Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

18th. and 19th. December 2021. 

“Fourth 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 20th. to Sunday 26th. December 2021.


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

  • Friday at 8.00p.m.  
  • Saturday at 9.30a.m and 11.00a.m. 
  • Sunday at 11.30a.m.


  1. Wednesday 22nd. at 7.00p.m.
  2. Friday at 6.30p.m.
  3. Saturday and Sunday at 10.00a.m.

Pray For:       

Anniversary Masses:           

Mary McGrath, Norelands:  Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 18th. December at 6.30p.m.

Richard and Mary Burke, Croan; Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 19th. December at 10.00a.m.

Penitential Services:

Penitential Services will be celebrated in preparation for Christmas during Masses on Saturday18th. December  and Sunday19th. December in Hugginstown Church.

Thursday 23rd.:  Visitation with Holy Communion will take place as usual next Thursday.  Please let us know if you would like to receive Holy Communion in your home for Christmas, First Fridays or at any other time. 



Diocese of Ossory Advent Carols:

On Sunday 19th. December at 6.15p.m.; thanks to the help of our friends at KCLR 96FM, the Dioceses of Ossory and Kildare & Leighlin can come together, via the radio, for a reflection of Advent Carols and prayers, led by our parishes, in the company of Bishop Denis Nulty.  Why not join us from the comfort of your own home with your family for this short Advent reflection. 

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8.00a.m. to 8.00p.m seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most.

Christmas Masses:

With restrictions still in place, we ask people to follow the guidelines we have put in place in the parish for the celebration of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day this year. 

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

To cope with numbers attending Masses we invite families in so far as is possible to attend as follow;  

Mass Times in Stoneyford Church:  

Mass on Friday 24th. at 6.30p.m. (Family-Names from (A. to L.);   

Mass on Saturday 25th. at 10.00a.m. (Family Names from (M. to Z.).     

Mass on Sunday 26th. at 10.00a.m.

Mass Times in Hugginstown Church:

Mass on Friday 24th. at 8.00p.m. (Family-Names from (A. to G.);   

Mass on Saturday 25th. at 9.30a.m. (Family-Names from (H. to N.);    

Mass on Saturday 25th. at 11.00a.m. (Family-Names from (O. to Z.);      

Mass on Sunday 26th. at 11.30a.m.  

If people are uneasy on enter the Churches they are invited to sit in their cars outside to hear Mass and you will be invited to receive Holy Communion.  Please let us know if you are staying outside as outside speakers will be turned on. We hope we can still protect one another and ourselves by following these guidelines.       

Ossory Virtual Cribs:

Why not take a picture of your parish crib, the crib in your town/village/locality, home or place of work and send them to – let it become part of the virtual display of cribs which will be on the Diocesan Website this Christmas.

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €500.00.  Thank You.                                                                       

(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)

Christmas Offerings 2021:

Envelopes for your Christmas Offerings 2021 may be collected in the Church Porch, and your contributions may be handed in during the coming weeks. Many thanks for all your support and contributions during the past year.


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“Fourth Sunday of Advent”     –    19th. December 2021

First Reading:

A Reading from the Prophet Micah:

The Lord says this:  But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel; his origin goes back to the distant past, to the days of old.

The Lord is therefore going to abandon them till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth.

Then the remnant of his brothers will come back to the sons of Israel.

He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord, with the majesty of the name of his God.

They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land.

He himself will be peace.                                                                                           

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:   

Response:     Lord of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne.

O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.                                                      R.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore, look down from heaven and see.

Visit this vine and protect it, the vine your right hand has planted.                                      R.

May your hand be on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength.

And we shall never forsake you again; give us life that we may call upon your name.          R.

Second Reading:

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:

This is what Christ said, on coming into the world: “You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, prepared a body for me. You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin; then I said, just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book, ‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.”

Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!  

I am the handmaid of the Lord:  let what you have said be done to me.



A Reading from the Holy Gospel of St. Luke:

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’                                   

The Gospel of the Lord.

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