The following will be remembered at this weekend’s Masses

Joe, Nora & Sr Pauline O’ Dwyer, Thurlesbeg; Lee Moloney, Newpark; Donal & Marie O’ Dwyer, Ballypadeen

(Next weekend: Pat Ryan, Ardmayle and Sarah Phelan, West Meadows; Jenny Hyde, Camas Pk; Willie & Joan Maxy, Ballinure; Philip & Mary Breen, Coleraine)

Thu 15 Oct is the memorial of St Teresa of Ávila (1515-82), virgin and Doctor of the Church. A great spiritual leader, St Teresa established Carmelite convents under a reformed rule. She is honoured as the patron of Spain, and of lacemakers and headache sufferers. 

Sat 17 Oct is the memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (d. 107AD), bishop and martyr. He promoted the Eucharist as the means of unity of Christians. 

Sunday 11.00 am Mass in Boherlahan:  A number of people have enquired about attending Mass in Boherlahan while remaining in their cars in Bianconi Park. Please feel very welcome to do so. Unfortunately we will not be able to distribute Holy Communion as previously due to the new restrictions.

Emergencies: during the Covid-19 restrictions, Fr Dunne remains on-call to respond to emergencies e.g. sacrament of the sick. Please telephone him at 083-4854776.

Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to either of the priests or at the usual email address: These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on during the pandemic restrictions. 

Irish Catholic. The Irish Catholic is changing its method of distribution. We need to have precise numbers of those who wish to receive the paper. Please contact the priests or sacristans about this as soon as possible.

Community Website: On a video of the launch of this year’s Boherlahan Dualla Historical Journal can be seen. Also, the Legion of Mary’s September Bulletin has an account of the life of Matt Talbot, after whom Talbot Park in Boherlahan village is named. Please send your notices, reports, photos and news to

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by phoning 0818 222 024. 

Mission Sunday: Next Sunday 18 October is Mission Sunday. The theme this year is:  ‘Together we can do more : Blessed are the peacemakers.’ Through World Mission Sunday and your generosity, Ireland helps to build other churches in poorer parts of the world and empower local people to form and sustain communities of faith. It also supports vulnerable children through educational, medical, welfare and formation programmes. In this pandemic year they need our help more than ever. You may hand in your Mission Sunday Collection envelope at any time.

Prayer in Times of Insecurity and Anxiety

Lord Jesus, 

In these insecure, anxious times, 

We are stretched in so many ways,

Spiritually, physically, financially.

People are no longer given their true dignity,

And so much that we treasure is gone.

It is hard at times to trust.

Help us to anchor ourselves in you,

Whose love for us is unchanging.

May your Spirit lead us in your way.

May your hope give us 

The peace of soul you promise. Amen. 

Prayer When Fear Overwhelms Us

Lord, I am filled with fear when I think of the future.

…Afraid of what the future might hold, 

I feel paralysed.
I surrender it all to you now.

I ask you to heal all that is wounded in me

And trust you to take care of all I worry about.

With you I will go forward

Serenely and joyfully

Into freedom. Amen. 

Scripture for Inspiration during the Pandemic: 

‘Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you’ – (Psalm 54(5):22)

‘Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.

I have called you by your name; 

You are mine’ – (Isaiah 43:1)

Act of Spiritual Communion 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. (St Alphonsus de Liguori)