Community news: Blackrock Bulletin
Blackrock for the second year in a row has been named as the ICA Guild of the Year in Louth.
The guild was presented with the Breda Hanrahan Rose Bowl Trophy which goes to the winners of the award for 2016/17. Termonfeckin Guild were runners up.
The award is decided on a number of criteria, including winning Federation competitions and increasing membership.
Three members of Blackrock have won different Federation (county) competitions and two have represented Louth at national level, including Adrienne McEnteggart Boyle who competed in the national finals of the Aldi Brown Bread competition, and a team of Assumpta Grey, Corry O'Dailaigh and Catherine White who competed in the National Table Quiz.
Another Blackrock team will compete at the finals again during April. Gerri Healy also won a Christmas Decoration competition with her mosaic Christmas tree.
Also Blackrock's membership has increased to 44 this year, with 12 new members joining. However a special award for overall membership increase was given to Drogheda Guild.
The photo shows newly elected President of Blackrock guild, Louisa Cuthbert, holding the trophy, whilst retiring President Brenda Leary is holding the certificate the guild were presented with by Federation President, Susan Potts, and standing to Brenda's left.
The time of the Easter Vigil ceremony in Saint Fursey's Church on Holy Saturday has been brought forward to 7.30pm. It will at 9pm in Saint Oliver Plunkett Church.
There will be a dawn Ecumenical Service at the village's sun dial on Easter morning at 7am.
Daily morning Masses during Holy Week will be at the usual times of 9 and 10am in Saint Furseys' Church and Saint Oliver Plunkett Church from Monday to Wednesday.
There will be no night Mass in Saint Fursey's on the Wednesday, with a Penitential Service instead at 7pm.
Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday will take place in Saint Fursey's Church at 7pm and in Saint Oliver Plunkett Church at 7.30pm, followed by the sacrament of Confession in both churches.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday in Blackrock, commencing at Saint Fursey's Terrace at 2pm and concluding in Saint Oliver Plunkett Church.
Celebration of the Lord's Passion will take place at 3pm in Saint Fursey's Church and at 7.30pm in Saint Oliver's.
There will be Morning Prayers at 9am in Saint Fursey's on Holy Saturday and at 10am in Saint Oliver's. Masses will be at the usual times on Easter Sunday, 9am and 11am in Saint Fursey's and in Saint Oliver's at 10am and 12 noon.
After a delayed start due to the county team's successful national league campaign the Gers will finally make their competitive start to the 2017 season when they face Mattock Rangers (Collon) in the first round of the division 1 Senior League on Easter Saturday, 15th April, at 6.30 pm in Haggardstown.
They will follow that up with an away fixture to last years beaten county finalists St Marys in Ardee on Sunday 23rd April at 3.00 pm.
The club would like to see as much support as possible from the Parish for these two important fixtures as the Gers try to build on their successful league campaign of 2016 when they finished as runners up to Dreadnots (Clogherhead)
Rock Celtic is to run a soccer camp for schoolboys and girls over the easter holidays. It will run from April 18 to 20 at the club ground at Sandy Lane, catering for those aged between six and 13.
It will run daily between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Anybody who would like to take part can contact the club by ringing 086-2618772 or 087-9791230 or on its Face book page.
Local student Katie Brady spoke about the work of Trocaire at Masses in the parish last weekend. Katie is an ambassador for the charity and overseas development agency that helps the most vulnerable people in the developing world, stricken by catastrophe and natural disasters that are un-imaginable in these parts.
The organisation is currently looking for volunteers at school and youth level and in communities and parishes in the country to become involved.
A collection for Trocaire was staged in the local churches at Masses at the weekend.
Katie was one of three local representatives among 103 pilgrims from the Armagh Diocese who attended the World Youth Day festival in Krakow in Poland last summer. They were accompanied by local curate Father Brian White.
The jackpot rose again this week in the Geraldines lottery. Neither the £6,000 prize nor the match three prize of £200 was won. So £400 has been added to the jackpot for next week.
The numbers drawn were: 7, 18, 24, and 28.