22 April 2020


Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. 087 6869040, (071) 9644039 (Office)
Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C. (071) 9644050/0872408409,
Fr. John Mc Mahon 049-4339610 / 086-2126582 (Carrigallen Parish)
Email Address ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie Website: ballinamoreparish.com
All Weekend and Week Day Masses are cancelled until further notice.
Live Streaming of Mass - From St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore
Mon & Wed 7pm,Tues Thurs & Fri 9am, Sat 11am & 7pm, Sun 11am
(Please note an extra online mass from Ballinamore Church on Saturday evening at
7pm . This is only a temporary arrangement until Covid 19 restrictions are lifted on
indoor gatherings.)
Log on to churchtv.ie
Select “Ballinamore” & join us live at the above mass times.

Church Notes

Recent Deaths: We pray for the souls of Mai Burns (sister of Sr.Anna Ballinamore,)
 Angela Masterson  sister of Fr. Oliver O Reilly , Ballyconnell, Brendan Kelly brother
of Fr. Oliver Kelly Manorhamilton. Patsy McKenna, Bronx, New York, brother of
Andrew McKenna , Edentenny, Ballinamore, who died recently in the US,  Margaret
Quinn Aughawillan whose funeral took place last Monday and Thomas Cosgrove
Dunleer Co.Louth (formerly Church St & brother of Rosaleen Joye & the late Lilly
McGovern). May they rest in peace. Our sympathy to their families.

Baptism: We welcome Cian Francis O’Brien into our Christian Community as he
received the sacrament of Baptism last weekend. Congratulations to his parents.

Eucharistic Adoration : Adoration has been cancelled in all churches. People are
welcome to call to the church for individual prayer, make a visit to the blessed
sacrament or light a candle. We advise all parishioners to please use hand gel or
wipes when entering or leaving the church which are available in the porches.

Trocaire Donation.

Donations to the Trocaire collection box in the church porch were recently forwarded
to Trocaire , Maynooth,  total donation of €173.70 has been acknowledged and

Due to the times we are currently living in, we would ask you when remembering
Trócaire this year, please drop contributions into Fr Seán’s, Parochial House,
Convent Rd. Thank you

Capuchin Missions.

To Ballinamore Parish – Sincere thanks to you all for your contributions to the
Capuchin Missions in the amount of €184.15 , with every good wish and Blessings,
Br. Joe Gallagher, OFM CAP, Raheny Friary.
(All donations to the St. Anthony’s collection box in the church porch go to the
Capuchin Missions.)

Feast of Divine Mercy : This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and The Novena ends
with blessing  and veneration of Divine Mercy Image ,chaplet prayers and adoration
in Ballinamore church  beginning at 2pm. You may join us on line by logging into
Church tv.ie and select Ballinamore. On mercy Sunday Our Lord asked that the
image of the merciful Saviour be blessed and venerated and that Sr.Faustina  have
an image painted with the words;” Jesus , I trust in you” so as to draw mercy from
the infinite ocean of God’s mercy.

A Word of Thanks: A sincere word of thanks to all who assisted in any way in our
churches in the lead up to and during Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. Our
thanks to the sacristans, the organist, singers, readers and to all who participated in
our online ceremonies. A special thank you to all who decorated the churches so
beautifully and so appropriately for each ceremony.
Collection of Trocaire , Offertory and Dues Envelopes: 
While we are well aware that these are difficult and challenging times and a strain on
financial resources for many families.  Some parishioners have expressed a wish to
continue to make their normal contributions and wonder how this might be done . A
few suggestions were made to me during the week,

The most practical one I think  is that if the collectors in each church area would
arrange to be in their church between 8 to 8:30pm of a Saturday evening and
parishioners come along then to the church and hand in their contributions. This
arrangement could also take place in Ballinamore Church again after the 11am mass
on  a Sunday. Thanks to the parishioners who have  already   left  in their
contributions especially the Trócaire envelope to the parochial House Convent Road.

Collectors for April 26 th
Ballinamore : April 26 th & May 3 rd : Seamus McTague, Michael Gillen, PJ Duignan,
Eugene Maxwell
Aughnasheelin : Seamus McWeeney, Paddy Beirne, Philip McTeigue
Corraleehan: Frank McCabe & Peter Prior
Aughawillan: Frank Kelly & Ciaran McBrien

2km picture challenge Leitrim Observer editor@leitrimobserver.ie

We are asking people, when out and about exercising (always adhering to the gov
guidelines) or even relaxing in their back garden, that they send us a photo of the scene.
It could be a wonderful landscape, a mountain, a lake, a person, your family.... anything
at all really, that captures the day and the experience.
We are planning to showcase the beauty of our county in a wonderful photo spread and
in our online galleries.

People are very proud of where they live and rightly so and we want to highlight this. 
It will also be a record of our activities during this pandemic and a reminder that despite
all that is happening we still live in a wonderful county with Mother Nature showing off
her best. Why not get your phone, camera and take a cheerful or interesting photo or
just some image to cheer us all up! send them to the observer email address including
your name/s and townland editor@leitrimobserver.ie I have a beautiful one of a sunset
from 2 weeks ago.

St.Patrick’s Church  Aughawillan

is looking splendid after its recent internal painting and  restoration.

Well done to the Church Committee and thanks for all the positive
comments. While it awaits external painting and a few items to complete its
restoration please feel free to visit    the  church  BUT OBSERVE THE COVID 19
The restoration of the Stations of the Cross has attracted most people’s attention
and I think all will agree that this is a work of art and restores the stations to  their
original appearance.

Donations towards the restoration of the stations  and other items connected with the
refurbishment  of the church   are very much appreciated. The cost of restoration of
each station is €300.The Committee wish to thank those who have already made a
donation.  If you or your family would like to make a donation in memory of a loved
one  please contact Fr.Sean or any member of the committee. A suitable plaque with
the names of those you wish to be  remembered will be placed in an appropriate
place in the church.

Parish Office: The Parish Office will be closed to the public but still contactable by
Phone 071 9644039 or email: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie
Need help in Leitrim during the COVID-19 crisis.
A COVID-19 Community Outreach Champion is now available in your county to link
local community groups and volunteers to those people cocooning or in need of
support at this time.  You can contact your local Champion for County/City, Karen
Dolan, on 0877167593 or email kdolan@ldco.ie. The Local Authority helpline is 071-
9650473 and is open from 8am-8pm 7 days a week.
Conscious of those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and
family lives during  the COVID-19 pandemic, Accord has set up a support line where
callers can talk to experienced couples and relationship counsellors. Please contact
01 5313331 Mon to Friday 9am -8pm

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin Help if needed

A tribute to Health Workers, neighbours and friends. A deep and heartfelt thanks to
all our brave and dedicated HEALTH WORKERS for without them this pandemic
would be unthinkable. Every day they put themselves on the frontline to help us all
The volunteers such as the list below and the thousands of neighbour and good
people who are ready to step up and look after people less able to look after
themselves. I could make a list a mile long of good and considerate behaviour from
people around Ireland. There should be a feeling of pride among us when we see
the overwhelming generosity of people willing to help and go that extra mile for our

Folks as part of the response to the COVID emergency BSOH are working with
Leitrim county council to help provide support to people in our community. We have
compiled a list of volunteers from the club who will try and assist you if required.
Don’t be afraid to call on any of the following members who will help where possible.
Michael McTague (086) 390 6791, Ber Hamill (086) 898 5997, Joe Feeley (086) 830
1169, Anthony O’Donnell 087 931 7983, Joe Honeyman 086 3823199, Fiona
Reynolds 087 251 7248, Patsy Connaughton 087 6846578, Anne Shanley 086 853
8412, Celia Donoghue 087 6662111, Denis Dolan 085 730 3163, John Fanning 087
649 0198, Conor Harte 086 1706271 ,Helena Darcy 087 237 8514, Janet McManus
086 8490497. If anyone else would like to offer assistance Patsy Connaghton is
coordinating and will forward those names to leitrim county council as part of the
local community response. Anyone interested send him your details to (087) 684
6578 and please forward to any other club members.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people
who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19
(Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and
reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am -
8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Online challenges to lift the spirits

As we all know it’s a difficult time and it can be hard to keep our young players
entertained when they are missing their friends. With that in mind our very own
Ballinamore and Leitrim GAA Star player Dean McGovern has come up with a few
drills for the young stars. All you need is a ball, a wall and for one skill a roof .So
parents please show the kids the videos you will see them online on our Facebook
page and if possible please video them and post them to the page or email
michaelmctague@hotmail.com so we can share with their friends !!! Special thanks
as ever to Dean for giving up his time for the young players. 

Our ladies team have launched a new Facebook page, please give it a like to stay up
to date with all things about ladies football in the community, just search Ballinamore
LGFA. The ladies have also launched a fantastic challenge on their Facebook pages
asking all members to take part in the 50 solo challenge, it’s been great Craic so far
with lots of young and old players giving it a go please look up the page to see them
all and to take part.

New Parish Website

We have just launched our new Parish Website which we invite you to check out. We
will endeavour to keep you up to date with parish matters via our weekly newsletter
which can be viewed from the website. We also have a direct link to the live mass
broadcasts from St. Patrick’s Church Ballinamore.  Website: ballinamoreparish.com


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