Wed 15 July is the feast of St Bonaventure (1221-74), bishop and doctor of the Church.  

We remember in prayer

Mary McDonnell (née O’ Dwyer), Ballyroe and Sheffield, England (sister of Pascal and James O’ Dwyer); David Malkin, St Joseph’s Ave. Boherlahan & Colchester, England (brother-in-law of Patricia O’ Dwyer and Vera Moylan of our parish)


Sun 12 Jul 11.00am John & Mgt Hayes, and their son Johnny, Kilbreedy

Thu 16 Jul 9.00am Samuel Khonthiang, India


Sat 11 Jul 6.30pm Mary Woods, Ballytarsna

Sun 12 Jul 9.30am Paddy & Gertie Wardick, Gortmakellis

Fri 17 Jul 9.30am Jimmy & Lil Crosse, Erry

Sun 19 Jul 9.30am Mikie McGrath, Newpark, and dec. McGrath family, Dualla

Pray for: John Kelly, Ballina, Tipperary, and Florida, who died recently. 

HOLY COMMUNION MINISTERS   (On duty next week)

BOHERLAHAN: Mary Quinn & Pat Maher

DUALLA: Martina Ivors & Mona Heffernan

Readers and Holy Communion Ministers: We fully understand if some ministers or readers may be uneasy or uncomfortable in resuming this service. If for some reason you are unable to attend, that will be understood by all. The health and wellbeing of our people will always be our first priority.

Weekday Masses: until further notice Masses on weekdays will be celebrated as follows:

Boherlahan: Monday 7.30pm and Thursday 9.00am 

Dualla: Tuesday 9.30am and Friday 9.30am

Please note that the obligation on weekends has been suspended by the Bishops during the pandemic. You may choose to attend Mass, therefore, at the weekend or alternatively on any weekday. 

First Holy Communion Dates 2020: 

  • Dualla NS Sat 19 Sept 11.00am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Dualla
  • San Isadóir Boherlahan NS Sat 26 Sept 11.00am at Immaculate Conception Church, Boherlahan; 
  • Little Flower NS Ballytarsna Sat 3 Oct 11.00am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Dualla. 

Current government Covid-19 guidelines will have to be respected in these celebrations. 

Celebration of Baptism: Celebration of Baptism is allowed with limited numbers attending and physical distancing observed.

Returning to Weekend Masses

  1. Sincere thanks for your cooperation in respecting the protocols for health and safety at the Masses last weekend. 
  2. We were very pleased that people were availing of parking around both churches and we hope you were able to hear the Mass loud and clear.
  3. We invite those coming into the church to wear a mask.
  4. We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
  5. Please sanitize your hands entering and leaving the church and at all times respect physical distancing.
  6. The Collection Box is in the porch of the church if you wish to make a contribution.
  7. Holy Communion will be distributed inside and outside the church after Mass has finished. The priest and the Holy Communion ministers will wear a face shield when distributing Holy Communion.
  8. At the end of each Mass, we are hoping for volunteers to help in sanitizing the pews and seats. Some cloths and sanitizing liquid are available in the church. If people brought a wipe and sanitizer with them and looked after the pew they are using this would be very helpful. 
  9. In the porches of the churches there is a copy book where we invite you to sign your name. If there is more than one in the family attending, then the family name will suffice. This to help the authorities in tracing in the event of another outbreak of the virus.
  10. It lifted our spirits to see so many attending Mass last weekend. We thank you for your presence, your loyalty, your help and your generosity. You inspire us.

Church Regulations

  1. Dispensation from Sunday and Holyday obligation is extended for the time being.
  2. In arranging Anniversary Masses, Baptisms or Weddings it would be best to ring the priests or the sacristans.
  3. Baptisms and Weddings may be celebrated respecting physical distancing.                                                                                                                                                              

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in both churches has resumed at the usual times. In Boherlahan the Adoration will be in the main Church.

Mass livestream: Mass will be streamed live during the current crisis every Sunday at 11.00am and perhaps on other days too. To avail of this facility, go to

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.

Opening Hours of Churches: the churches of the parish are open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00pm. If you visit either of the churches in the parish, a number of protocols in the interest of safety are in place.  Please follow the instruction notices when you are inside the church.

Receiving Holy Communion: We will distribute Holy Communion after each Mass. We will conclude Mass, give the final blessing and those not receiving Communion may leave starting from the back of the church. Then those who are receiving may come forward in single file and keeping physical distance. Communion will be received in the hand. The celebrant and minister of the Eucharist will wear a face shield. They will then go out to those in the car parks. Please make yourself known to the approaching minister if you intend to receive at your car. 

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

VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD/RELIGIOUS LIFE: ‘You are in the spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.’ Is the Holy Spirit leading you or someone you know to serve Christ and His Church as a priest?  If you are discerning your vocation contact: Fr Joe Walsh 086-7714888 or your local priest. 

Covid-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. 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  0818-222-024.

Strengthen Hope in Us

We beg you, God of grace and eternal life, 

increase and strengthen hope in us.

Grant us this virtue of the strong,

this strength of the confident,

this courage of the unshakable.

Then we can boldly grasp, again and again, 

the challenges in our lives.

Then we will be filled with cheerful confidence

that we do not work in vain.

Then we can do our work and know that you 

– without us and where our strength may fail – 

still work your glory and our salvation,

according to your good purpose.

Strengthen in us your hope. Amen.

(Karl Rahner, SJ)