Spring Stations, Lourdes Trip and Spring has Sprung

Guided Walk.

The High Road Community Alert committee would like to say a big thank you to all who attended their guided walk through the beautiful Curraghmore estate. This very successful event was a great opportunity to see the estate and hear about its history. Why not take a look at the committees facebook page and see some of the lovely photos taken on the day.

Spring Stations.

The Spring station masses are now well underway and on Wednesday March 11th the station mass for Powersknock, Blacknock and Carrigadustra will be in the home of John Skehan at 8pm. On Thursday March 12th it will be the turn of Stonehouse, Lacka Road and Whelansbridge in the home of Carol and Liam Casey at 8pm and on Friday March 13th the mass for Ross, Kildermody, Kilmagemogue and Carriganure Lower will be in the home of Gillian and Gerry Kennedy at 8pm.

Mass Bookings.

If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of April, May or June then booking will take place after the weekend masses on March 14th and 15th. If you have a first anniversary mass to book during those months please contact myself Linda Spillane (051-399925 or 087-9838392) before the bookings as you will be given preference of dates for a first anniversary mass and that mass will not be shared. However all other masses are shared. If you do not wish to share you will need to be present at the bookings do try to get the date you want and please state to the person taking the bookings that you do not wish to share.

First Penance.

Congratulations to the boys and girls of 2nd class in Ballyduff N.S who made their First Penance last Wednesday night. They decorated the church beautifully with their artwork and sang some beautiful hymns. You could hear their prayers said to perfection and I know that their teachers were very proud of them. This was another great occasion in the childrens lives and they are now preparing eagerly for their First Holy Communion which will be on May 9th.

Trip To Lourdes.

Our local Lourdes committee would like to send two people from the area as part of the invalid section of the forthcoming annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. If you would like to nominate somebody please contact one of the following Noel O Sullivan, Eugene Power, John O Leary or Donal Daly.

Drama Dates.

A reminder to you all that tickets are now on sale for Ballyduff Youth Dramas production of “Snow White & The Eight Lads” which will take place in Garter Lane on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st. Tickets cost just €10 and are available on www.garterlane.ie or call 051-855038. Don’t miss your chance to see this song filled magical journey with plenty of fun and laughter thrown in for good measure.

Love in the Air.

We extend our heartiest congratulations to local lady Louise Mackey, Ross who has announced her engagement to Ian Doogue. Wedding arrangements are well underway and I know Louise will get plenty of help from her mother Maria and sister Deirdre to ensure the day goes perfectly. We wish Louise and Ian every happiness and wish them the very best for the future.

Spring Has Sprung.

There are certainly lots of signs of Spring appearing around us. The daffodil blooms are popping up everywhere, baby calves and lambs are arriving to the world and our evenings are brighter for that little bit longer. It is most certainly my favourite season it always reminds me of hope and inspiration. I would like to share this little verse with you all if I may:

Love and laughter, whispers and smiles,
Gifts of kindness, all spread for a while.
Dancing leaves and flowers,
spreading their scented spell.
As Spring is here again,
with its magical dwell.
Smiling sun and moon,
spreading the music of life,
with bright colours of love,
flowing smoothly to survive.
Where sunshine brings hope,
with warm memories of Spring,
and touch the day with a smile,
to brighten everything.
Where colours play with magic
and show us a beginning new
that brings with it for all
joy and pleasure true.
For Spring is here again
with its scented spell
to bring life to the world,
with its magical dwell.