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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

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Fr Denis’ Easter Message

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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.

At this time nature is reawakening all around us. The fields are growing greener, the shrubs are blooming, the lambs are dancing in the fields, the day is growing longer.  All signs of new life and new hope.

As disciples of Christ may we walk in that hope and be inspired by it as we face the ups and downs the joys and sorrows of life.

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. To those who are happy may  it bring more joy.  To those who are sad may  it bring comfort and hope.

To us all may it bring peace.

May the blessings of the Risen Lord be with you all.

Fr Denis

Fr Denis’ Easter Message 2016

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easter 2016

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 all our emigrants.  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.  The feast 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 rejoice in the resurrection I pray that your hearts will be filled with peace and joy, may this beautiful Feast be uplifting for you. To those who are happy let it bring more joy.  To those who are sad let it bring comfort and hope.  To us all may it bring peace.

As we celebrate Easter this year, let us think of those who lost their lives in the drowning accident in Buncrana and as a result of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.  May they come to dwell in the light of eternal life.  May their loved ones be comforted and may our world come to know real peace.

May the blessings of the Risen Lord be with you all.

Fr Denis

Fr Denis’ Christmas Message 2015

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of Christmas  I would like to thank all parishioners for the kindness, support and generosity shown to me in so many ways over the year.  It is truly appreciated.  I wish to express a particular word of thanks to all who are involved in any parish committee or ministry. Your giving of your time ensures that our parish is a vibrant one where the message of Jesus Christ is witnessed to in a whole variety of ways. Your input makes such a huge difference to the parish.

A word of thanks too goes to the parish staff who  go about their work in such an efficient manner. Their work makes mine that much easier.  In all areas of the parish there is a lot of voluntary work done that enhances the community and makes it a better place for us all to live in.

Congratulations to all in the parish who celebrated  Marriage and baptism during the year.  They are happy occasions that we all rejoice in.   As we come to Christmas let us spare a thought for those who have lost a loved one during the year as Christmas can be a difficult time for all who were bereaved during 2015.  Let us keep them and indeed all who are sick or facing any challenge in our prayers at this time.  Likewise let us think of those who are far away from home.  Miles may separate us but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I  thank all who do such great work in the schools of the parish at both primary and secondary level and to all who give so generously of their time to voluntary organisations in all four areas of the parish. Our community is a much better place as a result of your efforts.

During the year I assumed the role of Parish Priest of Mayo Abbey . It reflects the reality of parish life today.  It will bring changes to both parishes going forward . We should never be afraid of change.  We should embrace it and move forward in hope. As we celebrate Christmas we welcome Emmanuel a name which means God is with us.  

May God be with us all as we go forward. May he fill our hearts with peace and hope.  May you all experience his presence during this Christmas time and throughout 2016.

Happy Christmas to all in the parish and to former parishioners wherever you are now.

Fr  Denis