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Mountrath – Ballyfin Parish Newsletter – 4th April 2021 – Easter Sunday.

St. Fintan’s Parish – Mountrath and Ballyfin

Sat. 3rd – Sun. 4th April 2021 – Easter Sunday

May the Glory of the Risen Lord Fill your Heart with Joy

Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald C.C. (087) 605 5783 Fr. Joe (087) 2411 594

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Betty Wallace, (Nee Kelly) Patrick St., Sue Ryder Hse, R.I.P.
We pray for Betty who died peacefully at her home, Sue Ryder House, Portlaoise on Wed. 31st March. Betty’s Funeral Liturgy was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Good Friday, 2nd April, followed by burial in St. John’s Cemetery, Killenard. We extend sympathy to her daughters, Lorraine, Susan and Jean and their families, her sisters and brothers and their families, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Teresa Looby (née O’Dwyer) Marian Ave, Portlaoise, R.I.P.
We pray for Teresa who died peacefully at her home on Mon. 29th March. Teresa’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Peterand Paul Church, Portlaoise on Wed. 31st March followed by burial in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Portlaoise. We extend sympathy to all her family. Teresa is mother of Declan Looby, Vice Principal at Ballyfin National School.

Mary Bridget Tynan, Old Forge Crescent, Mountrath, R.I.P.
We pray for Mary Brigid (Bridie) who died peacefully at Ballard Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise on Fr. 26th March. Bridie’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Sat. 27th March followed by burial in Mountrath Cemetery. We extend sympathy to sisters Essie and Lizzie, and families, Fr. O’Connor Cresc. niece, nephews, relatives and their families, neighbours and friends.

Esther Theresa Hyland, Shaen, The Heath, Portlaoise. R.I.P.
We pray for Esther who died peacefully at St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh on Sat. 27th March. Esther’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Heath Church on Mon. 29th March followed by burial in adjoining Cemetery. We extend sympathy to her bother-in-law, Pat O’Connor, Knocknakearn and family and to all her family, relatives neighbours and friends.

Pat Kinsella, Knockbaron, Kinnitty, Offaly R.I.P.
We pray for Pat, who died peacefully at Reginal Hosp. Tullamore on Wed. 31st March. Pat’s Funreal Mas was celebrated in St. Flannan’s Church, Kinnitty on Sun. 4th April followed by burial in St. Flannan’s Cemetery, Kinnitty. We extend sympathy to his sister, Mrs Nancy Coogan, The Knocks / Brockera and her family and to all her family, relatives, neighbours and friends

May Betty, Teresa, Mary Brigid, Esther and Pat rest in the peace of Christ.


Disappointment ! A Reflection by Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald. S.P.S.
I had hoped that the churches would be open again for public Masses at Easter, but my hopes have been dashed. This virus is really upsetting our lives. It is not the first time that the world has experienced such a pandemic. The most recent large scale pandemic was the so called “Spanish Flu” which struck at the end of World War 1.

It killed about 50 million people, including over 20 thousand in Ireland. In spite of its name it is said to have originated in America and crossed the Atlantic on troop ships bringing soldiers to the war. It was devastating. Medicine at that time was not as advanced as it is now. There was no quarantining or social distencing or vaccine. It petered out in 1919 having wrecked havoc wherever it took root.
Between 1347 and 1350 the Black Death struck Europe. This virus originated in Asia and was once again imported in ships, merchant ships, this time. It is estimated that it killed up to half the population of Europe, between 50 and 100 million people. It caused bodies to turn black, hence its name. It is also called the Great Plague. It was caused by fleas, carried by rats, but that was not known at the time. There was no cure. Outbreaks still occur from time to time, but it can be treated now.
The great famine in Ireland was accompanied by a sort of plague called a fever, which was also deady and easily passed on from person to person. Many priests, doctors and carers died as a result of their ministry to the sick. As we struggle with our pandemic, we should be thankful for the mecical care that is availableto us. Let us pray for the recovery of all those who are struggling with the virus.


Ballyfin Parish Lotto 31st Mch Nos. Drawn 4 12 14 26
No Jackpot Winner of € 10.000 15 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 67
2 Local Winners Patrick and Ella Rafferty Promoter Mary Hooban – Tommy Finn Promoter, Mary Finn
Next Week’s Jackpot €11,000

Mountrath Parish Lotto 1st Apr. Nos. Drawn 3 12 15 20
No Jackpot Winner of € 18.000 20 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 50

4 Local Winners
Peter Redmond – Promoter, Declan Fitzpatrick
Michael Carroll - Promoter, M Fennell
Bee Lee - Promoter, Vera Richardson
Teresa Nevin Promoter, Bernie Phelan – Next Week’s Jackpot € 19,000

Sincere Thanks to everyone involved in our Parish Lottos


Love Song – by Rainer Maria Rilke

When my soul touches yours a great chord sings!
How shall I tune it then to other things?
O! That some spot in darkness could be found
That does not vibrate when’er your depth sound.
But everything that touches you and me
Welds us as played strings sound one melody.
Where is the instrument whence the sounds flow?
And whose the master-hand that holds the bow?
O! Sweet song —