The following will be remembered at this weekend’s Masses

John O’ Dwyer, Freighduff; James & Mary McGrath, Freighduff; Matt & Mary Ryan, Garryard and sons John & Liam and daughter-in-law Kitty; Ann Ryan, Cooleagh; Catherine McLoughlin, Garraun

(Next Weekend: Tom Croke, Regaile (Month’s Mind); Tim and Anne Dwyer, Longfield Cross; Jerry & James Barry and deceased members of the Barry family, Freighduff)

Please pray for: Bridget Maher, Gooldscross

Mass has been offered for Thady O’ Donnell, Lr. Nodstown (2nd Dec.)

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  It is a holy season that invites us to reflection as we prepare for Christmas. ‘The journey of Advent is to kneel where the knees of the ages have knelt! The pilgrim’s path makes all places holy…The way of Christmas is through all the corners, and streets and places of these days, and everything can be made holy—the shopping, the office party, the dinner for the friends, the cards written, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All of December life is holy just because the God we call Father sent the Son, a small baby, to us. We will kneel at the manger…with hearts filled with memories, hopes, grief and joys. With the joy of family and friends, and the whole Christian world’ (Donal Neary SJ).

Mon 30 Nov is the feast of St Andrew, Apostle. He is honoured as the patron saint of Russia and Scotland. 

Thu 3 Dec is the memorial of St Francis Xavier (1506-52), priest. He was one of the first seven Jesuits. He is a patron of the missions, reflecting his extensive missionary work in India, Goa and Japan. 

Ministers for the Month of December: 


Readers: Sat. eve: Corinne O’ Connell; Sun. morn: Ann Murphy and Noirin O’ Dwyer

Stewards: John Foley; Kevin Maher; Johnny Ryan; Philly Ryan are among our usual collectors for December. We invite them to help at car stewarding during this month.


Stewards: Bernie Sheehy; Thomas Heffernan; Killian Darcy; Kieran O’Connor

First Friday (4 December): The priests of the parish will make individual contact with the housebound during this week. 

Weekend Masses: With the easing of Covid restrictions we hope to return to regular Masses next weekend: 

  • Boherlahan 7.30pm (Sat) and 11.00am (Sun) 
  • Dualla (Denis Leamy Centre) 6.30pm (Sat) and 9.30am (Sun) 

In Boherlahan we will need to respect physical distancing at all times and that will restrict our numbers. Drive-in Masses will continue. In Dualla both Masses will be drive-in until the car park works are complete. We ask everyone to wear masks attending all Masses. We will let you know next weekend about daily Masses. This will only apply to Boherlahan for the moment.

Booking of Masses: anniversary Masses etc. continue to be offered as usual. Bookings may be made by contacting the sacristan or either of the priests of the parish. 

Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to either of the priests or at the usual email address: These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on during the pandemic restrictions. 

Online Advent Scripture: Cashel and Emly Biblical Apostolate Resource Group are offering a series of videos to watch in your own time on the topic Resilient Faith. They are available from 23 November. A Webinar on 10 December 7.30-9pm is also offered. 

Cost: €20 per household. Registration: Follow the link:

Queries can be directed to: All are welcome!

Online Advent Retreat: three sessions with Fr Billy Swan (Ferns diocese) Tue 1 to Thu 3 December 2020, 8-9pm on ZOOM. Themes are:  Tuesday 1 Dec. – FAITH;  Wednesday 2 Dec. – HOPE; Thursday 3 Dec. – LOVE. To take part, just email to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome!

Community Website: On, after a change of server, the streaming of Sunday Mass from Boherlahan church is now of a higher quality and reliability. Please pass this news on to your family, friends and neighbours.

If you have difficulty viewing it on the website, it may be useful to go directly to instead.

Please send any notices, reports, photos and news to

Scoil San Isadóir: Enrolment for the school year 2021/2022 is now open. Application forms can be downloaded and printed from our website or phone the school office to request a form on 0504 41184. 

Historical Journal: Thanks to our faithful supporters who have made the sale of the 2020 Journal a resounding success. Just a few copies remain. If you haven’t got a copy, contact a member of the committee or one of the retail outlets immediately. Planning for the 2021 Journal has already commenced. If you are contemplating writing an article, contact Paddy O’ Dwyer or any member of the committee as soon as possible. Photos for inclusion are very welcome.

Important dates for your Calendar:

Confirmation: The date of Confirmation  for the parish of Boherlahan-Dualla is Wednesday, 12th May 2021.The details relating to venues, more than one ceremony, or whether the Archbishop will be in attendance, will be decided at a later date. When you receive the Parish Calendar in December, you will notice that the date of Confirmation is May 5th. This was an error in typing.

First Holy Communion: Two dates have been arranged with each of the three schools. Each school has fixed a date in March and also a fall back date in May for First Holy Communion. These dates will be communicated to the parents through the school. They will also appear in our Parish Calendar. All these dates are provisional due to Covid 19.