Month: December 2015

Balla Church Newsletter 20th December 2015

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Balla Newsletter 20th December 2015


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.