Month: April 2016

Automated External Defibrillators

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Training Opportunities

Compliments to Balla CRD who recently took the first step and coordinated an important community initiative. 

The public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines needed updating and with monies from community fundraising, donations from Mayo County Council, Balla Community Council, Balla GAA Club and Balla CRD the cost of over €2000 for updating the machines was raised. 

It goes to show that great achievements can happen when a community works together.

The public access AEDs are strategically placed at the community centre and the community rooms. 

The AED machines are a piece of lifesaving equipment essential in the chain of survival from once a cardiac emergency occurs. 

To further enhance the chain of survival we are asking for community members to come forward and train in CPR. 

Learning CPR will give you the confidence to react appropriately in the case of a cardiac arrest – we never know where we may need this skill. 

If you have an interest in learning CPR
contact Donna Hyland 087 640 0005.

Lough Derg Pilgrimages

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Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pilgrimage Season opens on Sunday 1st May with
One Day Retreats which continue on 2,7,8,10,14,15,17,21,22,23,28,29 & 30th of May.
Booking is essential.

The three day Pilgrimage season begins on 1st June.
You may begin the pilgrimage on any day
between 1st June and 13th Aug.

Pre-booking is not required for the Three Day Pilgrimage.

Contact 071 9861518,

Mass for Exam Students

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exam mass

This will be celebrated in
St. Cronan’s Church
on Sunday May 8th at 11am.

All students doing exams and their families are invited to attend.

The readings, prayers and music will be led by students of Balla Secondary School.

Some lovely links to prayers etc.
are online here


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knock mosaic

This takes place on Sunday May 1st
led by Archbishop Neary.

Ceremonies begin with the
anointing of the sick at 2.30pm.

Mass is at 3pm.


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There are 103 Diocesan Priests in the Diocese.
32 are retired and 71 in active ministry.
There are 5 seminarians.
Since 2005 we have had 38 deaths and 4 ordinations.

The age profile is: 2 are in their 90s, 2 in their 80s, 25 in their 70s, 21 in their 60s, 19 in their 50s, 12 in their 40s, 3 in their 30s, 0 in their 20s.

These figures speak for themselves and remind us of how important it is to pray for vocations to priesthood and to reflect on how we can all do our bit to support the handing on of faith within our own community.


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A thank you night for all the helpers in our parish will take place in Balla Community Centre
on Friday April 22nd at 8pm.

It is very important that everyone intending to attend would let us know by Wednesday April 20th at the latest.

You can do so by contacting Fr. Denis. Thanks to all who have already made contact.

St Cronan’s Rota for April

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rota general

READERS– Ger Cunnane, John Durkan.

COLLECTORS– Michael Murphy, Jimmy Hughes, Sean Cunnane, Pat Donohue.

FLOWERS– Mary Jo Dempsey, Sadie Hughes.

CHURCH CARE– Ita Rumley, Breda McNicholas, Sarah Lyons, Noel Langan.