Our parish webcam is certainly being used at the moment with the outbreak of COVID – 19. Our thanks to you for your patience when sometimes the sound plays up or the video does its own twirly thing. One of the drawbacks of a lot of usage!
For our Palm Sunday vigil Mass we are suggesting that you might have some branches from your own garden or someone else’s garden within 2km of home and their permission and either display it in your window or use it for viewing the mass on Saturday evening at 6.30pm. Remember, it doesn’t have to be palm. In the gospel the people cut branches and placed their cloaks on the road where Jesus was passing. Perhaps a poster in the front window drawn by the children would be a way of including them in the preparation for Holy Week. It certainly will be a week to remember in days and years to come.
Let’s make this Palm Sunday a day to sing Hosanna in the Highest.
Due to measures introduced by the HSE and guidelines from Dublin Diocese all Masses in Ballygall parish are suspended until further notice. One Mass will be celebrated behind closed doors in Ballygall church each weekday (Mon-Sat) at 10.00am and accessible to parishioners via webcam at this link.
We have also had to make the decision to close our church for the foreseeable future.
It has been difficult to keep all points of contact in the church clean. We have been cleaning during the week and thank you to those who helped out. However, as we have carpet and with the footfall in our church and the difficulties in cleaning this to sanitary level in light of recent events and the instructions from Government we feel it is safer for the people of our parish and grouping to have the church closed.
Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30pm will be broadcast from Ballygall. On Sunday the 9.30am Mass will be broadcast from St. Alphonsus Monastery, and 11.00am from Iona Road church. RTE has agreed to broadcast daily mass on RTE News Now at 10.30am from St Eunan Cathedral, Letterkenny.
See the full text of the Glasnevin Grouping of parishes response to Covid-19 here
See latest (28th March) advice from Archbishop’s house here
Here in our Parish of Ballygall we no longer have a 10.00 a.m. mass on Mondays. This does not mean that we as a Parish and Faith Community cannot gather together to pray and reflect on the day’s Readings at that time.
Some parishioners have been trained in leading prayer, so for the six Mondays of Lent, starting on Monday March 2nd at 10.00 a.m. you are cordially invited to participate in a Liturgy of the Word.
During Lent we are all encouraged to take time to pray and to reflect on God’s Word, so this offers an opportunity for our community to do this together. We hope that many of you will join us and be enriched by the experience.
During Catholic Schools week the pupils made St Brigid’s crosses and donated them to the grandparents that visited their school on Grandparents Day. Some were left over and they offered them to Our Mother of Divine Grace church for the feast of St Brigid. On Saturday, 1st February these crosses were left in the church and people were invited to make a donation to their African charity fund. Thanks to the generosity of “the 10 o’clockers”, 150 euro was raised and given to the school during the week.
A powerpoint presentation that the pupils did for the school is included as a link to this note. Thank you to the people of Ballygall for your support in their venture to Zambia last Summer and to the generous gift last weekend. Hopefully you can click on the file and see a sample of their pictures. ZAMBIA 4 a
Dublin diocese celebrates World Day of the Sick this year over the weekend of 8th & 9th February.
The annual diocesan mass with anointing takes place on Sunday 9th at 3pm in the “Church of the Guardian Angels”, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock. Archbishop Diarmaid Martin will be chief celebrant of this beautiful ceremony. (You may remember this was celebrated in our sister parish in Corpus Christi last year). Some booklets will be available in our church this coming weekend.
Full details can be seen on the diocesan website. www.dublindiocese.ie and on a previous post here in Ballygall.
Locally, Our Lady of Dolours church, Glasnevin will host mass with anointing on Sunday 23rd February at 11am. This may be easier to get to and we encourage parishioners to invite elderly and infirm neighbours to this mass.
The Dublin Diocese Spring Liturgy Seminar 2020 will take place on Saturday 15th February from 9.30 to 1.30 in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. Detailed programme and booking form here
In his Apostolic Letter of 30 September 2019, Aperuit illis Pope Francis established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be the Sunday of the Word of God. It is a day to be devoted to the celebration, study, and spreading of the Word of God.
Pope Francis is passionate about the Word of God. He has declared this Sunday 26 January 2020 dedicated to the Bible. Here in Dublin, some resources have been prepared https://www.dublindiocese.ie/sunday-the-word-of-god/
These may be of use to many of our readers.
February 11th, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses.People take time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick on this day. Faith organisations mark this day especially to provide the sick with medicines, food, and spiritual guidance.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened” is the theme of the World Day of the Sick 2020, to be marked on 11 February. In caring for the sick, Pope Francis is encouraging in healthcare workers the human warmth and personalized approach of Christ, the Good Samaritan.
Here in Dublin to mark World Day of the Sick there will be a seminar in Newtown Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin on Saturday, February 8th from 9.30am to 1.00pm and
this year’s theme is on Hope in the Face of Suicide.
The World Day of the Sick Mass will take place on Sunday 9th February at 3.00pm in Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtontownpark Avenue, Blackrock.
For more details see www.dublindiocese.ie
Catholic School’s Week begins Sunday 26th January with different events to mark the gift of faith in the life of our schools. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools – Living in harmony with God’s Creation”. Here in Ballygall one big feature is Grandparents Day normally celebrated on Wednesday when grandparents are invited to the school to visit their grandchildren and share their memories of their time in school and see the differences in today’s classrooms.
Laudate Festival, with children’s choirs from 50 schools throughout the diocese, takes part in different venues throughout the diocese. Here in our sister parish, Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road local children are invited to take part on Tuesday 28th beginning at 7pm. All are welcome to listen and join in this festival of prayer, praise and song. This is an event for children, their parents and all parishioners to celebrate the gift of faith.
By now most people are aware that the masses in our grouping are being reduced from 1st January 2020. Weekend Masses are as follows:
Ballygall: Sat (Vigil) 6.30, Sunday 10 & 11.30
Ballymun Rd: No Sat vigil, Sunday: 10, 12 & 6pm
Glasnevin: No Sat vigil, Sunday: 9.30 (Irish), 11 & 6.30pm
Drumcondra: Sat (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 10.30
Iona Rd: Sat (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 11am
Each of the 5 churches also has a reduction in Weekday Masses.
Ballygall: Mon – Fri 7.25; Tue – Sat 10am (No Monday 10am Mass)
Ballymun Rd: Mon – Thurs & Sat 10am (No Friday 10am Mass)
Glasnevin: Mon – Wed, Fri & Sat 1am (No Thursday 10am Mass)
Drumcondra: Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 10am (No Wednesday & Saturday 10am Mass)
Iona Rd: Mon, Wed – Fri 9.45am (No Tue & Saturday 9.45 Mass in church)