St Columbanus – Pray for us, Amen

Welcome – Céad Míle Fáilte – to the Parish of

St Columbanus, Ballivor and St Dympna, Kildalkey

Holy Mass every Saturday live here:

https://www.facebook.com/ballivorkildalkey.ie

 

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Fundraising for Ballivor Church – Bi Centenary 1821 -2021

The church of St Columbanus (1821 – 2021) has served the people of Ballivor for 200 years.
We know that with your help it will be around for the people of the parish for another 200 at least.

It is 30 years since the church was renovated and painted and its now ready for re-decoration for the Bi-Centenary to be held in November 2021… We hope that this fundraiser will reach far and near those who have fond memories of Ballivor, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmation, Weddings, Funerals and our regular Sunday Mass make up some the happy and sad occasions we have celebrated together. Say thank you to this fine building by helping us make it even more beautiful in this special year. Thank you. Please use the link below to donate! Copy link or see the facebook page! 

Click here >: Support Ballivor Church redecoration

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Update on First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2021

22nd April 2021

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I am writing regarding the celebration of the Sacraments with your child this year. According to a letter received this morning April 22nd from the Taoiseach it appears that “religious services will be under consideration at a government meeting next week”. It is hoped that from the 4th May and subject to the prevailing public health situation we will reopen on a “staggered basis” This means that we may be allowed to have public Mass again but with restricted numbers. If this goes according to plan I hope that First Confession may be able to take place in May and First Holy Communion in June. Confirmation may be later. It will be important for each interested family to keep an eye on the parish for further information. 

I am aware that many of you are already watching the Parish Facebook Live Mass every Saturday evening at 7pm and I want to encourage you to continue taking this time with your child to attend our Sunday Mass, the Mass can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/ballivorkildalkey.ie or you can open your web browser and watch it without having a facebook account. 

I cannot emphasise enough how important Mass is (even via media) for your child this year. In fact I would say above all else it is the singular most important preparation for the Sacraments. Jesus wishes us to be a reflective and prayerful people and all prayer comes from and is centred on Jesus in our Sunday Mass. I would push the boat out by saying that if the children were never in school but still came to Sunday Mass I would be more that delighted to give them the Sacraments. 

While it is uncertain as to when exactly we will be allowed (by the government) to gather for the celebration of the Sacraments I feel it is important at this stage that you register your child who is in 2nd or 6th class with the Parish now. 

Like other years I intend to set up a data base and make contact directly with you the parents / guardians via email with regarding the preparations, ceremonies and dates when we have them finalised. 

Regarding First Holy Communion there is a simple one page form to be completed, signed and returned to the parish. 

Regarding Confirmation, there will be two forms, one for the candidate the other for the sponsor. Please note that a Sponsor for Confirmation must be over 16 years of age and be a practicing Catholic. Sponsors themselves will be required to complete the sponsor registration form. Also Remember that the name chosen for Confirmation by your child must be a Saints name.

*How do you get the forms? All forms will be available by emailing:

101sacraments@gmail.com

this email is only for sacramental purposes and will be accessed twice a week. 

Please indicate in the subject box either: First Holy Communion or Confirmation. 

Thank you for praying with and supporting your child in their Faith formation. May the Holy Spirit be present in your home at this special time in the life of your family. I pray that our time spent together in preparation for these wonderful Sacraments will be joyful and happy.  

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr Mark Mohan PP


 Use this link to view Mass every Saturday night at 7pm: 

https://www.facebook.com/ballivorkildalkey.ie

St Dympna's Church  

 

THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER 2021

To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.