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: Mickey Murphy, Rose-Anne Henry, Terence McGarvey, Mark Gillespie, Mostapha Tber, Dympna Mullin, Kathleen McCrystal, Kevin Murray.
Anniversaries arranged between 23rd May and 7th June – Annie & John O’Hanlon, Mary, John & Kieran O’Hagan (24th), William, Mary, Rosaleen, Elizabeth Kelly & Margaret McCourt (30th), James Devine, Francis & Margaret Flanagan (31st), Packie Mallon (6th).
Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Peggy Jane McDermott who was Baptised recently.
Feasts: Sunday 31st Pentecost; Monday 1st St Justin; Tuesday Sts Marcellinus & Peter; Wednesday 3rd St Kevin; Ss Charles Lwanga & Companions; Friday 5th St Boniface; Saturday 6th St Jarlath, St Norbert; Sunday 7th St Colman.
The Easter Season concludes with Pentecost Sunday and ordinary Time resumes. The Paschal Candle is kept at the Baptismal Font. Green vestments are worn, except for special feast days. Sunday readings follow cycle A and Weekday readings follow Cycle 2.
Churches are again open for Private Prayer. Hand sanitisers are being installed at the main entrance door of each Church. Parishioners are asked to bring lighters to light candles. I am asking that Church Cleaning Rota Members would resume their monthly duties to keep the House of God tidy and presentable, as they usually are. Thank you. Mod.
Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock would have taken place today, May 31st, Pentecost Sunday. This year due to COVID-19 virus, the Pilgrimage will be celebrated online – www.knockshrine.ie – from Knock Shrine beginning at 2.30pm, with the recitation of the Rosary followed by the celebration of the Pilgrimage Mass at 3pm
Parish Envelopes 2020/2021 for the Ballygawley Area are available now for collection in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Ballygawley. Again, thanks to all who have been contributing to the Parish.
Trocaire monies from this Parish returned to date amounted to £2097.85 and 81.53Euro. thanks to all who contributed.
Hospital Chaplaincy in the Southern Trust – South Tyrone, Craigavon, Daisy Hill, Lurgan, St Luke’s – in These Days. While chaplains are not permitted to carry out routine hospital visits at the moment, they are still available for emergency or urgent visits. To call a chaplain at any time, just ring the relevant hospital and ask for the chaplain on call. In addition, if you or a family member are in hospital, or indeed if you work in the hospital, and you would like to chat with a chaplain, there is a chaplaincy phone service available daily:
From 10am – 12 noon, please call 38334444 From 2pm – 4pm, please call 30835000
Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin
26 May 2020
To: Clergy, Religious and Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Armagh
Dear Father, Dear Deacon, Dear sisters and brothers,
This weekend we celebrate Pentecost – the great feast of the Holy Spirit and the “birthday” of the Christian Church. I find it sad and disappointing that we have now come the whole way through the Easter Season and we are still unable to gather physically for Mass and the sacraments.
We have all been making great sacrifices to protect health and life and to support the Common Good. But we miss meeting up as a parish community. Thankfully, our sacrifices are bearing fruit and the number of deaths and ICU admissions from Covid19 is continuing to decline.
I want to thank you for the work you are doing at local level to plan for the full “re-opening” of parish life and worship. Please work closely with your priests so that your parish stands ready to respond quickly when the public health authorities tell us it is safe to begin gathering together again for Mass inside our churches.
Thanks also for your response to my call for ideas and questions to help draft a National Framework Document to maximise consistency across the dioceses and parishes of Ireland. At the Standing Committee of the Bishops’ Conference yesterday (meeting for the first time over video call) the Bishops agreed to refine this framework further to include a helpful checklist for parish priests and Covid-19 Parish Support Teams on physical distancing and hygiene. This will help you evaluate progress made to date and guide any necessary improvements in practice within your parish.
The Framework Document will also offer guidance on a number of important liturgical issues which many of you have been enquiring about e.g. the distribution and reception of Holy Communion; advice for concelebrants, deacons, altar servers; best practice for extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and others who assist at Mass. At the forthcoming Episcopal Conference meeting in early June the Bishops will consider extending the current suspension of the Sunday obligation, the Sign of Peace and use of Holy Water fonts. We will also discuss the celebration of Baptism, Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of any ongoing restrictions.
It is hoped that the National Framework Document will help guide our ongoing preparations at parish and diocesan level. It will also support our continuing engagement with government and public health authorities – north and south – in making a case for the early resumption of the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments in a measured and safe way.
God bless you and your families this Pentecost weekend. Please Stay safe. And pray safe!
Archbishop of Armagh
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.
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.
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.
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!