This is a special time each week for prayer and reflection. It is led by one of several teams of lay prayer leaders who pick a relevant theme for readings and reflections. There is quiet time for you to listen and to speak your thoughts to God, time to pray for special intentions, silently or aloud, soulful soothing music and a few familiar hymns to join in, and all within 20 to 25 minutes!
Saturdays after the 10:00am Mass
By arrangement with priests. See our Contact Us page
An INDUCTION LOOP is provided for hearing aid users.
Parish radio link of the housebound. The Mass and other liturgies in The Church of the Ascension are now broadcast for those who are housebound. Special radios are required and they can be obtained by contacting the Parish Office.
Many have asked me why I have not spoken clearly about the referendum in the church over the last few months. There were several reasons. Firstly, because I wanted the Church to be a prayerful space where people can hear God, hear about God and speak to God. Secondly because I wished that people wou[Read More...]
At long last, spring is in the air, and with it, a new spring in our step. All around us life is burgeoning again, new life. We cannot cut hedges anymore this year. It is strictly forbidden until autumn: the birds are nesting. Our laws are determined to protect them so that new bir[Read More...]
The Church must always be pro-life. That means that the Christian community must be a beacon of support for life especially at its most vulnerable moments and a beacon of support at vulnerable moments of any woman or man along their path of life.
Christians must be pro-life when it comes to the unb[Read More...]
The Feast of the Ascension is the feast day of our Parish. It is a mobile
feast, occurring forty days after Easter. Here in the Parish we marked the
day by gathering in the Parish
Centre after each Mass and sharing a cup of tea with our neighbours …and of
course by eating a Holy Donut. We also had a[Read More...]
Fr. Pádraig gave a great presentation on Wednesday 9th May 2018 in our parish centre, summarising the issues he deals with in his 'Whistle Blower' book. The hard facts he presented will shock you, to the core. The contents of his presentation are available for viewing below.
His book i[Read More...]
*Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is taken up to his Father in heaven. We
tend to read the Ascension along essentially Enlightenment lines, rather
than biblical lines—and that causes a good deal of mischief. Enlightenment
thinkers introduced a two-tier understanding of heaven and earth. They held
The extended Parish Choir has been preparing itself for the upcoming
concert on Ascension Sunday, practices and more practices… and they were
The first steps in the implementation of data protection laws were taken
through the meetings with those who come on a regular basis to weekday[Read More...]
We, the People and Priests of Balally Parish, are committed to:
Putting the person of Jesus Christ at the centre of our lives
Creating a Christian community that is ecumenical and respectful of other faiths
Giving priority to prayer and worship of the Trinity
Standing in solidarity with all who feel alienated
We acknowledge that we do not always live up to these commitments. We promise, however, prompted by the Spirit, to try again and again.
WELCOME to Balally Parish website.
I hope you will find it informative, and even inspiring. Informative in terms of providing the times of Church services like weekend Masses, dates for Baptisms, the names of the Parish Team, the members of the Parish Pastoral Council and of the many other groups that work collaboratively with us in the Parish. You might even want to join one or other of these groups and if so you might get in touch with us.
You might also find the website inspiring insofar as it lists the various pieces of Liturgical Art in the Church, with some commentary and explanation. In particular, you might wish to visit the entries on the website about – the Washing of the Feet – the Torah Scroll – the Burning Bush – the Stations of Creation in stained glass – the Stations of the Cross
Lastly, if you have any comments to offer on the design of the website or on how we might improve it, we would be delighted to hear from you.