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 at present 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 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, Bridie Moralee, Ann & Patrick McKelvey

Tuesday 22nd 7pm* Church of the Immaculate Conception Barney Horisk

Wednesday 23rd 10am St Mary’s Church


Christmas Eve

St Mary’s Church 5pm

Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm* Patrick Kelly

St Malachy’s Church 9pm


Christmas Day

St Matthew’s Church 9.30am

Church of the Immaculate Conception 11am*


Saturday 26th 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Sunday 27th 11am St Mary’s Church Terence Kelly, Margaret Conroy

Tuesday 29th 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception* Kathleen Daly

Wednesday 30th 10am St Mary’s Church

Thursday 31st 7pm St Malachy’s Church

New Year’s Day 12noon Church of the Immaculate Conception*

Saturday 2nd 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception* Rosaleen O’Neill, First Anniversary, Patricia, Micheal, Brian McDonnell

Sunday 3rd 11am St Matthew’s Church

Tuesday 5th 7pm* Epiphany Church of the Immaculate Conception

Wednesday 6th 10am Epiphany St Mary’s Church Fr Terry Kelly

Thursday 7th 7pm St Malachy’s Church

Friday 8th 10am St Matthew’s Church

Saturday 9th 7pm* Church of the Immaculate Conception Hughie & Tessie Nugent, Michael, Rosaleen, Annie McCrystal.

Sunday 10th 11am St Malachy’s Church Michaela McAreavey

*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.

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: Eleanor Gallagher, Margaret Corrigan, Patrick McGlinchey, Peter Nugent, Paul Holland.

Feasts: Sunday 20th Fourth Sunday of Advent, St Fachanan; Monday 21st St Peter Canisius; Wednesday 23rd St John of Kanty;Friday 25th Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; Saturday 26th St Stephen; Sunday 27th Feast of the Holy Family, St John the Apostle; Monday 28th Holy Innocents; tuesdayy 29th St Thomas Becket; Thursday 31st St Sylvester; Friday 1st January Mary, Mother of God, World Day of Peace; Saturday 2nd St Basil; Sunday 3rd The Holy Name of Jesus, St Munchin; Tuesday 5th St Charles of St Andrew; Wednesday 6th Epiphany; Thursday 7th St Raymond of Penafort; Sunday 10th Baptism of the Lord – the Season of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany ends today – Ordinary Time begins on Monday 11th january.

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.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Erigal Ciaran faith community Jack Cormac McGinley,

Ĕadha Christine McDaid, Tadgh James McDaid, Connla James Loughlin who were Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Marriage: 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.

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on January 10th.

Altamuskin Altar Glen with Crib – and lit up – is worth a visit the Advent and Christmas Season.

Christmas jumpers are welcome to be worn at Masses during the Christmas Season!