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 parishoferrigalciaran.com
Fr McCrory has also uploaded a vocal only version on Sixmilecross oratory on YouTube
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.
MASSES with Parishioners: as this is written and published, we have had no indication of how many Parishioners can attend a public Mass – unlike our Catholic neighbours in County Monaghan and beyond. The Parish Pastoral Council is meeting next week to discuss how we will manage public Masses when the restriction of none attendance is lifted. We should know more by next weekend.
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: Philomena O’Rourke
Anniversaries arranged between 20th June and 5th July – Brian Rodgers, Johney & Mary Kelly, Seamus Conroy (20th), Kathleen McCrystal (Month Mind), Peter, Margaret & Ian Mallon (21st), Darragh, Seamus, Barney, Kitty Horisk, Barney Conroy, Mary Alice Hartnett (27th), Annie Campbell,
Marie Williams (First Anniversary), Seamus McCaffrey (28th), Mick McGarvey (First Anniversary), Patrick Dan McGarvey.
Blessing of the Graves: we begin next week with Dunmoyle – at Mass next SATURDAY 4TH July via webcam from the Church of the Immaculate Conception we will remember all those buried around St Mary’s Church and especially those who have died since this time last year. At the beginning of June, I was filmed blessing the graves and you will be able to watch that video after Mass via YouTube. So, there will be no great gathering of people in a physical way at Dunmoyle this year. Others dates: Ballymacilroy Saturday 25th July, Garvaghey Saturday 1st August – I will decide nearer the time for Old Errigal in September.
First Holy Communion: Will be celebrated in August. We need a Parish celebration and something to look forward to. So St Malachy’s PS will celebrate on Saturday 22nd August at 1pm in St Malachy’s Church. St Mary’s PS will celebrate on Saturday 29th August at 11am in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. St Brigid’s PS will celebrate on Saturday 29th August at 1.30pm. I see these as Parish celebrations were we can join the children and their families for this very special occasion.
Primary Schools End of Year Mass was streamed on Thursday evening last – I hope you all enjoyed it. And to set the record straight: the Mass was filmed (sounds more Hollywoodish than recorded) the previous week and the music, hymns, readings, prayers, reflections were added in later. The marvels of technology. And I hope that the P7 pupils enjoyed their gatherings of farewell to teachers, staff and school buildings. Thanks to all who made all these tings possible.
Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Cobhlaith Eithna Conroy who was Baptised recently.
Feasts: Sunday 28th St Irenaeus; Monday 29th Sts Peter and Paul; Tuesday 30th The First Martyrs of Rome; Wednesday 1st St Oliver Plunkett; triday 3rd St Thomas; Saturday 4th St Elizabeth of Portugal; Sunday 5th St Anthony Zaccaria.
Errigal Ciaran Football Club are hosting a Million Step Challenge by way of a 5km walk/run on Sunday 5th July – money raised for two charities – ALPS and Heart Children Ireland. Further details of both charities and ways to register your interest to participate can be accessed through Errigal Ciaran Facebook or by contacting any committee member. A lot of us are walking these days so here is an opportunity to put that to good use charity wise.
Year of Reflection and Prayer in the Archdiocese was launched last year. Bishop Michael Router, our Auxiliary Bishop has written to remind us of this. He writes: In hindsight it is fortunate that this year is one of ‘Reflection and Prayer’ in the Archdiocese of Armagh. We have had time to reflect on where we are as a Church community and on what direction we should take in the future. This present pandemic has given us an insight into just how challenging that future might be. The Diocesan Pastoral Team and I have had two meetings of the Parish Prayer Ambassadors already this year but, unfortunately, we were unable to hold the June meeting due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We are about to move into the reflective period of the year and hopefully the opportunities provided by the unexpected lull in activity over the past few months will add depth to the quality of that reflection. We have produced a short video to replace the June meeting. You will find the video on YouTube by using the following link: https://youtu.be/OmnRoFUwCz8. At the end of the video three questions are outlined in order for the period of reflection to begin. Local clergy, along with the Parish Prayer ambassador, and members of the Parish Pastoral Council and other Parishioners are invited to view the video. An email address is given at the end of the video to assist people to submit their individual responses to the questions asked. We will, hopefully, get some useful feedback over the coming two
months that will assist us in our ongoing process of reflection. When the threat of the coronavirus has passed, we will be able to meet small groups in each Parish around the diocese to listen to their suggestions, their hopes and their concerns. This listening process will feed into the preparation for a Diocesan Assembly in the coming years. God bless you and keep safe,
Emotional Wellbeing during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Video
In conjunction with Fr. Dermot McCaul, now residing in Caledon, the diocese has produced a short video on emotional wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The video is intended to offer guidance around issues of emotional wellbeing and mental health during these times. It also gives some sound and practical advice on how each of us can navigate these challenges and indeed flourish beyond this period. Fr. Dermot suggests five daily actions and activities that can help:
Reduce and limit Media and Multimedia interaction
Make time for daily prayer
Develop and maintain a daily routine
Whilst honouring social distancing protocol engage with family and friends The video can be accessed at the following link: https://youtu.be/f8jX-f0QcH0
St Joseph’s Young Priests Society has launched a new website. The address is https://www.stjosephsyoungpriestssociety.ie/
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.
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. If you would like a box of envelopes to be able to contribute financially to the Parish please contact Fr Michael.
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.
Help is available for the unemployed. Have you recently been made redundant or are unemployed? If so, SUSE+ can help you, we are currently offering help and support with Job Searches, CV Building, Interview Preparation. Mentors work 1:1 with participants to help secure a job in the local area. An online course provision is also available which includes mindfulness and meditation, money management, holistic therapies, self-care, employability, job club and much more.
For more information contact: Tracy – email@example.com – 074 3653 3475.
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!