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 30th 7pm – John, Rose, Darren McAnenly

Sunday 31st 11am – Annie Lynch Month Mind

Tuesday 2nd February 7pm – Barney Horisk

Wednesday 3rd 10am

Thursday 4th 7pm

Friday 5th 10am

Saturday 6th 7pm – Maggie Devine First Anniversary

Sunday 7th 11am – Margaret Lewis Month Mind, Frank Somerville, Rose Ann McElhill, Oonagh Gutfreund, Moya Gormley

Tuesday 9th 7pm

Wednesday 10th 10am

Thursday 11th 7pm

Friday 12th 10am

Saturday 13th 7pm – Mackie, Month Mind, & Alice McGirr

Sunday 14th 11am – Fr Michael Seery Month Mind, McEvoy & Bogan Families Dec, Ted & Bridie Quinn

*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 5th March.

Lately deceased: Margaret Lewis, Elizabeth Moore, Fr Michael Seery (born 1943 Drogheda, ordained 1967, Curate 1970-1977, Parish Priest 1995-2015), Mackie McGirr, Brendan McGurk, Anna Kane, Fr Joe McKeever, Fr Tommy McGeough (born 1932 Knockbridge, ordained 1956, Curate 1962-1969).

As a Parish we could not grieve for Fr. Seery RIP as we would have liked to – as has been the same for families in the Parish who have faced the death of loved ones in recent months. We will mark his Month Mind on 14th February with Mass, which Parishioners can view and attend via the radio or webcam. Talking to some Parishioners during the week I suggest that Parishioners could write a thought or a memory concerning Fr Seery – these could be collected and kept in a folder/box like a time capsule and held for posterity. Not opened or read now but in years to come. These can be left at the Parochial House. It’s an idea families could use following the death of a loved one.

Feasts: Sunday 31st St John Bosco; Monday 1st February St Brigid – secondary patron of Ireland; Tuesday 2nd The Presentation; Wednesday 3rd St Blaise, St Ansgar; Friday 5th St Agatha; saturdat 6th St Paul Miki & Companions; Sunday 7th St Mel; Monday 8th St Jerome Emiliani, St Josephine Bakhita; Wednesday 10th St Scholastica; Thursday 11th Our Lady of Lourdes, St Gobnait; Sunday 14th Sts Cyril & Methodius, St Valentine, Day of prayer for Temperance.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Erigal Ciaran faith community Liam Raymond McDonald who was Baptised recently.

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

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.

Rosary Walk at Ballymacilroy: 20 trees for each of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary have been planted on 16th & 23rd January – thank you to Joe, Michael, Declan, Tom and Ronan, Dermot and Neven who did the digging and the planting. My hope is that later in the spring families could buy a ground cover plant for the bank which families especially children would plant. But more on that later in the year.

Year of Prayer and Reflection in the Archdiocese: unfortunately, Covid 19 interrupted this year but it has been extended into this year. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Router and his team are moving the year forward and have posted three questions for Parishioners reflections and responses: Q. 1. What has this period of separation & isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic changed for you in relation to Church & Faith? Q. 2. Identify one thing that we could do as a Diocese to begin to sustain faith personally & collectively as we emerge from lockdown. Q. 3. How can you and those close to you contribute your time and talents to the mission of the Church in your parish or pastoral area?

On January 28th Bishop Michael will launch a short video on the Armagh Diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages at 7.30pm to announce the extension to the Year of Reflection and Prayer and to encourage people to feed back their suggestions and thoughts to Parishioners and encouraged to view it and to respond.

The Irish Catholic newspaper is available to purchase in the Churches – price increase from 4th February to £2.20. monies can be placed in the candelabra.

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on February 14th for two weeks.