St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington

St.-Michael’s-Church,--Portarlington-

Saturday Vigil: 6.15pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 12:15pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am
Holy Days: 10.00am & 7.30pm

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St. Paul’s Church, Emo

St.-Paul’s-Church,-Emo

Saturday Vigil:- 7.30p.m.
Sunday:- 11.00a.m.
First Friday: 9.30am
Holy Days: 7.30pm

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St. John’s Church, Killenard

St.-John’s-Church,-Killenard

Sunday: 10:30am
First Fridays: 7.30pm

Holy Day: 10.30am

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Church of the Sacred Heart, Rath

Church-of-the-Sacred--Heart,--Ballybrittas

Sunday:- 9.00am
Eve of First Friday (Thursday):- 7.30pm
Holy Days: 9.00am

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Church of the Sacred Heart, Rath

Mass Times: Church of the Sacred  Heart,  Rath, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois

Sunday:  9.00am

First Friday:  Eve of Friday( Thursday):- 7.30pm

Holy Days: 9.00am

Rath Church Inside View

Date of Church: 1877

Style:  Gothic

Building Pastor:  Fr. John Phelan P.P.

Cost: £3,000

Rath (Rath or Fort)

On the death of Fr. Terence O’Connell P.P., Portarlington, in 1875, the old parish of Courtwood was united with that of Emo as a new Parish.  Following the erection of the church at Emo it was decided to replace the wooden structure at Courtwood.  The site was donated by Mr. E. Dease M.P. of Rath House, Ballybrittas, who also gave a generous donation.  The parishioners held a meeting and decided to tax themselves 10s in the pound of their valuation towards a building fund, thereby raising £1,400.  Fr. John Phelan, the new P.P., gave £100.  The church was built in 1877, in the Gothic style.  Blue limestone from a quarry near The Heath was used.  The church is 95ft. by 58 ft. divided into a nave and aisles, these being separated by ornamental pillars resting on cut stone pedestals.  Stone for this section came from Stradbally and Bagenalstown.  The entrance is of rich design with granite moulding.  As in ‘modern’ design of the period, galleries were dispensed with.  Bishop James Walsh performed the opening ceremony on 25th August 1880, attended by 4,000 people.  the local choir, led by Mrs. Dease, was assisted by the girls from the orphanage in Stradbally.  In 1950, the bell tower was struck by lightning and fell to the ground.  The church was then re-roofed.  In 1990 a Lourdes Grotto was erected in the church grounds.