A warm welcome to the Culmaine Parish Website.
The Parish consists of 450 Catholic homes and lies
in the north of County Fermanagh and the
Diocese of Clogher.
Thank you for visiting the site.
We hope that you find it both informative and useful.
Fr. Frank McManus P.P. Tel: 028 686 31315
Parish Office: new Tel No 028 686 29062.
Office hours: Wednesday 10:30am - 1pm & Friday 10:30am - 1pm
Masses will be offered in St Joseph’s behind closed doors as follows.
(Again, we ask that people join us by Livestream or Parish Radio only.)
People can join via
Or on CB Radio FM Channel 37
Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Sunday 29th March 2020
Rita & Joseph Snow
Hour of Adoration online
Maggie Cassidy, Ardvarney
Michael & Marie McVeigh
Hour of Exposition and Adoration: As Exposition in its normal form on Thursdays has been suspended there will be a Special Hour of Exposition
and Adoration online from St Joseph’s from 7pm – 8pm on Thursday evening. People can join in on Live -Stream and pray and meditate as they normally do whenever they spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament.
FURTHER GUIDELINES ISSUED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 28th March 2020
Following consultations and discussions, and having taken into account the various restrictions that have been imposed throughout Ireland over recent days, the Bishop of Clogher, Bishop Larry Duffy, has put in place a series of further guidelines for Clergy and Parish Communities across the diocese, with immediate effect.
Bishop Duffy says that he is ‘saddened to have to take this course of action, but in the prevailing circumstances and to protect the lives, health and wellbeing of all’, he had no other option but to put these measures in place. He adds that that they highlight once again the commitment of the Church in playing its part in fighting the Coronavirus while at the same time showing solidarity with those who are suffering from it.
He continues, ‘When I was appointed bishop just over a year ago, I could never have imagined I would have to take such radical actions and to have to take them so swiftly. But we all have to make sacrifices for the common good because we have a responsibility to each other. Truthfully, our fate and the fate of others is in our own hands.
‘While I fully understand the impact of these measures on the life of local parishes and on parishioners, by taking these measures now, we will ensure that we can return to sacramental life as soon as possible.’
Among the guidelines issued to clergy and parishes are the following –
- For all funerals, the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date, when this crisis has passed. Consequently, for now, the body of the deceased will be brought directly to the place of burial. The Rite of Committal or Burial will be led by a priest, deacon or, if necessary, a layperson.
- All priests who are aged 70 years or older and those who have underlying health conditions are not expected to take part in frontline pastoral ministry and are therefore excused from doing so. Clergy in each Pastoral Area will make arrangements for pastoral provision.
- Pastoral support to families of the deceased will be provided but via telephone or other forms of electronic communications only. Clergy will not attend wakes if one is held.
- Hospital visits will be conducted by fulltime trained hospital chaplains and subject to the regulation of hospital management.
- There will be no house calls (including First Friday calls) at this time. Clergy may call by phone or similar mode of communications and pray with the sick or housebound.
- Prayer Moments in Churches, such as Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Hour, Rosary or Stations of the Cross, must only be held via online means.
- Individual Confessions are not now possible. People are reminded of the longstanding pastoral practice, when penitent’s access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is restricted, that they can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay at home orders are lifted. Pope Francis has spoken on this in recent days and it is in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Baptisms and Marriages are no longer to be celebrated until further notice. Where parents are anxious about the health of a child, they should be advised to bless the child with a crucifix or their own hand and the priest may pray with them over the phone or via Skype or some similar communications mode.
- The liturgies of Holy Week, including the Easter Triduum, are to be celebrated without a congregation being present and made available online in those churches that have livestreaming or other forms of social media available. A list of these will be made available next week on www.clogherdiocese.ie
- Both the Diocesan Office and Parish Offices across the diocese are to close until further notice, with staff working from home, by local arrangement.
- Sunday and Weekday Masses and other moments of prayer in our parishes continue to be accessible via livestreaming. A schedule of these is available on the homepage of www.clogherdiocese.ie
Bishop Duffy continues-
‘I want to assure you all of my closeness to you through prayer at this stressful time. I too share your fears, your unease, your worries and the sense of loss in these days. This is a very strange and challenging time for us as a Church, as a country and as a world family. But we are not abandoned. God does not do social distancing. God is with us, accompanying us and healing us, because God love us.
‘I am especially conscious of families grieving the loss of loved ones. I assure you that, despite the necessary restrictions, the Church accompanies you in a particular way through our prayers. I am deeply conscious too of the burdens these times place on our priests and deacon and on our staff and volunteers across the diocese. I am also very aware of how creative many are in accompanying people everywhere to bear this cross and embrace hope. Let us continue to do so with courage, with hope and in faith.
‘Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, health of the sick and comforter of the afflicted, may the Lord bless us, heal us and comfort us. “Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:5).’
Holy Week Telephoning the Housebound of the Parish .
Because of the current physical self isolation policy in the face of the Covid 19 Corona Virus Pandemic it will not be possible to bring Holy Communion to the those who are Housebound. Instead Fr McManus plans to telephone as many people as possible and say a prayer with them. However he does not have everybody's phone no so he is requesting that if you have a person in your family circle or an neighbour or friend who may benefit from such a call could please email the person's name, townland and phone number to the parish email- firstname.lastname@example.org or text him on WhatsApp.
All anniversaries will be honoured, and families can join us via Livestream or Parish Radio. Anniversaries can be cancelled or rearranged by contacting Fr McManus. We apologise the problems some people have had in accessing Livestream. We have been in touch with Camsecure, our Livestream provider and hope to have this rectified in the near future.
Visitation to the sick by Fr McManus and Eucharistic Ministers is suspended with immediate effect.
Fr McManus will cover any emergencies.
Baptisms will not take place in April owing to the Corona Virus pandemic. We may be able to continue in May with the next scheduled date being 24th May. After that we hopefully will resume having baptisms on the 4th Sunday of each month at 12noon.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Ederney Community Support Initiative
For anyone self isolating or needing deliveries one point of contact number has been set up - 07515561981 - with a rota operating. Please note deliveries will be made after 4pm each day. In the event that the number is not answered or no one gets back to you please contact the following numbers:
SVP local emergency number - 07864726536
Fr. McManus house number - 028 686 31315
24th March- Feast of St Macartan, Patron of Diocese of Clogher
To all parishioners The past week or so has felt unreal. We are now facing the worse pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 100 years ago. My grandmother contacted that and was lucky to survive it. I, and the whole current generation of my family would not be alive today if she hadn’t. It is a reminder too of how lucky we are to be here in the first place and the human race has survived pandemics and many other trials in the past. Obviously, we all miss the physical presence of loved ones during these times and I am sure many in the community already feel lonely and isolated. Some may already feel frustrated and impatient especially families who have children and teenagers who have to stay at home from school. We miss the visits of family, relatives and friends especially at times such as Mother’s Day or birthdays or anniversaries. I miss all the people who I meet at masses on Sundays and weekdays and all others who I meet in the course of normal parish activity and ministry. Yet at the same time I feel a deep bond and sense of solidarity with you. We are all in this together. I am grateful to many people for their prayers and messages of support through the channels of communication that are available to us. I assure you that I am likewise praying for all of you. I acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices of many people and I urge you to keep making these sacrifices because they are being made for the good of all in the community and beyond. Currently, the newly formed Ederney Community Help group is delivering information leaflets to households in the area containing important information regarding what help is available in the community including a number of telephone numbers which people can call for help. If any person needs help, please use one of those numbers. Share Ardess has also contacted me to tell me that they have 20 food hampers available for anyone in immediate need. Despite the huge sacrifices that are being asked of us no one should lack basic necessities that they need to live. There are also other facilities online that can help stay fit and healthy as we physically isolate from each other. I thank people who join me online or on Parish Radio for mass and for other services. On Thursday evening please join online for a Holy Hour of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Quiet and silent prayer is also an act of solidarity and communion with the entire community. That is why we value those who have dedicated their lives to contemplative prayer in our Christian tradition, indeed in all religious traditions. We will also look at other services we can offer online. However, may I now ask people now to stay away from the parish churches. This is in light of the new government rules and guidelines on gatherings and essential journeys. A visit to the Church is not essential to pray- you can do so just as effectively at home. Plus, when we go into Churches many of us go to the same areas to pray such as close to the sanctuary and tabernacle or to the candle shrines. Some may also go to a particular statue and touch it. Other people may have done the same a few minutes earlier or may do so a few minutes later and this would be enough to either catch and/or pass the virus on. Also, in light of the action the government is taking, it will not be possible to deliver the new parish envelopes in time for the new envelope year which will begin on the weekend of 4th & 5th April. These will be delivered at the first opportunity. Could I also remind of my message last Sunday, that our parish is lucky enough to have enough money to pay for essentials in the short term and we will not be making financial demands for the time being. We too appreciate that these are demanding times for many local workers and businesses. Before I finish may I remind that I will continue saying mass with you online each day of the week. Also don’t forget to tune in with Bishop Larry at 7pm this evening for a special Mass on the Feast of St Macartan and the Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland at 12noon tomorrow. The contact phone number for Ederney Community Help is 07515561981 – The St Vincent de Paul local helpline number is 07864726536. The Share Ardess Number is 07967189563. Alternatively, you can call Fr McManus on 028 686 31315 or the Parish Office, 028 686 29062. If we all act and pray with care and consideration for others as well as ourselves, we will come through this together and emerge as a community richer in faith, hope and charity. Yours in Christ – Fr McManus
Important NHS Information
If an issue arises out of hours that cannot wait until the next working day contact:
Medical - Western Urgent Care (028) 7186 5195
Social care - Regional Emergency Social Work (028) 9504 9999
Carers Northern Ireland has an excellent website and advice line which you can access from this link:
Local Council information
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence Update
Women’s Aid across Northern Ireland are working in unprecedented times during this COVID-19 outbreak, as are all other agencies and Government bodies. This is a time to work together to put all we can in place to ensure victims of domestic violence are safe and can continue to access vital services.
As an organisation, we have been working across Northern Ireland on contingency planning for the past few weeks and have made many provisions in order to continue our key frontline work and ensure the continued safety of families in our services and our key frontline staff. These have included:
· stringent procedures to reduce potential of infection across all services, in particular, Refuge accommodation
· establishment of multi communication formats where face to face contact may be a potential risk of infection
· Assessment of all key frontline staff to ensure they are fit to continue to work under current health guidelines and relocating duties to other staff to maintain service
The current situation:
· Refuges are nearly all full
· Majority of Refuge provision is communal – therefore decision was taken last week to restrict new referrals to refuge to ensure protection of families living there from potential infection
· Two Housing provisions in Ballymena (ABCLN) and Foyle have self-contained units which can be used for new referrals:-
o As of today there is 1 unit available in Foyle
o 2 units available in Ballymena (ABCLN)
· PSNI – Women’s Aid have linked in with PSNI regionally and locally to share emergency contact details for each area to ensure communication channels are in place across Northern Ireland
o Belfast & Lisburn agreed with PSNI this week to identify and hold 1 unit for emergency PSNI referrals only for 48 hours (to allow for weekends and time to deep clean units before re-use) during which time other safe accommodation can be sought
o This process is being explored today for self-contained Units in Foyle and also Ballymena.
What is urgently required – This is where we all need to work together:-
· Additional self-contained accommodation eg hotels/B&Bs across NI (the identified units we have above will not be enough)
· Clear referral process for families accessing accommodation
· Clear pathway process for families being directed asap to Women’s Aid for remote support – this is vital at this critical time of isolation that women are not left with no support after trauma of dv incident
· Clear process should vulnerable person with Covid-19 require accommodation
On behalf of:
Rosemary Magill, CEO, ABCLN Women’s Aid
Eileen Murphy, CEO, ArmaghDown Women’s Aid
Kelly Andrews, CEO, Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid
Sharon Burnett, CEO, Causeway Women’s Aid
Mary McCann, CEO, Fermanagh Women’s Aid
Marie Brown, CEO, Foyle Women’s Aid
Martina Watson, CEO, Mid-Ulster Women’s Aid
Edel Fox, CEO, Omagh Women’s Aid
Beth Scott, CEO, North Down & Ards Women’s Aid
Sarah Mason, CEO, Women’s Aid Federation NI
RTÉ broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week 2020
Palm Sunday 5 April
1100-1150 Mass on Palm Sunday. The Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney, President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan
Murray. (RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.)
1735-1745 A Passover Like No Other. Rabbi Zalman Lent and author and motivational speaker, Yanky Fachler, face the challenge of celebrating Pesach, the Passover festival, which traditionally brings Jews together, in a time of isolation, sickness and fear. Rabbi Lent has, himself, had to self-isolate and has learned to preach and connect with his congregation online. They also explore how the story of the first Passover shows that humankind can weather plagues and hardship, if they put their faith in God (RTÉ One).
0615-0618 A Living Word. Aidan Mathews continues to curate and, in some cases, deliver a daily reflection to start the day.
Holy Thursday 9 April
1640-1735 Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Father Ray Kelly, Parish Priest of Oldcastle & Moylagh, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last Supper and Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, in the Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare. (RTÉ One TV and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of 19.00.)
Good Friday 10 April
1500-1600 Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday. Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)
22.00-2230 The Leap of Faith. Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland (Radio 1).
Holy Saturday 11 April
2200-2300 Easter Vigil Mass. Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252).
Easter Sunday 12 April
1000-1100 Easter Sunday Mass. A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (St James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings. Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP. (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra)
1100-1120 Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message. Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican. Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).
- A Prayer in This Time of Challenge has been written for our Diocese by Bishop Duffy and he asks that this be prayed, displayed and shared as much as possible in the days ahead.
- Cancellations – The Pre-Easter Deanery Conferences on 30/31 March and the Chapter Mass on the Feast of St Macartan (24 March) are cancelled.
- Mass of St Macartan to be celebrated for and with the people of the Diocese – on Tuesday 24 March at 7pm by Bishop Larry Duffy in St Macartan’s Cathedral. Please publicise this as much as possible, inviting your parishioners to join online onhttps://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-macartans-cathedral-monaghan or via www.clogherdiocese.ie (Homepage).
- Further Updates & Support – Further updates will be sent out as the need arises. Your attention is called to the resources on the Catholic Bishops’ website www.catholicbishops.ie , including prayer resources, addresses by some bishops and information on self-care.
- Future events – We are reminded again that Archbishop Eamon Martin will consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, following the Angelus at 12 Noon on Wednesday 25 March, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Further details and resources for this will be sent out as soon as get them.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.
(ALONE is a member of the National Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Subgroup for Vulnerable People and is managing a national support line for older people with concerns regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19. It is an ROI based initiative.)
Bishop Duffy has asked that the guidelines below, issued by the Irish Bishops this evening (Thursday 12th March), be circulated and noted. These guidelines are issued as Norms and have effect under Canon Law.
- all Confirmations are postponed until further notice
- Due to the emergency, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.
- Where normal attendance at Mass on Sundays or weekdays is less than 100, there is no reason not to celebrate a public Mass.
- Mass with limited congregations can be celebrated to permit participation by webcam or parish radio. Pope Francis does this himself every morning via the Vatican YouTube channel. Also, attention can be drawn for those who cannot attend Mass to the traditional practice of Spiritual Communion.
- Funeral Masses can be celebrated but limited to close relatives or friends with a maximum of 100 people inside the Church.
- Similarly, at Baptisms and Weddings, attendances inside the Church are not to exceed 100 people.
- Within the Churches it is necessary that people observe a distance of at least one metre from each other. This is because one of the easiest ways in which the virus is transmitted is through close contact.
- It is not permitted to pass collection baskets or collection bags from person to person. Arrangements must be made locally for closely monitored collection points at entrances to Churches (with distinction between first and second collections, where necessary).
- Over the coming days, updated information will be made available, including the provision of times for the celebration of Mass online in those churches which have the facility to do so. I will be in contact tomorrow with those parishes who have webcam and radio to confirm times for online Masses. I will be in contact tomorrow with those parishes who have webcam and radio to confirm times for online Masses.
- We are also liaising with Shannonside-Northern Sound Radio so that Mass will be broadcast on local radio on Sundays and on St Patrick’s Day, at least.
Bishop Duffy is very aware of the burdens and uncertainty that this current situation brings for all. He asks that we pray for and support each other and be a sign of hope in these troubling times. In particular, we asks us to pray for those who are vulnerable, for those who care for them (including clergy) and for all those who work in our healthcare systems.
One of the signs of hope is that our churches will remain open for private prayer.
With prayerful good wishes,
Irish Bishops' Conference, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co Kildare
Tel: (01) 505 3000 Fax: (01) 601 6413 Website:www.catholicbishops.ie
Press Release – Thursday 12 March 2020 - Immediate
Attn: Newsdesks, Photodesks and Religious Affairs Correspondents
‘Care for one another during the Coronavirus pandemic’
- Further advice of the Irish Bishops in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Please see below further advice published on behalf of the Irish Episcopal Conference by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA and Archbishop Michael Neary:
The following instructions take into consideration the new norms issued by the Irish government to be in force at 18.00 today. Bishops are asked to promulgate these instructions in their dioceses as soon as possible.
These instructions complement the advice issued yesterday by the Irish Episcopal Conference and remain in place until 29 March 2020. It is likely that these restrictions will continue for some time after that, and instructions regarding the celebration of Holy Week will be issued in due course.
The motivation for these new restrictive measures is a sense of care for the common good and especially for those most vulnerable. Each Christian community should be acutely aware of the responsibility to care for those who are most at risk. For example, even where it may not be appropriate to visit the elderly, a simple telephone call to enquire about their needs could mean so much to them.
- All non-essential pastoral gatherings and meetings, such as formation gatherings, retreats and seminars are cancelled.
- All Confirmations are postponed until further notice.
- Every Catholic is entitled to a dignified Christian burial. Attendance at Funeral services and Masses should be limited to close relatives and must not exceed 100 attendees within the church building.
- Similarly, Church weddings and baptisms may be celebrated on condition that the attendance in church does not exceed 100 people.
- In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. Churches should remain open for prayer each day.
- In the current emergency situation, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass. Parishes should inform parishioners of the local possibilities to participate in Mass via local radio and online. It may be possible for some parishes to facilitate attendance at Mass while still observing the health authority’s limit of 100 people.
- This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families - to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those at the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.
Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
Please see below URGENT PUBLIC NOTICE for all patients of
Western Rural Healthcare Doctors Surgery
at Ederney / Castlederg / Newtownstewart
WESTERN RURAL HEALTHCARE PUBLIC NOTICE
Due to rising concerns regarding Covid 19 Coronavirus, it is with regret that we have to introduce some new measures in order to minimise footfall in the surgery and thus spread of the virus to our most vulnerable patients and to try and keep our GP service operational.
In these unprecedented times, we appreciate your understanding and patience as these changes may inevitably affect you and your families.
Please be assured that these measures are temporary and normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Please also know that these measures are taken in your best interest and allows us to tend to the most vulnerable and in need in our society.
All staff will still be working as normal but these measures are needed in order to minimise risk of spread. If you have an urgent medical need we wish to reassure you that you will still be seen following telephone assessment
With immediate effect:
- We would encourage patients with routine booked appointments for the GP, nurse or bloods from Thursday 12/3/2020 onwards, to only attend for their appointment if they feel it is of utmost priority. Otherwise we would ask that you DO NOT SHOW for your appointment, you DO NOT need to ring to cancel. This can be rebooked once normal service is resumed
- If you are unsure whether your appointment is of priority, please ring ahead and we can discuss this with you
- We ask that anyone with any fever/cold/flu or respiratory symptoms DOES NOT attend the surgery and instead rings ahead to consult with a GP over the phone
- We ask that anyone who has been in contact with anyone else experiencing these symptoms also DOES NOT attend the surgery and instead rings ahead for advice
- If you require advice on whether you qualify for coronavirus testing and do not have any symptoms, please ring 111
- We are unable to offer new routine appointments over the coming weeks and ask that you ring the surgery as early as possible in the day if you need medical advice or need a medical assessment
- Where possible please use the telephone to make requests for medications etc and avoid coming to the premises
Again we wish to thank you for your support and co-operation as we face these uncertain times
Western Rural Healthcare Group Practice
Novena in Preparationfor the Feast of the Annunciation17th March (Evening) to 25th March 2020