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Fr. Frank McManus P.P.  Tel: 028 686 31315

E-mail: culmaine@gmail.com       

Parish Office will open on Saturdays from 11:30am until 1pm to facilitate the registration of those who wish to attend Mass on Sunday.

You can also telephone at these times 028 68629062  


People can join via


 Or on CB Radio FM Channel 37





Masses will continue this week on Livestream and parish radio,

and we look forward to as many of you as possible joining if

you are remaining at home.


  18th Sunday In Ordinary Time Sunday 2nd August 2020



Sunday 2nd






Ederney: Seamus Mulligan, High Street

Monday 3rd   7.30pm Mass
Tuesday 4th 10.00am Mass
Wednesday 5th   10.00am No Mass
Thursday 6th 7.00-8.00pm Holy Hour
Friday 7th 7.30 pm Anniversary: Hugh & Margaret Cassidy & deceased members of the Cassidy & Muldoon families.
Saturday 8th 7.30pm Vigil Mass, Pettigo
Sunday 9th





Anniversary: Maureen & Frank Baird   Ederney





Catherine Monaghan, Drumskinny;

Rt Rev. Monsignor Sean Cahill, PE Enniskillen;

Sr Muriel, Medjugorje.

May they rest in peace. 




Anniversary Masses: will be honoured, and families can join us via Livestream or Parish Radio. Anniversaries can be booked by email or telephone, or in the usual way in the diary on the Altar Rail in St Joseph’s.  




Celebration of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Penance


Because of the lockdown the celebration of these sacraments was postponed.

This was obviously a big disappointment for the children, their parents and teachers.

However, all have shown tremendous understanding and patience, especially the

confirmation children whose ceremony was called off just 24 hours before it

was due to take place.



In the meantime, Bishop Duffy has given permission for Parish Priests throughout

the Diocese to confer confirmation in their own parishes. So, the dates and times




Confirmation: Friday 11th September at 6.00pm in St Joseph’s


First Confession: Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s


First Holy Communion: Saturday 19th September at 11.00am in St Joseph’s






Welcome to all who have assembled in the Church, those who are outside in the car park and those of you who are joining us via livestream. We give thanks that we can gather in some form. We continue to give thanks that so far, we have had no deaths caused by the Covid 19 Coronavirus. We thank people for being so vigilant and all for your co-operation and help so that we can continue to gather. 



  First it is important to remember that people are still free from their Sunday Obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass. The Act of Spiritual Communion and other devotions are still available to be prayed and can be joined in online.  




Second, we strongly appeal that who have ongoing health problems do not come to mass until the government and the Diocese say that it is safe to do so. Also, if are experiencing any symptoms of cold or flu or any other illness please stay at home. You can still join in the Mass which will continue to be broadcast via livestream.



  Zoning: From this weekend there will be no more zoning of the parish into areas for attending mass on different Sundays. This applies to both Churches. People from any part of the parish can attend on each Sunday. However, access will be limited, because the necessity of social distancing there will still be only 65 places available in St Joseph’s and 18 places in St Patrick’s in Montiagh.



Booking a Place: Tickets will no longer be required. To book a place please call the Parish Office on 028 68629062 on Saturdays between 11.30am and 1.00pm. 




Places will be reserved for families who have funerals, months memories or anniversaries. These families will have to let us know how many are coming and give us their names and at least one contact. Seats will also be reserved for those have booked a place on Saturday. If there are any seats remaining these will be given on a first come first served basis on Sundays. Every person entering the Church must give a name and a means of contacting them should any tracing be necessary.      

When people arrive at mass, they must follow the directions of the ushers and stewards. Each ticket will have a number and a letter on it indicating where they are to sit. This is because if a person was discovered afterwards to have had the virus tracking and tracing will be much easier. When you have been allocated a place please stay in that place until the end of mass.



  Holy Communion. Holy Communion will now be distributed at the end of mass which will mean that people will be only using the aisle twice, entering and exiting. The priest and Eucharistic ministers when distributing Holy Communion will wear both a face mask and a face guard. The host will be dropped into the communicant’s hand rather than placed. Holy Communion must be only be received in the hand.

The priest or Eucharistic ministers will not give Holy Communion on the tongue.

When people are coming to Holy Communion, they must keep two metres apart, this will be indicated by signs on the floor or on the concrete or tarmac outside. After receiving people must exit the Church immediately by the side doors.





Collections. A basket will be left on a table in the church where people can leave their contributions. Alternatively, people can leave their contributions through the letterbox on the door of the Parish Centre as they have been doing over the past number of weekends but not while mass is on. Points of collection will be supervised at all times.      

At The End Of Mass. When leaving the Church people will be asked to exit their seats the church row by row. This will limit the social contact within the Church.

Please exit by the side doors and clean your hands with the hand sanitizer available.    


Listening To Mass Outdoors. Outdoor sound systems will be operating at both Churches so that people outside the Church can join in. If the weather is bad people here can stay in their cars during mass.    


Sanitizing Of The Churches: After each gathering there will be a sanitizing of the Churches. The Churches will remain shut until this has taken place. The Parish is now using a fogging machine and this has made the sanitizing of the Church much easier.  



Weekday Masses.

People will now be able to attend mass on weekday mornings and evenings. Those attending must not be shielding, can only enter and exit through the door on St Joseph’s Side of the Church.

You must practice social distancing at all times in the Church.

If there is an anniversary or months mind the family must tell us in advance how many and who is attending. This can be done by contacting Fr McManus. 




Thanks: to all for your understanding and patience. We also thank all who are helping out today in whatever capacity and our Parish Re-Opening Committee.  Our re-opening progress will be continually reviewed throughout the summer and beyond.



Visitation To The Sick:

The regular First Friday visits to the elderly and housebound will resume this week, with the agreement of those who wish to be visited. Fr McManus will contact people before visiting, sanitise his hands before and after the visit and will wear a face mask during the visit. Only 3-4 people per day will be visited. This week the places for visiting will be Kesh, Pettigo Road and Boa Island Road. The visits will take place on Thursday and Friday.      


Funerals: Because of social distancing requirements only a limited number of people can attend a funeral. In all cases priority will be given the family and relatives of the deceased.  In all cases a full Mass can be offered at a later date, when all the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.




Because of the social distancing requirements and best practice it is only possible to cater for one child per ceremony. Because of and because of the backlog caused by the shut-down baptisms can now take place on Saturdays at either 5 or 6pm and Sundays at 12.30pm of each weekend in July and August. The full baptism ceremony will take place in the area close to the Baptismal Font. Only the parents, Godparents and close family members can attend for the time being. Families must provide at least one person to help sanitize this area afterwards.  


Parish Collections: Week 26th – 2nd August 2020:

Sterling: Weekly Collection £755; Monthly £245; Development £190

Totals for July: Weekly £3,443; Monthly £1650; Development £465; Trocaire £110

Total for Trocaire so far £8,586 & €290


Thanks To All For Your Contributions.

You can make your contributions in the same way this weekend by leaving your them in the letterbox in the Parish Centre on either Sunday morning or afternoon or on Monday evening. This is the safest way because the Parish Centre has both an alarm that is always active when there is no-one in the building and CCTV cameras covering all approaches to the Centre, especially the front door. The basket attached to the inside of the letterbox will be regularly checked and all donations will be immediately moved to the safe where they will be kept until they are counted and banked.

Please do not leave any contributions in the Church or in the Priest’s House.



Cheques: Please write all cheques to Culmaine Parish Church Covenant Account or Culmaine Parish Church Dev. Account.

Euro Cheques- Culmaine Parish Account. 

Standing Order Forms: Alternatively, you can arrange a Standing Order

with your Bank to transfer money from your account in the Culmaine

Parish Church Covenant Account. Copies of this form will be available at

the back of both Churches along with the boxes of envelopes.

It is also available below;


Click to download standing order form


If you choose this means of contribution, please leave the portion

at the top through the letter box at the Parish Centre.


A New Pilgrimage On Lough Derg’s Lakeshore. 

Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. At times in the 1600s and 1700s when Station Island was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps.

Contact 0 (0353) 71 9861518 or info@loughderg.org for details.

Numbers are limited.  Advance booking essential



Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, 4th September 2020. 

£499.00 per person sharing.  Price includes return bus transfer to Knock, 3 nights’ in 4 star Park Hotel with Full Board.  All entertainment and excursions.  Wheelchair accessible rooms.  Single supplement £90.00.  Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278  or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com

Knock is fully protected by ATOL T7613.



  Stained Glass Windows: Work has now been completed on the stained glass windows on the North Side of St Joseph’s, except for the last three windows at the sanctuary. Again thanks to Alpha Stained Glass for their work and SSE Airtricity for their Grant assistance. 



Ederney Community Support Initiative Re Corona Virus Emergency:

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. If that the number is not answered please contact the following:

St Vincent de Paul– 07864726536 or

Fr McManus (028)68631315.  




Ederney GAA:


Ederney Ladies v Lisnaskea,10am, training pitch. 

SFL Ederney v Kinawley at 1pm in Dromore. 


Underage Hurling: Enniskillen v Ederney 

Wednesday 5th August: SFL Ederney v Derrygonnelly at 7:30 in Dromore.  The game will be shown live on Fermanagh GAA Television https://fermanagh.gaa.ie/fermanaghgaatv/

Anyone attending games in Dromore please use Chapel Car Park. 

The REC Ederney’s Community Gym has reopened.  

Club Bags for sale ideal for School or University contact Declan Monaghan. 



















Review of Safeguarding Practice in Clogher Diocese



Photography by Gerry Gallagher

Culmaine Parish Committee 2020