Masks -although not now compulsory to be worn inside Churches, masks should be worn when attending Mass. Please observe social distancing inside and outside the Churches. Those receiving Holy Communion can only do so on the hand – as has been the norm since March 2020. Like our homes, it is important to keep our Churches clean and hygienic. 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 11th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Sunday 12th St Malachy’s Church 11am

Brendan Kelly, Paddy McGuire, Dan & Eileen McGirr

Tuesday 14th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Wednesday 15th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 16th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 17th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Fr Mick & Paddy McGirr

Saturday 18th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Paddy & Lizzie Molloy, Peter Quinn

Sunday 19th St Mary’s Church 11am

May & Neil McGarvey

Sunday 19th Church of the Immaculate Conception 5pm

Nuala McLaughlin First Anniversary

Tuesday 21st Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Barney Horisk

Wednesday 22nd St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 23rd St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Friday 24th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Christmas Eve

St Mary’s Church 5pm

Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Patrick Kelly

St Malachy’s Church 9pm

Christmas Day

St Matthew’s Church 9.30am

Church of the Immaculate Conception 11am*

Sunday 26th Church of the Immaculate Conception 11am*

Kathleen Daly

*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.

The prayer of adoration is the prayer that makes us recognise God as the beginning and the end of all of history. And this prayer is the living flame of the Spirit that gives strength to witness and mission.

Pope Francis.

Rosary recited 20minutes before each Parish Mass starts.

Lately deceased: Sean Donnelly, Nora O’Brien, Frank McCrystal.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Freya Beth Hughes who was Baptised recently.

Altamuskin Altar Glen with Crib – and lit up – is worth a visit during the Advent and Christmas Season. Christmas jumpers are welcome to be worn at Masses during the Christmas Season!

Acclamation of Faith: we will use ‘Save us, Saviour of the World, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free’ for the foreseeable future.

Saturday evening/Sunday morning Parish Masses – the schedule will change from 8th/9th January. Ballygawley and Ballymacilroy will alternate on Saturdays and Garvaghey and Dunmoyle will alternate on Sundays. This will mean every Church will have Mass every two weeks and will allow anniversaries to be spread over more celebrations. It should be an easier rota to remember. For January:

Saturday 8th 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception Sunday 9th 11am St Matthew’s Church

Saturday 15th 7pm St Malachy’s Church Sunday 16th 11am St Mary’s Church

Saturday 22nd 7pm Church of the Immaculate Conception Sunday 23rd 11am St Matthew’s Church

Saturday 29th 7pm St Malachy’s Church Sunday 30th 11am St Mary’s Church

The weekday rota will remain as is.

Supporting Fr Leo Traynor’s Missionary Work in the lead up to Christmas, a small group from within the Parish are hoping to raise awareness of Fr. Leo’s new Missionary Work in Malawi, Africa. As you know, Fr Leo took up this new post in September of this year and he is currently setting up New Programs working with young people on Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution under the Umbrella of the SELL Program. The ongoing work does require financial support, and he has always been deeply appreciative of support from this Parish over many years since first Ordained in 1988. This local group now hope to provide an opportunity to Parishioners who may like to support his work at this time as he sets out on his final Missionary Journey. If you would like to know more, please contact: Noleen Neill Tel. 077997 11973 Pascal Canavan Tel. 07984 653760 Sharon Quinn Tel. 07765 994581 Maura McCartan Tel. 07522 532975 Tommy Traynor Tel. 077404 94166

Feasts of the Week: Sunday 12th St Finnian, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monday 13th St Lucy; Tuesday 14th St John of the Cross; Saturday 18th St Flannan; Sunday 19th St Fachanan; Tuesday 21st St Peter Canisius; Thursday 23rd St John of Kanty; Saturday 25th Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; Sunday 26th St Stephen.

Legion of Mary: the blessed statue of Our Lady of Fatima is available for Parishioners/families to have in their home on a weekly basis. Please contact 07517141439 or 07517456305.

A Prayer by Telephone the Sisters of Mercy “Bethany” 34 Point Road, Dundalk welcome any person who may wish to request prayer, especially during these difficult times. All requests are confidential. One of the sisters will be happy to LISTEN & PRAY with you, 9am -9pm daily. Tel: 00 353 42 9331602

Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Ballyoisin Christmas Party with live music will be held on Monday, 13th December 12-3 pm. To find out more and to confirm your attendance, please contact 00353 4787049/4787055 or Mary on 00 44 7810 871381

Festive Coffee Morning & Christmas Fayre Sunday 19th December 11am-3pm at Foundry Lane Omagh in aid of Sr Consilio’s Friends of Cuan Mhuire Tyrone Region.

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on December 26