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Welcome to the Parish of Magheralin

Parish Priest:  Fr. McConville - Tel:  028 92 611347
Please note:  If for any reason that I cannot be contacted in an emergency, a 
priest may be contacted on 028 38 323161

Dromore Diocese Charity Commission No:  NIC105046

Parish Bulletin:  
Please note no weekly bulletins will be issued until further 
notice due to the suspension of activities as a result of the Coronavirus. 
However we will keep you updated with diocesan and parish initiatives and 
contact details on this page.

Responsorial Psalm 

Gospel Acclamation.

Please note suspension of public Masses due to current covid-19 surge.
During the lockdown Mass will be live streamed from Magheralin Church at 11.00 am each SundayThis stream can be accessed from the Parish of Magheralin Facebook page by clicking on or copying or typing the link below into your browser:-

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.

Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland most recent statement suspending public masses in support of the Stay at Home health message until further notice as a result of the extension of the Covid-19 shut-down by the Northern Ireland Executive to 5th March 2021

We encourage parishes to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous
support to individuals and society during these difficult times.

We ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic.  We keep especially in mind all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers

Recently the Northern Ireland Executive took the unanimous decision to extend
the current Covid-19 restrictions until Friday 5th March 2021. This decision was based on the strong recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, as a result of the continued extremely high level of transmission of the Covid-19 virus throughout the community (which over these last four weeks had not reduced to the level that had been hoped for), along with the increasing numbers in hospital and intensive care.

In the light of this decision, and on the basis of the clear and unequivocal public health advice that people should continue to stay at home, the Northern Catholic Bishops have decided that, until 5 March (but subject to ongoing review in line with any change to the public health advice), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should continue to take place without the physical presence of the faithful. Marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services may continue (subject to strict safety guidelines and regulations). Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations.  We encourage parishes, where possible, to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times
We once more make this decision reluctantly, conscious of the pain that not being able to gather for public worship causes for all the faithful, but in the hope that this period of sacrifice is inspired by the command of Jesus to love our neighbours and undertaken for the protection of life and health and for the Common Good. 

We continue to ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic.  We keep especially in mind all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers.  We welcome the announcement that a similar position is being taken by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and many other denominations and faith communities in response to the unequivocal message from public health authorities that as many people as possible stay at home at this time.

“As many people as possible stay at home for the sake of health, life and the Common Good”
“Faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times”

Most Rev Eamon Martin DD                                              

Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All-Ireland

Apostolic Administrator of Dromore

Post Lockdown Covid Restrictions.
As before, please note that due to Covid-19 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 - the latest update.
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 suspended
and 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.
Fr. Conor McConville

Please note suspension of public Masses due to current covid-19 surge.
During the lockdown 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:-

St. Patrick's  & St Ronan's Magheralin Mass Times

 Celebrations / Anniversaries

Sunday 28th February 2021 - Mass 11.00 am Live streamed Mass
Monday 1st March 2021 - Mass 10.00 am Private Mass-Accessible on Parish Radio
Wednesday 3rd March 2021  - Mass  10.00 am Private Mass-Accessible on Parish Radio
Saturday 6th March 2021 - Vigil Mass No Mass

Sunday 7th March 2021 - Mass

11.00 am

Live streamed Mass

St. Colman's Kilwarlin Mass Times

 Celebrations / Anniversaries

Sunday 28th February 2021 - Mass No Mass
Tuesday 2nd March 2021 - Mass 10.00 am Private Mass-Accessible on Parish Radio
Thursday 4th March 2021 - Mass 10.00 am Private Mass-Accessible on Parish Radio
Sunday 7th March 2021 - Mass No Mass

Sacrament of Penance

The annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer service is due to take place on Friday 5th March. Unfortunately, because of Covid restrictions we cannot hold this service in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Soldierstown as planned. However we are invited to join the women of Vanuatu, who prepared this year’s service, by a video which will be released and posted on WDPIC YOU TUBE on 5th March. There are also Service booklets available. (Telephone 07746960569 to request a booklet).
We would encourage you to try and connect with the women of Vanuatu on 5th March. For more information or if you wish to donate to the work of the World Day of Prayer movement please visit the website

Recently Deceased.
James Furphy.
Annette Creaney.
Jim McKernan
Saints Patrick, Ronan & Colman pray for them.

First Holy Communion.
St. Patrick's primary school:-
First penance - Tuesday 23rd March 2021.
First Communion - Sunday 6th June 2021 at 1.00pm in Magheralin Church.

Rowandale primary school & Pupils from other schools.
First Penance - Tuesday 25th May 2021.
First Communion - Sunday 13th June 2021. Venue to be determined later taking into account Covid-19 restrictions. 

Sacrament of Confirmation.
St. Patrick's primary school:-
Service of Light Saturday 27th March 2021 at 6.00pm.
Confirmation - Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 6.00 pm.

Rowandale primary school & Pupils from other schools.
Service of Light Wednesday 19th May 2021.
Confirmation Friday 25th June 2021

“Trócaire would like to thank the people of Magheralin Parish for supporting this year’s Christmas Gift Campaign, which raised an amazing £1,162. These gifts help struggling communities to work their own way out of poverty and make a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people around the world.”
Caitriona Hughes.

Offertory Envelope Contributions for the month of December - £5,282.97.
Many thanks for your generous and continuing support for the parish. 

Viewing Sunday Morning Mass from Magheralin Church on U-Tube.
The Sunday Morning Mass from Magheralin Church can be viewed on U-Tube via the Parish Facebook page by typing or copying and pasting the link below into your browser:-

Viewing Masses on Parish Webcams.
To view where and when daily & weekend Masses can be viewed on church webcams, please go to the links page on this website and click on the appropriate links for the adjoining parishes.

A Message from Father Conor to all the housebound normally visited on the First Friday of the Month.
Dear Parishioners.
I hope you are keeping as well as possible at this difficult time. Unfortunately in this present climate it is advisable that I do not visit with you except in the case of an emergency.
However you are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this worrying time.
Should you need to contact me please feel free to do so. Take care and may God bless you and your family.
Yours Sincerely.
Father Conor.

Marriages or Baptisms.
If it is possible can you please arrange the booking of a marriage or a child's baptism in the Sacristy before or after Sunday Mass. Note Baptisms & Weddings  can now take place subject to conditions which comply with covid-19 rule.

Booking Anniversary Masses.
Please note that Anniversary Masses for the deceased should be booked using the new Anniversary Request Envelope
Indicate the date and one of the Mass times when you wish the Mass to be said.
These envelopes should be left into the parish office  or the parish office post box, or they can be put into the collection baskets at the weekend Masses. They should be in the Parish Office or the collection baskets two weeks before the date of the anniversary to ensure that they are included in the relevant bulletin.
Please feel free to bring the Offertory Gifts forward at the Anniversary Mass,
and please indicate that you wish to do so on the request envelope. (Suspended at present due to Covid-19 pandemic)
Thank You

Offertory Promise -  Envelopes.
Anyone requiring envelopes for the first time, please leave your name and address in the sacristy or place in an envelope and put it into the collection basket at the weekend masses.  Alternatively email your interest to the parish office (
We would appreciate being informed of any changes in names or addresses so that our parish records can be updated.
You can also pay your weekly offering by standing order so please let us know if you wish to use this method which is simple to set up. 
The Offertory Promise envelopes and Gift Aid are the two main sources of income in the parish.
We thank all those who contribute regularly and generously to the needs of the parish through the envelopes, direct debit or loose plate.
Envelopes can be returned to the Parochial House Kilwarlin or placed before the start of Mass in the baskets in the back of both churches.

St. Patricks Primary School.
The school has produced a Promotional Open Day Video and a school concert video. These can be accessed by clicking on or copying and pasting the links below into your browser.

St.Patricks PS Virtual Tour

St. Patrick's PS Concert:

Prayer Group.

Magheralin Parish Women's Group.
All activities cancelled.

Fair Trade. 

The Parish of Magheralin Facebook Page.
A Facebook page for the parish has been set up under the name -
"The Parish of Magheralin"
Click on or Copy & Paste or Type the link below into your browser.

Little Ducklings Parent & Toddler Group.

A Word From The Legion of Mary 
Sorry not to be able to see those we normally visit. Unfortunately due to present circumstances we need to limit the contact we can have with you at his time. Although we will be unable to visit over the next while, we will be thinking of you and you will be in our prayers.
We attach a few prayers that we are sure you are all familiar with.

Remember O most Gracious Virgin Mary,
That never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought you intercession was left unaided,
Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother,
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer.

Extract from Saint Patrick's Breastplate.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Even when we cannot attend Mass we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion in which we express our faith in Christ and in His presence in the Eucharist and ask Him to unite Himself with us.

The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are:
-an Act of Faith;
-an Act of Love;
-a desire to receive Christ;
-and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.

There are various popular prayers to accompany an Act of Spiritual Communion such as the one below.

My Jesus
I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you  into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

Lourdes Activities via the Lourdes website:
Daily at 2.00 pm the Rosary is said at the Grotto in English -
Light a Candle at Lourdes -
Send a petition to Lourdes -
Please type or copy & paste the links into your browser bar.


St. Vincent de Paul Society
Emergency Contact No.  07717186985 or 07921876225.

Parish Office:
Tel - 028 92 617435
Email - 
Open every Wednesday morning.
Send your notices for the bulletin by email or a hand written notice may be placed by Tuesday night in the post box at the Parochial Hall.  All notices must be signed and have a contact number attached.

Facebook - The Parish of Magheralin.
Please click on, type or copy & paste the links into your browser bar.

Safeguarding Children
Patricia Carville, Child Protection Officer
Tel:  07789 917741

Chris Greene - Organist and Choir Master.  Available for weddings and funerals:  07856361755

Prayers & Reflections.

Love & Justice.
"Hold fast to love & justice".
Hosea 12:6

Be Not Afraid.
Let His power of truth and love enlighten every aspect of your existence.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Make Every Day Count.
Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Beatitudes of Life.
Blessed are the faithful: they are safe anchors in a world of broken moorings.
Blessed are the just: they are to society what leaven is to bread.
Blessed are the generous: they keep alive our faith in the essential goodness of people.
Blessed are the caring: they shine like beacons in a world darkened by indifference.
Blessed are the genuine: they glow like gems in a world of falseness.
Blessed are those who are not afraid of sacrifice: on the day of the harvest they will sing with joy.
And blessed are those who refuse to look back: they will be found worthy of the Kingdom of God.

Into your Hands.
Dearest Jesus, I give myself to you today knowing that your will is my happiness and that you can bring this about in ways that I may not be able to understand. Help me this day not to be burdened with the problems I have but to place them in your hands and be free.


There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.
So today is the right day to love, believe, do and most importantly live.

Prayer of Petition.
I asked for help that I might do great things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myselfmy unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Life is like the ocean, it can be calm and still or rough and rigid, but in the end it is always - beautiful.

Saint Augustine.
God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves.


In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success but rather on how much we have loved.
(St. John of the Cross)

Nothing is more powerful than prayer, indeed nothing is comparable to it.

(St. John of the Cross)

Jesus I thank you for the gift of my life and for every moment I live. I thank you for my parents, my family, my relatives and my friends.

Good and gracious God, I know you have blessed me beyond measure through all my days. Give me confidence in your care as I strive to fulfil the obligations I face today, those I can now anticipate and those that will come unexpectedly. May I recognize your presence in the people I meet and the opportunities I face.

Reflection - Remembering.
Jesus said to his apostles: "Do this in memory of me". We all love to be remembered. This was true of Jesus. But if we want to be remembered we have a duty also to remember. Memory is a powerful thing. Wrongly used it brings death; rightly used it brings life and is a form of immortality. It keeps the past alive. those we remember never die; they continue to walk and talk with us.Lord, when we celebrate the eucharist we are remembering you. May that remembering bring us life here and hereafter.

Prayer for Healing.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to bring your healing touch to those whom we know to be sick, afraid or worried. Bring them your peace and healing.

Praying for the Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit.
Come with strength for the weak, courage for the faithful, light for those in darkness, comfort for the sorrowful, healing for the sick and injured, guidance for those who are lost, faith for those who are in doubt, hope for those who have no hope and love for those who have no love.
Come Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love and we shall renew the face of the earth.
Flor McCarthy SDB.

Take Heart (John 14:16).
In the stillness of our very being we are invited to discover that God has been there waiting for us all the while. In the quiet of that humble place listen for the word of God that is for you!
The meaning and purpose of life, and our very selves is revealed in a single, sacred hope filled word. That word is Christ who is "the way, the truth and the life".

Time Apart.
Lord in my busy days of noise and action, remind me of my need for time alone and for peace and quiet and silence within.
Be with me now Lord as I pause for a few moments in quietness.

A Morning Prayer.
Refreshed from the night's sleep, I am filled with gratitude as I arise this morning. I pray that I will be strengthened by your grace this day. In the quiet of this moment I ask your blessing throughout the day. Help me to be mindful of your presence and of the needs of those I encounter. Open my heart in generosity, confident that you will give me what I need from moment to moment.

Make every day count.
Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can.
You may never be able to experience it again.

O Lord, Hear My Prayer
When I call, answer me O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.
(Dorothy Day)

A Blessing.
May you have:
Enough success to keep you eager;
Enough failure to keep you humble;
Enough joy to share with others;
Enough trials to keep you strong;
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough faith to banish depression;
Enough friends to give you comfort;
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

Shine a light.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Nelson Mandela

Someone Who Cares.
Lord, make my heart a haven where the lonely may find friendship, where the weary may find shelter, where the helpless may find refuge, where the hopeless may find hope and where all those who seek someone who cares may enter and find you.

When the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, may God in his mercy give us a holy rest and peace at last.
In the twilight of life God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.

When you seek me.
When you seek me with all your heart you will find me and I will come to you.

Into Your Hands
Dearest Jesus, I give myself to you today knowing that your will is my happiness and you can bring this about in ways that I may be unable to understand. Help me this day not to be burdened with the problems I have but to place them in your hands and be free.

Five Fingered Prayer (from "Pope Francis Selected Prayers")
This method of prayer, championed by Pope Francis, has been widely adopted in classrooms & parishes across the globe and has resonated particularly with children & young people.
The Thumb.
The closest finger to you reminds you to pray for those who are closest to us such as our family and friends.
The Index Finger.
The pointing finger reminds you to pray for wisdom and support for those who teach us and show us the way.
The Middle Finger.
The tallest finger reminds you to pray for guidance for our leaders and those in positions of authority.
The Ring Finger.
Your weakest finger reminds you to pray for the weakest in society, like those who are sick, poor or having problems.
The Little Finger.
The smallest finger reminds you to pray for yourself. When you have prayed for the other four groups you will be able to see your own needs but from the proper perspective. 

Prayer for the Family.
Father in heaven you called Saint Zelie and Louis Martin to holiness through their married life. You gave them as mother and father of St. Therese of Lisieux. Through their intercession we ask you to bless married couples, our children and grandchildren. Guide us as citizens to make the kind of decisions that will support family life.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Thoughts from Pope Francis)
1. No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. May we never loose heart because of our limitations or ever stop seeking that fulness of love and communion which God holds out before us.
Amoris Laetita 2016 
2. The church is a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol or about the levels of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds.
Audience 2013
3. The family is the primary setting for socialisation, since it is where we first learn to relate to other, to listen and to share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and to live as one. The task of education is to make us sense that the world and society are also our home: it trains us how to live together in this greater home. In the family we learn closeness, care and respect for others. We break out of our fatal self-absorption and come to realise that we are living with and alongside others who are worthy of our concern, our kindness and our affection.
Amoris Laetitia 2016
4.All family life is a 'shepherding' in mercy. Each of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others: with Paul we can say: "you are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts. Not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God" (2 Cor 3:2-3).
Amoris Laetitia 2016

Prayer to the Holy Family.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust.
Holy family of Nazareth grant that our families may be places of communion and prayer; authentic schools of the gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth make us more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph graciously hear our prayer.
Amoris Laetitia 2016.

Thoughts for everyday.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. (Elanor Roosevelt).
Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. (Saint Anthony of Padua)
May we learn to say thank you to God and to one another. We teach children to do it and then we forget to do it ourselves. (Pope Francis)

Each of us is capable of doing some healing because we have eyes that can see, ears that can hear, tongues that can speak, hands that can touch and above all a heart that can love.Lord make us instruments of your healing power.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
And where there is sadness, joy.


We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.
(Dorothy Day)