St Anne’s

Prayers at Home March 2020

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Prayers at Home When Gathering for the Mass is Not Possible March 2020

In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather for Mass, we would encourage you to download from and print out this prayer booklet for use at home. Click on this link.

Prayers at Home When Gathering for the Mass is Not Possible March 2020

Perhaps consider printing off some copies to pass on to people who may not have internet access.

While you can pray this at any time, a good time to do so would be at the time Mass is normally celebrated in your local parish.

This prayer booklet has been prepared by the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin specifically for this time we find ourselves in.  We are very grateful to them for allowing us to share it.

We continue to keep each other in prayer during this time. Please remember to take care of yourself, your family and loved ones and follow the advice of the HSE.

Click here for the most up to date advice given by the HSE 

Parish Statement March 2020

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issued March 12th 2020

Balla Parish in keeping with the Taoiseach’s directive regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and following instructions from Archbishop Neary, is cancelling all Masses with congregations until further notice.

BAPTISMS:  will go ahead as normal. Families are asked to limit those attending to immediate family only.

FUNERALS:  Funeral Masses are permitted to go ahead with immediate family only in attendance.

MARRIAGES: are permitted to go ahead with immediate family in attendance.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES: that have been booked can be rearranged when things return to normal. In the meantime Fr. Denis will say all Masses that have been arranged privately on the assigned dates.


Masses from Castlebar parish can viewed on Webcam here

  • The broadcast times are:
  • Monday – Friday  10am
  • Saturday   10am and 7pm
  • Sunday     8.30am, 10.30am and 12 noon.

Mass on Midwest Radio on Sundays at 10am.


Balla and Belcarra churches will remain open as usual everyday.

As we face this very serious situation let us pray for all who are suffering as a result of the Coronavirus and for all those who are working in the frontline to control it.  You might like to pray the following prayers for our country and our people at this time.

 Prayer for our Protection

 Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.


St. Cronan       Pray for us

St.  Anne          Pray for us

St. Patrick        Pray for us

St. Brigid         Pray for us.

At this time let us care for, support and pray for each other


Fr Denis’ Christmas Message

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Christmas Message

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Christmas I would like to express my thanks to all in the parish for your support and kindness throughout the year. A particular word of thanks to all who are involved in parish committees and liturgical ministry.  Thanks to all who care for St. Cronan’s and St. Anne’s and their grounds. It is only because of your involvement that our parish can function. Long gone are the days when the priest can do it on his own.


I congratulate all who had joyful celebrations during the year. To those who have had a bereavement and to all who are sick or facing any particular challenge in life.


I assure you of a special place in our Christmas Masses. I also wish to remember our emigrants. Wherever you are this Christmas I am sure that your thoughts are with us here in Balla, Belcarra, Clogher and Manulla. I assure you that as we celebrate this special season you are remembered at ceremonies at both St. Cronan’s and St. Anne’s. I extend our good wishes to you in whatever part of the world you now reside.


Next year will be a very significant year in our parish. We will mark the centenary of St. Cronan’s on Sunday May 27th when Archbishop Neary will join us. Other events will also take place during the year. At the moment the church is undergoing renovations. While work was taking place on the main altar window it was noticed that water was engressing the gable wall. This would eventually undermine the building. We are currently working on that gable. The work consists of raking out every joint and repointing it. The coping stones on top have also had to be removed and new leading put in. It is very slow and costly work.


I take this opportunity to thank all those who are contributing a little extra in their Weekly Envelope and also those who have made specific donations. It is this generosity that is allowing the work to take place. All donations no matter how big or small are welcome. When that phase of the work is done we will have to put a plan in place for the remainder of the building.


In October we will celebrate the centenary of The Columban Fathers. On October 28th a celebration marking this great event will take place in St. Anne’s recognising the fact that one of the co-founders was Fr. John Blowick. This should be a very special celebration. We can take great pride in what Fr. John did in the true missionary spirit of the Gospel. So please God we have much to look forward to in 2018.


In the meantime, I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy and peaceful Christmas. May the Lord pour down abundant blessings on you all.

Fr Denis








Christmas in St Anne’s

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Easter in St Anne’s, Belcarra

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Our parish secretary Eileen took some lovely photographs of the Easter Flowers in St Anne’s Church, Belcarra.

The church is looking resplendent. Thanks to all who helped out in St Anne’s during the Easter season.

Advent in St Anne’s, Belcarra

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Advent Reflection

This Advent-time
we remember Mary and Joseph,
giving thanks for their faithfulness,
courage and obedience,
stepping out into the unknown
in the strength of your Spirit,
playing their part
in the fulfillment of your plan
to bring your prodigal people home again.
We pray that their example
might be an inspiration to us ,
that when your gentle whisper
breaks through the hustle and bustle

of this world and into our small corner,
we might be ready to listen,
and having listened, to act.