Masks should be worn when attending Mass. 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 2020. 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 suits you or your family.

Saturday Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm for The Most Holy Trinity – Mary McCabe Month Mind, Pat, Nellie, Liam, Seamus McKenna

The Most Holy Trinity St Matthew’s Church 11am – James Devine

Tuesday 1st June Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Wednesday 2nd St Mary’s Church 10am

Continuous Rosary

Thursday 3rd St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 4th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Saturday Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm for Corpus Christi – Francis & Margaret Flanagan

Sunday St Malachy’s Church for Corpus Christi – Phyllis Early

Tuesday 8th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm

Wednesday 9th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 10th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 11th St Matthew’s Church 10am – World Day of Prayer for Priests

Saturday 12th Church of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday 13th St Mary’s Church 11am – Brian Rogers

*webcam available via Parish website or

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: St Mary’s Church Wednesdays 10.30-11am

Church of the Immaculate Conception Thursdays 10.30am to 6pm.

St Matthew’s Church Fridays 10.30am to 2pm.

Rosary recited before each Parish Mass starting 20minutes before Mass starts.

Lately deceased: Terry Gallagher, Patrick Conlon, Fr Tom Rafferty MHM, Patsy Monaghan, Maura O’Dowd, Ignatius McGahan, Myrtle Wright, Bridie O’Sullivan.

Blessing of the Graves: hopefully by the next publication of the bulletin we will have dates confirmed.

Feasts: Sunday 30th The Most Holy Trinity; Monday 31st The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Tuesday 1st St Justin; Wednesday 2nd Sts Marcellinus & Peter; Thursday 3rd St Kevin; Friday 4th Sts Charles Lwanga & Companions; Saturday 5th St Boniface; Sunday 6th Corpus Christi, St Norbert; Monday 7th St Colman; Wednesday 9th St Columba or ColunCille; Thursday 10th St Ephrem the Syrian; Friday 11th Sacraed Heart of Jesus, St Barnabas; Saturday 12th Immaculate Heart of Mary; Sunday 13th St Anthony of Padua.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Erigal Ciaran faith community Evie Rose McDermott who was Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Confirmation: congratulations to the 34 girls and boys who were Confirmed in our Parish recently – the ceremonies were beautiful and simple, and the weather was kind – and to other young Parishioners who were Confirmed in Beragh Parish. Thanks be to God. Use your gifts of the Holy Spirit well!

Thank you to the teachers in the schools who organised readers and music and decorated the Church for the ceremonies.

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place today, Sunday May 30th. Sadly, for the second year running it will not be possible for us all to travel. However, it will be broadcast from the Shrine at 3pm with Bishop Michael Router Chief-celebrant.

Grandparents Day: Pope Francis has announced the establishment of an international day to honour grandparents and the elderly to take place each year in July. ‘The Holy Spirit … arouses thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly today: their voice is precious because it sings the praises of God and guards the roots of peoples. They remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between generations, to transmit to young people an experience of life and faith,” Pope Francis said.

“Grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving and passing on the roots. For this reason, I have decided to establish the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly,” the pope said.

The World Day for the Grandparents and the Elderly will take place annually on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the feast of the grandparents of Jesus, Saints Joachim and Anne. This year it will take place on Sunday, July 25, and Pope Francis will offer a special Mass to mark the occasion. Grandchildren are asked to think of ways to honour grandparents and grant aunts and grand uncles on that day or weekend.

Continuous Rosary in Ireland for Peace and Charity – Our Parish of Errigal Ciaran has been allocated Wednesday 2nd June, surname A-L 23.24-23.42; surname M-Z 23.42-midnight For example on this Sunday night, 2nd May Fr M will pray the Rosary at home between 23.42 and midnight, along with others whose surname begins M-Z.

Parishes in the Pastoral Area: Aghaloo & Carnteel 2nd June surname A-L 22.12-22.30; surname M-Z 22.30-22.48; Beragh 2nd June surname A-L midnight-00.18; surname M-Z 00.18-00.36; Killeeshil 3rd June surname A-L 18.36-18.54; surname M-Z 18.54-19.12.

Ballygawley Early Years: are advertising for relief staff to cover Playgroup sessions (morning and or/afternoon) in the event of Staff illness/training. Relief staff do not need to hold a childcare qualification, but the role would suit anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in young children and their social development. Competitive hourly rates of pay. If you are interested please contact: Or ring Jane McAnenley on 078400 01482

SUSE+ Help to get into employment is available! New courses, new opportunities… Are you currently unemployed, economically inactive or have you been made redundant? 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. New courses include : Foundation Skills in Working with Children, Personal Success & Wellbeing, Progression to Employment, Customer Service, Money Management, Business Administration and Digital Skills. For more information contact : Tracy – – 074 3653 3475

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on June 13th.

THE LINK BETWEEN LITURGY AND LIFE – Our society favours being practical and tends to evaluate people and institutions in this light. Practicality has led to numerous inventions that have made life more humane. It also asks people to draw a closer link between theory and everyday life, urging them to be more down-to-earth. But for some practical-minded people, religion appears to put too much emphasis on the next world rather than this one. Further, they claim that the time and effort devoted to ceremonies and otherworldly endeavours seems to have little value. They would want religion to confine itself to humanitarian deeds. The Church has a vital role to play in shaping responsible citizens with moral character and with a willingness to contribute to the well-being of society. The liturgy and worship of the Church have much to do with these admirable goals. At divine worship, people receive the grace to help them to be formed ever more closely to Christ. The saving grace of the dying and rising of Christ are communicated to us in the Sacraments so that we might live more perfectly Christ’s truth and virtues such as love, justice, mercy and compassion. Every Mass ends with the mission to go forth and serve the Lord. This sending means that the love of God and neighbour and the moral implications of the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments should be witnessed by the participants in everyday life. People of faith know that their liturgical experience provides a unique spiritual vision and strength for making this a better world. The lives of the saints provide ample evidence of this truth. Saints of every age have improved healthcare and education and fostered the human dignity of the poor, the oppressed and the society at large. Saints attribute their remarkable energies to the power that comes from prayer and above all from the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. (From Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults