Newsletter 19th/20th 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 – 12pm

Monday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – FUNERAL MASS 11am

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

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: €830

Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €653

HELP TO UKRAINE

The Irish Bishops have asked for a Special Collection to be taken up at Masses next weekend – 26/27 March to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and especially the families and children who have had to flee their homeland in advance of the Russian invasion. The proceeds of this Special Collection will be directed to Caritas Internationalis, which is the helping hand of the Church on the ground in the Ukraine and the surrounding region. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

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 on 28th March, 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 27th March.

(As I am on the parish pilgrimage, there will be no weekday Masses Monday 28th – Friday 1st April)  

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.

 

THANK YOU

I just want to thank Bishop Cullinan, Fr Garrett Desmond, Fr Brendan Crowley, Fr Billy Meehan, Fr John Nally, Fr Bobby Power, Fr Kevin Deakin and Fr Dominic Feehan who all assisted me last week as I followed the guidelines and  self-isolated when tested positive for Covid-19. Luckily, I had only a mild head cold for one day and thanks to Bishop and my brother priests, we were able to ensure all our services were offered on a busy week for a Sunday and St Patrick’s Day across the parishes.  

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOLY FAMILY MISSION,

GLENCOMERAGH HOUSE KILSHEELAN

 

 

“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. 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