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Ballynacally / Lissycasey Newsletter

Keep up to date with Parish news, events, information etc
newsletter prepared weekly and available online every Thursday night

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

23rd & 24th June 2018 – Nativity of St John the BaptistYear B

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Parish Office opening hours for this week:  
Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 3pm

Deadline for newsletter items: 12pm on Thursday



Christ the King Church, Ballycorick - Masses:
Sat June 23rd        8pm        Mass (Nativity of St John the Baptist)
Mon to Wed          9.30am  Mass (No Mass on Thursday this week)
Fri June 29th          9.30am  Mass
Sat June 30th        8pm        Mass – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey - Masses:

Sun June 24th       12pm     Mass (Nativity of St John the Baptist)
Mon June 25th      9.30am  Mass for the People
Sun July 1st           12pm     Mass – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eucharistic Adoration in Lissycasey Church
every Wednesday 6pm – 10pm

Finances:                             Ballycorick          Lissycasey
June 16th & 17th                    €309.20                 €527.49

Ballycorick Pastoral Council Meeting: Tues June 26th, 8.30pm at the Parochial House.

Peters Pence Collection takes place this weekend.

Ballycorick Eucharistic Ministers:
Sat 30th: Patricia Sheehan, Josie Gavin, Joe Jester
Lissycasey Eucharistic Ministers:
Sun 1st: Kay Meaney, Nellie Halpin, Mary Murphy
Ballycorick Readers:
Sat 30th: Charlotte Hannon
Prayers of the Faithful: Kelsey & Abi O’Donoghue
Lissycasey Readers:
Sun 1st: Jacqueline Coughlan
Prayers of the Faithful: Margaret Doohan
Ballycorick Servers:
Sat 30th: Ronan Flynn, Jack Moloney, James Hartnett
Supervisor: Ingrid Flynn

WMOF 2018: The Congress will take place in the RDS and will offer a daily programme of workshops, discussions as well as fun and prayerful activities for individuals and families, including a tailored programme for children (4-12 yrs) and young people (13-17 yrs). The highlight of each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist in the main arena. Fun activities for all the family will run throughout the day in the Conference venue, except during the celebration of Mass in the Main Arena. 
Every person who wishes to attend, (both adult and children) need to register for world meetings of families 2018.  All events require a ticket for entry. Some events are free while some are subject to a fee BUT tickets are needed for all events.  Tickets for Knock Shrine on Sun 26th August, and final mass at Phoenix Park tickets for these events will be available for booking on the website on 25th June, tickets will issue closer to the time by email to applicant.       
We invite families from our parish to attend the congress for a spirit filled family occasion. Further details and registration online at: or through the parish office.

Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Healing Retreat on today, Sunday, 24th June, 2018 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Bishop Fintan Monahan, Killaloe Diocese and Jomon Joseph, Voice of Peace

Super Sunday Funday Sunday 24th June: Come and join us as part of the Lissycasey Music Festival , starting in the Main Pitch Lissycasey at 1pm Long Kick Competition U6,U8,U10,U12.  2pm Magician and Lissycasey fittest females teams .3pm Rinka for the children and the Men's Laundry Challenge followed by the Annual Tug of War at 3:30pm. Also Tractor Reversing with Roller, Hang Tough, Face Painting and more... All Day BBQ and Snacks. Funday will still go ahead in Marquee if it Rains.

Clondegad GAA News: Clondegad juniors play Miltown in a must win game in div 4 of the league. The loser is in a relegation game against Clooney Quin. Game is on Sunday in Kilmihil at 6 30. Minors kick off their championship next wed with a home game against Corofin. U14s also kick off their championship on Monday evening with an away game against Clooney Quin. U12s play their games on Sunday evenings + train Fridays.  U6/8+10s train on Thurs evenings. Good luck to the Clare minors + seniors this weekend.  Jimmy Conlon is part of the Clare minor management + Cormac Reidy is on the playing panel.  The 2 Brennans, Gary + Killian are with the Clare seniors against Offaly. Clondegad GAA will hold their church gate collection before mass on next Saturday 30th June. As a club we are very appreciative of your support and thank you in advance.
Well done to Ballynacally School on winning the schools final!
Lissycasey GAA club news: Lissycasey Seniors played Monaleen in a challenge on Saturday. All underage teams are training and playing blitz. The U14 championship begins on Monday with Lissycasey playing Kilrush/Killimer at home. Tickets for the Lissycasey Marquee Music Festival are now on sale and can be got from Club officers. Lissycasey GAA summer camp takes place from July 10th to 13th. Further details from 0862659561
County Board tickets are now available @ €30 each from any club officer. There are some great cash prizes, Weekend away, All Ireland tickets etc. Lissycasey GAA club wish the best of luck to Clare Minor Footballers on Saturday and Clare Senior Footballers  on Sunday.

Lissycasey GAA club lotto. 18/6/18: Numbers 11-12-13-15: No jackpot winner:  2 Match 3 winners of €50: John Joe McMahon. Glaunagonee; Assumpta Lynch. Cul Daire. Lucky Dip. (€40) Olivia Haugh, Feenagh. James Keady. Galway: Smart Lotto: Brendan O'Connor. Greygrove :Jackpot 25/6/17 €3,100: Play Lotto online Lotto €2 or 3 for €5.00

Fergus Rovers LFGA Notes: U12: Congratulations to the U12 Yellow team who had a great win over Corofin last weekend in their league division final. Final result was Fergus Rovers 2-8 Corofin 2-2. After the game Gracie Eustace accepted the cup on behalf of her team. Well done to all who have helped out with this team in particular Patricia Meaney (manager) Alan Culligan, Barry Keating and Tomas Lee. U10: Fergus Rovers hosted three teams last weekend in Ballynacally. Teams from Cuil Gaels, Kildysart and Kilmhil attended. Rovers fields 3 teams with 25 players taking part. Well done to all the mentors and parents for organising the day in particular Justin Griffin, Tara O Malley, Joan Leahy, Stephen Sheedy and T.J O Rourke. A great day had by all with plenty of exciting football on show.  U14: The yellow team had a great win over Clooney Quin last week. The team put in a great performance particularly in the second half against the breeze. The U14 blue teams next match is against Kilmurry Ilbrickane on Thursday at 07:30 in Mullagh. Intermediates:  Fergus Rovers suffer a heavy defeat to Liscannor on Friday evening but the result was of little concern after long serving player Orla Griffin suffered a serious leg injury. All are wishing Orla the best in her recovery.
Next match is against Eire Og on Friday evening at 7:30 in Lissycasey. Clare Ladies Win: Congratulations to the Clare Ladies Team who beat Limerick in the Enda McDonnell Cup comprehensively last Sunday. Claire Hestor and Aine Kelly both lined out for Clare on the day.

Community Games: The County Finals of the Community Games Athletics takes place in Lees Road on Sunday 24th June.  Events commence at 11am with relays followed by the parade.  A large number of children from the Parish will take part in this event.

Fergus AC There was more success for the local club at the Munster track/field U/14 to U/19 championships in Waterford on Saturday last. Aine Garry won bronze in the final of the 800 metres while Barry Conway also won bronze in the final of the 2000 metres walking race. Well done to both athletes on their outstanding achievements at provincial level. Training has now taken a well earned break for the summer.

Congratulations to Colm Kelly, Frure, Lissycasey who won a gold medal in swimming for Ireland at the Special Olympics in Dublin last weekend. Well done Colm – your family and parish are very proud of all you have achieved!

Youth 2000 prayer meeting every Friday at 7pm in the Poor Clare’s Oratory, Ennis. Join other young adults for prayer and reflection followed by tea and chats in the Friary. All are welcome.

Health Care Assistants Required: Full & Part time hours available. QQI Level 5 in Health Care Support/Community Health or similar. Patient Moving & Handling. If currently studying for this award, applicants will also be considered. Experience required.
Contact: Bluebird Care Clare on 065-6868222 or Email

Pilgrimage to Italy Ennis Parish, led by Fr Tom Hogan, will make a pilgrimage to Italy on October 15-22. They will fly from Dublin to Bari in the heel of Italy and spend the first three nights at the shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. This is a very special year as it is the 50th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio and the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, on his body. The group will then drive to Sorrento, visiting the lovely town of Pietrelcina on the way. Padre Pio was born here and the whole town is filled with places associated with him. The last four nights will be spent in the famous resort of Sorrento. Perched on a clifftop, the town has unrivalled views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. From here the group will do a boat trip along the spectacular Amalfi Coast to the colourful town of Positano. The return flight is from the nearby airport of Naples to Dublin. For more information on this beautiful trip, please contact Mary on 087 1247669

Lough Derg 3 Day Pilgrimage 6th August 2018 (Bank Holiday Monday) Coach leaves Ennis Cathedral at 7 am with pickup available in Barefield, Gort, Oranmore, Claregalway, Tuam, Knock and Sligo .  Price €115 For further information and bookings contact James Treacy on 061921470 or  Ennis Parish Office on 0656824043

Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land Ex Dublin 19h – 27th December 2018 Trace the Footsteps of Jesus, taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem  (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan,  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy  061921470 or 0860572216 payments can be made in instalments and it’s perfectly safe to go at the moment otherwise you will get your money back if cancelled.

Legal Challenge to Referendum - Information is being sought from people who could not vote on 25th May as a result of their names being removed from the voting register.  If you were affected please send a signed letter, giving your account of what happened, with your name, address and occupation to Alan Daveron, Solicitor, 3 Hollywood Park, Goatstown, Dublin 14. For more information please email  Please send as soon as possible as the case is due before the court again on 26th June. 

Clare FM will interview Fr David on Morning Focus this Monday at approx 11.30am – tune in!

The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy
Bringing Graces to each Parish, Home, Family & Devotee!
The Pilgrim Icon of Divine Mercy 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 Wed/Thurs 10am -3pm or text 087-4160385 to request the icon for your home for a week

Fr David – Help for Tanzania: In recent years we have been delighted to welcome Fr David to our parish, which provides him with a break from the hardship of life in Tanzania and also helps to relieve our priests here.
Fr David’s parish has suffered a lot this year due to torrential rainfall which has caused much destruction in the village – washing away crops, destroying homes, roads and causing deaths of people in the village.
In recent months we have been raising funds to help feed and clothe Fr David’s parishioners. We have almost raised enough funds to send a 40 foot container of humanitarian aid to Fr David’s parish. Fr David says that this is the best way to use the funds raised as it is difficult to buy goods where he lives. The container will stay in Fr David’s village and will make a home or a business.
We will be looking for Clothes, shoes, slippers, underwear, socks, Dried food: porridge, cereal, rice, pasta, lentils etc, Bicycles, Puncture repair kits, Hand tools (shovel, fork, hammer, nails, rake, hoe, saw etc), Wheelbarrow, Rope, First aid kits/medical supplies, large plastic storage boxes/buckets with lids, Crayons and colouring books, School supplies, Footballs and football pumps, Football jerseys, Towels, Tables, Chairs/stools, Large Water Barrels, Suit cases, Back packs, Reading glasses, Saucepans, Cutlery, Crockery, Nappies/wipes etc, Blankets, sleeping bags, Rolls of black refuse bags, Solar lights (Anything solar operated), Flash lights, Candles, tea lights, matches, Religious/Church items: Holy pictures, old Mass cards, rosary beads, prayer books, crucifixes, statues etc Non electric (vintage) sewing machines, Fabric, Thread, Scissors, Bed linen, Curtains (for fabric) – these will create an industry in the village. The list is endless!
The planned departure for the container is in September so that Fr David’s parishioners can have the aid on time for Christmas.
Items can be left into Ballynacally Community Centre Mon-Fri, 9.30-3.30pm up to then.
Thanks to the generosity of this parish and neighbouring parishes €4,500 has been raised since last November. It will cost €6000-€7000 to purchase and ship the container to Tanzania. Sincere thanks to all who have supported this project financially to date!
online donations are very welcome at or contact
Margaret: 085-8433118, Karen: 087-4160385, Bernie: 086-1220067 or Mary: 087-7759272 for more information or to make a donation. 
Photos and videos of Fr David’s village are available to view at this link:

Fr David will leave our parish on June 30th. We wish Fr David a safe journey home and thank him for his help and blessings and graces during his stay with us.




The reality is, we can pray anywhere and everywhere but it is only at Mass where the priest’s prayers can transform ordinary bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus – and this is something unique that only God can do for us