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.
It is with deep regret that we share the news of the death of Ms Patricia McTigue, Principal of Balla Secondary School.
Patricia joined the teaching staff of the school in 2001. In more recent years she assumed the role of Deputy Principal and was appointed Principal in 2015.
Patricia was renowned for her energy, endeavour and vision. Both as teacher and Principal, she was highly respected and showed great commitment to the development of the school. She always took a very keen interest in the well-being of all students. Developing links with the local community was central to her vision. She was a great advocate of the Catholic ethos and was instrumental in the development of the school choir which enhanced various liturgies in the parish.
She will be greatly missed by students, staff and the entire school community but most especially by her husband Brían and her young children, Brían Óg, Fionn, Ódhran and Iarlaith, her parents, sisters and brothers, extended family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
Reposing at Carey’s Funeral Home, Ballindine, this Friday evening from 5 pm until 8 pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday in St Joseph’s Church, Ballindine at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the new cemetery.