Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

St. Ambrose

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

4th. and 5th. December 2021. 

“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

Mass Times in Aghaviller Parish:  

Monday 6th. to Sunday 12th. December 2021.


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

Vigil  –  Tuesday 7th. at 8.00p.m.  

Wednesday – 8th. at 10.00a.m.   

Vigil – Saturday 11th. at 8.00p.m.

Sunday 12that 10.00a.m.                  


Vigil – Tuesday 7th. at 6.30p.m.

Vigil – Saturday 11th. at 6.30p.m.

  • Tuesday 7th.      Feast of St. Ambrose
  • Wednesday 8th.  Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary  –  Holy Day.

Pray For:          

Anniversary Masses:                                               

Tom and Mary Toomey, Stoneyford: Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 4th. December at 6.30p.m.

Peter Kenneally, Barnadown: Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 4th. December. at 8.00p.m.

Michael Murphy, Lismatigue: Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 5th. December at 10.00a.m.

Jim Walsh, The Grand Gates, Castlemorris.

Anniversary Masses next week-end:   

Martin Brennan, Gowlawn and Pat and Margaret Irish, Hugginstown:   Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 11th. December at 8.00p.m.

Brendan Murphy, Newmarket:  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 12th. December at 10.00a.m.

Penitential Services:

Penitential Services will be celebrated in preparation for Christmas during Masses on

  • Saturday11th. December  in Stoneyford Church and on
  • Saturday18th. December and Sunday19th. December in Hugginstown Church.

November Offerings:

Many, Many thanks for your Contributions to the November Offerings during the past weeks.


Hugginstown Voluntary Housing:   

“Bluebird Care”:    

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €515.00.  Thank You.                                                                       

St Mary’s Cathedral Book and Gift Shop:

St Mary’s Cathedral Book and Gift Shop specialises in products that stress the celebration of the religious beliefs of Christmas.  Christmas Cards, Mass Cards, Christmas Decorations, Books and Gifts are all available.  A wide range of Spiritual Books, Children’s Books and Bibles are also available. Opening Hours:  9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

St. Vincent de Paul Society:

Normally the annual P. Church Gate Appeal would take place this Sunday. However due to lack of funding and volunteers the Local Conference will be closing down at the end of December 2021. 

Should any parishioner wish to donate to the Christmas Appeal they can do so by contacting S.V. de P. on the following number. 087 616 4621.  The Local Conference (St. Brendan’s) would like to thank all those who have donated so generously over the past number of years.

Stoneyford Development Association:    

The scheduled Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 6th. December at 8.00p.m. in the Community Centre has now been moved online and will now be held via Zoom. A link to the A.G.M. will be posted on You can also request a link by texting “AGMLINK” to 087 255 6722.

Advent Retreat:

Lectio Divina Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Gospels. The Priory Institute is delighted to offer a Free of Charge online retreat which is a repeat of their popular Advent Retreat of 2018. 

Visit our website: or click on this link to register. Telephone 01 404 8129 (direct line).


If you wish to receive the weekly Newsletter by email, please drop your email address to

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

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

Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email:

“Second Sunday of Advent”     –    5th. December 2021

First Reading:

A Reading from the Prophet Baruch:

Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever, wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you, put the diadem of the glory of the Eternal on your head: since God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven, since the name God gives you for ever will be, ‘Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness.’

Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east:   see your sons reassembled from west and east at the command of the Holy One, jubilant that God has remembered them.

Though they left you on foot, with enemies for an escort, now God brings them back to you like royal princes carried back in glory.  For God has decreed the flattening of each high mountain, of the everlasting hills, the filling of the valleys to make the ground level so that Israel can walk in safety under the glory of God. And the forests and every fragrant tree will provide shade for Israel at the command of God; for God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory with his mercy and integrity for escort.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:  

Response:     What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs.                    R.

The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels the Lord worked for them!’

What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.                                    R.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage as streams in dry land.

Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap.                                          R.

They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing:

they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.                      R.

Second Reading:

A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians:

Every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy, remembering how you have helped to spread the Good News from the day you first heard it right up to the present. I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes; and God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you. My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ, when you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God.

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 Holy Gospel of St. Luke:

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, winding ways will be straightened and rough roads made smooth. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.      

The Gospel of the Lord.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages:

7 Nights, Apartment B&B and return from April to October 2022; Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split Price from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434 510 or email

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

Regulations Re. Covid-19:      

All Religious Services can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining.

  1. Please wear Face Covering and please use Hand Sanitiser on entering and leaving the Churches.

Please keep a safe distance from other people. Use seats not occupied if possible; but families use the same seat.

  1. 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 to their seats by the side.  In Stoneyford Church, Holy Communion will be distributed upstairs and throughout the Church; No need to leave your seats.  No Holy Water in Fonts.
  2. There will be no Missalettes or the passing of Collection Bags. A Collection Box will be placed at the Church doors for your contribution. Please bring home the Newsletter you collect on entering the Church.

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