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Clonmany Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 18th March 2001

Local Notes


St. Mary's Church, Clonmany.

St. Michael's Church, Urris.

Oratory, Ballyliffin.

Fr. Jack Farrell, P.P., Tel. 76264.

Fr. Peter Devlin, C.C., Tel. 76114.

Life is difficult. Things go wrong. We make mistakes. People get sick. Loved ones die. Relationships break up. Accidents happen. We can make fresh beginnings.

Questions people ask - If I have an accident, or an illness, or a run of bad luck, is it a sign that God is punishing me?

A. The God of unconditional love revealed by Jesus is not in the business of punishing. He makes the rain fall and sun shine on wicked people and good people alike. Sin has no need of divine punishment for it contains its own seeds of unhappiness. Personal suffering or tragic accidents should not be seen as divine punishment. God prefers to see the return of the sinner, and like the patient gardener, will help the one who repents.

Times of Masses, Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

St. Mary’s Church:


Mon. Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9:30am.

Fri. 8pm.

Sat. Vigil 8pm.

Sun. 9am. 11:30am.


Fri. & Sat. 7-7:50pm.


Mon. Fri. 1:30-3:30pm. in the Oratory in the Day Centre.

St. Michael’s Church:


Wed. 9:30am.

Sat. Vigil 7pm.

Sun. 10:30am


Fri. & Sat. 6:15pm.


Mon. - Fri. 7:30pm. 9:30pm.

Oratory, Ballyliffin:


Thurs. 7:30pm.

Sun. 10am.


Thurs. 6:45pm.


Mon. - Fri. 7:30pm. - 9:30pm.


Local Notes

Priest on call: Fr. Devlin is on call this week, tel. 76114.

Dr. on Duty: In emergency, tel. 76173.

Stations of the Cross, Rosary and Benediction in St. Michael's Church, Urris, this evening, Sun., at 6pm. Everyone should make an effort to attend during Lent. Parents should bring children along and encourage the tradition of extra prayer during Lent.

Sympathy: We offer sincere sympathy to the relatives and friends of Anthony Toland, Coolcross, who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

Months Mind Mass: 8pm. Mass in St. Mary's Church next Fri. Mar. 23 will be offered for John Doherty (McGee), Ballyliffin. May he rest in peace.

Daily Attendance at Mass: We are pleased to see so many people coming to daily Mass during Lent and we encourage others to come join us.

Lenten Station Masses continue this week as follows:

Thurs. Mar. 22 James & Gráinne Doherty, Gortfad. 8:00pm.

Fri. Mar. 23 Don & Meta McGonigle, Annagh. 9:30am.

Fri. Mar. 23 Gerry & Mary Hackett, Ballyliffin 8:30pm.

Fri. Mar. 24 Paddy & Mary Harkin, Boherna. 9:30am. 

The following areas have not yet been taken - if anyone in these areas would like to host the Station Mass during Lent please contact Fr. Devlin, 76114.

1. Gortnahinsion/Cloughfin/Tirhoran/Effishmore/Adderville.

2. Rasheeny/Craignagor/Giblin/Straid.

3. Castles/Ballinadavoe/Legahurry/Doaghmore/Clara.

Saints of the Week:

Monday: St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Wednesday:St. Enda.

Friday: St. Turibius of Mongrovejo, Bishop.

Saturday: St. Macartan, Bishop.


Parish collection last weekend amounted to £1,446.

Church Restoration Fund amounted to £1,216.

Thank you for your generosity to both collections.

Baptisms: We welcome into Gods family Katie McCallion Davie, Bellure, I.O.D. and Ryan Daniel Noone, Cloontagh.

Help Alleviate Slavery in India: Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting in The Strand Hotel on Wed. Mar. 21 at 8pm. to help organise a sale to alleviate slavery in India. Vandalism and Harassment:

During the past weeks, parish and school property have been vandalised. This is a waste of our resources. Several vulnerable individuals are being regularly harassed by some younger members of our community. This is totally unchristian behaviour. We ask parents to remind their children of the need to respect others and their property.

Inishowen Regional Pioneer Council will take up their annual Church Gate Collection next weekend Mar. 24 & 25. Your support will be appreciated.

Trip to Rome, Assisi and Sorrenzo - May 21 - 30, 2001. 9 nights. Cost £934. Brochure and full details, contact Fr. Devlin, 76114.

Carmelite Retreat Centre: Eucharistic Ministers and Readers Day Retreat next Sat. Mar. 24 from 10am. - 5pm. For further details and booking tel. 04871 262512.

Carmelite Pilgrimage to Italy Sept. 15 - 29. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Conlon OCD. Cost £995. For further information and bookings tel. 04871 262512.

Pilgrimage to Fatima June 16 - 23: 7 days full board £399 punts direct flight from Dublin. Spiritual director Fr. Michael Porter. For further details tel. Pilgrimage organiser Charlie Gillespie at Derry 71289111.

Meningitis Trust: £243.45 was raised at the Coffee Morning held in St. Mary's Hall recently. Thank you to all who supported it.

Youth Club Draw Results, week 4,Mar. 15:

Promoters: 1st. Kathleen McDaid, Mindoran. Hugh McEleney. 2nd. Sara Doherty, Claggin. Sara Doherty. 3rd. Charlotte Crowe, Tiernasligo. Charlene Kearney. 4th. Anne Doherty, Rasheeny Station House. Aisling Callaghan.

Carmel's Hairsalon will be closed until Thurs. Mar. 22.

Next Sunday, March 25, we celebrate Mother's - The Creation of Mothers

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, he was into his sixth day of 'over time' when an angel appeared and said. "You are doing a lot of fiddling around with this one." And the Lord said, "have you read the spec on this order?"

She has to be completely washable, not plastic. Have 180 movable parts ..all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. Have a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "six pairs of hands .. Not possible." "It's not the hands that are causing me problems" said the Lord. "It's the three pairs of eyes that a mother has to have." "That's on a standard model?" asked the angel. The Lord nodded. "One pair that see through closed doors when she asks, "what are you kids doing in there?" when she already knows. Another here, in the back of her head, that sees what she shouldn't, but what she has to know, and, of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs, and reflects. "I understand and I love you," without so much as uttering a word.

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve gently. "Come to bed. Tomorrow..." "I can't." said the Lord, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick .. Can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburgers .. and can get a nine-year old to stand under the shower."

The angel circled the model of The Mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed. "But touch," said the Lord excitedly. "You cannot imagine what this Mother can do or endure. "Can it think?"

"Not only think, but it can reason and compromise, said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. "There's a leak," she pronounced.

I told you, you were trying to put too much into this model. You can't ignore the stress factor."

The Lord moved in for a closer look and gently lifted the drop of moisture to his finger where it glistened and sparkled in the light. "It's not a leek," he said. "It's a tear." "A tear?" asked the angel, "what's it for?" "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, compassion, pain, loneliness and pride."

"You are a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked sombre, "I didn't put it there."

Say it with flowers on Mother's Day - Order in time, contact Lucy, tel. 76477.



Mon. at 8:15pm. in St. Mary's Hall. Come along and enjoy the fun

Urris G.A.A. Club

Bingo in St. Mary's Hall, on Thursday night at 9pm.

Match & Win Results: Thurs. Mar. 15 - Years drawn: 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978.

£10 winners: Patrick McLaughlin (Fildara), Culdaff. Anne McLaughlin, Beltra, I.O.D. Ted Grant, Rasheeny. G. McColgan, I.O.D. Michael Galbraith, Barrick Hill, Buncrana. Jackpot next week is £550.

Ceili Classes on Mon. in St. Mary's Hall from 9:30 - 11pm. for adults.

Club Meeting on Tues at 8pm. in the clubhouse. All members please attend.

Training as follows:

Sat. Mar. 24:

U10 Girls & Boys.

U14 & U16 Girls in Straid at 11am.

U12 Boys notified by school.

U16 & Seniors on Sat. at 4:30pm. Any changes will be in local papers and local radio.


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