holy week

Fr Denis’s Masses from Castlebar

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Castlebar Church Webcam

Fr Denis has been invited by Fr Conal Eustace PP, Castlebar to concelebrate Mass on Holy Thursday, April 9th at 8 pm and to celebrate Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10.30 am.

Both Masses can be viewed live here

Stations of the Cross

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This Holy Week is like no other. We will not be going to our local church to get blessed palms, have our feet washed, kiss the cross or watch the new Easter candle being lit. This year we will have to find ways to make the week holy at home.

One of the traditions of Holy Week for many families is to go to pray the Stations of the Cross during the week or on Good Friday. To help you pray the Stations of the Cross at home this year Kandle have put together a Slideshow/PowerPoint Presentation and this booklet which offers a simple reflection for each station to be prayed with your family.

Family Stations – 2020

Palm Sunday

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Read about the initiative Bringing Holy Week Home and activities for Palm Sunday.

Bringing Holy Week Home

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Bringing Holy Week Home

a Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday Companion 2020

This year we make our journey of Holy Week in a way like never before.

As a Christian community we cannot gather. However, we can continue to keep Holy Week in our homes, in union with the prayer of the Church as we live out these sacred days.  

These resources are designed to help people undertake this keeping of Holy Week, bringing it into the heart of our home. They have been prepared by Julie Kavanagh (Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin), Sheena Darcy (Diocese of Elphin) and Bishop Michael Duignan (Diocese of Clonfert), with thanks to Colette Dower for design.

Please download the introduction Bringing Holy Week Home Introduction

Each of the eight days follows a similar pattern:

– A sentence giving the focus of the day

– A quote from the Gospel of the day Scripture tells us

– A section Deepening your participation in the broadcast celebration: highlighting key points for people joining in the liturgy of the day via digital broadcast, with simple steps to deepen their participation in the prayer of the day

– A Prayer Ritual for the Home Offering another way of people prayerfully entering into the spirit of the day

– To do suggestions of practical actions / activities in tune with the day

Holy Week Ceremonies 2017

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Holy Week

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Belcarra at 8pm
Adoration at Altar of Repose: 8.30 pm – 11 pm

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross/Veneration/Holy Communion in Belcarra at 3 pm
Stations of The Cross in Balla at 3 pm

Passion Liturgy in Balla at 8 pm

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Balla at 7 pm and in Belcarra at 9pm

Easter Sunday: Mass in Belcarra at 9.30 am and Balla at 11 am

Holy Week Ceremonies

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Parish Holy Week Ceremonies

Holy Thursday:

Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Balla at 8pm
Adoration at Altar of Repose: 8.30 pm – 11 pm

Good Friday: 

Stations of the Cross
in Belcarra and Balla at 3 pm
Passion Liturgy in Belcarra at 8 pm

Holy Saturday:

Easter Vigil in Belcarra at 7 pm and
in Balla at 9 pm

Easter Sunday:

Mass in Belcarra at 9.30 am and
Balla at 11 am

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Balla at 8pm

Trócaire donations can be returned to

Balla on Thursday and to Belcarra on Friday.

Chrism Mass Tuam 2015

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Chrism Mass Tuam 2011


Archbishop Neary invites parishioners to attend the Mass of Chrism, at The Cathedral, Tuam on Wed. 1st April, at 6.00 p.m., when he will bless the Holy Oils for use throughout the diocese during the coming year.

Passion Play in Ballintubber

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Ballintubber Abbey

Monday 30th March 

Passion Play – 9.00p.m


Tuesday 31st March

Passion Play –9.00p.m


Wednesday 1st April 

Passion Play – 9.00pm

Ballintubber Abbey celebrates the 27th Anniversary of the Passion Play

For the past Twenty Six years those who have witnessed this moving drama have been stirred by the story as it is portrayed by the people of Ballintubber. Many have come back year after year to experience it and have brought others with them. If you have not seen it perhaps you would spare 1 hour on Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April at 9.00pmto witness this drama. As it takes place outdoors we would advise you to bring suitable clothing.  Seating is provided. (www.tuamarchdiocese.org)