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Mountrath – Ballyfin News. – Sat. 30th – Sun. 31st Oct. 2021 – 31st Sun. in Ordinary Time

Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish Online Newsletter 30th – 31st Oct. 2021 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Ballyfin

Sat. 30th Sun. 31st Oct. 2021 31st 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


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


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


Mon. 1st Nov. Feast of All Saints
Mass in the Hollow Church at 9.00 am – Mass in Mountrath Church at 11.30 am
Mass in Ballyfin Church 7.30 pm

Tues. 2nd Nov. Feast of All Souls
Mass in Mountrath Church at 10.00 am — Mass in Ballyfin Church at 7.30 pm


In November We Remember
November is the month when we remember in a special way our loved ones who have gone ahead of us in Faith. During the Month of November there will be many opportunities for us as a Parish Faith Community to remember our loved ones.
Tues. 2nd November Feast of All Souls Mass at 10.00 am
Sun. 7th Nov. 2.00 pm Mountrath Cemetery Commemoration of Faithful Departed –
10.00 am Mass every Friday morning during the month.
If you wish to enrol a loved one in our November list of the Dead use the dedicated envelope in the box of envelopes or envelopes are available at the back of the Church for you to use. Also, you are invited to place the name (s) of a loved one on our memorial tree – situated at the front of the church


James (Jimmy) Lewis, New Inn Cross, R.I.P.
We pray for James (Jimmy) who died peacefully on Fri. 22nd Oct. Jimmy’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Paul’s Church, Emo on Sunday last, 24th Oct. followed by burial in New Cemetery, Emo. We extend sympathy to his family, Elizabeth, Catherine (Kearns – Derrough) Pauline, Liam and John, brothers Bertie, Phil, Joe and Wally, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew and nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Pat Kennedy, Ardenteggle, Killeshin, – Paulstown, R.I.P.
We pray for Pat who died peacefully at Hillview Nursing Home, Carlow on Sat. 23rd Oct. Pat’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Claire’s Church, Graiguecullen on Tues. 26th Oct. followed by burial in Killeshin Cemetery, Carlow. We extend sympathy to his sister, Nancy Dowling, Clonand and family and to all Pat’s family, wife Agnes, Breda (McHugh), Brendan and their families, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Brian Fitzmaurice. Leixlip, – Stoneybatter, Dublin R.I.P.
We pray for Brian who died suddenly at his home on Thurs. 21st Oct. Brian’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in Church of The Holy Family, Aughrim St. Dublin on Mon. 25th Oct. followed by burial in Confey Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his wife Mary and family, Roisín, Brian, Colum, Niall and their families, sister Mary and her husband Joe (Hosey), Trumera and family, Relatives, neighbours and friends.

May Jimmy, Pat and Brian rest in the peace of Christ


Parish Visitation – November.
Tues. 2nd Nov. Mountrath Country
Wed. 3rd Nov. Mountrath Town
Thurs. 4th Nov. Ballyfin Parish

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.


Bingo Returns to St. Fintan’s Hall
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.


Ballyfin Parish Lotto – 27th October
Nos. Drawn 3 16 25 29 – Jackpot €10,000 – No Winner
6 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 167 – Next Week’s Jackpot €11,000

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


Mountrath Parish Lotto – 28th Oct
Nos. Drawn 5 10 16 24 – No Winner New Jackpot €20,000
14 Match 3 – Rec. € 72 each
3 Local Winners – Declan Bergin – Promoter Celine Cripps
Caroline Farrell – Ann O’Connor – Promoter Mary Arthur

Thanks to everyone involved in Mountrath Parish Lotto and for your continued and generous support.


Repeat of Service of Remembrance – (First celebrated in Ballyfin and Mountrath Cemeteries on Sun. 7th Nov)

Mountrath Church
Our Service of Remembrance will be repeated on Sunday 14th November
- Immediately after 11.30 am Mass
- Will be transmitted live on the Parish Webcam
- And on (Mountrath) Parish Radio (104.5 FM)

Ballyfin Church
Our service of Remembrance will be repeated on Sunday 14th November
Immediately after 10.00 am Mass
Will be transmitted live on the Parish Webcam


New Vincent de Paul Shop on Main St., Mountrath
Vincent’s Mountrath will soon reopen in the Macra Hall, Main St.,

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


A Prayer for Healthcare Workers and front-line 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.



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.


Coronavirus Prayer
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Amen.


John O’Donohue This is the time to be Slow,

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall,
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt,
Scrape from the heart,
All sense of yourself,
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good,
And you will find your feet
Again – On fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.