Newsletter 24th & 25th February 2024

PARISH OF ARDFINNAN, BALLYBACON & GRANGE
Fr Michael Toomey V.F. / P.P. / ADM.
Second Week of Lent
24th & 25th February 2024

Website: www.abgnfparish.ie
☏ For Priest on Duty Please Call: 087- 6564170
✉ Please email us at:  office@abgnfparish.ie
📫 The Parish Office, Holy Family Church, Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
☏ Phone: 052 – 7464408 E Mail parishofagb@gmail.com

ARDFINNAN: Mass Saturday 6.30pm

GRANGE: SUNDAY 10.30am

BALLYBACON: Sunday 12.00noon

THANK YOU

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 €1040
Newcastle/Fourmilewater: Weekly Collection €706

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION WEEKEND MASSES
This weekend, we welcome many of our 6th Class students and their parents to the final gathering of our ‘Confirming Our Children’ parish Masses. The candidates and their parents will be involved from time to time in the readings, offertory, and other reflections at our community weekend Mass, in preparation of them receiving their Confirmation soon.
We remember all our young parishioners as they prepare for these wonderful sacraments in their lives, and this is the last Mass BEFORE they make their Confirmation in the coming weeks.

40 HOURS EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Sincere thanks to all parishioners and visitors, and our schools who took part in this special prayerful event. Thanks also for the wonderful comments and feedback which is very much appreciated. Let us continue to pray for Vocations, and reminder that exposition on our parishes occurs weekly on:

Tuesday: Ardfinnan – after 9.30am Mass until 11am
Friday: Newcastle: 2.30-3.30pm

MASSES THIS WEEK
THURSDAY 29th February: No Mass in Newcastle.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
These will be prayed after morning Masses on the following dates in Lent:
Mon 26 Feb Newcastle
Wed 6 March Fourmilewater
Fri 15 March Ardfinnan
Thu 21 March Newcastle
Wed 27 March Fourmilewater

TROCAIRE APPEAL
The annual Lenten Trocaire Appeal begins this week. The boxes for donations and information about this year’s appeal are available in all Church Porches. Thank you in advance for your usual generous support for those in greatest need in our world at this time.

WEEKLY ENVELOPE BOXES
For those who require a box of envelopes, or they cannot find their own, please complete a form in the porches and return it to the sacristy / Fr Michael.

MAINTENANCE URGENTLY NEEDED- APPEAL
There is some urgent work needed to be done in Ardfinnan church in the coming weeks as there has been a problem with the roof in the back sacristy / office area. While we have done our best to resolve the issue over the years, it will now need a significant amount of work and will cost around €30,000 to resolve.
After discussing with the parish council, we are asking parishioners if they would like to assist with the costs of this roofing issue which needs urgent addressing. While we do have enough money in the parish Development Fund to cover it, this would severely deplete this fund in case any other works were needed in the near future particularly works planned for Grange this year. Special appeal envelopes are available in the porches, and we thank you so much for anything you can contribute towards this special maintenance appeal.