Newsletter 2nd / 3rd July 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 – NO MASS

Thursday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – NO MASS

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.

 

COVID-19

PLEASE SPACE OUT ACROSS THE CHURCH AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE

Please continue to keep one another safe by sanitising your hands when entering and leaving. Masks are optional.  Thank you for playing your part in keeping us all safe!

ALONE CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE 0818-222-024
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUERIES ABOUT COVID-19.
LINES OPEN 8AM-8PM DAILY

 

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €770
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €58

Thank you also for the collection of the needs of the Diocese. This is still being counted and will be given in the coming weeks.

 

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

 

MASSES THIS WEEK

Please note there will be NO Mass on Wednesday (Fourmilewater) or Thursday (Newcastle) this coming week.

 

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

 

BOOKINGS WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY 12TH JULY WITH FURTHER DETAILS NEXT WEEK

 

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.

 

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NOTICES AND BOOKLETS / LEAFLETS

 

We would be grateful that if you wish any notices be placed on our notice boards or any reading material / leaflets to be left out in our churches, if you could contact Fr Michael or leave them at the sacristy door. We are happy to assist and put these out, but recently posters have caused damage to paintwork and woodwork. Certain posters have also been covered, and we are required to have certain information permanently on display.

 

Thank you for your assistance with this request. 

 

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