- Christmas Carol Service @ Balally Church, Sunday 10th December 2017
- Get Ready for “Teen Hope”
Young people often feel stressed and anxious. Would you agree? Teen Hope is to be a space where you can just be yourself – a pressure free zone! It’s a space where, through fun and engaging activities, you can build friendships and encounter an experience of welcome, belonging and discipleship. If you’d like to join your local Teen Hope youth group stay tuned in to Balally Parish for more news, soon…….
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December 2017 (Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass Times @ Balally for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December 2017:
Thursday: 7.30 pm Vigil Mass
Friday: 10.00am, 1.10pm
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the subject of a lot of misconceptions (so to speak). Perhaps the most common one, held even by many Catholics, is that it celebrates the conception of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That the feast occurs only 17 days before Christmas should make the error obvious! We celebrate another feast—the Annunciation of the Lord—on March 25, exactly nine months before Christmas. It was at the Annunciation, when the Blessed Virgin Mary humbly accepted the honor bestowed on her by God and announced by the angel Gabriel, that the conception of Christ took place.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, in its oldest form, goes back to the seventh century, when churches in the East began celebrating the Feast of the Conception of Saint Anne, the mother of Mary. In other words, this feast celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne; and nine months later, on September 8, we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As originally celebrated (and as still celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Churches), however, the Feast of the Conception of Saint Anne does not have the same understanding as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception has in the Catholic Church today. The feast arrived in the West probably no earlier than the 11th century, and at that time, it began to be tied up with a developing theological controversy. Both the Eastern and the Western Church had maintained that Mary was free from sin throughout her life, but there were different understandings of what this meant.
Because of the doctrine of Original Sin, some in the West began to believe that Mary could not have been sinless unless she had been saved from Original Sin at the moment of her conception (thus making the conception “immaculate”). Others, however, including St. Thomas Aquinas, argued that Mary could not have been redeemed if she had not been subject to sin—at least, to Original Sin.
The answer to St. Thomas Aquinas’s objection, as Blessed John Duns Scotus (d. 1308) showed, was that God had sanctified Mary at the moment of her conception in His foreknowledge that the Blessed Virgin would consent to bear Christ. In other words, she too had been redeemed—her redemption had simply been accomplished at the moment of her conception, rather than (as with all other Christians) in Baptism.
- Advent Morning Prayer 2017 In Balally Church
Once again this Advent, early risers are gathering in Balally Church from
7.00am to 7.25am to prepare for the coming of Christmas.
The service lasts for 20 -25 minutes to accommodate those who have to get
on the road early.
It is lay led, based on one of the Scripture readings of the day, with
plenty of quiet time and has a sense of a community coming together to
support one another on the road to Bethlehem.
Advent morning prayer starts on the 4th December 2017 and will take place
each weekday (Monday to Friday) for the following 3 weeks, with the final
session on Friday 22nd December.
All are welcome to attend, on all or any of the mornings. It is a beautiful
time apart and much valued by those who attend.
Why not come along and get a taste?
- Who’s Your “King”?
Today, Sunday 26th November 2017, is the feast day of “Christ The King“. Jesus Christ rules over all, a King-ship of pure Love, available for all…..a true King, who came to serve you. Celebrate His reign, this very day, in Balally Church at 10am, 11.30am and 12.45pm. Hear Bishop Robert Barron’s homilyhere.homily_11_26_17
- “The Star” A Timely Film, for Ireland?
“The Star”, a beautiful and funny re-telling of the first Christmas story from a different perspective, is currently being shown in Irish cinemas (Movies@Dundrum, Odeon Stillorgan, Omniplex Rathmines, Vue Liffey Valley). Get out at see it, before it’s too late!
Pick your cinema here;
Here’s the trailer;
and here’s a sneak preview of the ‘Star’ voices behind the characters;
- Rosary On The Coast Of Ireland, Sunday 26 November 2017
Following Poland’s and Italy’s example, Ireland’s faithful are turning out
in great numbers to pray for a great restoration of the faith especially
among the youth and to pray for protection for our Unborn babies, in
Ireland, North and South.
The “Rosary on the Coasts for Life and Faith” will be held on Sunday 26
November, the Feast of Christ the King starting promptly at 2:30 PM.
Why the Feast of Christ the King? Ireland was the first country in the
world to be consecrated to Christ the King. This solemn consecration was
declared in the 1940s and to date only two other countries share this
great blessing. The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as
King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political
life of Ireland.
When we honour Christ as King, we are immediately brought to His Queen,
Mary and her Immaculate Heart!
Closest location to Balally is in Blackrock;
Meet on the “sea” side of the concrete pedestrian bridge that goes over the Dart Rail Tracks (directly behind the Wicked Wolf Pub and before the railings that lead to the Blackrock Dart Station).
- Inspirational Quote: 23rd November 2018
“The family is the first essential cell of human society”
– Pope John XXIII
- Suggestions/Comments For Balally Parish
Our Suggestion Box is in place ..Please, we want to hear any and all
Suggestions and/or Comments that you have.
So please leave a suggestion in our suggestion boxes located in the Church
Porch and the in the Coffee dock.
- Mary’s Land: IMC Dun Laoghaire, Nov 17th-23rd 2017
The powerful documentary Mary’s Land is showing in IMC cinemas Dun Laoighaire from Nov 17th to Nov 23rd at 13.30, 16.05 and 18.30. See times at https://www.imccinemas.ie/
And, if you can’t make it to the IMC it’s on Netflix, as well;