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

Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion

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will take place tomorrow Wednesday February 17th at 10 am in Belcarra.  

This Liturgy will take place every Wednesday during Lent.  

It will alternate between the two churches. It consists of the readings of the day and Holy Communion.  It will be led by a Minister of the Word and a Minister of the Eucharist.

Lenten Penitential Service 2016

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penitential service

takes place after Mass

next Saturday and Sunday February 20th/21st.

We celebrate the great

Sacrament of Reconciliation together.


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.

Lenten Leaves Sacred Space

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My Lenten Promise

Have you decided what effort you are going to make for Lent this year?


Here are some ideas that may help you decide.

Our Lenten promises should try to focus on three things:

1. Praying – maybe a little extra than you do already

2. Sacrifice – maybe giving up or taking up something that is hard to do

3. Alms-giving – maybe putting money in your Trócaire box, or helping someone who does not have as much as you have.

There are leaf templates available in both churches. Please take one and write your Lenten promise anonymously on the leaf. This leaf can then be placed in the sacred space prepared in the church for Lent.


This template is available for you to print and prepare here.


Leaf Template

Ash Wednesday February 18th 2015

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The Meaning of Lent


The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’. In other languages the word comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days.  In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical stories of Noah and the flood of 40 days, the forty years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness and Christ’s forty day fast in the desert in preparation for his earthly ministry.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Mass in St Cronan’s (Balla) on Wednesday at 7 and 10 am

and in St Anne’s (Belcarra) at 7.30 pm


The 7 am Mass will be celebrated weekly

on Wednesdays during Lent (alternating between churches)

Why not make the effort to attend?