November is a month when we remember all our dead. A mass for all the deceased parishioners will be held at 7.30pm on Friday 8th November. All are welcome. The Altar List of the Dead envelopes are ready to be delivered, if you are available to help distribute them, please enquire in the sacristy.
Now that the summer holidays have ended Mass times will be back to normal here in Ballygall. 10.30am Mass has resumed this weekend and Tuesday mornings will resume on 3rd. However, with Fr Paddy Jones retiring in Iona Road, this means that there will be a reduced Mass service in the grouping of parishes. The representatives of the 5 PPC’s met recently and a number of suggestions were put out for consideration by the different PPC’s. Our own PPC meet on Wednesday and this will be high on our agenda.
Booking time is now upon us. Friday 9th August is deadline with deposit of 950 euro required.
Contact MAP travel direct to book this once in a life-time trip. Our grouping of parishes is organising this trip with a visit to Salzburg for three nights and the high point the Passion play in Oberammergau on the last evening. See poster for full details of the proposed itinerary.
Faith for Life is a course to help you discover new ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships in family, parish, workplace, and the events of daily life.
Here in Ballygall we are willing to sponsor those who may be interested in taking part in this programme. If you are interested in taking part or willing to sponsor someone please contact the parish office for more details.
See www.dublindiocese.ie for full details of the programme.
12 of us from the parish travelled to Knock Shrine last week for an overnight trip/pilgrimage. Having arrived to Knock in time for the 3pm Mass on Sunday June 2nd we heard Fr Richard share some reflections on the great feast of the Ascension. After a relaxing evening that included rosary in St Mary’s chapel and some spiritual reflections on the same feast of the Ascension we were ready to rest in the peaceful surroundings of St Mary’s hostel (formerly convent).
On Monday we celebrated Mass in the Apparition chapel. In the afternoon on our way home we stopped in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford for a glimpse of the recently refurbished cathedral. There we saw two beautiful stained glass windows done by the famous Harry Clarke.
Thanks to those who joined with us for a wonderful time and a chance to meet some of the Ryan family for a reunion meeting.
(Fr. Joseph Ryan)
Every 10 years the passion play is performed in Oberammergau, Germany. As a grouping of parish we intend to go in June 2020. It is a 5-day trip, costing €1,525 p.p.s. If you would like to go on this trip names need to be in ASAP and a €300 non-refundable deposit is required. Click on link below for full details of our proposed trip and/or contact Map Travel directly for booking details. Closing Date for booking is 28th June.
Having been at it in 2010 it is definitely a once in a life time event and well worth going. (Fr Joseph Ryan)
On Saturday 27th April we travelled to Knock to join in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock. Well done to all who organised the pilgrimage. As a grouping of parishes we travelled together and stopped off in the traditional Longford Arms for breakfast, then onto Knock where we joined with parishes from all over the diocese of Dublin for a short history of the 140th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to Knock given by the rector of the Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons. After a relaxing lunch we had an opportunity for confession and then the anointing of the sick followed by Mass celebrated by Archbishop Diarmaid Martin. Dinner in Knock House Hotel and then it was back home with the required bottles of Knock water.
Thanks to all who travelled and shared in a wonderful day. Deacon Gerard Reilly and his team who did the groundwork to make the day so special. It was great to have Fr Richard Sheehy and Fr Frank Reburn with us on pilgrimage. For those who hadn’t been to Knock in a long time or only recently many graces are sure to follow. Thanks to Robert Fitzpatrick our driver who had a lovely attitude and was so patient and helpful throughout. Thanks to the five parishes of the grouping, Glasnevin, Iona Road, Corpus Christi, Ballymun Road and of course Ballygall for sending their best. An early start of 7.30 and back home by 10pm.
Well done all.
Roll on next year’s pilgrimage to Oberammergau. A little further than Knock but a special year 2020 marking the Passion play performance every 10 years in thanksgiving for saving a little village from being destroyed by a plague in 1633, almost 400 years ago. See https://www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de/en/home for more details.
Greatest man in history. Had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime.. Yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus.
View photographs of the celebrations here
Penance Service: Our Lady of Dolours, Glasnevin, Monday 15th April @ 7.30pm
Penance Service with the Franciscans: Our Mother of Divine Grace, Ballygall, Wednesday 17th @ 7.30pm.