Newsletter 22/23 January 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

 

At the time of writing, 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: €800
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €786

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2022

Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2022 with its theme: “Living Life to the Full”

During the week, we aim to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to supporting each other and living out Jesus’ message of the Gospel.

Our parish is joining in the celebrations by schools joining us for Mass and leading us in the readings and prayers this week.

Monday 10am – Newcastle / Tuesday 9.30am – Ardfinnan / Wednesday 10am Ballymacarbry NS in Fourmilewater / Thursday 2pm in Grange

5th & 6th Classes are also designing a new banner for the Ambo in all of our 5 churches.

The CBS High School Clonmel will be assisting at the Mass at 10.30am on Monday from Ardfinnan Church which is broadcast on the RTE News Channel .

We thank all our school communities, principals, staff, SNA, support staff, parents and of course students for all the remarkable gifts and talents they share in our parish communities.

SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH

How can I help my Parish?

Contributions:

We depend on the voluntary contributions of parishioners for the running and development of our parish. You may contribute to the running and development of the parish in the following ways:

Offertory Collection:

You may contribute to your parish by donating to the offertory collection. This collection is taken up at all weekend masses. All money from this collection goes towards the day-to-day running of the parish.

Envelope Collection:

You may contribute to your parish by taking a box of envelopes. These are distributed to homes in the parish that request them at the beginning of every year. As well as the standard weekly envelopes, the box of envelopes also contains a number of monthly envelopes which are for Parish Development fund, which goes to paying for special or one off expenses, such as repairs and maintenance as well as parish initiatives with schools and the local parish. The box of envelopes also contains some  special collection envelopes which allow you to contribute to special collections and the support of the priests collections. They can be dropped into the weekly collection basket at every weekend Mass. Alternatively, you may return your envelopes to the Parish Office. If, you wish to receive a box of envelopes, you may obtain one from the Parish Office.

Standing Order:

You may contribute to your parish by arranging to have a Standing Order with your bank. If you choose to do so, you have the option of making a monthly, three monthly or yearly contribution. An application for a Standing Order may be made at your bank. If you decide to set up a Standing Order, please contact the parish office in Ardfinnan or Fr Michael Toomey for details.

By using the Box of Envelopes or Standing orders, and  assuming you have contributed €250.00 or more to the parish within the tax year, the parish can receive a tax-refund from the Revenue Commissioners under Charitable Donations. This can be of a huge benefit to the parish and no extra expense to your contribution.

Further details on maintaining the upkeep of our parishes along with our parish Accounts will be issued in the coming weeks. Again, I, and the Parish Finance and Pastoral Councils are so grateful for your continued financial support in these challenging times. Thank you so much. Fr Michael.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI – PADRE PIO

There are still a limited number of places available for our parish pilgrimage.

The cost including flights from Dublin to Naples, transfers, one night in Benevento and 4 nights full board in San Giovanni is €785 pps.

For bookings please call 01-2410800 or visit www.joewalshtours.ie

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.

 

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