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A Very Warm Welcome to the Parish of Magheralin


St. Patrick's & St. Ronan's,                         St. Colman's Kilwarlin,
Belfast Road Magheralin                             Bottier Road Moira.

Updated:  14th January 2022.  (Please note, to view current content you may have to refresh your browser).

To contact the parish office please e-mail on - magheralinparish@dromorediocese.org
or telephone 02892 617435. Attended Office Hours 10.30 am - 1.00 pm on Wednesdays.

Update on the Dromore Diocesan Synodal Process 2022 as of 6th January 2022.

The Dromore Diocesan Synodal Process, 2022

Report on recent developments

The Dromore Diocese Synodal Core Group has been meeting since late Summer, to plan for the Diocese’s approach to the Universal Synod on Synodality.  The Group held three orientation evenings - 2 Virtual and 1 in Banbridge Parish Centre - with Parish Representatives across the Parishes during week commencing 29 November 2021.

On average there were about 15 people from across each pastoral area at each session, plus four Core Group members who facilitated the Zoom Room/Table discussion. Attendees were tasked to go forth within their own communities to harvest information through a number of ways, e.g. in-person and online meetings, the distribution of questionnaires, and the use of parish social media sites and websites.

There are six questions which Dromore Diocese are asking and the responses from these questions will form a 10-page Dromore Diocese Response. The results from Dromore will feed into a national report which will be submitted to Rome for discussion at the Universal Synod. This handout presents the information circulated by the Group, along with the questions, to stimulate discussion within the parishes.

The closing date for Parish responses is St Patrick’s Day, 2022.

You can find more information on the newly launched Dromore Synodal Pathway website, dromoresynodalpathway.org. You can contact responses@dromoresynodalpathway.org with any queries or through the Diocesan Office.

What is Synod?

From the Greek for ‘journeying together’,

Ø A synod is an event where participants engage respectfully, listen deeply and discern with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Ø Synodality is a process, a way of being, in which the above characteristics become part of the day-to-day life of the Church.

Ø It means a way of being Church that involves journeying together, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

A Synodal Church is characterised by:

Communion - living in fellowship

Participation - where everyone plays an active role

Mission - bringing the Gospel, through Word and Deed, to the world

Participating in three synodal processes

Pope Francis has been urging the Church to set out on a journey of discernment to discover where the Holy Spirit is leading us to spread the Gospel amidst the challenges of life in the 21st century. We find ourselves at the start of three interweaving synodal processes which provide us with opportunities to grow in discernment and to come together in shared mission – a universal process, a national process and a diocesan process.

The universal Synod – “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, mission”

Launched in October 2021, Pope Francis invited Catholics throughout the world to come with him on a journey of discernment as we explore what it means to be a synodal church. Involving every parish in every diocese, we are invited to reflect on the questions for the Universal Synod. Sharing the responses, each diocese will contribute to a national document which will considered within each continent, and eventually shape the discussions of the next Synod of Bishops in October 2023.

This process will offer us an opportunity to enter into a synodal process of discernment on what it means to be a listening church; We will be focusing on how to enable participation and on developing the art of listening to each other. We seek to grow in synodality, and thus prepare for our national process.

The national Synod

In March 2021, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced a new Synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is hoped that this process will become provide us with a renewed focus on solidarity with the poor, the ‘excluded’ and those ‘on the peripheries’ (to use Pope Francis’ favourite phrase) who yearn for Good News. In short, we consider what God is asking of the Church in Ireland at this time. May this time become a new Pentecost of evangelical outreach on our island.

We will use the preparation for the universal synod to begin our own period of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church in an Ireland faced with rapid transformation

The diocesan synodal process

Here in the Diocese of Dromore over the next few months, we will be joining the worldwide synodal consultation, seeking to understand how well we are "journeying together", and how we might, in our parishes and diocese, "journey better together". This initial phase will lead to further opportunities for you to participate at diocesan and national levels.

We will use the first two processes to join with our brothers and sisters throughout the world, but we will also wish to seize the opportunity to listen to the Spirit speaking to us about our local Church, the diocese of Dromore. How can we better live the gospel in communion, build our communities through participation and so become an outward-looking, missionary church in this area?

Questions for the Universal Synod

Ideally, responses should arise out of a shared reflection – at home in the family, with friends and neighbours, as small groups of parishioners (especially groups involved in apostolic activity and service). We hope to organise some parish-wide meetings (either in person or online) should the current pandemic situation permit.

Before commencing, spend time reflecting on what kind of journey, in Church and in faith, you been on so far. You may wish to explore some of the following dimensions of your life:

Ø Prayer and the Sacraments

Ø Participation, Inclusion and Dialogue (who are we walking with and who might be feeling left out or ignored?)

Ø The role of lay people, especially young people and women

Ø Governance and Decision Making in the Church

Ø Our relations with other Christian denominations and people of other faith

Begin the session by reciting the Synod Prayer to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Listen to the assuring words of Jesus to his disciples (John 14:23-26) about the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Spend time on each question. If you are in a group, allow time for all to contribute and discuss their thoughts (perhaps 15 minutes) before allocating time for each participant to write down their response to the question.

All answers should be anonymous so do not write your name on your sheets. Nominate one member to gather and pass the sheets to the Parochial Office which will return them to the Synod Core Group. Alternatively, the group can submit them directly using the email address for the Core Group ( responses@dromoresynodalpathway.org ).

The Questions

In what ways is the Church important to you?

How can the Church welcome and include everyone?

How can people be listened to more effectively and encouraged to participate in decision-making within the Church?

How can more people be encouraged to participate in the life of the Church?

In your experience, how has the Church motivated you to share the love of Christ and help those in need?

How would you like to see the future of the Diocese of Dromore?

The Synod Logo


A large, majestic tree, full of wisdom and light, reaches for the sky. A sign of deep vitality and hope which expresses the cross of Christ. It carries the Eucharist, which shines like the sun. The horizontal branches, opened like hands or wings, suggest, at the same time, the Holy Spirit.

The people of God are not static: they are on the move, in direct reference to the etymology of the word synod, which means “walking together”. The people are united by the same common dynamic that this Tree of Life breathes into them, from which they begin their walk.

These 15 silhouettes sum up our entire humanity in its diversity of life situations of generations and origins. This aspect is reinforced by the multiplicity of bright colours which are themselves signs of joy. There is no hierarchy between these people who are all on the same footing: young, old, men, women, teenagers, children, lay people, religious, parents, couples, singles, healthy, disabled; the bishop and the nun are not in front of them, but among them. Quite naturally, children and then adolescents open their walk, in reference to these words of Jesus in the Gospel: ” I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children”. (Mt 11:25)

The horizontal baseline: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission” runs from left to right in the direction of this march, underlining and strengthening it, to end with the title “Synod 2021 –2023”, the high point that synthesizes the whole.

The Synod Prayer

Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Resumption of Public Masses

For those attending the current Covid Restrictions will apply.
As before, please note that due to the restrictions numbers in each church will be limited but during Mass at Magheralin video links to the Prayer Room and our adjacent Parish Hall will enable further people to be accommodated if required.

Parishioners will be guided to appropriate seats by stewards and given advice as required on how to follow the one way system that is in place both for receiving Holy Communion and leaving the church at the end of Mass.
Face Coverings.
Archbishop Eamon Martin (along with the other Christian church leaders all over this island) has formally recommended and encouraged the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, together with the on-going maintenance of the 2 metre physical distancing with immediate effect. 

Please remember that you will need to follow the guidelines outlined below during attendance at Mass:-
-Use sanitisers on entry and exit to the church.
-Keep your hands away from your face  and try to touch surfaces within the church as   little  as possible.
-To ensure sufficient social distancing is maintained sit only where directed by the stewards and do not attempt to move seating.
-Follow steward's instructions on when and where to go to receive Holy Communion.
-Please take communion in your hand only.
-Do not attend church if you or someone in your household is unwell or has   Covid-19 symptoms.
Please bear in mind that the Sunday and Holy Day obligation to attend Mass is still suspendedand it is advisable that if you are in any of the designated vulnerable categories, are elderly or infirm or have any concerns in this area you should avoid any large gatherings until further notice.
Thank you for your co-operation and thank you to everyone who volunteered as stewards to facilitate the weekend masses.

Opening of Churches for Private Prayer 
Please note the following update.
Opening times for individual visits and personal prayer:

Private worship from Mon to Sat in both churches: 10:30am-4pm

Private worship on Sundays - St. Patrick & St. Ronan’s Church: 1-4pm

Private worship on Sundays - St. Colman’s Church: 11am-4pm

Weekday Mass Church Radio Broadcasts:

St. Patrick & St. Ronan’s Church Radio Broadcast: Mon & Wed 10am.

St. Colman’s Church Radio Broadcast: Tue & Thu 10am.

Please note that due to the restricted numbers permitted at Masses as a result of the current covid-19 restrictions, Mass will be live streamed from Magheralin Church at 11.00 am each Sunday. This stream can be accessed from the Parish of Magheralin Facebook page by clicking on or copying or typing the link below into your browser:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-Organization/The-Parish-of-Magheralin-991714407531552/

Viewing daily & weekend Masses on Webcams.
To find out where and when weekday and weekend Masses can be viewed on webcams please go to the links page and click on the appropriate parish links. The daily & Sunday Masses in Magheralin Parish can be picked up on the parish radio by those with radio access. 

Baptism.
Please note that Baptisms & Weddings can now take place subject to compliance with Covid-19 requirements. Please see contact details on main bulletin page.

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