Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News – 2nd January 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News – 2nd January 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News – 2nd January 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Ballyfin

Sun. 2nd Jan. 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

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

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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Sat. 1st Jan.
New Year’s Day Feast of Mary, Mother of God.
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Have a Blessed New Year
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Month’s Mind Masses

Wed. 29th Dec. 10.00 am
Patsy O’Connor, Kiln Lane

Sat. 1st Jan. ‘22 7.00 pm
John Keenan, Castletown Rd.,

Sun. 2nd Jan. 11.30 am
Paddy Carter, St. Fintan’s Tce.
Brigid Dunne, (Nee Lalor Woodbrook

Sun. 9th Jan. 11.30 am
Margaret (Madge) Kelly, Mountrath

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Ann Gilligan (Nee Thompson) Coolbanagher (Late of The Harrow) R.I.P.
We pray for Anne who died peacefully at Regional Hosp., Portlaoise on Sun. 26th Dec. Anne’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin on Fri. 31st Dec. followed by burial in Ballyfin Cemetery. We extend sympathy her sons Martin, Michael and Desmond, and daughter Shirley and their families – grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and her many friends. May Anne rest in the peace of Christ.

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Peter Nolan, Killanure. R.I.P.
We pray for Peter who died peacefully at home on Tues. 28th Dec. Peter’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Aidan’s Church, Killanure on Thurs. 29th Dec. followed by burial in Camross Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his wife, Nuala, and family, Ciara, Aoife and Cathal and their families, grandchildren, Emily, Mylee, Jay and Gene, sons-in-law, brothers, sisters, parents-in-law, Tim and Mary (Lowry), nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives, neighbours and his many dear friends in Mountrath. May Peter rest in the peace of Christ.

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Parish Visitation January
Tues. 4th Jan.
Mountrath Country
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Wed. 5th Jan. Mountrath Town
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Thurs. 6th Jan. Ballyfin Parish

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Ballyfin Parish Lotto

No Lotto Draw on 29th Dec.
Next Week’s Jackpot € 15,000 Next Draw takes place on Wednesday 5th January 2022 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 30th December 2021
Nos. Drawn 1 18 19 25 No Jackpot Winner €15,000
4 Match 3 Rec. €250 each
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1 Mountrath Match 3 Winner – Jimmy Bergin – Promoter, Celine Cripps

Sincere thanks to everyone involved in Mountrath 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 generousity
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Apostolate of Santification begins Mon 3rd Jan. 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!
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Postponed for now – Due to Covid.

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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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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

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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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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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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

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Ballyfin Ladies Football Club, whose junior team recently won the county championship want to celebrate this amazing achievement by hosting a Christmas Draw. Win a nights accommodation in Ballyfin Demense for two people in one of the deluxe rooms the prize also includes an a la carte meal and a full breakfast the following morning. Tickets are on sale for €10 each and can be bought by texting or calling Clare Brennan 087 7641184 or Clare Carroll 086 3584777 or contacting anyone on the Committee.
Thanks so much for your support

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Ballyfin Parish Lotto 22nd Nos. Drawn 8 9 13 23 No Winner of € 14.000 Jackpot 23 Match 3 Winners Each Rec. € 44 1 Ballyfin Winner Sean Connolly Promoter – Kathleen Dunne Next Week’s Jackpot € 15,000 No Lotto Draw on 29th Dec. 2021 Next Draw takes place on Wednesday 5th January 2022

———- 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
Thurs. 23rd Dec. – Nos. Drawn 21 25 27 31
No Jackpot Winner €14,000 5 Match 3 Rec. €200 each
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1 Mountrath Winner
Maura McMahon – Promoter, Rita Watkins
New Jackpot € 15,000

Sincere thanks to everyone involved in Mountrath 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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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Christmas Cards and 2022 Calendars
Now available. Just ring Sean on 087 7676318 or they can be purchased at Aidan Byrnes Main St. Your continued support is very much appreciated ”.