BNT Newsletter Sunday 30th April 2023

Ballygar masses can be accessed via the internet on or via the radio on 105.4fm

The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 30, 2023 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

‘The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.’ (John 10: 3).  Just as the sheep know the voice of the Shepherd, we pray today – the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, that those whom are being called will recognise the voice of the Risen Lord in their hearts and will follow him to serve as a priest, deacon or religious.


4th Sunday of Easter

Saturday 29th April, 7.30pm – Andy O’Malley remember Annamae, Joe and Annie Brannelly also Dianne Richardson daughter of Eileen Doyle on her 4th Anniversary

Sunday 30th April, 10.30am – Pake & Mary Lohan and deceased family members

Monday 1st May, 9.30am

Tuesday 2nd May, 7.30pm

Thursday 4th May, 9.30am

Friday 5th May, 7.30pm – Eamon Coffey recently deceased

Saturday 6th May, 7.30pm – Pake Lohan, Martin Coleman months mind

Sunday 7th May, 10.30am – Special Intentions


Sunday 30th April, 9.30am – Delia and Josie Carty Ballinalass

Sunday 7th May, 9.30am


Sunday 30th April, 11.30am – Helena Hynes Greally, Tonacor and Killyan

Wednesday 3rd April, 8.15pm

Friday 5th April, 8.15pm – Pake and Delia Crehan, Keith Keane, Jonathan Crehan and deceased members of the Crehan and Moran families

Sunday 7th April, 11.30am – Frank Kelly, Cloughbrack, and deceased members of the Kelly and Quinn families; Mary Kate Crehan (née Fitzmaurice), Tansy Village, and Sheila Crehan, Everett, USA; Jimmy and Teresa Lyons, Curraghduff, and deceased members of the Lyons and Collins families.

SICK & HOUSEBOUND Fr. Douglas will visit the sick and housebound Friday 5th May.  If any family member would like a visit, please call the Parochial House on 090-6624637.

REMINDER – any outstanding Holy Places or Trocaire monies, please return.

  • Elphin Diocese’s 3 Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg -will run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June.  More details available at or contact Justin on 087 6171526.
  • Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Youth Section Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 23rd August 2023 to the 28th August, 2023.  Nominations from parishes throughout the Diocese are being sought for young people to participate in the Youth Section. Nominees aged between 17 and 20 are welcome to participate.  Nominees must be 17 years or over on the 22nd August, 2023.  Forms are available from the local parish office.  All nominees will be representing their parish and expected to participate fully in the Pilgrimage Itinerary.  Full details are included on the Nomination Form.  Closing date for receipt of completed nominations is the 14th May, 2023.
  • Legion of Mary Conference‘Who is She?’, a day-long Conference for Our Lady takes place Saturday 13th May in the DCU All Hallows’ campus from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Join us for insightful talks, prayer, Mass, good food and great company. What can we learn from early Irish Christian’s Marian devotion? And how can we love Jesus as His mother loved Him? Cost €30. For more information or to book contact
  • Knock Shrine Youth VolunteersVAKS stands for Volunteer at Knock Shrine and is for young people in TY, 5th year, and Leaving Cert that runs over July and August. VAKS gives young people an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, to learn more about their faith, to meet new people, gain new skills, and of course, to have fun. We do this, simply put, by assisting the pilgrim. Our VAKS join us from about 5:30pm on a Friday and stay here with the Youth Ministry team until around 6pm on Sunday. We volunteer together, we eat together, we hangout as a group in the evenings watching movies and playing games. We have accommodation here for our VAKS and provide all meals and snacks. Application form available at
  •  Tús Community Work InitiativeThe Tús programme, for those 12 months or more unemployed, is now taking-on participants for community work placements with host organisations in the locality. Completion of the scheme provides employers with evidence of work experience, a reference, and a CV. For more, phone 091 875732 or 087 9335477, or email
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar-75th Anniversary Book –  We would greatly appreciate if you could forward us your memories of your schooldays in Coláiste Mhuire. If you have any old photos of school tours, sports events, music events, homework copies, school reports or school memories that you would be willing to share we would be very grateful. We would also welcome the submission of articles recounting your memories. They can be dropped into our school office or sent in on Facebook or sent by email to
  • MONSTER AUCTION – Friends of Mountbellew Mart will host a Monster auction on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May at 12 noon to raise funds for the future development of the mart and associated community projects. Tel: (090)9679660
  • Ballygar Community Playschool – As we are full for the coming year, Sept 2023 and have a waiting list, we are considering running an afternoon session, this would be based on demand.  If an afternoon session would be of interest, please contact Geraldine on 087-761-7578 or 090-6624123.
  • Clothes Collection – All clean reusable clothing, shoes, belts and handbags.  NO DUVETS OR PILLOWS.  Please drop at the Old School Building, Market Square.  The clothes collection will run for the next two weeks. Thank you, Ballygar Learning Group
  • Moylough Heritage – are hosting a Table Quiz on Friday May 12th at 8pm in Moylough hall. Tables of four €20. Raffle on the night.  Come along and enjoy a fun night for all the family.
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 drawCongratulations to Elizabeth Burke, Shanballymore on winning €392.  Next week’s draw in Hughes Ballinamore bridge. Thanks to everyone for their continued support every week.  Next month Killyan Graveyard Committee host the draw for month of May &Thanks to Killyan Sportsfield committee for hosting it for month of April.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50Congratulations to Kelly McDonnell, Ballygar who won €508 in this week’s St Brendan’s Ladies Football Club & Ballygar Tidy Towns 50/50 Draw. Thanks to all who are supporting the draw and all the businesses who are selling the tickets. Next week’s draw Saturday 29th April in Martins.

Ballygar Offertory Collection €835.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €400.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €1,129.00

Received with thanks