Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News. — 16th January 2022

Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News. — 16th January 2022

Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News – 16th January 2022
2nd Sunday – 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Ballyfin

Sat. 15th – Sun. 16th Jan. 2022 – 2nd Sunday – Week in ordinary Time.

Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald C.C. (087) 605 5783 Fr. Joe (087) 2411 594

Mountrath Parish Radio transmits on FM 104.5

www.ballyfinparish.ie – www.mountrathparish.ie –
Email jmbrophy2@gmail.com

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Safeguarding Children Parish Representatives
Ballyfin Parish Triona O’Rourke and Peter Byrne
Mountrath Parish Caroline Moore and Pachelli Walsh
Diocesan Designated Liaison Person: Ms Kathleen Sherry
Deputy Diocesan Liaison Person: Ms Michelle Hughes, c/o Bishop’s House, Dublin Rd, Carlow Ph: 085 802 1633

For Anniversary Mass Remembrances see Parish Newsletters – Click link on Right.
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Month’s Mind Mass

Sun. 16th Jan. 10.00 am Carmel Croke, (Nee Conroy) Pallas.

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We remember in our Prayers

People, their families and carers, who are ill – at home, in Hospital or in a Nursing Home at this time

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New Envelope Boxes (Ballyfin Parish)
Many thanks for your generous contributions to Parish Funds throughout the year. Your generousity is much appreciated. We rely totally on the Contributions made through the Envelopes and the Offertory Collection each week to run the Parish and keep the bills paid, so thank you for your contrubitions to Parish Funds each week over the past year.
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New Envelope Boxes for 2022 are now ready for Distribution.
If you are a Distributor you are invited to contact Fr. Joe by phone 087 2411 594 – from Monday morning, to arrange collection
A note to say that beginning this year, we have a new syspem of recording Parish contributions, made through the envelopes each week. With this new system, there will be just one slight difference – Each family receiving a Box of Envelopes will be allocated a different number than perhaps they have become used to over the years.

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2022 Diary Dates

Tues. 1st Feb. Feast of St. Brigid
Principal Patron of our Diocese

Wed. 2nd Feb. Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. – Blessing of Candles

Thurs. 3rd Feb. Feast of St. Blaise

Blessing of the Throats
As we are still very much in “Covid 19 Pandemic mode” and in interests of Safety – the ceremony of the Blessing of the Throats will be a general or communal Blessing this year. (No Individual Blessings)

Wed. 2nd March Ash Wed.
Mountrath – Masses 10.0 am and 7.30 pm
Ballyfin – 7.30 pm
As we did last year, we will be preparing small sachets of Bless Ashes for you to collect at our Churches on Ash Wednesday.

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Apostolate of Santification begins Mon 17th Jan. — Ballyfin Church.
Intercession for Bishops and Priests, through Our Lady of Knock takes place each Monday night at 6.45pm in our parish church, St.Fintan’s Ballyfin. All are invited to join in the two hour session which consists of community prayer, reciting -The Divine Mercy Chaplet,meditations on The Holy Rosary and a chaplet offered for our Bishops and priests in the presence of The Blessed Sacrament. When we pray for our priests, Our Lady of Knock blesses us and our families abundantly. All most welcome! Admissions/Enrolments to Ballyfin N.S. will open on January 13th 2022 until February 13th 2022. Forms will be available on the school website from January 13th 2022. Our school website is www.ballyfinns.ie Our Admission’s Notice will appear on the school website from January 6th 2022

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 – 18th – 25th Jan.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will begin on Tuesday next, 18 January, and last until 25 January. The theme this year is “We saw the star in the East, and we come to worship him” (Mt 2:2).
The resources for this year were compiled in Lebanon and reflect the civil conflict and experiences of the people there; a yearning for a light leading to the Saviour who overcomes darkness.
Resources, including pamphlets in Irish and English, can be found via
Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 (ctbi.org.uk)

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Ballyfin Parish Lotto Wed. 12th Jan.
Nos. Drawn 5 11 21 24 No Jackpot Winner
25 Match 3 Winners Rec . €40.00 each
2 Ballyfin Winners
Cait Kavanagh – Promoter Mary Finn
Alison Hooban – Promoter Mary Hooban
New Jackpot € 17,000
Sincere thanks to everyone involved in Ballyfin Parish Lotto – Organising Committee, Promoters, Shops and others who facilitate the sale of Lotto Tickets and most importantly, you, who purchase a Lotto ticket every week. We extend a very sincere “thank you” for your loyal support and your unending generoousity.

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Mountrath Lotto 13th Jan. 2022
Nos. Drawn 4 11 15 24 Jackpot €10,000 – Not Won
26 Match 3 Rec. €39 each 5 Mountrath Match 3 Winners
Peter Middleton – Elizabeth Killeen Promoter, Pam Killeen
Peggy Lyons, Promoter, Betty Phelan

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New Envelope Boxes for Mountrath Parish
Many thanks for your generous contributions to Parish Funds throughout the year. Your generousity is much appreciated. We rely totally on the Contributions made through the envelopes each week to run the Parish and keep the bills paid, so thank you for making your contrubitions to Parish Funds throught the Envelopes each week over the past year.
If you wish to continue to contribute to Parish Funds through the envelopes system, the new Envelope Boxes are now available to collect. (They are on the Tables at the back of the Church)
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If you know a friend who would like to receive a Box of Envelopes (but may feel uncomfortable stirring out during these Covid times) you might consider dropping them in a box. Your kind gesture would be much appreciated.

If you wish your contributions to Parish Funds to be recorded, just write your name and address on the first envelope you return to us and we will take it from there.
Receipts for all contrubutions to Parish Funds are always available. (Just Ask)

Once again, Sincere thanks for your generous support of Mountrath Parish throughout the year.

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Dates for Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion Celebrations in 2022.
We have made the following arrangements for the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion during 2022.
While putting these arrangements in place we are mindful that we are still very much in “Covid 19 Pandemic mode” – Once again the safety of our children and their families and indeed, the safety of everyone involved in the preparation and celebration of these sacraments has been (and must be) our priority and first consideration.
Ballyfin Parish
Confirmation – St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin. 2 Celebrations of Confirmation
Time of each Ceremony 11.00 am.
Sat. 26th March 2022 (Last Sat. in March) – Sat. 2nd April 2022 (First Sat. in April)
Celebration of 1st Holy Communion. 2 Ceremonies. Time of each Ceremony 2.00 pm
Sunday 22nd May 2022 Sunday 29th May 2022

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Mountrath Parish
Confirmation – St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath. 2 Ceremonies.
Scoil Naomh Bríd. Wed. 16th March. Time 11.00 am
St. Fintan’s Boys Nat. Sch. Wed. 16th March 2.00 am

Celebration of 1st Holy Communion – 2 Ceremonies. Time of each Ceremony 2.00 pm
Sunday 8th May 2022 Sunday 15th May 2022

Where there are more than one in a family intending to receive the Sacraments next year (For example – one family member receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and another member of family, receiving 1st Holy Communion) families are most welcome to combine these ceremonies and have these 2 Celebrations during one Ceremony of their choice. If a family prefers to bring their son or daughter to any of our Parish weekend Masses to receive either of the Sacraments, they are most welcome to do so. Just contact Fr. Joe.
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Once again, this year, despite all the odds, we managed to celebrate all our Sacraments with respect, dignity and meaning and in a timely way – all in a safe and secure environment for everyone. This in no small way was due to the cooperation and goodwill of everyone involved, Candidates for the Sacraments, parents and families of Candidates, Our teachers and schools staff, Sacramental coordinators and people who prepared our churches and kept them safe for us.
Once again, I wish to express sincere thanks to everyone involved in the celebration of Sacraments of 1st Penance, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation this year – With your help, goodwill and cooperation, we can (and Please God, we will) do the same again next year. Fr. Joe

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Ballyfin Community Alert Seniors Alert Scheme
Personal monitored alarms offer security & peace of mind particularly during Winter season. If you are aged 65 or over and would like more information on applying for a government grant aided alarm,
Please contact Sheila on 086 1570145