BNT Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

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.

Monday 11th March, 9.30am

Tuesday 12th March, 7.30pm

Thursday 14th March, 9.30am

Friday 15th March, 7.30pm

Saturday 16th March, 7.30pm – John Fitzmaurice, Kilmore and deceased family members

Sunday 17th Marc, 10.30am – St Patrick’s Day

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


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

Sunday 17th March, 9.30am – St. Patricks Day


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

Wednesday 13th March, 7pm – Patrick and Ellen Lohan, Gerard and Mary Lohan, Michael Glynn and Jimmy Crehan, Trihill

Friday 15th March, 7pm – Catherine Quinn, Mary Kate and Augustine Quinn, Cloonkeen

Sunday 17th March, 11.30am St. Patrick’s Day – Maureen Nash, Lisquell and Loughrea

Penitential Service for Easter – An essential part of preparation for Easter is Confession, i.e. Reconciliation.  The Sinpot way of dealing with our sins has been very helpful and effective.  We are going to do that again in St. Patrick’s Church, Newbridge.  You don’t have to be baptised in Newbridge to avail of this opportunity to be reconciled with yourself, your faith, your God.  Come to Newbridge on Sunday, 24th March, following 11.30 a.m. Mass; have your sins written out, approach the Priest, present your sins, receive absolution, watch your list go up in smoke, say a prayer of penance – walk away knowing that – as JESUS SAID so many times – ‘YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU’.  Everyone is invited 🙏🙏🙏 Thank you, Lord, for our sacraments!

Please remember in your prayers Bernie Nolan, Hermitage and Delia Egan, Dunmore, mother of Delia Healy Cloonlyon, who went home to God, may they rest in peace.

Best of Luck to Colaiste Mhuire Hurling Team who play their All Ireland Final next weekend!

We pray for mothers and all in a mothering role. We remember especially mothers living in situations of war, conflict and climate change. May God give them the strength they need to support and guide their families through difficult times.

  • 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 
  • ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service – is recruiting experienced practitioners to train in the specialism of Couple Therapy. Successful applicants will follow a 16-day Certificate programme. For more information and to download application form, visit
  • An Taisce National Spring Clean 2024 Ballygar Tidy Towns will host this years An Taisce National spring clean. It will begin on Saturday, March 23rd at 11am, meeting at the Garda Barracks. Gloves, bags, high viz jackets and pickers will be provided. Members of Ballygar Tidy Towns committee will be in touch to arrange volunteers for approach roads. We would appreciate as much help as possible as we prepare for the summer ahead. Contact Any Tidy Towns committee member if you’d like to help or would like more information. Many thanks.
  • BNT MEALS ON WHEELS – the AGM of BNT Meals on Wheels will take place in the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Tuesday 12th March at 1.45pm. All our welcome.  If you have a few spare hours during the week and would like to volunteer, please come down to the AGM or alternatively contact Teresa on 087-450-2761. 
  • Next Foot Clinic in Ballygar Pharmacy is 28th March.  Contact Deirdre 0909623430 or 0863612578 to make an appointment.
  • Newbridge Ladies Club – are hosting a meeting in Newbridge Hall on Wednesday next March 13th at 8.30pm.  Sheila Flanagan will give an art talk/slide show.  All are welcome and bring a friend.
  • 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 Anne Murray Derrymore on winning €556.  Next week’s draw will be in the Bridge bar Mountbellew. 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 Clodagh Raftery, Ballinamore Bridge who won €574 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 9th March in The Martins.


Ballygar Offertory Collection €930.00, Diocesan Needs €405.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €420.00, Diocesan Needs €200.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €984.30, Diocesan Needs €285.70

Received with thanks