St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church. Sion Mills

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                            Church Services and Events

Sunday 25th  June 2017

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday: Vigil 6.30pm, 9.00am, 11.00am

  Tues - Wed - Thurs 10.00am



Reconcilliation: Saturday: 6.00pm

Anytime on request


Baptism. Saturday 4pm. By arrangement



Housebound Parishioners

They will be visited on Tuesday, morning and afternoon. Note change of day

No News

Since organisations and groups generally take a summer break there will be very little news, information or happenings to report. So, this edition of the Sunday Bulletin is the final one for 2016/17 season. There will not be a bulletin during July and August 


If you are thinking about joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 1 - 6 July, you need to apply immediately. Ring 71362475 to reserve a place. 


Corpus Christi

Next Sunday is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, traditionally known as Corpus Christi.  The side Chapel will be available from 3.00pm until 6.00pm for Adoration and personal prayer with the Lord in the Eucharist.



Annual Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage  to Lough Derg

Led by Bishop Donal McKeown: Friday 23 June. Coach leaving from St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry, with pick-up points en route. Cost: £80 per person (including all transport and pilgrimage costs) If you would like to join Bishop Donal and many from all around the diocese on pilgrimage, to walk in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, you will be most welcome. A non-returnable deposit of £20 per person is required to secure your place. For more information about the Pilgrimage, or to register, contact the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 71264087 or

Lough Derg

The Pilgrimage Season begins on Monday 1st May Pope Francis has provided us with a wonderful gift - the World Meeting of Families 2018.. Lough Derg has an important part to play as we journey towards this momentous event. The forthcoming Pilgrimage Season offers the opportunity for many pilgrims to come to the sacred island in preparation for this world event.

Lough Derg Office: 00353719861518  



Bishop Donal McKeown will lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Saturday-Thursday 1-6 July. Cost £649. For application forms and further information contact: 71260293 or:


Parish Celebrations 2017
Easter: Sunday 16 April
First Holy Communion: Saturday, 6 May at 11.00am 

Cemetery Sunday: Sunday, 7 May  3.00pm


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.