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Mountrath – Ballyfin News – 31st July – 1st August 2021

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath Ballyfin Sat. 31st July – Sun. 1st Aug. 2021 – 18th 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 – Email


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


Josephine Phelan (née Dowling) Knockbrack, Pike of Rushall,
• We pray for Josephine who died peacefully at Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit on Friday
30th July 2021. Removal on Sunday afternoon to St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown, for
Requiem Mass at 2. 0′clock, (max 50 people), followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery,
Mountrath. We extend sympathy to Anne, James, Gerard (Ger) and Fintan and their families,
relatives, neighbours and friends.

Robert Wheeler, Ringstown, Mountrath,
We pray for Robert who died peacefully at his home on Mon. 26th July. Robert’s Funeral Service was held in St. Peter’s Church, Portlaoise on Wed. 29th July followed by burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Mountrath. We extend sympathy to Mark, Carol and Simon, daughter-in-law Eileen, Carol’s partner Pat, sister Annie (Hatton), grandchildren Stephanie, Claire, Yvonne, Rachel and James, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a large circle of friends and neighbours.
May Josephine and Robert rest in the peace of Christ.


Parish Visitation – August
Tues. 3rd Aug. Mountrath Country
Wed. 4th Aug. Mountrath Town
Thurs. 5th Aug. Ballyfin Parish


Cemetery Mass
Our Annual Cemetery Mass and Blessing of the Graves was celebrated in Mountrath Cemetery on Thurs. 29th July.
Because of the Covid 19 Restrictions we were confined to celebrating this Mass without a Congregation.
However Tommy Ferns has made a recording of this Mass and this will be on our Parish Website from next weekend.


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage 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.


The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path
The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.
A guided walk experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September. For bookings and further information email or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.


12 Daily Reminders

The Past cannot be changed
Opinions don’t define your reality
Everyone’s journey is different
Things always get better with time
Judgements are a confession of Character
Overthinking will lead to sadness
Happiness is found within
Positive thoughts create
positive things
Smiles are contagious.
Kindness is free
You only fail if you quit
What goes around, comes around


Ballyfin Parish Lotto – Wed. 28th July
Nos. Drawn 5 6 15 20 No Winner of € 12.000

40 Match 3 – Each Rec. €25
1 Local Winner – Aideen Duff Collins Promoter Kathleen Dunne

Next Week’s Jackpot €13,000

Mountrath Parish Lotto – Thursday 29th July
Nos. Drawn 2 14 21 31 – No Winner of €19,000 Jackpot.
10 Match 3 Rec. €100 – Next Week’s Jackpot € 20,000
2 Local Winners
Declan Keenan Promoter Celine Cripps – Winner / Promoter Vera Richardson