Farewell & Welcome

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Archbishop Francis Duffy & Archbishop Michael Neary

Archbishop Francis Duffy

Last Sunday Archbishop Francis Duffy was installed as Archbishop of Tuam.  A native of Co. Cavan Archbishop Francis was ordained a priest in 1982 and worked in his native diocese of Kilmore until he became Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois in 2013. During his eight years in Longford he has overseen many initiatives in that diocese and we here in the Archdiocese of Tuam look forward to working with him in the years ahead.

The parishioners of Balla and Belcarra welcome Archbishop Francis  and we look forward to his first visit to the parish when Covid restrictions allow. We assure him of our support and our prayers as he takes on the role of Archbishop.

Archbishop Michael Neary

After twenty-seven years of leading our Archdiocese, Archbishop Michael Neary has retired. We thank him for the leadership that he has shown as Archbishop and for the support and encouragement that he gave to so many initiatives  throughout the archdiocese. We thank him for his  many visits to our parish and in particular for his kindness to our young people when he celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We pray that the Lord will bless him with good health to enjoy his well earned rest.

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

Congratulations Bishop Jim

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CONGRATULATIONS to Bishop Jim Cunningham as he celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his
Ordination to Priesthood.

He will celebrate Mass here in St Anne’s church
on Friday 12th at 6:00 pm.

We wish Bishop Jim many more years of good health as he continues to serve the Lord and the people of Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

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Read some more here




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Annual pilgrimage to Máméan takes place next Sunday, August 7th.

Turas na Croise, the Traditional Stations of the Cross will begin at 3.00 pm.

All are welcome to attend.

The Blessed Well March 2015

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Photos taken before restoration work begins

March 2015


Parish Statistics for 2014

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The following information

may be of interest

to people in our parish community

and elsewhere!


                                             Balla          Belcarra

Baptisms                              28               19

Marriages                             6                 4

Funerals                               22               11

First Communion             20              22

Confirmation                      38              34

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