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Mountrath Ballyfin Parishes Newsletter 9th 10th May 2020
Contact Numbers Fr. PJ. (087) 605 5873 Fr. Joe (087) 241 1594

As our churches continue to remain closed, Masses are broadcast on FM 104.50 from Mountrath Church each weekday morning at 10.00 am. – Saturday evenings at 7.00 pm (Vigil Mass) and 11.30 am Sunday Mornings
(FM 104.5 is available on any FM Radio)

Our new parish Webcam was launched at our Mass last Sunday morning.
Sincere thanks to everyone for their generousity and goodwill which allowed this to happen. Please God our Church Webcam will prove to be a very valuable asset as we strive to keep in touch during these lockdown days. As we say at each Mass – although we are physically distant during this time we are very much one in thought and prayer.

Link to Mountrath Parish Webcam –
Link to Mountrath Parish Facebook Page – st. fintan’s parish mountrath facebook page
Link to Ballyfin Parish Facebook Page Ballyfin Parish Facebook Page

Anniversary Mass Remembrances

Sat. 9th May 7.00 pm Sean O’Hara, Patrick St., 10th Anniv.
Sun. 10th May 11.30 am
Mon. 11th May 10.00 am
Tues. 12th May 10.00 am
Wed. 13th May 10.00 am Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
Thurs. 14th May 10.00 am Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle.
Fri. 15th May 10.00 am
Sat. 16th May 7.00 pm Mai and Bill Thompson Fr. O’Connor Cresc. (Bill’s 1st Anniv)
Andrew O’Connor, Dysartbeigh, Month’s Mind
Sun. 17th May 11.30 am Elizabeth (Liz) Wall, Woodbrook.
Sun. 24th May 11.30 am Mary Duggan (nee Ryan) Fr. O’Connor Ceresc. 2nd Anniv.


Declan Doocey, Abbeyleix – Formerly Aughafan, Castletown. R.I.P.

Declan Doocey, Abbeyleix and formerly of Aughafan, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Died May 5th 2020, following a tragic accident. Predeceased by his brothers Paddy, Sean and Billy sister Patricia (Allen). Deeply regretted by his loving family Helen, Mark, Paul, Conor, partner Grace, brothers, sisters, daughters in law, Doireann and Eadaoin, grandchildren Ella, Coel and Mia, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

We extend sympathy to Joan Kirwan, and Family, Clonard on the tragic and untimely death of her brother, Declan and to all Declan’s family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
We extend sympathy to Harry Allen and Family, Pallas on the tragic and untimely death of his brother-in-law, Declan (Doocey) on Tues. 5th May.
We hold in our thoughts and prayers all the Doocey family at this very difficult time.

May Declan Rest In Peace

Prayer for the Pandemic: for a household in lockdown

God of the indoors,
who knew the confines of domestic space
at a time of little comfort,
help us in this time of confinement,
help us to see it as an act of love, in solidarity
with those who care for us and put their own lives
on the line for the sake of others.

Help us to ‘make room’ for each other, even if room is scarce,
help us to find reserves of patience we never knew we had,
to take offence less easily, to find in our hearts
an easy apology when we’re petulant.
Help us to be attentive, careful, and thoughtful.
May we draw deeply from the well
of our most loving times.

Raymond Friel

A note from Bishop’s Office

Dear All,
I hope that you are staying safe and well in these very strange days. As we begin the month of May, Bishop Denis has recorded a message for the children who were preparing to celebrate their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks. That video can be watched at and will shortly be up on
To accompany the Video I have prepared some simple resources for the children and their families to work on at home. Bishop Denis is asking them to do three things as they continue to get ready for their First Holy Communion whenever it will eventually happen; 1 Make their Prayer Space at home into A May Altar; 2: Pray a decade of the rosary and 3: try to go to Mass on Livestream. Please make the resource available to all children preparing for First Holy Communion. I hope that you find the resources and the suggestions useful and that your families engage with them over the coming month. We are asking children to take photos of their May Altars and send them to the Kandle Facebook page but, if you would like them to send them to the school instead and you could then make them available to me that will also be perfectly fine.
Best wishes, Maeve Mahon. 1st May 2020


Confirmation and First Holy Communion Ceremonies
I had a message from Bishop Denis on Wednesday last to say that regretfully, because of the prevailing situation as regards Covid 19, Confirmation and First Holy Communion Ceremonies will not be taking place on the dates for which they were arranged. These Ceremonies are now postponed until we get further guidance regarding large public gatherings. This is a hugely regretful decision but it is important that while the ceremonies may be postponed, the preparation continues. In early May resources will be sent out by email from Maeve Mahon’s office for parishes and for schools and will be available to families and the wider community on the kandle website. ( Please contact me at any time if you have concerns as regards the above – Fr. Joe 087 2411594


Ballyfin Community Alert
Irish Red Cross & Age Action Ireland has launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund for people aged 70+ or for family members supporting older people in need of assistance during the present health pandemic. All details can be found on Irish Red Cross/Age Action website or contact Sheila on 086 1570145 for more information or an application form.

ALONE is a member of the National Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Subgroup for Vulnerable People and is managing a national support line for older people with concerns regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19.

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


We remember in our prayers all who are ill at home or in Hospital at this time. We wish them a speedy recovery. We remember also their families and friends and all who are surrounding them with their love and care at this most difficult of times.


A Prayer for Healthcare Workers

Loving God, we place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and all hospital staff and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body
Keep them safe from harm
May they know our deep gratitude
For all they are doing
To heal and care for those affected by The Coronavirus
God of all consolation
May they know your protection and peace
Continue to bless them in these very challenging days
And bless their families Amen.

We pray for the many people who are dying alone
Without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
We pray too for families who cannot accompany
Their loved ones on that journey
We ask all our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen



My Jesus, I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving and healing God,
we, the people of Kildare and Leighlin turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.

Generous God,
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.

O God of creation and life,
we place ourselves in your protection.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
St Brigid, Pray for us.
St Conleth, Pray for us.
St Lazerian, Pray for us.
St. Fintan, Pray for us.
St. Patrick, Pray for us
May all the saints of God, pray for us. Amen.


“Generosity and creativity are being combined by so many to respond to what is above all a call to solidarity, a call to care for one another. Our faith and trust in God can give us an added strength to respond with Christian care to the needs and anxieties of others.”


Watch, O Lord, with those who wake this night
or watch, or weep;
give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones,
soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones
shield your joyous ones.
And all for your love’s sake. Amen


The unsung heroes during these challenging times are our healthcare workers and all who continue in spite of everything and at great personal risk to themselves and their families to maintain our essential services. They are the ones who are carrying all of us through these difficult days. We are humbled by the great personal sacrifices they are making for us. May we, all of us, support them by doing our bit.