The following protective measures are recommended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the vulnerable or anxious members of the congregation: The wearing of face coverings inside Church buildings; Suspension of a handshake at the Sign of Peace; Holy Communion to be received in the hand; social distancing within and outside Churches – such measures have been the norm since March 2020.
While we are encouraged by the lifting of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic, we will continue to take care to provide appropriate protection and reassurance to all involved in Church activities. What we do in Church is a reminder that covid still exits among us. Let us continue to look after each other.
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 19th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Joe & Mary Gavin, Kathleen McKay
Sunday 20th St Matthew’s Church 11am
Thursday 24th St Malachy’s Church 7pm
Friday 25th St Matthew’s Church 10am
Kevin McGirr, Patricia Sherry
Friday 25th St Mary’s Church 7pm
Fabian McDermott Month Mind
Saturday 26th St Malachy’s Church 7pm
Sean Somerville, Eamon Kelly
Sunday 27th St Mary’s Church 11am
Mothers’ Day – God bless our Mothers and all who fulfil that role in our lives
Tuesday 29th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Mass for the Sick
Wednesday 30th St Mary’s Church 10am
Mary Ann Shields
Thursday 31st St Malachy’s Church 7pm
Friday 1st April St Matthew’s Church 10am
Saturday 2nd Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Sunday 3rd St Matthew’s Church 11am
*webcam available via Parish website parishoferrigalciaran.com or mncmedia.com
Lent – which began last Wednesday might be a good time to get back to attending Mass in person – Saturday evening, Sunday morning or during the week.
Lent is a time for doing something – not always giving up something!
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: Fabian McDermott, Eugene McGarvey
HELP FOR UKRAINE! As you read this the lorries full of humanitarian aid will be on their way to Poland. I (MoD) will join them in Berlin and travel the final leg of the journey. We pray a safe journey for the drivers and crew across Europe and home again. And we pray for those receiving the aid – that it will give the people of Ukraine hope and comfort – and ease the burden of those countries who are first responders to the refugees. Financial contributes are still needed to fund the travel of the lorries and the drivers – donations can be given directly to Fr. Mod or given through the Gofundme site at ‘Convoy of aid to Ukraine’. As Jesus said: whatever you do for the least of my sisters and brothers you to do for me.
Sacrament of Baptism: we welcome into the Errigal Ciaran faith community Lily Jean McKenna and
Ronan Darren Fergal McAnenly who were Baptised recently.
After Easter I will be returning to communal Baptisms – more than one family – celebrated on Saturdays. Mod.
Feasts: Monday 21st St Enda; Wednesday 23rd St Turibius; Thursday 24th St Macartan; Friday 25th Annunciation of the Lord; Friday 1st April St Celsus; Saturday 2nd St Francis of Paola.
First Friday visits: I will begin visiting the housebound: Tuesday 29th Ballymacilroy and Garvaghey; Wednesday 30th Dunmoyle; Thursday 31st Ballygawley. If a family would like me to visit someone, please let me know.
Armagh Diocesan Weekend of Prayer for Vocations – 26th/27th March.
Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm; Good Friday Solemn Passion of the Lord 3pm; Good Friday Stations of the Cross 7pm; easter Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection 7pm – all in Church of the Immaculate Conception. Easter Sunday Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection at 11am in the Altar Glen at Altamuskin.
Lenten Reflections in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh on Tuesday evenings during Lent at 7.30pm to help us reflect on each of the following themes. People may wish to join in person or via St Patrick’s Cathedral Webcam. 22 March “Covid-19 – the call to look forward in a spirit of hope”. 29 March “Finding God in a Pandemic World”. 5 April “Care for oneself amidst the challenges of life”. 12 April “Grief – a process that’s experienced one day at a time”.
New envelopes available for collection in Churches – if you or your family would like to contribute to the Parish financially and would like a box of envelopes, please contact Fr. M. Those using standing order at present can collect a box of envelopes for special collections during the year.
Church cleaning rota for April: St Mary’s Church – Siobhan Lappin, Mary Donnelly & Family;
St Matthew’s Church – Regina Boucher, Bernie O’Hanlon.
Continuous Rosary in Ireland for Peace and Charity – Our Parish of Errigal Ciaran has been allocated Saturday 2nd April, surname A-L 11.24pm -5.42pm; surname M-Z 11.42pm-midnight.
Pastoral Area Parishes: Aghaloo & Carnteel 2nd April surname A-L 10.12-10.30pm; surname M-Z 10.30-10.48pm; Beragh 2nd April surname A-L midnight – 0.18am; surname M-Z 0.18-0.36am; Killeeshil 3rd April surname A-L 6.36-6.54pm; surname M-Z 6.54-6.12pm: Pray well!
Lough Derg: one day retreats for May 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th, 15th, 17th 22nd, 24th, 29th, 30th cost 45Euro booking essential 00353 71 9861518. Three-day traditional pilgrimage commences 1st June. Cost 80Euro booking advised!
Ballygawley Local History Group invite you to the launch of their book ‘Ballygawley Mill’ in Kelly’s Inn on Wednesday 23rd March at 8pm. Guest speaker: Mr Jack Johnston. All welcome.
Bingo is back! St Ciaran’s Hall Wednesday 16th March 9pm. All welcome! Lotto returning soon also!
Mid-Ulster Festival of Amateur Drama returns to The Patrician, Carrickmore Friday 25th March – Saturday 2nd April @ 8pm nightly. Box Office – Tel: 80761906 Monday 21st March – Saturday 2nd April 10am – 5pm daily.
Bulletin – the next bulletin will be published on 3rd Ap