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Ballynacally / Lissycasey Newsletter

Keep up to date with Parish news, events, information etc

P.P. Fr Albert McDonnell 085 7811823
Parish Office 065 6838135
Fr. Joe Hourigan 065 6834145; 086 8170700   

16th & 17th Dec 2017 – Third Sunday of AdventYear B

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Parish Office opening hours for the coming week:
Tues, Wed & Thurs 10am – 3pm
Deadline for newsletter entries is 12pm noon on Thursdays


Christ the King Church, Ballycorick - Masses:


Sat Dec 16th          7pm        Mass – 3rd Sunday of Advent
Thurs Dec 21st      9.30am  Mass for the People
Fri Dec 22nd           9.30am  Mass
Sat Dec 23rd          7pm        Mass – 4th Sunday of Advent
Sun Dec 24th         7pm        Christmas Eve Mass
Mon Dec 25th        10am     Christmas Day Mass

Reconciliation:  Tues Dec 19that 7pm         

Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey - Masses:

Sun Dec 17th         12pm     Anniversary Mass for the following

Tommy Meere, Cloncolman
Patrick & Mary Murphy, Clarecastle
Tom O’Shea, Tubber
Peig Sexton, Frure
Mary Daly, Corofin
Noreen O’Keefe, Kilnamona
Brian Casey, Ballydineen
Jack Sexton, Beneden
Brian McNamara, Lissycasey & England
Jim Lillis, Kilmihil & Dublin
Eileen O’Leary, Kenmare, Co Kerry
John Scanlan, Cappa, Kilrush
Bridie Dooley (nee O’Rourke), Lissycasey & England
Paddy Sullivan, London & Lissycasey Upper
Thady & Maura Sullivan, Dublin & Lissycasey Upper
Gerry Cabey, Kilmaley
Margaret Kelly, Coolbawn, Lissycasey
Joe Meere, Cloncolman
Joan Melican, Decomade Upper
Margaret Meere, Cloncolman
Margaret Danagher (nee Collins) Ashfield Park, Ennis
Pat Kelly, Coolbawn, Lissycasey
Bridget Lynch, Lissycasey & Carrigaholt
Rory & Rosaleen Collins, Lissycasey
Mary Ellen Hanrahan, Decomade
Mary Crowley, Frure West
Ann Mullins

A candle will be available for a family member to take home in memory of their loved one.

Tues Dec 19th       9.30am  Mass
Wed Dec 20th        9.30am  Mass
(No Sunday Morning Mass in Lissycasey
 – vigil mass in Ballycorick at 7pm on Sat)
Sun Dec 24th         9pm        Christmas Eve Mass
Mon Dec 25th        11am     Christmas Day Mass

Reconciliation:   Wed Dec 20th at 7pm         

Eucharistic Adoration in Lissycasey every Wed 6pm – 10pm

BAMBINELLI SUNDAY: This Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent children & adults bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St. Peter’s Sq where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. This weekend we are celebrating “Bambinelli Sunday” in our parish. All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their homes to Mass this weekend for a special blessing.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of: Vincent O’Connor, Ennis, late of Lisheen; Martin Fawl, Ennis, late of Lisheen; Bridget Dooley (nee Donnelly) Mountshannon, late of Lissycasey & Willie Burke, Drimeen, Ennis, husband of Phyllis (nee McMahon formerly of Lissycasey)

Ballycorick Eucharistic Ministers:
Sat 23rd: Michael Kelly, Marian Kelly, Bernie Gavin
Sun 24th: Mary Garry, Mary Hill, Josie Gavin
Mon 25th: Joe Hester, Mary O’Dea, Aine Gavin

Lissycasey Eucharistic Ministers:
Sun 24th: Frances Clancy, Nellie Halpin,
Paddy, Coughlan, Mary Daly
Mon 25th: Jacqueline Coughlan, Kathleen Breen, Liza Nagle

Ballycorick Readers: 
Sat 23rd: Nancy Cleary
Prayers of Faithful: Emma Curtin & Sam Garry
Sun 24th: Maureen Hayward
Prayers of Faithful: Cormac O’Muineachain & Robbie Markham
Mon 25th: Patrick Carrigg

Lissycasey Readers:
Sun 24th: Jane Doohan        Prayers of the Faithful: Orla Coughlan
Mon 25th: Geraldine Halpin  Prayers of the Faithful: Mary Murphy

Ballycorick Servers:
Sat 23rd: Ronan Flynn, Jack Moloney, James Hartnett
Supervisor: Fiona Moloney
Sun 24th: Colm & Ria Meaney & Sadbh Griffin
Supervisor:  Patricia Meaney
Mon 25th: Darren Sheehan, Alan Sheehan, Sam Garry
Supervisor: Carmel Sheehan

Finances:                             Ballycorick          Lissycasey
Dec 9th & 10th                        €287.65                 €350.56

Priest’s Christmas Collection will take place next weekend.

Finance Council: We have recently established a parish finance council. The members are Jim Garry (Chairman), Mary Honan (Secretary), TJ Kelly, Paudie Halpin and Fr Albert McDonnell.

Tax Refund Scheme: We are currently writing to parishioners to express our thanks for your generous financial support. We are grateful to all those who use the weekly envelopes and to those who have received and signed the CHY3 form which allows the parish reclaim the tax which you have already paid on your donation (without any additional cost to parishioners). Most parishes in the diocese, in addition to most other charities, avail of this scheme. If you have already received a CHY3 form from us and have not yet signed it, we invite you to do so as soon as possible and return it to the parish office or place it in the basket at the offertory collection during Mass. The tax refund scheme is entirely confidential. If you have any queries you are welcome to contact Fr Albert McDonnell.

World Meeting of Families: On the Feast of the Holy Family, 30-31 December, 2017 we plan to celebrate marriage during our parish Masses in Ballynacally and Lissycasey. Couples who have celebrated their silver, golden, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 60th wedding anniversary during 2017 are invited to attend that Mass where they will receive a special blessing and an image of the Holy Family. If you have celebrated a significant anniversary this year, please contact the parish office to give your names for these masses.

‘Remembrance Tree’ in Ballycorick Church: During Advent, you areinvited to write the name of a loved one who will be away from home this Christmas, somebody who is ill, or has passed away, on a tag, and place it on the branch. All the name tags will be brought to the altar on Christmas Eve and will be remembered especially during the Christmas Masses.

Clondegad GAA News: Clondegad’s playing session has come to a close. Club AGM was last Sunday with Joe Hehir taking over from Brian McNelis as the new chairman. Others officers stayed the same. Clondegad GAA Club are delighted to have received a grant of €59,000 from the sports council towards upgrading the club’s dressing rooms. Clondegad GAA will be hunting the wren on St. Stephen’s Day as part of a new fundraising drive for the development of new dressing rooms at the clubs pitch.  The club have been lucky to secure a sports capital grant but a lot more funding is needed. Anyone who can help on the day particularly musicians please contact Fiona Moloney (086 226 8539) or Mark Quinn (087 935 1663). Proposed plans can be viewed on the Clondegad website. We appreciate your support.
Clondegad GAA Lotto: Winning Numbers: 1, 11, 23, 25.  4 Quick Pick winners each receive €50: Moyra Mulconroy, Clarecastle; Rebecca & Laura Carmody, Tiermaclane; Catherine Carmody, Tiermaclane; Mary Custy, Kildysart. Jackpot: €7000. Next venue: Griffin’s Bar 18/12/17. 3 tickets for €5

Lissycasey GAA Club news:U6 and U12 presentation nights coming up before Christmas. Tickets for Lissycasey Annual Fuel raffle are on sale until Sunday . There are 15 great prizes on offer. 1000 liters Home Heating oil, Ton of Coal, Briquettes, Vouchers, Turkey etc. Tickets are €5 each or 3 for €10. Available at all local outlets and from Lissycasey club officers and players. Draw on this coming Sunday at Fanny O'Dea's. Lissycasey GAA club would like to thank everyone who sold tickets for the draw, and to those who sold at Ryan's Centra, and at Talty's. A special thanks to our sponsors.
Lissycasey GAA Annual General Meeting will take place in Frure on Friday Jan 12th. Closing date for Nominations and Motions in writing to Anne Hayes, Secretary is Friday Dec 29th.
Lissycasey GAA club lotto. 11/12/17: Numbers 3-4-10-17. No jackpot winner: Match 3: €100. Ellie. Darragh. & Cormac. C/o Seamus Hayes. Lucky Dip: C.Flanagan, Dough, Kilkee; Martin Casey, Ballydineen. Smart Lotto: Ann Hanrahan, Decomade
Lotto 18/12/17 €10,800. Play Lotto online Lotto €2 or 3 for €5.00

Marian Athletic Club – Annual ‘Turkey Trot’: 12 noon on St Stephen’s Day, Dec 26th. Registration at Waterpark House, Drumbiggle, Ennis from 11.15am. No entry fee, however all donations will be gratefully received. In aid of R.N.L.I. Lifeboats (Ennis Branch) & Seeking Vision, Clare. All welcome!

Clothing collection in Ballynacally Please have a look through your clothing for any unwanted Clothes for our fund raising collection in Ballynacally coming up in January. This collection is In aid of Ballynacally NS. The usual items accepted, clean clothes, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. NO BEDDING OR CUSHIONS PLEASE. More information to follow

Sincere Thanks to all who supported the Christmas Sale in Ballycorick Church last weekend in aid of Fr David in Tanzania. Christmas Pop Up Shop in Kildysart this Sunday 10am – 4pm will also support Fr David. The funds raised for Fr David’s community will help to feed and clothe some of the people in his parish.
For more info (photos of Fr David’s parish and updates on this event and future events) see the facebook page:
Online donations welcome at

Meal & Music: Senior Citizen’s Outing to Moneypoint on Jan 14th 2018. (65 Years and over) Anyone interested, please contact Mary Daly on 086-2363273. Transport will be provided.

Ballynacally Calendar 2018: Beautiful sketches of various locations in Ballynacally – in aid of the upgrade of fire safety equipment for Ballynacally hall. €10 each – available from the Parish Office, Kelly’s Shop, Carrig’s Shop or any member of the committee.
The Development association would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped out and especially those who attended the Poker classic in Griffins bar last weekend. The profits on the night were €1000 which will go towards the necessary Fire safety enhancement work.

Ballynacally National School Christmas concert will take place in the Community Centre, Ballynacally on Thursday, December 21st at 8 p.m. All proceeds from concert will go towards the Community Centre.

Caherea NS - Getting you into the Christmas Spirit - Pupils are having their Christmas Concert on Monday and Tuesday evenings 18th and 19th Dec at the school at 7.30 and they extend a warm welcome to families and friends. The school is also having a Christmas Raffle - your support would be very much appreciated

Christmas Cards: Clare Branch of Cystic Fibrosis has its selection of Christmas Cards on sale now. Packs of 10 (assorted) €5 & €6. Available from Mary Donnelly Five Arches Bar Ph: 6838138

Christmas Movie Evening on December 27th at 3pm to raise funds for the Lissycasey Community Playground insurance and safety checks. Support on the day on the day would be greatly appreciated.

Ballynacally/Lissycasey Apostolic Society would like you to donate any holy pictures from your Christmas Cards this year and also used stamps. They can be left into boxes in church porches.

Teach Abhaile Pre School ,Naíonra and Part-time Care, Tulla Road Ennis. Now taking enrolments ECCE/CCSP scheme for January/April and September 2018.See facebook "Teach Abhaile" / or call Connie on 083 4432473

Cahercalla Hospice Draw Results:
1st Prize €650: Mary Enright, Ballynacally
2nd Prize €200: Stephanie Hennessey, Data Display, Ennistymon

The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy
Bringing Graces to each Parish, Home, Family & Devotee!
The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy has been donated to our parish. It is available from the Parish Office so we encourage people/families to invite Jesus the Divine Mercy into their homes for one week.
Once a day for 7 days, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of the Pilgrim Icon consecrating your home and your family to Divine Mercy. Make it a very special week in your life with Divine Mercy as an honoured guest!
Phone the Parish Office on 065-6838135 Tues-Thurs 10am -3pm or text 087-4160385 to request the icon for your home for a week

Mary's Dream

“I had a dream, Joseph. I don’t understand it, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son. The people in my dream had been preparing for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought new clothes. They’d gone shopping many times and bought many elaborate gifts. It was peculiar, though, because the Presents weren’t for our son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree, Joseph, right inside their homes! They’d decorated the tree with sparkling ornaments. There was a figure like an angel on the top of the tree. Everyone was laughing and happy. They gave the gifts to each other Joseph, not to our son. I don’t think they even knew him. They never mentioned his name.  I had the strangest feeling that, if our Jesus had gone to this celebration, he would have been intruding. How sad for someone not to be wanted at his own birthday party! I’m glad it was only a dream. How terrible, Joseph, if it had been real!"


The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy
Bringing Graces to each Parish, Home, Family & Devotee!
The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy has been donated to our parish. It is available from the Parish Office so we encourage people/families to invite Jesus the Divine Mercy into their homes for one week.
Once a day for 7 days, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of the Pilgrim Icon consecrating your home and your family to Divine Mercy. Make it a very special week in your life with Divine Mercy as an honoured guest!
Phone the Parish Office on 065-6838135 Tues-Thurs 10am -3pm or text 087-4160385 to request the icon for your home for a week  

The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy
Bringing Graces to each Parish, Home, Family & Devotee!