Sunday 13th April 2014
Passion (Palm) Sunday of Lent
Eucharist this week
Sunday: Vigil 6.30pm, 9.00am, 11.00am
Monday - Wednwsday :10.00am
Holy Thursday: 7.00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
Watch and pray in the Adoration Chapel until 9.00pm
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Holy Saturday: 9.00pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday: 9.00am; 11.00am Easter Mass
Reconcilliation: Saturday: 6.00pm
Anytime on request
Baptism. First Sunday. 11.45am Two weeks notice.
Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Palm Sunday Immaculate Conception Church, Strabane
5.00pm All local priests will be present
St Theresa's Church
Tuesday: 10.30am; 7.00pm
Wednesday: 10.30am; 7.00pm
A Special Week
The celebration of Holy Week and Easter will, hopefully be very special for the parish community. May it also be special for you and your family.
Today, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of the greatest wek in the church's year, Holy Week, Palms and greenery will be blessed at all Masses. A Palm Cross will be available for everyone.
The parish congratulates the fiftynine young people who celebrated their Confirmation. Our thanks go to their parents, sponsors and the teachers who helped prepare them for this important occasion. We are grateful to the Choir, Eucharistic Ministers and all who helped prepare the church and grounds. The hospitality offered in the Parish Hall after the ceremony was much appreciated by all. Thanks to all who prepared and served the refreshments. We are grateful to Fr. Francis Bradley who celebrated the Sacrament.
A period of Reconsiliation wil be celebrated in the Starbane Church on Palm Sunday. It will follow the practice of recent years, with all local priests present. It is our opportunity to prepare for the celebration of Holy Week and Easter.
Every pound donated to this year's Lenten Appeal will be matched by the government, meaning donations will be effectively doubled. Your contribution will be well used.
The Scripture Readings at Mass during Lent prepare us for the celebration of the events of Holy Week and Easter. There will be an opportunity to reflect on and pray about the Sunday Readings each Thursday during Lent in the Meeting Room for a forty minute period. You are welcome
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The new Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown is delighted to be able to lead the Pilgrimage this year. Dates: 1st - 6th July. Cost: £599.00. For further details, contact the Pilgrimage Office on Tuesdays and Thursday, 11.00am - 1.00pm: 71260293
Mass for Lent
To facilitate those who are unable to attend Morning Mass and who would like to celebrate Mass at least once during the week for Lent, there will be an evening Mass each Wednesday during the coming lent.
Departing Belfast, 28 May. Cost £519.00 (7 nights/half board) including full travel, airport taxes and insurance. For further details contact: Anne Duffy on 07736005396
The parish appreciates a further donation yowards Church Roof Repairs of £100. We thank the donors for their support. Every donation is greatly valued.
First Communion: Saturday, 10 May, 11.00am
Cemetery Sunday: Sunday, 11 May, 3.00pm
During the summer weeks, major repairs were carried out on the church roof and windows. Repairs to the roof cost £3164 and will propably be on-going since its repacement is fanancially impossible. Some of the upper windows were completely smashed and many were so seriously cracked that they had to be replaced . This damage was caused by vandalism. The window repairs cost £1056. While repairs to the church building are not very obvious, it is important tp preserve the fabric as best we can.
If you wish to become a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, contact Mary Doherty or Sally Quinn
Sion Mills Parish is totally committed to implementing all aspects of the Diocese of Derry Safeguarding Children Policy Statement. Two parish representatives support this work: Peter McNulty, The Willows, Sion Mills; Trudy Doherty,Fyfin Road, Victoria Bridge.
The church car park is now lined out to provide an ordered system of parking. Two yellow-coloured bays beside beside the pedestrian ramp at the side door are only for the use of people with disabilities. For safety, legal and insurance reasons, including easy access for emergency vehicles, drivers must park only in the parking bays
The Side Chapel will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am - 6.00pm, for personal prayer and Adoration of the Lord in the Eucharist. You may wish to commit to a visit each week.
Saint Theresa's Church is now monitored by CCTV, twenty four hours every day. The system fulfills all Data Protection requirements..
The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated on the first Sunday of each month at 11.45am. Parents should make arrangements soon after the birth of their child.
Sunday Mass Times in the Strabane Area
6.30pm Sion Mills; Strabane
7.30pm Lifford; Doneyloop
9.00am Sion Mills; Lifford; Doneyloop
11.00am Sion Mills; Lifford; Doneyloop
11.30am Derry Road
Parish Hall Events
Our parish hall is an immaculately kept building and can accomodate 550 people in the main hall as well as catering for up to 50 people in the meeting room. The local Luncheon Club and Meals on Wheels service for the elderly people in the local area operates from the hall which has a large modern kitchen and dining area. Many local groups use the hall for their activities including Indoor Bowls, Pipe Band, Irish Dancing classes, Ballroom Dancing classes, Karate classes, Line Dancing classes etc. The hall also caters for parish functions as well as concerts, meetings and other fundraising events.