Lorrha Notes


Planting Fruit trees earlier this week in the new Rathcabbin village garden.


Tracing Relatives.

Canadian John Moffatt is tracing his ancestors and has located Mary Redden’s baptism was on  29th  December 1831 in the Lorrha Catholic Church. Mary Redden and Stephen Moffatt married on 15th  Aug 1852 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, Birr.  Mary’s father was Daniel Redden and her  mother was Ann Hough. The Baptism sponsors were Michael Hough and Mrs. Meara. The Moffatt family went to Manchester England c 1857 and lived with John’s 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Moffett and his family in Irving Street, Hulme.

John would love to hear from anyone who may have any further information on the family or may be related to them. He may be contacted by email at johnmoffatt@sympatico.ca or by post to John Moffatt, 4 Jean Dempsey Gate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1C 3C2.  John’s request can be viewed on the Lorrha Parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie

Date For Your Diary.

The Annual Lorrha Parish Golf outing will take place on Saturday 24th August in Birr Golf club. This year’s captain in Pat O’Brien. Tee time will be from 9am to 1pm. And you can contact Tony Coen on (087) 6219639 or Pat O’Brien on (086) 8447119.


Proposed Community Retrofit Scheme in Lorrha/Rathcabbin.

The discussion following our presentation on Tuesday last was a positive start for a potential Lorrha/Dorrha energy scheme. There will be a follow up meeting at 8pm next Wednesday, 31st July in Lorrha Hall. All are invited to attend.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night with music provided by Pat and Ritchie.  Dancing from 9.30 to 12.30.

Date For Your Diary.

Pilgrimage to Holycross on Wednesday August 21st.  More details later.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival.

Cistercian College Roscrea, from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013. For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet new people. This festival has been named the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free busses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see www.youth2000.ie  or phone 016753690 or  from NI 07598 976399.

Please Note.

There should always be a server to help the priest at Mass. It is a great privilege to serve Mass at the altar of God. It doesn’t have to be a young person. Are you middle-aged or older, and willing to serve during summer Sundays or weekdays? Open to male and female.  Contact Fr. Pat.

Bringing Theology Home:

Study Theology by Distance Learning and seriously engage with the Christian faith. Why not become qualified to serve in a pastoral care setting? The Church needs you!  Phone 01 4048124,

Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com ,   Web: www.prioryinstitute.ie .

Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi & San Giovanni:

25th September – 2nd October 2013. Tour leader Mrs. Mary Kelly, accompanied by Fr. Pat O’Neill, Spiritual Director. Contact Mrs. Mary Kelly @ 065 6835519 or pilgrimages office

@ 01 6359000 for day-to-day itinerary & booking forms.  Seats available for this trip.

The Killaloe Diocese Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Will depart Shannon Airport on Friday 27th September, returning on Wednesday 2nd October. At €650, it is the cheapest Pilgrimage from Ireland.  This year the Irish Church is celebrating the Centenary of the First Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1913. Book on line at www.joewalshtours.ie

and you will be entered for a draw for one free place. Full details on the Diocese website at www.killaloediocese.ie .


Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. He told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.
As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning time, and everyone else was in church. At about this time Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?”
The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess  not.”   Just then Father  Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.


St. Peter was astonished. He exclaimed to the Lord, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”