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Clonmany Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 16th December 2001

Local Notes


St. Mary's Church, Clonmany.

St. Michael's Church, Urris.

Oratory, Ballyliffin.

Fr. Jack Farrell, P.P., Tel. 76264.

Fr. Peter Devlin, C.C., Tel. 76114.

Today's psalm - Psalms are prayers. Not just private whispers, but prayers meant to be sung aloud. The Responsorial Psalm picks up some theme from the readings and makes a song about it. Hope is the mood today. Hope, the virtue of Advent is the courage to persevere in faith even when the signs indicate nothing but major problems ahead. The reason for hope is trust in the unswerving love of God: It is he who keeps faith forever. The repeated prayer-word for Advent is Come. As long as you can say Come to somebody, you have hope. Isaiah says that God is coming. The amazing thing is that the vengeance of God is not about punishing people but about saving us. John the Baptist expected fires of retribution. He was taken aback at when he heard about Jesus. Bread for the hungry, liberation, new sight, divine protection, and justice for the downtrodden! It calls for a song: Come, Lord, and save us.

Time for Reflection
I asked for strength, God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom, God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity, God gave me brawn and brain to work.
I asked for courage, God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience, God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait
I asked for love, God gave troubled people to help.
I asked for favours, God gave opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.


Times of Masses, Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

St. Mary’s Church:


Mon. Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9:30am.

Fri. 8pm.

Sat. Vigil 7pm.

Sun. 10am. 11:30am.


Fri. 7-7:50pm.

Sat. 12:00 (2 Priests)

Sat. 6-6:50pm.


Mon. Fri. 1:30-3:30pm. in the Oratory in the Day Centre.

St. Michael’s Church:


Wed. & Fri. 9:30am.

Sat. Vigil 8pm.

Sun. 10:30am


Sat. 7:15pm.


Mon. - Fri. 7:30pm. - 9:30pm.

Oratory, Ballyliffin:






Local Notes


Priest on call: Fr. Devlin is on call this week, tel. 76114. Dr. on Duty: In emergency, tel. 76173.

Saints of the week:

Tuesday: St. Flannan, bishop.
Thursday: St. Fachanan, bishop.
Friday: St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor of the Church.

Christmas Folk Mass in St. Brigid's Youth and Community Centre on Mon. Dec. 17 at 8pm. All welcome.

Months Mind Mass: 10:30am. Mass in St. Michael's Church next Sun. Dec. 23 will be offered for Cis Farren, Claggin, on her Months Mind. May she rest in peace.

Visitation of the Sick: Fr. Devlin will visit his sick this week as follows: Monday afternoon - all areas except Urris. Wednesday afternoon - Urris

Sympathy: We offer sincere sympathy to the family and friends of John Hands, Cleagh, and Teresa Doherty, Tiernasligo, who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Collections: Parish collection last weekend amounted to £1,509 - ?1,916.03. Church Restoration Fund amounted to £1,242 - ?1,577.01. Collection for Missalettes amounted to £1,005 - ?1,276.09. Thank you for your generosity to all three collections.

Penitential Service will take place in St. Mary's Church and St. Michael's Church next Sun. Dec. 23 at 7pm.

Carmelite Retreat Centre, Derry: Three evening retreats in preparation for Christmas on Mon. Dec. 17, Tues. Dec. 18 and Wed. Dec. 19 from 7:30pm. - 10pm. An opportunity to spend some time in quiet adoration, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and celebrate Mass. All are welcome to attend.

S.V.P. Christmas Appeal - Anyone who may need help over the Christmas period please contact any member of the Society or Fr. Devlin, 76114.

Christmas Swim: Clonmany Parent and Toddler Group will hold the 4th. Annual Christmas Swim at 10am. on Christmas morning at Leenan Beach. Sponsor cards are available from Christine McGonigle, Cross, Clonmany tel. 086 8954063 or Anne Doherty, Station House, Rasheeny, tel. 76806. Proceeds in aid of the Children's Ward and Nursery, Letterkenny Hospital. Come along and enjoy the fun and craic.

Parish Draw: Promoters are asked to make returns on Tuesday of this week for the draw on Fri. Dec. 21 for Christmas.

Clonmany N.S. Parents Association Disco in St. Mary's Hall tonight, Sun. Dec.16 from 7-8:30pm. for all National School children. Shop available in the hall. Adm. £1.

Antenatal Classes beginning Mon, Jan. 7 at the Medical Centre, Clonmany. Contact the Surgery, 76173 this week for details.

Amnesty International wishes to thank all who contributed to their collection last weekend. The amount raised was £220. A special word of thanks to the collectors at the Church gates and to the organisers.

Urris T.V. In recent weeks people have been experiencing poor quality pictures, particular U.T.V. Neil Doherty, Moville, checked the system last Wednesday and the problem is caused by the good weather (high pressure), and a strong R.T.E. signal. Efforts are being made to find a solution.

Christmas Trees: Clonmany Town Renewal Committee are very grateful to William Callaghan, Coolcross, for his generous donation of two Christmas trees for the town.

Community Centre Notes: Folk Mass in the Community Centre on Mon. Dec. 16 at 8pm. All welcome. Art and Drama Group should be in the Community Centre at 5pm. on Monday to prepare for Folk Mass. The Centre will close for Christmas and New Year break from Dec. 21 and re-open on Jan. 7

Y.C. Draw Results, week 42, Dec. 6:

1st. Chloe & Shauna Doherty, Cloontagh. Promoter: Fiona Doherty.
2nd. Amy McGonigle, Crossconnell. Promoter: Shaun McGonigle.
3rd. Ciaran Ivers, Dunaff.Promoter: Charlene Kearney.
4th. Ely Doherty, Gaddyduff. Promoter: Shaun & Ryan Doherty.

Free Draw for Turkeys - Dec. 3

1st. Mary Friel, Roxtown. Mary Duffy.
2nd. Rose Bradley, Clonmany. Seamus Noone.
3rd. Kathleen Grant, Cleagh. Paidin Doherty.
4th. Caroline Doherty, Ballyliffin. Martin John McGrath.
5th. Phelim Davenport, 10 Gaddyduff. Shaun & Ryan Doherty.


Urris G.A.A. Club

Bingo in St. Mary's Hall on Thurs. at 9pm. Spot prizes for Christmas.

Match & Win Results - Thurs. Dec. 6. Years drawn: 1960, 1968, 1973, 1974. £10 Winners: Madge Collins, Carndonagh. Sadie Grant, Tornabratley. Ellen McDaid, Glengad. Frances Cleary, Clonmany. Margaret Haughey, Cleagh. Jackpot Dec. 13, £1,500.

Ceili Classes every Monday in St. Mary's Hall from 9pm. - 10:30pm.

Scór na nÓg Co. Final today, Sun. Dec. 16 at 2pm. in the Butt Hall, Ballybofey. Contact Patsy 76492 - Good luck to all.

Rasheeny F.C.


Rasheeny F.C. 3 Illies Celtic 1


Sun. Dec. 14: Prem. Div. Rasheeny F.C. V Clonmany Shamrocks at 11am.

O'Gara Cup: Dunree Utd. V Rasheeny Res. at 2pm.

Clonmany Shamrocks


Killea F.C. 0 Clonmany Shamrocks 2


Sun. Dec. 16: Rasheeny F.C. V Clonmany Shamrocks K.O. 11am.

Fr. O'Gara Cup: Buncrana Youths V Clonmany Res. at 2pm.

Committee Meeting on Tues. Dec. 18 at 9pm. Bingo draw results: 1st. Maureen Taitt, Carndonagh. 2nd. Bridie Doherty, Gortfad.

Clonmany Tug-O-War

Indoor Tug-o-war in St. Brigid's Youth Club today, Sun. Dec. 16. Weigh in at 11am. First pull at 1pm. Usual weights.


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