We remember in prayer:


21st January, 10.00am. Daniel and Philomena (Mena) Croke, Regaile; Mattie and Winnie Browne and their son Matthew, Ballytarsna.   


20th January, 6.30pm. Willie and Mary Gleeson and their daughter Ann, Garrane; Jim and Annie Gibbons and deceased members of the Ward family, Coleraine; Ned Dwyer, (The Shop), Ballytarsna.

27th January, 6.30pm. Paddy Toomey, Meldrum.


Rec. Deceased: Melissa Morrissey, Kilsallagh, Fethard; Ann Fogarty, Grangebeg. 


Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend):

Dualla: Billy Gleeson.                            Boherlahan: Roger Kennedy.


Ministers for the Month of January:


Collectors: Main Aisle: Brendan Ryan & W.J. Dwyer; Our Lady’s: Tricia Donnelly; St. Joseph’s Mgt. O’Dwyer & Mary Ryan (F).

Reader: Michael Taylor.


Collectors: Ann Leamy & Maura Hunt.   

Readers: Con Ryan & Ann Coffey. 

Altar Society: Kate Ryan, Maura Hunt, Aileen Sheehy.


Feast Days:

Today is Sunday of the Word of God. The Word of God is a rich treasure that God’s people can reflect on. It will guide our steps in the ways of peace and love. We give thanks for the many Readers of the Word of God in the churches of our parish.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Service”. Let us give thanks for the three schools in our parish and the wonderful work that they do. I wish the teachers, ancillary staff and pupils every blessing for 2024.

Wednesday 24th January, St. Francis de Sales, founded the Visitation Order of nuns. Patron saint of writers and journalists.

Thursday 25th January, Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle.

Friday 26th January, Ss. Timothy and Titus, co-workers with St. Paul.

Saturday 27th January, St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Order 


Newsletter Notices: Please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the Newsletter to frjoeegan@gmail.com.

Little Flower N.S., Ballytarsna: Enrolment for the school year 2024/25 is now open. Please phone the school office to request an application form on 0504-41323 or email littleflowerns@gmail.com. Closing date for applications is 09/02/2024.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18th marks the start of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for the week is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke: “You shall love the Lord your God…and your neighbour as yourself”. This week reminds Christians worldwide about the importance of praying for the fruits of closer communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ and greater solidarity with the whole of creation.

First Holy Communion Dates:

Saturday, 4th May, Dualla N.S.

Saturday, 11th May, Little Flower N.S. Ballytarsna.

Saturday, 18th May, Scoil San Isadóir, Boherlahan.



God’s ongoing call.                                                                                           

God is not afraid of new things.

That is why he is continually surprising us,

opening our hearts, minds and souls,

guiding us in unexpected ways. (Pope Francis)


So let us enter the New Year with an abundance of hope because he will walk every step of the journey with us.


My New Year Prayer.                                                   

May there be peace and joy within us this day. May we trust God that we are exactly where we are meant to be. May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May we use the gifts that we have received and pass on the love that has been given to us. May we be content and happy knowing that we are children of God. May his presence settle into our bones and allow our souls the freedom to sing, dance and rejoice. All of this is there for each one of us as we begin another year. Together let us step out into our world hand in hand with God our Father, with Jesus our brother and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen.