BNT Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,



Second Sunday of Lent

Saturday 24th February, 7.30pm – Tess and Christy Byrne and deceased family members

Sunday 25th February, 10.30am – People of the Parish

Monday 26th February, 9.30am – Bridie Devine

Tuesday 27th February, 7.30pm – Art O’Keeffe

Thursday 29th February, 9.30am – Special Intention

Friday 1st March, 7.30pm – Galvin Family MountMary

Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm – Phyliss & Seamie Flynn

Sunday 3rd March, 10.30am – People of the Parish

New Readers List – We are currently in the process of updating the readers list for Ballygar Church. If anyone would like to volunteer to read at Mass, please contact Tomàs on 0863683778

Social Gathering after Mass first Sunday of each Month – On Sunday, March 3rd parishioners are invited to meet for a cuppa and chat after Sunday morning Masses in Ballygar and Newbridge. Venue for Ballygar is the courthouse, Newbridge venue will be announced in coming weeks. It is hoped that this social gathering will take place on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome.


Sunday 25th February, 9.30am

Sunday 3rd March, 9.30am – Mamie& Johnny Mannion, Ballinamore Bridge


Sunday 25th February, 11.30am – Pete and Mary Mannion, Ballinacor, and deceased members of the Mannion and Somers families

Wednesday 28th February, 7pm

Friday 1st March, 7.00 pm

Sunday 3rd March, 11.30 a.m. – Andy and Kate Kelly, Ballinacor

Sick and Housebound – Fr. Douglas to visit on Friday 1st March.  If you or a family member would like Fr. Douglas to visit, please call on 09-6624637.

INVITATION TO WATCH THE FILM “THE LETTER”- We, the Pope John Paul II participants in Transition Year, would like to invite the community to join us for a special screening of the film “The Letter”, on Friday 8th March at 8:15 pm in Ballygar’s Courthouse.   “The Letter” tells the incredible story of the Laudato Si encyclical letter sent by Pope Francis to the world. The film chronicles the journey of five individuals, each representing marginalised groups often overlooked in international environmental discussions. They all meet Pope Francis, who shares his vision in stunningly human interactions in the city of Assisi. At its roots, the film is about humanity and how we can work together to overcome climate change.  This message is especially relevant during this season of Lent as we support each other in Trocaire’s work to support people and communities to tackle the causes of poverty, violence, justice, and water and climate injustice.

  • Lenten Scripture Initiative drawing on the riches of St Mark’s Gospel will take place in The Courthouse (beside Church), Ballygar, on six Wed. evenings, beginning next Wed. 7.30 – 8.30 pm. For more details please contact Fr. Doughlas or John on 087 9068032 or visit .  All welcome.
  • Bishop Kevin’s Pastoral Reflections for Lent – Bishop Kevin will offer a short Pastoral Message each Wednesday during Lent.  They can be read on
  • EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR PEACE: Adoration will commence at 10.00 a.m. and conclude at 10.00 p.m. on Thursday 29th February 2024 in St Mary’s Church Mountbellew for the intention of peace throughout the world.  Time sheets will be available for completion in advance to ensure there is adequate attendance throughout the twelve-hour period.
  • Trócaire Lenten Campaign – This year, Trócaire’s lenten campaign focuses on the country of Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world and has been badly affected by climate change. Trócaire envelopes are available in the Church porch.
  • Medjugorje Youth Festival – The Diocese of Elphin invites young adults in the diocese aged 18-35 on pilgrimage to Medjugorje this summer for the Youth Festival from 31st July – 7th August, led by Bishop Kevin. The cost per person sharing is €650.  For more information, detail of costs, registration form etc. please see the diocesan website on or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and 
  • NBT Community Games –  In the past many children in our area participated in Community Games activities, from Athletics, Draughts, Swimming, and Gymnastics to Handwriting and Art.  If you are interested in helping to revive Community Games in our area again, please contact Helen 086 3491877 or Alison 087 7803920.
  • Ballygar Ladies Group meet next Thursday 29th February in the Courthouse at 8pm.  Guest speaker on the night.  All ladies welcome. Admission €3.
  • Mountbellew Mart – On Friday 1st March at 7pm, Mountbellew Mart will launch the KEPAK All Ireland and All Nations Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships 2024 in the Malt House, Mountbellew.  All are invited and admission is free.  Food and refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by local musicians.
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Nicola Downey Taughmaconnell on winning €601. Next week’s draw will be in the Thatch Ballygar.  Thanks to everyone for their continued support every week, 6 months and yearly envelopes available from committee members.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to John Corcoran, Ballygar who won €647 in this week’s St Brendan’s Ladies Football Club & Ballygar Tidy Towns Lotto. Thanks to all who are supporting the draw and all the businesses who are selling the tickets. Next week’s draw Saturday 24th February in Hughes.
  • New Church Rota – Toghergar Church – please note that this is now a monthly rota.

February – Ballinamore Bridge; March – Shanballymore; April – Bornacurra/Cloonascaberry May – Clunabrica; June – Coranananta More/Trihill; July – Ballinlass

Volunteers are advised not to clean the church on a Sunday. Each station area is responsible for providing flowers.


Ballygar Offertory Collection €1,025.00,

Toghergar Offertory Collection €390.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €940.00,

Received with thanks