Fr Denis

Belcarra Church Newsletter 23 September 2018

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Belcarra Church Newsletter 26th August 2018

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St Cronan’s Centenary

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‘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/

Denis Carney,

Parish Priest.

27th May 2018.

Photos courtesy of Colin Redmond, Kathy Lyons and Michael Durkan.

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Easter Message

As we celebrate the beautiful feast of Easter, I pray that the Risen Lord will pour down many blessings on every person in Balla and Mayo Abbey parishes, on all who are spending Easter with us and on our family members who are away from home.
The feast is one of hope. Jesus who died on the cross out of love for us has overcome death and the grave and has won for us the gift of new and eternal life. Easter also reminds us that we are never alone. In good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow the Risen Lord is with us. Let us rejoice in his presence, draw comfort and support from it and make it known by our daily living.
As we celebrate in the resurrection I pray that your hearts will be filled with peace and joy, may this beautiful Feast be uplifting for you. May it encourage us as we face the joys and sorrows that come our way in life. May it also be a reminder to us that our loved ones who have died have been called to share in the fullness of new life. May they rest in peace and may all of us take comfort from the Risen Lord.

May His blessings be with you all.
Fr Denis

Death of Mrs Maura Carney RIP

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On today, the 28th anniversary of his father’s untimely death we wish to extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to our Parish Priest and true friend Fr Denis Carney, his brothers and sisters, brother in law and sisters in law, aunts/uncle, nieces, nephews, grand nieces/nephews, extended family and friends on the sudden death of his loving mother, Maura.

Fr Denis often spoke about his mother, her sense of hard work, dedication and loyalty to family, her deep faith, loyalty to her home area of Tuam and adopted home of Cornanool and pride in and love of her family, neighbours and friends.

We pray that God will be with them in a special way over the difficult days ahead.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Maura Carney (nee Naughton), Cornanool, Castlebar – suddenly. Predeceased by her husband John. Lovingly missed by her children, Fr Denis, Bernadette, Paddy, Sean, Breege, Gerard, Ann Marie, Oliver, and Paul, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters Peggy and Nancy, brother Michael, extended family, friends and neighbours.

Reposing in St. Aidan’s Room, Islandeady on Thursday evening from 5pm with removal at 8pm to the adjoining St. Patrick’s Church, Islandeady. Requiem Mass on Friday at 1pm with funeral proceeding to Islandeady Cemetery. House private please. Family flowers only. Donations to Croí, c/o Coady Funeral Directors, Castlebar.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis

Fr Denis’ Christmas Message

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Christmas Message

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Christmas I would like to express my thanks to all in the parish for your support and kindness throughout the year. A particular word of thanks to all who are involved in parish committees and liturgical ministry.  Thanks to all who care for St. Cronan’s and St. Anne’s and their grounds. It is only because of your involvement that our parish can function. Long gone are the days when the priest can do it on his own.

 

I congratulate all who had joyful celebrations during the year. To those who have had a bereavement and to all who are sick or facing any particular challenge in life.

 

I assure you of a special place in our Christmas Masses. I also wish to remember our emigrants. Wherever you are this Christmas I am sure that your thoughts are with us here in Balla, Belcarra, Clogher and Manulla. I assure you that as we celebrate this special season you are remembered at ceremonies at both St. Cronan’s and St. Anne’s. I extend our good wishes to you in whatever part of the world you now reside.

 

Next year will be a very significant year in our parish. We will mark the centenary of St. Cronan’s on Sunday May 27th when Archbishop Neary will join us. Other events will also take place during the year. At the moment the church is undergoing renovations. While work was taking place on the main altar window it was noticed that water was engressing the gable wall. This would eventually undermine the building. We are currently working on that gable. The work consists of raking out every joint and repointing it. The coping stones on top have also had to be removed and new leading put in. It is very slow and costly work.

 

I take this opportunity to thank all those who are contributing a little extra in their Weekly Envelope and also those who have made specific donations. It is this generosity that is allowing the work to take place. All donations no matter how big or small are welcome. When that phase of the work is done we will have to put a plan in place for the remainder of the building.

 

In October we will celebrate the centenary of The Columban Fathers. On October 28th a celebration marking this great event will take place in St. Anne’s recognising the fact that one of the co-founders was Fr. John Blowick. This should be a very special celebration. We can take great pride in what Fr. John did in the true missionary spirit of the Gospel. So please God we have much to look forward to in 2018.

 

In the meantime, I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy and peaceful Christmas. May the Lord pour down abundant blessings on you all.

Fr Denis