Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

10th. and 11th. July 2021.    

St. Bonaventure:

     “The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time”

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

Mass Times in Aghaviller Parish:      

Monday 12th. July to Sunday 18th. July 2021.


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

   Vigil –  Saturday 17th. at 8.00p.m.              

Sunday 18th.  at 10.00a.m. 


Wednesday 14th. at 7.00p.m.

Vigil  –  Saturday 17th  at 6.30p.m. 

  • Monday 13th.    Feast of St. Henry:                                        
  • Thursday 15th.  Feast of St. Bonaventure:  
  • Friday 16th.        Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Pray For:         

Alice Post (Nee Jordan) who died in Canada recently.


 Miriam Brennan,Lawcus.  Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 10th. July at 6.30p.m.

Mary, Sonny and Stephen Kelly, Castlemorris. Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 11th. July at 10.00a.m.

Michael, John, Mary and Ellie Farrell, Kilkeasey.   

Mary and Susan O’Connor, Mount Juliet.

Next Weekend:  

Tom Butler, Boolyglass.  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 17th. July at 8.00p.m.

 Ellen Doyle, Hugginstown.  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 18th. July at 10.00a.m.


Attendance at Religious Services is still limited to 50 People, (including Funerals, Weddings etc.).    

Proper protocols are in place in both Churches for the safety of all. Please use the Hand Sanitiser on entering and leaving the Churches and use only the seats that are marked for seating.  

Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only. In Hugginstown Church people are invited to come up the centre of the Church and return by the side.  In Stoneyford Church, Holy Communion will be distributed upstairs and throughout the Church; No need to leave your seats.  Please let us know before Mass if you are staying outside, as outside speaker can be turned on at the beginning of Mass in both Churches and Holy Communion given. There will be no Missalettes or the passing of collection bags. A Collection Box will be placed at the Church doors for your contribution.     

Safeguarding Contacts:   

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:  

Ms. Kathleen Sherry Tel: 087 100 0232  or  email:  

Aghaviller Parish Representatives are:  

Teresa Broderick  and Carmel O’Toole 

Cemetery Masses 2021:

  • Hugginstown Cemetery Mass on Saturday 10th. July at 8.00p.m.
  • Sheepstown Cemetery Mass on Friday 16th. July at 8.00p.m.
  • Kilkeasy Cemetery Mass on Friday 23rd. July at 8.00p.m:  
  • Stoneyford Cemetery Mass on Friday 6th. August at 8.00p.m.


The“Church Door”Contributions on last weekend amounted to €520.00.  Thank You.                                                                       

Our Lady of Knock:

A Mass in honour of Our Lady of Knock will be celebrated on Sunday 18th. July 2021 in the Carmelite Church, Knocktopher at 11.00a.m. 


Kilkenny Volunteer Centre:


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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   –    11th. July 2021

First Reading:

A Reading from the Prophet Amos:

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Go away, seer;’ get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple.’ ‘I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets,’ Amos replied to Amaziah ‘I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who said, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”’                   

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 St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.  Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ,to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence,determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christfor his own kind purposes,to make us praise the glory of his grace,his free gift to us in the Beloved, in whom, through his blood, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.

Such is the richness of the grace which he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight.

He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made in Christ from the beginning to act upon when the times had run their course to the end:  that he would bring everything together underChrist, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth.              

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life; you have the message of eternal life.



A Reading from the Holy Gospel of St. Mark:

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.                        

The Gospel of the Lord.

“Rearing the Future”

On Wednesday 23rd. June, Fr Harry Bohan spoke to the Southern Deanery Pastoral Council to discuss his new book “Rearing the Future” He began by reminding them of the history of the Church in Ireland most especially after the Famine when the Church was ‘Chapel Centred’ and ‘Devotional’ and very much dominated by the Clergy, right through to 1960 which heralded the birth of modernity, industrialisation, and communication (TV, Radio etc), and also secularism and prosperity. “The Church at this time was powerful but shallow and had little or no contemplative prayer or study of Scripture and the Gospels and so it gradually began to unravel”. 

At this time also the Second Vatican Council took place, when the Church set out to answer the question of how to engage with a changing world.  Fr Harry made a bold statement in saying that the “Catholic Church in Ireland today is facing implosion from within; if it does not learn to let go of many old practices and learn to engage with people and encourage discussion and interaction”.  In his book he says that Pope Francis repeatedly refers to a “Church and Christianity that must touch the lives of people and shape their environment; He told priests that they are not to confine themselves to the Sanctuaries and warned of hypocrisy if they confine themselves to words but no action.

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