Chernobyl Childrens Collection - A Church gate collection will be held before all Masses both in the Abbey and Ballycahill Church. Your generous support will be much appreciated.
Holyday of Obligation – Next Wednesday, August 15th is the Feast day of our Blessed Lady’s Assumption into Heaven and is a Holy Day of obligation. Masses in the Abbey at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no 4 p.m. Mass. Vigil Mass Tuesday, August 14th.
Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Dr. Declan Lawless, Raheen, Holycross on the recent death of his mother, Patsy Lawless, Clongour, Thurles.
Dancers – A note for your diary. The Albanian Building Fund promoters have organised a Social Tea Dance to be held in the Community Centre, Holycross on Friday, August 17th commencing at 9.30 p.m. and concluding at 12.30 a.m.. Music supplied by ‘Sam O’Doherty’. Admission ticket 10 euro. A great night of dance jollity is assured.
Holycross Tidy Village - Despite all the bad weather the Village looks very well. Between heavy showers work progressed thanks to Tidy Village members and Fás helpers who are responsible for the admirable condition of the village area. Dog owners who walk their dogs in the vicinity of the Abbey, the Park and the Cottage Grounds are kindly asked to clean up after their dog has fouled, likewise the owners of dogs roaming the village area. Owners in future remember to carry your ‘Poop Bag’.
Death of Michael Ryan - It was with regret and sadness that the people of Holycross learned of the death of Michael Ryan, Fertianna. Michael died in the Regional Hospital, Limerick, after a short illness. From birth Michael was a special child and during his 43 years brought much happiness and peace mingled with a little anxiety to his parents, Donal and Sadie and sisters Margaret, Ann and Angela to whom we extend our sympathy. Michael had an amiable disposition and made friends easily. He enjoyed music and singing and delighted in his own rendition of popular songs. He liked TV and kept a watchful eye on the clock for fear of missing his favourite programmes. Car drives to anywhere, near or far were his delight. Throughout his life Michael received excellent care, attention and love both at home and from special care organisations. In Rehab House in Two-Mile-Borris where he spent the last year, Michael had made many friends, enjoying the numerous outings which were part of his new schedule and whilst Michael enjoyed Sundays with his family in Fertianna he was always content to return to his ‘New Home’ in Two-Mile-Borris. Peace to his gentle soul.
After reposing in Ann’s home his remains were taken to the Abbey for Requiem Mass. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Celsus Tierney, C.C. Holycross, assisted by Fr. Joe Tynan C.C.; Very Rev. George Bourke P.P. Moycarkey; Very Rev. Liam Ryan P.P. Killenaule; Fr. James Purcell C.C. Cashel and Rev. Paudie Moloughney, Kiltegan Missionary. Very Rev. Tom Breen P.P. Holycross who is recuperating after an operation was unable to attend the ceremony but had called to the home where Michael reposed and recited the Rosary with his family. The solemnity of the ceremony was enhanced by the beautiful singing and instrumental music. Following Mass he was interred in the Abbey Cemetery in the presence of an exceptionally large gathering of family, relatives and many friends. A final farewell to Michael, after the burial, was intoned by his cousin Michelle who sang ‘The Black Velvet Band’ his favourite song. Chief mourners, his parents, Donal and Sadie, sisters Margaret, Ann and Angela, brothers-in-law James (Hickey) and Harold (Kennedy), nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveyard Mass - Mass will be celebrated in Moyaliffe graveyard on Thursday, August 16th at 7 p.m.