Monday, May 25, 2015

Cemetery Masses 2015

Brownstown                                   Saturday 13 June
Mass in cemetery at 2 p.m. followed by blessing of the graves
Newcastle (Ballynakelly)            Sunday 14 June
Mass in cemetery at 2 p.m. followed by blessing of the graves
St Finian's                                       Sunday 28 June
Mass in St Finian's Church at 10.30 a.m. followed by blessing of the graves
St Mary's                                         Sunday 28 June
Mass in St Mary's Church at 11.30 a.m. followed by blessing of the graves
Colmanstown                                 Monday 29 June
Mass in St Finian's, Newcastle at 7.30 p.m.

PS (14.6):   Change of date for Colmanstown:  23rd instead of 29th.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Newsletter 17th May

This week's parish newsletter (here) contains the views of Archbishop Martin on the subject of the referendum talking place this coming Friday 22nd.

"This change is not simply about extending marriage rights to others; it is not just a debate about religious views; it is a fundamental change in the philosophy which underpins cohesion in society and thus affects and concerns every citizen. I remind all of you of your civic responsibility to vote. I urge you before voting to remember that marriage really matters and to reflect carefully and be informed before changing its definition."

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New NS of St Finian in Newcastle

A New Era Begins in Newcastle

No sooner did a new school open in Saggart in September 2014 than another new one is set to open in our sister parish of Newcastle a year later. In fact the very month that saw the opening of Saggart also saw construction work begin on Newcastle, with work scheduled to be completed in 32 weeks, i.e. the end of May -- less than a year, then. (See the architect's website for Saggart and Newcastle -- the same architect.)
A sign, indeed, of the parallel rapid expansion of both our parishes.

All the great celebrations now at an end, the bicentenary sign outside St Finian's church has been taken down.  We knew that Clonaslee (Co. Laois) and Booterstown celebrated bicentenaries with us in 2013, but St Mary's in Westport did also, something that we did not know at the time.  So here's belated bicentennial greetings to the parishioners of that beautiful town.

Dates for Cemetery Masses  Please see this week's Newsletter (3rd May) here.

St Mary's, Westport