Newsletter- St Declan’s Feast 23rd/24th 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

NO WEEKDAY MASSES DUE TO CEMETERY WEEK

 

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.

 

ARRANGING A WEDDING OR BAPTISM

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.

 

THANK YOU

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

Ardfinnan/Ballybacon/Grange: €835
Newcastle / Fourmilewater: €600

CEMETERY WEEK MASSES

A Cemetery Week of  Masses will be held this week in the Churches in the evenings and the graves will be blessed  prior to or afterwards.

 

(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

(**REFRESHMENTS AFTERWARDS IN THE NEWCASTLE COMMUNITY HALL**)

 

MASS SCHEDULES IN THE COMING WEEKS

Please be aware that there will be changes to our Weekday Mass Schedule in the coming weeks, due to the Cemetery Week, Bank Holiday. Holyday, and Fr Michael on leave.

 

Monday 25th – Friday 29th July – No Morning Mass. Evening Cemetery Masses take place this week.

 

 

Monday 1st August – Bank Holiday – NO MASS– Newcastle

Tuesday 2nd August – 9.30am Mass Ardfinnan

Wednesday 3rd August- NO MASS– Fourmilewater

Thursday 4th August – NO MASS – Newcastle

Friday 5th August – 9.30am Mass – Ardfinnan

(Saturday 6th  and Sunday 7th August – Masses will take place at the usual times)

 

Monday 8th August – NO MASS– Newcastle

Tuesday 9th August – 9.30am Mass Ardfinnan

Wednesday 10th August- NO MASS– Fourmilewater

Thursday 11th  August – NO MASS – Newcastle

Friday 12th August – 9.30am Mass – Ardfinnan

(Saturday 13th   and Sunday 14th August – Masses will take place at the usual times)

 

Monday 15th August – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holyday of Obligation

 

9.30am – Ardfinnan

11am – Fourmilewater

6.30pm – Newcastle- Church Feast Day.

 

PRIESTS SUMMER COLLECTION

The annual Summer Collection for the support of the priests in the parish and diocese takes place this weekend. Envelopes are already in the weekly collection box of envelopes for those who uses them, or spare envelopes are available in the porches. You can also donate online using the ‘payzone’ facility on the parish website under ‘Priests Collection’.

Thank you in advance for your support to the priests of the parish at this time.

PARISH MINI-RETREAT TO KNOCK

 

This is now booked out however we are seeing if we can get extra rooms. For those who have booked, can you please contact Paddy in the Parish Office in Ardfinnan to arrange payment, or contact  Fr Michael in the coming weeks.

YOU CAN ALSO PAY ONLINE. GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND CLICK ON ‘DONATE’ – you will see a payment option for ‘Parish Pilgrimage to Knock’ where payments can be made by card.

 

ST DECLAN – PATRON OF OUR DIOCESE -24th JULY

God our Father, we give thanks for the life of St. Declan who sowed the seeds of faith among the people of the Déise. We praise his name. We visit the places made holy by his presence. We walk in his footsteps, on the path taken by generations of pilgrims as we journey to the Father’s House. We pray that we may step in faith, hope and love, walking with Jesus, guided by the Holy Spirit on our journey home.

We make this prayer, through Christ your Son, our Lord, Amen.

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