As from Tuesday 1st September Parishioners can attend all Masses in the Parish.

Masks are mandatory when entering or leaving Church. Please observe social distancing while in the Churches.

Those receiving Holy Communion can only do so on the hand – as was the norm last March.

In coming to receive please respect social distancing in the procession to the sanctuary.

Those attending are asked to bring a wipe with them to clean down the place where they were praying.

Like our homes, it is important to keep our Churches clean and hygienic.

After Mass, when outside the Church, please once again respect social distancing.

Attending any of the weekday Masses fulfils the Sunday obligation which has been suspended for the foreseeable future so please plan which Mass – you have six to choose from during the course of a week – suits you or your family.


Masses and intentions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Saturday 12th 7pm* Church of the Immaculate Conception Rose Hagan & Family Dec

Sunday 13th 11am St Matthew’s Church Fr Mick & Paddy McGirr, Francis & Kathleen McGinley, Eileen McMurray

Tuesday 15th 7pm* Church of the Immaculate Conception


Confessions after Mass.

Wednesday 16th 10am St Mary’s Church Michael John Conroy

Thursday 17th 7pm St Malachy’s Church Packie McGirr

Friday 18th 10am St Matthew’s Church John & Rose McDonald, Robert Woods

Saturday 19th 7pm* Church of the Immaculate Conception Eleanor Gallagher Month Mind,Paddy & Lizzie Molloy, Peter Quinn

Sunday 20th 11am St Malachy’s Church Eileen & Dan McGirr

*webcam available via Parish website or


Readers should check their rota especially for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Readers for weekday Masses are always welcome.

Mass on Tuesday and Thursday evening should suit those working in the morning and facilitate families wanting to arrange and attend anniversary Masses and who wish to avoid the bigger crowds on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – I will be available for confession after each weekday Mass this coming week in the various Churches.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesdays at St Mary’s Church, Dunmoyle after Mass til 11am

Thursdays at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballygawley 10am to 6pm

Fridays at St Matthew’s Church, Garvaghey after Mass til 2.30pm

Please note that the above dates, times, and venues can change due to any change to guidelines during the present pandemic.

In our Parish risk assessment and preparing our Churches for public liturgy we had to work out numbers for each Church – Church of the Immaculate Conception 100; St Malachy’s Church 78; St Mary’s Church 66; St Matthew’s Church 50. This number is for single people attending, the number increases when family bubbles attend.

Lately deceased: Neil McGarvey, Micky Mulgrew, Michael McPhillips, Eleanor Gallagher, Fr Frank McElhatton, Joan Shore, Betty Kelly, Margaret Corrigan, Patrick McGlinchey

Feasts: Sunday 13th Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, St Lucy; Monday 14th St John of the Cross; Friday 18th St Flannan; Sunday 20th Fourth Sunday of Advent, St Fachanan.

The Season of Advent – 17th to 24th – the Gospel passages at Mass are chosen about the events that immediately prepared for the Birth of Christ. The First Readings are from different books of the Old Testament in view of the Gospel readings and include the most important messianic prophecies.

In the Liturgy of the Mass Advent has no Gloria, purple vestments are worn and an Advent Candles/Wreath is placed in the sanctuary. Like last year we will start to build and add to our crib week by week.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Erigal Ciaran faith community Marc Kevin McGirr,

Ava Maureen Harte, Mia Ann McGinley, Anita Gabrielle Devine who were Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Marriage: congratulations to Schira Tallon and Denis Daly who were married recently.

Weddings 2021: would those who have arranged weddings in the Parish please contact me to confirm date/Church/celebrant.

Acclamation of Faith – we will be using the following response at Mass: Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.


Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve

St Mary’s Church 5pm

Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

St Malachy’s Church 9pm


Christmas Day

St Matthew’s Church 9.30am

Church of the Immaculate Conception 11am*

Masses within the Octave of Christmas

Saturday 26th 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Sunday 27th 11am St Mary’s Church

Tuesday 29th 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Wednesday 30th 10am St Mary’s Church

Thursday 31st 7pm St Malachy’s Church

Friday 1st 12noon Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Saturday 2nd 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Sunday 3rd 11am St Matthew’s Church

*available on webcam

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on December 20th and then on January 10th.