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Mountrath – Ballyfin News 23rd – 24th October 2021

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Ballyfin

Sat. 23rd – Sun. 24th Oct. 2021 30th Sun. 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 pray for James (Jimmy) Lewis
New Inn Cross, who died on Fri. 22nd Oct. – Funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Emo on Sunday 24th Oct.
Catherine Kearns’ dad (Derrough)

We pray for Brian Fitzmaurice, Leixlip who died on Thurs. 21st Oct. Funeral Mass in Church of The Holy Family, Aughrim Street on Mon. 25th Oct.
Mary Hosey’s brother (Trumera)


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


Service of Commemoration of Faithful Departed – Sun. 7th Nov.
St. Fintan’s Cem. Ballyfin 11.00 am St. Fintan’s Cem., Mountrath 2.00 pm
If someone belonging to you has died over the past year and has been laid to rest in one of our Parish Cemeteies and you would like to get involved in one of these Ceremonies, please contact Fr. Joe during the week. (I am thinking of involvement as Reader, Singer, Musician, Leader of Prayer of the Faithful or Reflection)


Roadworks – Road Repairs

Carroll Quarries have asked to let it be known that the road leading to Mountrath Community School and Mountrath Cemetery will be closed to the public for resurfacing / repairsO on this Tues. 26th and Wed. 27th Oct.


Bingo Returns to St. Fintan’s Hall, Mountrath
St. Fintan’s Hall Committee have decided to re-open the Hall for the Monday night Bingo on Mon. 1st Nov. at 8pm. Please note change of time. All HSE guidelines will be adhered to. To keep everyone safe, masks (face coverings) will be worn during the Bingo Sessions. All are very welcome.


New Vincent de Paul Shop on Main St., Mountrath
Vincent’s Mountrath will soon reopen in the Macra Hall, Main St., We are accepting donations of clean wearable clothing, school uniforms, fashion accessories and jewellery, shoes, blankets, curtains and duvet covers (no duvets please), cds, books, vinyl, antiques & bric-a-brac from 10.30 – 4pm Tuesday – Friday at the Macra Hall.

We require new Volunteers to help in the Shop
Please email with your name, phone number and availability.
Thank you for your continued support from the team at Vincent’s Mountrath.
St.Vincent de Paul helpline phone number – 086 661 6210


Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

From “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”


Ballyfin Parish Lotto – 20th October
Nos. Drawn 8 10 27 30
1 Jackpot Winner of € 13.000 – Congratulations to Dolly Whelan, Hacketstown
15 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 67
1 Local Winner M. Dunphy – Promoter G. Dunphy
Next Week’s Jackpot €10,000

Thanks to everyone involved in Ballyfin Parish Lotto and for your support


Mountrath Parish Lotto 21st Oct – Nos. Drawn 1 12 29 32
No Winner of €20,000 Jackpot. – New Jackpot €20,000
9 Match 3 – Rec. € 112 each 1 Local Winner, Tom Foley – Promoter, Mary Arthur

Thank you for your continued and very generous support of Mountrath Parish Lotto