Due to the coronavirus situation the public celebration of Mass is suspended until further notice.
Mass in our Parish and within the Pastoral Area/Neighbouring Parishes.
Parishioners can join in the celebration of Mass via webcams/Facebook/YouTube at various times over Saturday evening/Sunday morning.
Saturdays at 7pm from Our Parish
Sundays 9.30am from Clogher/Eskra Parishes
Sundays 11am from Killeeshil Parish
Sundays 11.30am from Beragh Parish
Sundays 11.30am from Aghaloo Parish
Sixmilecross oratory on YouTube
Mass and Rosary with Fr PJ McCrory
RTE News Now channel is broadcasting Mass each weekday at 10.30am
These celebrations are what is called Private Masses, no congregation.
Anniversaries: at the Saturday evening celebration of Mass I will pray for those whose anniversaries had been arranged that weekend and the week previous and the week following.
Lately deceased: Dominic Small, Margaret Donnelly, Mickey Murphy, Rose-Anne Henry, Terence McGarvey, Mark Gillespie.
Anniversaries arranged between 9th and 24th May – Mary & Joe Higgins & Family (9th), Frank & Anne Horisk (10th), Patrick, Brigid, Sean McCrystal, Patrick & Anne McKelvey, Annie Kelly (16th), Kevin McCartan (17th), Mary, John & Kieran O’Hagan (24th).
Sacrament of Baptism: please contact Fr. Michael.
Feasts: Monday 18th St John I; Wednesday 20th St Bernardine; Thursday 21st St Christopher Magallanes & Companions; Friday 22nd St Rita of Cascia; Sunday 24th Ascension of the Lord.
Friends of Africa: Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, Friends of Africa have taken the difficult, but right decision to cancel all programmes to Africa this summer. I want to thank everyone once again for all your generous support towards my fundraising activities earlier this year in preparation for travelling to Tanzania. Although this trip will now not go ahead this year, I want to assure you that all of your kind donations are with Friends of Africa and will still be going towards the running of the Summer Camps in Tanzania which will hopefully go ahead next Summer 2021. Stay Safe, God Bless. Meabh
Mary’s Meals Armagh and Benburb have launched a new campaign to feed the next 1,000 chronically hungry children. i.e. to fund meals for 1,000 children who are not already receiving a meal. It costs just £15.90 to pay for school meals for one child for a year. We are very aware that many people are in financial difficulty and we wouldn’t ask for donations if there wasn’t a chronic need to get food to these children. If you wish to donate, please do so by going online to www.marysmeals.org.uk . Also, can you message Armagh and Benburb Facebook please to indicate that you have donated? We want to keep a tally on the number of paid for meals. Alternatively, you can post a cheque to Róisín McVeigh ,14 Glen Court, Desart Lane, Armagh City. BT618SA. If you would like a receipt, please include your name and address. So far we have reached 154 and our target is 1,000! Please help if you can. This is the link for the video. https://youtu.be/h9e_zhu98HY.
For those joining the celebration of Mass via webcam or television or radio or Facebook the following prayer is given to be said at Communion time: An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
For more prayer resources for use at home check out resource-ni.com a website from the Prayer and Spirituality Commission in the Diocese.
The Angelus – during the Easter Season the following prayer is said at Angelus time – given in the Latin and English version:
Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia; Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia: Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as he said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.
Errigal Ciaran Parish and myself – Aisling Kelly – would like everyone to get involved in a new Time Capsule to show how we all spent Lockdown and for it to be placed in the Errigal Ciaran Parish area (to be confirmed at a later date). We want you to take photos of you and your families (pets can be
included), in your living room, kitchen, garden, or at your front door and send all images to me through WhatsApp, Email, or Facebook messenger. This applies to every family in Errigal Ciaran Parish, and every person and family living anywhere in Ireland, in America, Australia, Scotland, England, Wales, Africa, Middle East, Far East or wherever you are in the world and no matter how many years you’ve been away from home and the Parish Message me – Aisling Kelly – via Facebook for any more information, all contact details are on my page (I am currently working from home five days a week so messages will not be replied too until after 6pm on weekdays )
Prayer Requests Welcome The Sisters of Mercy, “Bethany” House of Prayer, Dundalk, continue to welcome any person who may wish to request “A Prayer by Telephone”, especially during these very difficult times. One of the Sisters will be happy to pray with you. Telephone: 0035342-9331602 – 9.00am – 9.00pm daily
Parish Bulletin: some relatives or neighbours may like a printed off version of the Bulletin given to them!
Sunday collection/Parish envelopes: some Parishioners have left envelopes at the Parochial House – thank you for your support and contributions. If you feel you would like to contribute and are able to contribute, you can leave envelopes at the Parochial House. Envelopes for 2020/2021 were being distributed in March but regulations concerning travel etc have disrupted this. If you have not as yet received envelopes due to present circumstances and would like to contribute use a plain envelope adding your name and address and Parish envelope number. Monies from envelopes from 19th/26th April and 3rd/10th May amounted to £3726; Standing orders for april amounted to £599.34. Again thanks to all who contributed.
Standing Order – the form is available to print off via the website for those who wish to use this way of contributing to Parish finances. See ‘Parish Envelopes’ on home page.
Trocaire monies can also be left at the Parochial House. As in previous years, please, if you can, convert small coins into larger ones or notes for easier counting and banking. Monies received to date £999.54 and 27.79Euro. Thank you.
WEEKLY FOOD BOX.
A weekly service will see 10,000 food boxes being delivered to the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 lockdown. If you have received a letter from your GP and you have been asked to shield during the pandemic you may be able to get a weekly food box delivered to your home. Food boxes are available for people who cannot afford food and who do not have a support network of family and friends to help them through this emergency. These boxes will also be available to those who are not shielding, but who are in critical need of food including families and older citizens.
If you feel you may qualify for a weekly food box you can contact the Covod-19 Community helpline who will carry out an assessment to see if you are able to avail of a food box. Your details will then be passed on to partners in the Health Trusts and/or local Councils who will arrange delivery of your weeklt food box. Telephone the Covid-19 Community Helpline 08088020020, email: firstname.lastname@example.org text: ACTION to 81025.
BALLYGAWLEY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE & ERRIGAL CIARAN GAC.
Due to Covid19 some of us have been advised to STAY AT HOME.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU STAY AT HOME TO PROTECT YOURSELF.
This included the elderly and vulnerable people.
If you fall into this category and need items to be picked up from the PHARMACY SHOP POST OFFICE
We can help you to access these items without leaving your home.
We also have some foodbank reserves for distribution for any families/individuals that may be struggling at this time.
If you know of anyone else that may need our help, please pass the numbers below to them.
If you need support or assistance, please phone:
Sharon McAleer 07712471212 Carmen Hamill 07591208418 Kelly Marie McRory 07821080127
This initiative is working well – thank you to all the coordinators and volunteers – and to those who need it, please make contact.
COVID- 19 couples and relationships support line organised by ACCORD: if you need to speak to an experienced couples or relationships counsellor during this time of unprecedented stress and pressure on family life – contact: 028 9568 0151 or 003531 531 3331 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday All calls charged at local rate.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
‘Across The Hedgerow’ Project (NI)
Rural Support has just launched a new initiative in response to Covid 19 in conjunction with Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster entitled ‘Across The Hedgerow’. The project aims to provide older, vulnerable and/or isolated members of the farming community with listening support and companionship via outward bound telephone calls. The initiative will be delivered by the Rural Support volunteer team along with the help of YFCU volunteers. Rural Support Helpline: 0800 138 1678.
Bingo and Parish Lotto draw – suspended until further notice.
Bulletin – for the foreseeable future the bulletin will be published online only – no printed version. As you will expect it will a much scaled down bulletin!
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary
at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order
to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.
Joyful Mysteries 1. The Annunciation. Fruit of the Mystery: Humility 2. The Visitation. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbour 3. The Nativity. Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty, Detachment from the things of the world, Contempt of Riches, Love of the Poor 4. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: Gift of Wisdom and Purity of mind and body (Obedience) 5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: True Conversion (Piety, Joy of Finding Jesus)
Luminous Mysteries – Mysteries of Light 1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit, the Healer. 2. The Wedding at Cana. Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus through Mary, Understanding of the ability to manifest-through faith. 3. Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God (Call of Conversion to the Messiah) 4. The Transfiguration. Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness. 5. The Institution of the Eucharist. Fruit of the Mystery: Adoration.
Sorrowful Mysteries 1. The Agony in the Garden. Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin, Uniformity with the Will of God 2. The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit of the Mystery: Mortification (Purity) 3. The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit of the Mystery: Contempt of the World (Moral Courage) 4. The Carrying of the Cross. Fruit of the Mystery: Patience 5. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance in Faith, Grace for a Holy Death (Forgiveness)
Glorious Mysteries 1. The Resurrection. Fruit of the Mystery: Faith 2. The Ascension. Fruit of the Mystery: Hope, Desire to Ascend to Heaven 3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of God, Holy Wisdom to know the truth and share it with everyone, Divine Charity, Worship of the Holy Spirit 4. The Assumption of Mary. Fruit of the Mystery: Union with Mary and True Devotion to Mary 5. The Coronation of the Virgin. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance and an Increase in Virtue (Trust in Mary’s Intercession)