Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

St. Thomas Becket

26th. December 2021. 

“Feast of the Holy Family”

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 27th. December to Sunday 2nd. January 2022.


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

  • Vigil –  Saturday 1st. at 8.00p.m.             
  • Sunday 2nd. at 10.00a.m.


Wednesday 29th. at 7.00p.m.                      

Vigil  –  Saturday 1st. at 6.30p.m.  

  • Wednesday 29th.  Feast of St. Thomas Becket.                                 
  • Saturday 1st.   Feast of Mary, (Holy Mother of God).

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.




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

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.

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €525.00.  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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The Newsletter is available on the Stoneyford Website every weekend. ( News. 

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Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email:

“Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph”  –  26th. December 2021.

(Feast of St. Stephen is not celebrated this Year)

First Reading:

A Reading from the first book of Samuel:

Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son, and called him Samuel ‘since’ she said ‘I asked the Lord for him.’

When a year had gone by, the husband Elkanah went up again with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfil his vow. Hannah, however, did not go up, having said to her husband, ‘Not before the child is weaned. Then I will bring him and present him before the Lord and he shall stay there for ever.’

When she had weaned him, she took him up with her together with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the temple of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was with them. They slaughtered the bull and the child’s mother came to Eli. She said, ‘If you please, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord.’                                                                                                                              

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:   

Response:     O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

By the labour of your hands you shall eat.  You will be happy and prosper.                       R.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house;

your children like shoots of the olive, around your table.                                          R.

Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life!                                                R.

Second Reading:

A Reading from the first Letter of St. John:

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.  Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.

My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence, and whatever we ask him, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants.   His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love onanother as he told us to.  Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him.

We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us.                                

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!  

Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.



A Reading from the Holy Gospel of St. Luke:

Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have, you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’

‘Why were you looking for me?’ he replied. ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ But they did not understand what he meant.

He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority.

His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men.                                                                                                          

The Gospel of the Lord.

The Joy of Christmas be in your Hearts

And A Happy and Peaceful New Year to All

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