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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

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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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

Plans for childcare Facility Upgrade in Balla

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Fully resourced Childcare Facilities have been identified as a critical need within the community.

We have a top-class National School and an excellent Secondary School in Balla.

We also have a small preschool operating presently in Balla but accommodation is limited to 22 children and it is estimated that demand could be double that number by next September.

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

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

Please see plans for the facility belowChildcare_Plans.

Construction is due to begin in the next few weeks.

New Principal in Balla NS

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We are delighted to welcome Ms Alma Egan,

currently Principal of Cloonliffen NS, Ballinrobe

as our new Principal in Balla NS, beginning April 4th 2016.

FIRST CONFESSION

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takes place on Tuesday at 7:30pm for the children from Belcarra and Clogher schools and on Thursday March 3rd at 7:30pm for the children from Balla school.

Let us keep the children, their families and teachers in our prayers this week.

First Communion in Belcarra

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First Communion in Belcarra

Congratulations to all their children, their families and their teacher, Miss Nestor

First Penance

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The Sacrament of First Confession was celebrated this week

St Anne’s Church, Belcarra on Tuesday, March 10th @ 7.30 p.m.

and

St Cronan’s Church, Balla on Thursday, March 12th @ 7.30 p.m.

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

Balla National School

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school siteVisit the website of Balla National School.  You will get a flavour of the daily school life of some of the youngest members of our community!  Click on the title to see more!