Cong, Cross
The Neale
Parish Newsletter

4th Sunday Ord Time
2nd/3rd February 2019
Year C

Fr. Paddy Gilligan 086 – 231 2193
Parish e-mail Address;
Marie Molloy is in the Parish Office 094 95 46030 Tuesday to Friday 11 am – 2 pm

Christian Love
“That’s very true”, a remark we might make about today’s second reading -Jealousy kills, envy too, and isn’t it great to rejoice in the good fortune of another? Love is what we bring with us at the end of life. ‘W e will be judged in the evening of life by love” (St John of the Cross). Love for those near and far, for love in the gospel is more than love for just the family, the friend, the attractive one, the neighbour. It is for all.
Love is when others’ lives become at least as important as our own; and in the deepest loves like marriage, family, and often friendship, others’ lives become even more important.
Love changes – we look back and see how the people we loved make the difference. Life is too short to look love in the face and say “We are moulded and remoulded by those who have loved us, and though their love may pass, we are nevertheless their work’ (F. Mauriac).

Safeguarding Children
The parish of Cong, Cross and the Neale is committed to Safeguarding Children by agreeing to follow the policy and framework for implementation of Standards as outlined in the “Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic church in Ireland”
All those who have contact with children and young people in a church context have been vetted and have received training in Safeguarding.
The Designated Liaison Persons for the Archdiocese of Tuam to whom a concern/ allegation or complaint can be made are: Mgr. John O’Boyle (087- 2204741) or Ms. Mary Trench (087—9315823)
The Local Safeguarding Representative is Bridget Carney ( 087-7847469)

New Boxes of Envelopes for the weekly collection for the parish begin this weekend 2/3 Feb . Any family who has not been using the envelope system and would like to do so is asked to take a spare box from the porch and let the parish office know the box number.
The record of contributions through the envelopes enables the parish to claim Tax Refund on contributions of €250 per year (€5 per week) adding €112 to your contribution (or more depending on size of contribution)

125th Anniversary Book Cross Church is for sale in the local shops. Kearney’s in Houndswood, Midway Stores, Cross,
Cong P.O. & Mellotte’s Shop in the Neale or in the Parochial House, Cong. Price is €10.

Pilgrimage/Tour to Shrines & Sites in Sicily, June 22nd -29th 2019 (7 nights).
Accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Details & Booking Forms from Louise at 012410816 or leave name & address at 09328337.
Tuam Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will be led by Archbishop Neary & will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 5th 2019.
Tacú Ballinrobe News Citizens Information Clinic will next hold a clinic in Tacu on Wednesday next February 6th from 10am-12.30pm AWARE group meets every Thursday at 8pm in Tacu. It’s free, confidential – No booking/Referral necessary just turn up on the night. Adult Art Classes – Monday nights at 7pm- oil based –Suitable for Beginner and advanced – contact Sean on 0852320402

Cross N.S will have their Annual 25 Card Game this Sunday February 3rd at 7pm in Cross Community Centre. Please support.

Bingo at the Crossroads Next bingo night will be on Saturday night February 9th at 8.30pm sharp. €1,600 in Prizemoney.

Crossroads Community Centre News Young at Heart Club continues on the Crossroads New members are always welcome.

Cross Community Centre News
25 Card Game in Cross continues on Monday nights at 8.30pm. Please Support.

Three Lakes Macra na Feirme are holding a meet-and-greet at the Dalton Inn Hotel, Claremorris on Friday 15th February at 8.30pm. Macra na Feirme is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in meeting new people; come along and speak to our members about their experi-ences of being involved. All Welcome!

Family Centre Castlebar provide support for families through counselling, education and training. There are a wide range of programmes available. You can contact them on 094 9025900 or

Traditional Music Lessons in Joyce Country. Fiddle Lessons with Liz Kane on Fridays, upstairs in Tí Bhurca, contact her on (086) 855 7868 Flute and Whistle Lessons with Kelly Fitzhenry. Kelly will be teaching in different loca-tions in Joyce Country. Contact Kelly on (087) 266 6356. Comhaltas has a very active branch in Joyce Country and hold regular sessions for Children, Adult learn-ers, teenagers and singers. Please contact Jenny on (087)9344381

St. Patrick’s Day Parade After a successful first meeting it has been decided to hold a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cong this year.
Next meeting will be held in Ryan’s Hotel this Monday night at 8pm.
Everybody welcome to attend.

25 Card Game at The Crossroads
continues on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Please Support.

Na Fianna Karate has commenced in the Neale Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm. Call 087 9919903 for further information.

Set Dancing Classes with Maureen on Wednesday nights in the Neale Hall at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

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