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Third Sunday in Easter – BNT Newsletter 11/04/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

Third Sunday of Easter

Saturday 13th April, 7.30pm – Mattie McDonagh Anniversary

Sunday 14th April, 10.30am – People of the Parish

Sunday 14th April, 2pm – Baptism

Monday 15th April, 9.30am – Patrick & Annie Hannon, Muckinagh

Tuesday 16th April, 7.30pm

Thursday 18th April, 9.30am

Friday 19th April, 7.30pm – Andy O’Malley

Saturday 20th April, 12pm – Baptism

Saturday 20th April, 7.30pm – Ita Keane Months Mind

Sunday 21st April, 10.30am

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 14th April, 9.30am – Sr. Bernice Lee (Helen) Castleffrench and deceased family members

Sunday 21st April, 9.30am – Teresa & Paddy Hannon and deceased family members

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Sunday 14th April, 11.30am – Laurence Murray, Kilclough, and deceased family members; Delia and Pake Kerrigan, Killyan, and all deceased members of the Kerrigan and Lohan families

Wednesday, 17th April, 8.00pm

Friday, 19th April, 8pm

Saturday, 20th April, 11.00am – Michael Crehan, Tansy Village and Everett, Washington – Month’s Mind Sunday, 21st April, 11.30am – Matt and Kate, Patsy and Nan, Owen, Catherine, Jennifer O’Reilly, and all deceased members of the Hynes family, Lisquell West.

Congratulations for all our young parishioners who made their Confirmation and for the parents and teachers who took this journey with them.

  • 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 elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Kevin as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry – This week, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Kevin as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry, in addition to being Bishop of Elphin.  This means that, along with his role in Elphin, Bishop Kevin will be carrying out the responsibilities of a bishop in Achonry and exploring, both in Elphin and in Achonry, how we might work towards a closer union between the two Dioceses. We wish Bishop Paul Dempsey every blessing as he moves from the Diocese of Achonry to the Archdiocese of Dublin as Auxiliary Bishop.
  • Conference on Synodality – ‘Synodality Explored: Facing the Future Together’. International Conference at Knock Shrine in association with Notre Dame University, Australia. Keynote Speaker: Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April (10am – 4.15pm each day) at St. John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine. Detailed schedule on www.knockshrine.ie
  • The Youth 2000 Connaught retreat will take place in Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway on the weekend of May 10th to 12th, consisting of workshops, talks, testimonies, music, prayer and time to relax & meet with others. Come along for the weekend or pop in & say hello! Donation only, 16-35yrs. To book a place or for more information, visit www.youth2000.ie or email connaught@youth2000.ie.
  • Seniorline Would like someone to talk to?  SeniorLine is Ireland’s national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10am-10pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may feel isolated, alone, wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or for company during their day. SeniorLine’s older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer caller to other helpful services if necessary.  So don’t be alone if sharing a problem would help.  Phone SeniorLine 1800 80 45 91, open every day of the year 10am-10pm www.thirdageireland.ie/seniorline
  • Tea for Bobby – We, the friends of Bobby Carty are holding a Tea/Coffee morning in his memory, in The Shiven Inn on Sunday 21st April after mass.  We hope to raise money which will go towards a Defibrillator which will be located in Winfield National School, to compliment the ones already located at the Shiven Inn and Shiven club grounds.  We also intend to train at least one person from each station area in the parish to be trained in the use of these devises.  We are currently running a Pool competition in his memory, The Bobby Carty Memorial Tournament, which has already raised €1250, and has had over 70 players compete.  All trophies for this event, including an engraved Cup and Shield have been kindly sponsored by Paul Wallace, Sean Gavin and Declan Murray.  All tea/coffee/treats on the morning will be sponsored, by the Shiven Inn, so we would ask people to please just donate what they can in the envelopes that will be there, to help us achieve our goal of approx., €2500.  We will also have some spot prizes on the morning for those who attend.  There will also be a donation bucket in The Shiven Shop, from Monday 15th April, which people can donate in if they cannot attend on the morning.  Thanks in advance and we hope to see you there.
  • To those on Facebook, your support would be greatly appreciated in liking/ following ‘ Ballygar Mental Health Awareness & Promotion’ – a community page to educate, inform, highlight support groups and trainings locally & online, share podcasts/ relevant media & resources, promote wellness & self-care, signpost services and break down stigma, with the message that no one should feel alone re their mental health and reaching out or asking for help is a strength, not a weakness! 
  • Next Foot Clinic in Ballygar Pharmacy is 25th April 2024. 
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Michael Kilcommons(Giggs), Lisquell on winning €601.  Next week’s draw will be in the Thatch bar Ballygar.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to Geraldine Ganley, Drinane who won €614 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 13th April in The Thatch.

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Ballygar €935.00

 Toghergar Collection €430.00

Newbridge Collection €532.33

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BNT Newsletter – Divine Mercy Sunday 05/04/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

Divine Mercy Sunday

Saturday 6th April, 7.30pm – Bredge Murphy Anniversary

Sunday 7th April, 10.30am – Divine Mercy Sunday

Monday 8th April, 9.30am

Tuesday 9th April, 7.30pm – Paddy Kilroy

Thursday 11th April, 9.30am – Special Intention

Friday 12th April, 7.30pm – Margaret and Michael Kinsley and son in law Padraig Lohan

Saturday 13th April – Baptism

Saturday 13th April, 1pm – Bernie Nolan Months Mind

Saturday 13th April, 7.30pm – Mattie McDonagh Anniversary

Sunday 14th April, 10.30am – People of the Parish

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 7th April, 9.30am – Tess & Bob Kelly and grandson Philip Connolly

Sunday 14th April, 9.30am

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Sunday, 7th April, 11.30am – Delia and John James Crehan, Windfield, and Geraldine Crehan, Clare; Ada Lovorn, Mississippi

Wednesday 10th April – No Mass in Newbridge

Friday 12th April, 8.15 pm

Saturday 13th April, 12.00 pm – Tommie and Patrick Kelly, Gunnoade, and deceased family members

Sunday 14th April, 11.30am – Laurence Murray, Kilclough, and deceased family members; Delia and Pake Kerrigan, Killyan, and all deceased members of the Kerrigan and Lohan families

The Priests of the Parish would like to thank all who contributed to the Easter collection.  Thanks to all.

  • 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 elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • Holy Places Collection – The Pontifical Good Friday Collection, is the main source of financial aid for the maintenance of life around the Holy Places. The collection with which, for centuries, Christians around the world have been doing their utmost to support their brothers and sisters in the land of Jesus. This year, the war has shut down the local economy and cut off much of the humanitarian relief. As a consequence, the situation for Palestinians and the Christian communities is critical. Your prayers and continued financial support will greatly assist the humanitarian response.
  • Diamond Jubilee – You are invited to join with Fr John Carroll SPS for a Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee (60 Years of Priesthood) on Sunday 7th April at 2.00pm in St Anne’s Church, Sligo.
  • Conference on Synodality – ‘Synodality Explored: Facing the Future Together’. International Conference at Knock Shrine in association with Notre Dame University, Australia. Keynote Speaker: Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April (10am – 4.15pm each day) at St. John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine. Detailed schedule on www.knockshrine.ie
  • M-PACT  M-PACT is a free service that offers support to all family members affected by parental substance misuse. M-PACT supports the whole family, helping to improve relationships, communication and recovery. A FREE eight-week programme will begin on Tuesday 9th April. If interested or would like further information. Please contact 071 9150578 / 085 875 9319 or email sligoleitrim@alcoholforum.com
  • Seniorline Would like someone to talk to?  SeniorLine is Ireland’s national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10am-10pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may feel isolated, alone, wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or for company during their day. SeniorLine’s older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer caller to other helpful services if necessary.  So don’t be alone if sharing a problem would help.  Phone SeniorLine 1800 80 45 91, open every day of the year 10am-10pm www.thirdageireland.ie/seniorline
  • Active Retirement Meeting. The monthly meeting of Mountbellew and District Active Retirement will be held in the Pastoral Centre Mountbellew on Monday 8th April at 8pm. All new members welcome
  • To those on Facebook, your support would be greatly appreciated in liking/ following ‘ Ballygar Mental Health Awareness & Promotion’ – a community page to educate, inform, highlight support groups and trainings locally & online, share podcasts/ relevant media & resources, promote wellness & self-care, signpost services and break down stigma, with the message that no one should feel alone re their mental health and reaching out or asking for help is a strength, not a weakness! 
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to his week’s winner Michael & Maura Mc Dermott on winning €587.  Next week’s draw will be in The Thatch Ballygar.  Extra draws for Easter €200 for the prepaid envelopes winner Mairtin Killilea Jnr, 2 draws for €100 Shiven Inn voucher winners Harry Crowe & Mattie & Helen Kelly and draw for large Easter Egg Mary Conway.  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 Mary, Jonny, Joshua & Megan Delaney, Drinane who won €705 and Mary Doyle, Kilmore & Anna Mannion, Ballinlass who won the hampers 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 6th April in Hughes.

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Ballygar Holy Places Collection €990.00, Trocaire €1,444.00

 Toghergar Holy Places Collection €255.00

Newbridge Holy Places Collection €580.00, Trocaire €1,904.00

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BNT Newsletter – Easter Sunday 27/03/2024

ST MARYS CHURCH

Easter Sunday

Holy Saturday 30th March, 9pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday 31st March, 10.30am

Monday 1st April, 10.30am

Tuesday 2nd April, 7.30pm – Sheila & Michael McDonnell Anniversary

Thursday 4th April, 9.30am

Friday 5th April, 7.30pm – Willie Farrell Anniversary

Saturday 6th April – Baptism

Saturday 6th April 12pm – Mass followed by burial of Ashes Albert Cliffe

Saturday 6th April, 7.30pm – Bredge Murphy Anniversary

Sunday 7th April, 10.30am – Divine Mercy Sunday

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Easter Sunday 31st March 9.30am

Sunday 7th April, 9.30am – Tess & Bob Kelly and grandson Philip Connolly

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Saturday, 30th March, 8.30pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, 31st March, 11.30am – Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Wednesday 3rd April, 8pm

Friday 5th April, 8pm – Martin and Bridget Conlon and all deceased members of the Conlon families, Gunnoade; John and Christine Hynes, Tyrur

Sunday, 7th April, 11.30am – Delia and John James Crehan, Windfield, and Geraldine Crehan, Clare; Ada Lovorn, Mississippi

Please return all your Trócaire Envelopes to your Church, thank you.

The Easter collection goes towards your Priest’s salary.  A sincere thank you to those who have already returned their Easter envelopes.

Sick and Housebound – Fr. Douglas to visit on Monday the 1st April, after 10.30am Mass.  If you or a family member would like Fr. Douglas to visit, please call on 09-6624637.

Please remember in your prayers John Bertie McDonagh late of Boyle, brother of Pat McDonagh and also Frank Harrington, Strokestown brother of the late Noel Harrington.  May they rest in Peace.

  • 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 elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • Holy Places Collection – The Pontifical Good Friday Collection, is the main source of financial aid for the maintenance of life around the Holy Places. The collection with which, for centuries, Christians around the world have been doing their utmost to support their brothers and sisters in the land of Jesus. This year, the war has shut down the local economy and cut off much of the humanitarian relief. As a consequence, the situation for Palestinians and the Christian communities is critical. Your prayers and continued financial support will greatly assist the humanitarian response.
  • Diamond Jubilee – You are invited to join with Fr John Carroll SPS for a Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee (60 Years of Priesthood) on Sunday 7th April at 2.00pm in St Anne’s Church, Sligo.
  • M-PACT  M-PACT is a free service that offers support to all family members affected by parental substance misuse. M-PACT supports the whole family, helping to improve relationships, communication and recovery. A FREE eight-week programme will begin on Tuesday 9th April. If interested or would like further information. Please contact 071 9150578 / 085 875 9319 or email sligoleitrim@alcoholforum.com
  • Seniorline – Would like someone to talk to?  SeniorLine is Ireland’s national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10am-10pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may feel isolated, alone, wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or for company during their day. SeniorLine’s older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer caller to other helpful services if necessary.  So don’t be alone if sharing a problem would help.  Phone SeniorLine 1800 80 45 91, open every day of the year 10am-10pm www.thirdageireland.ie/seniorline
  • New 4-week term of Pilates starting Wednesday 3rd April in Newbridge Hall @8:30pm, suitable for all ages & abilities. Everyone welcome. To book your place text Bonnie 0872238237 
  • Progressive 25 Card Game in Shiven Rovers Club House every Monday night at 8.30pm.  On Easter Monday April 1st. there will be 2 Holstein Pedigree Heifer Calves for 1st. Prize plus lots of other prizes.  Tickets on sale €10 each and refreshments served.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.
  • To those on Facebook, your support would be greatly appreciated in liking/ following ‘ Ballygar Mental Health Awareness & Promotion’ – a community page to educate, inform, highlight support groups and trainings locally & online, share podcasts/ relevant media & resources, promote wellness & self-care, signpost services and break down stigma, with the message that no one should feel alone re their mental health and reaching out or asking for help is a strength, not a weakness! 
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Jack & Ella Mc Nerney Cloughbrack on winning €503.  Next week’s draw will be in Henry’s Mountbellew.  Extra draws for Easter €200 for the prepaid envelopes. Main draw, 2 draws for €100 Shiven Inn voucher and draw for large Easter Egg. Thanks to everyone for their continued support every week, 6 months and yearly envelopes available from committee members& happy Easter to everyone.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to lia, Brona & Chloe who won €602 and Marion Conneely, Kilkerrin & David & Elysse Kelly, Boston who won the hampers 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 30th March in Kennys to include 2 Easter hampers.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY AFTER THAT TIME THEY WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN NEWSLETTER OF THAT WEEK

Ballygar Offertory Collection €975.00

 Toghergar Offertory Collection €350.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection € 1,011.25

Received with thanks

Wishing all our parishioners and visitors a very joyous and Happy Easter.

BNT Newsletter – Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion 22/03/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion

Saturday 23rd March, 7.30pm – Denise (Naughton) Farrell 1st Anniversary

Sunday 24th March, 10.30am – Palm Sunday

Monday 25th March, 9.30am – Special Intention

Tuesday 26th March, 7.30pm

Holy Thursday 28th March, 7.30pm – The Lords Supper

Quiet Time of Prayer (altar of reposition)

Good Friday 29th March, 11am – Stations of the Cross at the Cemetery

Good Friday 29th March, 3pm – The Lords Passion

Holy Saturday 30th March, 9pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday 31st March, 11.30am

New rota for Stewards/Collectors.  We are in the process of updating the list for stewards/collectors. We would like to add new names to this list if possible?  We will try to schedule two people for Saturday night and two again for Sunday mornings.  Please contact Tomàs on 0863683778 or Fr Douglas if you’d like to volunteer.

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 24th March, 9.30am – Palm Sunday

Holy Thursday 28th March 6pm – The Lords Supper

Easter Sunday 31st March 9.30am

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Sunday 24th March, 11.30am – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Wednesday 27th March, 10.00am – Spy Wednesday (Mass of Chrism in Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo, at 7.30pm)

Holy Thursday, 28th March, 8.30 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Quiet Time of Prayer (altar of reposition)

Good Friday, 29th March, 3.00pm. – The Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday Saturday, 30th March, 8.30 pm

Easter Vigil Easter Sunday, 31st March, 11.30am – Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Sacrament of Reconcilation:

St. Patricks Church Newbridge 24th March, after 11.30am Mass

St. Brendans Church Toghergar 24th March at 4pm

S. Mary’s Church Ballygar 26th March at 8pm

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!

Easter envelopes will be distributed this weekend; can the collectors please collect from Church.  This collection is for the Priests of the Parish.

  • Mass of Chrism – Bishop Kevin invites you to attend the Mass of Chrism on Wednesday 27th March at 7.30pm in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo.  During the Mass, Bishop Kevin will bless and consecrate the oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Sick and the priests of the diocese will renew their commitment to their priestly ministry.  All are very welcome to attend. 
  • Holy Places Collection –The Pontifical Good Friday Collection, is the main source of financial aid for the maintenance of life around the Holy Places. The collection with which, for centuries, Christians around the world have been doing their utmost to support their brothers and sisters in the land of Jesus. This year, the war has shut down the local economy and cut off much of the humanitarian relief. As a consequence, the situation for Palestinians and the Christian communities is critical. Your prayers and continued financial support will greatly assist the humanitarian response.
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena – commences Good Friday 29th March to Saturday 6th of April, 2024.  Chaplets in Church Porch.  We encourage everyone to take part.
  • 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.
  • New 4-week term of Pilates starting Wednesday 3rd April in Newbridge Hall @8:30pm, suitable for all ages & abilities. Everyone welcome. To book your place text Bonnie 0872238237 
  • Progressive 25 Card Game in Shiven Rovers Club House every Monday night at 8.30pm.  On Easter Monday April 1st. there will be 2 Holstein Pedigree Heifer Calves for 1st. Prize plus lots of other prizes.  Tickets on sale €10 each and refreshments served.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.
  • Ballygar Hurling Club – Club & Community NightWe are delighted to host our Club and Community Night on Saturday, 23rd of March in the Mattie McDonagh Centre at 7pm.  Come join us as we launch our Club Action Plan and present the medals to our Intermediate Team for our League Success in 2023. Special guest to be announced soon. 
  • Caltra Drama Group are performing a 3 Act Play “For the Love of Maude” by Anne Marie Harney in Caltra Community Centre on Sunday 24th March at 8.30pm in aid of Ahascragh New Community Centre.  Pay at the door. Adm. €10.   Great night’s entertainment promised. Please support.
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Neil Gallagher, Sean Gavin & Pat Delaney Newbridge on winning €575.  Next week’s draw will be in the Shiven Inn, Newbridge.  Second prize €200 winner was Martina Shaughnessy to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. 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 Noel O’Connor, Ballygar who won €668 and Kate McDonagh, Ballygar who won the hamper 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 23rd March in Fallons to include 2 Easter hampers.

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Ballygar Offertory Collection €1,180.00, Toghergar Offertory Collection €515.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €927.55. Received with thanks

BNT Newsletter – St. Patrick’s Day 15/03/2024

ST MARYS CHURCH

St. Patricks Day

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

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

Monday 18th March, 10.30am

Tuesday 19th March, 7.30pm – St. Joseph

Thursday 21st March, 9.30am

Friday 22nd March, 7.30pm – Nonie & Arthur Healy, Cloonlyon and deceased family members

Saturday 23rd March, 12pm – Annie Keegan Months Mind

Saturday 23rd March, 7.30pm – Denis (Naughton) Farrell 1st Anniversary

Sunday 24th March, 10.30am – Palm Sunday

New rota for Stewards/Collectors.  We are in the process of updating the list for stewards/collectors. We would like to add new names to this list if possible?  We will try to schedule two people for Saturday night and two again for Sunday mornings.  Please contact Tomàs on 0863683778 or Fr Douglas if you’d like to volunteer.

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

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

Friday 22nd March, 8.15pm – Ann Kelly 1st Anniversary

Sunday 24th March, 9.30am – Palm Sunday

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

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

Wednesday 20th March, 7pm

Friday 22nd March, 7pm – Mary McLoughlin (née Heneghan), Newbridge, and Kitty Finneran (née Heneghan), Killyan

Sunday 24th March, 11.30am – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Sacrament of Reconcilation:

St. Patricks Church Newbridge 24th March, after 11.30am Mass

St. Brendans Church Toghergar 24th March at 4pm

S. Mary’s Church Ballygar 26th March at 8pm

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 Ita nee Colleran Keane, who was called home to God, may she rest in peace.  Please remember Michael Crehan, Everett Washington, USA, formerly of Tansy Village, Newbridge, He died in Everett on Tuesday 12th March.

  • 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.
  • Progressive 25 Card Game in Shiven Rovers Club House every Monday night at 8.30pm.  On Easter Monday April 1st. there will be 2 Holstein Pedigree Heifer Calves for 1st. Prize plus lots of other prizes.  Tickets on sale €10 each and refreshments served.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.
  • Ballygar Ladies Group meet on Thursday 21st March @ 8pm in the Courthouse. Guest speaker and demonstration on the night. All ladies welcome. Admission €3
  • Daffodil Day – Ballygar Tidy Towns and the Ty students of Coláiste Mhuire will host Daffodil Day on Thursday 21st March from 10am to 4pm. Funds raised help to fund research projects across Ireland. These projects help to ensure more people can survive the disease and aid in cancer prevention. The students will be placed at 3 different locations in Ballygar. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 
  • Ballygar Hurling Club – Club & Community NightWe are delighted to host our Club and Community Night on Saturday, 23rd of March in the Mattie McDonagh Centre at 7pm.  Come join us as we launch our Club Action Plan and present the medals to our Intermediate Team for our League Success in 2023. Special guest to be announced soon. 
  • A meeting sponsored by Family and Life, focusing on the dangers of the Social, Personal, Health Education programme being introduced into schools by the Department of Education will be held in Hannons Hotel, Roscommon on Thursday 21 st March at 8pm.  This meeting will explore the rights parents and guardians have and what they can do about this serious matter.
  • Caltra Drama Group are performing a 3 Act Play “For the Love of Maude” by Anne Marie Harney in Caltra Community Centre on Sunday 24th March at 8.30pm in aid of Ahascragh New Community Centre.  Pay at the door. Adm. €10.   Great night’s entertainment promised. Please support.
  • 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. 
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s Ella & Jack Mc Nerney Cloughbrack on winning €553.  Next week’s draw will be in Hughes Ballinamore bridge. Next week second prize€200 to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to Martin McLoughlin Jnr, Mount Talbot who won €558 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 16th March in Morans to include a St Patrick’s Day hamper.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY AFTER THAT TIME THEY WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN NEWSLETTER OF THAT WEEK

Ballygar Offertory Collection €885.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €305.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €677.90

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BNT Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent 08/03/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

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

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

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

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

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

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 www.elphindiocese.ie/mark2 .  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 knockshrine.ie/vaks-volunteer-at-knock-shrine  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 www.elphindiocese.ie
  • 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 www.elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • 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 accord.ie
  • 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.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY AFTER THAT TIME THEY WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN NEWSLETTER OF THAT WEEK

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

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BNT Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent 29/02/2024

ST MARYS CHURCH

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.

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 3rd March, 9.30am

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

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

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 www.elphindiocese.ie/mark2 .  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 knockshrine.ie/vaks-volunteer-at-knock-shrine  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 www.elphindiocese.ie
  • 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 www.elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • 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.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY TO BE SURE THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER

Ballygar Offertory Collection €885.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €305.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €820.00

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BNT Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent 23/02/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

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.

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 25th February, 9.30am

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

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

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 www.elphindiocese.ie/mark2 .  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 www.elphindiocese.ie
  • 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 www.elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • 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.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY TO BE SURE THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER

Ballygar Offertory Collection €1,025.00,

Toghergar Offertory Collection €390.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €940.00,

Received with thanks

BNT Newsletter – 1st Sunday in Lent 19/02/2024

The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

First Sunday of Lent

Saturday 17th February, 7.30pm – Paul Kilgarriff 10th Anniversary

Sunday 18th February, 10.30am – First Sunday of Lent

Monday 19th February, 9.30am

Tuesday 20th February, 7.30pm

Thursday 22nd February, 9.30am

Friday 23rd February, 7.30pm – Teresa Mullen and deceased family members

Saturday 24th February, 12pm – John Morgan Months Mind

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

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

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 18th February, 9.30am – First Sunday of Lent

Sunday 25th February, 9.30am

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Sunday 18th February, 11.30am – Jim, Páraic and Séamus Burke, Summerhill

Wednesday 21st February, 7pm

Friday 23rd February, 7pm

Sunday 25th February, 11.30am – 1st Sunday of Lent

The Parochial house can be contacted on a Monday or Thursday mornings only on 090-6624637.

  • 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 www.elphindiocese.ie/mark2 .  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 www.elphindiocese.ie
  • 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. In the Machinga district, Malita and her family must make a one-hour trip up to five times a day to collect water. Please support Trócaire in helping communities develop sustainable access to clean, safe and reliable water supplies by taking home a Trócaire box today or going to www.trocaire.org
  • 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 www.elphindiocese.ie/medjugorje or contact the Diocesan Office at 071-9150106 and youth@elphindiocese.ie 
  • BNT MOW Committee – would like to sincerely thank Shauna of Sha’s Crafts, who made and sold St. Brigid’s Crosses, for her very kind donation of €100, the total sales, to the MOW.  We thank her for thinking of our group and her generosity towards her community.  If you would like to avail of this great service or have any queries, contact Teresa on 087-4502761
  • Ballaghlea NS – are holding an enrolment evening for parents on Thursday 22nd February at 7.00 pm. Please email the school info@ballaghleans.ie for any further information.
  • Next Feet Clinic in Ballygar Pharmacy 29th February 2024. Contact Deirdre 0863612578 or 0909623430 to make an appointment. 
  • Caltra Drama Group are performing a 3 Act Play “For the Love of Maude” by Anne Marie Harney, in Caltra Community Centre on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February at 8:30pm each night.  Pay at the Door, Admission €10, great nights’ entertainment promised!
  • Ballygar Mens Shed – operates from the Town Hall in Ballygar every Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm.  Have a few hours free and looking for something to do? The Mens shed is a place where you can work on DIY projects in your own time, in a dedicated space.  Share a cuppa, have a chat and do something different.  Contact Hugh 086-312-257 or Chris 087-4308532 for more information.
  • The East Galway GAA clubs annual walk for 2023 raised the Fantastic Sum of €12,613.30 and last week the cheque was presented to John Donnelly (An Advocate for Cancer Care West) at the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe, Thanks to all who did the walk, sponsored or gave a donation.
  • Bespoke grazing boxes available to order.  Made up of the perfect balance of sweet and savoury treats, and available in small and large sizes.  Perfect for Valentines night in! Call Denise on 086 772 3337 to order.
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Anne English Stillorgan on winning €628.Next week’s draw will be in Henry’s 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 Andrew & Oisin O’Brien, Creggs who won €714 and hamper winners John Farrell & Joe Naughton and David & Elysee Kelly, Boston 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 17th February in Kennys.

PLEASE HAVE ANY NOTICES FOR THE NEWSLETTER IN NO LATER THAN 12PM ON WEDNESDAY TO BE SURE THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER

Ballygar Offertory Collection €905.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €325.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €677.00

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BNT Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 01/02/2024

 The Parochial House telephone number is 090-6624637,

 email: bntparishnewsletter@gmail.com

ST MARYS CHURCH

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 3rd February, 7.30pm – Maureen Connell and Jimmy Cuffe.  Also remember Tadgh Mc Donagh who’s anniversary is at this time

Sunday 4th February, 10.30am – People of the Parish

MONDAY 5th FEBRUARY NO MASS

TUESDAY 6th FEBRUARY NO MASS

Thursday 8th February, 9.30am

Friday 9th February, 7.30pm – Kathleen Loughnane and deceased family members

Saturday 10th February, 12pm – Alan Egan Months Mind

Saturday 10th February, 7.30pm – Nonie Kenny and Winnie

Sunday 11th February, 10.30am – Our Lady of Lourdes World day of the Sick

ST BRENDANS CHURCH

Sunday 4th February, 9.30am

Sunday 11th February, 9.30am – Our Lady of Lourdes World day of the Sick

ST PATRICKS CHURCH

Sunday 4th February, 11.30am – Fr. Peter Mockler, Woodbrook and Mississippi;

Eileen Kilcommins, Lisquell and New York.

Wednesday 7th February, 7pm – Peter and Andy Conheeney, Kilcoosh

Friday 9th February, 7pm – John Noone, Kilclough

Sunday 11th February, 11.30am – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Parochial house can be contacted on a Tuesday or Thursday mornings only on 090-6624637.

Please pray for Emily McMahon (nee Mockler), New York, late of Tullyroe Ballygar, sister of the late Robert Mockler who died recently.  May she rest in peace

Pray for the soul of John Conneally of Leicester, England who passed away recently.  Formerly of Curraghbeg, Newbridge and brother of Eileen Lohan, Newbridge. May he rest in peace.

  • Saint Vincent De Paul – Our Local Conference is based at the Pastoral Centre Mountbellew, and serves the Parish of Ballygar/Newbridge/Tohergar, as well as other surrounding parishes.  We wish to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful support we had for our recent Annual Appeal. We also wish to thank Ballygar Parish Choir, and Scoil Mhuire for their support.  All donations given locally are used locally.  May god reward everybody for their generosity.  Our Local Help Line Number is 085 1846866.
  • Ballygar NS – enrolling for September 2024 – Ballygar NS are delighted to announce that we will be accepting enrolments from Monday 15th January.  All are welcome to attend our Enrolment Evening which will take place on Wednesday 31 January at 7.30pm.  If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us:- 09066 24951 / info@ballygarns.com.  We look forward to welcoming you!
  • Next Feet Clinic – Ballygar Pharmacy 8th February 2024. Contact Deirdre 0863612578 or 0909623430 to make an appointment. 
  • Hughes’ Bar, Ballinamore Bridge – celebrates 95 years in business.  Across four generations of the Hughes family, the support of the wider community has been unfaltering.  The upcoming bank holiday weekend will see a wealth of musical entertainment on offer in Hughes Bar; Friday, February 2nd: Trad Session Saturday, February 3rd: Blue Tax Sunday, February 4th: Live Wires Anyone who passes through the doors will be treated to a glimpse of Hughes’ Bar through the decades. Forgotten footage has been uncovered which features many familiar faces, which should bring back many fond memories. Hope to see you all there.
  • BNT Social Services – has reopened for the new year.  Every Friday in the Old School, Ballygar a hot meal and some great company awaits you.  For enquiries contact Social Services on 090-6624034 after 6pm.
  • Active Retirement Meeting – The monthly meeting of Mountbellew and District Active Retirement will take place in the Pastoral Centre Mountbellew on Monday 5th February at 8pm.  All new members welcome.
  • THE MALTHOUSE PLAYERS – Malthouse Players present “Thy Will Be Done”, a black comedy by Michael Carey, in the Community Centre from Friday 9 to Sunday 11th February.  Directed by John Fitzmaurice, the cast features Rita Dullaghan, Joe Clarke, Tony Colleran and Vincent Flynn, with guest appearance by Kate Corcoran.  Admission €10 at the door, first come, first seated.
    Malthouse Players extend deepest sympathies to Colette and the family of dearly loved member Paddy Donohue whose passing this week has saddened us all. RIP.
  • Mountbellew St Patricks Day Parade is being held on 17th March at 12 midday.  The theme of this year’s parade is Sheep /Sheep shearing, to help Mountbellew promote the All-Ireland Sheepshearing competition and the International Five Nations Competition which is being held on June Bank Holiday weekend.  We are encouraging every business in the town to enter a float this year.  There is no entry fee this year.  Entry forms can be obtained from Henrys Bar, or any committee member or email stpatricksdaymountbellew@gmail.com
  • Newbridge Action Committee 50/50 draw –Congratulations to this week’s winner Janet Rocconi Mississippi on winning €603.  Next week’s draw will be in Hughes Ballinamore bridge. Thanks to everyone for their continued support every week, 6 months and yearly envelopes available from committee members.  Thanks to Newbridge Action Committee for doing the draw for the month of January & Ballinamore development committee will do the draw for the month of February.
  • Ballygar Tidy Towns & St. Brendan’s Ladies 50/50 – Congratulations to Michael & Padraig Carr, Windfield, Newbridge who won €602 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 February in Morans.
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Ballygar Offertory Collection €770.00

Toghergar Offertory Collection €400.00

Newbridge Offertory Collection €995.00

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