Newsletter 12th/13th March 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

ST PATRICK’S DAY MASSES

Wed 16th March:  Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – 5pm

Wed 16th March: Ardfinnan- Holy Family – 6.30pm

Thurs 17th March:  Fourmilewater– Our Lady & St. Laurence – 9am

Thurs 17th March: Grange– St. Nicholas – 10.30am

Thurs 17th March:  Ballybacon- St. Mary’s – 12nn

Friday 18th March:  NO MASS – BANK HOLIDAY

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

Now that the government have updated the Covid-19  restrictions, as from Monday 28thFebruary, the wearing of masks are not required in our churches, but some may wish to continue to do so. We would ask you for the time being to continue the good practice of  sanitising your hands when entering and leaving. We will continue to sanitise and clean our churches on a regular basis and continue to play our part in keeping one another safe, while we re-open. 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: €860 & €600 Parish Development Fund
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €657 & €394 Parish Development Fund

ST PATRICK’S DAY MASS SCHEDULE 

Our Masses will be as per a usual Saturday / Sunday time:

 

Wed 16th March

5pm Vigil – Newcastle

6.30pm – Ardfinnan

 

Thu 17th March

9am – Fourmilewater

10.30am – Grange

12pm – Ballybacon

 

There will be NO 9.30am Mass on Bank Holiday Friday – 18th March in Ardfinnan.

 

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit

 

 

HELP TO UKRAINE

 

This week, we as a parish sent to Bishops house the sum of €3,215 from our Mass Card stipends to support the local Bishop on the border of Poland and Ukraine as mentioned last week.

Well done to our local schools in Grange and Ardfinnan who held a huge collection of toys, toiletries and many other items needed, and to Freda who collected and dropped them off before being sent to Ukraine this week, Well done everyone!

Also this week the Irish Bishops Conference met in Maynooth. They noted that millions of people have been forced to flee their homes as refugees.  It is a source of inspiration that people all over Ireland are responding with customary generosity to support humanitarian efforts in this crisis.  Many parish communities have already established links with charitable projects to support refugees and those remaining in Ukraine.  Recognising these urgent needs, the bishops are asking that a special collection be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday 26 / Sunday 27 March. 

Rather than have an extra collection, we will simply ask that you give what you can by placing donations into our special envelopes for this unique collection, or give extra to our usual offertory collection, and the balance will be sent directly to Bishops House for the sole purpose to help agencies in Ukraine.

There are many other initiatives across our locality and country. So your support to any of these agencies is showing solidarity and Christian witness to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, make the stranger welcome. Thank you for all of your care and compassion during these deplorable times.

 

PARISH PILGRIMAGE – PETITIONS

A number of parishioners along with Fr Michael will be heading to San Giovanni in two weeks’ time, on our parish pilgrimage to the shrine of Padre Pio. If you would like any personal petitions placed at the tomb of St Pio, you can fill out the slips available in all the church porches, or simply write them on a plain piece of paper and drop them into the baskets at the altar area by Sunday 28th March.

 

DAFFODIL  DAY   Friday March 25th  A coffee morning will be held in Ardfinnan Community Centre from 9am to 12pm in aid Irish Cancer Society,. Please support.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOLY FAMILY MISSION,

GLENCOMERAGH HOUSE KILSHEELAN

 

FAMILY DAY:

Sunday 13th March, 10am – 3pm. Booking is essential.

 

“Show us the Father” Lenten Retreat

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th March. Spiritual Director: Fr Patrick Cahill. Full Spiritual Programme includes daily Mass, Evening Adoration, Daily Rosary, Confession, Stations of the Cross and Spiritual Reflections. Full Board Accommodation €225. 

 

Couples Retreat: One-Day Healing and Renewal Retreat for Married Couples of All Ages:  Sunday 10th April, 10am – 4pm, Holy Family Mission, Glencomeragh House.  €75 per couple including three course dinner, teas and coffees.  Booking essential.  

 

For more info on all the above contact :

(052) 6133181 or info@holyfamilymission.ie

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.

God bless, and keep safe!

Fr. Michael