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 2nd Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Brendan McCaffrey Month Mind, Kieran, Peggy, Liam Lynch

Sunday 3rd St Matthew’s Church 11am – Fr Brian Hackett, Liam O’Hanlon

Tuesday 5th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm

Wednesday 6th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 7th St Malachy’s Church 7pm – Jim McAnenly

Friday 8th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Saturday 9th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Vincent & Margaret McCann & McCann & McBride Dec Families, Pat Quinn

Sunday 10th St Malachy’s Church 11am – Owen & Susan Mallon, Peter Harte

Wednesday 13th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 14th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 15th October

St Malachy’s Church 12noon Wedding

St Matthew’s Church 7pm Anna & Willie McCaffrey Month Mind

Saturday 16th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm – Margaret Quinn, William, Mary, Rosaleen, Elizabeth Kelly, Margaret McCourt

Sunday 17th St Mary’s Church 11am – Peter Donnelly, Conroy & McKenna Dec Family, Margaret & John Mullin,

Bernard, Rose, John Tierney

*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: Anna & Willie McCaffrey, Mary Campbell, Eileen McKeever, Brendan O’Neill, Anne Mohan.

Feasts: Sunday 3rd Bl Columba Marmion; Monday 4th St Francis of Assisi; Tuesday 5th St Faustina; Wednesday 6th St Bruno; Thursday 7th Our Lady of the Rosary; Saturday 9th St John Henry Newman, St Denis & Companions, St John Leonardi; Monday 11th St Canice, Pope St John XXIII; Thursday 14th St Callistus; Friday 15th St Teresa of Avila; Saturday 16th St Gall, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St Hedwig; Sunday 17th St Ignatius of Antioch.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Charlie James McKeown and Fiónn Brian Daly who were Baptised recently.

Sacrament of Marriage: congratulations to Claire Campbell and Matthew Boyle who were married recently.

Could couples who have arranged marriages for 2022 and 2023 please contact Fr M to confirm dates. Thank you.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed this year as a Year of St Joseph. Parishioners are invited to attend Mass over the next three weekends to reflect on St Joseph: 9th/10th October – St Joseph, a family man and protector of all families, a man who models for us the family’s call to holiness. Families are invited to attend Masses, to ask St Joseph to intercede for all our homes and families. 16th/17th October – St Joseph, the dreamer, an example for everyone and especially our young whom Jesus teaches never to lose the ability to dream, to take risks and to take on difficult tasks.

All who have dreams are invited to attend Masses and especially young people and expectant mothers and fathers who have dreams for their child and their children. 23rd/24th October – St Joseph, a worker and the patron of all craftspeople and workers. He laboured for God and we too are called to labour in love. All who work with their hands are invited to attend Masses for a special blessing of our hands.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of 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.

Cardinal MacRory Pastoral Area: Fr Cathal Deveney PP Aghaloo has been elected Vicar Forane for the area.

Permanent Diaconate: The Archdiocese of Armagh has recently produced a video about the ministry of the Permanent Diaconate and the role of the permanent deacon. The video can be found on the diocesan website and at the following link: Hopefully you find the video informative and interesting. May it help to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this important ministry.

Sunday3 October – Day for Life 2021 This year’s theme ‘The Good Samaritan: A Model of Compassion’. In the context of the recent proposal to introduce assisted suicide, both in Ireland and the UK, this year’s Day for Life message invites Catholics to consider a more positive and compassionate response to the care of people who are in the final stages of life.

SYNODALITY Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church, over the coming months, to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission – synodality. He says that, “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” First and foremost, synodality indicates a particular way of being Church. It is not fixated on a particular event or date on the calendar. There is no timeframe for synodality. It is how the Church expresses her nature as the ‘People of God’ journeying together and gathering in assembly. Synodality is the Church’s ordinary way of living and working. We are summoned by the Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel and we must always reflect together on how effective our proclamation is. It enables us, the ‘People of God’, to journey forward together and for everyone to participate in the mission of the Church. The diocese has formed a Core Group to promote the Synodal model of Church locally. There will be a process of listening and consultation leading up to a Diocesan Synodal Assembly in Autumn 2024. There will be a National Synodal Assembly or Assemblies in 2026 all shaping the future of the Church in our diocese and on our island. To begin that process there will be a period of reflection on the 10 thematic nuclei that were released by the Holy See on the 7th September. This Preparatory Document, which is available on the Vatican website is essential reading for all priests, deacons and pastoral council members over the coming weeks. The document can be found at the following link:

On Saturday 9th October, The Hail Holy Queen Conference will be on Radio Maria Ireland at 2pm. Guest speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Dr. Patrick Kenny, Fr. Gerry McCloskey, and Dr. Blythe Kaufman. On Sunday 10th October, the Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm. Join people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith.

Applications invited for the St Columbanus Award Sponsored by the Knights of St Columbanus, Omagh.

Award is open to individuals under 25yrs of age, to groups from second level schools and colleges and groups from Parishes within the area of Omagh Council. Award aimed at projects which: (a) Encourage & inspire young people in the practice of their Catholic faith. (b) Develop leadership skills to encourage others to become more involved in their local community. (c) Reflects the ethos and Spirit of St Columbanus. Application forms are available from: Closing date for completed applications: 20th November 2021.

Bulletin – the next bulletins will be published on October 17th and 3