Newsletter 29th/30th January

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.

“THE CHOSEN” – ZOOM SERIES,

 

Brought to you by the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore.  “Created outside of the Hollywood system, The Chosen allows us to see Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him. No matter where you are at in your journey with Jesus Christ, this show is for you.”  

Join us each week for an episode of the acclaimed series, and discussion afterwards.  Wednesdays 2 Feb – 30 March: 8.00 – 9.15pm.  Registration is essential: visit www.waterfordlismore.ie / email events@waterfordlismore.ie / call 087 4042784 for more information

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!

 

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €930
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €612

 

SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH

The new boxes of envelopes for those who have used them are now available for collection from both parishes

As explained, for Newcastle / Fourmilewater,  they are starting earlier and parishioners can use either the old ones or start using the new ones. We are aligning them so all collections across both parishes occur at the same time during the year.

For those who wish to avail of using this service which goes to support the parish and other collections such as the support of the priests and others special collections during the year, please complete the forms which are available in the porches / parish office and return them to receive your box of envelopes for the coming year.  

If your contribution exceeds €250.00 in a year, we may be able to claim a Charitable Tax Relief at no extra cost to the individual.

Thank you again for your continued support for your local parish.

FEAST DAYS & MASSES THIS WEEK

Monday 31 January : St John Bosco (Newcastle 10am)

Tuesday 1 February: St Brigid, Secondary Patron of Ireland (Ardfinnan 9.30am)

Wednesday 2 February: Presentation of the Lord (Fourmilewater 10am)

**Candles will be blessed at this Mass for use in our churches for the coming year**

Thursday 3 February: St Blasie (Newcastle 10am)

**Blessing of Throats will take place after Mass**

Friday 4 February: Ordinary Time (Ardfinnan 9.30am)

**Blessing of Throats will take place after Mass*

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.

 

BEST OF LUCK

The Newcastle 5k in aid of the local school takes place on Sunday 30th January at 12 noon. Over the years this event has grown in stature as many athletes see it as an ideal opportunity to test their fitness at the start of the year. Funds raised by this event will go to the local National School, as such there is a great local level of participation. Best of luck to everyone involved!

 

CPR TRAINING – ARDFINNAN

CPR Demonstration & how to use a defibrillator will take place on Tuesday  Feb 15th at 8pm in Ardfinnan Community Centre. Open to the public. Please come along and be informed.

 

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI – PADRE PIO

Spaces are still available for our parish pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo,  taking place from Monday 28th March – Saturday 2 April 2022, organised by Joe Walsh Tours, and with Mario and Una whom I have worked with many times as our guides.

The tour includes Mass at Benevento Cathedral where St Pio was ordained, visit to St Pio’s family farm house and the place where he received the invisible stigmata  Visit Pietrelcina where St Pio was born, the Parish church where he celebrated his first Mass, St Anne’s Chapel where he was baptised and received his first communion

Also, Mass in the Old Church where Padre Pio celebrated Mass for many years.  We visit the shrine, the cripta, cell where Padre Pio died and the crucifix before which he received the Stigmata.  We also visit the English office, the New Church and the New Cripta where Padre Pio’s remains are, and pray the Station of the Cross.  We also visit the hospital he founded and attend Mass, among other places of interest, and a day for shopping in the local market square.

 

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

 

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