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  


Monday 26th March Mass 8.10 a.m. St. Joseph's School
Mass followed by Confession 10.00 a.m. St. Patrick's
Mass followed by Confession 7.00 p.m. St. Patrick's
Tuesday 27th March Mass 8.10 a.m. St. Joseph's School
Mass 10.00 a.m. St. Patrick's
Mass followed by Confession 7.00 p.m. St. Brigid's
Wednesday 28th March Mass 8.10 a.m. St. Joseph's School
Mass 10.00 a.m. St. Patrick's
Mass followed by Confession 7.00 p.m. Sacred Heart


Holy Thursday 29th March

Mass of the Lord's Supper : St. Patrick's at 7.00 p.m.
Night Prayer : St. Patrick's at 9.00 a.m.

Good Friday 30th March

Celebration of the Lord's Passion : St. Patrick's at 3.00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross : St. Brigid's + Sacred Heart at 7.00 p.m.

Holy Saturday 31st March

Easter Vigil Mass : St. Patrick's at 9.00 p.m.

Easter Sunday 1st April

St. Patrick's 9.00 a.m. + 11.30 a.m.
St. Brigid's 10.00 a.m.
Sacred Heart 11.00 a.m.

Friday 23rd March : St. Turibius (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.

Saturday 24th March : St. Macartan

He belongs to a very early generation of saints in Ireland and is recognised as the first Bishop of Clogher. He is known as Patrick's "Strong Man" for his dedication and faithfulness.

Sunday 25th March : PALM SUNDAY

Holy Week begins on this day, which joins the foretelling of Christ's regal triumph and the proclamation of the Passion.
During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

Wednesday in Holy Week

Spy Wednesday we call it - for Judas has left his mark on our calendars. The pain of his betrayal is to be felt in the account of St. Matthew's Gospel, and thirty pieces of silver goes into language currency ever since. At the end of this Lent, which has seen us trying to purify ourselves of all that is not Christian, these thirty pieces of silver come before us as a warning.


The CHRISM MASS is the only Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday. At this Mass the Bishop consecrates the holy chrism and blesses the oils. Chrism is used to anoint the newly baptised, in confirmation, ordination of Bishops and in rites of anointing pertaining to the dedication of churches and altars. The oil of catechumens is used in the preparation of catechumens for their baptism. The oil of the sick is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity.

At this supper on the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus offered his body and blood to the Father under the appearances of bread and wine, gave them to the apostles to eat and drink, then enjoined the apostles and their successors in the priesthood to offer them in turn.
This Mass is, first of all, the memorial of the institution of the Eucharist - the Last Supper was the first Mass. It is also the memorial of the institution of the priesthood and also of the love by which the Lord loved us even to death.


Celebration of the Lord's Passion. On this day when "Christ our Passover was sacrificed", the Church meditates on the Passion of our Lord, venerates the Cross and intercedes for the salvation of the whole world. On this day, in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist; Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the celebration of the Lord's Passion alone.
Good Friday is a day of Fast & Abstinence.


On this day the Church is as it were at the Lord's tomb, meditating on his passion and death, awaiting His resurrection. The Church abstains strictly from the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass until the Easter Vigil that evening.
The Easter Vigil: This is the night when the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord and celebrates the sacraments of Christian Initiation. The full meaning of this Vigil is a waiting for the coming of the Lord. St. Augustine called it the "mother of all vigils". The Gospel of St. Luke (12:35) reminds the faithful to have their lamps burning ready, awaiting their master's return, so that when he arrives he will find them wide awake and will seat them at his table. There are 4 parts of the Vigil: Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism and Liturgy of the Eucharist.




Clonalig PS - Saturday 5th May 2018
St. Brigid's PS, Glassdrummond - Saturday 19th May 2018
St. Patrick's PS, Crossmgalen (Irish) - Saturday 19th May 2018
St. Patrick's PS, Crossmaglen (Eng.) - Saturday 26th May 2018
Shelagh PS - Sunday 27th May 2018


Crossmaglen : Sunday 6th May at 7.00 p.m.
Creggan : Friday 25th May at 7.30 p.m.
Glassdrummond : Sunday 27th May at 10.00 a.m.
Shelagh : Friday 8th June at 7.30 p.m.
Each one of us is a treasure whom God allows to grow in his or her own way.
Pope Francis, 21/03/2018


World Meeting of Families 2018 Prayer

God, our Father,
we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
one family, in the spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,
especially those for whom we now pray:
(we pause and remember family members and others by name).

Increase our faith,
strengthen our hope,
keep us safe in your love,
make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord.











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

in Exposition Oratory, St. Patrick's Church, 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