The visitation of the sick and housebound will take place on Good Friday, April 2, at the usual times.
Now that the clocks have been adjusted Mass goers are reminded that the Vigil Mass on Saturdays and the eve of Holy Days will commence at 8pm. Sunday morning Mass times are unchanged.
Tonight, Wednesday, March 31, St. Patrick's Church, Oulart will hold the usual pre-Easter Penitential Service, beginning at 8pm. All are welcome to attend this service which is part of the spiritual preparation for the great feast of Easter.
On Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, will be celebrated at 7.30 pm. The Good Friday service, Unveiling and Veneration of the Cross followed by Holy Communion will begin at 3pm. The Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night will start at 9pm and the Masses on Easter Sunday will be at the usual times of 9am and 10am. Ministers of the Word who have not yet collected their list from the sacristy are asked to do so that they may be aware of their place on the rota.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The children from Second Class in Scoil Mochua, Oulart will receive their First Holy Communion on May 15 at 11am Mass. The First Communion in The Ballagh will take place on April 18.
Fifty Co. Wexford primary schools participated in this year's I.N.T.O./EBS handwriting competition and Niamh Dempsey from Scoil Mochua, Oulart NS, achieved second place in the Senior Infant category. Heartiest congratulations to Niamh and to her class teacher, Miss Helena Cullen.
Oulart-The Ballagh Intermediate hurlers got their Leinster League campaign off to a great start with an eight point victory away to Glenealy, Co. Wicklow, last Saturday. They led by 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval with the highlight of the first half being Willie Whelan's splendid goal. Top scorer on the day, Peter Murphy (1 goal 4 points) got an equally important major in the second half while the remaining scores came from Pad Mythen (3 points), substitute Conor Goff (2 points), and one point each from Dennis Morton, Kevin Stamp and Pierce Redmond. Our tightmarking defence conceded only 1 goal 2 points from play, with the full-back line of Tommy Storey, Michael Reddy and Tomas Dunne being particularly impressive.
MODEL COUNTY DRAW
Tickets for the annual Model Co. Draw, at ¤60 each (¤20 for each of three months, April, May and June) are on sale locally from G.A.A. members and officers. By buying your ticket from an Oulart-The Ballagh source you are helping the local club's fundraising efforts because upwards to sixty per cent of the profits from local sales are retained by each club. If you have any difficulty sourcing a ticket, contact club PRO Breda Jacob on 086-1686978 or any GAA officer or promoter.
Players and intending members are reminded that membership fees for this year are due before the end of March.
BAG PACKING VOLUNTEERS
A Bag Packing in Pettitts, Enniscorthy, in aid of St. Patrick's Church, has been organised for the first weekend in April (Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday, April 1 to 3). As this will be the Easter weekend the supermarket is expected to be very busy so lots of volunteers, adult male and female, will be needed in order to have a presence at all the check-outs. If you or any member of your family can spare a few hours on any of the three days please contact a member of the committee.
A Church Choral Concert has been arranged for St. Patrick's Church, for Sunday, April 18. Among the featured artists will be local sopranos Roisin O'Grady and Chloe Kenny, baritone and classical violinist John Dempsey, the Wexford Male Voice Choir and a choir and music group from Scoil Mochua, Oulart. An extensive programme is being planned and more details will be revealed closer to the date Proceeds will go towards the Church Restoration fund. Contact me (086-1686978) or any member of the Committee to secure your tickets (¤15).
The group held their March meeting last Friday and passed a vote of sympathy with the O'Dowd family of Ballymotey and Ballincash on the untimely death of John O'Dowd on St. Patrick's Day. The Trip to Donegal and Northern Ireland on April 19 will cost ¤340, to cover the travel and accommodation (4 nights B&B and 4 dinners). Some seats are still available and can be booked through Mary O'Grady 053-9136160, Hugh Coleman 9136156 or Anne Horton 9136078. Earlier in the month, members will travel to Altamont Gardens near Tullow on April 9 while the recent outing to the Brendan Grace Show in the Opera House was most enjoyable. The weekly Bowles continues on Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm and the last session was followed by Bingo and a cuppa. The group is always open to accept new members. Contact one of the officers named above for full details.
PERSON OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Evelyn Fortune, 4 Glentire Heights, The Ballagh on winning the overall South East Radio/Talbot Hotel 'Person of the Year' award last Friday. Evelyn was chosen from among the twelve monthly winners from March 2009-March 2010. She and her terrific band of helpers did massive fundraising to provide two monitor machines for St. Gabriel's Ward, Wexford Hospital. In a nine-week period she spearheaded the raising of ¤25,000 for this very worthy cause. After Evelyn and John's beloved daughter, twoyear-old daughter Davina passed away, she found the strength to focus on this special fundraising campaign and to see it to completion. Incidentally, a plaque in Davina's memory has been erected in the children's ward where many other babies will benefit from the provision of the two monitors. The prize presented to Evelyn at the award ceremony included a trophy and a holiday voucher to the value of ¤1,500.
Evelyn and John had even greater cause for celebration last week when their new baby girl, Amy, was born. Their family and friends send congratulations and best wishes to the proud parents!
HAVEN BUILD WEEK
Haven Build week is an international development agency which is engaged in building houses for the people of Haiti. John Doyle, Templescoby is undertaking a series of fundraisers in order to raise funds for these, the poorest people in the Western hemisphere and he will travel to Haiti later in the year. Mrs Katie Stamp, Ballymurray (John's mother-in-law) will host a Coffee Day in her home on Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10 am and continuing throughout the day. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Oulart-The Ballagh Camogie club will hold a Registration and Membership night in the Top Complex in Oulart on Friday, April 9, beginning at 7pm. Fees will be collected on the night-Adult members and adult players: ¤50; Secondary school and College students:¤ 35; Primary schoolgirls: ¤15. New members are always welcome.