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Mountrath Ballyfin News. 23rd May 2021

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Message from Bishop Denis

On Wed. last, 19th May, Archbishop Farrell (Archbishop of Dublin) was communicating with the Office of the Taoiseach seeking further clarification and guidance, on the celebration of Sacraments at this time. The subsequent advice that was issued from the Office of the Taoiseach, was
“It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place in May and June. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonmies when it is safe to do so”

It is with sadness then that I request that there be no celebrations of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation in Kildare and Leighlin in these months. We must continue to adhere to advice not even, but especially, as we emerge, hopefully, from this Pandemic.
Signed Bishop Denis Nulty – 21st May 2021


Some Guidelines – As we return to Public Worship
The maximium allowed into Ballyfin Church for Mass is 50 people
- 2 people may be seated in the (open) side seats – while observing social distening
– 3 people may be seated in the (open) centre seats – while observing social distencing
Families may be seated together in one seat
People who enter the church for Mass may occupy the “open” seats only.
It is not correct to occupy seats which have been closed off.
Holy Communion may be received on the hand only.
Bishop Denis asks that face coverings be worn during Mass.


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.


Martin Breen, Shanahoe – R.I.P.
We pray for Martin who died peacefully at his home on Mon. 17th May. Martin’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Raheen on Wed. 19th May followed by burial in adjoining Cemetery. We extend sympathy to his wife Nora and all his family, relatives, neighbours and friends. May Martin rest in the peace of Christ.


Ballyfin Parish Lotto 19th May – Nos. Drawn 5 15 17 25 – No Jackpot Winner of € 13.000
19 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 53 – 1 Local Winner Mary Hooban – Next Week’s Jackpot €16,000


Mountrath Parish Lotto 20th May. €10,000 Jackpot Won – Nos. Drawn 8 16 20 23
Congratulations to Lucy Kelly. Promoter Peggy Kelly 11 Match 3 – Each Rec. € 91 – 5 Local Winners
Michael Fitzpatrick – Patsy Sydes – Promoter Jerry Dooley
Colm Bergin – Promoter, David Tobin – Caroline Farrell, Promoter Mary Arthur Bernie Tynan —
Next Week’s Jackpot €10.000


Mary Tynan, California, USA R.I.P.
Mary Tynan, 96 years of age, died peacefully in Redlands, California in the early hours of 26th April, following a short illness. Mary was born in the Hollow, daughter of Edward and Julia Tynan, one of 11 children, 7 brothers and 4 sisters. She is survived by her only remaining sibling Cecilia O’Neill, from New Ross, Co Wexford. The Tynan family moved from the Hollow in the mid fifties.
Mary lived with her sister Sheila (predeceased). She enjoyed many pleasures in life, including feeding and listening to her humming birds, tending the garden, playing the ukulele and reading. She had many enjoyable visits to Ireland, including the Hollow, to see family and friends. May Mary rest in the peace of Christ.