ST MATTHEW’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

St Matthew’s Church, which celebrated its centenary in 2006, is very active. There are three masses celebrated each weekend and one each weekday morning.

There is a very strong long-standing tradition of wonderful choirs and music in Ballymahon and the 11.30am mass on Sunday is usually sung in two or three part harmony by the Church Choir. There is a parish council associated with the church which meets each month or at any other time of emergency or necessity. A regular newsletter is issued at the weekend masses.

Everyone, catholic or not, is always welcome to visit, light a candle and pray or reflect in the quiet, peaceful calm of the church which is open each day. There is all-day adoration of The Blessed Sacrament each Tuesday and on the first Friday of each month and people are always welcome to commit to spending an hour or to drop in anytime.

As we write this, the parish is trying to recover from the shock of the recent sudden death, in February 2015, of parish priest Fr Padraig McGowan, who had ministered here for 28 years. He took tremendous pride in every aspect of the church and put meticulous effort into the various celebrations, particularly Christmas and Easter. He came into his own with his very special and highly appreciated, thoughtful way of conducting weddings and funerals. He was a sincere, hard-working, studious man who lived fairly abstemiously. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Masses

Saturday Vigil ………………………………….. 8pm

Sunday ………………………………………….. 9am and 11.30am (usually a sung mass by the church choir)

Holy Days ……………………………………….. 8pm on eve before, day time mass is 11.30am

Weekdays ………………………………………. 10am… Tuesday – Thursday – Friday

Sacraments

Confessions …………………………………… Saturday 12-1pm

Baptisms ………………………………………. By arrangement (three weeks notice necessary)

Marriages …………………………………….. Three months notice for all marriages Adoration of the Blessed

Sacrament ……………………………………. Tuesday 10.30am to 11pm & each first Friday 10.30 – 6pm

Prayer Group ………………………………… Thursday 8-9pm in Sisters of Mercy House, Main Street


First Holy Communion
…………………….. Sunday 10th May 2015
Parish Pastoral Council ……………………. Meet first Tuesday of month 7.30pm

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