Notes 05/12/2011 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
A Christmas Carol Concert featuring Newtowncashel, Scramogue and Tang Choirs will be held in The Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Newtowncashel, on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm.  Donations in aid of the RISE Foundation (a support organisation for families with loved ones in addiction), can be given on the night.  All support would be greatly appreciated.  Concerts will also be held in Scramogue Church on 11th December at 8pm and Tang Church on 18th December at 7pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY RUN
The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 21st year. As a result of this event approximately €150,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome, walkers start from the Hill at 11.45 am and runners at 12.15, finish at the Hall in Lanesborough where refreshments are available. Further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K's Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesborough. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause. Longford MS has come to depend on this event over the past 20 years and would like to extend their appreciation for the effort given.

PANTOMIME
Ballymahon Vocational School presents “Snow White” a Christmas Pantomime, on December 7th, 8th and 9th, at 8.00pm.  For tickets call or text (087) 979 3913.  Adults €10.00, Students/OAPs €5.00.  Support will be greatly appreciated.

JUNIOR CHOIR – CHRISTMAS REHEARSALS
The Junior Choir will rehearse in the Church on Saturday December 3rd, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in preparation for Christmas.  We look forward to a full turnout!  It’s still not too late to join in, if you haven’t made it to any rehearsals so far!  Those who have been given reading parts are asked to make sure to read through your readings or prayers and to bring them to the rehearsal on Saturday.

“YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESS”
“You Shall be my Witness”, a Parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation, commences in “The Hill” on Friday December 9th at 8.00pm.  Session two follows on Thursday December 15th.  The programme is a new pastoral development and is led and co-ordinated by parents.

TIDY TOWNS
The monthly Tidy Towns meeting will be held in “The Hill” on Thursday December 8th, 8.30pm.  

NEWTOWNCASHEL DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP
Following consultative meetings is has been decided that the five defibrillators be located strategically around the parish so as to be equally accessible to all areas.  The locations are as follows – “The Hill”, Derryhaun, Portanure at Mattie Reid’s, Forthill/Estate Road, Greenhall/Aughavadden.  The units must be stored in temperature controlled cabinets.  These cost approximately €600.00 each.  While some funds remain, further fundraising will be necessary.

CAKE SALE
A Cake Sale will be held in “The hill” on Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, after Mass.  Support would be much appreciated.  All monies raised will go to the Newtowncashel Defibrillator Group to aid the purchase of the temperature controlled cabinets discussed above.

ABBEYSHRULE TIDY VILLAGES ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Abbeyshrule Tidy Villages Association Christmas Craft Fair with Festive Food and Children’s Workshops, takes place at the Rustic Inn, on Sunday December 11th, from 12.00noon to 6.00pm.  Santa and Mrs Claus hope to “fly in” from Lapland at 4.00pm to tell Christmas stories.  Monster Raffle.  All are welcome.

THANK YOU
The Society of St Vincent de Paul, St Mel’s Conference, Longford, gratefully acknowledges Newtowncashel’s donations of non-perishable food items plus the sum of €65.00, contributed on the weekend of Mission Sunday, October 22nd/23rd.

IRISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Irish conversation groups have been in existence for a number of years throughout the country and are proving very popular with a wide range of people with varying levels of Irish speaking capabilities. These groups offer people an opportunity to meet on a weekly basis and converse through our native language. This is far removed from evening class type of learning and is a fun way to enjoy or improve your skills and love of our language, remember it is geared for all levels.
If you are interested in forming/joining such a group in Newtowncashel please contact Liam Finnegan on 086/2585656. We will be holding a meeting/social evening to chat about our plans.

ADORATION
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Wednesdays, 3.00pm to 9.00pm.  All are invited to spend some time in quiet prayer.

ROSARY
Recitation of the Rosary continues on Fridays at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
Collection envelopes for 2012 are being distributed by members of the Parish Pastoral Council.  We thank them and all who help in the process.  Anyone who has been omitted but who wishes to receive envelopes should contact the Parochial House.

TOWARDS HEALING
Towards Healing is a free and confidential helpline and counselling referral service; a Catholic Church response to institutional/Clerical/Religious abuse.  1800 303 416, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11.00am – 8.00pm; Fridays 11.00am – 4.00pm, casemanager@towardshealing.ie, www.towardshealing.ie.

ACTIVITY CLUB
Meeting in the village at 7.15pm every Monday and Wednesday. If you would like to take part please come along.  We will be organising a number of different events over the coming months so please join us as all ages will be accommodated.

SET DANCING
Set Dancing classes take place on Tuesday nights in Sorohan’s Pub, Ballyleague, at 8.30pm.

25 CARD GAME.
The Christmas Club has now started in Fallon's on Thursday nights at 9.30pm. Come along to get your name in the draw.  All Welcome.

NEWTOWNCASHEL CHRISTMAS CARDS
Newtowncashel Christmas Cards will be on sale in “The Hill” after weekend masses on Saturday and Sunday.  They are also available in L&K’s Village Shop.  As postal deadlines for some destinations are imminent this is an opportune time to buy local cards.  Sponsored by Newtowncashel Tidy Towns, the very attractive card features Saints’ Island in winter and is priced at €1.00.  Photography and design by Edel Fallon, bottlegreendesign®, (086) 376 4843, edelfallon@yahoo.com.


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