Month: August 2016

Childcare Development!

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Fully resourced childcare facilities have been identified as a critical need within our community.  

We have a top-class national school and an excellent secondary school in Balla.  We also have a small preschool operating very successfully in Balla but accommodation has been limited to 22 children and it is estimated that demand will be significantly higher than this over the next few years.

The Management Committee of Balla CRD decided that ‘state of the art’ childcare facilities would be available in  Balla Community Resource Centre from this September to accommodate up to 60 children in playschool and they are also very committed to the re-establishment of the after-school care facility.

We are really excited about this expansion and we know it will be of immense benefit to the town of Balla and the wider community for many years to come.

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Diocesan Pilgrimages

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Diocesan Pilgrimages

Fatima – 7 nights. August 25th
Details & Booking contact
Therese at 01 2410822 or John at 093 28337:

The Holy Land – October 9th to 17th
Contact Veronica on 087 0639919, or 01 8788159.

The Holy Land at Christmas
(Payment can be made in instalments) Contact 086-0572216.

San Giovanni, Assisi – on 30th September

Medjugorje, Sept 28th from Knock
Contact 086-8197111,

Mary Sheridan Tonra, RIP

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Pastoral Council 2014/2015

It is with deep regret that we share the news of the death of Mary Sheridan Tonra, Brownhall, Balla.  Mary was an active member of our Balla Belcarra Pastoral Council and Finance Committee.  She is pictured above with the Pastoral Council, fourth from the left in the back row.  Both committees mourn the loss of a person who was very generous in her commitment to the faith community of our parish.  

We extend heartfelt sympathies to her husband, Pete, her sons Seán and James and the extended
Sheridan and Tonra families.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.

Funeral arrangements are as follows

Reposing at Balla Funeral Home on Friday evening from 5.30 until 8 o’clock.

Mass on Saturday morning at 11.30 in St. Cronan’s Church, Balla with the funeral proceeding to the adjoining cemetery.

House strictly private on Saturday morning please.

Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Palliative Care and the Irish Cancer Society.


Balla Community Centre Notices

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Commencing September ’16. Practise your Irish and gain confidence in speaking in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 6 weeks course starting on Wednesday September 7th at 7:00pm. Cost €45. Numbers limited.

Call 087 1850860


6 weeks course will take place commencing

Wednesday Sept 7th from 12 noon – 1:30pm. Cost €45

Booking can be made in Balla Community Centre between 9:00am & 1:00pm with a €10 deposit, or call

087 1850860

Knock Novena 2016

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The annual Novena has begun
and continues until the 22nd.

There are two sessions daily at 3pm and 8:30 pm.
The list of speakers and their themes is above.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every day.


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takes place next Saturday August 20th in Belcarra.

There will be events for all ages.

Starting at 2:00pm and finishing at 5:00pm.

A fun day for all the family.

Results Day

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exam results

GOOD LUCK to all Leaving Cert students in the parish
who will receive their re
sults tomorrow.

May the Holy Spirit direct you
in the career choices you now make.

Childcare Facility Expands!

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Re-launching (Mini-Mi’s)
in a new and exciting community centre childcare development
in Balla Community Centre
September 2016.

A purpose built early years centre
which will accommodate 60 children.

Services provided include:

2.5-3 yrs (New ECCE programme)

4-5 yrs (Existing programme)

Afterschool (Junior infants-6th class)

All of the above services are also part of
the community childcare
subvention programme
which may entitle you
to a discount on your fees.

For more information contact Tricia on 087-9535102

Conversational Irish Classes

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Conversational Irish Commencing in September.

Practise your Irish and gain confidence in speaking in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Numbers limited contact 087 1850860.

Congratulations Fr Fintan

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our Diocesan Secretary has been appointed Bishop of Killaloe Diocese which covers most of Clare and some of Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary.

He will be ordained on September 25th.

Please keep him in your prayers
at this time.