November Novena of Masses will begin at both churches on the Feast of All Saints and continue for nine days.
If you wish to have loved ones remembered in the
Novena please take home an envelope from the church door and return it before All Saints Day.
Cemetery Masses will take place
on the following dates
Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams this week.
You will be remembered in Masses
celebrated in the parish over the next few weeks.
May the Holy spirit support you at this time.
First Communion in Belcarra
Congratulations to all their children, their families and their teacher, Miss Nestor
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.
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