Newsletter 21/22 May 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 – NO MASS TODAY

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.

BAPTSIM CERTIFICATES

If you require a Baptismal Certificate, these can now be requested online for our parish website on www.abgnfparish.ie Only the parents or the person themselves can apply for these certificates.

MONDAY 23rd MAY

Because of the Confirmation taking place, there will be no 10am Mass in Newcastle this Monday.

ROSARY AT BALLYMACARBRY GROTTO

On Thursday’s for the month of May – everyone most welcome.

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €805
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €645

ANNUAL SACRISTANS COLLECTION

Next weekend is our annual collection for our four sacristans. Each one of them daily keep our churches open and maintain them, as well as preparing for Mass, services and adding to the liturgical life of the church throughout the whole year.

The Annual Collection is a token of appreciation we show to our sacristans Envelopes are in the boxes of those who use these, and extra envelopes are available in the porches.

Please show your appreciation to our sacristans as we thank them for their vocation and dedication to our churches.

TROCAIRE

Many thanks for your kind support and contribution to Trocaire.

Last week we sent the following on behalf of our parishes to support the work of Trocaire:

Ardfinnan /Ballybacon / Grange: €1857

Newcastle / Fourmilewater €1910

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Congratulations to the students in Newcastle N.S. – who made their First Holy Communion on  Saturday – 21st May.

Please keep in your prayers the Boys and girls form Ardfinnan NS and Grange NS who will make their Confirmation this Monday 23rd May. We welcome Bishop Cullinan who will administer the sacrament to the boys and girls, and we pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen and protect them in their lives.

We wish them all very good wish and blessing, and look forward to seeing them and their families continue their relationship with Jesus.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS

There will be meeting in the coming weeks of both parish councils. If anyone in the parish wishes to raise anything, or share any ideas,  please write to the Secretary and send an email to office@abgnfparish.ie or write c/o Fr Michael Toomey, Holy Family Church, Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary or Our Lady’s Church, Newcastle, Co Tipperary.

 

ARRANGING A BAPTISM OR A CHURCH WEDDING

The ones responsible for arranging a baptism are the parents of the child to be baptised and they also complete the necessary paperwork. Parents should think carefully about who they will ask to be Godparents as they are to be people of practicing faith who will assist the parents in their child’s faith development. It is also a requirement that there be only two godparents – a Godfather and a Godmother – and that they be at least sixteen years of age and have been Confirmed in the Catholic Faith.

The ones responsible for arranging a Church wedding are the couple to be married and they must complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry with the priest in the parish where they are living three and six months prior to the proposed date of marriage. Anything less could jeopardise the proposed date. The couple are also required to attend a Church approved Pre- Marriage Course, with Accord being the accepted one in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.

GRANGE FIELD EVENING

This will make a very welcome return this year and will be held on Friday, May 27th 2022.  This is a fantastic event run by the Community Council with lots of fun stuff to keep all of the family entertained.  The children from 5th and 6th Class are busy preparing their stalls for the entrepreneurial award.  If you have time and would like to lend a hand on the night then you are more than welcome.  

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