DIOCESE OF LEIGHLIN
ABBEYLEIX & KILLERMOGH UNION OF PARISHES
NATIVITY PLAY: This year the Abbeyleix South National School pupils are performing their nativity play in St. Michael & All Angels’ Church, Abbeyleix, on Sunday 10th December at 7.00 pm. Much work and preparation goes into this extravaganza!
CAROLS with CHOIR from St. CANICE’S CATHEDRAL, KILKENNY: We are delighted that the Choir from St. Canice’s Cathedral will again be coming to take part in our annual Christmas Carol Service in St. Fintan’s Church, Durrow, on Tuesday 19th December at 8.00 pm.
The choir will sing seasonal items alternating with congregational singing and organ music. This will be a gift service in aid of works to the Church. The traditional Durrow mulled wine (from a secret recipe) and mince pies will be served after the service. All welcome!
As well as our two Carol services (Durrow at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 19th and Ballinakill at 7.00 pm on New Year’s Eve) we also have these Christmas services in our Union:..
Sunday 24th December
8.00 pm Ballyroan HC2
11.30 pm Abbeyleix HC2
Monday 25th December
9.00 am Killermogh HC2
10.30 am Durrow HC2
12 noon Aughmacart HC2
New Year’s Eve – Ecumenical Carols by Candlelight – All Saints’ Church, Ballinakill, County Laois, at 7.00 p m. This is an evocative annual ecumenical service by candle light takes place on Sunday 31st December 2017 at 7.00 pm and the church has a very remarkable interior with symbols of the saints (hence All Saints’ Church) on the ceiling in gold leaf, extensive muralling, an internal rose window and a baptistry with a night sky with stars painted on the oval ceiling above the font. No heating … wear your long johns! All welcome.
BALTINGLASS GROUP OF PARISHES
- The Hospital Carol service is at 2 pm on the 16th
- Christmas Carol service is on Sunday the 17th December in Baltinglass at 11am (this is also running as a 5th Sunday)
- 20th at 8 pm is the carol service in Ballynure followed by sausage rolls and mince pies
- 23rd the Saturday evening service is in Stratford
- 24th 11 am said Communion in Baltinglass Hospital
- 7.30 pm Christmas eve vigil service in Rathvilly
- Christmas Day Services:
- St Mary’s Church, Baltinglass
Christmas Day: service at 11.20 a.m
Church of the Ascension, Ballynure
Christmas Day: Service at 9 a.m.
St John the Baptist Church, Stratford on Slaney
Christmas Day: Service at 10.15 a.m.
(No Christmas Day service in Rathvilly)
- Christmas services as last year,
- Sunday after Christmas 31st. Only service 11 am Rathvilly
CARLOW UNION OF PARISHES
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: This service will take place in St. Mary’s at 7.30 pm
on the 17th of December. Stephen Adams will be our organist and the evening promises to be an enjoyable way of entering the spirit of Christmas through word and song.
Christmas Eve: Staplestown MP: 9.30 am
St. Mary’s HC: 9 pm
Christmas Day: Staplestown: 9.30 am
St. Mary’s: 10.45 am
Urglin: 12.00 Noon
Sunday 31 December: HC & Covenant Service: Staplestown: 11 am
DUNLECKNEY UNION OF PARISHES
Christmas Eve (24th December) – Church of the Good Shepherd, Lorum @ 9 p.m. St Peter’s Church, Killedmond @ 11 p.m. Bishop Michael will officiate at both these Services.
Christmas Day – St John’s Church, Nurney @ 10 a.m. St Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown @ 11.30 a.m. Ven. Robin Bantry White will officiate at these Services.
FENAGH, MYSHALL, AGHADE, ARDOYNE GROUP OF PARISHES
10th December – Service of Nine Lesson and Carols at the Adelaide Memorial Church, Myshall 7 p.m.
17TH December – United All-Age Family Service at All Saints’ Fenagh 11.15 a.m.
Christmas Eve – Holy Trinity, Ardoyne 9 p.m. and the Adelaide Memorial Church, Myshall 11 p.m.
Christmas Day – All Saints’, Fenagh 9.30 a.m. and All Saints’ Aghade, 11. 15 a.m.
New Year’s Eve – All Saints’ Aghade: Carolling with seasonal prayer and meditation in preparation for the New Year 2018 @ 9.30 a.m.
KILLESHIN UNION OF PARISHES
Saturday 16th Carol Service Mayo Church 7.30 p.m.
Sunday 17th Carol Service Castletown 11 a.m.
Sunday 17th Carol Service Killeshin 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 20th Carol Service Cloydagh 7.30 p.m.
Christmas Eve 24th December 11 a.m. in Castletown church and 8 p.m. in Killeshin
Christmas Day – 10 a.m. in Cloydagh and 11.30 in Mayo
31st December – 11 a.m. in Killeshin church United Christingle Service
KILTEGAN GROUP OF PARISHES
17th December – Carol Service – Kiltegan at 11 a.m.
Christmas Eve: Clonmore HC at 8.30 p.m. and Kiltegan HC at 10.30 p.m.
Christmas Day: Moyne HC at 9.30 a.m., Hacketstown HC at 10.45 a.m. and Kiltegan HC at 12 noon.
31st December – Youth Carol Service at 11 a.m.
LEIGHLIN UNION OF PARISHES
FIRST COMMUNION OF CHRISTMAS
Grange Sylvae @ 9.30pm
St Laserian’s Cathedral @ 11.30pm
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST with CAROLS @ 10am
Saint Laserian’s Cathedral
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST with CAROLS @ 11.30am
Christmas 1. New Year’s Eve (Sunday December 31st)
SHORTENED MORNING PRAYER (said) @ 10am
Saint Laserian’s Cathedral
CHRISTINGLE EUCHARIST @ 11am
PORTLAOISE & BALLYFIN UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday 10th December, 2nd Sunday of Advent:
9.30 The Rock H.C. Canon Susan Green
10.45 Portlaoise H.C. Canon Susan Green
12 noon Ballyfin H.C. Canon Susan Green
Wednesday, 13th BALLYFIN:
8 p.m. ECUMENICAL CAROL SERVICE Ven. Andrew Orr
Sunday 17th December, 3rd Sunday of Advent:
11 a.m. (Note time) Portlaoise Carol Service – Ms Gillian Purser
12 noon Ballyfin M.P. (to be confirmed)
Sunday 24th December. 4th Sunday of Advent:
11 a.m. (Note time) Portlaoise M.P. Mr Charlie Wallace
Monday 25th – Christmas Day:
9.30 The Rock H.C. Bishop Burrows
10.45 Portlaoise H.C. Bishop Burrows
12 noon Ballyfin H.C. Bishop Burrows
Sunday, 31st December – 1st Sunday of Christmas:
9.30 The Rock M.P. – To be confirmed
10.45 Portlaoise M.P. – To be confirmed
12 noon Ballyfin M.P. – To be confirmed
STRADBALLY UNION OF PARISHES
Sunday December 17th 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight St. Patrick’s Church
Sunday December 24th 11.00 pm Christmas Eve Service Ballintubbert Church
Christmas Day 9.00 Luggacurran
TULLOW GROUP OF PARISHES
10th December: Shillelagh School Carols 11.15a.m.
Sunday 17th: Carol service in Shillelagh 11 am (note the time!) Service of Nine lessons and Carols: Tullow 7p.m. also drawing of the parish Raffle afterwards! No other services that morning
24th December: Christmas Eucharist 9.00p.m. Mullinacuffe
25th December: Christmas Family Eucharist with All age sermon
11.00 a.m. Shillelagh
31st December: Group carol service in Mullinacuffe 11 a.m.