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Fr Seán has taken a year’s sabbatical after serving in St. John’s Parish for the past eight years. He will be appointed to a new parish next year. A Farewell Party in his honour was held in the Meadowlands Hotel on Friday 2nd September 2016. A Presentation on behalf of the Parishioners was made to Fr. Seán on the night. 

A substantial amount of the funding required to complete the new Reconciliation Window is now in place. The artist Tom Denny will visit St. John’s later in October and expects to have window completed and installed within 12 months.

FrFrancisAnnaghwas celebrated on the new Altar in the graveyard by Fr. Francis Nolan on Friday July 29th.

Communities interested in organising an Area Mass for their neighbourhood are asked to contact their local priest through the Parish Centre (7122522) to make the necessary arrangements.

Group at the recent Area Mass for Cois Laoi, Caheranne and Springfield, celebrated by Fr. Bernard.

BATTLE OF THE SOMME CENTENARY

1st July 2016

The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in British Military history. Many of the soldiers who had signed up were everyday young Irishmen from close-knit communities who subsequently suffered horrible losses. Often they were good friends, neighbours and colleagues who joined up together on the promise they would serve alongside each other. They also died together and their loss and suffering was felt deeply at home in parishes and townlands throughout Ireland just as elsewhere.

The 100th anniversary on July 1 provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of the 1 million men of all nations who lost their lives in the battle, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world. St. John's Church tolled the bell on July 1st at 7.30am to mark the centenary moment when troops left the safety of their trenches, and at 11am to coincide with the opening of the international battlefield commemorations in Thiepval, France which were televised live by RTE.