21st December 2022

21 December 2022


 Ballinamore is now lit up for the Christmas Season, for the enjoyment of all. However it doesn't come without hard work, many hours and by many volunteers. We thank everyone involved for your time and energy. Thank you to those who helped to maintain the lights, those who erected them, and to our sponsors. Thank you to all the elves, bucket collectors, trailer decorators, social media experts, local fire Brigade and of course Santa. 

If you would like to get involved contact Dawn 086 311 5647.       Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas


Join us at the Island Theatre Ballinamore 

 as Beezneez presents An Ordinary Man on Thursday December 29th at 8pm. 

Funny and heart-breaking in equal measure; An Ordinary Man takes us on the life journey of a simple sawyer through births, deaths and marriages with a bit of football and ballroom dancing thrown in just for craic!

Tickets are €15(exc.fees)

Click here to buy now!! https://tinyurl.com/47dn5jwj

THINKING OF A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION? BALLINAMORE OLD TEC- MSLETB GARDEN CLASSES Weds.  Garden Planning, Level 3 QQI; Thurs. Food Growing, Level 4 QQI in the Old Vocational School/ETB Building, 10am – 2pm. All welcome, just call in. 


PHOTOGRAPHY &  COOKERY CLASSES to start in the Old Vocational School/ETB Building. If interested in these Classes, call Martina  in Ballinamore Tourist Office 071 964 4513 to book your place. 


MSLETB TRAINING: Computer Classes Level 3 & 4 are to commence in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre on the Willowfield Road. Please ring Martina or John in Ballinamore Tourist Office 071 964 4513 to reserve a place. 


DIGGES BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION: Introduction to Beekeeping 4 sessions (Jan – Feb) and Beginners Course (Feb-May) for more information please call Kathleen on 086 380 2292 or email  


BALLINAMORE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL: donations to SVP account in Ballinamore Credit Union BIC: BLRUIE21 and IBAN: IE49BLRU99224009342021, or the Credit Union to Acc No 9320380, all support is much appreciated. 


BALLINAMORE SEÁN O’HESLIN’S ANNUAL NEW YEAR DRAW: Tickets are now on sale for the club’s annual draw on 7th Jan 2023. €6,000 in prizes. Tickets €20 or 3 for €50. Sellers will be calling over the next couple of weeks. Míle buíochas to all who support our annual fundraiser.


Mohill bridge results

1st Monica & Bernie joint second Frankie & Tom with Michael & Marie.  3rd Helen & Bella  looking forward to seeing you all next Wednesday



18th December 2022

Feast Days: 21st St Peter Canisius Saturday 24th Christmas Eve
Office Phone:     071 9644039 

Email: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie Website: ballinamoreparish.com

Fr. Seán Mawn P.P. (Home) 071 96 81992 Mobile 087 686 9040

Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C.        Mobile 087 240 8409   

Fr. John Mc Mahon 049-4339610 Mob. 086-2126582 (Carrigallen)

Mon 26th Dec 11am Hugh Hegarty and Roger Clarke, nephews of Evelyn Smith  

 Join us live, at  churchtv.ie  Select Leitrim, then Aughnasheelin, Ballinamore or Corraleehan ChurchB’more St. Patrick’s Church: Sat 17th 10 am, Sat 24th 9:30 pm & Christmas Day 12 noon, Mon 26th 11 am & Weds 7pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am 

Eucharist Ministers: 18th Dec Alice Costello, Raymond McHugh, & Marcella McKiernan 24th Marian Sharpley, & PJ McLoughlin/Brendan Sweeney, Tommy Moran, & Elis O’Dell Christmas Day Michael Duignan, & Peggy Ferguson St Stephens Day Paddy O’Connor, Thomas Kelly, & Gerard McCartin 1st Jan Patricia Griffin, James Maguire and James Óg Maguire 8th Jan Mona Creamer, Liam McGovern and Máirín Martin.        

Ministers of the Word: 18th John Darcy Christmas Eve Siobhan Dolan and Alan Banks Christmas Day Leigh Murphy and Raymond McHugh. Sun 1st Jan Rhona Conlon 8th Jan Mary Conlon Jan 15th Gerard Darcy


Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, All Welcome

Aughawillan St Patrick’s Church:  Sat 6:30 pm


RECENT DEATHS: We pray for the soul of Francie Maguire (Dublin & Carrigallen) and Monica Murphy (England) sister of the late Mary Boyle, and all the souls of the Faithful Departed.    May they Rest in Peace

RECENT BAPTISM: We welcome Teidí Seán Domican into our Christian family, and we congratulate her parents on this joyous occasion.               


Christmas Eve Masses: Aughawillan 8pm, Ballinamore 9:30pm, Special Children’s Mass in Aughnasheelin 6:30pm

Christmas Day Masses: Aughnasheelin 10am, Corraleehan 11.00am, and Ballinamore 12 noon 

BALLINAMORE PENITENTIAL SERVICE: with visiting priests. Sunday Dec. 18th at   6pm. This will conclude with a blessing for healing and anointing with the oil of mercy. 

Ballinamore Confession on Christmas Eve 12 noon, Corraleehan Confession: after 9:30 mass Wednesday 21st Dec

Aughnasheelin: before & after 7pm mass on Friday 23rd Dec. Aughawillan: before & after 6.30pm mass Sat 17th Dec

BALLINAMORE PRAYER GROUP 7:30 pm on Tuesday nights. Come along and invite your friends.

 GENTLE REMINDER: As the end of the year approaches it would be appreciated if your church contributions were brought up to date. Offertory contributions towards the upkeep of church are made payable to the church area where you reside. All Dues contributions towards salaries for priests are made payable to Ballinamore Catholic Church 2 A

COLLECTION COUNTERS: Please ensure that collections are counted weekly, and bag each collection separately


ADVENT-NEW SEASON: Candles as part of an Evergreen Wreath remind us Jesus came as light into our dark world. Each candle means something different. The first candle symbolises Hope, sometimes called “Prophet’s Candle/God's People Candle” signifies our wait for the arrival of Jesus coming. The second candle represents Faith or “Bethlehem Candle” it reminds us Jesus was born in Bethlehem and of the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. The third candle symbolises Joy or “Shepherd’s Candle”. This Candle reminds us that the angels announced to the shepherds in the field, “good news of great joy to all people.” This candle is pink because the colour Rose signifies joy. The fourth candle signifies Peace and is called the “Angel’s Candle” The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace–He brings peace with God and with each other again. The fifth is white and symbolises Light and Purity, or “Christ’s candle” signifying Christ's Birth. It is in the centre of the wreath reminding us that Christ is central to life. 


MARY’S MEALS – BIG FAMILY CHRISTMAS: Mary’s Meals, are inviting you to join their Big Family Christmas. A range of gifts are available, which will not only provide you with a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one, but will also provide life changing school meals for a child living in poverty. For just €18.30 a place can be set at their virtual Big Family Christmas dinner table, which will feed a child for an entire school year! This place setting can then be printed or emailed to someone as a special gift. A range of other gift cards are also available; from 100 meals for €9, to funding a cooking pot & stove for €250, and all in between! Gift cards can be downloaded www.marysmeals.ie or can be sent via post by calling 01 853 5163.




Club Membership Application Forms ‘23 are now available.

Training Tues Dec 13th New members enrolling for 2023 all categories welcome


AUGHNASHEELIN NS-ST MARY’S 50 YEAR REUNION: Are looking for photos for inclusion in a commemorative book to mark the school’s history over the last 50 years.  Photos of past pupils, their families, events at the school etc are all welcome. Items can be left into the school or emailed aughnasheelin50years@gmail.com. Many Thanks.




Are looking for photos for inclusion in a commemorative book to mark the school’s history over the last 50 years.  Photos of past pupils, their families, events at the school etc are all welcome. Items can be left into the school or emailed aughnasheelin50years@gmail.com. Many Thanks.


The Board of Management of St. Mary’s NS require a bus escort to travel with student/s, be responsible for their health and safety whilst travelling, and do Morning & Evening runs.  Please apply in writing to: The Chairperson, BoM, at St. Mary’s N.S. Aughnasheelin, Co Leitrim. By 21st Dec ‘22.


ST MARY'S NS MASS MONDAY 19th DEC. 7.30 pm: 

Followed by a Craft Fair at the School. Come and see what the children have made - Christmas Wreaths & Logs, Tree Decorations and more. Refreshments served.  All are welcome.




Aughnasheelin GAA Dinner Dance, Landmark Hotel 25th February ‘23, more info. to follow.




on Friday 16th December in Aughnasheelin Community Centre.  Music by Liam Mannering and Marie Dance Band. A night not to be missed of dancing and lots of Christmas prizes.



Thurs 10am-11.30 am in the Island Theatre. All caring for babies/toddlers welcome. €2 per child. Call in for a cuppa and a chat. For more info 071 96 31253 or text/WhatsApp 086 6035977.




for Toddlers & Accompanying Adults in the Library, Weds at 11am. 



 Thurs. 11.30-12 pm in the Island Theatre Ballinamore offering support with housing, social welfare, education & training, senior alert forms, counselling services, activities for children, and support with parenting, and other personal development. Telephone 071 96 31253 or text/WhatsApp 086 6035977.

REFLECTION - The 4th Candle is lit on the Advent Wreath the “Angel’s Candle” – PEACE

This name comes from the fact that the angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace (Luke 2:14). This week we are reminded that Jesus came to bring peace to our hearts and to our world!

Lord, would you bring your strength and peace to your people! Would your presence be felt by all who seek you in a powerful way in this Advent season. Turn the hearts of mankind towards you. We pray that the lost turn to you and find an unshakable peace that nothing else in this world can offer. 


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