Masses for weekend of Papal Visit

Mass in the Neale church moved to Sunday 26th August at 8.00pm; no Saturday evening Mass on 25th  August. No Mass in Cross on Sunday 26th August. Mass in Cong at 11.30am

As many people who wished to visit Knock or Dublin for the visit of Pope Francis have not been able to get tickets, the next best is to be able to watch events on TV. The main events are on Saturday evening in Croke Park, Sunday morning in Knock and the Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday afternoon. These times clash with the regular Mass times in the Neale and Cross. There will be two Masses on Weekend of 25th/26th August.

Mass in the Neale will be moved to Sunday 26th at 8.00pm. Mass in Cong will be on Sunday at 11.30am and there will be no Mass in Cross as there are two Masses on Sunday.  Fr. Gilligan will attend the three days of the World meeting of families 22/23/24 August and attend Croke Park on Saturday evening and come down early on Sunday for the two Masses.

Collection for World Meeting of Families

National Collection for the World Meeting of Families next weekend 18/19 August at all Masses. People are asked to put their contribution into the envelope marked World Meeting of Families 2018 and put it into the basket at the offertory.


St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Music Sessions                                                                                            Music Sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings through August and September at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Cong and will feature some of Ireland’s finest traditional singers and musicians Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere), Eoin Wynne, Nicola Joyce (The Whileaways), Fabian Joyce and Eamon Murray (Beoga) for an  intimate evening of music and song.  Admission €15, 8pm (75 min)

A portion of the proceeds will go to support St.Mary’s C.OF I


DM Summer Camps will take place in Cong (the Neale GAA Grounds) from  20th- 24th August for children aged 4- 13 years. Loads of fun activities. Children must have a year done in National School to attend. Contact David Morrin on 087-2116066


Esker Retreat

The Foyer of Charity are holding a 5 day silent retreat in the Esker Retreat Centre. Athenry from 17th to 23rd September 2018. Preached b Fr. Kilian Byrne. Cost is €380 full board. Contact Helen: 086 167 8027, www.foyeof charity


Mayo Roscommon Hospice is appealing for individuals, groups, etc to host a coffee morning/evening on their behalf on ‘National Coffee morning for Hospice’ Thursday 20th September or any date that suits. Coffee and promotional provided free of charge.

All donations welcome, if preferred, or pledge your donation by calling 0949388666/online  or email


The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock 14-22 August
Ceremonies: 3pm & 8.30pm Daily
Workshops: 12 noon & 6pm Daily
This year will be the 41st celebration of the Novena, and such an important year as we prepare the way for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The theme for this year’s Novena is ‘Faith & Family ’See the full programme of Novena speakers at


Schedule of Events at Knock for Visit of Pope Francis

 From 8.30am on the morning of Sunday August 25th 2018, there will be a ‘Gathering Event’ until the arrival of the Holy Father.  Music will be provided by Knock Parish Choir with guest musicians and soloists. Upon arrival, the Holy Father will move through the assembly in the Pope Mobile  arriving at the Apparition Chapel at 10am for private prayer. Afterwards His Holiness will deliver a short address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus Prayer. After the  departure of the  Holy Father, there will be a concelebrated open-air Mass with Fr Richard Gibbons as the main celebrant and homilist. Please note that this will be a part of the official ticketed event.

ISPCC Childline Mayo

ISPCC Childline Mayo will be holding Group Information & Interview dates in Castlebar on Weds 5th & Thurs 6th of September 2018 from 6-7.30pm – where you can come along and hear all about volunteering with us & what’s involved.  Training is due to commence in Oct 2018 – which will be held over evenings & Saturdays.  Pls call Caroline on 09490 25254 if you would like more info.

Community Orchard in Headford

There will be jazz in the new Community Orchard in Headford (opposite GAA pitch by turn for Tuam) on Sunday 19 August at 3pm-5pm. We start at  2.30 with a talk on the old disused “White Church” by Brigid Clesham from Cong. You will have a chance to visit the new Lace Makers’ garden which was established this year. There will be tea  and sandwiches provided and this should be a great afternoon out for all the family.


Living Well with Cancer

The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship is to be held in Galway and Cork this year. The Galway venue is the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit on Saturday 15th September 2018

The aim of this conference is to provide information and support to those living with a cancer diagnosis and those who have finished cancer treatments. There will be numerous speakers as well as workshops on diet, exercise etc.

Attendance at the conference is free but people need to register from 25th July. well


AWARE group meets every Thursday at 8pm in Tacu. It’s free, confidential – No booking/Referral necessary just turn up on the night.   Aware Support offers a unique opportunity for people, over the age of 18 years, to talk openly about depression, bipolar disorder and other related conditions and their impact. We guarantee confidentiality within normal limits.  People share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience

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