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Ballynacally / Lissycasey Newsletter

P.P. Fr Albert McDonnell 085 7811823
Parish Office 065 6838135   

16th & 17th Sept 2017
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

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Christ the King Church, Ballycorick - Masses:

Sat Sept 16th         8pm        Mass celebrated by
Bishop Fintan Monahan

Tues Sept 19th      10am     Mass for the New School Year
for Ballynacally & Clondrinagh
Schools - All welcome!

Thurs Sept 21st     9.30am  Mass
Fri Sept 22nd          9.30am  Mass
Sat Sept 23rd         8pm        Mass – Feast of Padre Pio         

Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey - Masses:

Sun Sept 17th        11am     Anniversary Mass for the following:

Mike & Susan McMahon, Frure West
Patrick McMahon, Lissycasey Lower
Mary Ellen & Martin Higgins, Frure North
Mary Hynes, Lismorris
Danny & Mae Cleary, Decomade
Phil & Mary Kate Meere, Cloncolman
Deceased members of the Keane Family, Decomade
Deceased members of the Keane & Scanlon Families, Breaffa
Deceased members of the Roche Family, Ballinashena
Deceased members of the Murphy Family, Cahermurphy
Margaret Condsidine, Frure North
Sean Hill, Caherea
John Scanlon, Cloncolman & Chicago
Mary Ann Normoyle, Coolmeen
Michael, Mary & Andrew Sexton, Frure Road
Ita Nagle, Pitfield
Pake McGuane, Caherea
Frank Faughnan, Florida
Jim Hanrahan, Decomade
Pat Joe Doohan, Frure North
Johnny Coughlan, Ballinashena
Siney Higgins, Frure North
Peggy Clancy, Leimnaleha
Brother Basil Daly, Music Hill & Cork
Marty Clohessy, Caherea

A candle is available for a family member to take home at the end of Mass in memory of their loved ones.
Donations may be placed in the box at the main door.

Tues Sept 19th      9.30am  Mass
Wed Sept 20th       9.30am Mass
Sun Sept 24th        11am     Mass

‘Young at Heart’ Mass will take place on Monday Sept 25th at 2pm at Lissycasey. Usual hospitality afterwards.

Eucharistic Adoration in Lissycasey every Wed 6pm – 10pm

Play & Pray will resume in Lissycasey this Sunday 17th September. Anyone willing to volunteer can contact Elaine Pilkington on 086-6019881 or

Lissycasey Pastoral Council Meeting in Pastoral Centre, on Tues Sept 19th at 8.30pm

Finances:                             Ballycorick          Lissycasey
Sept 9th & 10th                       €488.42                 €335.99

Ballycorick Eucharistic Ministers:
Sat 23rd: Michael Kelly, Mary Honan, Mary O’Dea
Lissycasey Eucharistic Ministers:
Sun 24th: Liza Nagle, Paddy Coughlan, Nellie Halpin
Ballycorick Reader:  
Sat 23rd: Mary Garry
Lissycasey Readers:
Sun 24th: Jacquline Coughlan   Prayers of Faithful: Rebecca Cahill
Ballycorick Servers:
Sat 23rd: Jonathan & Kelsey O’Donoghue
Parent Supervisor: Caroline O’Donoghue

School Mass: The children and staff of Ballynacally and Clondrinagh primary schools will gather to celebrate Mass and to pray God’s blessing on the new school year on Tuesday, 19th September at 10am. The Mass will be celebrated in Christ the King Church, Ballycorick.  Parents and other members of the community are most welcome to attend and take part.

First Holy Communion: To help our families prepare for the sacrament of First Holy Communion, we have arranged a meeting for the parents involved. All parents and guardians of our children who are preparing for First Holy Communion this year are invited to attend. The meeting will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart at 7pm on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017. The meeting will include all three parishes (Ballynacally-Lissycasey, Kildysart and Cranny-Coolmeen) that comprise our cluster of parishes. In future years the venue will revolve between the parishes involved. Our gathering will be led by Ms Cora Guinnane and Ms Joanne O’Brien. Both women are mothers and have worked in the area of faith formation and sacramental preparation for several years. This meeting is the beginning of the parish dimension of preparation for the sacrament and it will give us an opportunity to plan our parish programme of preparation.

Confirmation: To help our families prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation, we have arranged a meeting for the parents involved. All parents and guardians of our children who are preparing for Confirmation are invited to attend. The meeting will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart at 8pm on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017. The meeting will include all three parishes (Ballynacally-Lissycasey, Kildysart and Cranny-Coolmeen) that comprise our cluster of parishes. In future years the venue will revolve between the parishes involved. Our gathering will be led by Ms Cora Guinnane and Ms Joanne O’Brien. Both women are mothers and have worked in the area of faith formation and sacramental preparation for several years. Bishop Fintan Monahan will visit the parish on Sunday 25 February, 2018 to celebrate the sacrament with the young people from Ballynacally-Lissycasey parish.

Season of Creation Prayer:  “God our Father, Awaken within us a renewed appreciation for the wonder of creation and stir up in us a sense of awe for the splendour with which you have adorned our world.  Help us, in these times to care for our world, so beautiful, so immense and yet so fragile.  Allow us some quiet moment to surrender to the whisper of your love in the gentle breeze and in the warmth of the sun.  May the essence of your presence, shimmering through creation fill our entire being, spirit, soul and body, through Christ our Lord.”


An Evening Course in Practical Philosophy will begin on             Tuesday Sept. 19th at 7.30pm in The Clare Education Centre, Government Offices, Kilrush Rd. Ennis. Registration - 7.15pm Queries to 087 923 6367.

Thank you to everyone who came to clean Ballycorick church last Saturday morning.

Ni neart go cur le cheile!
Céilí in Abbey Hall, Clarecastle on Monday, 9th October at 9pm. All are welcome

Fergus Rovers ladies football club would like to express their sincere sympathy to the Keane family on the recent death of Margaret Keane Lissycasey. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Clondegad GAA News: Clondegad seniors play Doonbeg in the quarterfinals of the championship. Minors in the quarterfinals of the championship. Draw not made yet. U14s still waiting to play Cratloe in the semi-final of the A shield. U13s play in the West Clare. U6/8+10s train Thursday evenings.

Ballyea/Clondegad Lotto: Winning Numbers 3, 11, 15, 20. Five match three winners: €40 each: Kathleen Brown c/o Michael O’Neill Snr; Conor McMahon, Ballyveskil; Joanne Kelly, Lisheen; Lisa & Tina Moloney, Kildysart; Peggy O’Shea, Ballynacally. Jackpot €4,400. Next venue: Local Inn 18/09/17. 3 tickets for €5

Lissycasey GAA Club News: Lissycasey U10 will travel to Oranmore this Saturday for a series of games. Lissycasey U8 will travel to Kerry shortly. Lissycasey Seniors and Juniors will play championship this weekend. Seniors play Ennistymon in Cusack Park on Saturday at 2p.m. while the Juniors play Wolfetones on Sunday at 11.20p.m. Lissycasey GAA club will celebrate Culture night at Frure club house on Friday Sept 22nd from 6-7p.m. All musicians and singers are welcome to join the session of Ceol agus Crack.

Lissycasey GAA Club Lotto: 11/9/17 Jackpot: €9,400: No’s No Jackpot Winner: Match 3: 1. Marie Murphy. Abhann Sliabh 2. Chloe Morrissey. Lismorris
Lucky dip: Paddy McSweeney: Benedin; Maura Talty: Decomade; Grace Kelly; Coolbawn. Smart Lotto: Lotto 18/9/17: Jackpot: €9,500 Play Lotto online Lotto €2 or 3 for €5.00

Ballynacally Walk: Sincere thanks to all who supported last Sunday’s Walk in Lisheen. Over €400 was raised and on behalf of the Development association, Liam Kirwan acting Chairman would like to sincerely thank all those who have attended the 3 walks to date and all who helped out. A full history, videos and photographs are available to view on the group’s website at With a walk a month since July we look forward to seeing you at the October walk.

Leisurely Walk of the Ballycorick Road on Sunday Oct 1st. Anyone interested please meet a Meehan’s Cross at 2pm. Walk ending at Clondegad. Bring wellies/walking boots.

Coffee evening: A Coffee evening will take place at the Five Arches bar after mass on Saturday 30th September in aid of Cahercalla hospice. We would appreciate your help in supporting our local hospice. 

Cahercalla Hospice Draw Results:
1st Prize €650: John F Cotter, Ennistymon
2nd Prize €200: Patsy Kearse, Gort Rd, Ennis

Robert Mizzell in Concert in West Clare: Robert Mizzell one of the best known artist's in Country Music will be appearing in concert on 23rd November in Knockerra Hall. Ticket's €20. To Book call 089 2412943

Set Dancing Classes with Maggie will recommence in the Kilmaley Inn on Thurs Sept 28th at 8.30pm. For further info phone Maggie 086-7577440

50th Anniversary Floral Demonstration "Golden Moments" Ennis Flower and Garden Club present Brid Coonan Ennis, at Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis, on Tuesday, Sept 19th.

Killaloe Diocesan Conference on the World Meeting of Families - Saturday 23rd September - 9.30-1.30pm in the Oakwood Hotel, Shannon.  The ‘Amoris’ programme for parishes will be explored on the day.  Clergy and Chairs of Pastoral Councils are asked to confirm attendance by emailing

The National Annual Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 24th September with Bishop Fintan Monahan as Chief Celebrant & Homilist.

Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes The Autumn pilgrimage from the Killaloe Diocese to Lourdes will leave Shannon Airport on Sunday 1st October returning on Friday 6th October.
Fare €667 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings. Limited capacity so early booking is advisable. Contact   (01) 2410810 or Fr Tom Ryan Pilgrimage Director, Shannon (061) 364133

Clare Haven Services Insights Programme - A free and confidential weekly programme for women who are or have been in an abusive domestic relationship will commence in Ennis in September.  For further information please contact Clare Haven Services on 065 6842646.  

Fitness Classes in Lissycasey commence on Mon Sept 18th. Introducing morning classes every Tues & Thurs at 9.30am. Bodyfit every Mon & Wed at 7.30pm and Tone & Stretch at 8.15pm. Bootcamp at the track every Tues at 8pm. For further information contact Myra on 086-1928486.

Clarecare wish to thank everyone who supported their recent church gate collection. A total of €170.58 was raised in Ballycorick and €445 in Lissycasey.

Personal Alarms for persons aged 65 years and older: Are you or a loved one 65 years of age or older?  Now that the long dark evenings are fast approaching, it may be time to consider having a Personal Monitored Alarm installed in your home. The Seniors Alert Scheme funded via Pobal, encourages community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. Grants are available for the cost of the alarm and its installation through Pobal. The applicant is only responsible for payment of the annual monitoring charge. Please phone Family Carers Ireland Ennis 065 6866515. We will be delighted to answer your queries or concerns and apply for a Personal Alarm on your behalf.

Tractor Run: Charity Tractor Run on Sunday 24th September at 2 pm starting and finishing at Fanny O’Deas, Lissycasey. Entry fee €20 per tractor, route via Ballynacally. The proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards the building of a rescue home for boys in Kenya which are used for the trafficking industry. Local volunteer John Culligan will travel with the Ray of Sunshine Charity in January 2018. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Music & Refreshments served afterwards in Fanny O’ Deas. For Further information please contact: John Culligan 087 6186048

A Heartfelt Thanks from Fr David:
12 Sept 2017
Parish Priest, Assistant Parish Priest and Parishioners of Ballynacally/Lissycasey Parish,
Sincere thanks to all. I am leaving here today with a wealth of knowledge I will always treasure. Working among you and with you here at the parish has been a fantastic pastoral experience. I am thankful for the integral formation I have acquired. I feel as if being here with you all each day has made me a more complete and well rounded person. Thank you for your financial support to the poorest of the poor in Tanzania. I shall always keep you in my prayers in the Holy Mass.
Fr David Mlemeta