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Parish Notes Sat. 1st – Sun 2nd February 2020

Sat. 1st February 2020 – Feast of St.Brigid

Prayer to St Saint Brigid 1st Feb 2020
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.


Tues. 11th Feb. 10.00am (Mountrath Church) Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of the Sick.
with anointing of the Sick during Mass, or we will visit your home, just let us know


Thomas (Tommy) O’Rourke, Ballycormack, Mountrath R.I.P.
We pray for Tommy who died peacefully at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home on Sat. 25th Jan. Tommy’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Parish Churah, Ballyfin on Wed. 29th Jan. followed by burial in Mountrath Cemetery. We extend sympathy to Sheila, daughters, Lillain and Elaine and their families, Tommy’s sister and her family – relatives, neighbours and friends May Tommy rest in the peace of Christ.

We remember in our prayers
Paul McEntee, Portlaoise Road and
Robert Grace, Woodbrook who died on Fri. 31st Jan.

We pray for Ned Cashin, Cappagh Nth. who died on Friday 31st Jan.
Funeral Mass in Ballyfin Ch. Sun. 2nd Feb. (10 am) R.I.P.
Followed by burial in Ballyfin New Cemetery.


Parish Visitation in Feb
Tues. 4th Feb. Mountrath Country
Wed. 5th Feb. Mountrath Town
Thurs. 6th Feb Ballyfin Parish


The Three Tenors in Concert St. Fintan’s Parish Church, Mountrath

Fri. 21st Feb. 2020 8.00 pm
Tickets can be purchased from. Niamh O’Hara, Ollie Gorman, Geraldine Glynn, Maura Reynolds, Anne Farrell, Ann Carroll, Margaret Walsh, Caroline Moore, Mary Haslem, Rita Holland, Geraldine Moore, Fr. Joe, Fr. PJ. Byrne’s Shop, Phelan’s Restaurant and Telford’s, Main St. Trophies 4 U and Carroll’s (Spar) The Square Cllr. James Kelly


Sacramental Dates 2020
Service of Light and
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wed. 4th March
St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin 7.30 pm
Thurs. 5th March
St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath 7.30 pm
Confirmation Day
Sat. 14th March 2020.

St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath 11.00 am
St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin 2.30 pm
Main celebrant Bishop Denis Nulty

1st Penance Sac. of Reconcilliation
St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath
Tues. 24th March Time 7.00 pm
With children of Scoil Bhride, St. Fintan’s Boy’s School and Clonenagh School
St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin
Wed. 25th March 7.00 pm
With children of Ballyfin and Barnashrone Schools

1st Holy Communion 1st Eucharist
St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin
Sat. 23rd May 11.00 am
St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath
Sun. 24th May 11.30 am


Ballyfin Community Alert
Applications are open for anyone aged 65 or over to apply for free grant aided monitored alarms.
Contact Sheila on 086 1570145 for more information.


A note to Contributers to
Mountrath and Ballyfin Parish Newsletters.

Currently, the cut-off time for items for inclusion in the two Parish Newsletters is 10.00 am on the Saturday morning of publication of the Newsletters. I have reorganized the schedule for preparing and printing the two Parish Newsletters. With immediate effect, the cut off time to submit items for publication in the Newsletters is 6.00 pm on Thursday evenings. From now on Parish Newsletters will be completed – printed and published by close of day on Friday evenings / Friday night.
Items received after 6.00 pm on Thursday evenings may not be included in the current week’s Newsletters and may have to be held over for publication in the following week’s editions.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Gaelscoil Thromaire are currently enrolling pupils for Sept. 2020 –
Please call the school on Mondays or Thursdays on (057) 8756306 or email for emrolment forms. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine.