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St. Fintan’s Parishes Mountrath Ballyfin Sat. 20th – Sun.21st Feb. ’21 1st Sun. of Lent

St. Fintan’s Parishes Mountrath Ballyfin Sat. 20th – Sun.21st Feb. 2021 – 1st Sun. of Lent
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
Email jmbrophy2@gmail.com – St. Fintan’s Parish Mountrath Facebook Page – Mountrath

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See Parish Newsletters for Anniversary Masses for Mountrath and Ballyfin Parishes for this weekend and next- See Link on right.

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Noel Ryan. – Bedfrod, England, Factory St., R.I.P.
We pray for Noel who died at his home in Bedford England on 16th Feb. Noel’s Funerasl Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Sun. 14th Feb. followed by burial in Mountrath Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his parents, Helen and Noel, sister, Kelly, brother, Donal and their families, nephew Thomas, niece and Godchild, Fayé, uncles, aunts, extended family, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Patrick (Paddy) Murphy, Spa Hill R.I.P.
We pray for Paddy who died peacefully at Portlaoise Regional Hosp. on Sun. 14th Feb.
Paddy’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, mountrath on Tues. 16th Feb.
followed by burial in Mountrath Cememtery. We extend sympathycto wife, Ann, sons Matthew and
Patrick, daughter Carole, and their families. grandchildren, nephews, in particular Philip who
offered him such care and attention in his later years, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Rita Breen (née Reddin) Roselawn, Portlaoise, – Patrick St., Brittas.
We pray for Margaret Therese (Rita) (late of Patrick st., Mountrath) who died on Thurs. 18th
Feb. Rita’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter and Paul Church., Portlaoise on
this Sunday at 12 midday, followed by burial in local cememtery. We extend sympathy to
her sons, Pascal and Ger (Fr Gerard Breen, Stradbally). brother Michéal, sisters Vera,
Rose and Maura, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Sr. Breda Ryan, Brigidine Sister. Athy, Abbeyleix, Mountrath. R.I.P.
We pray for Sr. Brid who died peacefully at Clover Lodge Nursing Home, Athy on Mon.15th Feb.
Sr. Brid’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix on Wed.
17th Feb. followed by burial in Community Cemetery. We extend sympathy to sisters, Meave and
Josephine, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law,
and their families. Brigidine Community and her many friends.

May Noel, Paddy, Margaret Therese (Rita) and Sr. Brid rest in the peace of Christ.

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Mountrath Parish Lotto – Thurs. 18th Feb. 2021 Nos. Drawn 15 21 29 31
Jackpot € 20.000 No Jackpot Winner
5 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 200

Next Week’s Jackpot €20,000

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.

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Ballyfin Parish Lotto Wed. 17th Feb. 2021 Nos. Drawn 01 15 26 29 Jackpot € 14.000 Not Won
9 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 112 Next Week’s Jackpot €15,000

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.

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To Fergal
On your 1st Anniv.

You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows the reason why,

A million times we needed you
A million times we cried
If love alone could have saved you
You never would have died

In life we loved you dearly
In death we love you still
In our hearts we hold a place
That only you can fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God took you home.
Love and miss you every day Lynda, Brian, Colin, Cian and Caoimhe XXXXX

Fergal’s 1st Anniv. Mass will be celebrated in Mountrath Ch. on Thurs. 25th Feb. 10.00 am
Join us on the Parish Webcam

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What Does Lent Mean?

While we associate Lent with preparation for Easter, the word ‘Lent’ actually comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’. That might seem strange at first but when we think about it there is an obvious connection between Spring and our preparation for Easter.

While the images of Spring may be of blooming flowers, spring lambs and lengthening, warmer days, none of this is instantaneous. It is a slow process of change, growth and new beginnings as nature turns away from the cold and harshness of Winter towards the warmth and light of Spring. Our journey in Lent is a bit like that, offering us an annual opportunity, in the light and warmth of our faith, for change, growth and new beginnings.

Every Spring, every Lent, holds the promise of a fresh start and new life; this is a time when we can honestly look at our lives and take even the simplest of steps to turn back to and deepen our relationship with God and allow our faith to impact who we are in the world.
In other languages the word Lent comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days. In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical stories of Noah and the flood of forty days, the forty
years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness and, primarily, we remember Christ’s
forty day fast in preparation for his ministry.

Lent is our forty days of preparation to renew our baptism at Easter and to put ourselves back on track to live the life our baptism calls us to live in the everyday circumstances in which we find ourselves. Lent, then, is a time of doing penance, of actively embracing the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. None of these are ends in themselves, they are all part of the process that leads us back to God.

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If Today

If you planted hope
In any hopeless heart
If someone’s burden’s lighter Because you played your part,
If you caused a laugh
That chased some tears away
If tonight your name is named
When someone kneels to pray Then your day has been well spent.

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