Family Mass Lenten Journey 2018


Gospel story; ‘Jesus in the Desert’ Mark 1: 12-15 

Today the first Sunday of Lent, we listened to the gospel story of how Jesus spent forty days in the desert alone and how he prayed to God the Father to help him.

We also took the time to reflect on how we can, as the Family of God, spend our Lent this year. Ellen clearly and simply explained that this Lent as part of the Family mass’s Lenten journey, that each Sunday of Lent after the 10.3a.m. the children will be invited to take a thought for the week home with them.  These thoughts will reflect a variety of themes for the children to explore during Lent, including: love, forgiveness, respect, thanksgiving and prayer. Today they also received a laminated sheet for them to place each thought on. On Holy Thursday, the children will be asked to bring back their completed sheet with all their Lenten efforts recorded.

This week we have been asked to remember to say sorry if we hurt someone or maybe to forgive someone who hurts us and to remember to say sorry to God.  Like Jesus in today’s Gospel story we pray to God our Father and ask  him to help us to do our best this week and remember to say ‘sorry’ and to ‘forgive’.


Click on the these links for more Lenten activities  (Click on Children’s corner. This has good ideas on prayer and activities on “sorry”)   

St Valentine’s Day

How one couple used their vouchers

This initiative from the World Meeting of Families 2018 is inspired by The Joy of Love, a letter from Pope Francis to the world, where he emphasises the fundamental importance of time together and personal communication as foundations for a love that lasts.

Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick

The 26th anniversary celebrations of World Day of the Sick will take place on Sunday 11th February 2018.

• Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick

World Day of the Sick – Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3.00pm

Main Celebrant:  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Venue:  St Agnes’ Parish Church, Crumlin, Dublin 12

All are welcome.

Telephone: 01 455 5368

Pope Francis Ted Talk

TED Talks’ are about

spreading worthwhile ideas.

They are hugely popular worldwide. 

Pope Francis was invited to give one.

Here’s what he said . . . . 

To view click Centre Triangle.     For Full Screen Click arrows at Bottom Right

Comments Welcome


Where’s the snow?

This was looking like the makings of a great blizzard last night (Tue 16th) but it was all gone this morning. Just as well we took a photograph. Raging we did not get rolling and make a snowman. That would have been one for the books on the way to school!

Icon of the Holy Family

Fr Tim Bartlett explains that at all Christmas Day Masses people will be given a copy of the Holy Family Icon for their home.

The Icon card includes the official World Meeting of Families Prayer. Many of these were distributed at our Christmas Masses. There are some copies still available in the porches this weekend the Feast of the Holy Family.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Do You Wish to Donate Your Unwanted Christmas Gifts?

We will take in your unwanted Chrismtas gifts and will pass them to Crosscare who will redistribute them this time next year to people living in their homeless services. These gifts may be left at the foot of our Christmas tree during the coming week until Monday 8th January.

For more details of a similar venture see the Dublin diocesan website.

Ballygall Abroad Christmas 2017

 Christmas Greetings from Ballygall to family members of parishioners living abroad and to our internet followers overseas

the Cleane, Carroll, Stapleton, Robinson, Connaughton, Dunne and Henshaw Families in Adelaide; The Vavasour Family in Sydney, New South Wales; John McDonald in Waterloo, NSW, Sarah, Charlie and Fionnuala send greetings to Geraldine and her family, our viewers in Jordan; Ruth Ryan sends greetings to Donna & Maka McGettigan and Otojic and Family in Medjugorge; a big hello to Edel, Emma and Grainne Nash who are in Germany; we greet Noreen & Jimmy Gaffney in Port Saint Lucie, Florida USA; we say hello to Emily Hirshorn in West Harrison, New York, along with her Parents Hope and Billy, her sisters, brothers and grandparents Bob & Diane Houston in Dallas, Texas; To Kathleen O’Callaghan in New York; to Darragh, Emily and Baby Finn in Canada, Lucia and Noel Power and family in Waterloo Toronto; hello to the Coffey Family home from Putney, London and to Yvonne McDonagh in Eastbourne; a very special shout out to AnnMarie and all the Gregorys in Scotland;  And Grainne and Frank in Christchurch, New Zealand send good wishes to all their friends in Ballygall.