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First Communion

Fr. John, on behalf of the First Communion Team and the people of both the parish of Mervue and Ballybane, would like to assure the children from Holy Trinity and St. Michael’s Schools Mervue who were looking forward to receiving their First Communion on Saturday next May 23rd, that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

On the 23rd, Fr. John will light the Paschal Candle in St. Brigid’s Church Ballybane, for every child from the Parish preparing to receive the Body of Christ this year. With God’s help we will gather to celebrate this very special day for the children and their families, in the autumn.

 

Sunday Reflections

Sunday reflections from the Western Dioceses: the reflection for Sunday May 24th comes from our own diocese and is delivered by Fr Declan Lohan. It will be available to watch online at 6.30pm on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-oliver-plunkett-renmore-galway

Recordings of the previous reflections are now available online at https://www.elphindiocese.ie/short-online-weekly-reflections-stay-with-us-lord-for-it-is-almost-evening

 

Galway Hospice Sunflower Appeal

Covid-19 has meant the cancellation of fundraising events for Galway Hospice, including its annual Sunflower Days collection on June 5 & 6th. Donations to the Hospice can be made at www.galwayhospice.ie/donate or on 091-770868. Thank you for your support.

 

Workshop

The Poor Clare Sisters are holding a Youth Forum workshop on the spirituality of St Francis and St Clare on Saturday May 30th, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. It will be hosted via Zoom and anyone interested should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Parish Office

Will remain closed until further notice. If you wish to contact Fr. John please ring 091 755381/ 087 2354487or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Please Note:

Months Mind, Anniversary and Birthday Remembrance Masses will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Galway Diocesan 'virtual' Pilgrimage to Knock online Mass

As the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock cannot take place this year owing to Covid-19 restrictions. Fr Richard Gibbons P.P. Knock will celebrate a pilgrimage Mass online on Sunday May 17th, with a special welcome to the people of the Diocese of Galway and will deliver a message from Bishop Brendan Kelly. Starting with the Rosary at 2.30pm, Mass at 3pm, followed by Benediction. www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live and on Knock Shrine fb page.

 

Mass on RTÉ every Sunday at 2.00pm
Sunday Mass at 2pm on RTÉ News Now and can be accessed on Saorview Channel 21; Sky 521; Virgin 200; Eir 517.

 

GRETB Community Education YouTube Channel

The Community Education Service of the GRETB are delighted to launch a dedicated YouTube Channel for people in local community groups, their friends and families.  The content reflects Community Education courses.

 

Heartlink West 

Croí Heart & Stroke Charity recently launched Heartlink West, a new free daily service for heart and stroke patients. Heartlink West will provide support from their community based, multi-disciplinary health team of nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and physical activity specialists. For further information phone 091 544310 or visit www.croi.ie/heartlinkwest

 

Healthy Galway City New Website
www.healthygalwaycity.ie The site will act as an information hub, signposting people to reliable sources of health and wellbeing information and useful resources, as well as promoting local programmes and events, which aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Galway City.

 

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the 2020 Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been postponed to June 30th 2021. The annual raffle which was to take place on May 7th has been postponed as well.

 

Wednesday Club

St. Brigid's Parish Wednesday Club meets on Wednesdays from 2.30-4pm in the Ballybane Enterprise Centre. We look forward to welcoming our regulars back and any new members too of course. If you know anyone 60 plus who might like to meet up on Wednesday afternoons for a chat, a cup of tea, pick up some interesting tips on a wide range of topics, enjoy a bit of music and fun as well as a regular bingo game, please let them know that we would be delighted to welcome them into our club.                                            

 

Ballybane COPE Lunch Club

Meets every second week in the New Life Centre, Monivea Road. The lunch club provides a space where older people can meet, enjoy a two course meal together, socialise with their neighbours, and make new friends all within their local community. Contact 085 104 8330. Volunteers from the community are always welcome.

 

Are you caring for somebody with Dementia?

Western Alzheimer's are holding a Carers support Groupin in the Clayton Hotel on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8.30pm. Contact 091-565193.

 

Ballybane Parent & Toddler Group

Will run on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am to 12 midday in the Ballybane Community Resource Centre.

 

Croi Nua Programme

All Croi Nua Programmes are held in Croi Nua Centre, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway (Opposite Scoil Róis). For Further information contact 091 520960/0872980564/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

Ongoing Programmes

 

At Home with your Bible

Every Tuesday morning from September 17th from 10.15am - 12.15pm and repeated in the evening 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Morning Mass follows for those who wish to attend. Facilitator: Patsy Kelly

 

Taize Spirituality and Prayer 

An hour of spirituality and prayer. Last Monday of each month 8.00 – 9.00pm. 

 

Meditation Group Meeting 

In a world saturated by noise, speed, and movement, people yearn for spaces to settle down, to be still, to be at home with themselves and to allow God to speak to them. A sacred space for meditation is offered every week in Croi Nua. Every Friday at 7.30pm throughout the year. 

 

AA Meetings

Every Monday and Friday 5.30 – 7.00pm.

 

Arts Anonymous

12 Step Spirituality fellowship for all who wish to fulfil their creative potential.Every Sunday 7.00 to 8.15pm.



Faith Renewal - Knock Shrine

 

Scripture Summer School

The annual Scripture Summer School takes place from June 9th- 12th June. The theme this year is  2020 Vision – Faith into the Future – Biblical Nourishment for Hungry Pilgrims. We are delighted to welcome back our facilitators Kieran O’Mahony, Jessie Rogers and Sean Goan. Come join us and be nourished by the Word of God as we reflect on its richness. The Summer School focuses on specific themes in Scripture with guest speakers throughout the week. The programme consists of daily lectures, workshops, Lectio Divina and celebration of the Mass. The school will take place in Knock House Hotel and booking is required.

 

Jesuit Week / Week of Ignatian Spirituality
Jesuit Week 2020 takes place from Sunday July 26th – Sunday August 2nd inclusive. The theme is Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God. God takes an interest in each one of us, in every life – a personal interest in the ordinary daily realities and in our deepest longings. Each of us has a story to tell and in that story, God is present, calling us to listen as well as speaking. It doesn’t do away with the struggles of life, but it helps us to see that the One who created us wants to guide us and to give us courage and a sense of peace. This is what the Jesuit way of prayer is all about.