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Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish 7th – 8th August 2021

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Sat. 6th – Sun. 8th Aug. 2021 – 19th 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

For Anniversary Mass Remembrances see Parish Newsletters – Click link on Right of Home Page


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


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


Fr Con Cronin, S.P.S.
We pray for Fr. Con who died tragically following a road traffic accident at Monkstown, Cork on Tues. 3rd Aug.
Fr Con SPS, (Passage West, Cork and St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow and formerly of Borlin, Bantry, Co. Cork and Minna Diocese Nigeria) following a tragic road traffic accident on Tues. 3rd August. Predeceased by his sister Betty (Creed), his brother Pat (Bantry and his brother-in-law Finbarr Creed (Dublin). Sadly missed by his brother Teddy (Borlin), his sisters-in-law Margaret (Borlin) and Mary (Bantry), his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, by his Kiltegan family, by Bishop Fintan Gavin of the Diocese of Cork and Ross, and by the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese, by his colleagues John Galvin and Sean O’Sullivan and his devoted parishioners in the Harbour Parishes and by his wide circle of friends.
Fr. Con’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Coomhola (near Bantry, Co. Cork) on Sat., 7th Aug. . followed by burial in Kilmacomogue Cemetery.
We extend sympathy to Fr. Con’s Family, parishioners in the Harbour Parishes, Passage West, and Monkstown, Cork, his Kiltegan family and friends, our own Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald (a colleague of Fr. Con’s) and the many he reached out to and journeyed with on his journey through life. May Fr. Con rest in the peace of Christ.


James Delaney, New York R.I.P.
Formerly Thomas Court, Mountrath


We pray for James who died in New York in October of last year. James’ Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Sat. 7th Aug. followed by committal of ashes in Mountrath Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his wife Judy, sons, Conor and Kyle, sister Breda, brother Fintan, brothers in law, Tim, Charlie, Gerry and Ollie. Aunt Maura Moran, Uncle Bill Delaney, niece and 8 nephews and 17 grand nieces and nephews, the Delaney, Dooley, Byrne and Kavanagh families, relatives, neighbours and friends and all who grieve his loss. May James rest in the peace of Christ.


Community Alert / Text Alert
This is the final week to renew your subscription to Mountrath Text Alert. Subscriptions close on Friday 13th August. Renewals may be paid at the Credit Union or online.


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 shortly

Lord, for your faithful People, – Life is changed, Not ended.


Mountrath Parish Lotto
Thursday 5th August
Nos. Drawn 3 4 10 23
No Winner of €20,000 Jackpot.
20 Match 3 Rec. €50 -
Next Week’s Jackpot € 20,000
Local Winners
Winner Promoter
Maura Boyhan – Marie O’Brien
Therese Collins Chris Lacey
Josh Holmes Bernie Phelan
Irene Doheny Margaret Doheny
Declan Bergin Celine Cripps
Catherine Dargan Rita Holland
Dillon, Ava, Leah O’Gorman
Promoter Anne O’Keeffe

Ballyfin Parish Lotto – Wed. 4th Aug.
Nos. Drawn 8 13 26 31 No Winner of € 13.000

14 Match 3 – Each Rec. €72
1 Local Winner – Bridie O’Rourke – Promoter – Patrick O’Rourke

Next Week’s Jackpot €14,000


Next Sunday, 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
A word on the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated. Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for two centuries, ever since Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had levelled it around the year 135 and rebuilt it as Aelia Capitolina in honour of Jupiter. For 200 years, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city, and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about his mother centered around Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived. On the hill itself was the “Place of Dormition,” the spot of Mary’s “falling asleep,” where she had died. At this time, the “Memory of Mary” was being celebrated. Later it was to become what we know as the Feast of the Assumption. All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later (Jan. 1) on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being throbbed with divine life from the very beginning, readying her for the exalted role of mother of the Saviour. In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.” With that, an ancient belief became Catholic doctrine and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God. .

Excerpted from Fr. Clifford Stevens in Catholic Heritage