Welcome to the website of Upper Creggan Parish – and thank you for finding us.  In this era of ever growing means of communication, our website aims to keep all members of our parish community, past and present; those here at home and those who have travelled to far-off shores; and our many friends, fully informed and up-dated on many aspects of parish life, ministries and services.  In particular, we hope it will enable the sick and housebound and our many young emigrés to stay in touch with parish life through the weekly news sheet and other regular information updates.

For quite some years now all liturgies at our three parish churches are broadcast on radio.  The website is an additional tool to help all whose lives are already busy to stay in touch with YOUR Parish. 

Enjoy your time looking around our website, especially our Photo Gallery and, if like what you see or find it useful, please come back again soon.

Until then, may God keep us all true to Him, as together we seek to make His Kingdom come.

   

Fr Dermot Maloney, PP  


FEASTS


Friday 16th August : St. Stephen of Hungary (975-1038)

First King of Hungary and its patron saint, worked for the conversion of his people to Christianity.


Saturday 17th August : Our Lady of Knock

The sotry of Knock began on 21st August 1879 when our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by Pope St. John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Francis in 2018.


Sunday 18th August : 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ promises his followers the same cross as he himself bore. They must meet rejection, ridicule, ostracism from family and society, and martyrdom. The saints who have gone before us encourage us to leave all for the Gospel's sake.

Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your son.
cf. Acts 16:14


Monday 19th August : St. John Eudes (1601-1680)

From Normandy, France, he spent a fruitful twenty years with the French Oratory, then left to found a congregation to improve the standards of the clergy through seminaries. He founded also the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge. He was a powerful preacher and among the first to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart.


Tuesday 20th August : St. Bernard (1090-1153)

He became a Cistercian monk at Citeaux in 1113 and was chosen abbot of Clairvaux in 1115. His writings reveal a solid grasp of biblical studies, spiritual theology and philosophy. Patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers.


Wednesday 21st August : St. Pius X (1835-1914)

Born Guiseppe Melchiorre Sarto in northern Italy in 1835. Cardinal Patriarch of Venice. He became Pope in 1903. Back then royalty and influential laity also has a say in the election of a Pope. Cardinal Rampolla received the most votes however the Archbishop of Krakow used the veto vote of Austria's Emperor which resulted in Cardinal Sarto being elected Pope. The year after his election Pope Pius X abolished that rule and since then only Cardinals vote on the election of a Pope. In hi s11 year pontificate, he carried out key reforms in the Church. He encouraged pastoral liturgy and sacramental practice, especially of frequent communion, to which he admitted young children reversing the then practice of someone receiving Confirmation before Communion. He developed a reputation as being very friendly with children. During papal audiences, he would gather children around him and talk to them about things that interested them. His weekly catechism lessons in the courtyard of San Damaso in the Vatican always included a special place for children. In the last months of his life, he witnessed the violence and destruction of World War I. Some say he died o grief - just three weeks after World War I started; he died on the night of 20th August 1914. Papal physicians had been in the habit of removing organs to aid the embalming process. Pius X expressly prohibited this, and none of his successors have allowed the practice to be reinstituted. He was the 257th Pope; beatified in 1951 and canonised in 1954 by Pope Pius XII. The only motto attributed to him is the one for which he is best remembered: instaurare omnia in Christo (to restore all things in Christ); these words were the last he spoke before he died.


Thursday 22nd August : The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

During the middle Ages Mary was venerated as queen of the angels and saints. Pope Pius XII prescribed the feast for the universal Church at the close of Marian Year of 1955. It is placed on this date to stress the connection of Mary's queenship with the Assumption.


Friday 23rd August : St. Eugene (Eoghan)

He lived in the sixth century and was said to have been taken by pirates to Britain. On obtaining his freedom he went to study at Candida Casa. Returning to Ireland he made a foundation at Kilnamanagh in the Wicklow hills, but his principal foundation was at Ardstraw (Ard Sratha), Co. Tyrone. (Candida Casa was the name given to the church established by St. Ninian in Whithorn, Galloway, southern Scotland, in the mid fifth century AD.)


Saturday 24th August : St. Bartholomew, Apostle

He preached the gospel in India. Patron saint of plasterers, tanners and leather workers.






Only when we experience God's forgiveness are we truly reborn. We start again from there, from forgiveness. It is there that we rediscover ourselves: in confessing our sins.


Pope Francis, 13/08/2019

 

  BEREAVEMENT

SUICIDE

DEPRESSION

DON'T DEAL WITH IT ALONE . . . .

SEE SECTION : "PERSONAL HELPLINES"

 

 

  WEEKLY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION


Wednesday only from 11.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.

in Parish Rooms, Crossmaglen.


Everyone welcome, not just rota members.

 

 

 

 Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

 

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all who love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

(St. Patrick's Breastplate) 

 The statue of St. Patrick (Patron of our Parish), erected March 2012, at the front of St. Patrick's, Crossmaglen