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  

Public Masses resume in our Parish – at reduced capacity


We are delighted to get to this stage and are grateful for the help and understanding of all.

Capacity in all our Churches is limited.

Stewards will be on duty at the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses – they are there to help us all.

As with our daily lives, Social Distancing and Hand Sanitising procedures are in place – we ask you to respect and adhere to these.

In all our Churches on Sundays, outside loudspeakers will be in operation for those who may be unable to get in to the Church due to the capacity limit. Eucharistic Ministers will be at the doors for those who are attending Mass outside and wish to receive Holy Communion.

Many are delighted, and understandably many also are nervous; to that end we remind you the Sunday Obligation remains suspended.

All Masses in St. Patrick’s Church are broadcast on the webcam and can be viewed at http://www.uppercreggan.co.uk/webcam.php


It is our intention to keep our Churches open for Private Prayer:


St. Patrick's, Crossmaglen : after Mass to 6 p.m. daily

St. Brigid's, Glassdrummond : 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday & Wednesday

Sacred Heart, Shelagh : 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday & Wednesday



Let us pray for one another


Let us care for one another


Church of St. Patrick, Crossmaglen

Church of St. Brigid, Glassdrummond

Church of the Sacred Heart, Shelagh

Saturday Vigil

6.30 p.m.

7.30 p.m.



12.00 noon

9.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.

Mon - Sat

10.00 a.m. *

* Weekday funeral Mass replaces at 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Masses in our Parish for this Feast are as follows:

St. Brigid's, Glassdrummond : 7.00 p.m. Vigil (Fri 14th)

Sacred Heart, Shelagh : 8.00 p.m. Vigil (Fri 14th)

St. Patrick's, Crossmaglen : 10.00 a.m. (Sat 15th)


Saturday 8th August : St. Dominic (1170-1221)

A Spaniard who founded the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Patron of astronomers.

Sunday 9th August : 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For Elijah, the Lord was not in the mighty wind but in the gentle breeze. Petr's faith fails in the face of the force of the wind on the sea. "Lord! Save me" is a prayer for all in times of fear and opposition.

See our page "Sunday Mass Readings"

Monday 10th August : St. Lawrence, Deacon and martyr

Seen as the cheerful giver since he was one of the seven deacons of the Roman Church in charge of the material needs of the faithful. Gifted with a sense of humour, he met his death cheerfully on a gridiron. From earliest times seen not only as a patron saint of the poor, but also of cooks.

Tuesday 11th August : St. Clare

Born at Assisi in 1193. She followed Saint Francis in his life of poverty and was founder and ruler of the Poor Clares. She led an austere life, abounding in works of piety and charity. She died in 1253. Patron of television.

Wednesday 12th August : St. Muiredach

He is regarded as the founder of the church at Killala. He may also be the founder and patron of the monastery of Inishmurray off the Sligo coast.

Thursday 13th August : St. Fachtna

(also called Fachanan) He was founder of the monastery of Ross Carbery (Ross Ailithir). He died around 600. His monastery became the principal monastery of west Cork and later had a famous scripture school.

Friday 14th August : St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941)

Born Raymond Kolbe. He became a Franciscan and took the name Maximilian Mary. He was filled with a very Polish devotion to the Virgin Mary. He contracted tuberculosis and though he recovered remained frail all his life. After the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 he was imprisoned and released for a time. He was arrested again in February 1941 and the following May sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. A prisoner escaped one day the following July. In reprisal for this escape, the deputy camp commander selected 10 men to be starved to death in an underground bunker. One man selected was Fransiszek Gajowniczek. In reaction, he cried out in despair lamenting the fact that he would never see his wife and children again. Fr. Kolbe stepped forward and said to the officer "I am a Polish Catholic priest. I am old, I want to take his place, because he has a wife and children". Gajowniczek was returned to the prisoners and Fr. Kolbe along with 9 other men was sent to the bunker. After two weeks of starvation 5 prisoners remained. The director of the camp infirmary was called and he gave each of them an intravenous injection of poison acid. Fr Kolbe died on 14th August - his remains were cremated the following day, feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was beatified in 1971 and canonised in 1982 by Pope St. John Paul II. Gajowniczek was present at the canonisation.

Saturday 15th August : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The assumption of Mary honours the fullness of blessedness that w her destiny, the glorification of her immaculate soul and virginal body that completely conformed her to the risen Christ. This is a celebration that offers to the Church and to all humanity an exemplar and a consoling message, teaching us the fulfilment of our highest hopes. Their own future glorification is happily in store for all those whom Christ has made his own brothers and sisters by taking on their flesh and blood.

Mary, mother of tenderness who is always near, teach us how to live and have faith.
Pope Francis, 15/08/2018

Let's look at the "saints next door" who, with simplicity, respond to evil with good, have the courage to love their enemies and to pray for them.

Pope Francis, 03/08/2020









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