Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown and Stoneyford Churches.

5th. and 6th. December 2020

 “Second Sunday of Advent”

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.

  • Monday 7th.    Feast of St. Ambrose               
  • Tuesday 8th.    Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   (Holy Day)
  • Thursday 10th. ‘World Human Rights Day’.               
  •  Saturday 12th. Feast of St. Finnian

Mass Times in Aghaviller Parish:  –  

Monday 7th.  to Sunday 13th. December 2020.


  Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30a.m.Tuesday 8th. at 7.00p.m. (Holy Day)                                              

Vigil  –   Saturday 12th. at 8.00p.m. 

 Sunday 13th.  at 10.00a.m. 


Vigil  –  Monday 7th. at 6.30p.m.    

Wednesday 9th. at 7.00p.m.        

Vigil  –  Saturday 12th.  at 6.30p.m. 

Pray For:    

Anniversaries this weekend: 

In Hugginstown Church on Saturday 5th. December at 8.00p.m.     –     Michael Murphy, Lismatigue.

In Hugginstown Church on Sunday 6th. December at 10.00a.m.     –      Peter Kenneally, Barnadown

Sarah Bambrick, Kyleva.   

James Walsh,The Grand Gates, Castlemorris. 

Michael, Johanna and William Dunne;

Months Mind Mass next weekend:

In Hugginstown Church on Saturday 12th. December at 8.00p.m.     –               Kate Tennyson, Mabbistown

Rota for the Weekend

     12th. and 13th. December 2020    –    (Third Sunday of Advent)



Saturday 6.30p.m. Ronan Murphy. 


Saturday 8.00p.m. Catherine Dwyer;

Sunday10.00a.m. Deirdre O’Shea

Eucharistic Ministers:                                                                     


Saturday 6.30p.m. Barbara Smolen


Saturday 8.00p.m. Mary Murphy; 

Sunday 10.00a.m. Ann Power.


Proper protocols are again in place in both Churches for the safety of all.  

Week-end Masses in the Parish will be as follows while numbers are restricted:   

Stoneyford Church on

Saturdays  at 6.30p.m:   

Hugginstown Church on

Saturdays at 8.00p.m. and  Sundays at 10.00a.m.  

  1. 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.  Wear a face mask in the Church at all times.
  2. There is still restricted numbers permitted in Churches.  The Maximum number permitted is 50. 

Please let us know if you are staying outside, as outside speaker can be turned on and Holy Communion given.   

  • Correction!!!Attendance at Funeral Masses are limited to 25people; observing social distance. 

We are still required to:  

 a. Wash our hands properly and often:   

 b.  Practice social distancing.  

c.  Cover coughs and sneezes:  

d. Wear a face mask in Churches, Shops and crowded outdoor settings. 

Christmas Masses:

Attendance will again be limited over the Christmas Period.  Extra Masses will be celebrated to cope with numbers.  Extra protocols need to be put in place and help will be needed.  

If you are free, please attend one of the following meetings; your help and ideas are very welcome.   

Meeting will take place: in

Stoneyford Church on Monday 7th. December after 6.30p.m. Mass 

in Hugginstown Church on Tuesday 8th. December after 7.00p.m. Mass.

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


If you wish to donate directly.  

For Aghaviller Parish Funds: Use IBAN:  IE74 AIBK 9330 9000 0610 47 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)  

For the support of the Clergy:  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)

November Offerings:

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the October Stations and November Offerings recently.  

Envelopes are still available in the Church Porch.  Please use them for your offering,  

Your contribution can be left into the Parish House or you may donate directly – Use IBAN:  IE19 AIBK 9330 9000 0561 20 (BIC: AIBKIE2D).

Ossory Adult Faith Development:       –    

Advent Programme: 

“Thought for the Day” during Advent;  Text your phone number to 085 831 3100

“Faith, Hope and Love”  Three night Virtual Retreat on Tuesday to Thursday 1st. to 3rd. December

“Ministers of the Word”  Advent Retreat on Wednesday and Thursday 16th./17th. December

“Prayer Group”  Pray and Reflect the Scriptures.  Starting on Monday 30th. November 

“Diocesan Carol Service”  On Sunday 20th. December at 8.00p.m. live on KCLR. 96fm.

If you would like more information on any of these resources please contact by email AFD Office at or Tel: 056 775 3624.  And further details online at

Monroe School:

A clothes collection in aid of Monroe School will be held on Thursday 17th. December;  if you have any bags of clothes, you can leave them in the school shed by Thursday 17th. December to help us raise funds for the school.  All clothes/bags/shoes need to be wearable and sheets & curtains clean (the unacceptable items are cushions and duvets). 

We would gratefully appreciate all your help with this collection.


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The Newsletter is available on the Stoneyford Website every weekend. (

It can also be collected in Fitzgerald’s Shop.

All notices for the Newsletter to be left in by Thursdays at 5.00p.m. please. 

Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email    

6th. December 2020    –  “Second Sunday of Advent”

First Reading

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah:

‘Console my people, console them’says your God.‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalemand call to herthat her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for, that she has received from the hand of the Lorddouble punishment for all her crimes.’  

A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.

Make a straight highway for our God across the desert.   

Let every valley be filled in,  every mountain and hill be laid low.

Let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley;  then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion.  Shout with a loud voice,  joyful messenger to Jerusalem.  

Shout  without fear,  say to the towns of Judah,  ‘Here is your God.’   Here is the Lord coming with power,  his arm subduing all things to him. The prize of his victory is with him,  his trophies all go before him.  

He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms,   holding them against his breast  and leading to their rest the mother ewes.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Response    Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,  a voice that speaks of peace,  peace for his people.

His help is near for those who fear him   and his glory will dwell in our land.                                  R.

Mercy and faithfulness have met;   justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth  and justice look down from heaven.                                   R.

The Lord will make us prosper  and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before him   and peace shall follow his steps.                                                     R.

Second Reading

A Reading from the Second Letter of St.Peter.

There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.

Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!   

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.



A Reading from the Gospel of St. Mark:

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:    Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;  he will prepare your way.

A voice cries in the wilderness:   Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals.

I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

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