St. Joseph’s Church Carrickmacross

Deus Vobiscum...May God Be With You

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Church Bulletin

 How to contact the parish…

Rev. Fr Larry Duffy PP                                                 Rev.Fr Padraig Mac Kenna CC
042 9664367                                                                      042 9661231


Parish Office
Parish Secretary: Yvonne
Tel: 042 9661231
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 12.30
All Information for Baptisms and Weddings is available in the Parish Office .

Changes To Mass Times
Parishioners were invited last Sunday to vote and choose a new time for Sunday morning Mass.
As and from     Feb 15th  2015 Sunday morning Masses will take place at 9.30am and 12.00 Noon.
The Vigil Mass time remains unchanged at 6.30pm.The early Mass time of 9.30am was choosen to replace the two existing Mass times of 9.00am and 10.30am. Two hundred and twenty three votes were received, (223)....One hundred and fifteen votes for Mass at 9.30am, (115) and one hundred and eight votes for Mass at 10.00am, (108).
Thank you to all who voted.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Saint Joseph’s Conference  in Carrickmacross wishes to thank most sincerely  the public for  their  generosity at Christmas. Further subscriptions can be sent directly to St Joseph’s Conference, or any member of the conference, and donations may  be place in St Anthony’s box in the church porch.
Thank you most sincerely, and may God bless you and your family  throughout the new year.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2015. St Joseph’s Parish Council in conjunction with Fr Duffy are planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2015. Leaving Wednesday 7th to Thursday 15th of October, and will be lead by Fr Brendan Cooney. Cost 1,498 Euro to include flights, 8 nights accommodation, 4 Star hotel, half board in
 (Jerusalem and Tiberius) tax and insurance, transfers and all day trips, including boat trip and cable car. For more details contact any member of the Parish Council or phone Jim 0872241894, Bernie 0871092957, Alice 0873122122.

Liturgy Group: A meeting of the liturgy group will take place on  Wednesday 21st January at 8pm.
Parish Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th January at 7.30pm in Teach Ui Bhriain.

Getting Married in 2015.
If you or a member of your family is planning to get married in 2015 please remember the following. The couple must arrange to meet the civil registrar at least three months before the wedding  to give three months notice of their intention to marry. For details see
All couples are required to arrange and complete a pre- marriage course. Accord ...... is the official provider of courses in the Diocese of Clogher. Other useful details are available on

Sponsors for Baptism
Whenever a person is baptised, as an infant, as a child or as adult, there should be at least one person present who will act as sponsor for the one being baptised. The sponsor, commonly referred to as one’s godmother or godfather, accepts the responsibility of helping the person grown in the Catholic Faith. One who acts as a sponsor for an infant or child agrees to help the parents teach their child about the Faith and how to live as a practising Catholic. One who acts as sponsor for an adult agrees to encourage and support the person, pray with and for the person ad offer whatever help, information or support is needed while the person is preparing to enter the Church and then is living out the rest of his or her life as a practising Catholic.
For a person to act as a sponsor for Baptism, he or she must be at least sixteen years old. Must have already received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist), and must be living in a way that demonstrates that one’s faith is strong enough to be able to fulfil the responsibilities involved with being a sponsor. A Sponsor who is married must be married in accord with the laws of the Church (cf.CIC, can.874) Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults page 209. 
Blessing for the Godparents
“I bless the godparents here today who represent the believing community to which the child now belongs. May their friendship and prayers be a loving support to the child throughout life”

Wanted ,One Body! by the Farney Players. Following sell out shows in Carrick & Iontas this hilarious production has its final run on Friday 6th & Sat 7th Feb in the Garage Theatre Monaghan and on Sat 14th Feb & Sun15th Feb in the Ramor Theatre Virginia. Tickets online from the theatres or from O'Rourke Oil 0429661372.

National Learning Network: A new year A new you! National learning Network can help make this a really good year for you. If you are not working due to illness or disadvantage and get social welfare payment you can retain this payment and get a travel allowance (if eligible) and we will do our bit to make your life meaningful once again. Do not sit at home all day wondering what to do with your time! We can help. Contact National Learning Network on 047 83671 or Maureen on 0876500921.

Factory of Dance and sports of performing Arts: Resumed in the Phoenix Centre Carrickmacross On Monday 12th  and Tuesday 13th January. All classes are proven and tested that teach your child to improve co-ordination , posture ,rhythm, strength and cardiovascular fitness in a fun and safe learning environment. For more information contact Amanda on 0878319582.

The Carers Association are providing QQI (Fetac) Healthcare Support Major Award Training in Co Monaghan, For more information please cotact the training unit on 0579322920.

Free hearing test free hearing aid servicing (all users welcome), wax removal and free Tinnitus consultation available in Ann O’Flynns Pharmacy Ardee and Leavys Opticians Castleblayney.  Other locations also available or free home visits for those who are less able.To arrange an appointment or for further details contact Bernie on 041 685 8808/041 685 7808.

Helping Hands is a voluntary service operating throughout Co. Monaghan. Our volunteers help older people and those with disabilities with small household and small gardening jobs. All volunteers are Garda vetted. Phone: (042) 9754551, Mobile:087 0656793, Email: 

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday 17th January 10.00am: M.M Evan Rouse, Lisanisk. 6.30pm Vigil Mass: Tom O’Brien, Rockdaniel Road. Michael Kelly, Clonseady, Maghercloone(1st Anniversary) Joe OReilly, Castleblayney Road.
Sunday 18th January: 9.00am: Seamus Hanratty,Kingscourt Road. 10.30am: Henry Boylan, Trostan.
12 Noon: Frank and Annie Fealy, Magheross, Thomas and Mary Duffy, Dundalk and Catherine Hanratty, Crossmaglen.
Monday 19th   January 10.00am: Henry and Mary Mc Ardle and deceased members of the Mc Ardle, Duffy and Mc Caul families.  7.30pm: John Sullivan, Highfield and Christopher Carolan.
Tuesday 20th  10.00am: Bridget and Michael Woods and deceased of Woods family, St Joseph’s Terrace.
Wednesday 21st   January 10.00am: Letitia Mc Ardle and deceased members of the Mc Ardle , Durkan and Pearce families. 7.30pm: Deceased members of the Walsh family, Aghafad, Killanny.
Thursday 22nd   January 10.00am: Patrick and Kathleen Mc Ardle and deceased members of the Mc Ardle family Tullynaskeagh. No Evening Mass
Friday 23rd  January 10.00am: 7.30pm Mary and Matthew Tully, Drummond Otra.
Saturday 24th January 10.00am: M.M Mary Bermingham, Mullinary. 6.30pm Vigil Mass: Peter and Lil
Mc Cartney , Cloughvalley. Eileen Donavan, London. Theresa and Peter Larkin, Manchester and Megan O’Connor , Dundalk. Kathleen Carolan and Patsy Martin and Jack Carolan.
Sunday 25th January 9.00am: Pat Mc Cahey, Kingscourt Road. 10.30am: Paddy Mc Daniels , Lurgans and deceased family, Derrylavin.  10.30am James, Mary and Seamus Brady, Longfield. Nuala, Jane and James Mc Keown and deceased of Callan and Mc Keown families, Rockdaniel Road. Peter Crosby, 36 St Macartans Villas.
12Noon: Michael Lynch, Corcuillogue, James Fox , Cloughvalley, Gavin Fagan and deceased of Family, Ardross Avenue.
Recently Deceased : Jennie Tumelty, 9 Woodlands and Magheracloone. Michael Martin, Stonetown, Co. Louth. Lucy Kerley, Killanny. Molly Flemming, Dublin and Carrickmacross.