Newsletter 23rd & 24th March 2024

Fr Michael Toomey V.F. / P.P. / ADM.
23rd & 24th March 2024

☏ For Priest on Duty Please Call: 087- 6564170
✉ Please email us at:
📫 The Parish Office, Holy Family Church, Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
☏ Phone: 052 – 7464408 E Mail

ARDFINNAN: Mass Saturday 6.30pm

GRANGE: Mass Sunday 10.30am

BALLYBACON: Mass Sunday 12.00 noon

Many thanks for your contributions in the last weeks in the collections and envelopes for the upkeep of our parishes and churches:
Ardfinnan/ Ballybacon/ Grange: Weekly Collection €1,165 – €200 Emigrants Collection
Newcastle/Fourmilewater: Weekly Collection €879 – €150 Emigrants Collection

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

We are about to celebrate the holiest week of the year for Christians. Today, Palm Sunday is the preview. During Holy Week we relive the fellowship and foreboding of Holy Thursday, the pain of Good Friday, the loneliness of Holy Saturday culminating in the indescribable joy of Easter morning.
This week of weeks touches all our emotions. As we relive those days our understanding is stretched, our faith tried, our ability to accept love is tested. Each year, we devote a whole week to re-enacting the final hours that Christ spent amongst us on this earth. We need to linger over every sacred moment as we walk with Christ towards Calvary and beyond.
Our Holy Week prayer will take various and different forms. There will be words, gestures, movement, symbols, water, fire, candles, wood, chants and much else besides. On Palm Sunday, our prayer will begin as movement as we gather in a public place and carrying the blessed palm walk together towards God’s house.. We will hear the final hours of Christ’s life among us recounted as the passion is read. Light and darkness, good and evil, peace and agony, love and hatred, anointing and betrayal abound in this cosmic drama. It resonates with the history of humanity and the personal story of each of us.
We unite with people of good will of every place and time as we walk with Christ along the path of pain, hope and glory. We rejoice with the women of faith who were the first to encounter the Risen Lord on Easter morning. Let us take up our Cross, and follow Christ in this Holy Week.


Next weekend, there is the Easter collection for the support of the priests of the parish. This collection which is one of four which takes place throughout the whole year directly supports the local priests in our parish. All priests in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore receive a quarterly stipend of €5,350 totalling €21,400 per year. This stipend goes towards the usual day-to-day expenses that any of us have including electricity, heating, car expenses, food and general living expenses.

We are so appreciative of all the support that parishioners give to their local priests at such collections and as mentioned in the past, it is now up to each individual parish to support their own local priest going forward.

Again, I sincerely thank you on behalf of the priests for your enormous contribution and support to us in allowing us to be part of your community and to serve you to the best of our ability. Envelopes are in the usual weekly envelope boxes, or special envelopes are available in all church porches. These can be returned with sincere gratitude for your support.


PLEASE RETURN your Trocaire Boxes into the Sacristy or Parish Office. Thank you in advance for your usual generous support for those in greatest need in our world at this time.


The Chrism Mass will take place on Thursday 28th March in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford, at 11 am.


These will be prayed after morning Masses on the following dates in Lent:
Wed 27 March Fourmilewater

Please contact the Parish Office on 052-746 4408.