Newsletter 5th/6th March 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 – 12nn

Monday Newcastle- NO MASS MONDAY 7th MARCH 2022

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.

COVID-19

Now that the government have updated the Covid-19  restrictions, as from Monday 28thFebruary, the wearing of masks are not required in our churches, but some may wish to continue to do so. We would ask you for the time being to continue the good practice of  sanitising your hands when entering and leaving. We will continue to sanitise and clean our churches on a regular basis and continue to play our part in keeping one another safe, while we re-open. 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

TROCAIRE

Please help support Trocaire this year. The Trocaire boxes area available in all porches in the churches, and thank you in advance for your continued support for those much worse off than ourselves.

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €860
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €880

HELP TO UKRAINE

This week, Bishop Cullinan received the following letter from a brother Bishop based near the Ukrainian border with Poland:

Dear brother Bishop Alphonsus,

Please help!

Today we are already experiencing the sixth day of a crooked and unjust war.

In these last waves, we saw new horrors of this war: destroyed schools, kindergartens, cinemas, museums, hospitals.

There are tens of hundreds of thousands of refugees moved to Western Ukraine. Our diocese is near Polish border and we opened our churches, our monastic communities, our diocesan seminary, and all our diocesan buildings to all those in need.

We need your prayers and support. Mass stipends and any kind of material help will be great.

My Lord grant us peace.

+ Hryhoriy Komar, auxiliary bishop of Sambir-Drohobych Diocese

Bishop Cullinan met and has communicated for many years with Bishop Komar a number of times, and a way in which we will help in this parish directly, is to send our Signed Mass Card Stipends to them for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your support as we will do all we can to support in prayer and materially what we can to all those in greatest need.

There are many other initiatives across our locality and country so your support to any of these agencies is showing solidarity and Christian witness to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, make the stranger welcome. Thank you for all of your care and compassion during these deplorable times.

MASS

There will be NO 10am Mass on Monday 7th March in Newcastle. There will be Mass as usual at 10.30am on the RTE News channel.

 FIRST PENANCE SERVICES

 Please keep in your prayers the boys and girls in all our Second Classes who are celebrating their First Penances this week in all our four schools. We remember them at this important sacrament, and their parents and teachers at this important time in their Christian lives.

 

VOLUNTEER REQUEST – St Vincent De Paul

Following a record number of calls for help in 2021 the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has launched a national campaign seeking volunteers. The Mid-West region is also reaching out to people locally to encourage people to come forward and join SVP. 

During 2021 a total of just over 191,000 calls for help were made to the Society throughout the country. This is 12% up on the number of calls in 2020 and the highest on record for the Society.

The national campaign for volunteers will primarily focus on over 900 Visiting Conferences (Branches) throughout the country. But volunteers are also being sought to help in shops and  social housing as well.
The recruitment campaign theme is ‘You know who you are – But we don’t’ To apply to become an SVP volunteer. Visit: www.svp.ie/volunteer or call 01 884 8246 

DAFFODIL  DAY   

Friday March 25th  A coffee morning will be held in Ardfinnan Community Centre from 9am to 12pm in aid Irish Cancer Society,. Please support.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOLY FAMILY MISSION,

GLENCOMERAGH HOUSE KILSHEELAN

FAMILY DAY:

Sunday 13th March, 10am – 3pm. Booking is essential.

“Show us the Father” Lenten Retreat

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th March. Spiritual Director: Fr Patrick Cahill. Full Spiritual Programme includes daily Mass, Evening Adoration, Daily Rosary, Confession, Stations of the Cross and Spiritual Reflections. Full Board Accommodation €225. 

Couples Retreat: One-Day Healing and Renewal Retreat for Married Couples of All Ages:  Sunday 10th April, 10am – 4pm, Holy Family Mission, Glencomeragh House.  €75 per couple including three course dinner, teas and coffees.  Booking essential.

SILENT RETREAT

Theme: “If you but knew the gift of God…”

Preached by: Fr. Kilian Byrne, Foyer of Charity

Venue: Holy Family Mission, Glencomeragh

Date:  April 18th to 24th        

Cost: €380 full board

Contact:  Helen : 00353 86 1678027/ hellywilliams@gmail.com

 www.foyerofcharity.ie

A privileged time to come away from noise and distractions, and listen to the Spirit of God, – Who is Love.  Silence, prayer, teachings & liturgy of the Church.

 

For more info on all the above contact :

(052) 6133181 or info@holyfamilymission.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