Newsletter 8/9 January 2022

FOR PARISHES OF ARDFINNAN, BALLYBACON, GRANGE & NEWCASTLE, FOURMILEWATER

Weekly Mass Times This Week

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

Saturday Newcastle- Our Lady of the Assumption – 5pm

Saturday Ardfinnan- Holy Family – 6.30pm

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

 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!

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: €875 & €710 Parish Development Fund
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €1093

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI – PADRE PIO

I am delighted to announce a 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

A NEW YEAR – A FRESH START!   ALPHA IRELAND

After a turbulent past 2 years, Alpha Ireland wants to help you and your church start the New Year with intention. Refocus on the Cross and rediscover the joy of the Gospel this January, as we respond to Pope Francis’ invitation “to all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (Evangelii Gaudium).

We will be hosting a very special Alpha Online for priests and parish leadership teams or PPCs from Tuesday January 18th 2022 at 8pm, for 11 weeks for one hour, and from the comfort of your own home.

This is an ideal journey for small groups from parishes all over the country. This important part of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan: “Go Make Disciples” will be of interest to those already on our ministry teams and parish councils. Further information will be given next week. In the meantime – if you are interested or want to know more, please contact Fr Michael or email parishes@abgnfparish.ie

PARISH CALENDARS

Calendars for 2022 and information about Christmas and the Parish are now available in the church porches and in local shops. Please take a copy and bring a copy to a neighbour who may not be able to go out.

 

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