Prayer before an Examination

Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life…

Arles National School Award Winners

Beckie Kennedy, Rían Murphy, Grace Kelly, Rosie Rogers and Patrick O’Neill from Arles National School, Co Laois have been awarded Engineers Ireland’s STEPS Young Engineers Award for their ‘Smart Windmills’ project…


“The bombings are extremely heavy. The people of Gaza have lived through many wars over many years, but everyone agrees that this time it is completely different. They are trapped…

Gaza: Setting things in Context

As Israel escalates its assault on Gaza, there is real fear of another massacre. Just like the ferocious attacks in 2008-9, 2012 and 2014, innocent civilians in Gaza will bear the brunt of full-scale Israeli bombardment.

Intentionally targeting civilians in Gaza and Israel is a war crime.

Bombing a civilian area in a disproportionate manner…

Sacramental Update: Holy Communion & Confirmation

Dates for the celebration of Holy Communion and Confirmation have not yet been fixed in the parish.

The advice from the Taoiseach’s Office, and from Bishops House, is that we should not hold any ceremonies in either May or June. It is hoped that during these weeks a further roll out of vaccines and other…

Resumption of Public Worship & Our New Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule

Weekday Masses:

Mass from the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arles can be viewed via Parish Webcam (

Tuesday – Friday 10am

Preceded by Rosary at 9.30am


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Friday 10.30am – 11.30am


Weekend Masses:

Saturday:         8pm Ballylinan

Sunday: 9am Killeen

10am Arles

11.30am Ballylinan


A maximum…

Mass of Appreciation

Next Wednesday morning (28th April), Bishop Denis will celebrate our 10am morning mass in Appreciation for Fr. Tommy’s Priestly Ministry over the past 37 years.
This mass will be broadcast on our Webcam and we invite you to join us in prayer that morning.

Album of Photographs for Fr. Tommy

During the week someone suggested that we should collate an album of photographs for Fr. Tommy of parish activities over the past 37 years. It would serve as a lovely reminder to him of all the friendships he enjoyed while he was with us; all the projects he was involved with; all the events in…

Distribution of Easter Water

Following our Easter Sunday mass blessed Easter Water will be left in our three churches. Please visit your church sometime on Easter Sunday and take a bottle home with you — and maybe take one for a neighbour or someone who is cocooning.

May the blessing of Easter be felt in all our lives at…

Holy Week Ceremonies

Holy Week Ceremonies

All our ceremonies will be broadcast via our Parish Webcam. Visit


Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Holy Week
Rosary 9.30am
Morning Mass 10am

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm
Adoration will continue in the Church until 9pm.
Concluding with Night Prayer of…