County Offaly | Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Ferbane Parish

Boora | Ferbane | High Street

Welcome to Ferbane Parish
Welcome to the parish of Ferbane in County Offaly and the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Our parish comprises of three churches: The Immaculate Conception Ferbane, St.Oliver Plunkett, Boora and Saints Patrick and Saran, High Street. We hope you find something of interest here.
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TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
‘Increase our faith’
Walter Ciszek, a Polish Jesuit priest spent fifteen years in forced labour camps in Siberia. When asked what kept him going during those dark days he replied: ‘it was not I who kept the faith; it was the faith that kept me’. Faith is not always a pleasant, fulfilling experience. It is often just seeing in the dark, but then it is only in the darkness that you can see the stars. As the great Bengali poet and novelist Tagore wrote so eloquently: ‘Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark’. Central to faith is patience. To believe is to plod on, but without faith, life loses its meaning. It is a trust, then, rather than a certainty, a journey rather than an arrival. It’s not the belief that God will do what you want. It’s the belief that God will do what is right. With the disciples in today’s Gospel we pray: increase our faith.
SEASON OF CREATION
The Season of Creation ends on Tuesday 4th October, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Born Giovanni de Pietro di Bernardone in 1881 he founded the Franciscan Orders, devoted his life to service of the poor, played a major role in re-building the Church which was badly in need of reform, created the first Christmas crib, and promoted special reverence for all of creation which he saw as manifesting the presence of God and deserving of respect. Francis died in 1226 and was canonised by Pope Gregory IX in 1228. He was declared patron of animals and ecologists by Pope St. John Paul II in 1979. ‘Praise to you my Lord through Sister Earth, our Mother who sustains and governs us producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs’. (St. Francis).

Our Lady of Clonfert

I come to you, as one of your children, who will never forget the importance of a woman like you. I come because I believe in you. I come to say thanks for the past and the present and ask you to bless me in the future. You know me, you know how I live and you know my needs. Please help me especially when I need you most. I have problems, worries and anxieties the same as everyone else - help me to cope. So often I would just love to give up when life hurts me and people betray me, but give me the courage never to lose heart. Bless my family, my life and my friends. Help me, no matter what happens to me in life, to believe, to trust and to hope. Our Lady of Clonfert, pray for us.

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE

Loving God we pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world, that in this moment of crisis we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen. “May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.” (Pope Francis

Parish Team
Fr.Peter Burke 090 6454380

Fr.Michael Morris 090 6454309

Sr.Joseph Fallon 090 6453695
Parish Office
Contact: Fiona Dooley
Office Hours:   Wednesdays 9:00am to 5:00pm
Telephone: 090 6454309
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Note: Deadline for the parish bulletin is 3:00pm    
on Wednesday

St.Ciaran's Pastoral Area
Weekend Masses



Church
Saturday
Sunday


Ferbane
 7:00pm
11:00am


Boora

9:30am 


High Street

12:00Midday


Shannonbridge
 7:00pm


Clonfanlough

 10:30am


Ballinahown

 11:30am


Boher

 10:30am


Pullough
 6:30pm


Cloghan
 8:00pm
9:30am 


Banagher
 6:30pm
11:00am 

Prayer to St.Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
To you God entrusted his only Son,
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

St. Joseph, pray for us.
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.