Tips on how to prepare for the Sacrement of Confession & Reconcilaition,
from Pope Francis, our website of the week, this week, by courtesy of
Catholic Herald; catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/02/28/pope-francis-offers-tips-for-preparing-for-confession/[Read More...]
Balally Parish is collecting nappies and Aptimel formula no. 1&2 again this year. This collection is for the Capuchin day centre again like last year. All/any donations can be dropped into the Parish Office before December 17th. [Read More...]
This was a busy one. If you happened to be going by you might be made into
a volunteer for one thing or another. At one spot there were people making
jam and jelly, over there people putting up decorations, in the hall people
selling the raffle tickets while others got the cakes into place for the
CELEBRATE with us; this evening (Friday) @ 7.30pm, tomorrow (Saturday) @
10am and 1.10pm The Virgin Mary is given more graces than any creature in history, because
she has the most special and unique role, as the hinge of the Incarnation,
the woman from whom Jesus Christ takes flesh, the woman who[Read More...]
Find out all about the *history *of Christmas, the *story *of Christmas,
how Christmas is celebated all around the world and have some *genuine
fun & activities with your kids...all on our web site of the week; www.whychristmas.com/[Read More...]
The ‘Preparing the way through Scripture’ lecture series, by Séan Goan,
continues in Sandyford Pastoral Centre this evening;
Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm, in the Sandyford Pastoral Centre. The aim is to help all Parishioners to understand that the Scriptures are a
place of encounter with the Livi[Read More...]
This evening, Fr. Aaron Vinduska will deliver a dynamic talk in St. Mary's
Sandyford @ 8pm, during Holy Hour...This will be an opportunity for us to
enter into the meaning of Advent and Christmas. All Are Most Welcome![Read More...]
The Do This in Memory Team had all the sheep ready for the 10.00 Mass but
before the children brought them forward the Advent Candle had to be lit,
the first figures had to be placed on the Jesse tree and the Altar had to
be dressed in its advent purple colours. Yes indeed it is a busy time, a
A LETTER FROM THE ‘BALALLY BOY’ IN BERKELEY TO THE PEOPLE OF BALALLY.
Dermot Lane, 2 December 2018
As you know St.Paul loved to write letters to the churches he left behind him in his journeys.
Without pretending to be a St. Paul, I wanted to send you warm greetings from Berkeley,
California a[Read More...]
It’s that time of year again, when the Christmas commercial wave is in full
swell! If you are asking yourself ‘what’s it all about anyway?’, you might
be drawn to the Advent gatherings in Balally church which take place at
7.00 am in the morning on each weekday of Advent. Starting on Monday 3rd
The Solemnity of Christ the King marked the last Sunday of Ordinary Time
and also highlighted the beginning of a very busy time in the Parish. We
had a beautiful visit from ‘An Cór’ who sang at the 12.00 Mass and joined
us in the coffee dock afterwards. The Parish Council had the monthly
meeting. Th[Read More...]
Advent 2018 begins this Sunday. Why not make it a real Christmas to
treasure by dedicating some extra time in prayer and reflection? You'll
find beautiful resources including a reflection calendar, classical and
contemporary song lists, and much more in our website of the week;
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 the Church of the Ascension. Through this Parish Website, we hope to tell you a little bit about ourselves and give you the information you might require.
The Parishioners of Balally built this Church with great effort and generosity. It was finished in 1982. Many of the first Parishioners are still active in the community, and many have gone home to God.
The Church structure is unusual as Churches go, but its building was inspired by the Second Vatican Council. Its layout highlighted the belonging to the family of God. From the tapestry of the Burning Bush (at the very centre behind the Tabernacle) the walls extend like open arms and embrace all who enter and immerse them in the Divine Presence. That Divine Presence is underscored by each of the windows which are dedicated to the opening verses of the Book of Genesis.
The configuration of the building facilitates the participation of each and every member in the liturgy. No one feels far away or distant from the Altar, and all can be seen. At the middle of the Altar, there is the icon of the Washing Of The Feetinviting all who enter to serve others as Christ has served us.
Since its foundation, the Parish has tried to be welcoming and inclusive. The ownership of the Parish by the Parishioners has been highlighted through the Parish Pastoral Council, which represents the parishioners in all critical decisions; by the Finance Committee which guarantees the safe administration of the funds of the Parish; by the Board of Management which oversees the use of the Pastoral Centre and by several other teams and groups who ensure the continued operation and vitality of the Christian Community. Besides these groups, many volunteers selflessly contribute to the life of the Parish with their talents, their time and their treasures. Many go unrecognised, many work in silence and anonymity.
As you browse through the pages of this website you might feel inspired to send us a comment or a suggestion, or there might be something amiss .. don’t hesitate to send us a note.
Fr. Peter F. Byrne ,Co-PP
On Behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council.
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