Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown and Stoneyford Churches.

18th. and 19th. July 2020. 

“Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time” 

St. Bridget of Sweden

Priests living within the Parish:

Liam Cassin (Parish Priest)  

Telephone:    056 776 8693        or     

Mobile           087 231 2354

Peter Hoyne (Retired)  

Telephone:  056 776 8678       or     

Mobile         086 373 8492

Please do not hesitate to ring if you need assistance.

Mass Times in Aghaviller Parish:  –

 Monday 20th. to Sunday 26th. July 2020.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30a.m

Sunday 26th.   at 10.00a.m. 


Wednesday  @ 7.00p.m.

Vigil  –  Saturday 25th.  @  6.30 p.m.       

  • Wednesday 22nd. Feast of St. Mary Magdalene;
  • Thursday 23rd. Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden (Patron of Europe)
  • Friday 25th.        Feast of St. Declan;
  • Saturday 25th.           Feast of St James (Apostle)

Pray For: 

Anniversary Masses this week-end:

 In Hugginstown Church: on Sunday 19th. July at 10.00a.m.   –

Tom Butler, Boolyglass:

Johnny and Kathleen Maher, Boolyglass

William Dunne,Stoneyford:

Anniversary Masses next week-end:

In Stoneyford Church on Saturday 25th. July at 6.30p.m

Jim and Bridget McCarthy,Knockdrinna

Rota for next week-end:   

25th. and 26th. July 2020  –  (Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)




Saturday 6.30p.m. Ronan Murphy.


Sunday 10.00a.m Marie Aylward

Eucharistic Ministers:                                                   


Saturday 6.30p.m. Bernie Grace;.


Sunday 10.00a.m. Ruth Crowley

Book Shop:

St Mary’s Cathedral Book & Gift Shop has reopened with a large selection of books, rosaries, crucifixes, gifts and cards.

Opening Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m.

Aghaviller Parish:    (The Way Forward)

The Re-opening of Churches and the Celebration of Public Masses took place on Monday 29th. June. Proper protocols are now in place in both Churches for the safety of all.  Please use the seats that are marked for seating: Every second row of seats is available for seating and family members are asked to sit together in the same seat.  Week-end Mass are as follows:  Stoneyford Church on Saturdays  at 6.30p.m and  Hugginstown Church on Sundays at 10.00a.m.


  • Many thanks to the Stewards who help in both Churches to remind people to sanitise their hands and to observe proper social distance within the Churches. Please accept directions from Stewards.  The 2 Metres apart still applies for proper social distance.
  • There will be restricted numbers permitted in both Churches.  The Maximum number permitted indoors is still 50. Hugginstown Church accommodates  65 and Stoneyford Church accommodates 50 with proper social distance.  Outside speaker will be turned on if needed.  Please let us know if you are staying outside.
  • There will be no Missalettes or the passing of collection bags. A collection box will be placed at the Church door. 
  • Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only from the front of the altar. In Hugginstown Church people will come up the centre and return by the side. In Stoneyford Church people will come up the centre and return by the side entrance;  Holy Communion will be distributed upstairs in Stoneyford Church and outside if needed.
  • Mass will be celebrated on Mondays to Fridays in Hugginstown Church at 9.30a.m. and in Stoneyford Church on Wednesdays and First Fridays at 7.00p.m.
  • Baptisms can be celebrated – again observing social distancing and limiting the number attending.
  • Small Cemetery Masses can now be celebrated.  These will be organised as soon as possible.
  • Confirmations can be celebration after mid-August and First Holy Communions after mid-September
  • Attendance at Funeral Masses is still limited to 50 because of social distancing.

Sunday Mass Times on the Web and Radio:

St. Canice’s Church www.stcanicesparish.ieat 10.00a.m.

St. Mary’s Cathedral:  www.stmaryscathedral.ieat 11.00a.m.

St. John’s Church:  at 11.30a.m.

Mooncoin Church;  at 11.00am.

Mass is celebrated every Sunday and is also relayed on RTE Radio and T.V.  and on K.C.L.R.

Safeguarding Contacts:

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:

Mr. Cathal Cullen Tel: 087 100 0232  or

Diocese of Ossory Web Page:

Gardaí 1800 555 222:

Tusla – Kilkenny Area –  Tel: 052 617 7302.

Aghaviller Parish Representatives are:  Teresa Broderick and Carmel O’Toole

Lotto: Aghaviller Parish and Carrickshock G. A. A.

The Local Lotto will resume on Monday 27th. July.   –  Next Draw: Match 3:  €1,000.00;    Match 4:  €2,000.00;             Jackpot:  €20,000.00;

An extra €100.00 prize will be drawn each week until such time as the Jackpot is won.  Please submit returns by 8.30p.m. Draw at 9.00p.m.

Youth 2000:

The youth 2000 Summer E-Festival is a three day Catholic event for young people from around the world.  Listen to some of the biggest speakers giving workshops on your favourite topics.  See other young Catholics on fire with the faith or simply be refreshed and inspired.  Register now for free at www.youth2000.ieto get your welcome pack.

Higher Diploma in Theology:

Interested in studying Theology in 2020 – 21? The one year, part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is now offered as a “Blended Learning” programme. Suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in any discipline (or equivalent), the course will run from September to May, with online lectures taking place on Wednesday evenings, complimented with self directed study. There will also be 6 residential weekends over the course of the year. In certain cases, the programme can serve as a pathway into programmes which require a background in Theology, such as the Higher Diploma in Healthcare Chaplaincy or Masters in Theology. The course also meets the Teaching Council’s requirements for the teaching of Religion in Secondary Schools. Closing date for applications is 14th. August 2020.  For more information, please contact Barbara Mahon, Admissions & Marketing Officer, at or 01 708 4772


The“Offertory”Collection on last weekend amounted to €415.00.  Thank You.

The “June Collection2020”for the support of the priests of the Parish and the Diocese will be taken up during the months of July/August.  Envelopes for this collection are available at the back of the Churches.  I would like to thank most sincerely those who have contributed during the past few weeks.  Many thanks for all of your support during these times.

The Diocesan Finance Committee has asked that we make available the parish bank account details so that people might be able to donate directly.  For Aghaviller Parish Funds: Use IBAN:  IE74 AIBK 9330 9000 0610 47 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)

For the support of the Priests:  Use IBAN:  IE19 AIBK 9330 9000 0561 20 (BIC: AIBKIE2D).

All Parish Property and Accounts are registered under the (Diocese of Ossory, Reg. Charity No. 20015831)


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Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email


19th. July 2020

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

First Reading:

A reading from the Book of Wisdom.  12:13,16-19

You will grant repentance after sin

There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything; to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly;  Your justice has its source in strength, your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.

You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned and you expose the insolence of those who know it;  but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement,  you govern us with great lenience,

for you have only to will, and your power is there.

By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men,

and you have given your sons the good hope that after sin you will grant repentance.    The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Response:     O Lord, you are good and forgiving.

O Lord, you are good and forgiving,  full of love to all who call.

Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.       R.

All the nations shall come to adore you and glorify your name, O Lord:

for you are great and do marvellous deeds,  you who alone are God.            R.

But you, God of mercy and compassion,  slow to anger, O Lord,

abounding in love and truth,  turn and take pity on me.                                 R.

Second Reading

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  8:26-27

The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words. The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,

so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.  Alleluia!




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