Newsletter 2nd & 3rd March 2024

PARISH OF ARDFINNAN, BALLYBACON & GRANGE
Fr Michael Toomey V.F. / P.P. / ADM.
Third Week of Lent
2nd & 3rd March 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 €1055
Newcastle/Fourmilewater: Weekly Collection €884

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION WEEKEND MASSES
Next weekend, we welcome many of our 2nd Class students and their parents to the final gathering of our ‘Grow in Love’ parish masses. The children 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 First Penance and First holy Communion in the spring.

FIRST PENANCE
We remember all our young parishioners as they prepare for these wonderful sacraments in their lives, ahead of their First Holy Communion and First Penance which takes place this week.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
These will be prayed after morning Masses on the following dates in Lent:

Wed 6 March Fourmilewater
Fri 15 March Ardfinnan
Thu 21 March Newcastle
Wed 27 March Fourmilewater

CCTV CAMERAS / LIVESTREAM
Please note that for the protection and security of everyone CCTV cameras are in operation in our churches. All 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 the Parish Office on 052-746 4408.

TROCAIRE APPEAL
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.

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.

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.