Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

7th. and 8th. January 2023.   

“Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord”

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 9th. to Sunday 15th. January 2023.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9.30a.m.  No Mass Tuesday & Thursday

  • Vigil – Saturday 14th. at 8.00p.m.;
  • Sunday 15th. at 10.00a.m.


No Mass on Wednesday   

Vigil – Saturday 14th. at 6.30p.m.; 

Pray For:  

Anniversary Masses:

Andy Brennan, Stoneyford:  In Stoneyford Church on Saturday 7th. January at 6.30p.m

Katie, Tommy and Cissie Delahunty, Catstown.   In Hugginstown Church on Saturday 7th. January at 8.00p.m

Months Mind Mass:

Mick Kelly, Castlemorris,  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 14th.  at 8.00p.m.

Anniversary Mass next weekend:

May O’Shea, Croan:  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 15th.  at 10.00a.m.

Rota for next week-end:   

14th. and 15th. January 2023 . (Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Stoneyford:     Saturday 6.30p.m.                            Sheila Lennon.

Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m.     John Barron;        Sunday 10.00a.m. Mary Carroll.

Eucharistic Ministers:

Stoneyford:      Saturday 6.30p.m.                           Natalia Smolen    

Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m.                            Mary Murphy;      Sunday 10.00a.m. Kay Power.

Note:      New Rota for Stoneyford Church is now available is Stoneyford Sacristy. 

Please collect.


Fr. Niall Coll will be ordained Bishop of Ossory on Sunday 22nd. January 2023 at 3.00p.m.

in St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.

Safeguarding Contacts:  

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:  Ms. Kathleen Sherry Tel: 087 100 0232.

Aghaviller Parish Representatives are:  Teresa Broderick  and Carmel O’Toole

Christmas Offerings:

Many thanks for your very generous contributions for the Christmas Offerings and for your support throughout the past year.

Roman Catholic Diocese and Parishes of Ossory – Registered Charity No. 20015831

First Holy Communion Dates 2023.

For Stoneyford School on Sunday 14th. May in Stoneyford Church at 11.00a.m.   

For Monroe/Newmarket Schools on Sunday 21st. May in Hugginstown Church at 11.00a.m.


Many thanks to all the Children; Parents; Teachers; Musicians; Choirs; Readers; Eucharistic Ministers; Servers and others who prepared the Christmas Masses: and to all who cleaned and decorated the Churches in the Parish for the Christmas Season and throughout the year.  Thanks to all who erected the Cribs; donated flowers and Christmas trees etc.  

A sincere thank you and appreciation to all.

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €560.00.  Thank You.                                                                      

(To donate directly.) 

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

For the support of 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)


The Baptism of Jesus marks a turning point in his life, and the start of his public life. 

It is surprising that Jesus, the Saviour of the World, asked to be baptised by John the Baptist.  The request symbolises his desire to identify with us.  At the same time he is filled with the Holy Spirit. That step of identifying with us is an important element in his being able to help us.   Have you ever found that when someone  identifies with you, it is far easier for him/her to help you?



Carrickshock G. A. A.


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First Reading

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah:

Thus says the Lord: 

Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom my soul delights.

I have endowed him with my spirit

that he may bring true justice to the nations.

He does not cry out or shout aloud,

or make his voice heard in the streets.

He does not break the crushed reed,

nor quench the wavering flame.

Faithfully he brings true justice;

he will neither waver, nor be crushed

until true justice is established on earth,

for the islands are awaiting his law.

I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right;

I have taken you by the hand and formed you;

I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

to open the eyes of the blind,

to free captives from prison,

and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm  

Response:      The Lord will bless his people with peace.

O give the Lord, you sons of God,

give the Lord glory and power;

give the Lord the glory of his name.

Adore the Lord in his holy court.                        R.

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,

the Lord on the immensity of waters;

the voice of the Lord, full of power,

the voice of the Lord, full of splendour.    R.

The God of glory thunders.

In his temple they all cry: ‘Glory!’

The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits as king for ever.                               R.

Second Reading

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.

‘It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is Lord of all men. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.’

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

The heavens opened and the Father’s voice resounded:

‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’



A Reading from the Holy Gospel of St. Matthew: 

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him. ‘It is I who need baptism from you’ he said ‘and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.’ At this, John gave in to him.

As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’

The Gospel of the Lord

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