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Parish Notes for Sat. 4th – Sun. 5th January 2020

New Year’s Prayer

May God make this new year a happy one!
Not by shielding us from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening us to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making our path easy,
But by making us sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from us,
But by taking fear from our heart;
Not by granting us unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping a face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making life always pleasant,
But by showing us when people and their causes need us most,
and by making us anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace, hope and joy for the year ahead.


Mon. 6th Jan.
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.
Mass Times for the Feast
The Hollow Church 9.00 am
Mountrath Church 11.30 am
Ballyfin Church 7.30 pm


Thank You
Many thanks for your very generous support of all Parish Collections
Many thanks for your generous support towards
the Collections for the Support of the Priests of the Parish
Wishing you every Grace and Blessing as we enter a New Year

Fr.P.J and Fr.Joe


Parish Visitation for Jan.
Mountrath Country Tues 14th Jan.
Mountrath Town Wed. 15th Jan.
Ballyfin Parish Thurs 16th Jan.


Magee’s House, Patrick St.

About 15 years ago, No. 8 Dunne’s Terrace, Patrick St., (known to many as Magee’s house) was purchased by the Parish at the height of the boom. – (I refer to the house on the corner as we turn onto the Church Car Park). We as Parish have not used this house since it’s purchase in 2006 and I do not envisage the Parish having any use for it in the foreseeable future.
Because of this, I have instructed a local Auctioneer to make arrangements to have this property offered for sale on the open market in the near future. We will not get anything near its purchased value, but I feel that it is pointless allowing it to stay idle any longer. I would be glad to hear your views on the sale of this property and welcome your thoughts one way or another. You are most welcome to contact me at any time about this. Fr. Joe


Subscriptions for Religious Magazines are now due, if you wish to receive a religious magazine for 2020 please contact your local promoter. Magazines distributed include: Messenger, St. Martin, Reality, Africa and Far East.


A note of thanks to everyone involved in our Parish Lottos
Organizers, Promoters, Sellers and Buyers.
Thank you for your continued and generous support of Mountrath and Ballyfin Parish Lottos.

6 / 12 months Gift Vouchers Available
Mountrath Lotto started back this week.
Next Ballyfin Lotto – Wed. 8th January 2020


Three Tenors In Concert
St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath
Fri. 21st Feb. 2020 8.00 pm
Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased from the following ticket sellers.
Niamh O’Hara, Ollie Gorman, Geraldine Glynn, Maura Reynolds, Anne Farrell, Margaret Walsh, Caroline Moore, Mary Haslem, Rita Holland, Geraldine Moore, Ann Carroll, Sheila O’Rourke, Byrne’s Shop, Main St., VDP Shop, Main St., Spar (Carroll’s Shop), and Medals and Trophies 4 U, The Square and from Fr. Joe or Fr. PJ. If you would like to help us sell Tickets, we would love to hear from you.
Your loyal support is always much appreciated.