Balla and Belcarra Newsletter 22nd March 2020

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Prayers at Home March 2020

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Prayers at Home When Gathering for the Mass is Not Possible March 2020

In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather for Mass, we would encourage you to download from and print out this prayer booklet for use at home. Click on this link.

Prayers at Home When Gathering for the Mass is Not Possible March 2020

Perhaps consider printing off some copies to pass on to people who may not have internet access.

While you can pray this at any time, a good time to do so would be at the time Mass is normally celebrated in your local parish.

This prayer booklet has been prepared by the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin specifically for this time we find ourselves in.  We are very grateful to them for allowing us to share it.

We continue to keep each other in prayer during this time. Please remember to take care of yourself, your family and loved ones and follow the advice of the HSE.

Click here for the most up to date advice given by the HSE 

Parish Statement March 2020

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issued March 12th 2020

Balla Parish in keeping with the Taoiseach’s directive regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and following instructions from Archbishop Neary, is cancelling all Masses with congregations until further notice.

BAPTISMS:  will go ahead as normal. Families are asked to limit those attending to immediate family only.

FUNERALS:  Funeral Masses are permitted to go ahead with immediate family only in attendance.

MARRIAGES: are permitted to go ahead with immediate family in attendance.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES: that have been booked can be rearranged when things return to normal. In the meantime Fr. Denis will say all Masses that have been arranged privately on the assigned dates.


Masses from Castlebar parish can viewed on Webcam here

  • The broadcast times are:
  • Monday – Friday  10am
  • Saturday   10am and 7pm
  • Sunday     8.30am, 10.30am and 12 noon.

Mass on Midwest Radio on Sundays at 10am.


Balla and Belcarra churches will remain open as usual everyday.

As we face this very serious situation let us pray for all who are suffering as a result of the Coronavirus and for all those who are working in the frontline to control it.  You might like to pray the following prayers for our country and our people at this time.

 Prayer for our Protection

 Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.


St. Cronan       Pray for us

St.  Anne          Pray for us

St. Patrick        Pray for us

St. Brigid         Pray for us.

At this time let us care for, support and pray for each other