Month: November 2015

Advent in St Cronan’s, Balla

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Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year. It is a time of waiting and expectancy which leads into Christmas. Advent calls us to a new beginning. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. While things like the shopping, the gifts and Santa have to be thought about so too should the fact that we have Christmas because Christ was born in the stable in Bethlehem. God thought us important enough to send his Son to our world. Let us reflect on that fact. Let us try and use these Advent days to deepen our relationship with God. Let us make it a time of prayer for ourselves and our families. Let us prepare a way for the Lord into our hearts and homes.

Thanks to Helen, our sacristan for the lovely photos

Do This in Memory of Me 2015/2016

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do-this-in-memory-candle-printedOur Do this in Memory of Me programme continues this month and into the new year with the following Masses planned..



December       13th         11am

January          24th          11am

February        21st          11am

April               10th          11am

 First Communion on May 21st



December       12th       8pm

January          23rd        8pm

February        20th        8pm

April                9th          8pm

 First Communion May 14th

Christmas Markets 2015

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christmas lights

CHRISTMAS MARKET: is being held on Sunday 6th December in Balla Community Centre from 2-6pm.

Santa arriving at 2.30pm.

There will be some Children’s entertainment and a large variety of stalls, with a chance to pick up locally made gifts. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6pm and following this we are hoping to have a 10 minute fireworks display. This will be run by a reputable company. Please be aware that fireworks may startle/frighten any small animals/pets that anyone may have and it is advised that you keep your pet indoors /enclosed in order to prevent them from startling/running away.

fashion show 2015

FASHION SHOW: with local models, Fashions supplied by shops from Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballina.

Check out great style for the Christmas on Dec. 3rd, at pm, in aid of the Christmas Market in Balla on December 6th.

Tickets available in local shops, Wine and Cheese Reception. Great night assured. €12 Admission.





John Paul II Awards 2015

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Presentation of John Paul 2 Merit Awards, Basilica, Knock, Thurs
Balla Secondary School


Congratulations to the students from Balla Secondary School who were worthy recipients of the 2015 John Paul II Awards in the basilica in Knock on Thursday night last.

Congratulations to the students,

Ms Marceline McHugh and Fr Denis. 

Read further information on their work and that of other yourg people in the diocese by reading the article on the Diocesan web site here

In November we remember

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On Saturday we came together as a parish community to support those who had been bereaved during the last twelve months.

It was a lovely occasion which was organised by the Pastoral Council. After a lovely Mass led by Fr Denis and the parish choir we adjourned to the Community Rooms for a cup of tea and a chat.

It was an event, although tinged with sadness, which provided comfort and strength to those in attendance.

We attach photos of the sacred space here and a copy of Fr Denis’ homily on the day which may be a further source of comfort to those bereaved parishioners living elsewhere.

Homily Mass for the Bereaved 15th November 2015