Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

18th. and 19th. March 2023.    

“Fourth Sunday of Lent”  –  “Mothers Day”

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 20th.  to Sunday 26th. March 2023.  

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

Vigil – Saturday 25th. at 8.00p.m.;       Sunday 26th. at 10.00a.m.

Stoneyford: Wednesday 22nd. at 7.00p.m. Vigil – Saturday 25th. at 6.30p.m.;

Monday 20th. Feast of St. Joseph. Tuesday 21st.  Feast of St. Enda.

Saturday 25th. Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord 

Pray For:   Bun (Brian) Doolan, Thomastown,  who died during the week.

Anniversary Mass:     

Patrick Foley, Old Pallas, Limerick.   Mass in Hugginstown Church on Saturday 18th. March at 8.00p.m.  

Anniversary Mass next weekend:

Ollie Ryan, Stonetford;   Mass in Stoneyford Church on Saturday 25th. March at 6.30p.m

Rota for next week-end:  25th. and 26th. March 2023 . (Fifth Sunday of Lent)


Stoneyford:     Saturday 6.30p.m. Parents.

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

Eucharistic Ministers:

Stoneyford:      Saturday 6.30p.m. Natalia Smolen.    

Hugginstown: Saturday 8.00p.m. Mary Cahill;  Sunday 10.00a.m. Ruth Crowley.  

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 25th.  March  at 6.30p.m. 

Mass in Hugginstown Church on Sunday 26th. 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

Ossory Adult Faith Development – Lenten Programme:

“Women in the Church” – Biblical Perspectives.   In St. Kieran’s College on Tuesday 21st.

March at 7.30p.m.  Many people in Synodal Conversations are asking to examine the involvement of Women in the Church today.  Join Prof. Jessie Rogers, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at St. Patrick’s Pontifical University in a Reflection on the role of Women in the Church today. 

What does Pope Francis intend by calling us to be a Synodal Church? 

We are hearing the words Synodal Church being used today. We know that Pope Francis has asked us to be a Synodal Church, but what does that mean?  A Synodal Church is the Church of our time. Please join Bishop Niall Coll on Monday, 27th. March 2023, at 7.00p.m. in St Kieran’s College, as he leads in a Reflection on what this means for each one of us as members of the Catholic Church today. Bishop Niall extends an invitation to all. 

Parish Contributions:

The “Church Door” Contributions on last weekend amounted to €575.00. Thank You.                                                                                                                                            

Lenten Station:

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Lenten Stations in recent weeks. Your contribution is for the support of the priests of the Parish and the Diocese. 

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

Draw: Monday 13th. March 2023 Numbers: 27; 29; 04; 28.

No Winner First 3 Numbers Drawn: No Jackpot Winner:

5 x €30.00. Winners:   Jean Haley, c/o James Irish;        Caitlin Roche, Stoneyford;

Dave Thomas, Ballygerdra; S, E, L Crowley, Aghaviller;  Margaret Cuddihy, Knocktopher.

3 x €15.00 (Sellers):   John Power; Willie Walshe; James Irish;     Next Draw on Monday 27th.  March. Please submit returns by 8.30p.m. Draw at 9.00p.m.

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

Newmarket School:

Meeting of the Board of Management will be held in the school on Monday 20th. March at 8.00p.m.

Hugginstown and District Community Centre:

Public Meeting to organise the running of Hugginstown and District Community Centre (Hugginstown Hall),  will be held in the Centre on Thursday March 23rd. at 8.00p.m..  

Please come along and get involved.
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 First Book of Samuel:

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.’ When Samuel arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands there before him,’ but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him: God does not see as man sees: man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’ Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ He then asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ He answered, ‘There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep.’ Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes.’ Jesse had him sent for, a boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing. The Lord said, ‘Come, anoint him, for this is the one.’ At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm

Response: The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

to revive my drooping spirit.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me along the right path;

he is true to his name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness

no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

with these you give me comfort.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

Second Reading:

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

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light. That is why it is said:

Wake up from your sleep,    rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you. The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation   (Please stand)

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

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

whoever follows me will have the light of life.

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

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