Trócaire Boxes 2017

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Trócaire boxes can be returned to ceremonies in

Belcarra on Holy Thursday at 8 pm and to the

Passion Liturgy in Balla at 8 pm on Good Friday.

Your support is much appreciated.

Read more about Trócaire’s Lenten campaign  and make a donation online here

Balla Secondary School & SVdP

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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)

Trócaire Lenten Campaign 2015

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Have you picked up your Trócaire box

from St Cronan’s or St Anne’s yet?

Click here to read more about Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign for 2015 or click here to learn how the traditional Trócaire cardboard box has gone digital.  The new Trócaire box mobile app is the first charity fundraising mobile app in the Republic of Ireland and was launched this week as part of Trócaire’s annual Lenten campaign.

Further email from Sr Mary O’M re Christmas Crib Donations

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Dear Fr Carney and all of Balla/ Belcarra

Your most generous giving and a cheque of Euro 3,164.00 reached me yesterday, I cannot express my gratitude fully as demands are heavy on all at Christmas.  I join with all of you in prayer that the good Lord may be close to each one in whatever way you need it most  and may God Bless you abundantly in this New Year.

In the Linkedin I received today, I see that the new Archbishop of Cashel and Emily  urges people to “open their eyes to the possibility of human  …..”  A donation such as yours will go a long way to assisting some victims, preventing others going and create general Awareness of this new form of slavery in our midst, especially in Kenya.  No words can describe how rampant it is here and the multiple ways people are sucked into it without being aware of what is happening to them.

Story 1.  Just before Christmas, I assisted a 25 year old woman to see a Clinical Psychologist, she came back from Saudi 5th December.  She only knew her name was Joyce but here people have middle and last names and she did not know these at all.  I facilitated her travel to her rural home with her aunt.  Both her parents were killed in a road accident in August 2012.  So, please keep her in your prayers too, she has a lot of trauma to deal with in her young life.

Story 2.  In June last year, I assisted a young mother of two to find refuge after she climbed down/ to escape from a ‘holding house’ about to be trafficked in a few days to Saudi.   George and I reported it to police and they raided the ‘house’ 3 weeks later when the ‘fuss had died down’    Next day I assisted Anna to return to her rural home 3 kms from the Ugandan border.

A very favorable upshot of that was on 5th February, 2015,  the OCS  (top rank) invited the whole station of 25 officers to attend a 2 hour interactive session on ‘Awareness of HT’ (given by George and I).  Plus he also opened it to the Local Administration of the District Officer who came with 14 Chiefs and 28 sub-chiefs + others in an area the size almost of Co. Mayo.

Every good wish and Blessings.

Mary O’ Malley, MMM

Updated Message from Sr Mary O’Malley

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Dear Fr Carney,

With Huge Gratitude I welcome the good news from the parish that very soon I will be able to count on the very generous donation of Balla/ Belcarra to the amount of €3,164. It is good money.  It is extremely welcome as you can imagine and the daily task of trying to ‘rustle-up’ a few bob for the most needy is not easy.

In all cases I try to leave people a little better than I found them – not a dishing out of money – I abhor such a thing – but help them advance along the road of life. But others too who need the daily bread and when hunger is written all over the face, I cannot walk away .

Every good wish and BLESSINGS in the New Year.

Mary O’ Malley

Message from Sr Mary O’Malley re Crib Donations

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Crib in St Cronan's
Crib in St Cronan’s
At Anne's Crib
At Anne’s Crib

I would like to express my thanks to Balla/Belcarra parishioners. 

I am extremely grateful to you,

especially for the facilitation of  funds

and understanding my dilemma/s when I try to

reach out to as many as possible. 

All I do is pray and hope and wish you a blessed 2015.  

Mary O’Malley MMM.