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Mountrath Ballyfin Parish Newsletters – 15th – 16th May 2021

St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath – Ballyfin Sat. 15th – 16th May 2021 – Feast of the Ascension

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Return to Public Worship – Welcome

Welcome everyone! Today is a joyful day! We are once more able to join together in the celebration of the Mass, having been physically separated for these past months. – indeed since Christmas day. And it is good for us to be here. Let us give thanks for the great gift of this moment.
In this Easter season, as a Church, we continue to ponder the joy of the resurrection and its meaning for us as followers of Christ. Today we are undergoing something of a Resurrection as we begin to arise once more out of lockdown to give worship to our God.
And as we gather this day, joined by many others on line, may we draw on the experience of the early church. In the days after the Resurrection, the disciples were fearful and uncertain, but they trusted in the Lord and welcomed his continued presence among them.
In the company of the risen Lord and with the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit, the disciples found the confidence to continue to preach and share the good news of Jesus with others.
Today may each of us welcome the presence of Christ with us and the promise of the gift of his Spirit.
We need not fear, we need not be anxious or uncertain – for the Lord is with us. – This is our hope and our joy.


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 side seats – while observing social distening – 3 people may be seated in the 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 look forward to a safe return to Public Worship
Now as our churches are opening again for public worship if you feel that you have a bit of time to volunteer – to sanatize, steward, or help in any other practical way, we would love to hear from you. An additional helping hand is always much appreciated


Michael Newsome, Rosmore, Ballyfin R.I.P.
We pray for Michael who died peacefully at Shaen Hospital, Portlaoise on Fri. 7th May. Michael’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Ballyfin on Sun. 9th May followed by burial in Ballyfin Cemetery. We extend sympathy to sons, William and Pat, daughter Mary, son-in-law Paul, Pat’s partner Betty, grandchildren Dean, Amy, Anthony, Michelle, Patricia and Paul, great-grandchildren Emily, Kaiden and Darragh, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.


Áine Purcall, Sconce Lower, Ballyfin – Bagnelstown, R.I.P.
We pray for Áine who died peacefully at Regional Hosp., Portlaoise on Tues. 4th May. Aine’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Peter and Paul Church, Portlaoise on Fri. 7th May followed by committal Ceremony at Newland’s Cross Crematorium. We extend sympathy to her husband, Brian, sons, Brian and Robbie, Purcell family (Grattan St., Portlaoise), the O’Connell family, Bagenalstown, nieces Shauna Lee Clarke and Leona, mother in law Mary, Colette, David, Declan and Anne Purcell, many neighbours and friends. Áine, was a great friend and benefactor of Ballyfin National School. She served on the Parents Council in her day and was also a member of the last Board of Management Committee. –

May Michael and Áine rest in the peace of Christ.


Larry Phelan, Bacca, Mountrath. R.I.P. We pray for Larry who died peacefully in Regional Hosp., Portlaoise on Mon. 10th May. Larry’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fergal’s Church, Camross on Thurs. 13th May followed by burial in adjoining Cemetery. We extend sympathy to daughters Liz and Sinead, sisters Cissie (Collier) and Molly (Lalor), brother Aidan, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives, great neighbours, and friends. May Larry rest in the peace of Christ.


We remember people – their families and carers – who are ill – at home, in Hospital or in a Nursing Home at this time.