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Baltinglass Group of Parishes
Serving Baltinglass, Ballynure, Stratford and Rathvilly
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Rector Rev. Máirt Hanley 087 6194733
Greetings all!

I wish ye all the best in this harvest seasons. I hope that all your harvesting is going well. As for celebrating all that God has given us in creation, here is the schedule
Harvest Services
Sunday 20th September 11am Baltinglass, No other services that day.
Sunday 27th September 11am Ballynure, No other services that day
Saturday 3rd October 7:30pm Stratford,
Saturday 10th October 7:30pm Rathvilly

Family Funday:This is happening imediately after the Baltinglass Harvest service, there will be bbq, games, teas, music and fun for all. So spread the word, or even better why not invite someone to church that day and bring them to the festivities after!
We will need some more help than we have lined up at the moment, so if you have hidden talents let me know. Things that we definately need are tray bakes for the Teas and donations for prizes for the games, so if you have something you would like to give you can bring it to church over the next two Sundays or give to Rev. Máirt, Helen Jones or Heather Jones. We would particularly welcome the following: Trays of Fizzy Can, Large Bottles of Fizzy Drinks, Shower Gels, Bubble Bath,
Bags of Crisps, Tins of Pringles, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Jellys, Chocolate or Any Household Cleaning Materials, Cheers

Cricket:Thanks to all who turned out for cricket over the summer months, it was a lovely social thing to have going over the ‘parochial off season’.

Choir: Thursdays at 7:15 to 8:15 in Baltinglass for anyone who is interested!

Confirmation:A few things to say here, firstly classes start on Saturday 5th after Evening Prayer in Stratford running in conjunction with the evening services every Saturday until November. I am also planning a retreat day on October 10th.

Sunday the First of November at 3pm in Baltinglass is Confirmation Day. I am treating it as a 5th Sunday, so there will be an Evening Service on the Saturday and a 9am in Ballynure but no other service that day.

Youth Club:We would hope to meet on the 19th of September in Bough from about 8:30 pm and see what group we have and what people want to do. We do have an artistic idea but would welcome all others.


B.B & GFS: Will start back soon, text will go out……

Mid week services:
Tuesdays 10am service: Will rotate between the churches, 1st Ballynure, 2nd Rathvilly 3rd Stratford 4th Baltinglass, 5th where it happens, in Baltinglass. However midweek services keep term time so if the school is off the service probably is too. The 3rd Tuesday in October and December will be in Baltinglass to facilitate a school service where the 4th is a holiday.

Wednesday evenings 8pm in Baltinglass

Friday 11:45 am Holy Communion in Baltinglass Hospital

Clothes Collection:Dorothy Neill will be doing the clothes collection fundraiser in October again so please start putting aside those unwanted items, no douvets or pillows, dates will be put out on the text system when available.

Bizzar:Because of other events going on we are looking at Saturday 7th November as the best date, if anyone has any strong opinions on this please let me know.

Rathvilly Coffee Evening:October the 16th for this, that is a Friday evening.
Parents Association: The 1st committee meeting of the new academic year is on Monday 7th if anyone has any suggestions for events or issues they wish to raise through the PA please forward them to Una Cosgrave Hanley Hon Sec 087
Athletic Club: Some parents are interested in forming an Athletic Club in Blatinglass if you are interested in participating in any way please contact Edel Jackson, Una Cosgrave-Hanley or Rev Mairt.

Thats it for now, remember, other info goes out by text so if you don’t get them at the moment, text me with your name and the message text, to the number above,
God Bless .


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