BNT Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent


Third Sunday of Lent

Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm – Phyliss & Seamie Flynn and deceased family members

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

Monday 4th March, 9.30am – Special Intention

Tuesday 5th March, 7.30pm

Thursday 7th March, 9.30am – Special Intention

Friday 8th March, 7.30pm

Saturday 9th March, 7.30pm – Breege Hannon Months Mind

Sunday 10th March, 10.30am – Please remember Tom Coleman on the 20th anniversary of his passing and remember his wife Catherine in Clonberine Nursing Home.

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.

Please remember that the Diocesan Needs envelope are in your offertory box this weekend.

Please remember in your prayers Annie Keegan, Forest View, Ballygar, Co. Galway and formerly Muckanagh.


Sunday 3rd March, 9.30am

Sunday 10th March, 9.30am – Mamie& John Mannion, Ballinamore Bridge


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

Michael and Winnie Ryan and Paddy Dooley, Cloonshivna, and deceased members of the Ryan and Dooley families

Wednesday 6th March, 7pm

Friday 8th March, 7pm – Mel and Mary Gavin, Boherbannagh

Sunday 10th March, 11.30am – Maggie McDermott, Lissavruggy – Month’s Mind

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.
  • Volunteer at Knock Shrine – The VAKS programme is an opportunity for young people aged 16-18 to make a difference in the lives of the pilgrims who visit Knock. Volunteering at Knock is a great way to meet new people, serve others, express your faith and have fun.  For more information on the programme, the application process, accommodation provided, and available dates  If you have any questions or if you would like to register a group for the programme please contact Knock Youth Ministry on this email or call us on 0876927850/0949375321.
  • Bishop Kevin’s Pastoral Reflections for Lent – Bishop Kevin will offer a short Pastoral Message each Wednesday during Lent.  They can be read on
  • 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 –  Tuesday 5th March@8.30pm in Social Services Centre Ballygar. All welcome.
  • Active Retirement Meeting – The monthly meeting of Mountbellew and District Active Retirement will be held in the Pastoral Centre Mountbellew on Monday 11th March at 8pm (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE) All new members welcome.
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Evan Maher Johnstown, Kilkenny on winning €560.  Next week’s draw will be in Kenny’s Ballygar.  Thanks to everyone for their continued support every week, 6 months and yearly envelopes available from committee members.  Thanks to the Ballinamore Bridge Development for doing the month of February.  The Nature Trail is doing the month of March.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to Michelle Hunt & Casey Hopkins, Dunshaughlin who won €580 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 3rd March in The Thatch.


Ballygar Offertory Collection €885.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €305.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €820.00

Received with thanks