Parish Bulletin

Parishes of Ardcath/Clonalvy and Curraha

Fr. Brendan Ferris: 01-8350136 Mobile 087-2204788
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (15th July 2018)
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Curraha – St Andrew’s Church - currahaparish.ieArdcath– St Mary’s Church & Clonalvy St John the Baptist Church

Children for Baptism: The next meeting for parents who wish to have their children baptised, will take place in the Parish Centre Curraha at 8pm on Thursday July 12th 2018 and 23rd August 2018.

Eucharistic Adoration: Clonalvy Tuesday 10am – 11am. Ardcath: Wednesday 10am – 11am. Curraha Thursday 10am– 12noon, Newcomers always welcome

Please pray for Ann Egan Curraha whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

July 21st/22nd       Ministers of the Eucharistic           Ministers of the Word
Ardcath 6.30pm        Imelda Andrews                               Joan Caffrey & Andy Cromwell
Clonalvy 10.00am     Frances Whyte                                 Catherine Campbell
Curraha 11.30am      Marcella O’Connor                            Lorna Battersby

Church Collections 30th/1st
Envelopes Ardcath/Clonalvy €50 Offerings €0
Envelopes Curraha €412.30 Offerings €298.60
Plate: 6.30pm €247.97 10am €205.12 11.30am €722.27

15th July Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ardcath Vigil 6.30pm M.M. Ita Dowling A.V. Dermot Dowling
Sunday Clonalvy 10.00am People of the Parish
Sunday Curraha 11.30am A.V. Marie & Noel Giles

Monday Curraha 8.00pm 16th People of the Parish
Tuesday Clonalvy 9.30am 17th People of the Parish
Wednesday Ardcath 9.30am 18th Special Intention
Thursday Curraha 9.30am 19th Elizabeth Kieran Dom Smyth Marion Clancy
Friday Ardcath 9.30am 20th Deceased Members Corry Family

22nd July Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ardcath Vigil 6.30pm A.V. Luke & May McGuinness DFM Peter Woods
Sunday Clonalvy 10.30am
Sunday Curraha 11.30am A.V. Jennet Bourke & Lee Bourke A.V. Gemma Smith & Paddy Mooney
Birthday remembrance Charlie Smith & Grandson Eoin

Cemetery Devotion Dates:
Ardcat h: Sunday 9th September Mass 2pm.

We know Lord, that there can be no peace without justice. Bless the world with justice.
We Know Lord, that peace is a gift that you alone can give.
We know Lord, that justice and peace in the world seem at times a long way off.
Bless the world with enduring hope. Amen.

The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on 12th August 2018.  The Main Celebrant and Preacher will be Bishop Michael Smith and the choir taking part is the Meath Diocesan Choir.   If any wheelchair users have special needs please phone Knock Shrine directly  Confessions 11.00am to 5.00pm, Anointing of the Sick 2.30pm, Pilgrimage Mass at 3.00pm followed by Benediction, Rosary Procession to the Shrine and Blessing of Religious Objects. Priests are also very welcome for con-celebration and to hear confessions and for this reason it is necessary to bring a celebret.

Lough Derg 2018: The Three Day Pilgrimage is currently open. You may begin on any day until Monday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary. The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality, phone Lorraine on 071 9861518 (from NI +353) email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cloghertown United: FAI Soccer Camp will be held from 16th July – 20th July. All ages catered for Boys & Girls. Booking on the FAI Website.

Curraha G.A.A. Fundraiser: Golf Classic in Ashbourne Golf Club on Friday the 27th of July a team of 4 is €240.00 and to sponsor a Tee Box it is €100.00. To reserve a place or sponsor please contact
Joe Phelan on 087-6886908 or Denis Kelly on 086-6003334.

St Vincents Ardcath Windfall not won. Numbers drawn were 2 28 30. Names drawn for monthly draw were Nickey Byrne and Marian O'Brien. Next week's jackpot is €6000.00.

Curraha Lotto results 9th July 2018. There was no jackpot winner the numbers drawn were
4-6-14-24 There was no Match 3 winner which will carry over to next week.. The Jackpot is now at €3000.00 and the next draw will take place in Swans.

Ardcath Stained Glass Windows Project: Our windows are now back in the church and I think you have to agree they look absolutely fabulous. They are fully refurbished, they are also storm glazed now to ensure they last for many generations to come. The total cost of the work is €26908.66. We again ask for your support in helping to finance this project. Please see box below. 

Please make cheques payable to Ardcath Church Fund or if you wish to do a bank transfer please contact the parish office on Tuesday’s or Friday’s between 12.30 and 2.30pm.
St. Mary’s Church Ardcath Project 2018
I ..............................................................................wish to Donate €................................  
My Parish envelope number is: .........................  Phone No:………..............................
The Name I wish to go on the: Plaque…………............................................................................................................ or
 I prefer to remain anonymous.     Yes             (Please tick) 
Please return to Parish Office, Fr. Brendan, or a member of the parish committees.

There are two kinds of silence.
There is the silence of the graveyard.
Here silence speaks of one thing ---- death.
This silence tends to frighten and repel.

Then there is the silence of a spring evening.
Not a leaf stirs,
Not a sound is heard except the music of the birds.
yet all things are awake,
all things are growing .
This silence is mysterious and enchanting.

So there are two kinds of peace.
There is the peace of the swamp:
Things look normal on the surface,
But its depths are full of rotten things.
Peace that is based on injustice is like that.
It is a false peace and Christ came to disrupt it.

But then there is true peace --------
A peace in which all of God’s children
have their basic rights respected,
and are able to live in freedom and dignity.
This is the peace Christ came to bring.
But peace like this doesn’t happen.
It has to be made.
Sometimes the makers of it will be branded as troublemakers.
But Christ had another name for them.
He called them ‘children of God’

Change from baskets to sealed collection bags: Our parish auditors “D.F. Dillion” have contacted us in preparation for our 2018 audit. They have informed us that in accordance with “Guidance and procedures as set out in the Irish Episcopal Conference Guidelines – Financial Controls and Related processes with Parishes” that Parishes should utilize sealed collection bags rather than open baskets. These have been purchased and will be introduced in our three churches in the next few weeks. Most people will be familiar with these bags as they are used in most churches presently.

Hospitalised or Housebound: If a parishioner or family member is hospitalised or housebound and you would like Fr. Brendan to call for the sacraments, it is vitally important that you let him know. Due to Data Protection the Hospitals do not give out the names of people who are in the hospital so it is down to the family to inform Fr. Brendan

A Question people often ask: When best to book Masses, Baptisms, Weddings etc. The best way is to see Fr. Brendan after Mass. (Text messaging is not reliable or recommended.) Or to phone the Parish office on 01-8350136 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Parish office times are 1pm to 3pm Tuesday’s and Friday’s

The Diocese of Meath has a Safeguarding Children Policy; you may access this on or the parish websites. If you have any child protection concerns, please contact the HSE (phone 046 9030616/9030608and Gardaí directly 01-8010600 or you may contact the Meath Diocesan  Designated Liaison Person FrSéan Henry at 086-1574774 or the parish representatives  We have a Parish Safeguarding Children Policy which you may view on our website. The names and contact details of our parish safeguarding representatives are available on notice board at back of our churches or from parish office 01-8350136.

CHY3: In the coming week or two families who have contributed €250.00 or more will receive their CHY3 forms. As the parish is a registered Charity we can claim the tax on your donation which is essential to help finance the day to day costs and projects we have going on in our parishes. Please sign the form and return in the stamped addressed envelope.