Bulletin of 27 September 2020

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

The following services are all available on webcam –

Masses Saturday 6.15pm, Sunday 10.30am & 12noon

Weekday Masses 11am, Novena 7.30pm & Holy Hour 7pm


The Churches will open for solitary private prayer –

Magherafelt – weekdays from 10am and close after evening Mass or Holy Hour; Sundays from 1pm – 6pm

Castledawson – from 10am – 5pm everyday


REMEMBER OUR DEAD Pray for Connie Niblock, Sylvia Kelly, John Smith, Michael Bates, Phyllis Marshall, Francis Donnelly, Ciaran McGuckin (Cargin) and Emmet McNally (Cookstown) who died recently & for the following whose anniversaries or month’s minds occur this week –

Sat. 26 Sept.       

Sun. 27 Sept.       Fr. Felix McLaughlin, John Hughes, Gerry Hughes, Mary Niblock

Mon. 28 Sept.      Jack Regan, Vincent Doyle

Tues. 29 Sept.     Marie Kearns, Desmond Russell, John O’Neill, Joe O’Neill

Wed. 30 Sept.      Margaret Regan, Rose McGoldrick, Paddy Tohill, Elizabeth McKay, Thomas McKenna

Thurs. 1 Oct.        Michael O’Neill, Mary Bernadette Porter

Fri. 2 Oct.              Roddy O’Kane, Alice O’Kane

                                Mary Cudden (MM 7.30pm Milltown)

Sat. 3 Oct.             Madeleine Campbell, Peggy McKee, Michael McLaughlin

WELCOME TO THE PARISH FAMILY Today we greet Harlow Kaia Wilson who was baptised recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the children who received their First Holy Communion recently.


There will be a limit of 120 people.  You are asked to please follow the instructions given and to enter via the main door and exit via the side wing door, using the hand sanitisers provided.  There is a limit to two people per pew, in the pews not cordoned off.

We will continue this week with the Holy Hour on Wednesday at 7pm, with the above restrictions.


WEEKEND MASSES – All Masses resume this weekend with limited numbers, 1 household group per pew or 2 people per pew with social distancing.  When the church is full for Mass the overflow will be accommodated in the Parish Centre where Mass will be broadcast on the webcam.  Please cooperate with priests and sacristans.


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.



Please note that Face Masks / Coverings must be worn in Church unless you have a medical condition; they may only be removed for the reception of Holy Communion and should cover both the mouth and the nose.  This is in line with new legislation.


OCTOBER FAMILY ROSARY CRUSADE – Archbishop Martin has asked people to pray the Rosary, or even a decade of the Rosary, each day during the month of October. Pray for your own family and loved ones and for all those whose health or livelihood is being seriously impacted by the coronavirus crisis.


PARISH CENTRE              

The Parish Centre and Bistro are closed.  Please check Parish Centre Facebook for information.


SMITH SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE Classes have recommenced in the Parish Centre on Friday, with strict Hand Sanitising and Social Distancing measures in place; please contact by text 07736548815 or email dancersplatform@hotmail.com.


St. Mary’s Grammar School – All parents/guardians of P7 pupils intending to sit the GL Assessment should note that the closing date for Registration is Friday 16 October.  A guide to the registration and assessment procedure can be found at http://stmarysmagherafelt.com/practical-information/year-8-admission

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL Helpline 028 7930 0819