Regional Songs of Praise

The Regional and Ecumenical Songs of Praise Service took place in a packed St. Catherine’s Church in Ballymahon on Sunday 25th November.  We were blessed with having the Huston Trio and Lesley Denniston providing music.  It was marvellous to be joined by the many Priests, Clergy, Lay Pastors and congregations  from Ballymahon, Tang, Forgney, Killashee. Roscommon, Lanesborough, Athlone and Mullingar.  It was truely a cross Diocese and Inter Denominational celebration of all we have in common in our faith in, and love of, Jesus Christ

The singing, was magnificent, the atmosphere uplifting as many voices joined together lifting hearts,minds and spirits in praise of our Lord.

 

Our thanks to all those who participated and to all who came from far and wide to join us for this joyous service.

Regional Songs of Praise

We are delighted to announce that our St. Catherine’s Church in Ballymahon will host a Regional Songs of Praise on Sunday 25th November at 4 pm (participants to gather at 3.30).

We will have involvement from the Forgney Parish and the Athlone Group, from Lanesborough and the Roscommon Group and from the Mullingar Union of parishes.  The Service will also have involvement from our local Roman Catholic brothers and sisters.

We hope to have a band to accompany some of the hymns and that many will gather to sing praise to the Lord our God and be uplifted by him.  All Welcome….

Ardagh Cathedrals and Ardagh House

 

 

Canon Patrick Comerford’s post “Three churches on the site of Saint Mel’s Cathedral in Ardagh” can be accessed by following the link below.

http://www.patrickcomerford.com/2018/08/three-churches-on-site-of-saint-mels.html

 

He also has a post on Ardagh House

http://www.patrickcomerford.com/2018/08/ardagh-house-has-survived-rebuilding.html?spref=fb&m=1

 

 

 

Shrule (Ballymahon) Parish Records

(Pic from the RCB Library Website)

Our St. Catherine’s Church in Ballymahon has been highlighted in the RCB Library’s Library’s Archive  of the Month!

The parish is the parish of Shrule and is referred to as Parish “Number 1” due to the early deposition of the records.  There is a fascinating account at <RCB Library Record of the Month> of what these records reveal – a fascinating read.

Heritage Open Day in our church in Ardagh

We are delighted to invite you to our Open Afternoon as part of Heritage Week 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ardagh on Sunday 26th August from 2 – 4 pm.

Activities will include speakers on the History and Architecture of the church and also on the Graveyard.  This promises to be a fascinating afternoon.  All are welcome.

Tea and coffee will be available.   Please follow @Ardaghpres on Twitter and Facebook for updates or contact the Parish.

All Parish, All Age, Teddy Bears Picnic

On Sunday 17th our Service will be a united one in Kenagh.  It will be an “all age” Service of the Word.   The Service will include our Sunday Club Prize Giving.

It will be followed by our all parish picnic in the grounds of Tashinny School – bring your own picnic and something for a sharing table.

As this is also a Teddy Bears’ Picnic – remember to bring your Teddy if you still have him!

De Consecration of Moydow Church

De Consecration of Moydow Church

Bishop Ferran deconsecrated the church in Moydow .  A great cross section of  Parishioners who had a connection with the church attended.  Following the short ceremony some consideration was given to the hope that an alternative use might be found for the building.

General Easter Vestry

The General Easter Vestry of the Ardagh Union of Parishes will be held on Monday 9th April at 8 pm in The Lecture Hall in Kenagh.  Bishop Ferran will be in the Chair.

Attention all Quizzers!

Parishioners and friends are invited to challenge their brains with our parish quiz fundraiser.  A numbered sheet of 30 tantalising questions is available at just €5 from Vestry members.  This sheet should be returned on or before the 15th April.  All fully correct answer sheets will be entered into a draw!  Enjoy!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

We were delighted to join with our neighbours from Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule Parishes in the Service of Prayer developed by the Churches in the Carribean.

Particularly special was the moment when we created a human chain as we prayed The Lord’s Prayer together.

Thank you for the welcome to the presbytery  for a chat over a cup of tea!