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Sunday 4th December – Second Sunday of Advent
Seamus Glackin – Gortalowry, Cookstown
Kathleen McAleer – Orritor Road, Cookstown
Tom Sheehy – Orritor Road, Cookstown
Noel McKenna – Fairhill Road, Cookstown
Anna Quinn – Drumcree, Cookstown
Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
St John’s Church, Slatequarry – 11th December
Sacred Heart Church, Rock – 18th December
Please note that Masses will follow a weekly rotation unless otherwise notified.
Natasha and Iain on the birth of their son
Casey Jude Cahoon
Larissa and Cathal on the birth of their daughter
Emma and Mark on the birth of their daughter
Jane Olivia McAleer
Orlagh and John on the birth of their son
Conor Anthony Ward
We wish them God’s Blessings of good health and happiness.
Thursday 8th December – Mass Times:
Holy Trinity Church – 10.00am and 1.15pm
Tuesday 6th December – 10.30am:
Tea/Coffee and Mince Pies – All Welcome!
Tuesday 13th December – 10.30am:
Apostolic Craft and Coffee Morning. Proceeds in aid of all Missionary Work – All Welcome!
Wednesday 7th December, 5pm – 7pm. At 5pm there will be a principal’s welcome. Also, on Thursday 12th January 3pm – 4pm, there will be a “Stay and Play” session for prospective P1 pupils.
Each Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm for children aged from 2 years and 10 months. Contact 02886764121
Christmas Eve St Lúaráns 9.30am
Saturday 24th Dec Holy Trinity 10.00am
Holy Trinity 5.30pm
Holy Trinity 7.30pm
Christmas Day Holy Trinity 8.00am
Sunday 25th Dec Holy Trinity 9.30am
Holy Trinity 11.00am
The secret to life is always looking on the bright side, thinking of the glass as half full, and keeping your heart open to Joy and Happiness!
Christmas cards are on sale again this year. Five cards for £5. They are available from the office and the sacristy. All proceeds to charity.
Caoimhe McCann, an engagement officer with the charity “Mary’s Meals”, will be the speaker at the December meeting of Cookstown & District Inter Church Forum on Monday 12th December at 7.30pm in Gortalowry House, Church Street. The annual Carol Service will take place at the old post office, James Street, on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm. All Welcome!
Friday 9th December from 6.00pm – 8.00pm Cookstown Community Centre is inviting Senior Citizens to an evening of entertainment and festivities. Contact 07821805124
Sunday 11th December between 1.00pm and 4.00pm Cookstown Community Centre is holding a family fun day. Santa will be there! All welcome.
Every Monday 5.30pm – 7.30pm – Contact 07927629855
Monthly Meetings – Monday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Every Tuesday – 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Contact 07739282066
Every Wednesday 11am – 11.30am Babies, toddlers and pre-school musical adventure – Contact Colleen 07706400590
Every Wednesday – 8.00pm – 11.00pm – Contact 07837383028
Every Thursday – Lower Hall 11am – 1pm – Contact 07706249349
Every Thursday 11am – 5pm. Bereavement, personal, relationship, trauma and other issues. Totally confidential. Contact 07561632612
Every Saturday – Hip Hop 4pm – 5pm, Parkour 5pm – 6pm
Starting 3rd October (Monthly) – Hearing tests and hearing aid repairs – Contact Iain 07940160672
Please support your Community Centre as we will be providing the local community with various talks, events, kids entertainment, and support groups throughout the year to suit all ages.
Saturday 3rd December 10am:
Teresa Hunter (Month’s Mind),
Nora O’Brien (1st Anniversary),
Peter Devlin, Patrick Quinn, Pauline Doyle
Saturday 3rd December 6pm:
Michael McCracken (Month’s Mind),
James Mullan, Annie Corr, Teresa Keightley
Sunday 4th December 9.30am:
Sunday 4th December 10.30am Rock:
Maureen Cunningham (1st Anniversary),
John McGeough, Sofia Mackle, Leo Mackle,
Mary Carroll, Mary Maguire,
Nellie and Bernard Cunningham
Sunday 4th December 12 Noon:
Brigid Mallon (Months’ Mind),
Lawrence and Mardie Boyle
Monday 5th December 10am:
Tuesday 6th December 10am:
John McElwee, Malachy O’Hare, Frank Nugent
Wednesday 7th December 10am:
Annie Farrell, Joanie Quinn, Margaret Campbell,
Rose Boylan, William Harbison, Thomas Hunter
Thursday 8th December 10am:
Andrew McCloskey, Patrick Doherty,
Gerald O’Neill, Matt Donaghy, Michael McGurk
Thursday 8th December 1.15pm:
Annie Toner, Mary Hagan
Friday 9th December 10am:
Margaret Graham, Barney McCreesh, Jim Devlin,
Roisin Dargan, Pauline Quinn, Cathy (Kitty) Mullan
Saturday 10th December 10am:
Saturday 10th December 6pm:
Geraldine Lennon (1st Anniversary), Breege Heron,
Brenda Mulgrew, Shelagh and Brian McGinn
Sunday 11th December 9.30am:
Charles Eastwood (Jnr), Molly Eastwood
Sunday 11th December 10.30am Slatequarry:
Francis McGeough, Ignatius Kelly,
Joe and Rose Toner
Sunday 11th December 12 Noon:
Cyril Loughran, Pat O’Neill, Sean Quinn
Anniversary requests must be received into the parish office in writing by Wednesday of the upcoming anniversary. Please put through letter box if office is closed.
Sorry, phone calls are no longer accepted.
The bulletin dated Sunday 25th December will present with two weeks of anniversaries from 24th December to 8th January. If you wish for an anniversary to be printed during these dates, can you please notify the office in print with name, date, time of Mass. However, if you have not informed the office by Wednesday 21st December and would like an anniversary to be read out during these dates, please contact the sacristan or priest at Mass.
A member of SVP will be speaking at all Masses on the 3rd/4th December to let our parishioners know of the help and support we give in our community. Our Christmas Appeal will take place on the 10th/11th December. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Bazaar Sunday 4th December – Doors open 3.30pm starts 4pm
Bingo Sunday 11th December – Doors open 2.30pm starts 3.30pm
Brendan Gormley will give a presentation on “The Earliest Evidence for Farming in the Sperrins” at 8pm in the Old School at the Rock on Thursday 8thDecember. All Welcome!
Children’s Christmas Disco Sunday 11th December in the Centre 5.30pm-7.30pm. Santa is arriving at 6.45pm. Everyone welcome. Admission £3.
3 nights Cinquentenario – full board, 4 nights Lisbon Coast – half board. £865 pp sharing. Travel insurance optional – £39 pp up to 79 years, £78 pp 80 – 94 years. A deposit of £200 is required to secure your booking. Please contact the Parish Office for further information and to book.
The Parish Office will be closed on Friday 23rd December at 1.30pm and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 at 9.30pm. We wish you a Joyful and Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you do not have collection envelopes and wish to contribute you can contact the parish office for envelopes or alternatively contribute by standing order or direct debit.
If you are still not attending Mass in person and wish to continue supporting the parish, you may opt to drop your envelopes into the parish office or make a donation by cheque. For weekly envelopes; cheques may be made payable to ‘Cookstown Church Account’. For Building Fund envelopes; cheques may be made payable to ‘Cookstown Church Building Fund’.
We thank you for your donations received to date and appreciate your generosity at all times. All donations will be recorded accordingly.
Anyone wishing to pay by standing order, direct debit or bank transfer can call the parish office to receive bank account details.
If you wish to request an anniversary Mass please put in writing to the Parish Office.
This can be:
Left into the office during office hours (Weekdays 9.30 am – 1.30 pm)
Put through the letterbox after the office has closed
Posted (1 Convent Road Cookstown, BT80 8QA)
Please ensure the name, date of the anniversary and time of Mass is clearly stated on the notice.
Also please note that the office is closed at the weekend and that the anniversary will only be read out at one Mass.
St. Lúaráns – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.30am – 5pm
If you wish to place flowers for your loved one’s funeral Mass in the Church, please contact the sacristans or the Parish office for further details.
Open Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Tel: 028 8676 3490
Tel: 028 8676 3370
Fr Lawrence Boyle
Fr Brian Slater