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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


Second Sunday of Advent.

8th December 2019


Masses for the Week

Saturday 7th   





Sunday 8th







Kathleen & Denis Gormley and deceased members of the Gormley family.



1st Anniversary; Lizzie Maguire, Leathem Crescent.

Thomas, Teresa & Eddie O’Donnell, Boa Island.

James & Sarah McKervey.

Monday 9th  





The Immaculate Conception of

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday 10th




Wednesday 11th




Thursday 12th   



Service of the Word and Communion


Friday 13th  



People of Parish

Saturday 14th   





Sunday 15th











 1st Anniversary; Cassie McGrath, Ballaghaderreen & Ederney.


John McGrath, Drumbrick.


Eugene & Bridget McCaffrey, Seemuldoon.


: Deceased:

Annie Flynn, Kesh;

Olive Booth, Leathem Crescent & formerly New Street.  

May they rest in Peace.


Baptisms: Dates and times for Baptisms are Pettigo 2nd Saturday of each month at 6.00pm and Ederney 4th Sunday of each month at 12 noon.




The Christian names of each child baptised in the parish this year will be placed on a Christmas bauble and hung on the tree in the Church. If parents are interested in having the bauble they can collect after Christmas.


When booking an Anniversary or Month’s Memory Mass please write the name of the person(s) and/or family into the Diary on the Altar Rail.

Please write the name(s) clearly and distinctly and write in a contact number if there are any problems in relation to the Mass.



Confessions for Christmas:

Ederney: Monday 16th December at 7.30pm;


Irvinestown: Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm;


Pettigo: Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm.






Visitation of the sick and housebound for Christmas: This week - Fr McManus will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound on Thursday- Clonee & Montiagh and on Friday- Lack & part of Ederney.               


Altar Servers- Welcome to:  Sunday 8th December– 9.30am (Montiagh)-

Eoin Monaghan, Conall McGrath & Aimee-Lee Gallagher.


Sunday 8th December -11am- (Our Lady’s)-

Connie Maguire, Eimear Gallogley, James Mongan & Katie McGrath.




St Joseph’s P. S. Christmas Pageant on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church and will feature performances from all the children in the school. It is always a lovely evening for families in the school community.


Our Diocesan Youth Ministry organisation Clogher don Óige will be celebrating the live broadcast Mass on RTÉ this Sunday morning - December 8th, at 11am. Fr. Leo Creelman will be the celebrant. The Mass will be able online on the RTÉ player for two weeks after the initial broadcast.



The Annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection will be taken up at Masses today, Sunday 8th December. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


St Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards: 10 Christmas Cards for £2.50. Cards now available from Dodie Maguire.


Eucharistic Adoration in the Parish Centre-Thursdays:10.30am to 3.30pm  and 6pm to 7.30pm, Adoration resumes at 8pm (after Service of the Word & Communion) and closes at 9.30pm.

Adoration in Montiagh - Tuesdays:11am to 12noon and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.


The Holy Rosary is said in the Church every evening: Sunday- Friday 6-30pm, Saturday at 4-45pm. (Except Thursday). Everyone most welcome.

Rosary will be in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 11th & Friday 13th December.


The Divine Mercy Chaplet is said after evening Rosary. Everyone Welcome.



Decorating St Joseph’s Church for Christmas: Volunteers needed to help put up the Crib on Friday 13th December at 6.30pm and on Sunday 15th December after 11am Mass to help with the Christmas Trees in the Church.

Lots of holly, ivy and other greenery will be needed again this year to decorate St. Joseph’s Church for Christmas. It would be helpful if you could leave all greenery in the porch of the Church on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December.

The Church Decorating Group and other helpers to meet on Saturday 21st December at 10am to do the floral decorations for the Church. Please bring gardening gloves and secateurs. All volunteers welcome.







A Féile na Nollaig will be held on Saturday 14th December 6.30 – 8.30pm in the community room in St Joseph’s Park. It will include a varied programme of Irish music and dance featuring local and visiting musicians. There will be a performance of song and dance from P6, St Joseph’s PS under the guidance of Kevin Goodwin; Irish dancing from members of the McCarney School of Dancing; audience participation in popular songs and carols and songs in Irish and sean-nós dancing from Ceoltóirí na hÓmai. Festive refreshments will be served; crafts including homemade Christmas decorations featuring greetings in Irish will be on sale. Dadaí na Nollaig will be our special guest on the night.

All welcome; Fáilte romhat! Come join us; Bígí linn!





The Parent Support Group of St Joseph’s Primary school are having a Fundraising Car wash at the school on Saturday 14th December 2019 from 10am to 2pm, to raise funds for an Interactive White board for one of our classrooms. This is a very valuable asset to our children’s learning.

There are still some outstanding slots available if you would like to roll up your sleeves and help wash! Please contact Noel on 07766564850 or any member of the Parent Support Group if you can help out in any way.

All parents and locals are asked to please support this very worthwhile cause and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee and some treats whilst you wait!



St Joseph’s PTA would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent fundraiser. To all the cyclists who took part and all who donated money. We would also like to thank Monaghan’s Mace for hosting the Spinathon and thanks to St Joseph’s GAA for the loan of the bikes. Total amount raised was £ 773.90 and €42. All money raised will be going towards a new interactive white board for the school which costs £5000.


Open Door: No Open Door this week (Christmas Outing).


Ederney Credit Union: AGM takes place on Monday 9th December at 8.30pm in Credit Union Office.  All members welcome.

Opening Hours; Tuesday 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Friday 5.00pm to 8.30pm;

Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Death Benefit is £17.50 for the year which covers £2000 towards funeral expenses.   Call into office for details.



Trócaire Gifts of Love for Christmas 2019: ‘If you want to help make the world

a better place this Christmas, and to give a gift that shows how much you care…. then please give a Trócaire Gift of Love. Available from the Trócaire Belfast Office, online at or phone 0800 912 1200. Thank you for your support’.



Books: A selection of religious books available to borrow in the Church Porch.




"Unplanned" the movie is being shown in Ardess Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th December. Abby Johnston became the youngest clinic director in the history of planned parenthood. Then a life changing experience turned her into an anti abortion activist.
(Caution-Some viewers may find this movie disturbing).




Medjugorje: 15th September '20 via Dublin. 735. €635 if paid in full by 13th    December '19 - €100 discount. Contact John Calgie on 68631177 or 07736336262.




Flower arrangement for Christmas in Bannagh Hall on Wednesday 11th and Wednesday 18th December at 7:30pm. Cost £5 each night.



A meeting will be held in the Blacktown Arms Scraghey Wednesday 18th December at 7pm regarding Agricultural Grants available at 100% funding to the following areas; River derg and surrounding areas (Lough mourns, Castlederg, Aghyaran, Ardstraw, Scraghey, Drumquin, Loughderg). The land incentive scheme “source to tap farming for water” meeting will give detail on the application process and what they can fund. 




Scraghey Community Centre: Cards - continue every Sunday night at 8:30pm.

Dance - Saturday 7th December. Music by Vincie & Ann, supper served.



Ederney GAA Notes: Lotto jackpot is £5,600. 

The AGM takes place this Tuesday 10th at 7:30pm, Everyone welcome. 

Club merchandise for sale - contact Dearbhaile McHugh

Townland 7s Tournament and Night At The Races are on the 27th December.




St Mary’s University College, Belfast: St Mary’s is at present accepting applications for courses beginning in September 2020. On offer are places on undergraduate courses for the BEd (Hons) Primary teaching degree, the BEd (Hons) Post-Primary teaching degree, and the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts. The closing date for applications for these undergraduate courses is Monday, 13 January 2020. Also on offer are places on a postgraduate course for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Irish-medium Education) Primary. The closing date for this postgraduate course is Friday, 28 February 2020. For further details contact the College on +44(0) 28 90268320 or visit the College website at











Review of Safeguarding Practice in Clogher Diocese



Photography by Gerry Gallagher

Culmaine Parish Committee 2019