News as of October 24th 2021

Notices from October 24th

Services for Next Week, October 31st

Morning Worship at:

9.30am           St Paul’s Collooney

10.45am        Holy Trinity, Ballisodare

Noon                Emlaghfad, Ballymote


Collect for Today

Merciful Lord,

Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,

that we may be cleansed from all our sins

and serve you with a quiet mind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Knitting Group – Holy Trinity

The Knitting Group is now ever week on Tuesdays, 2.00pm-3.30pm in Holy Trinity Hall, Ballisodare.  You can just pop in and join on those days you are able to.

Holy Trinity, Ballisodare Clothes Collection

The fund raising clothes collection will be over the weekend of November 6th/7th so please place any bags in the hall for collection on .  So, time for us all to have a clear out of our wardrobes.  More details to follow.

 Bishop’s Retirement event

The bishop will lay down his crozier at his final service on Sunday October 31st in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tuam at 4.00pm.

Bishop’s Visit

In order to welcome us into Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Bishop Ferran will be visiting all three services on Sunday November 7th, our first Sunday as part of the new diocese.

 Shoebox Appeal

If you would like to make up a shoebox this year please check out for what to include etc.  They need to be ready by the end of October along with €4 admin cost.

 Ballisodare Community Website

Ballisodare Parishioners may like to check out the community website at for all the latest news from the community.

 Sponsored Cycle Ride

On Saturday November 6th the annual sponsored cycle ride will take place and I plan to visit at least one church from our nearest neighbours in the new diocese.  The route will take us from the Rectory to Strandhill for breakfast at Shells then on to St Anne’s before heading into Sligo and up to St Columba’s in Drumcliffe for coffee.  Then back into town to Calry before heading off to Taunagh in Riverstown and then back to the Rectory. A round trip of about 75kms.

Sponsorship forms are available and could you really try to be as active as possible as the funds are desperately needed.

Bodywhys Fundraising

Emma Ison is attempting to raise money for the eating disorder charity Bodywhys, the chosen charity of Med Soc, her group at Galway by running 100 miles over October.  Donations via or cash to Emma. So far she has raised €270. Thank you!

Holy Trinity Tidy Up

There will be an Autumn tidy up of the church and grounds on Saturday October 30th from 11.00am. Please come and help if you can as many hands make light work! And you can have an extra hour in bed to recover.

Mothers’ Union

Those who have received a Covid Vaccine twice are invited to a Mothers’ Union meeting on Wednesday 27 October, 8pm in St Paul’s Church, Collooney. Please wear a mask. A cup of tea with commercially wrapped treats will be on offer. Any MIM contributions will be gratefully received. Come along for chat and fellowship.

Keeping Safe

Despite the changes last Friday the following still applies in church:

Masks are still compulsory.

Social distancing (outside of your family pod) must be adhered to where possible.

Please sanitise your hands on entry and exit.


 Prayer Requests

 Pray for:

those suffering from Long Covid.

those in hospital or recovering from operations and illnesses or awaiting treatment.

those thrown into turmoil by the CAO offers.  May they have peace.

 the people of Afghanistan.

those suffering from mental stress as a result of Covid-19.


Envelope Finance Information

We are currently in Lockdown and are not able to bring our envelopes to Church at the moment.  You may not wish to have the cash in the house so if this is the case please deposit them with the treasurer or a church warden or myself.  They will ensure your donations are then deposited in the bank.

Bank Transfers and Standing Orders

If you would like to make donations via bank transfer or by standing order please contact the Rector or the local treasurer who will provide appropriate details.




Church of Ireland parishes in Collooney, Ballymote and Ballisodare