Bulletin of 14 February 2021

    PRIEST ON DUTY THIS WEEK – Fr. Gates                                                           www.magherafeltparish.org

PARISH CENTRE              

The Parish Centre is closed until further notice, for enquiries contact 07872525938.

O’DONOVAN ROSSA G.A.C. Please see the club Facebook for more information.

ST. MALACHY’S G.A.C. Please see the club Facebook re details of Lotto; Thanks to all who support this fundraiser, to take part contact Brendan Keenan 078 1087 1370.


SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL – Envelopes for donations are available at the back of the Church & can be returned to us in the Church Collection box.  Helpline 028 7930 0819

FIRST FRIDAY CALLS – Due to the increase in number of Covid-19 cases it is not advisable to carry out home/nursing home visits at present.  Fr. Gates & Fr. Branigan are available for emergency sick calls.

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER – A ‘Zoom’ online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 27-28 March 2021.  This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship; for information & booking see marriageencounter.ie or 028 2763 8512.


Virtual courses available, for booking and information see www.courses.accord.ie

The following services are all available on webcam –

Masses Saturday 6.15pm, Sunday 10.30am & 12noon

Weekday Masses 11am, 7.30pm (during Lent)

Novena Monday 7.30pm



REMEMBER OUR DEAD Pray for Frank Scullion,

Anthony Patrick McKee (Kuala Lumpur), Paul Devlin (Galway), Brendan Hagan (Montana USA) and Patricia Dolan (Enniskillen) who died recently & for the following whose anniversaries or month’s minds occur this week –

Sat. 13 Feb.          Charlie Higgins, Elizabeth Keenan, John Higgins, John Mooney, Robert McKee, May O’Hagan,

                                Lily Johnston

Sun. 14 Feb.         James Logan, Frank McCaughan,

                                Kieran Dougan (MM 12noon)

Mon. 15 Feb.        Mary McSwiggan, Patsy O’Hagan, Phyllis Scullion,

                                Philomena Bradley (1st Av 11am)

Tues. 16 Feb.       Pat Niblock, Chums McKee, Fred Cassidy,

                                Basil McKee, Desmond Brown

Wed.17 Feb.         Rosemary Hughes, Elizabeth Deehan,

                                John McRory, Nellie Keenan, Phyllis O’Kane,

                                Tillie McSwiggan, Ann McElhone (MM 11am)

Thurs. 18 Feb.     Lizzie Kelly, Kathleen McGuckin, Mary Cleary, Barney Devlin, Sarah McKeown

Fri. 19 Feb            Colette Niblock, Marcus O’Hagan, Margaret Martin, Patrick James (Jimmy) Quinn (MM)

Sat. 20 Feb.          Mary O’Kane, Pat McCusker, Sean Conway, Philomena Donnelly, Hannah Gallagher,

                                Hugh Craig

Anniversary notices for the bulletin – please phone the Parish Office on 028 7963 3635 or email office@magherafeltparish.org


CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas Mulhern and Karla Smyth who were married recently.


This coming Wednesday, 17 February, is Ash Wednesday & marks the beginning of the Season of Lent, 40 days of repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter.  Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence.  Normally we receive ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of repentance.  Due to the Pandemic and restrictions that will not be possible this year.  However, we invite everyone to join us at Mass on Ash Wednesday by webcam (11.00am & 7.30pm) where we will invite everyone to mark the sign of the cross on their foreheads with their thumb and recite the formula “Repent and Believe in the Good News of the Gospel”.  The following link may be a useful prayer resource for families. – https:/www.armaghprays.com/lent-2021

During the season of Lent people are invited to undertake some form of self-denial & to contribute towards the poor. We also invite people to join us each weekday (by webcam) during Lent for Mass at 11.00am or 7.30pm & to join with us in the recitation of the Rosary beforehand at 10.40am and 7.10pm.

TROCAIRE BOXES will be available for collection at the back of the Churches or in the Parish Centre outside the Parish Office.

We pray that despite the current lockdown restrictions this Lent will be a season of great grace and renewal for you & your family.  If restrictions are lifted our programme will be reviewed accordingly.

Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse takes place on Friday 19 February.  Prayers will be offered at Masses on that day for those who have been hurt by abuse in the Church.  We are all asked to remember this intention in our private prayers also.


The Churches remain open for solitary private prayer from 11.30am – 6pm weekdays & from 12.45pm – 6pm Sundays in Magherafelt and from 10am – 5pm each day in Castledawson.