Newsletter – Sunday 29th January 2012

Lá Fhéile Bhríde
Feast of St. Brigid
1 Feabhra/February

Drum Mass Intentions
Saturday 28th 8pm: John & Kathleen Grenham, Curraghaleen
Sunday 29th 10am: Tommy & Winnie Higgins, Ardkeenan
Tuesday 31st 7pm: Mass for Special Intentions
Wednesday 1st 7pm: Feast of St. Brigid
Thursday 2nd 7pm: Michael & Nora McManus, Ardnanure
Friday 3rd 7pm: Daniel & Mary Harney, Crannaghmore
Saturday 4th 8pm: Mrs Judith Townsend (nee Babs Griffin)
Sunday 5th 10am: Edward McManus and his parents John & Margaret, Nure

Drum Collection
Sunday 22nd January: €1,235.00.
Thank you for your weekly contributions for the upkeep of the church.

Clonown Mass Intentions
Sunday 29th 11am: Deceased members of the Shine family, Curraghnaboll
Friday 3rd 8pm: Paddy Joe & Rose Dunning, Newtown East
Sunday 5th 11am: Willie & Nellie Shine, Curraghnaboll

Clonown Collections
Sunday 22nd January: €256.00.
Church Restoration Fund: €190.00.

Rest in Peace
Lily Hogan, Garrycastle, Athlone (mother of Margaret Macken, Lisdillure)
Kathleen Donohue, Skyvalley, Taughnaconnell (mother of Collette Webster, Crannaghbeg and Eamon Donohue, Monksland)
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam

Lá Fhéile Bhríde – Feast of Saint Brigid
Wednesday 1st February is the feast of Saint Brigid, which marks the beginning of spring. St. Brigid has always had a special connection with both Drum and Clonown. In the past people made St Brigid’s crosses from rushes and hung them in the outhouses in order to protect the animals from illness.

Cake Sale in Clonown
There will be a cake sale and tea and coffee morning in Clonown Community Centre this Sunday 29th January after 11am Mass. There will also be a disco for children. This cake sale is being held to raise funds for the I.H.C.P.T., an organisation that brings children with special needs to Lourdes. A group of cyclists will cycle from the north of France, doing 100 miles per day over seven days, to Lourdes in the South of France. Each cyclist has to raise €2,500 for each child brought. James Costello from Clonown will be taking part in the cycle. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

South Roscommon Vintage Club
Annual Auto Jumble Sale and Show at Taughmaconnell Community Centre on this Sunday 29th January from 11am–5pm. All welcome, please support.

IHCPT Church Gate Collection
Collection will be held next weekend Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th Feruary in aid of local branch IHCPT Group 172 who will be bringing young people with special needs from the Athlone/Roscommon area to Lourdes this year at Easter. Please support.

Community Games Talent Show
Drum Clonown Community Games are holding a Talent Show in Drum Parish Hall on Wednesday 15th February commencing at 7pm. All are welcome.

Keep Fit Classes in Clonown
Keep fit classes will be held in Clonown Community Centre over the coming weeks. These classes have proven very popular in the past. Depending on the demand these classes will be held on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. If there is enough demand there will be a separate class for older people. Last year the class for older people proved very successful. Anyone interested in these classes please contact Ronan 086-3029804, Ann 087-2261096 or Rosaleen (for older people) 087-7600128.

Rubbish in the Graveyard
Please note that there is no waste disposal service in the local graveyards and people are asked in future to bring home the material removed from the graves, e.g. old wreaths, pots, clay. Apart from being unsightly it is also disrespectful to the memory of those buried there to have rubbish dumped.

Prayer Group for Lent
Fr. Michael is hoping to hold a Prayer Meeting upstairs in Drum Parish Hall every Tuesday during Lent. If you are interested please contact the Parish Office 090-6437125 as soon as possible as we need to order prayer books in advance.

Spring Stations
Those who wish to host a station mass in their home this spring are invited to contact Drum Parish Office to book a date and time.

Clann na nGael Social
Celebrating 75 years of Clann na nGael with our annual Dinner Dance in Athlone Springs Hotel on Friday 3rd February. Buffet dinner at 8pm. Music by Na Fianna. Ceol agus Craic. Tickets €25 available from Harney’s SPAR or contact Liam Dunne 083-4166464.

Passionfruit Theatre
Presents Albert Niland in concert on Friday 3rd February at 8.30pm. Admission €12. Contact 086-3338457.

Creative Writing Workshops for Children
6 week workshops on Saturdays from 4th February 12-2 pm(8-12yrs) or 2.30-4.30pm(8-12yrs) at Venue4, Bastion Street, Athlone. Cost €85. Contact Niamh 086-3623971.

Table Quiz
In aid of St. Joseph’s College, Summerhill will be held in the Athlone Springs Hotel on Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm. €10 per team of 4. Please support.

50th International Eucharistic Congress
The parish has been allocated just 15 tickets for the final Mass of the Congress, the Missa Statio Orbis which will be celebrated in Croke Park on Sunday 17th June 2012. If you would like to be included in the draw for a ticket, please contact Brenda in the Parish Office 090-6492171 before Monday 13th February. Tickets are €13 each but will be paid for by the parish.

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