Sunday 1st March 2015
Sunday: Vigil 6.30pm, 9.00am, 11.00am
Monday - Friday: 10.00am
Reconcilliation: Saturday: 6.00pm
Anytime on request
Baptism. First Sunday. 11.45am Two weeks notice.
Bishop Francis Lagan will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation here next Sunday, 8 March at 11.00am when we will welcome Bishop Francis Lagan. A rehearsal for the young people involved, and their sponsors, will be held in the church on Tuesday, 3 March at 7.30pm. It is important that sponsors be present.
The Lourdes Hospitalite Committee which organises the essential care of sick pilgrims, has thanked parishioners for their contribution of £555. Your help is much appreciated.
Your Sunday offerings during February were:
1st: £950, 8th: £1130, 15th: £1022, 22nd: £1100
Famine box: £325
St Vincent de Paul 1st: £65, 8th: £95, 15th: £120, 22nd: £120:
Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated
Women's World day of Prayer
Women's World Day of Prayer will be held in St. Columba's Church, Doneyloop on Friday, 6 March at 8.15pm. All are welcome.
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 at 7.00pm.
The Scripture Readings at Mass during Lent prepare us for the celebrations of the events of Holy Week and Easter. There will be an opportunity to reflect on and pray about the Sunday Readings each Thursday evening during Lent at 8.00pm in the Meeting Room for a forty minute period. You are welcome.
Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and wellbeing. Take the Short Term Pledge and make a difference to someone's life! For more information visit www.pioneerassociation.ie and complete the process online.
Children who are preparing for First Holy Communion will celebrate their First Confession as follows:
St. Eugene's Primary School: Monday. 2 March, 6.30pm
Sion Mills Primary School: Monday. 2 March, 7.00pm
St. Theresa's Primary School: Tuesday, 3 March, 7.00pm
Diocesan Special Needs Mass
The Annual Diocesan Mass for those with special needs will be in St. Joseph's Church, Galliagh, Derry on Saturday, 14 March at 3.00pm. Parents who wish their child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Communion at this Mass should contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre at 71264087 0r email email@example.com
Departing Belfast, 31 May & 7 October. Cost £510.00 (7 nights half-board), including full travel. airport taxes and insurance. Payment scheme available. For further details, contact Anne Duffy: 07736005396.
Lourdes Diocesan Mass for those with special needs will be in St. Joseph's Church.
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from 1 July until 6 July. Cost: £599. Gift vouchers are available. Contact Rosemary at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Derry 71362475
Parish Celebrations 2015
Confirmation: Sunday, 8 March, 11.00am
First Communion: Saturday, 9 May, 11.00am
The Side Chapel will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am - 6.00pm, for quietl prayer and reflectionwithf the Lord in the Eucharist.
'Darcy School of Irish Dancing' Classes continue every Monday, 6,30pm - 7.45pm in Urney GAA clubrooms. Enquiries: Claire-Marie Darcy: 07706476615
Final bookings for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the SMA Pilgrimage to Knock are now being accepted. Lourdes: 71260293. Knock: 81658430.
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 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.