Word of God Sunday

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.

World Day of the Sick 2020

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

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.

Change in Mass times

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)

Ballygall Abroad 2019

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

McCleane, Carroll, Stapleton, Robinson, Connaughton, Henshaw Families, all in Adelaide South Australia.

Pauline Geoghegan in Melbourne

The O Brien Family in Canada

The Vavasour Family in Sydney New South Wales.

The Seery Family in Perth

John McDonald in Sydney)

Greeting to Niall & Aisling in Sydney and Colm Aileen, Noah and Max in Singapore from Liam & Marie O’Connell.

Thomas Conlon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, from Breda and family.

John McDonald, in Sydney, Australia.

Mary Killalee Schubert, Virgin Islands, sends greetings to all her friends here in Ballygall.

To my sister Geraldine and family in Jordan, greetings from Sarah, & Charlie

June Poole and John in New South Wales.

Fiona Bristow in Toulouse

Darragh, Emily, Finn & Eoghan in Toronto Canada,

Shay & Barbara Marmion, Long Island, New York.

The O Hanlon Family in Connecticut and the Reid Family in Cambridge, UK

Paddy and Monica and the Gregory family in Scotland.

Mass Times 2020

The Priests, PPC and Liturgy Groups of the Glasnevin Grouping of Parishes have been working together over the past few months in relation to the schedule of masses in our grouping. Due to the reduction in the number of priests we now have serving in our grouping, it was necessary to carry out a full revision of the mass timetable across all five parishes.  The new schedule will commence here on the 1st January 2020. A schedule of Mass times in the other Grouping parishes will follow.

Saturday Vigil: 6.30pm

Sunday 10.00am & 11.30am Masses.

Monday to Friday 7.25am daily (no change)

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am daily (no 10.00am Mass on Mondays).

Month of the Holy Souls

November is Month of the Holy Souls.

By now most people in the parish will have got their “Altar List of the Dead” envelopes. These can be brought back to the church and our loved ones will be remembered in a special way during November and on the First Fridays throughout the year.

Also, if you would like to place a photo or a memorial card of your family and friends who are deceased, we will be organising our Remembrance Wall this week, photos can be left into the parish office and will be held safely.

November Annual Remembrance Mass

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.

Mass Times resume as normal (for the moment!)

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.