NEW YEAR GREETINGS
As we begin a New Year we do so with the Covid pandemic still bringing us many challenges.
Please God 2022 will see it decline, so that we can return to many of the activities that we were used to, in our homes, churches, and community.
May the Lord bless us all throughout the year as we seek to live out our Christian calling-loving, supporting and caring for one another.
May the year be good to us and may it bring us health, peace, and happiness.
May 2022 bring you and yours many blessings.
Happy New Year
ST CRONAN’S CENTENARY BOOK
St Cronan’s Centenary Book was launched on Sunday December 1st immediately after 11am Mass by Michael Commins of Mid -West Radio and The Mayo News.
This 96 page colour production contains a variety of articles that detail the history of St. Cronan’s, Balla and its people as well as happenings in the other areas of our parish, namely Belcarra, Clogher and Manulla.
The publication has some marvellous photographs of the beautiful windows and sanctuary. It is very well produced and sells at €10. It is a must for people in the area and for those whose roots are in Balla. The committee responsible for its publication deserve great credit for what they have achieved. We are indebted to them.
All were welcomed to come along on Sunday for the launch and to join in light refreshments afterwards in the nearby Community Room.
Congratulations to the Tidy Towns Committees within the parish on the excellent results obtained in this year’s competition.
Balla received 302 points (an increase of 14 points).
Belcarra received 306 points (an increase of 5 points)
Clogher received 305 points (an increase of 8 points)
This is due recognition of the hard work put in by the committees and local volunteers.
Well done to all concerned.
‘This day was made by the Lord let us rejoice and be glad’ is a line taken from the Psalms. It could well sum up the celebration taking place within our parish this Sunday May 27th. We celebrate the centenary of our beautiful St. Cronan’s church. It is indeed a noble structure with its many outstanding features. It is a truly fitting place of worship and today we celebrate and honour the people who in very hard times funded and built the it.
We think of our many emigrants in the United States and elsewhere who donated hard earned money to ensure that St. Cronan’s became a reality. We honour and give thanks for all those who worked hard and long hours to build it. We thin too of all those who have gathered within its hallowed walls to pray over the decades, those who were baptised here, those who were sealed with the oil of chrism on confirmation day, those who committed themselves in love through the sacrament of marriage, those who prostrated themselves before the altar on ordination day and all those who welcomed the Lord’s mercy in the sacrament of reconciliation and His presence in the Eucharist. We also commend to the Lord today all whose funeral liturgies have taken place here. We pray that they now rejoice in the halls of heaven .We think too of all those who have sat in these seats and lifted up their hearts to the Lord in times of petition and likewise in thanksgiving.
Today we give thanks for all who have passed on this beautiful building to us. As a community let us commit to ensuring that this sacred place is maintained as a fitting monument to generations past. Let us pray also that we will be true to our faith and ensure that it is passed on to those that come after us. Faith inspired the people of Balla to build this church 100 years ago. May our faith enable us to appreciate it and ensure that it remains a place where we continue to lift up our hearts in prayer to God.
On this day of celebration I would also like to remember all the priests who have ministered in this parish over the years and the priests and religious who have left here to share the Christian message with other people at home and abroad, and to acknowledge the tremendous work that over 300 people do in various ministries in both Balla and Belcarra. Without their generosity of service our parish could not operate.
On this centenary celebration day I thank all who are helping to make it a happy and positive occasion for everyone and I pray that God will pour down many blessings on us and on our parish as we give thanks for the past, celebrate the present and pray for the future.
‘This day was made by the Lord let us rejoice and be glad.’ Psalm 117:V24/
27th May 2018.
Photos courtesy of Colin Redmond, Kathy Lyons and Michael Durkan.
As we welcome the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. to Balla tomorrow to open Balla Neighbourhood Walkswe remember the people who were part of the journey.
If you have some time look at this video.
Cherish the past and protect the future. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.
Balla Secondary School presents St Vincent de Paul
with food and money raised by Student Council.
SVP Christmas food appeal and presentation of money raised by Student Council to Ms Patricia Flatley
(Balla, Belcarra, Mayo Abbey and Facefield Branch)