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 may 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  


LENT

Each year, God "gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed … as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ" (Preface of Lent 1)

The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ's passion, death and resurrection, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (cf. Rom 8:29) is a priceless gift of God's mercy.

Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! 
Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion.
Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption.
Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them.
In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ's victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.

Taken from Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019


FEASTS

Sunday 17th March : 2nd Sunday of Lent
St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick - Principal Patron of Ireland.

He was born very probably in the early years of the fifth century in Britain. He was taken captive at the age of sixteen and brought to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. He tended herds on Slemish Mountain for six years. He prayed many times each day, his faith growing stronger and his love and reverence for God increasing. He escaped back home at the age of twenty-two. It was obvious to him that God was calling him to return to convert the Irish. The voice of the Irish was calling him to come and walk among them once more. He studied probably in France, returned to Ireland as a bishop c. 457-61. His mission was not immediately greatly successful but eventually he would make a tremendous number of converts. Two writings survive: the Letter to Coraticus, a protest to the soldiers of a British prince who had killed some converts and sold others as slaves, and his Confession, written near the end of his life, showing him as one living by the faith he preached and allowing Christ to direct his whole life.


Monday 18th March : St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386)

Bishop of Jerusalem. He excelled as a catechist and administrator, and suffered exile in his fight against Arianism.


Tuesday 19th March : St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The virtues of St. Joseph have been the object of ecclesial reflection down through the centuries, especially the more recent centuries. Among those virtues the following stand out: faith, with which he fully accepted God's salvific plan; prompt and silent obedience to the will of God; love for and fulfilment of the law, true piety, fortitude in time of trial; chaste love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a dutiful exercise of his paternal authority, and fruitful reticence.


19th March is the anniversary of the inauguration in 2013 of the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was elected on 13/03/'13 - the 2nd day of the Conclave which was called due to the retirement on 28/02/2013 of Pope Benedict XVI


Thursday 21st March : St. Enda

His is considered to be one of the three great late vocations (athlaech) of Ireland. His sister, Faenche, a nun, set his thoughts on a religious vocation. He made a small foundation in Cell Aine, Co. Louth and, after studies in Scotland under Ninian, made several foundations in the Boyne valley. On Faenche's urging he went to Aran. He died probably in 520 and is considered as one of the early models of ascetic monasticism in Ireland.


Saturday 23rd March : St. Turibius of Mogorvejo (1538-1606)

He was a layman when he was appointed Archbishop of Lima, Peru by King Philip II. He combated all the abuses of the conquerors in Peru and built up the Church there.
(Mogrovejo - small village of the municipality of Camaleño on Cantabria, Spain)


The tongue has the power to destroy like an atomic bomb .....
Wars begin from the tongue.

Pope Francis, 04/03/2019


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Clonalig PS - Saturday 4th May 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

St. Patrick's PS (English) - Saturday 11th May 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

St. Brigid's PS - Saturday 18th May 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

St. Patrick's PS (Irish) -  Saturday 25th May 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

Crossmaglen : Sunday 5th May at 7.00 p.m.

Creggan : Friday 24th May at 7.00 p.m.

Glassdrummond : Saturday 25th May at 7.00 p.m.

Shelagh : Friday 28th June at 7.00 p.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