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 2nd Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Sunday 3rd St Matthew’s Church 11am
Ruairí O’Hanlon, Brendan O’Hanlon
Tuesday 5th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Wednesday 6th St Mary’s Church 10am
Thursday 7th St Malachy’s Church 7pm
Thursday 7th St Mary’s Church 7.30pm
Felix McNally Month Mind
Friday 8th St Matthew’s Church 10am
Frank & May Kelly
Saturday 9th St Malachy’s Church 7pm
Eddie & Agnes McGirr, Patsy Mullin, John Joe & Lily Mellon, Petrina Faulkner
Sunday 10th St Mary’s Church 11am
Ann McCann, Dan & Lizzie Mulgrew, Mary McRory
Tuesday 12th Church of the Immaculate Conception 7pm*
Wednesday 13th St Mary’s Church 10am
Mary Ann Shields
Wednesday 13th St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh 7pm
Chrism Mass – All are welcome
EASTER TRIDUUM – Church of the Immaculate Conception*
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm
Adoration of Blessed Sacrament until 9pm
Good Friday Solemn Passion 3pm
Veneration of the Cross without the traditional kissing is recommended
Good Friday Stations of the Cross 7pm
Easter Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection 7pm
Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection 11am Altar Glen
James & Alice McCullagh, Michael, Patrick, Rose Mullin, Dec Grimes Family
Ministry of Reader/Eucharistic Minister: the Easter Triduum will be celebrated for the Parish in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. I would like Readers and Eucharistic Ministers from all areas of the Parish to participate during these celebrations. Please contact me to volunteer.
Lately deceased: Harry Mullin
Devine Mercy Novena commences on Good Friday and concludes on Mercy Sunday 24th April with Mass at 3pm in St Mary’s Church, Aughnacloy. Confessions at 2.30pm. Devine Mercy Chaplet recited before Mass.
HELP FOR UKRAINE! On Saturday 19th March after prayers led by Stephen McKeown and Mod, four lorries left for Ukraine driven by Michael and Maitiú Donnelly, Seamus Mullin, Thomas Doherty and
Richard Kerr. The lorries contained almost 60tons of humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine. I (Mod) joined the convoy in Berlin on Monday. We drove to Lublin in Poland where two lorries were unloaded at a massive distribution centre. There, young Ukrainian refugees sorted the aid – food, clothing, water, medical, toiletries, toys, blankets. As we watched this, other lorries from Ukraine arrived to be loaded. We saw some of your donations move from one lorry to another. It was a massive operation. Other groups from Germany and France arrived as well to drop off their donations of aid. The other two lorries went to Warsaw, the Polish capital where the donations were directly loaded onto Ukrainian lorries by people from Ukraine. At both places the Ukrainian people were very appreciative of what they received and those who spoke English said so and others, despite covid and some Irishmen’s reluctance to be demonstrative, gave hugs. But smiling faces said it all.
In Lublin we had time to travel to the Polish Ukrainian border – a place called Dorohusk about one hour twenty minutes east of Lublin. There we saw what we have seen on TV, tents with food, clothing, information on where to go next. Some people were waiting for family or friends to arrive from Ukraine. One lady we saw had walked across the border to be welcomed with open arms by another lady. The most harrowing scene was a bus coming from Ukraine. Some of the blinds were drawn on the windows but some were open, and we could see children’s faces – ashen faces, lifeless eyes, just staring.
The donations of aid that you and many others gave will in some way change those faces. The parcels of hope that the lorries delivered will make a difference to people’s lives.
Thank you for your donations and financial contributions towards transportation and your support to help the people of Ukraine and by extension you helped the people of Poland who are one of many neighbouring countries opening their arms to welcome and help.
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 Pio Tommy McDermott who was Baptised recently.
After Easter I will be returning to communal Baptisms – more than one family – celebrated on Saturdays. Mod.
Feasts: Monday 4th St Isidore; Tuesday 5th St Vincent Ferrer; Thursday 7th St John Baptist de la Salle; Monday 11th St Stanislaus; Wednesday 13th St Martin l.
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!
Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 29th May joined by Dromore Diocese and the Knights of St Columbanus.
Darkness Into Light Clogher Valley Walk on Saturday 7th May at 4:15am starting from St Ciaran’s Hall, Ballygawley. Parishioners are encouraged over the next few weeks to sign up and register to walk as all of our communities unfortunately have been suffered the effects of suicide. The registration link is: www.darknessintolight.ie and you will receive a free memorial T-Shirt when you sign up. You can register as an individual, family or large group/club. The walk will be supporting local charity The Niamh Louise Foundation whilst also supporting Pieta House. If anyone has any questions, please email: Ballygawley@darknessintolight.ie or visit our Facebook page Darkness Into Light Clogher Valley.
Accord is recruiting interested people to assist in the provision of Marriage Preparation Programmes. Application forms are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Selections will take place in June of this year with training commencing in September. This year Accord is celebrating 60 years supporting couples and families.
Bingo: St Ciaran’s Hall Wednesdays 9pm. All welcome! Lotto – numbers for 23rd March 7, 9, 11, 13 four winners each received £25 Ann McKenna, Emma Quinn, Josie Kelly (twice).
Bulletin – the next will be published on Easter Sunda