The Coolruss Christmas Lights have been switched on and are a sight to behold. This year the Carroll family are collecting for three charities - St. Josephs Foundation, Pieta House and the Ronald McDonald house.
Caoimhe's Christmas Lights on the Bruff line are also lighting up the sky. The Lynch family are collecting for the Neo Natal Unit in the Maternity Hospital, where Caoimhe spent nine weeks after she was born.
This week's class had to be cancelled and many thanks to all for giving up the night to facilitate the History presentation. The last class night before Christmas - Wednesday 21st, 7.30pm, Community Centre. All Welcome.
GROUP WATER SCHEME:
Wednesday 14th Dec, 8.00pm, Community Centre. All welcome to attend this most interesting presentation by Jim Houlihan. Light refreshments served.
Carol Service: - Thursday December 15th at 7.30pm. The School Carol service will be held in St. Joseph's Church, Granagh, all are welcome.
Enrollment for Junior Infants 2017/2018.
The closing date for receipt of enrollment application for the 2017/2018 school year for St. Josephs National School, Granagh is January 31st 2017.
Application forms are available from the school. For further details please contact the school on 061 - 399081.
Fundraiser. Friday 16th Dec. In aid of the Stapleton Family Fund. As you all know, the family home in Knockfierna was destroyed by fire in November. This is the first event arranged in Granagh to give a helping hand. The venue is The Rock Bar, entry fee is €20, beginning at 9.30pm.
HELP THE ' SIMON COMMUNITY ' :
Friday 16th Dec: - Ballingarry Family Resource Centre ( beside Hall). 12.15pm - 4pm, €2 per Cuppa & Cupcake. Lucky Lines sold on the day for some Great Prizes. Donations of Warm Clothes, Blankets, Towels, Tents, Flasks, Scarves, Gloves and Hats or Non Perishable Food items i.e, Tinned food, Cereals, Soups, etc, etc, are welcome on the day. Why not give a Call in and Support a Great Cause.
Saturday 17th Dec: - Ballingarry Walk in Aid of the Simon Community Midwest, Saturday 17th December, 10am. Meeting point is the Resource Centre. €2 per Adult and €0.50 cent per child. Light Refreshments Afterwards. All are welcome. For information please ring 069 - 68054.
Saturday 17th. Reminder, the annual collection for Concern will be held this coming weekend. Every year there are more and more demands on funds between wars, migration and natural disasters. Imagine - every minute of every day 24 people ( mainly women & children) flee their homes due to violence and persecution.!
The Advent Appeal - This year it was in aid of the suffering people of Eastern Aleppo. We thank and congratulate all the mass goers of the parish, who, over two weekends have contributed over €2,000. This is a fantastic response. Your cheque will now be forwarded to ‘Medicins San Frontier’. If you missed out but still want to contribute, put your offering in an envelope, mark it ‘Aleppo’ and hand it in to the sacristy after mass this weekend 17th. The Fund is then closed.
Christmas Confessions - On Monday December 19th, a visiting priest will be available in Granagh and Ballingarry Churches at 7.00pm to offer an opportunity for Confession to all who would like to avail of this, in preparation for Christmas. In Granagh we will have Fr. Edwin Irwin and in Ballingarry, Fr. Eugene Boyce. All welcome
The Butterfly Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to their collection. Total for Granagh - €111 and Ballingarry €312.
Thanks to all who supported the Haiti fundraiser last Saturday night. Denise Kelly set up this charity four years ago and they provide schooling for the children. It costs €130 per year to keep a child in school and they now have 65 enrolled. They have only one paid office person so that the money can be spent on the children. It is run on voluntary contributions so hopefully we will have another Christmas Jumper Party night again next year.
Thank you to Everyone who filled a Shoebox this year, you will have made some deprived children very happy this year.
Note: - St. Vincent DePaul designated helpline number is 087-1602110.
LIGHT UP A MEMORY:
This is the 17th year that Milford Hospice have set up their memory tree so that you can remember your loved ones while supporting the Hospice. Each light only cost €5 and you can do it online - www.milfordcarecentre.ie or by ringing 061-485859.
REMEMBERING OUR DECEASED:
For the month of December we remember our family, friends and neighbours, whose mortuary cards are displayed on the Church noticeboard:- Patricia Whetham, John Carey, Ned Chawke, Mary Noonan. Maura O'Donoghue, John O'Rourke, Kevin O'Donoghue, Doorlus. Bridget Fitzgibbon, Noreen Ann Biggane & Daniel Fitzgibbon, Kilmore. Tom Herlihy & Joe Scanlon Kingsland. Michael Pitman, Lisduane. Joseph Toomey & Margaret Sheahan, Kilatal. Josephine Murphy & Davy Hartigan, Coolruss. James O'Brien, Ruan. Ellen O,Connor, Croom. William Leane, Thurles. Nancy Cregan, Derryclough. Laura Enright & Richard Collins, Banogue. Mary O'Leary, Cork. Mary Sheahan, Lougill. Bridie O'Brien, Ballyagran. Maggie Mai McMahon, Tullylease. Anna Neville, Croagh.
Wed 14th Dec: - Granagh Group Water Scheme - History Presentation. 8pm.
Thur 15th Dec: - Granagh National School, Carol Service, 7.30pm.
Fri 16th Dec: - Poker Classic Fundraiser, The Rock Bar, 9.30pm. In aid of Stapleton Family Fund.
Sat 17th Dec: - Concern, Church Gate Collection and Youth Club Annual Mass.