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Fr Denis’ Christmas Message 2018

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As we come to Christmas it is a good time to look back and reflect on what was a very special year in our parish. We celebrated the centenary of our parish church St. Cronan’s. We had some lovely events to mark the occasion – the Palm Sunday walk from the Blessed Well, the Centenary Mass with Archbishop Neary on May 27th, the family day on the grounds of the Secondary School, the talk on the windows and the talk on the influence on early Irish Christianity. They were all significant events and I thank all who participated in them.

In Belcarra we had the celebration in St. Anne’s to mark the centenary of the Society of St. Columban, co-founded by our native son Fr. John Blowick. Again it was a wonderful occasion when we welcomed Columban Fathers that have served in many different countries.  Truly inspirational men.

The year saw Balla win the Pride of Place National Award. Our footballers won the County Junior title and the wonderful new playground opened in Belcarra. These are just some of the highlights of the year which demonstrate that our parish community is alive and well.

As in other years there were many happy family events to celebrate, births, baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, marriages, significant anniversaries and we have a centenarian in the parish. Many happy events. Sadly there were the sad happenings also, illness and death visited many families throughout the year. I congratulate those who have had the happy events and offer sympathy and prayerful support to those who have had to endure bereavement, sickness or any other personal difficulty.

As the Christmas season comes upon us, I would like to thank all who are involved in any parish ministry or voluntary organisation within the community. It is your generosity that enables our parish and community to be as strong and active as they are. A parish or a community is nothing without its people.  I thank you all for your help and support to me over the year and I pray the blessings of the Christ child on you and yours this Christmas. I extend Christmas greetings to all from Balla, Belcarra, Clogher and Manulla and to all our emigrants at this time. May the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph guide and support you all now and in the years ahead.

Happy Christmas, 
Fr Denis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Balla Church and monastic site

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More stunning pictures of St Cronan’s, taken by local undertaker Michael Durkan of irishgraveyards.ie  on a fine November day.  The photographs include images of our recently restored Blessed Well and the famous round tower here in Balla, remnants of a c.6th Century monastic site.

Thanks to Balla Community Council for the co-ordination of the restoration project, another symbol of a parish community contribution to restoring the past and enhancing the future.

A trip down memory lane for St Patrick’s Day

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 Click on the picture for some happy memories

from Balla Community Council & Balla CRD

La-Fheile

Thanks to Colin Redmond Photography for the images here

Cluster Mass in Ballintubber Abbey

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This Mass will take place on Friday next at 7.30pm. The speaker on the night is Gerry Glennon of M.W.R . and the topic is ‘Lay Ministry in the Future’.

All who are involved in ministry in the three parishes are strongly urged to attend. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served after Mass.

Congrats Balla NS! Mayo Thrills

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Have you seen the fantastic song written by the teachers and pupils in Balla NS?  

It’s bringing great excitement and fun to the parish community and worldwide this week! Super stuff! It will feature on RTE News on Friday 16th at 6 pm.

Well done to Mrs Egan and all the staff and children.

Catch it here

John Paul II Awards

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John Paul Merit Awards 2015
John Paul Merit Awards 2015
Archdiocese of Tuam
Archdiocese of Tuam

Group from Balla Secondary School who received JPII Awards recently.

Pictured with Archbishop Michael Neary, Marceline McHugh, Mentor

Fr. Denis Carney, School Chaplain  and Fr. Austin Fergus, Mayo Abbey.

Congratulations to all involved on this great achievement!

Read more about the John Paul Awards here