24 January 2021

 

New Year   

PRAYER FOR 2021

Heavenly Father, thank You for making all things new! 

As another new year begins, help me live each day for You. 

May I continually have a new song in my heart to sing to You, no matter what comes my way.

I trust in You because I know that Your mercies are new every morning, and nothing ahead of me will take You by surprise. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(- Joan Walker Hahn)

MESSAGE FOR THIS NEW YEAR - 2021

Last year, 2020 is a year that will be etched on our minds forever.  It has been a very difficult year for everyone.  Nobody could have believed that our world would be turned upside down so easily and it has really tested our faith.  In times of crisis we can rediscover the strength of faith.  We have been asked to travel along an unknown road.  We are not in charge of the journey and we do not know what the “new normal” will be like. 

During the past year we have prayed as we have never prayed before.  We have prayed for ourselves, for our families, for those who are away.  We have prayed for our frontline workers who have bravely worked to save lives.  We have prayed for our researchers and scientists that they will be inspired to learn about the working of this virus and come up with medicines that will keep us healthy.  We have prayed for our workers who have been unable to work and for businesses who are struggling.  We have prayed for our nursing home residents and for their families who have endured a terrible separation from people that we love dearly.  We have prayed for our dead.  We have lived with the pain of not being able to go to funerals and grieve our dead and support their families. 

And now it is the season of Christmas and we begin a new year.   It is a light in a very dark time of year and we look forward in hope.  This is the time when Christ comes to us as our saviour.  This is the time when Christ takes us by the hand then leads and guides us on this mysterious journey.  It is very difficult for us to put our hand into the hand of another and say, "I trust you", and that is the very essence and the reality of faith.  This is not a dream, this is the promise of Christ to us.  This is what makes us strong.  We can look beyond ourselves to a better future.  This is Christmas - Christ the saviour is born!

On behalf on everyone on the parish team I want to thank you, our parishioners for your prayers and support during the past testing year.  We have rallied together as a community and as a parish and we have grown together. May the hope and strength of Christ be with you in this New Year.

Fr. Joe.

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY

Wednesday 6th. is the Feast of the Epiphany.  Mass times are as follows:  
(Vigil Tue.) 6:00 pm, 7:45am, 10:00 am, 1:10 pm.

LIVE STREAM FROM ST. COLMCILLE'S CHURCH DURROW

 The webcam in St. Colmcille's Church, Durrow is now active and will stream all Masses celebrated there. <<Click Here>> to connect.

TULLAMORE NATIVITY

This Christmas the churches and musicians of Tullamore in County Offaly have worked together to produce a unique town-wide project – The Tullamore Nativity.

Combining well known, and well loved, Christmas songs, the story of the first Christmas, and making them part of the fabric of our town with a special QR Code tour of the town.

The different elements have been joined together to form a special celebration of Christmas for the last Sunday in Advent. We might not be able to meet together in the same way as previous years but we can work together to make this Christmas special!

It will be broadcast on RTÉ News Now at 2:15 pm on Sunday 20th and you can also <<Click Here>> to see the video.

PARISH CENTRE REOPENS

The Parish Centre will reopen on the morning of Monday 4th. January 2021.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Those who had their Baptisms postponed during Level-5 lock down should contact the Parish Secretary to make new arrangements. Ph.: 0579321587

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary. 

VOCATIONS NOTICE

The Diocesan Vocations Team has a new Facebook Page: DioceseOfMeathVocations   & a new Instagram Account:  dioceseofmeathvocations, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Ph Fr Tony Gonoude 044 9373923

MASS INTENTIONS   

Click  for the full list of Mass Intentions to be celebrated this week.

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Ph 0818 222 024, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.

BALLYCOMMON TELEWORK & TRAINING CENTRE

BTTC is offering a range of free/affordable services.  Ph 0579353177/9353441, 
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

MONEY ADVICE AND BUDGETING SERVICE (MABS)

MABS ( a free, confidential service for people who have problems with money management): National Helpline 0761072000 Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 8:00 pm  

SHALOM WORLD MINISTRIES

New Link: You may notice the Shalom TV Media Gallery icon at the bottom of the Front Page: It looks like this:

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This letter from Shalom World explains what it is and how you can use it:

Dear Father Joe,

Hope you and your parishioners are keeping safe and healthy!

I am pleased to write to you on behalf of Shalom World ministries. Shalom World is a 24/7 commercial free Catholic television network for the whole family https://shalomworld.org/.

Given the COVID-19 precautionary measures, our churches are inaccessible for the faithful. Participation in the daily sacraments is beyond reach for them. Shalom World TV, a Catholic media ministry of the Shalom Ministries, is an official partner with the Vatican and is authorized to telecast papal liturgies directly via its free high-definition television channel. Shalom World is committed to producing free yet high-quality Catholic content such as Daily Mass, devotionals, shows, music, youth programs, children’s programs, conventions, retreats, and cultural exchange segments. The programming is absolutely free and can be watched live or on-demand. The most recent addition, in response to COVID-19, is a 4th channel to the existing 3 channels, for exclusive live telecast of daily Holy Mass around the clock, with special prayers for an end to coronavirus .

We are broadcasting Daily Mass Live from Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Portlaoise, Co. Laois at 10:00 am everyday during this challenging time.

Bishop Denis Nulty, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin is our patron in Ireland  and Shalom World is endorsed by Catholic leaders from around the globe .

As a parish, your parishioners can now access Shalom World TV via the Shalom Media Gallery tool that can be integrated into the parish website in simple, easy steps. When parishioners visit the parish website, the floating icon will only be a click away to their favourite programs without ever leaving the parish site.