Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

(Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford).

11th. and 12th. March 2023.    

“Second Sunday of Lent”

Priests in 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 13th.  to Sunday 19th. March 2023.  

Hugginstown: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, at 9.30a.m.  

Vigil – Thursday 16th. at 8.00p.m.;       Friday 17th. at 10.00a.m.

Vigil – Saturday 18th. at 8.00p.m.;       Sunday 19th. at 10.00a.m.

Stoneyford: Vigil –Thursday 16th. at 6.30p.m.Vigil – Saturday 11th. at 6.30p.m.;

Friday 17th. Feast of St. Patrick. (Patron of Ireland) Holy Day   

First Penance:

First Penance will be celebrated in Hugginstown Church on Monday 13th. March at 7.00p.m.for the Pupils of Monroe and Newmarket Schools.         

Pray For:   

Anniversary Masses:    Bridget and Betty McCarthy, Knockdrinna;  Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 11th. at 6.30p.m

Statia and Patrick Fitzpatrick, Coolmore.   Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 11th. March at 8.00p.m.  

Maggie and Pat Cleary,  Hugginstown.  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 12th. March at 10.00a.m.    

Anniversary Masses next weekend:

Mai Carroll Kilkeasy;   Mass in Hugginstown Church on Friday 17th. March at 10.00a.m

Patrick Foley, Old Pallas;  Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 19th. March at 10.00a.m.

Rota for next week-end:  18th. and 19th. March 2023 . (Fourth Sunday of Lent)


Stoneyford:     Saturday 6.30p.m. Parents.

Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. Deirdre Rohan;    Sunday 10.00a.m. Parents.

Eucharistic Ministers:

Stoneyford:      Saturday 6.30p.m. Bernie Grace.    

Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. Teresa Broderick;  Sunday 10.00a.m. Lillian Carr.

Rota for 16th. and 17th. March: As on 11th. and 12th. March if possible please.   

First Holy Communion Preparation:

All children and families are invited to attend the weekend Masses during Lent as part of this preparation. Parents will be involved in the Readings and the Communion Reflection while the children will be involved in the Prayers of the Faithful and the Offertory Gifts.

Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 18th.  March  at 6.30p.m. 

Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 19th. March  at 10.00a.m.


Every year during Lent, Trócaire asks for your help to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Please collect a Trócaire Box which is available in Church Porch.You can contribute Online at  or By Phone: 1850 408 408.   The contents of each and every Trócaire Box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. 

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023
Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from May 23rd. to 28th. this year.  Accommodation in the Agena, Solitude and  Padoue Hotels.   Price includes return bus journey to/from Loughboy Shopping Centre Car Park to Dublin Airport.    Return flights from Dublin to Lourdes; Transfer to/from Airport to Hotel;  Full board and hotel accommodation for the 5 nights.  For further information and bookings contact or Phone 01 685 2244

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €585.00. Thank You.                                                                                                                                            

Lenten Station Collection:

Envelopes for the Lenten Station Contribution are available in the Church. Your contribution is for the support of the priests of the Parish and the Diocese.

(To donate directly.) 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)

Lotto: – Aghaviller Parish and Carrickshock G. A. A.

Draw: Monday 6th. March 2023 Numbers: 26; 09; 15; 05.

No Winner First 3 Numbers Drawn: No Jackpot Winner:

5 x €30.00. Winners:   Margaret Murphy, Derry; Liam Aylward, Aghaviller;

Siobhán Irish, Kyleva; Rose Egan, Dunnamaggan, Barry Hudson, Ennisnag.

3 x €15.00 (Sellers):   Breda O,Meara; James Irish; Caitlin Roche.        

Next Draw on Monday 13th.  March. Please submit returns by 8.30p.m. Draw at 9.00p.m.

Next week: Match 3: €500.00; (First 3 Numbers Drawn) Jackpot: €5,400.00. (4 Numbers)

Safeguarding Contacts:   

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

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

Online Lenten Retreat. 

The Priory Institute is delighted to offer a free of charge Online Retreat  ‘Reflecting on the Sunday Gospels of Lent as Stepping Stones on our Journey to Easter.  Visit the website or click on this link to register/find out more.

Stoneyford Active Retirement: 

Stoneyford Active Retirement Group is planning a 5 day/4 night holiday to Dundalk from 11th. September 2023.  Bus to/from Stoneyford;  Tours every day; Nice relaxing Itinerary. For further information visit

South Kilkenny Historical Society

The Annual General Meeting of the South Kilkenny Historical Society will take place on Thursday March 23rd. in Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite St. Beacon’s Church) at 7.30p.m. The A.G.M. will be followed, at 8.00p.m, by a night of remembrance for the late Mary O’Shea, Raheen, Piltown. All are welcome.


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First Reading

A Reading from the Book of Exodus:

Tormented by thirst, the people complained against Moses. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt?’ they said. ‘Was it so that I should die of thirst, my children too, and my cattle?’

Moses appealed to the Lord. ‘How am I to deal with this people?” he said. ‘A little more and they will stone me!’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take with you some of the elders of Israel and move on to the forefront of the people; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the river, and go. I shall be standing before you there on the rock, at Horeb. You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink.’ This is what Moses did, in the sight of the elders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah because of the grumbling of the sons of Israel and because they put the Lord to the test by saying, ‘Is the Lord with us, or not?’

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm


O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;

hail the rock who saves us.

Let us come before him, giving thanks,

with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come in; let us bow and bend low;

let us kneel before the God who made us:

for he is our God and we

the people who belong to his pasture,

the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

O that today you would listen to his voice!

‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,

as on that day at Massah in the desert

when your fathers put me to the test;

when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Second Reading:

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. And this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us. We were still helpless when at his appointed moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man – though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die – but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation   (Please stand)

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Lord, you are really the saviour of the world:

give me the living water, so that I may never get thirsty.

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

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