ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
For more than two hundred years now, the parish church of St. Mary has been catering for the spiritual needs of the people of Clonmany. It's hallowed walls hold many memories, joyful and sad. Prior to 1888 when St. Michael's, Urris was built it was the only church in the parish. The older generations can recall very clearly walking as many as seven miles to confession on a first Thursday or Saturday and back again the following day for Mass and Holy Communion and those were the days when one had to fast from midnight the night before receiving.
It is a great joy for us to welcome all of you today - Bishop Seamus Hegarty and the priests who will take part in the celebration of the Liturgy, the architect, consultants and contractors who have been involved in the work of renovation and the People of Clonmany parish who by their enormous generosity and commitment have made this day possible.
We thank all of you for your encouragement and support over the last two years and a special word of thanks to the committee of St. Brigid's for allowing us to celebrate the Mass every weekend in their magnificent Resource Centre. Our sincere thanks, too, to Conall Byrne for his informative article on Clonmany.
Our ceremony today is an act of thanksgiving to God for the beautifully refurbished Church of St. Mary. May our visits here over the years to come strengthen our faith and deepen our love for Jesus Christ Our Saviour and may Mary to whom this Church is dedicated cast her mantle over every house in our parish so that our homes may be places of prayer faith love, service and peace.
Jack Farell P.P.
Noel McDermott C.C.
Acknowledgement and Thanks - Priests of Clonmany
Clonmany (History of the Church)
"St.Patrick" Stained Glass Window
"Ave Maria" Stained Glass Window