Month: December 2015

Crib Donations 2015

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Crib in St Cronan’s


All donations placed in the Candleabra while the crib is in position will be forwarded to Sr. Mary O’Malley to support her in her work of caring for and providing a future for children in Kenya.

Contributions given by us over the last number of years have enable her to save many children from terrible situations.

Every Euro counts. Please give any help that you can.

Copies of St. Mary’s most recent letter are placed near the Crib.

Happy New Year 2016

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As we prepare for another year I pray that it will be a year of many blessings for everyone in our parish.

May God bless and support you and yours at home and away during 2016.

Happy New Year

Fr. Denis

Feast of the Holy Family Dec 27th

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It was good to be together as the family of God’s people and to pray with the Holy Family of Nazareth for what is dear to all of us: our homes, our families, the Christian community, the family of our nation and people. May God bless us all and keep us united: The Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Fr Denis’ Christmas Message 2015

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As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of Christmas  I would like to thank all parishioners for the kindness, support and generosity shown to me in so many ways over the year.  It is truly appreciated.  I wish to express a particular word of thanks to all who are involved in any parish committee or ministry. Your giving of your time ensures that our parish is a vibrant one where the message of Jesus Christ is witnessed to in a whole variety of ways. Your input makes such a huge difference to the parish.

A word of thanks too goes to the parish staff who  go about their work in such an efficient manner. Their work makes mine that much easier.  In all areas of the parish there is a lot of voluntary work done that enhances the community and makes it a better place for us all to live in.

Congratulations to all in the parish who celebrated  Marriage and baptism during the year.  They are happy occasions that we all rejoice in.   As we come to Christmas let us spare a thought for those who have lost a loved one during the year as Christmas can be a difficult time for all who were bereaved during 2015.  Let us keep them and indeed all who are sick or facing any challenge in our prayers at this time.  Likewise let us think of those who are far away from home.  Miles may separate us but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I  thank all who do such great work in the schools of the parish at both primary and secondary level and to all who give so generously of their time to voluntary organisations in all four areas of the parish. Our community is a much better place as a result of your efforts.

During the year I assumed the role of Parish Priest of Mayo Abbey . It reflects the reality of parish life today.  It will bring changes to both parishes going forward . We should never be afraid of change.  We should embrace it and move forward in hope. As we celebrate Christmas we welcome Emmanuel a name which means God is with us.  

May God be with us all as we go forward. May he fill our hearts with peace and hope.  May you all experience his presence during this Christmas time and throughout 2016.

Happy Christmas to all in the parish and to former parishioners wherever you are now.

Fr  Denis

Boards of Management in National Schools 2015 -2019

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NEW BOARDS OF MANAGEMENT: have been put in place in all four schools in our parish.

The members are:

BALLA: Patron’s Nominees: John McNicholas (Chairperson) & Fr. Denis. Elected Parents: Helen Redmond & Richard Duggan. Teachers: Nessa Maloney & Mariea Sheridan Community Reps: Anne Keane & Noel Langan.


BELCARRA: Patron’s Nominees: Eileen Costello (Chairperson) and Fr. Denis. Elected Parents: Terri Mitchell & Damien Burke. Teachers: Maureen Goggins & Cora Noone. Community Reps. Teresa Walsh & Seamus Loftus.


CLOGHER: Patron’s Nominees: Leanne Reilly (Chairperson) & Fr. Denis. Elected Parents: Mary Mahon & David McDonagh. Teachers: Mary Fallon & Leonore O’Hora. Community Reps: Padraig Coleman & Paula Murphy.


MANULLA: Patron’s Nominees: Raymond Clarke (Chairperson) & Fr. Denis. Elected Parents: Tina Barrett & Shane McDonnell. Teachers: Fionnuala Costello & Nola Gibbons. Community Reps: Patricia Freyne & Bernard Tansey.


We wish them well and express sincere thanks to all who served on the Boards over the last four years.

Balla Christmas Markets 2015

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WELL DONE to all who organised and helped with the Christmas Market, Lights and the fantastic Fireworks display last Sunday. It was great to see such a big crowd in attendance.

Well done to all concerned.

Photo courtesy of Colin Redmond

Confessions for Christmas

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In preparation for Christmas will take place after Mass next weekend.


As we begin the Year of Mercy this is an ideal opportunity for all in the community to celebrate the wonderful gift of forgiveness in our lives, God’s forgiveness for us, our forgiveness of ourselves and our willingness to acknowledge that we need the forgiveness of others.


As we prepare for Christmas let us be open to that very precious gift of forgiveness. During the coming week let us reflect on forgiveness and our need for it.

Advent in St Anne’s, Belcarra

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Advent Reflection

This Advent-time
we remember Mary and Joseph,
giving thanks for their faithfulness,
courage and obedience,
stepping out into the unknown
in the strength of your Spirit,
playing their part
in the fulfillment of your plan
to bring your prodigal people home again.
We pray that their example
might be an inspiration to us ,
that when your gentle whisper
breaks through the hustle and bustle

of this world and into our small corner,
we might be ready to listen,
and having listened, to act.