Tuam Archdiocese

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


Belcarra Church Newsletter 5th January 2020

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Church Centenary Book Launch

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St Cronan’s Centenary Book was launched on Sunday December 1st immediately after 11am Mass by Michael Commins of Mid -West Radio and The Mayo News.


This 96 page colour production contains a variety of articles that detail the history of St. Cronan’s, Balla and its people as well as happenings in the other areas of our parish, namely Belcarra, Clogher and Manulla.


The publication has some marvellous photographs of the beautiful windows and sanctuary. It is very well produced and sells at €10. It is a must for people in the area and for those whose roots are in Balla. The committee responsible for its publication deserve great credit for what they have achieved. We are indebted to them.


All were welcomed to come along on Sunday for the launch and to join in light refreshments afterwards in the nearby Community Room.

Fr Denis’s Christmas Message

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Christmas Message

On July 20th 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon and millions watched as Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the lunar surface followed shortly by fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin. It was a remarkable achievement. When Armstrong put his feet on the surface of the moon he said ‘ That’s one small step for man, and a giant step for mankind’. It was seen as the greatest event in human history.

Some years later another astronaut, James Irwin also walked on the moon and he was prompted to say that the most significant happening of our age is not that man stood on the moon, but rather that God in Christ stood on the earth. At Christmas we celebrate God sending his Son to walk on this earth, to journey with his people and to win for us the promise of eternal life.

At Christmas time we celebrate Christ revealing the love and mercy of the Father. Jesus shares life’s journey with us. We are never alone, even in our darkest hour.  Christ is the light shining in our darkness offering us the light of hope.

Jesus reveals God’s love to us and in so doing He invites us to share that love with others in acts of kindness, care and support. He invites us to live  his message and Christmas gives us the opportunity to reach out in love to all in our community, especially those most  in need. May we all do our bit to make it a happy Christmas for everyone. As we celebrate God’s opening his heart to us, let us strive to open our hearts to others.

May the blessings of Christ be with you all this Christmas time wherever you are. May the presence of Christ bring you and yours the precious gifts of love, joy and peace.

Happy Christmas

Fr Denis