In August 2018 Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Phoenix Park. Thanks to Fr Damian we were offered the cross used at that mass to replace the cross that was made locally for the opening of Ballygall church and hung in a dominant position for the past 30 years above the altar. As with all ventures there was a mixed reaction to the idea of the new cross coming to Ballygall and importantly what would become of the old one. The intention is to use the four plaques of the Evangelists and place them on the four corners of the church which were anointed when the church was consecrated in 1988.
When the old cross was taken down it was noticed that there had been some fire damage but thanks to the solid workmanship the cross didn’t take fire and do severe damage to not only the cross but the whole church.
(Fire damage mark on one of the arms of the cross)
The new cross was designed from the Penal days when the Catholic Church was under persecution. Blessed Margaret Ball who lived in what is now Hillcrest Park lived and died during that time of persecution. She witnessed with her life to the Christian faith and is a wonderful role model for us today in a time when our church is being purified for the mistakes of the past and a reminder that Christ will persevere.
(On the new cross the arms of Jesus are much larger than normal reminding us of the far reaching arms of God to us in love and compassion)
There will also be a number of extra lights to add to the celebration of our liturgies in Ballygall. This will add to the brightness of the church and also the words of comfort on the back wall will be brighter. There will be a light highlighting the Tabernacle during the daytime drawing us into a deeper relationship with Jesus, the Bread of Life. There will also be a spotlight focusing on the Baptismal Font to be used on Holy Saturday night and during Baptisms when our new members will be welcomed into the community of Ballygall parish.
See also Fr. Damian’s piece on the new cross here
Glasnevin Grouping of parishes is organising a series of talks entitled “The Difference Faith Makes” taking place on Thursday evenings starting at 7.30pm in the Margaret Aylward Centre on Glasnevin Hill. All are welcome. These continue this Thursday 28th March with Carol Barry sharing some of her faith journey.
Here in Ballygall as for most other churches around Dublin and Ireland. Trocaire boxes are available. They can be got in most schools as well if you have children attending. If not get one in your local church.
With Lent around the corner, Trócaire is one of the great agencies that works on our behalf in other countries.
Glasnevin Grouping of Parishes has organised a bus to join with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 27th April, 2019. Leaving Ballygall church at 7.30am and picking up at Glasnevin, Iona Rd, Corpus Christi and Ballymun Rd churches.
Evening Dinner in Knock House Hotel.
All in cost €35
Places all booked. Thank you to all who have booked!
Download poster as .pdf
Knock: Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage takes place Sat 29th April. The Glasnevin grouping of parishes intends to organise a bus to travel.
Every 10 years the village of Oberammergau in Southern Germany performs a special Passion Play in thanksgiving for the village being saved from destruction in 1664. As a grouping of parishes we intend to travel towards the end of June 2020.
More information about both trips in due course. Keep an eye out on the parish newsletter over the coming weeks.
As many of you will be aware the Office for Evangelisation is taking a group of 30 young people to Panama to celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis and thousands of others from around the globe on 26th/ 27th January.
A mirror event, Panama in Dublin will take place in Emmaus Retreat Centre Swords on the same weekend.
Following the reports from the Synod on Young People in the Church, one of the areas that was highlighted was the need for young people to gather, learn and celebrate their faith.
An overnight event Panama in Dublin will link in live to Pope Francis’ addresses at the Welcome ceremony , Vigil and closing Mass. There will be a wide range of events in Emmaus and opportunities for young people to connect and develop their faith, with people involved youth ministry from all over Ireland leading these sessions. 40 trained volunteers will also be helping facilitate this unique experience.
Attached is a flier for the event and an outline timetable which also includes a Safeguarding Statement and accommodation details which have been overseen by Garry Kehoe from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office, who will also attend the event.
Who is this for?
- Any young person between the ages of 16 and 29.
- Those who participate in various ministries in your Parish.
- Those who have attended previous World Youth Days.
- Those who have worked on pilgrimages to Lourdes, outreach programmes in Africa/India.
- Groups from schools as a good beginning to Catholic Schools Week.
Booking is done directly with Emmaus at www.emmaus.ie and click in Upcoming Events “Panama In Dublin”
It promises to be a great weekend so I encourage you to spread the message and encourage the Parishes in your Deanery to get involved.
(Fr. Paul Thornton, Brackenstown, Swords)
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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 and family hub. These gifts may be left at the foot of our Christmas tree during the coming week until Monday 7th January.
Michael Mc Donagh on behalf of Crosscare thanks parishioners in the Archdiocese of Dublin for their extraordinary generosity at the start of the month (December) when an incredible 60 tonnes of non-perishable food was collected for distribution to families in need at Christmas. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin launched the appeal on the first weekend in December. As a result, Crosscare was able to distributed hampers which consisted of 24,000 meals to those who need it most. 120 volunteers gave their time to sort the food collected from parishes in Crosscare’s main foodbank in Glasnevin, ensuring hampers were delivered to families on time.
A special New Year’s Eve celebration takes place in Our Lady of Dolours church, Glasnevin. Starts at 11.30pm with prayerful reflections, music and quiet time to ring in the New Year. Do come along for a different way to begin the New Year.
New Year’s Day is a Bank Holiday and there will be a special Mass at 10am to celebrate the feast of Mary, The Holy Mother of God and also to mark World Day of Peace. (After mass the church will be closed).
As we often make new year’s resolutions let us plan to deepen our faith in God and God’s people. Perhaps an extra prayer and an awareness of those around us may be enough resolutions to make a difference. Maybe it might be to say thank you to others and to God for little things.
Our Annual Advent Penance Service with the Franciscan Fathers takes place on Wednesday, 19th at 7.30pm in Ballygall Church.
Do come along for a very special time of prayer and reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.
It is always a very gentle and prayerful experience to be forgiven and be at peace with one another before Christmas.
A huge thank you to those who were in a position to help out this morning (Saturday 15th) with cleaning of the church. It was a rotten day so we didn’t venture outside but to those who helped out in the cleaning inside, Well Done. I was away with a funeral and when I returned I could see and smell the shining. Cobwebs gone, windows sparkling, plaques and seats gleaming. Even though the numbers were small the dedication and pride was obvious.
Well done ladies and gents.
(On a side note, we were thinking of putting up the outdoor crib at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon and the indoor crib and decorations on Thursday morning after 10am Mass. Perhaps you might like to come and give a hand at either of these activities. As my father used to say, “Many hands make light work, especially at the table”).
Thanks again to those who ventured out this morning and braving the elements.