Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish News. 6th – 7th February 2021
St. Fintan’s Parishes Mountrath Ballyfin
Sat. 6th – Sun. 7th Feb. 2021 – 5th Sun. Ordinary Time
Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald C.C. (087) 605 5783 Fr. Joe (087) 2411 594
Parish Website www.mountrathparish.ie – Link to Webcam on Home Page
St. Fintan’s Parish Mountrath Facebook Page – Mountrath
Anniversary Mass Remembrances for both Parishes for this weekend (6th / 7th Feb. and next weekend 13th / 14th Feb. are on the Parish Newsletters – See Link on Home Page
Bernie Fitzpatrick (Nee Meade) Cloncullen R.I.P.
We pray for Bernie who died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sat. 30th Jan. Bernie’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin on Mon. 1st Feb. followed by burial in Ballyfin Cemetery. We extend sympathy to her family, Deirdre (Fraser), John, Sinead (Lenehan), Niamh, Elaine (Scott), and Brian and their families. her 11 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives neighbours and friends.
Mary (Bunty) Ward (née Carroll) – St Michael’s Park, Portarlington,
We pray for Mary (Bunty) who died peacefully at her home on Wed. 3rd Feb. Bunty’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington on Fri. 5th Feb. followed by burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery. We extend sympathy to her granddaughters, Grace (Milne) Knocknakearn and Regina (Lalor) Brockera and their families and to all her family. relatives, neighbours and friends.
Sr. Regina Ramsbottom PBVM Kilcock, Killaney, Mountrath, R.I.P.
We pray for Sr. Regina who died peacefully at Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock on Tues. 4th Feb. Sr. Regina’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Coco’s Church, Kilcock on Sat. 6th Feb. followed by burial in Community Cemetery. We extend sympathy to her niece, Kathleen Seale, Clonenagh and nephew Michael Keegan, Main St., and their families, her relatives and feirnds.
May Bernie, Mary (Bunty) and Sr. Regina rest in the peace of Christ
Lord, for your faithful people, Life is changed, not ended
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Thurs. 11th Feb.
On this day in 1858, Our Lady first appeared to a 14 year old girl, Bernadette Soubirous. Later Bernadette was to learn that the mysterious lady was the Blessed Virgin and to hear from her lips, “I am the Immaculate Conception” In 1992 Pope John Paul 2 (St. John Paul) instituted World Day of the Sick to be held in commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes on this day.
A Thought as we celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
I was listening to “Morning Ireland” on RTE Radio 1 recently. During the programme a lady was interviewed concerning the situation with residents and staff of our Nursing Homes. What upset me most was the statement this person made, that many residents of Nursing Homes in Ireland have not received a family visit since March of last year – since the beginning of the 1st lockdown.
When we are ill and confined to our bed at home, in Hospital or in a Nursing Home we rely so much on a visit from one of our own or from a friend. Just a smile, a kind word, an embrace or the touch of a hand – just something that denotes presence. I know that current circumstances dictate that visits to our loved ones in Hospital and Nursing Homes must be avoided to ensure the safety of residents and staff but it is just so cruel, all the same.
On Thursday of this week we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a feast which Pope John Paul designated as World Day of the Sick.
Here in Mountrath on this feast day we celebrated the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass. Because of the Lockdown, when we are restricted to celebrating the Eucharist behind closed doors we will be unable to celebrate this Sacrament in its fullness, this year. However as Fr. P.J and myself concelebrate this Mass together on Thursday next we will be reaching out in a very special way to all who are sick or unwell in both our Parishes – and indeed, beyond. We will be remembering people who are now living in Nursing Homes, people who are in Hospital and people who are confined to their bed at home. As we remember people who are ill we will be keeping in our thoughts and prayers also those who continue to care for them – those who surround them with their love and care, – I am thinking of family members (and carers) who dedicate themselves to the care of a loved one, staff and carers in Hospitals and Nursing Homes, very mindful of the personal risks to themselves and their families which they are taking at this time.
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for the sick and make them well and strong again
Prayer of St. Augustine
“Watch, O Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch or weep tonight,
and give your holy angels charge
over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones,
O Lord Jesus 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
Ash Wednesday is Wed. week, 17th February
Mass via Webcam
Mountrath 10.00 am
Ballyfin 7.30 pm
Blessed Ashes available – Ashes will be Blessed and placed in individual envelopes on a table before the Altar – together with a small Lenten Prayer Card and available for you to collect on Ash Wednesday and onwards.
Mountrath Parish Lotto Thurs. 4th Feb. 2021 Nos. Drawn 06 17 19 22
Jackpot € 20.000 No Jackpot Winner – 9 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 112
3 Local Winners
Winner – Promoter
Martha Carroll Betty O’Rourke
Brigid McSpadden Mary Haslam
Anonymous c/o Peg Lawlor
Next Week’s Jackpot €20,000
Mountrath Parish Lotto Vouchers are still available – yearly – half yearly or for any amount you wish – just ask your Mountrath Lotto Promoter
Sincere thanks to everyone involved in Mountrath Parish Lotto – Organising Committee, Promoters, Shops and others who facilitate the sale of Lotto Tickets and most importantly, you who purchase a Lotto ticket every week. We extend a very sincere “thank you” for your loyal support and your unending generoousity .
The Lotto is a vital source of Parish income at this time. In this period of Lockdown we are relying heavely on income from Mountrath Parish Lotto to keep the bills paid and keep our Parish Faxcilities open and functioning – so your loyal support is very much appreciated.
Ballyfin Parish Lotto – Wed. 3rd Feb. 2021 – Nos. Drawn 07 09 26 32
Jackpot € 12.000 No Jackpot Winner 10 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 100
Next Week’s Jackpot €13,000
Sincere thanks to everyone involved in Ballyfin Parish Lotto – Organising Committee, Promoters, Shops and others who facilitate the sale of Lotto Tickets and most importantly, you who purchase a Lotto ticket every week. We extend a very sincere “thank you” for your loyal support and your generoousity.
A Note from K & L Co-Op Lotto People. We give prior notice of our draw scheduled for Wed. 17th March 2021. We will hold the draw that week on Tues. 16th. We hope this suits.