Newsletter 12th / 13th February 2022

FOR PARISHES OF ARDFINNAN, BALLYBACON, GRANGE & NEWCASTLE, FOURMILEWATER

Weekly Mass Times This Week

Saturday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – 5pm

Saturday Ardfinnan- Holy Family – 6.30pm

Sunday Fourmilewater– Our Lady & St. Laurence – 9am

Sunday Grange– St. Nicholas – 10.30am

Sunday Ballybacon- St. Mary’s – 12nn

Monday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – 10am

Tuesday Ardfinnan- Holy Family – 9:30am

Wednesday Fourmilewater– Our Lady & St. Laurence – 10am

Thursday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – 10am

Friday Ardfinnan- Holy Family – 9:30am

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

This takes place in our parishes on:
Tuesday’s 10-11am in Ardfinnan
Friday’s 2.30-3.30 in Newcastle

Everyone is welcome to come and spend some time in quiet prayer and adoration.

 

COVID-19

PLEASE SPACE OUT ACROSS THE CHURCH AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE

 

All religious ceremonies can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place.

 

Please continue to keep one another safe by wearing a mask in the church and sanitising your hands when entering and leaving. As we are now at full capacity, we have taken away the red taped seats but would encourage you to socially distance yourself from others outside of your family. Thank you for playing your part in keeping us all safe!

ALONE CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE 0818-222-024
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUERIES ABOUT COVID-19.
LINES OPEN 8AM-8PM DAILY

 

THANK YOU

Many thanks for your contributions last week for the upkeep of our parishes and churches:

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €850 Parish & Development : €585 
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €1142 Parish & Development €149

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS

 

Both parish councils will be meeting this week to share ideas and make suggestions for the coming months in our parishes. A parish pastoral council is vital in any parish to assist the priest to advise him and to assist him in planning in many areas of parish life. Anyone in the parish are invited to be part of the council at this time. Please speak to Fr Michael if you feel you can play an important part in our parishes. 

 

Meetings take place on the following days:

Ardfinnan/ Ballybacon / Grange – Wednesday 16th February 7.15pm in Ardfinnan Church

Newcastle / Fourmilewater – Thursday 17th February at 7pm in Newcastle Church

 

ALTAR SERVERS

 

We are delighted that our Altar Servers and new servers will be taking up their ministry over the coming weeks. An Altar Server is a vital ministry, along with our readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, in assisting at any liturgy, and add to the life of the parish, whilst also allowing them to celebrate their faith in a more specific way. We will be welcoming them at a special blessing and then they will be in different teams, as thankfully, we have so many who have applied to become servers across our churches! . I thank the safeguarding teams, their families and schools for the work we are doing together in allowing our servers to return safely at this time. Welcome back!

 

 

SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH

The new boxes of envelopes for those who have used them are now available for collection from both parishes

As explained, for Newcastle / Fourmilewater,  they are starting earlier and parishioners can use either the old ones or start using the new ones. We are aligning them so all collections across both parishes occur at the same time during the year.

For those who wish to avail of using this service which goes to support the parish and other collections such as the support of the priests and others special collections during the year, please complete the forms which are available in the porches / parish office and return them to receive your box of envelopes for the coming year. 

If your contribution exceeds €250.00 in a year, we may be able to claim a Charitable Tax Relief at no extra cost to the individual.

Thank you again for your continued support for your local parish.

 

FOURMILEWATER CEMETERY

Tenders  are invited for proposed extension to existing cemetery at Fourmilewater church. Specification and terms and conditions are available from members of the cemetery committee. Closing date for receipt of tenders is Monday the 14th of February 2022.

 

CPR TRAINING – ARDFINNAN

CPR Demonstration & how to use a defibrillator will take place on Tuesday  Feb 15th at 8pm in Ardfinnan Community Centre. Open to the public. Please come along and be informed.

 

 

 

CCTV CAMERAS / LIVESTREAM

Please note that for the protection and security of everyone CCTV cameras are in operation in our churches. All of our Masses are Live streamed in Ardfinnan and are at other times broadcast from Newcastle , Fourmilewater, Ballybacon and Grange on Churchservices.tv and Facebook Live pages.

 

BAPTISMS

Please contact Paddy in the Parish Office on 052-746 4408 or Fr Michael in Newcastle / Fourmilewater for those who wish to book baptisms in the coming months. We can now have two families at one time – but would ask that each family only bring a maximum of 15 people with them, to keep us all safe.

 

God bless, and keep safe!

Fr. Michael