Attendance at Mass during the present lockdown is not recommended so Parishioners and others can view or listen via webcam or radio as Mass is celebrated from Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballygawley. Anniversaries will be marked on the days arranged and also read out at the Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.


Mass times and anniversaries:

Saturday 16th 7pm – Anna McGirr First Anniversary, Noleen McCaffrey, Michael McMullan

Sunday 17th 11am – Patricia, Kathleen, Francie, Declan McGarrity, Kathleen McGarvey, Michael Mullin

Tuesday 19th 7pm – Eugene Mallon

Wednesday 20th 10am – Thursday 21st 7pm

Mass for the Sick:

Please have a small teaspoon of olive oil available at home to bless those who are sick or preparing for/recovering from operations or receiving treatment at this time or are aged or anyone who is living with addiction or mental health or emotional health or spiritual heath issues. If you have a relative or friend who cannot be present have a photo of them placed on a table. And light a candle.

Friday 22nd 10am

Saturday 23rd 7pm

Flanagan Family Dec

Sunday 24th 11am

Sunday 24th 6pm

Nuala McLaughlin Month Mind

Tuesday 26th 7pm

Wednesday 27th 10am

Thursday 28th 7pm

Friday 29th 10am

Saturday 30th 7pm

Sunday 31st 11am

*webcam available via Parish website or

Readers are allowed to attend Mass when exercising their Ministry – contact Fr. M.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – with the present Covid 19 restrictions adoration has been suspended until after 6th February.

Lately deceased: Peter Nugent, Paul Holland, Nuala McLaughlin, Annie Lynch, Margaret Lewis, Elizabeth Moore, Fr Michael Seery, Mackie McGirr.

Feasts: Sunday 17th St Anthony; Wednesday 20th Sts Fabian & Sebastian; Thursday 21st St Agnes; Friday 22nd St Vincent; Sunday 24th St Francis de Sales; Monday 25th Conversion of St Paul; Tuesday 26th Sts Timothy & Titus; Wednesday 27th St Angela Merici; Thursday 28th St Thomas Aquinas; Saturday 30th St Aidan, Bl. Margaret Ball& Francis Taylor; Sunday 31st St John Bosco.

18th-25th January is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is ‘Abide in my love…you shall bear much fruit’ – and was decided upon by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp, Switzerland.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Erigal Ciaran faith community Ronan Donncha Harte and Danny Owen McDermott and Alicia Patricia Loughran who were Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Marriage: congratulations to Dominic Douglas and Zoe Daly who were married recently.

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

Year of St Joseph – With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.

Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

A daily prayer to St Joseph.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.

Parish statistics: during 2020 we celebrated 37 Baptisms; 43 girls and boys received their First Communion in August; 34 young adults were Confirmed in March; 6 marriages were celebrated – not counting those married outside our Parish; 25 funerals/burials of which 18 were Parishioners.

Sacramental dates for 2021 – subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic: First Communion: Saturday 17th April at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Dunmoyle for P4 St Brigid’s PS; Saturday 24th April at 11am in St Malachy’s Church, Ballymacilroy for P4 St Malachy’s PS; Saturday 8th May at 11am in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballygawley for P4 St Mary’s PS. Confirmation – two ceremonies – on Pentecost Sunday 23rd May in Church of the Immaculate Conception first at 11am for P7 St Brigid’s and St Malachy’s Primary Schools; and second at 1pm for P7 St Mary’s Primary School.

Thanks: I want to thank you all for your contributions to the Christmas dues and gifts to me – and your concern during my self-isolation and indeed over the past months – thanks also to those who erected Cribs in the Churches and the Crib at the Altar Glen and decorated the Churches for the celebration of Christmas/Epiphany. Mod.

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 31st for two weeks.