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During Lent our parish is offering a number of extra opportunities to come together and pray. On Sundays at 7pm in All Saints' we'll have a service of Vespers and Benediction by candlelight. Vespers is the Church's evening prayer of praise with psalms, readings, intercessory prayer and gregorian chant. It will be a reflective and quiet half hour to mark the end of the Lord's day. Why not come along and be refreshed by prayer as the new week begins?

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Ash Wednesday is well underway and there were great numbers at the early Masses today. There will be one more Mass in All Saints' at 7.30pm this evening.

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The repainting of St Patrick's, Crebilly is complete! Click on the pictures below to find out more about the project.

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So the painting is finished and we're ready for Mass again! Click on the photos to find out more about the project...

The countdown to Lent has begun and Wednesday (14th) is Ash Wednesday (as well as St Valentine's!). It's a day of fast and abstinence and Masses at All Saints' are at the following times: 7.30am, 10am, 1.10pm and 7.30pm. Ashes will be distributed at each Mass.

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Forget the painting of the Sistine Chapel, the church in Crebilly is getting redecorated at the moment!

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St Patrick’s, Crebilly has been covered in scaffolding and dust sheets this week as work gets underway on redecorating the sanctuary. A temporary altar will be set up this weekend and then work will continue next week. We look forward to seeing the finished result!

Thursday is the feast of St Brigid, one of the patrons of Ireland. To celebrate the day our Creative Crafters group have been making St Brigid’s crosses. Thursday is also a special day for St Brigid’s Primary School and the pupils will be joining us at 10am Mass.

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St Joseph's Young Priests Society are holding an Evening of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life at All Saints' on Friday 2nd February, the feast of Candlemas. The evening begins at 7.30pm with a candlelight procession and Mass for the feast, followed by a holy hour of adoration until 9pm. All are very welcome to come along and pray for this special intention.

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We’re currently in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and tonight a special prayer service for unity took place at Ballymena Methodist Church. Members of different denominations came together including a good number of Catholics from our parish. Fr Delargy preached a sermon on how Christians are united by the person of Jesus Christ. Many thanks to our friends at Ballymena Methodist Church for hosting and to all the different communities who contributed.

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We had a special celebration on Saturday morning for families who had children baptised in the last year. The church was noisy and joyful as we gave thanks to God for new life, family, and faith. Many thanks to our parish baptism team for the work they do to prepare families for the sacrament.

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Saturday 6th January is the feast of the Epiphany and the twelfth day of Christmas. It's a holy day of obligation and Masses at All Saints' are at the following times:

Friday vigil at 7.30pm
Saturday at 8am, 10am and 1.10pm

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(Saturday evening's Mass is the vigil for Sunday, so doesn't count for the Epiphany - you do have to go twice this weekend!)

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Happy New Year! We marked the end of 2017 and the beginning of the Year of Our Lord 2018 with a special Eucharistic Holy Hour at All Saint's ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which began as the bells tolled for 12 midnight. Over 150 people joined us for the time of prayer and our thanks to everyone who supported it. God bless us all in the next twelve months!

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Please note that due to a funeral and a wedding tomorrow, no priest will be available for confessions at 12noon (Sat 30th December). Confessions will instead be available at All Saints' from 1pm. The sacrament will also be celebrated as usual before the vigil Mass and in addition on Sunday night during the New Year's Eve holy hour from 11pm until 11.45pm.

On New Year's Eve we'll be celebrating a holy hour from 11pm until midnight at All Saints'. It'll be a quiet time of adoration ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 12 o'clock to start the year of Our Lord 2018. The 'Te Deum Laudamus' will be chanted and a plenary indulgence is offered to those who are present when that hymn in sung on New Year's Eve. May God bless all of us in the year ahead!

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