St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church. Sion Mills

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                            Church Services and Events

Sunday 5th November 2017 

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sunday: Vigil 6.30pm, 9.00am, 11.00am

  Mon,Tues -Thurs,Fri 10.00am



Reconcilliation: Saturday: 6.00pm

Anytime on request


Baptism. Saturday 4pm. By arrangement



Induction 30/9/2017

At last night's vigil Mass Bishop Donal McKeown inducted Fr Michael Doherty  as PP of Sion Mills and Fr Thomas Canning as Curate of Sion Mills Parish. 

We welcome into the Parish Community through the Sacrament of Baptism:

 Shea Molloy, 12 Glebe Park

May they Rest in Peace


Harry Arbuckle, 16 Magirr Park    Noel McCrory, 3 Melmount Road   

Shauna McGlinchey, 4 Melmount Park  Stephen McElwee, 12 Garvan Park



Molly Finlay      Colm O'Kane     Maureen O'Brien    Paddy Gallagher

 Collection  Last weeks collection amounted to £1275.00. Thank you

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday in St Theresa's Church, Sion Mills beginning after the 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm

St Mary's Church, Melmount has Exposition every Monday beginning after 10.00am Mass until 7.30pm. 

Annual Service for the Dead

The Annual Service in Remembrance of deceased members of our families and parish will take place on Sunday 12 November at 6.00pm. Families who have suffered a bereavement since November 1 2016 are asked to nominate a representative to carry a candle to the altar in commemoration of their dead. (Candles will be provided) 

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion for P.4 children of St. Theresa's P.S. Sion Mills, St. Eugene's P.S. Victoria Bridge and Sion Mills P.S. will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at 11.00am 

Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 Its never too early to start paying towards your 2018 Pilgrimage. To help with this the Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.00am - 1.00pm. For more information telephone 71260293


Women's Guild Group will meet in the Green Room on Wednesday nights at 8pm. New members welcome 

 Appeal from Vincent's Shop (St Vincent de Paul): Vincent's Shop, 18 Barrack Street is appealing for donations of clothes and books. There is always huge demand for these. They can be handed into the shop or collected from your home by prior arrangement. The shop is open from 9.30am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday and 9.30am - 2.00pm on Saturday. Contact number: 71884479

Charity Concert in aid of Jack and Jill Community Playgroup, Plumbridge, will be held in the Mellon Country Inn on Thursday 26 October. Doors open 7.00pm and the concert starts at 8.00pm. DJ Chris, country artists Jim Devine, Patricia Maguire, Florence Given, Justin McGurk, Tony Kerr and backing band Country Harmony. Tickets £12 or pay at the door.

Fostering Recruitment in WHSCT area - Information evenings: Monday 16 October, Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane at 7.30pm. Tuesday 17 October Da Vinci's Hotel Derry at 7.30pm and Killyhelvin Hotel, Enniskillen at 7.30pm, Thursday 19 October Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh. For further information telephone 82835264, 71314240 or email Dympne.brogan@western  




Handy Person Scheme
GABLE has launched a new Handy Person Scheme for home-owners and private tenants, living in the Derry City and Strabane Council Area who are over 65 years old. All works are charged at £7.50 per hour or £50 for a full day (8 hours) Information and full details of works and equipment provided: 71882147 

 Special Time with a Friend

 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 .


Step Inside

 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




The parish appreciates a further donation yowards Church Roof Repairs of £100. We thank the donors for their support. Every donation is greatly valued.


 Neccessary Work

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.


 Pioneer Association

If you wish to become a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, contact Mary Doherty or Sally Quinn 

 Safeguarding Children

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.


Car Parking

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

Church Security

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


6.00pm Cloughcor

6.30pm  Sion Mills; Strabane

 7.00pm  Melmount; 

7.30pm  Lifford; Doneyloop 


9.00am Sion Mills; Lifford; Doneyloop

9.30am  Glenmornan

10.00am  Strabane

10.30am  Melmount

11.00am  Sion Mills; Lifford; Doneyloop

11.30am  Derry Road 

12.00noon  Strabane 

12.30pm  Melmount 

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.