Masks -although not now compulsory to be worn inside Churches, 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 has been the norm since 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 31st Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Joseph, Margaret, Martin Askin & Dec Family, Maggie & Thomas James McKenna, Brian Hamill, James Higgins

Sunday 1st August St Matthew’s Church 11am Blessing of the Graves – Rose & Frank McCrory, James & Brigid Montague, PJ O’Neill

Tuesday 3rd Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm

Wednesday 4th St Mary’s Church 10am – Michael & Elizabeth McNally

Thursday 5th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 6th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Saturday 7th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Packie, Mary, Patsy McCann

Sunday 8th St Malachy’s Church 11am Blessing of the Graves – Marie Donnelly, Eddie & Annie McGirr

Tuesday 10th St Mary’s Church 7pm – Kevin McMenamin Month Mind

Wednesday 11th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 12th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 13th St Matthew’s Church 7pm – Oliver O’Neill First Anniversary

Saturday 14th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Seamus McCabe First Anniversary

Sunday 15th August Altar Glen 11am (weather permitting) – Seamus Shields, Fr Charles & Monica McDonald, Gertrude Parson, Theresa McStravick

*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 20minutes before each Parish Mass starts.

Lately deceased: Kevin McMenamin, Delia McCaffrey, Bridie McClenaghan, Bernadette Curran, Kathleen McKee.

Feasts: Sunday 1st August St Alphonsus Liguori; Monday 2nd Sts Eusebius of Vercelli, Peter Julian Eymard, The Indulgence of St mary of the Portiuncula; Wednesday 4th St John Vianney; Thursday 5th Dedication of the Bacilica of St Mary Major; Friday 6th The Transfiguaration; Saturday 7th Sts Sixus, Cajetan; Sunday 8th St Dominic; Monday 9th Sts Nathy, Felim, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; Tuesday 10th St Lawrence; Wednesday 11th St Clare; Thursday 12th Sts Attracta, Muredach, Lelia Jane Frances de Chantal; Friday 13th Sts Fachtna, Pontian & Hippolytus; Saturday St Maximillian Kolbe; Sunday 15th The Assumption of Mary into Heaven.

Blessing of the Graves: St Matthew’s Garvaghey Sunday 1st August 11am. St Malachy’s Ballymacilroy Sunday 8th 11am.

We remember in these gatherings all who are buried in the graveyards/cemeteries but this year we will also remember those buried since July 2019 – the last time we gathered physically.

Following Mass Parishioners can go to their family graves for the prayers – bring water with you which will be blessed, and families will be asked to sprinkle the Holy Water on the graves.

Old Errigal Ciaran Sunday 12th September 2pm

Altar Glen Mass Sunday 15th August 11am Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.

Dates and times subject to ongoing government guidelines and regulations during the present pandemic.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Maebh Molly Murphy,

Ava Jane Canavan, Ted Michael Maguire, Cillían David Hackett Moore who were Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Marriage: congratulations to Natasha Murray and Gareth Haughey who were married recently.

Continuous Rosary in Ireland for Peace and Charity – Our Parish of Errigal Ciaran has been allocated Monday 2nd August, surname A-L 5.24am -5.42am; surname M-Z 5.42-6am.

Parishes in the Pastoral Area: Aghaloo & Carnteel 2nd August surname A-L 4.12-4.30am; surname M-Z 4.30-4.48am; Beragh 2nd August surname A-L 6am-6.18am; surname M-Z 6.18-6.36am; Killeeshil 3rd August surname A-L 12.36-12.54am; surname M-Z 12.54-01.12am. – late nights and early mornings – all for good.

Legion of Mary celebrates its centenary in September. To mark this anniversary the Frank Duff Prayer will be said with the Rosary before Mass from 4th August.

Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre. Dates for guided walks will follow for late August and early September. For bookings and further information email or telephone 00353 71 9861518.

Church cleaning rota for August: St Mary’s Church Maureen Gormley, Kathleen Mullin & Family Foremass; St Matthew’s Church Sheena Gartland, Bernie McConville.

Bulletin – the next bulletins will be published on August 15th and September 5th.

HAVE YOUR SAY: the Church in Ireland is moving towards holding a national synod in the next five years. It is part of the vision of Pope Francis of laypeople, religious, priests, deacons and bishops working together to discern where God is leading the Church and charting a future vision for Irish Catholicism.

If you would like to be part of the conversation please send a submission of no more than 300words to The Irish Catholic is available weekly in Churches priced £2.20.

St Patrick’s Archdiocesan Trust Limited has VACANCY for 2 Youth Ministry Coordinators – one North and one South – each to undertake the full-time roles of Youth Ministry Coordinator. Starting salary: £24,982 (or € equivalent). If interested in making an application for either of these posts, please download, complete and return an Application Form from the Archdiocese of Armagh website at:, where you will also find the accompanying Job Description. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 13 August 2021 at 5pm.

Ulster Senior Mens Football Final – as the bulletin is being printed we look forward to Tyrone’s match in Croke Park on Saturday – as you read this, hopefully, we can say, Tyrone won!

Knock Apparition 21st August 1879.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.” Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.