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Clonmany Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 3rd February 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.

What's the point of blessing candles or having our throats blessed with crossed candles? Why can't we go straight to God with our prayers? Many objects are blessed - holy water, candles, medals etc. Their purpose is certainly not to take us away from God. These are supports of faith reminders of God's protection and little ways of involving God's creation. Jesus worked healing through the touch of hands, clay, spittle, water in a pool or sending lepers to the priests when one word would have sufficed. A candle is a particularly good reminder of Jesus because, not only does it give light, but it does so through sacrificing its own existence.

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. 6-6:50pm.


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

St. Michael’s Church:


Wed.. 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. Agatha. Before she died a martyr's death, she said: 'To be a servant of Christ is to be truly free.'
Wednesday: Sts, Paul Miki and Companions. These Christians were martyred near Nagasaki, Japan in 1597.
Thursday: St. Mel. Born in Britain, he came to Ireland to work with St. Patrick, Patron of Ardagh (Longford).
Friday: St. Jerome Emiliani. He cared for the poor and the sick all his life. Patron saint of orphans.

Collections: Parish collection last weekend amounted to £1,443 - €1,832.23. Church Restoration Fund amounted to £1,227 - €1,557.97. Thank you for your generosity to both collections.

Sympathy: We offer sympathy to the relatives and friends of John O'Donnell, Derry, who died recently. May he rest in peace.

Donation: We acknowledge with gratitude a donation of ?250 towards the Restoration of the Oratory. Baptism: We welcome into God's family Éimear Doherty, Tornabratley.

Parochial Bingo in St. Mary's Hall on Friday night at 9pm. All welcome.

Annual Church Gate Collection for Alzheimer's Society will be taken up after all Masses this weekend Feb. 2 & 3. Please be as generous as you can.

Carmelite Retreat Centre: Devotions on Tues. Feb. 5 from 8-10pm. All welcome. Carmelite Spirituality Day - A day of reflection focusing on the teaching of St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux will take place in the Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca, on Sun. Feb. 10. For further information, tel. 04871 262512.

Marriage Encounter weekend is being held in St. Clements Retreat House, Antrim Road, Belfast, on Feb. 22 -24. For more information, tel. 04890 710204.

Pioneer Council: Anyone wishing to become a pioneer or anyone who in due a silver or gold pioneer pin please give your name in the sacristy next Sunday after last Mass.

Diocesan Convention: An Information Day on Collaborative Ministry will take place in Thornhill College, Derry on Sat. Feb. 23 from 10am - 5pm. with Guest Speakers Donal Harrington and Gráinne Doherty. This should be a very interesting day of talks and parishioners are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested please contact Fr. Devlin, tel. 76114.

A Support Group for Female Victims of Domestic Violence is to commence on Fri. Feb. 8 in the Inishowen Women's Outreach Centre, Carndonagh. A trained Facilitator will facilitate the group. The support group will meet on Friday morning from 10am. - 12 noon each week. Here, women who are affected by domestic violence or who have come out of a relationship in which domestic violence has featured can meet in a safe environment. Support each other, avail of stress management or personal development courses etc. Women who attend the support group will decide how the support group develops. If you feel you would like to join please contact Philomena at Inishowen Women's Outreach any weekday morning at 73232.

Carndonagh Community School Presents The Musical GREASE for one extra night on Wed. Feb. 6 due to public demand. Tickets on sale in C.C.S. and Bridie Doherty's Shop, Carndonagh. Adult ?6, Child ?4. Admission by ticket only tel. 74260.

Parish Draw Results

1st. €700 Teresa Robinson, I.O.D. Promoter Margaret McLaughlin.
2nd. €140 Christopher Gill, Gorteran. Promoter Helen McLaughlin.
3rd. €140 Ryan Collins, Tornabratley. Promoter Maureen & Madeline.
4th. €140 Lily Gibbons, Beltra. Promoter Helen Gibbons.
5th. €140 Carmel Doherty, Gaddyduff. PromoterNiall McDonald.
6th. €140 Rosina Bradley, Cross. Promoter Niall McDonald.
7th. €70 Aidan Doherty, Tullagh. Promoter Paddy Kerr.
8th. €70 Daniel Friel, Dunaff. Promoter Alan Friel.
9th. €70 Mary Gallagher C/o D. Doherty.Promoter Daniel Doherty.
10th.€70 Rose Noone, Cloontagh. Promoter Caroline Gillespie.

Profit for the month of January was ?2,047. Thank you to our promoters and all who support the draw.

St. Vincent De Paul Society: Families experiencing financial difficulties meeting the costs of First Holy Communion/Confirmation please contact any member of the Society or tel. 76421/76925. All requests are treated in the strictest confidence.

Clan Clonmany: Dr. McKelvey will give a talk on matters of interest to ladies on Feb. 19 at 7:30pm. in The Strand Hotel. For further information, tel. 76432.

Apostolic Workers Society: Meeting in the Church on Wed. Feb. 6 from 7-8pm.

Valentine's Day-Time for romance in your life! Order your Roses now. Contact Lucy, 76477.

Clonmany Festival: Meeting in the Square Bar on Mon. Feb. 4 at 10pm.

Cloontagh School 25-card Drive in the school on Tues. Feb. 5 at 8:30pm.

Circuit Training in St. Brigid's Community Centre every Thursday from 9 - 10pm.

Crana College, Buncrana: Computer Course for beginners/parents will commence in Crana College on Wed. Feb. 6 at 8pm. No fee. For more details, tel. 61113.

Aerobics every Monday in St. Mary's Hall at 8pm. All welcome.

Y.C. Draw Results, week 49, Jan. 24:

1st. Kathleen McDaid, Mindoran. Promoter: Hugh McEleney.
2nd. Sally Grant, Cloughfin. Promoter: Lisa Doherty.
3rd. Emily McEleney, Binion.Promoter: Declan McEleney.
4th. Phelim Davenport, Gaddyduff. Promoter: Shaun & Ryan Doherty.

St. Brigid's Women's Group: We are currently in the process of registration for St. Brigid's Women's Group for the year 2002 and would be open to a cross section of women from Clonmany and will be open to women over 16. Meetings will be held once a week and preferably mornings. If interested, tel. 78960 / 76064 / 76772.The venue will be Clonmany Community Centre.

St. Brigid's Amateur Boxing Club: Annual Fund Raising Tournament in The Strand Hotel on Fri. Feb. 8 at 8:30pm. Adm. Adult €5 Child €3. Main sponsor for this event is The High Stool Bar.

Recreational Basketball: Fancy doing a bit of training, getting fit while playing recreational Basketball. It's on Saturday mornings at 11am. in the Community Centre. Contact 76800

Reminder: Saturday Feb. 9 - The final day on which Irish punts and pennies can be used.


Urris G.A.A. Club

Bingo in St. Mary's Hall on Thurs. at 9pm.

Ceile Classes in St. Mary's Hall on Monday night at 9pm.

Match & Win Results - Thurs. Jan. 24.

Years drawn: 1966, 1969, 1979, 1983.

€15 Winners: Jim Kelly, Dunaff. Marie Eccles, Drumfries. Michael McLaughlin, Beltra. Ellen A McLaughlin, Cloontagh. Sadie McLaughlin, Tullagh.

Jackpot Thurs. Jan. 31, €610. Club Membership - Now due. Adult €10, U18 €2. Closing date, Feb. 28

Senior Training & Reserve on Wed. at 8pm. and Sat. Tel John 76844 for time. U12 Training in the Youth Club on Fri. from 5pm. - 6pm. Cost including bus €2

Rasheeny F.C.

Fixture: Sun. Feb. 3 - Rasheney Res. V Culdaff Res. at 11am.

Committee Meeting in The Ballyliffin Hotel on Mon. Feb. 4 at 9:30pm. sharp.

Grand Draw and Annual Dinner Dance: Tickets are currently on sale from committee members. Date of this year's function is Fri. June 7 in The Strand Hotel. Top prize is set at €13,000. Tickets which include a meal for 2 are priced at €130.

Clonmany Shamrocks

Night at the Races in the Square bar on Fri. Feb. 15. Horses are on sale from players and committee members. Horses €10.

Clonmany Tug of War Club

Congratulations to our local teams who did so well in the All Ireland in Co. Carlow last weekend.

Results were as follows:

560 Kg. Youths
1st. Cloontagh;
2nd. St. Mary's.

600 Kg. Senior
1st. Clonmany.
2nd. Cloontagh

Youths. Catchweight
1st. Breamore.
2nd. Clonmany

Clonmany lightweight teams are going to Blackpool this weekend and Crossmaglen next weekend Feb. 9. A build up for the World Championships in Co. Cork at the end of February. Good luck boys!


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