Sunday 26th March 2017
4th Sunday in Lent
Sunday: Vigil 6.30pm, 9.00am, 11.00am
Mon- Wed- Thurs 10.00am
Reconcilliation: Saturday: 6.00pm
Anytime on request
Baptism. Saturday 4pm. By arrangement
The parish is deeply saddened at the news of the death of Fr. Barney Bryson, former Parish Priest of Sion Mills Parish. Originally from Maghera, he was 87 years old and was ordained priest on 19 June 1955 and served in a variety of parishes in the Derry Diocese before becoming Parish Priest here in 1987. He served in that position for 17 years before retiring from here and going to serve as a curate in Ballykelly in the Parish of Limavady. In recent years he lived in Maghera.
Ill health meant his going to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where he died on Thursday last, 23 march. His funeral Mass and burial took place in St. Patrick's Church, Glen, Maghera, on Saturday 25 March, at noon. The Parish extends its deepest sympathies to Fr. Bryson's family and friends. May he now enjoy the happiness and peace of the Resurrection. We celebrate Mass for Fr. Bryson in St. Theresa's Church on Tuesday, 28 March at 7.00pm.
We see the disturbing pictures on television screens every day of the people trying to survive drought and famine. The 2017 Trocaire Lenten Campaign focuses on the millions of people facing catastrophe because of extreme weather and conflict. With the support of people in Ireland, Trocaire will deliver help to one million people in crisis this year. You can help them do this with your contribution to the Trocaire Box.
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 week. on Tuesday at 7.00pm
Knock Pilgrimage to New York
A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place 8-14 May. Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK, the pilgrimage offers the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic experience. The itinerary includes the celebration of Mass on Saturday, 13 May at the Old St Patrick's Cathedral, New York for the re-internment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses. The celebrant will be Timothy cardinal Dolan. The cost is 189 euro + tax 112 euro per person sharing. For more information, contact Joe Walsh Tours on 0035312410800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cemetery Sunday: Sunday, 7 May 3.00pm
The Side Chapel will be available on Tuesdays, 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 .
The floors of the church porches had become very worn and tired looking after fifty two years of constant use. The recent laying of new tiles has brightened up the entrances and hopefully, will last the next fifty years! The work was done by the Floor Store, Lifford Road, Strabane.
Chew and Chat
The Ladies' Guild will resume their deliberations on Wednesday, 9 September at 8.00pm. New members welcome. Contact Caroline Coyle for interrogation.
The parish has received a letter of thanks and appreciation from Trocaire for our contribution of £7000 towards the Nepal Disaster Fund. We are guaranteed that our gift will be used in its entirety to help the earthquake victims.
Volunteering with Foyle Hospice
Foyle Hospice is committed to delivering a vital service to our patients suffering from cancer and life-limiting illnesses and supporting their families in the North West. We are appealing to people to join our team of bank volunteer drivers who are able to offer patients from their local area transport to and from the Hospice's Day Care Unit in Derry. For further information, contact Sharon Williams: 71351010. Email Sharon@foylehospice.com.
The parish appreciates a further donation yowards Church Roof Repairs of £100. We thank the donors for their support. Every donation is greatly valued.
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 bay
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.