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Clonmany Weekly Bulletin
Sunday 17th February 2002
St. Mary's Church, Clonmany.
St. Michael's Church, Urris.
Fr. Jack Farrell, P.P., Tel. 76264.
Fr. Peter Devlin, C.C., Tel. 76114.
Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. All over the world today, men and women are beginning a period of preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we spend Lent preparing to renew our baptismal vows at Easter, wanting to be blessed with Easter water. Jesus comes out a winner (from the temptations). But after him the Church will also face these temptations. She can be tempted to satisfy human wishes instead of offering true salvation. Jesus teaches us how to be strong against the traps of the devil; following him, we must first gain a genuine understanding of the word of God. Lord God, as we begin our Lenten journey we ask your help so that we may change our selfish ways in the light of your love and truth.
Times of Masses, Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
St. Mary’s Church:
St. Michael’s Church:
Priest on call: Fr. Devlin is on call this week, tel. 76114.
Dr. on Duty: In emergency, tel. 76173.
The Abortion Referendum - March 6: During the next few weeks we will be hearing many arguments concerning the Referendum. The Catholic Bishops have stated clearly that it is an opportunity not to be lost. It will improve effective legal protection for the unborn child. It deserves support from everyone who is pro-life. Voting Yes to this amendment will once again protect the right to life in Irish Law.
Feasts of the week:
Thursday: St. Peter Damien. He was a bishop who
fought against abuses of power by the clergy.
Stations of the Cross and Rosary in St. Michael's Church on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. in St. Mary's Church on Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm. and in St. Mary's Church next Sunday Feb. 24 at 6pm.
Trocaire Boxes: Anyone who did not receive a Trocaire box can pick one up at the back of the Church. Remember somewhere in the world your Lenten gift will make a huge difference.
Month's Mind Mass: 8pm. Mass in St. Mary's Church next Fri. Feb. 22 will be offered for Mary Diver, Mindoran on his month's mind. May she rest in peace.
Collections: Parish collection last weekend amounted to €2,021. Church Restoration Fund amounted to €1,781 Thank you for your generosity to both collections.
Baptism: We welcome into God's family Luke Patrick Doherty, Roxtown.
Promoters are asked to make returns this week for the draw on Friday night.
Weddings 2002: Couples are reminded that the State requires three months notice before any wedding can be performed. Any queries, contact Fr. Devlin, 76114
Sponsored Slim takes place again during Lent. Weigh-in on Wednesday night after Mass (8:30pm.) in St. Mary's Hall. Proceeds in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Parochial Bingo in St. Mary's Hall on Friday night at 9pm. All welcome.
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.
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.
2001 Mission Sunday Collection: Every cent of the Irish Mission Sunday Collection goes to a Missionary Church, on instruction from the secretariat of Propagation of the Faith in Rome. Nothing is taken for administration. I am pleased to inform you that the 2001 Mission Sunday collection in the diocese of Derry realised the sum of Stg.£93,005.71 and IR£23,769.29.
Are you over 15 and Under 16 on July 16 and would you like to travel overland to Lourdes? A fantastic opportunity to make an unforgettable trip to Lourdes meeting new friends, absorbing the atmosphere, learning the message of Our Lady and Bernadette, taking part in Liturgy, working with the sick, visiting famous places, sampling the local culture and enjoying beautiful French countryside. For further details contact 76114 or The Secretary, Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry BT48 6UJ. Tel. 7126 0293 or 7135 2346.
Silver Jubilee Annual Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes under the patronage of The Most Reverend Séamus Hegarty DD Bishop of Derry, July 16 - 21 2002. Fare £389 Sterling. Fare includes £10 Government Tax, Return Air Travel from Belfast to Lourdes, Hotel (Full Board) Airport Taxes, Insurance and Coach Transfers. The fare can be paid by instalments. Booking forms are now available. Invalid booking forms are also available. For an extra £139 Sterling you can spend another three days travelling overland to Paris visiting Nevers to see Bernadette's body and other French Shrines. Return flight is from Paris and coach to Derry. Tel. 76114.
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.
Ballyliffin Residents Association: As agreed at our AGM in January, the Committee would like to invite all members to a further meeting in The Strand Hotel, on Wed. Feb. 20 at 8:30pm. when any outstanding matters can be discussed.
Donegal Horseshoe League: 25 Card Drive (Partners) in The Ballyliffin Hotel on Fri. Feb. 22 at 8:30pm. Prize money €325. Tickets €7 each. Refreshments served.
Clonmany Sheepdog Association: Meeting in Ballyliffin Hotel on Tues. 19 at 9pm
North West Institute of Further and Higher Education: Unemployed? There are jobs in Technology! Join our Adult Bridge to Technology Programme, tel. Fiona on 04871 276592.
Cloontagh School 25-card drive in the school on Tues. Feb. 19 at 8:30pm. Everyone welcome. Tea served.
Circuit Training in St. Brigid's Community Centre every Thursday from 9 - 10pm.
Creative Sowing: For all your Bridal, Formal, Communion, Confirmation wear, also alterations, contact Bridie Doherty, Cleagh, tel. 76938.
Aerobics every Monday at 8pm. in St. Mary's Hall. All welcome.
Y.C. Draw Results, free week, Feb. 7:
1st. Kevin & Ciara Noone, Cloontagh. Promoter:
Urris G.A.A. Club
Bingo in St. Mary's Hall on Thurs. at 9pm.
Match & Win Results - Thurs. Feb. 6. Years drawn: 1972, 1976, 1977 & 1979. €15 Winners: Margaret McLaughlin, Gleneely. Anna Claire Devlin, Annagh. Bridget Ivers, Tiernasligo. Anne Diver, Carndonagh. Marie Gill, Binion.
Players Voluntary Insurance: Adult €10, U18 €12.50. Contact Edward, 76416.
Club Membership: Adult €10,U18 €2. Closing date Feb 28, this is for all playing football in 2002 Senior & Reserve Training on Wednesday at 8pm. and Saturday at 5pm. U12 Training in the Youth Club on Fri. from 5pm. - 6pm. Cost including bus €2.
Club Meeting on Wed. at 9pm. in the clubhouse. It is important all members attend.
Training on Tuesday and Friday at 7:30pm. in Trawbreaga Park.
Bingo draw results: Margaret Grant, Annagh & Eddie Doherty, Urrismanagh.
Clonmany Tug of War Club
World IndoorTug-o-war Championships: We wish our three teams from Clonmany the best of luck in the World Championships in Cork next weekend Feb. 21 - 24. It's a great achievement to be taking part in the World Championships.
All Ireland open competition results last weekend in Crossmaglen:
Winners of Youth Competition: Cloontagh; Runners
600Kg. 1st. St. Pats, Crossmaglen; Runners up: Clonmany.
640Kg. 1st. Clonmany; Runners up: St. Pats.
680Kg. 1st. Clonmany; Runners up: St. Pats.