PARISH OF ARDFINNAN, BALLYBACON & GRANGE
2nd & 3rd December 2023
First week in Advent
Fr Michael Toomey V.F. / P.P. / ADM.
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📫 The Parish Office, Holy Family Church, Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
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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 €1180
Newcastle/Fourmilewater: Weekly Collection €825
BAPTISMS Please contact the Parish Office on 052-746 4408 for those who wish to book baptisms in the coming months.
MASSES THIS WEEK
Monday 4th Dec: No Mass (Newcastle)
Tuesday 5th Dec: 9.30am ARDFINNAN
Wednesday 6th Dec: No Mass (Fourmilewater)
Thursday 7th December: No Mass (Newcastle)
Friday 8th December: HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
6.30pm Newcastle (Followed by Blessing of Outdoor Crib)
ARDFINNAN NATIONAL SCHOOL PARENTS ASSOCIATION would like to invite you to a coffee morning on Friday 8th December in the community hall at 9.30am. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
THE ARDFINNAN SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY will take place on Sunday December 3rd at 2pm in Ardfinnan Community Centre. All Senior Citizens in the local and surrounding areas are invited to attend. If you need transport please let us know by ringing Kitty on 0877562742. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to our recent Church Gate Collection
It seems fitting that the first week of advent is a reflection on the theme of Hope. Advent ad is a period of four weeks before Christmas when Christians prepare for the coming of Christ. Each week has a theme to ponder in anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Day.
The first week of Hope reminds us of the assurance we have that God will fulfil all his promises through the birth of Jesus. You may often see a candle being lit for the first week of advent. This candle is also called a Prophet’s Candle or Prophecy Candle. It symbolises all the prophesies that were fulfilled with the birth of Jesus
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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
This takes place in our parishes on:
Tuesday’s 10-11am Ardfinnan & Friday’s 2.30-3.30 in Newcastle Everyone is welcome to come and spend some time in quiet prayer and adoration.
GRANGE COMMUNITY WALKWAY LIGHTING.
The newly installed lighting is in place at Grange Community Walkway. The Grange Development Association, and especially the dedicated sub-committee, were delighted to see their most recent project completed as the lights went on for the first time at dusk on Thursday, November 16th. All age groups in the community have been enjoying the extra time available to walk the walkway. The lights are on until 9.00 pm each night. We are very grateful for Leader, Tipperary County Council and School support for this project. We will be organising some fundraising events in the coming months to help with current and ongoing costs for this and other GDA community projects. Come along and see the new lighting for yourselves.
GRANGE TIDY VILLAGE SUCCESS.
When the results were announced, the GDA Tidy Village Group were delighted to have achieved first place in South Tipperary in our category for the second year. We recorded an increase of 7 marks on our 2022 result. Well done to the loyal volunteers who help to keep our village tidy and attractive. All support and ideas welcome as we prepare for 2024.
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