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 and if you 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



Sunday 19th January : 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus is chosen by the Spirit to be Lamb and Servant; Paul is chosen to be an apostle. Each of us in Baptism is chosen. We are chosen to live a life of holiness, to share in God's life, a life for us of praise and worship, of witness and apostolicity.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
St. Paul to Corinthians 1:3


Monday 20th January : St. Fabian

Had been Pope for fourteen years when martyred under Decius in the year 250.
It is said that he was elected Pope when a dove descended on his head; being reminded of Our Lord's Baptism, the Council decided to elect him as Pope.
Starting close to his election, the suffering and persecuted Church began a time of peace; the emperor, Philip, was friendly to Christians. In this era of peace, Fabian was able to build up the structure of the Church of Rome. When Philip died, so died the time of peace. The new emperor, Decius, ordered all Christians to deny Christ. Fabian stood as a courageous example for everyone in his flock. He died a martyr in 250 and is buried in the cemetery of Calixtus that he helped rebuild and beautify. A stone slab with his name can still be found there.


Tuesday 21st January : St. Agnes

Wealthy and beautiful, was martyred for her virginity in the last persecutions in Rome, in the early fourth century. Patron of betrothed couples, gardeners and young girls.
On her feast day, it is customary for two lambs to be brought in to be blessed by the Pope. To symbolise St. Agnes's purity, the lambs are in baskets surrounded by flowers, one white and the other red - the colours represent virginity and martyrdom. On Holy Thursday the lambs' wool is removed and woven into the Pallium the pope gives to a newly consecrated Archbishop. A Pallium is a stole made of white wool with six embroidered black crosses. Bishops wear them on their shoulders as a symbol of the Good Shepherd. Once woven, the Palliums are kept in an urn until the Pope gives them to the Metropolitan Archbishops on June 29th, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.


Wednesday 22nd January : St. Vincent

Deacon of the church of Saragossa, Spain, martyred in 304 in Valencia after prolonged torture.


Friday 24th January : St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Bishop of Geneva, founder of the Visitation Sisters. He worked with gentleness and love to rebuild the Catholic faith after the Reformation. Patron saint of writers, editors and journalists.


Saturday 25th January : Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

St. Paul preached the power of God at work in the lives of each one of us. His own conversion shoes that power in his life. Out of a persecutor God made a preacher and teacher of the peoples. Paul never ceased to express thanks and wonder for this grace, but he still prayed for perseverance.



If we have no peace in our hearts,
how can we think there will be peace in the world?

Pope Francis, 09/01/2020


The Lord has so much compassion, He involves Himself in our problems. Let us often repeat this simple prayer:
"Lord, I am a sinner,
have mercy on me,
have compassion for me."

Pope Francis, 16/01/2020

CONFIRMATION

Saturday 22nd February 2020 at 11.00 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen

 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Clonalig PS - Saturday 25th April 2020 at 11.00 a.m.

St. Patrick's PS (Irish) - Saturday 2nd May 2020 at 11.00 a.m.

St. Patrick's PS (English) - Saturday 16th May 2020 at 11.00 a.m.

Shelagh PS - Sunday 24th May 2020 at 10.30 a.m.

St. Brigid's PS - Saturday 30th May 2020 at 11.00 a.m.

  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