Fr Frank McManus PP Tel: 028 686 31315
Parish Office Tel: 028 686 29062​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL: Helpline no 07864726536​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Sunday 3rd March 2024
3rd Sunday of Lent
If you are remaining at home you can join in at the times outlined below on Livestream or listen on Parish Radio CB Channel 37 if you are local. 
CHANGES IN MASS SCHEDULE: 
Because Fr McManus and Fr Flynn have to be available for weekend masses in the Parish of Inish Muire Samh (Belleek, Garrison) we are reverting again to the summer schedule of masses in Lettercran and Montiagh. This means that there will be masses in Lettercran on 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month and in Montiagh on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. 
There will a mass in Montiagh on Easter Sunday. 
 
 
 LENT A TIME FOR FASTING & ABSTINENCE, PRAYER & CHARITY
FASTING & ABSTINANCE: Lent has been for hundreds of years a season of self-denial. Its inspiration comes from Jesus’s forty day fast in the wilderness in preparation for his public ministry. It is also strongly influenced by the Church’s tradition of the Catechumenate’s final preparation for baptism at Easter. This was an intensive period, of around forty days of fasting and prayer. The challenge of Lent is still with us and can be a great opportunity for us to restore some balance to our lives especially in prayer and in generosity. 

PRAYER: A time for renewing both personal and community prayer. Please join us for our parish masses, prayer services or devotions.
 
CHARITY: TROCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN: Boxes are available at all exits in our Parish Churches. Please take one and contribute to Trocaire Development and relief work in the poorest countries in the world.

PRAYER & MEDITATION ONLINE
Lent can be a time of exploring old and new ways of enriching your prayer and helping to develop a firm and healthy relationship with Christ. There are quite a number of Catholic and Christian Websites and Apps online to help us pray. Here are a number of suggestions. 
DEVOTIONS: E.g. Rosary, Devine Mercy- just simply google these. 
OFFICIAL CHURCH PRAYER: Google Universalis and this will provide you the Official Prayer of the Church. This includes the Mass, Readings of the Mass, The Divine Office Hours and other ways of Prayer and Meditation.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: E.g. Lectio Divina, Sacred Space- There are many websites and apps offering guided prayer & meditation.  

SERVICE OF THE WORD AND COMMUNION : Every Thursday 7.30pm Adoration will finish at 7.15pm; ​ this is for the period of Lent. 

PARISH MISSION: Conducted by Redemptorist Fathers- Please keep free 27th April- Tuesday 30th April. 
Meeting on Tuesday @ 8.00pm in Parish Centre. 

FUNERAL MINISTERS: Meeting on Monday @ 8.15pm in the Parish Centre

TROCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN: Boxes are available at all exits in our Parish Churches. Please take one and contribute to Trocaire Development and relief work in the poorest countries in the world.

DEVOTIONS: ROSARY AND DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: Each evening in St Joseph’s Church, Ederney: Sunday – Friday at 6.30pm and on Saturday at 5pm. Everyone welcome.
Legion of Mary Meeting every Monday at 8pm;  new members welcome. 


HOSPITAL VISITS: If a parishioner is in hospital and would like a visit from Fr McManus, please either contact him directly yourself or have a family member or a friend contact him. Because of their interpretation of data protection laws, the hospital will only provide Chaplains’ lists of patients to the designated hospital chaplains, and this means that it is now quite difficult for a local parish priest or curate to know if any of their parishioners are in hospital. Very often patients find that a visit from their local pastor is very beneficial. The same also applies to people in care homes, let Fr McManus know and he will try to visit them as soon as possible

PERMANENT DIACONATE: The Diocese of Clogher invites Expressions of Interest from men who feel called to the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese. All relevant information can be found on the Diocesan website www.clogherdiocese.ie/diaconate/ and the Diocesan Facebook page. The closing date for expressions of interest is 30th April 2024. Those interested should speak firstly to their Parish Priest before a referral is made to the Director of Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese

CAELIACS WELCOME: Culmaine Parish has Gluten Free Hosts, anyone requiring these please let Fr McManus or the sacristans know before mass.  

CULMAINE PARISH 2024 CALENDARS: Available in both Churches.

SAINT JOHN PAUL II AWARDS 2023-4:  Five Year 13 Students have volunteered to take part in the Award this year. They are Ellie Maguire, Ellie McKervey, Grace Harron Lauren Hamilton & Cara Eves. We wish them well. Ann McFarland and Bronagh McFarland have volunteered to facilitate these awards. The Awards activities will begin in January and there is space for more young people to volunteer. The awards are important because they encourage young people to develop their faith, their participation and service in our local parish community. Also achieving an award is a very good boost to a person’s CV when applying for employment in the future. If any other young person is interested, please contact Fr McManus, Ann or Bronagh.  

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: 14th - 21st August, Belfast to Mostar. £715 per person sharing. Early booking discount of £40 if £200 deposit is paid before 2nd February, giving a reduced fare of £675. Contact John Calgie 028 686 31177 / 07736336262. 

National Board Safeguarding Review: The Irish Bishops’ Conference, along with the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland, have commissioned consultants, RSM Ireland, to undertake a review of child safeguarding in the Catholic Church. One part of this review is to engage with survivors and victims of abuse, to seek their views on Church Safeguarding processes. Specifically, RSM would like to hear from survivors who have disclosed abuse within the last twenty years, to see what needs to be improved. For more information please contact: survivor.consultation@rsmireland.ie


CALLING PIONEERS AND FRIENDS  to the 25th Pioneer National Ball. An evening of celebration and fun on Saturday April 6th, 2024.  Mass at 6pm in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, followed by special guest speaker, dinner, music and dancing at the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar.  Extra activities on Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  For details/ tickets contact Dermot Fagan 085-7201646 or Daisy Carey 087-6544626"
 
 
 
BUTTON BATTERIES are particularly big, powerful lithium coin cell batteries, can badly hurt or kill a small child within 12 hours.  Know where yours are, so you can keep your children safe.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: Drumragh Parish Lenten Programme: Thursday 14th March in conjunction with 7.30pm Mass in Christ The King Strathroy ; speaker is Fr Eugene Barrett , Receiving Gods Gifts. 
NEW READERS AND COLLECTORS needed for Masses in Montiagh & Ederney. If you are willing to volunteer, please give your name to Mena Hegarty or John Calgie.

CALLING ALL 18 to 30 YEAR OLDS! Do you want to explore your faith with other like-minded young people in a beautiful and reflective location? Join us for a Retreat for Young Adults at Lough Derg, Pettigo County Donegal on Saturday 27th April 2024 from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments and Lunch provided. This Retreat is organised by The Knights of St Columbanus Omagh and is free of charge. To Register please visit tiny.cc/loughderg or email info@knightsofstcolumbanusomagh.co.uk

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES April – Oct 2024: 7 nights apartment B&B from €273 per person sharing. Airport transfer available on request. Contact us for details and book the dates that suit you. Tel: 01 4434510 or website www.med-irishcentre.com

BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS : A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis will be welcomed to the diocese with Mass celebrated by Bishop Duffy at 3pm on Sunday, 3rd March in St Macartan’s Cathedral. The relic will move to St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen on Monday 4th March. Further details and times of liturgies and devotions for the visit are available at www.clogherdiocese.ie/carloacutis. All are welcome.   

QUIZ NIGHTS: in aid of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust at The Perfect Pint Fivemiletown, starts 8pm and finishes at 10.30pm; Thursday 21st March, Max 6 persons per team; min £3.00 per entry and a free bottle of wine for the winning team!

THE 3As CHARITY CHICK APPEAL: It’s that time of year again when we are looking for kind volunteers to knit Easter Chicks to help raise funds to continue our main priority of paying school fees for poor children in Kyoso, Kenya. The knitting pattern for the chicks can be found at https://aaafrica.org/the-3as-charity-easter-chick-appeal/ or contact Sally on 07521993166 or landline 02868621185 if you need a paper copy.

THE NOVENA OF HOPE AT THE GRAAN is from Sat (6.30pm) 2nd March to Monday 11th March. 
Sunday services are 9am, 10:30am, 12 noon and 4:00p.m. 
Weekdays 12:30pm and 7.30pm except Wednesday 6th March, Mass @ 11am & 7.30pm. 
Wednesday 6th March Service for the Sick @ 2.30pm.  Saturday 9th March Mass @ 11am and 6.30pm. 
Saturday 9th Service for the Sick @ 2.30pm. 
Sunday 10th March Masses are 9am, 10.30am, 12noon & 4pm. 
Monday 11th March (final day) services are at 12.30pm and 7.30pm. 
The Graan phone: 028 66 322272. All are welcome.


YEAR OF VOCATION TO DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD: Prayer Cards are available in both churches. Please take one and continue to pray for vocations. 

SOCIAL DANCING 10th March @ Termon Complex Pettigo doors open at 5:30. Dancing starts @ 6pm- all are welcome.  
 
ASK YOUR MP to support the abortion time limit reduction amendment
Support an amendment to reduce our abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 22 weeks. Research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 or 23 weeks can now survive outside the womb, leaving a contradiction in our abortion law. Take action: Collect a postcard today from the back of the church and post it to your MP urgently in support of this amendment

EDERNEY GAA 
Fermanagh Ladies v Derry at 2pm in Donagh; 
Lotto jackpot £10,000; 
Learn Irish words phrases at a fun workshop for all the family on Saturday 16th from 10am-12 noon in the club rooms. Text Maria 07821084173 to  book.  

NEW EDERNEY COMMUNITY HALL: There are plans to build a new Community Hall for all in the Community. This probably is the biggest project here in the local community since the building of St Joseph’s Church in the 1950’s and we wish all involved well in this enterprise. The Fundraising Campaign is up and running, if you wish to support, or learn more please visit https//ederneycommunityhall.com   

FAMILY CARE ADOPTION SERVICES  is an Adoption Agency, and a core part of our work is to place children with new adoptive families. We provide adoption services throughout all Northern Ireland and work with Health and Social Care Trusts to place single children and sibling groups for adoption. These children are aged from babyhood to approximately 5 years old. There are currently more children waiting to be adopted in Northern Ireland than families approved to adopt and there is an urgent need for new families to come forward. All sorts of people from all walks of life can be considered for adoption. So, wherever you live in Northern Ireland if you think you could offer a child/ren a new life in a family of their own and would like an informal chat to discuss this and to find out more about adoption, email@familycareadoption.org ; 02890691133 . ​​​​​​​ 
 

PARISH COLLECTIONS: 
Sunday 25th February: 
Weekly £1271; 
Shrines £177; 
Development £705.  
FEBRUARY TOTALS: 
Monthly £1525; 
Shrines £393; 
Weekly £3968.
Development £705. 
BACS: Weekly £530; Monthly £10; Development £5.
   
Thank you for all your contributions. 
DONATING TO PARISH AND CHURCH FUNDS: 
Envelopes and contributions can also be made through the letterbox of the Parish Centre. This is quite safe because the Parish Centre has both an alarm that is always active when there is no-one in the building and CCTV cameras covering all approaches to the Centre, especially the front door. The basket attached inside of the letterbox is regularly checked and all donations are moved to the safe where they are kept until they are counted and banked. Please do not leave any contributions in the Church outside of mass times or in the Priest’s House
We ask people to use the different colours of the envelopes as much as possible as these are for different funds. Putting all the money into one envelope means that money has to be allocated only to the fund indicated on the envelope.  If anyone has not got a box of envelopes or is new to the parish, please contact Fr McManus. All sterling cheques must be made payable to either Culmaine Parish Church Covenant Account or Culmaine Parish Church Development Account. If you wish to donate to a specific fund such as Trocaire please write the name of the fund on the back of the cheque. Please make Euro cheques payable to Culmaine Parish Account.
PARISH ENVELOPES: 
The Parish Envelopes for 2023-24 have been delivered. We thank who throughout the last year contributed to the Parish. Also, thanks to those who helped update the parish lists and prepared the new boxes of envelopes for delivery. Every Catholic household that we know of will receive a box of envelopes. We could save quite an amount of money by reducing the number of boxes, but it is still important to let everyone know that whatever contribution they can make to the parish is welcome. Included with each box of envelopes is a standing order form. A growing number of people are now using the standing order option and parishioners are welcome to use that option. Also included is a gift aid form. If you are paying tax and not already signed up for Gift Aid, please consider doing so. By doing so the parish can claim from HRMC 20% of your contribution and this can help parish finances greatly.  If anyone doesn’t receive a box and would like to do so, please contact  Fr McManus. ​​​​​​​
A standing order form can be downloaded below;
 
GIFT AID: We strongly urge people to use the parish envelopes/standing orders and sign up for Gift Aid. In doing so you will be increasing your contribution by 20% without any extra cost or inconvenience to yourself, or your family or your business. This would be of immense benefit to the parish.
We have submitted our Gift aid claim which is a total of £12,907.64. 
Thank you for your support.  
You may have heard of Gift Aid before but not really understood what it is or how it could benefit you or your Parish.  Simply put, Gift Aid is a form of tax relief that allows our parish to receive up to 25% more income than a donation made by you.  Once a donation has been made, we can then claim back the basic rate of tax from it from  the government.  The charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given them.  Donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give to our parish.  It will not cost you any extra. 
If you have not submitted a Gift Aid Form to the Parish and would like to do so, forms are available at on the tables near the doors of the Church. PLEASE TAKE ONE and leave it through the Letter Box of the Parish Office. If you are already on Gift Aid, there is no need to reapply.  
You can also download and complete a Gift Aid Form below. If you prefer, you can email your completed form to culmaine@clogherparishes.ie
Please be assured that there is absolutely no danger regarding confidentiality in regard to your financial and tax affairs. Our parish benefits greatly from gift aid and we are very grateful to all who have submitted a form so far.
GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS are now available from Fermanagh & Omagh District Council. Contact Maria on 07821084173 for guidance.  


CLOGHER DON OIGE  is currently accepting Expressions of Interest from Young People (16-18 years) who would like to travel to Lourdes as part of the diocesan pilgrimage, 5th-10th July. More details and online form available at www.clogherdonoige.org/lourdes2024


OMAGH CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP invite you to Life In The Spirit Seminars 2024 Thursdays in conjunction with 7.30pm Mass in Christ The King Church Strathroy from 15th February until 21st March.  

DROMANTINE SUMMER CAMP 2024:Registration for Camp 2024 goes live on Friday 1st March for players (11-16) and the leadership team (17+). For more information about camp and how to register please visit our website: www.dromantinesummercamp.co.uk.


YEAR OF VOCATION TO DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD: Prayer Cards are available in both churches. Please take one and continue to pray for vocations. 

ACCORD (NI) - Let us help you support your Marriage & Relationship: If you feel your marriage or relationship is in crisis or need a little guidance and feel that you both could benefit from Marriage & Relationship Counselling, either face to face or online, contact your local Centre. Every year we help thousands of couples rebuild and sustain healthy relationships. Call us on 02890 233002 for all N. Ireland centers: N. Ireland Regional Office, Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Derry, Enniskillen, Maghera, Newry & Omagh Email: info@accordni.com Web: www.accordni.com


BE ALERT: There continues to be fraudulent scams and alerts via telephone calls, emails etc. Please continue to be aware and cautious of any unexpected activity or communication to you and to your vulnerable family members.
 

HSE Upcoming Training Workshops: You can now view all of our training workshops as well as access to our FREE 90-minute online Suicide Prevention Programme – START on our Bookwhen page. To access, copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://bookwhen.com/suicidepreventiontrainingcho1
 
CAPPAGH PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY: From the  2nd - 9th  September 2024; Price £1,135 pps. We will visit the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, St Francis of Assisi & Saint Clare, St Padre Pio & Luisa Piccarreta. Accompanied by Spiritual Director. For information contact group leaders, Marie 07799112224; Clare 07778025587
THE FERMANAGH AND OMAGH DISTRICT COUNCIL AND FRCI TEAM  are currently delivering a free programme of support called REAP, which supports economically inactive (those not in paid work) with short courses, qualifications, mentoring, coaching, health and well-being, support with CV’s, application forms and interviews, work experience, etc.  For more information, Tel: Omagh 028 8224 6535 or Enniskillen 028 6632 6478.   Email: reap@fermanaghomagh.com or Facebook REAP Employability Programme  

SPECIAL/MONAGHAN/FERMANAGH Pilgrimage to Fatima last remaining places only 5 places left Ex Dublin for Feast Day of Saint Anthony 9th-14th June 2024 visit Saint Anthony's Baptismal Font in Lisbon and house where he was born contact James Treacy 061921470 or 00353 61921470

NATIONAL BOARD SAFEGUARDING REVIEW: The Irish Bishops’ Conference, along with the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland, have commissioned consultants, RSM Ireland, to undertake a review of child safeguarding in the Catholic Church. One part of this review is to engage with survivors and victims of abuse, to seek their views on Church Safeguarding processes.  Specifically, RSM would like to hear from survivors who have disclosed abuse within the last twenty years, to see what needs to be improved. For more information, please google survivor.consultation@rsmireland.ie

 
LIVESTREAMING OF MASSES: any issues please contact Fr McManus or Paul Mongan.

Enniskillen Parish Lending Library: Enniskillen Parish are pleased to announce their Parish Library is now up and running.  So far, parishioners and visitors have been delighted to see such a wide variety of books available to borrow or to read in the Library along with a welcome cup of tea or coffee.  
This resource is open to all Parishes in the area.  The Lending Library is located above the Parish Shop in Hall’s Lane, Enniskillen and is open Mon - Sat 10.30am — 1.30pm. There are also copies of books available for borrowing at the back of St. Michael’s Church.  Everyone is welcome!
HSC NI ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE are the largest recruitment service for adopters and foster carers across NI.  Call 0800 0720 137 for further information

ACCORD: If you feel your relationship is in crisis or need a little guidance and feel that you and your partner could benefit from Counselling either face to face or online call us on 02890233002

THE 2024 PIONEER CALENDAR is available from Pioneer centres and from Central Office (01 805 4226). The calendar is designed to offer spiritual support and encouragement to families which are being impacted by alcohol and addiction. The calendar is priced at €5. www.pioneerassociation.org/calendar.



INFORMATION AND SUPPORT FOR BIRTH MOTHERS- whose babies were placed for adoption may be found at www.birthinfo.ie or by calling the relevant section of TUSLA at +353 818 445 500 
 DIOCESE JUSTICE, PEACE, AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION GROUP: New Members Wanted - An appeal to parishioners in the Diocese of Clogher. If you are interested, please call 077 54494425 (Fr Joe) or contact your Parish Priest.​​​​​​​
CONNECT FERMANAGH: Don’t feel alone we are here to talk. Phone Connect Fermanagh and we can provide a friendly chat & information /help to link you to the right support & services in your area. We also welcome volunteers from all backgrounds.  Calls can be made from the comfort of your own home. Please call 02866320230; info@connectfermnagh.org; www. Connectfermanagh.org


MURPHY’S ON MAIN STREET has a new social group called PLOUGH ON: This is  aimed at older men in our community who were involved in farming but may now be disengaged from the normality of farming life. Plough On aims to tackle rural isolation and increase social opportunities by offering participants the chance to join our local group and connect on areas of shared interest such as farming, rural heritage, and history. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 028 6625 1412.1470 jamestreacyphotography@gmail.com
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT GROUP FOR 18-30 YEAR OLDS: AWARE OVERCOMING DEPRESSION. CHANGING LIVES. This group meets every other Thursday at 7pm, The Hub, 67D Market Street, Omagh.  For information or to register, please email sarah@awarew-ni.org The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.RESPECTFULLY YOURS: Addressing social isolation and supporting social connection in Ederney and the surrounding area.  Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon in Murphy’s on Main Street Community Hub, Ederney.  Activities will include Arts and crafts; Music and entertainment; Physical and emotional well-being advice; Trips to local areas of interest; and much more….Refreshments will be served and there is no charge. It’s not too late to join.

 

IRISH CATHOLIC: If you are buying the Irish Catholic or any other publication in the Church, please leave the money in the Candle Shrines in front of either St Joseph’s or Our Lady’s Altars. Please do not leave money on the tables. 

SINGING AT SUNDAY MASS IN ST JOSEPH'S has returned .Everyone is most welcome to join in with the singing either from their seat or by sitting with the core group if they wish. If anyone would like to be kept up to date with Hymn plans, sheet music or rehearsals for special ceremonies you can text Janette 07989323409 to join the WhatsApp group.
COMMUNITY HALL: 
Ederney Community Development Trust (ECDT) has launched its fundraising plan recently in St Joseph’s GAA Meeting Rooms. The plan is to provide an all-purpose modern Community Hall. This is a very ambitious project which will be of enormous benefit to all ages in our community for generations to come. 
The funding of this is planned in a three pronged strategy: 
1. Community Fundraising; 
2. Donations from grants from local Wind Farms; 
3. The establishing of a loan facility, plus interest to build over a ten year period. 
Information leaflets are available at all exits of the Churches. 
On behalf of all in the parish we wish them well with this project. 

NI ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE are the largest recruitment service for adopters and foster carers across NI.  Call us on 0800 0720 137 for further information.  

DIOCESE JUSTICE, PEACE, AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION GROUP: New Members Wanted - An appeal to parishioners in the Diocese of Clogher. If you are interested, please call 077 54494425 (Fr Joe) or contact your Parish Priest.

  
SAFEGUARDING
If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact 
Martha Smyth 0044 777 5507445, 
Brendan Kelly 00353 42 9741383, 
or Anne Molloy 0044 787941 3855 or 
An Garda Síochána 00353 1 66343
PSNI 028 90650222 
TUSLA 00353 47 30475 
Western Health and Social Care Trust 028 7131 4090.
​​​​​​​ 
COULD YOU FOSTER?  This autumn, help us spread the word about Fostering. We need more foster carers now, right across Northern Ireland. Help us get the message out by talking to your family, friends and work colleagues. There are various types of foster care available to suit different lifestyles and family commitments. T: 0800 0720 137 W: adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net
Alternatively, please follow us on Facebook (HSC NI Adoption & Foster Care | Facebook) or Twitter (HSC NI Adoption and Foster Care (@HSCAdopt_Foster) / Twitter), and share any content that you think may be relevant or suitable for your parish. Anything you can do to support our service would be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch if you require any further information.

WITH YOU’ has launched an OVER 50s ALCOHOL HELPLINE which provides advice and support to individuals aged over 50, concerned others and professionals who are worried about their own or someone else’s drinking. Furthermore, our over 50s Alcohol Helpline continues to offer an enhanced service for individuals who are considering makingchanges to their alcohol use. Our enhanced service provision offers callers up to 4 additional appointments during which Helpline alcohol advisors use evidenced based interventions to support callers to achieve their goals. This service is available 7 days a week. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday 12pm-8pm and 10am to 4pm atweekends. The freephone number to call is 0808 801 0750. To make an online booking for a phone call or video chat, over 50’s, concerned others and professionals can access appointments slots by visiting the With You website.


IRISH CATHOLIC: Weekly Paper. Available in both parish churches. Keep up to date with Church events in Ireland and across the world, plus reflections on living the Catholic Faith today. Price: £2.20 per copy.


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