Newsletter 25th/26th June 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 – 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

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.  

BAPTISM 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.

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.

 

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €840 
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €482

CEMETERY WEEK MASSES

At the last Parish Pastoral Council Meetings, it was agreed to have a Cemetery Week of  Masses to be held in the Churches in the evenings and the graves will be blessed  prior to or afterwards. This will be from Monday 25th – Friday 29th July across the 5 Churches. (There will be NO morning Masses during the Cemetery Week. )

MONDAY 25TH JULY  – BALLYBACON 7pm MASS

(With Blessing of Graves afterwards)

TUESDAY 26TH JULY  – ARDFINNAN 7pm MASS

(With blessing of Graves afterwards in St Finnians Cemetery)

WEDNESDAY 27TH JULY – FOURMILEWATER

6pm Blessing of Graves in Kilronan Cemetery

7pm MASS With Blessing of Graves in Church Graveyard afterwards.

(The graves of the other local graveyards will take place earlier in the day with Fr Michael)

THURSDAY 28TH JULY  – GRANGE 7pm MASS

With Blessing of the Graves in the Church Graveyard afterwards

Then the Blessing of Graves in the New Cemetery from 8pm

FRIDAY 29TH JULY  – NEWCASTLE

5.30pm Blessing of Grave in Old Molough Cemetery

6pm Blessing of Graves in New Molough Cemetery

7pm MASS

With Blessing of the Graves in the Church Graveyard afterwards.

Then Blessing of the Graves in the Old Cemetery from 8pm

 

COLLECTION FOR THE NEEDS OF THE DIOCESE

This weekend, we have the Annual Petters Pence collection, which goes towards the support of the needs of the diocese. This collection goes towards the support of the effective running of our diocese, in such areas as St Johns Pastoral Centre, bereavement counselling, youth supports among others. A letter from Bishop Cullinan has been issued on the website and is available on the notice boards. Envelopes are available in the boxes parishioners have, or others are available at the entrance porches. Thank you in advance for your help with this important collection.

CONFIRMATION

CONGRATULATIONS to  boys and girls of Newcastle and Ballymacarbry, and Tooraneena Schools, who on Tuesday received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Cullinan. We pray the Holy Spirit will strengthen and inspire them on their continued journey in faith.

END OF SCHOOL YEAR

Wishing all our school students, staff and communities a well-deserved summer break – and best wishes to all in 6th Class who are graduating to Secondary Schools. We wish you well in your new journey.

 

MASS ROCK

SATURDAY 2ND JULY: 2pm – Rosary – 2.30pm Mass at the Mass Rock.

IF BAD WEATHER THIS WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 16TH JULY

RTE NATIONWIDE WILL BE FILMING THIS SERVICE FOR A FUTURE PROGRAMME – EVERYONE WELCOME

 

PARISH MINI-RETREAT TO KNOCK 

We  have enough interest in having a one night retreat to Knock from our parishes. This will be on Tuesday 20thSeptember, leaving in the morning, and arriving in Knock House Hotel early afternoon. Mass in the Basilica, followed by free time and an evening meal. Bed and full breakfast with Morning Mass, visit to Museum, and spare time before travelling back on Wednesday 21st

We are just finalising details and will take bookings in the coming weeks.

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