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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FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
‘The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness’

The word Lent means springtime. It is the season of lengthening days, new life, new hope, new beginnings. The Latin root of the word is ‘lente’, which suggests the call to slow down, proceed slowly, gently, carefully. In the first three centuries of the Christian era, the followers of Christ prepared for Easter by praying and fasting for three days. In some places, this was extended to the entire week before Easter. By the fourth century Lent had developed to its’ current length of forty days to replicate the time Jesus spent in the wilderness in preparation for His public ministry. The Wilderness is a barren strip, thirty-five miles by fifteen between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. In that bleak place, He couldn’t have been more alone. He is confronted by Satan, but emerges victorious from the struggle. Nobody witnessed the dramatic event, so He must have reported it often to His friends. The episode raises the curtain on the Lenten drama and invites us once more to enter the quiet place where deepening and re-evaluation take place. ‘Solitude is the audience chamber of God’.

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.