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.

Sunday 26th Church of the Immaculate Conception 11am*

Kathleen Daly

Wednesday 29th St Mary’s Church 10am

Terence Kelly, John & Margaret Kelly, Mary Ann McGarvey

Thursday 30th St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Frank McLaughlin

Friday 31st St Matthew’s Church 10am

New Year’s Day Church of the Immaculate Conception 12noon

Saturday 1st January Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Dec McKeown Family

Sunday 2nd St Malachy’s Church 11am

Margaret Lewis First Anniversary

Tuesday 4th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Wednesday 5th St Mary’s Church 10am

Thursday 6th Epiphany

Church of the Immaculate Conception 10am

St Malachy’s Church 7pm

Rosaleen O’Neill

Friday 7th St Matthew’s Church 10am

Saturday 8th St Malachy’s Church 12noon

Frank McCrystal Month Mind

Saturday 8th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*

Sunday 9th St Matthew’s Church 11am

*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: Frank McCrystal, Eamon Pearson.

Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Donnacha Ambrose McConville, Kayla Andrea Marlow, Aodhá Mary Donaghy, John Og Irvine, Patrick Seamus McMullan, Lucy Louise Devine who were Baptised recently.

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

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.

Feasts of the Week: Sunday 26th The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, St Stephen; Monday 27th St John; Tuesday 28th The Holy Innocents; Wednesday 29th St Thomas Becket; Friday 31syt St Sylvester; Saturday 1st January 2022 Mary, the Mother of God, World Day of Peace; Sunday 2nd Sts Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen; Monday 3rd St Munchin, The Holy Name of Jesus; Wednesday 5th St Charles of St Andrew; Thursday 6th The Epiphany; Friday 7th St Raymond of Penafort; Sunday 9th The Baptism of the Lord.

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord concludes the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Season. Ordinary Time begins on Monday 10th – Sunday readings from Cycle B and Weekday readings from Cycle 2. Green vestments are the norm at Mass.

Synod – Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of our Archdiocese wrote: On October 9-10th in Rome Pope Francis launched the theme of the 2023 Synod of Bishops – For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission. The diocesan phase will involve the largest consultation with the lay faithful ever to take place and will examine what life is like in the Church at this moment in time. How do we make decisions? How do we create community? How welcoming are we? Do we provide opportunities for people to participate in the mission of the Church to bring the love of Christ into every corner of the world? And again, he wrote recently: We hope that each parish, religious community, association of lay catholic faithful, or any relevant group, will organise at least one in person gathering before the end of February to examine and answer the questions.

Our Parish meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th January 2022 in St Ciaran’s Hall at 7.30pm.

A buff-coloured page available in the Churches has the four questions that have been sent out by our Diocesan Committee headed by Bishop Router. The responses can be anonymous – which allows people to respond truthfully and honestly on their experience of Church now and where they would like to see the Church in the future. Responses can be taken to the above meeting for general discussion or returned to Mod or sent directly to Armagh Diocesan Office, Ara Coeli, Armagh.

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

Pastoral Area Parishes: Aghaloo & Carnteel 2nd January surname A-L 4.12pm- 4.30pm; surname M-Z 4.30-4.48pm; Beragh 2nd January surname A-L 6pm- 6.18pm; surname M-Z 6.18- 6.36pm; Killeeshil 3rd January surname A-L 12.36-12.54pm; surname M-Z 12.54-1.12pm: Pray well!

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.

Church Cleaning Rota January: St Matthew’s Church Bernie McDermott &Dympna McCaffrey; St Mary’s Church Briege Corrigan, Sharon Quinn, Caroline Mullin, Anne Mullin

Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on 9th & 23rd January.

A Prayer for our Earth

All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

YOU embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out Upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with your peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle, for justice, love and peace. (Laudato Si