Urlingford - Johnstown

Sympathy - Sincere sympathy goes to Mrs. Margaret Phelan (nee Delaney) who is on the teaching staff of Urlingford National School, on the recent death of her mother Mrs. Sheila Delaney, Cullohill, Co Laois, who died recently. Peace to her Soul.

Sympathy - Sincere sympathy goes to Mrs. Margaret Phelan (nee Delaney) who is on the teaching staff of Urlingford National School, on the recent death of her mother Mrs. Sheila Delaney, Cullohill, Co Laois, who died recently. Peace to her Soul.

Whist Drive - Your next Whist Drive in St. Mary’s Hall, Johnstown, is on this Friday night, November 25th at usual time. Proceeds in aid of Youth Club. Please bring a friend.

Colaiste Mhuire - Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown are holding an Information Night for parents for the incoming First Year’s for September 2012. It will take place tomorrow (Thursday), at 7.30 p.m. An Assessment Day for incoming First Year’s which will take place this year is on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.

Community Games - Urlingford/Johnstown/Galmoy Community Games will hold a Parents Information Evening and their A.G.M. at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 28th in the Old School, Urlingford. It will commence with a brief talk to inform parents about the Community Games, what it involves and advise them of the various activities in which their child can participate. Also on the night we are advising all parents to come up and register their child’s name as if they are not registered with the County Board by 1st December, 2011 they cannot participate in activities in 2012. Children are welcome to come along. Refreshments will be provided.

Flower Arranging - Christmas Flower Arranging classes will take place in the Art Studio, Crosspatrick, for three weeks commencing on Thursday, November 24th from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. For more information please contact Sinead Somers on (086) 1063000.

Mass - Month’s Mind Mass for the late Christine Butler, Clomantagh, Barna in St Patrick’s Church, Graine on Sunday, November 27th at 10 a.m.

Advent - Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Your new Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Ollie Maher will take up his appointment in Urlingford/Graine parish. We extend a warm welcome to him and wish him many happy years as P.P.

Note From Canon Dunphy - As your P.P. for over 18 years, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of you for your help and co-operation during those years. During that time, with your help, we have grown up together and come closer together under God’s protection through the joys and sorrows of life. In spiritual matters I have shared with you the joys of God’s presence among us through the Sacraments you received through my administration of them and our prayers of devotion together. I was happy so share special family celebration days with you, whether it was a christening, a wedding or an anniversary celebration of a special event in your life. There were also those sad occasions when I hope I brought some consolation to you at the time of a sad bereavement. These are all the challenging times in our life when our trust in God will stand by us. I retire now as your Parish Priest with my new house of residence at Borrisbeg Bungalow. I know you will give the same help and co-operation to your new Parish Priest, Fr. Ollie Maher. From now on he is in charge of all the parish administration. If needs be, I will be available for emergency calls. I conclude by wishing God’s every Blessing on all of you – Rev. Laurence Dunphy P.P. Canon Dunphy was given a standing ovation after all his Masses last weekend.

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 - Volunteers urgently needed for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012. It will take place in Dublin from June 10th to 17th, 2012. Volunteers will have an integral role to play in the success of the Congress. Between two and three thousand volunteers will be needed during the week of the Congress and also to assist in preparations in the months leading up to the Congress. The Congress is now recruiting volunteers for a wide range of roles such as administration, data entry, stewards, marketing, transport, meet and greet, multimedia, pastoral preparation and much more. If you would like to get involved please visit the IEC2012 website on www.iec2012.ie/volunteer and fill out an online application or request an application form from the Congress office. For more information please contact the IEC2012 offices on (01) 2349900.

Cemetery – The Rosary in Johnstown Cemetery will be recited every Sunday during the month of November at 2.30 p.m. In the event of bad weather it will be in St. Kieran’s Church.