover in Ballinamore. This year they will arrive in town and will be celebrating Mass on the Thursday evening 16TH July. Over the years the parish has always opened their hearts and homes to the walkers and have been most generous and supportive in providing beds for those walking the pilgrimage. Hopefully this year will be no exception and if you can give a bed for even one walker it will be much appreciated, “I was a stranger and you invited me in “truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40, on this Thursday 16th July the walkers will have walked all the way from Clones to Ballinamore and as you can appreciate they would be delighted to get a bed for the night after walking that journey.  All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to come along on the Thursday and experience the Mass, the music and the liturgy that the Cursillio members bring to their celebrations. Appropriately enough our own Fr. Sean Kelly OFM is Chaplin on the walk and will be celebrating the Mass in Ballinamore, and it would be wonderful if we can as a parish come out and support the walkers on their journey.   

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
We wish all our teachers and pupils happy summer holidays and a well deserved rest.

LEAVING CERT STUDENTS
please remember that The CAO ‘Change of Mind’ facility closes on Wednesday July 1st  and it can be accessed via the ‘My Application’ tab at www.cao.ie up to 5:15pm on that date. No exceptions are made for any  changes  in applications made after that time on that date.

Ballinamore Parent & Toddler
Situated in the old medical clinic (middle of the town, on a temporary basis!) Every Wednesday 10.00a.m.-12.000p.m.  €2 per week (for tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) All parents/grandparents or child minders who are in the company of babies or toddlers are invited to come along for a cup of tea and a chat while the children mix and play!  For more information contact: Laura Mc Hugh 086 6035977

Summer Camp :Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th July. Registration night Monday 29th June @ 8pm in the tech. Cost 1 child - €40. 2 children €70. 3 or more children €100. For more details contact Pauline 0863777730.b

WANTED – BALLINAMORE FESTIVAL PHOTO’S
If anybody has any photographs from previous festivals that they would be willing to lend to the Festival Committee it would be most appreciated. Photos will be kept safe & returned. They can be left into David McCabe in The Poor Scholar or Barbara Gunn in Priors.

TIDY TOWNS
Tidy Towns judging has started all over the country.  Thank you to everyone for all the window boxes, hanging baskets and lovely gardens. Thank you to all the businesses and householders who sweep outside and remove the sweepings.  Great to see fences and boundary walls being painted.  Litter - please bin it or bring it home.  Floral pride judging will be soon.  A big thank you to everyone working and  helping in any way.  Thank you to Leitrim Dev Co Rss and Tus workers, Philip and the county council team and Super Valu - sponsors of the competition.

MOHILL FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE - Canon Donohoe Hall, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Ballinamore Outreach Service  Wednesday 12pm-2pm Old Medical Clinic, Ballinamore(Middle of the town)  The aim of the Mohill Family Support Ballinamore Outreach Service is to facilitate and support individuals and their families in the community in becoming actively involved in identifying and meeting their social, personal and educational needs.  By doing this we hope to empower them to improve the quality of their lives.

SUMMER CRAFT & GIFT FAIR
Sunday 12th July 2015
Woodford Suite, Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan 12.00pm – 5.00pmCome join us at our 4th annual Summer Craft & Gift Fair, the perfect place for some retail therapy. With over 30 stands showcasing a whole host of handcrafted items and quality giftware including greeting cards, jewellery, glassware & ceramics, art, knitting & crochet, skincare & cosmetics, fairy doors, shaped crayons, wash bags for children, jam, handbags, fairy doors, candles, vintage collectibles, baked goods, craft supplies, homewares and accessories.  Free admission!  For further information visit the events section of our website at www.downland-crafts.com  Or telephone 049 436 4877 or 087 189 6229

BALLINAMORE LIBRARY ‘PICTURE OF THE MONTH’
The June ‘Picture of the Month’ is a framed photograph of some members of Leitrim County Council in the 1970’s.  Unfortunately, many of the Councillors and Officers in the photograph are now deceased.  Those whose picture were taken include Pat McDonald; M.J. Dolan; P.J. Lynch; Larry McGowan; Pascal McKeon; Peter McKeon; John Joe McGirl; Farrell McElgunn; John Clinton; Patrick Briody; Michael MacD Fleming; Michael Guckian; Joseph Mooney; Paddy Doyle; Tommy O’Donnell; John Loughlin; Michael Kilraine; Pat Joe Reynolds; Jim Reynolds; Joe McLoughlin; Joe McCartin and Denis O’Donovan.  Why not take a stroll down memory lane and visit Ballinamore Library to view the June ‘Picture of the Month’.  Opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues &   Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, with daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL
We are currently up dating our Housing List for Trathnóna Housing. If you wish to add your name to the list please contact our confidential mobile number 087 9360562 . We would like to thank all who continue to support us in the community which we serve.

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

TESCO SCHEME- THE BIG PUSH
Our Sports Hall and Den are one of three projects taking part in the current TESCO Community Support Schemes. This particular set will probably end this week and €500 will be divided in proportion to the number of blue discs in each box.  Our box and another have just commenced a third fill. Every euro counts and I would ask all to support our box this weekend and until completed by taking and putting in as many discs as possible after payment at checkout- including unmanned checkout. Please text or forward this to all your members.Padraig Griffin

THE MINERS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY;
The weekend of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Mines on Bencroy will commence on Saturday, August 1st with a walk fom the Shoemaker's to Wynne's pit at 3pm. This will be immediately followed by the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to all miners who worked on Sliabh an Iarainn.  The book launch, followed by miners reunion dinner dance, will commmence at 7pm (August 2nd) in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo.  Tickets for the Dinner Dance are now on sale. Phone Tony Tiernan at 0868168928 or Ann Boyle at 087 9816257.

 

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