Easter Garden

Easter gardens are a special way to celebrate Easter. Tradition is that an Easter garden is built to remind us of the garden where Jesus rose from the dead. The Easter garden should be colourful and full of joy to reflect the Easter story of joy in the Resurrection. It remains in place for 50 days of Easter up until Pentecost. Read all about Easter gardens here

Holy Week Ceremonies Schedule 2021

(All ceremonies will be online this year from Ballygall and other churches in our grouping)
Monday 29th March
10.00am – Mass (www.ballygallparish.ie)
7.00 – 8.00pm – Holy Hour from Our Lady of Victories (www.olv.ie)
Tuesday 30th March
10.00am Mass (www.ballygallparish.ie)
7.30pm – Penitential Service from Iona Road parish. (www.ionaroadparish.ie)
Wednesday 31st March
10.00am Mass (www.ballygallparish.ie).
7.30pm: Chrism Mass. (www.procathedral.ie)
Archbishop Dermot Farrell will celebrate the Chrism Mass, during which he will bless the Oils for use in the sacraments throughout our Diocese in the coming year.
7.30pm – Seven Last Words: (www.glasnevinparish.ie)
A reflection on the seven last words spoken by Jesus before his death on the cross.
7.30pm: Penance Service. (www.franciscansdublin.ie)
Our Franciscan friends from Merchants’ Quay will be leading a Prayer Service of Mercy and Reconciliation giving us an opportunity to focus on and experience God’s mercy in a new and personal way.
Holy Thursday 1st April
10.00am – Morning Prayer (No morning mass) (www.ballygallparish.ie)
7.30pm – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. (www.ballygallparish.ie)
(A bowl of water to wash your hands/feet or those at home with you this evening).
Good Friday 2nd April (Day of Fast & Abstinence)
10.00am – Morning Prayer (No morning mass) (www.ballygallparish.ie)
12 noon – Stations of the Cross, (www.corpuschristidrumcondra.ie)
3.00pm– Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (www.ballygallparish.ie)
7.30pm– Stations of the Cross. (www.ballygallparish.ie)
(A cross or crucifix for the ceremonies today)
Holy Saturday 3rd April
10.00am – Morning Prayer (No morning mass) (www.ballygallparish.ie)
7.30pm – Easter Vigil (www.olv.ie)
(You are invited to have a candle that can be lit during the vigil)
Easter Sunday 4th April
10.00am – Mass of the Resurrection (www.ballygallparish.ie)
(Water would be appropriate to have at this Mass, blessed or otherwise)

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse takes place on Friday 19 February 2021, the first Friday of Lent. 

The bishops of Ireland have blessed and dedicated candles of atonement for use in their Cathedrals and parishes throughout the country on 19 February and thereafter during the celebration of Mass and other liturgies.

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CANDLE OF ATONEMENT

Lord, forgive us our many sins.

We grieve and repent with all our hearts for having offended you, for our great failings and neglect of the young and vulnerable.

We place all of those who have been hurt by the Church in any way into your loving hands and under the protection of Our Blessed Mother.

Lord, bring peace to their broken lives and show us all the way out of darkness and into the light of your Word.

May we as the people of God be more fully human, more fully Christ-like and more fully your people, that we may see the errors of the past and go forward with renewed hope and faith in Christ and in our Church.

Amen.

Lenten Reflections

Fr Paddy Sweeney will conduct a series of topical Lenten Reflections (“Living in Unsettling Times”) over five Thursdays during Lent. He will be speaking from each of the churches in our grouping beginning in OLV and here in Ballygall on Thursday 4th March at 7.30pm. If you would like to share your thoughts or questions with him after any of the talks there is a special email address (paddysweeney2021@gmail.com) for this purpose. If suitable he will incorporate it into future talks. For full details of the talks click here

Catholic Schools Week 2021

A week when we focus on the gifts of our schools and their contribution to the faith and formation of our children. This year the theme is ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith & Resilience’. This year as we know has been so difficult and we thank all in Sacred Heart and Mother of Divine Grace schools as well as Scoil Chiarain, St. Michael’s House and St. Kevin’s for their trojan work with our young people.

More information here

Covid-19 Restrictions Update

It is with a heavy heart that we must once again close our churches for public masses with effect from St Stephen’s day. 

Mass will be celebrated behind closed doors starting with 10.00 a.m. Mass on St Stephen’s Day and can be viewed on our webcam.

Our church will remain open for private prayer.

All our Masses will be available online from our own church and from the other churches in the Glasnevin Grouping and Area.

Here are some useful links.

Redemptoristine Monastery www.rednuns.com.

Iona Road  www.ionaroadparish.ie.

Corpus Christi www.corpuschristidrumcondra.ie

Our Lady of Victories www.olv.ie

Our Lady of Dolours www.glasnevinparish.ie

Ballygall Abroad

Christmas Greetings to Family And Friends Abroad

If you would like to greet your family members who are living abroad for our Christmas Services, please leave their names, town / country in the Parish Office. 

We will welcome them through our internet broadcast on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day before each of our Masses begins.

Christmas Mass Schedule and Tickets

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule.

5 p.m. MassFamily Mass, with members of the Children’s Mass group leading the liturgy.

7 p.m. will be the ‘Saturday evening group’ leading the Congregation singing.

9 p.m. will be the Traditional choir style Mass with some members of the choir present to lead the singing.

Christmas Morning Masses (at 09.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.) will have a cantor leading the singing at both Masses.

As you will understand all Masses will by nature be much simpler than in the past and your patience and support will be greatly appreciated.

In view of the restriction on numbers, we will be issuing tickets for the Christmas Masses. From Wednesday, 9th December, we invited parishioners to book their tickets for Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning Mass. Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were available after 10.00 a.m. Mass each day, including the weekend Masses, to distribute tickets. All tickets are now gone.

November Mass for the Dead

This year due to health and safety precautions and government restrictions, it has been decided to celebrate our Annual Mass of the Dead in November online. Each person that has died during the year Sept 2019 – Aug 2020 will be prayed for and a candle lit to remember them. As families and friends will be unable to be present you are invited to join us on the parish website and pray with us from your homes on Friday 6th November 7.30pm

You are invited to light a candle at home during the mass as a way of linking in with the wider community joining us on Friday night at 7.30pm