Ballycallan, Killaloe & Kilmanagh News

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (II). 16th January 2022

Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones

Recently Deceased: Bernadette Egan , Dublin Road,  Kilkenny (Mary Egan’s sister-in-law).

Anniversaries

John & Breda Greene, Damma, (Sun 10:15)

Fr. Tom Murphy, Rathmoylan, Ballydunne (Thurs 7pm)

Anniversaries Next Weekend: 

Br. Al O’Connor, Kilmanagh (sat 7pm

Tommy Butler, Corstown

 

Kilkenny MABS

Tel: 0818 072610  Free, Independent and Confidential Money Management and Advice Service.  Assisting people in dealing with their existing debts, Mortgage arrears and helping them to begin to manage their own resources. 

MABS offers free Debt Relief Advice under Personal Insolvency options.  Money Management Sessions provided for Transition/Leaving Cert Students & Community Groups

 

ALONE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most.

Parish Text Service

This is proven to be a valuable means of communication.  If you don’t already receive a text from us, fill out the application form available in our churches and we will add you.  It’s a free service but you must opt-in. 

 

Parish Contribution Envelopes

New envelopes are being ordered for the new collection year which starts in March 2022. 

If you don’t currently receive contribution envelopes, and would like to contribute, do get in touch. 

Using the parish envelopes allows us to make a claim through the charities in cases where families pay income tax and contribute more than €250 (€5 per week) in a year.

 

New Statue in Kilmanagh

We have placed a statue of Our Lady into the church porch in Kilmanagh.  The statue was donated by the family of the late Breda Ryall.  The statue is mounted on a Lourdes theme, with bog oak on the top and bottom.  The top piece of bog oak resembles the grotto in Lourdes and the bottom piece resembles calvary and the crucifixion scene. Amazing to think  that the tree used in the scene could well have been alive at the time Mary actually walked the earth.

The designer of the feature was Mr. Jim Maher and we are grateful to him for his time, effort and attention to detail given in this work.  Have a look yourself, we know you’ll like it. 

Christian Unity Week

The week of prayer for Christian Unity is kept throughout the world each year from 18 - 25January. The theme for 2022 is: “ “We saw the star in the east and came to worship Him,” Matthew 2:2.

We are obliged to pray for unity among Christians so that the mission of Christ
will be fulfilled.

Let us pray as Jesus asked us on the night before He died,  ‘May they all be one, Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me, and I am in you so the world may believe it was you who sent me” (John 17:21).
Two major splits occurred in the Church of Christ. In 1014 the Eastern Church in
Constantinople separated from the Church in Rome and became the Orthodox Church. In the 16th century in Europe there was a schism and the Protestant Churches, Lutheran, Calvinistic and Anglican among others were established.

For over a century the unity of the churches is sought. This is called Ecumenism. The following is a prayer for Church Unity:

Father of love you have called us to confraternity with your Son and to be witnesses to the gospel. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit enable us to overcome divisions and remain steadfast that our joy may be complete. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

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9th January 2022

Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones

Anniversaries: 

Maura Comerford, Knockeenbaun, (Sat 6:30)

Paul Harrison, Clonard, Also Nick Harrisson , Clonard (10:15)

William Daly, Killaloe (Mon 7pm)

Ruth Treacy, Corstown

Catherine Walsh, Ballyhendricken

William & Margaret Phelan, Pottlerath

Anniversaries Next Weekend: 

John & Breda Greene, Damma, (Sun 10:15)

 

The Baptism of Jesus

The Feast of Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on this Sunday. Today Jesus hears the voice of the Father. ‘You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Luke 3: 21-22).

On the day of our Baptism we all received the same blessing and welcome, and whenever we feel powerless or lack confidence in ourselves, we could read and pray this gospel.

The Baptism of our Saviour in the River Jordan was an important event in the life of Jesus. It is no wonder that it is one of the Mysteries of Light in the Rosary.

In the Baptism of Jesus we see the essence of his mission which was the people who strayed in darkness be reconciled with God. He showed that he wanted to accompany sinners and show them his great mercy.
This Feast gives us an opportunity to renew the meaning of our own baptism as we live and work with others.

There is a close connection between the baptism of Christ and our Baptism. We were baptised in the name of the Blessed Trinity.

The Sign of the Cross was the first prayer we learned and every time we recite it we express our trust and loyalty as disciples of Jesus. We can recite this prayer: May Father, Son and Holy Spirit enfold us day and night, on the seashore, or on mountain high. Amen

 

Kilkenny MABS

Tel: 0818 072610  Free, Independent and Confidential Money Management and Advice Service.  Assisting people in dealing with their existing debts, Mortgage arrears and helping them to begin to manage their own resources. 

MABS offers free Debt Relief Advice under Personal Insolvency options.  Money Management Sessions provided for Transition/Leaving Cert Students & Community Groups

 

ALONE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most.

 

Parish Text Service

This is proven to be a valuable means of communication.  If you don’t already receive a text from us, fill out the application form available in our churches and we will add you.  It’s a free service but you must opt-in. 

 

Prayer Before Birth
Lord, Jesus, we have seen the baby scan, and are amazed to see life growing within me. We were like the apostle Thomas, we did not realise until we saw.
Now it hits us we are to share with your Father in bringing new life to birth.
We hope that our child may be healthy and strong.

We know that this is how you came to life so we trust you will be there to support us.
Since our child will have to learn from us, help us to be more loving.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, how much greater your worry might have been.  You knew nothing of scans, but you teach us to trust in God.
Help us to relax in the knowledge that the Father’s love surrounds and enfolds us in this new life to which He has called us

 

Parish Contribution Envelopes

New envelopes are being ordered for the new collection year which starts in March 2022.  If you don’t currently receive contribution envelopes, and would like to contribute, do get in touch.  Using the parish envelopes allows us to make a claim through the charities in cases where families pay income tax and contribute more than €250 (€5 per week) in a year.