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Joint Christmas Message from the Bishops of Clogher, 2010



When Elizabeth went shopping in preparation for Christmas this year she had to be careful.  Albert, her husband, is on a three day week and her own part-time hours have been cut.  The mortgage has been renegotiated but is still a heavy responsibility.  There are bills too numerous to mention, from insurance to children’s shoes and schoolbooks, and also the unexpected expenses that bring worry and strain into family relationships.
Ding Dong Merrily on High!!!


Bell at St. Mary’s Rings Again!

After a period of silence, the bell at St Mary's church, Castleblayney, is in use again following its automation recently.

In September 2010 a Bell Fund was established and it attracted considerable support. A big Thank You to all who contributed to this fund (€1,558 to date). The total cost of the project was €2,400. 

The tradition of bells on churches dates from the late medieval period. While there is a certain tradition of bells in the early Roman Church, the tradition across Europe is mostly attributable to Celtic origins and particularly the role of the Irish monks in the spreading of the faith across Europe in the 6th and 7th centuries.

When the 11th Lord Blayney granted the lease of land to the Catholics of Castleblayney in 1803 for the purposes of building a church, a stipulation was made that the church could not have a bell. This reflected the political and religious environment of the time. It was not until 1963 that this situation was remedied. The bell was erected in that year in a specially constructed bell tower adjacent to the church, on foot of a bequest from a local publican, Edward Kelly, Main Street, and under the stewardship of Canon John McKenna PP. 

Once again, thanks to the people of the parish and the leadership of our Parish Priest Fr McHugh, the times of prayer and of gathering will be announced to all through the ringing of the bell.




Sally Hughes Muckno Pastoral Team

Address by Sally Hughes, Chairperson of Muckno Parish Pastoral Team, on the occasion of the Commissioning of the Pastoral Team and the Installation of Fr. Pat McHugh as Parish Priest of Muckno by Bishop Liam MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher, at the 11am Mass in St Mary's church, Castleblayney on Sunday 28 November 2010.



Good Afternoon Bishop Liam & Fellow parishioners.

I want to thank Bishop Liam for being here with us today, on his first pastoral visit to our Parish of Muckno. These are demanding and challenging times in which he has been called to his Episcopal ministry. On behalf of the parish I wish him well in his ministry and offer him our support and encouragement.

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