CHANGES - Bishop Colm has recently
announced clerical changes in the Diocese
which affect our parish. Fr. Merlyn Kenny
is being appointed to Carrick on Shannon while
Fr. Nigel Charles becomes Administrator of
Killashee and Clondra. Fr. Tom Murray will
join us here in Longford while retaining his
role as Diocesan Secretary.
express our appreciation to Fr. Merlyn and
Fr. Nigel for their time among us as we welcome
Fr. Tom. The changes mean that we are reduced
from five to four priests - we appreciate
your help and support as we try to minister
to the pastoral needs of the parish.
UPDATE ON CATHEDRAL RESTORATION
Day - An Open Day will take place
on Sept 18th from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m..
This will be an opportunity for you to visit
the Cathedral to see the extent of the fire
damage caused and the beginnings of the restoration
project. We will also have on display the
plans for the future as developed so far by
Diocesan Committees in consultation with the
/ Trial repairs - In recent weeks
investigative works and trial repairs are
taking place at the Cathedral. This involves
trial cleaning, steel supports, further clearing
out, investigations for geo thermal heating
and lifts, replacement of one column and preparations
for the Open Day.
contract was awarded to Kelly Bros. of Moate,
Co. Westmeath after a competitive
tender process. There will continue to be
a significant spin-off benefit to the local
economy as the project evolves.
Training Scheme - The proposed
skills training scheme is being further developed
in association with Longford Community Resources
Works - During the surveying of the
Cathedral after the fire it was discovered
that the statues high on the front façade
have suffered damage over the years. The lintel
over the front door has also been cracked
for some time. A successful application for
grant aid for these works was made to the
Heritage Council. Because of this funding
this contract had to be awarded under the
public procurement process. The successful
applicants were Conservation & Restoration
(Ireland) Ltd from Co. Wexford.
Gift from Tullamore Parish
–In 1983 the Church in Tullamore was
destroyed by fire. The Parish recently celebrated
the silver jubilee of their re-opening and
in a very kind gesture of solidarity donated
a ‘Book of the Gospels’ to Longford
Parish. Two members of our Pastoral Council
attended a special mass and received the ‘Book
of the Gospels’ which will be used in
the future for our more special ceremonies.
CEMETERY SUNDAY – We
would like to thank all who assisted in our
recent celebration of Cemetery Sunday. It
was wonderful to see such a congregation gather
for this important day in life of the parish.
Thank you to the Garda, Army, Farrell Bros,
Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristan,
People who sprinkled the graves, Pastoral
Council members and all who assisted in any
FAMILY DAY AT FLANCARE PARK
- We would like to record our thanks to all
who assisted in any way with the Parish Family
Day in Flancare Park on Aug 7th last. As with
last year, it was a highly enjoyable social
occasion and we greatly appreciate the support
and goodwill of so many who were involved
in arranging the event. After covering the
expenses of the event net proceeds lodged
to Cathedral Restoration Reserve Fund amounted
COUNTY F INAL - We wish the
best of luck to all associated with Longford
Slashers in the County Final on Sunday. We
hope the boys in blue will lift the Connolly
Cup for the second year in a row.
LONGFORD SOCIAL SERVICES 40th ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATIONS - Longford Social Services
invite Friends, Benefactors, Volunteers &
all who have contributed in any way towards
our services over the past 40 years to be
part of our Celebrations on Thurs 15th Sept
2011. Commencing with Mass at 7:00 pm celebrant
Bishop Colm O’Reilly in St Joseph’s
Hospital Chapel, Followed by Blessing of Commemorative
Plaque in memory of Sr. Calasanctius Duffy
RIP. Launch of Longford Social Service Website
www.mealsonwheelslongford.ie will also take
place. Refreshments will be served. Tel: 043
3350114/043 3350138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTHLY HOLY HOUR will recommence
on Sat. 24th Sept. at 8.30 pm in the Cathedral
Centre. We invite all families and young adults
to join with us for this special time of prayer.
CHILDRENS MASS – The
Children’s Mass will take place at the
10.00am on Sunday 25th Sept in St. Mel’s
LONGFORD PRAYER GROUP –
meets each Monday at 8.00 pm in St Joseph’s
Hospital. All are very welcome to join us.
MEDITATION GROUP –
Meet each Tuesday evening 7.15 - 8.00 pm.
Entrance through the front door of St. Mel’s
College. Beginners always welcome.
CLUB 89 – resumes Family
Centre Tues 13th Sept from 2 – 4.00
pm. All welcome to attend.
COUNTY LONGFORD HOSPICE HOMECARE
– Ireland’s biggest coffee morning
on Thurs. 15th Sept. 2011. Share a coffee
with friends at home or at work and support
our local Hospice Service.
COFFEE MORNING – Recommences
on Fri. 16th Sept after 10.00 am Mass. Proceeds
this coming week in aid of Longford Hospice.
THE TEMPERANCE HALL presents Tommy
Fleming, one of Ireland’s top
entertainers, on Sun. Oct 2nd in St. Mel’s
Cathedral Centre. Tickets are €30 each
and are now on sale locally in Backstage Theatre
and Music Centre, Longford and also online
from Ticketmaster. Don’t miss this opportunity
to see Tommy Fleming perform alongside a String
Quartet ....a date for your diary.
NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL - Cluain
Chiarain Prayer Centre, Clonmacnois. Fri.
16th Sept. Mass at 10.00pm, Adoration follows,
finishes at 3.10am. Enq. Dave 085-7746763.
LONGFORD FLOWER CLUB first
demonstration of the new season entitled 'Autumn
In Its Glory'- on Tues. 13th Sept. at 8.00pm
in Sylvia Dawson Hall with Adrienne Thompson
from Kilcullen, Co.KIldare. Admission €6
(including supper and raffle).
LONGFORD GLEE CLUB –
Temperance Hall, Saturdays 11.30 am –
1.00 pm starting 24th Sept. for children aged
4 – 12 years. Newcomers and experienced
singers, dancers and little actors are welcome.
For more information call Lisa 087 7619605.
LONGFORD AC & LONGFORD SPORTS
PARTNERSHIP - 5K Fun Run in the Mall
Sports Complex on Tues. 13th Sept at 7.00
pm. Registration from 6.15 pm at Computer
Clinic. All abilities: run, jog or walk. Post-race
refreshments in the Computer Clinic. Entry
fee €5. Further details www.longfordsports.ie
FETAC LEVEL 6 - Advanced
Certificate in Supervisory Management - Limited
number of places available for unemployed
people free of charge. Course runs September
2011 – May 2012 three mornings a week
in the VEC offices, Battery Road, Longford.
Please pray for our departed parishioner:
Tommy Kane, Corboy
Josephine Keenan, Bannon Tce.
Eddie Kelly, St. Mel’s Court
Noel Meunier, Coolnahinch
Veronica Cosgrove (nee Vaughan) Enniskillen
and formerly Longford
Lily Delaney (nee Mears) London & formerly
St. Michael’s Rd.
Elizabeth Dolan, Great Water St.
Molly Shiels, Harbour Row
Brian McCartan, Canal Court
Colm Dowd, London & formerly Harbour Row
Conor O’Reilly, St. Mary’s Tce.
Edward Kelly, Ballymakeegan
Mary Hanaphy (nee Brennan) St. Bridget’s
Kevin Gray, Demesne
Catherine Norris (nee Ghee), Clonbroney and
late of Lisduff
welcomed the following children into our Christian
Annalis Myers, Oakvale
Julieann Myers, Oakvale
Sean Kelly, White Linen Woods
Kaeden Saavedra, Leader Park
Brian Joyce, The Hollows
Sianna Malone, Finneragh
Ella Masterson, Clonbalt Woods
Ava Lyons, Bo Dearg
Jayson Kurkin, Dun Darragh
Tadhg Enright, The Hollows
Kacper Jarosz, Melview Glen
Aimee Corrigan, Glebe View
James Oates, Park Drive
Joshua Hackett, Stonepark Lane
Katie Sweeney, Ballyhoolivan
Charlie Finn, Ballymakeegan
Katie Connellan, Lisduff
Rebecca Keaveney, Templemichael Tce
Adam Dunworth, Oaklands Ave
Tylor McKenna Muvany, Butterfield
Emilia Figlak, Oaklands Green
Wiktoria Figlak, Oaklands Green
Connie Dinnegan, Ardnacassa
Sean Lynch, Balbriggan
Michael Keane, McEoin Park
Liam Glancy, Lisduff
Joseph Lawrence, Lanna Aoibhinn
Joshua Lawrence, Lanna Aoibhinn
Vivienne Farrell, Stonepark Lane
Rion George, Ballymakeegan
Aoibheann Healion Phillips, Dublin
Lola Galvin, Oaklands Drive
WEBSITE – please find photographs
on www.longfordparish.com from the traditional
blessing of food on Holy Saturday when the
entire Polish Community of Co. Longford gathered
for this annual colourful and festive ceremony
at the Cathedral Centre.