Weekly Newsletter 28 March 2021





Priest’s contacts:

Fr Maurice McMorrow P.P.028 66348250 /

Mobile 00353 87 2584813

Fr Benny Fitzpatrick C.C.049 9521221 /

Mobile 087 3899345

Pastoral Area – Priest in the Cluster:

Fr Gerry Alwill P.P. Derrylin, 028 67748315


28th March  2021

Palm Sunday

Retirement of Fr Benny Fitzpatrick and some Parish liturgy changes.

Fr Benny Fitzpatrick has made the decision to retire as Curate of Our Parish due do to ill health. He has served his parishioners and indeed the Diocese with great faith over the years and in particular the last 6 years in our parish. We thank him sincerely for his dedicated service and will continue to pray for him.

We are now able to resume public worship in the Churches in Northern Ireland with use of designated seating points. Families/households may sit together in their “bubbles” as before. As of yet we are unable to resume public worship in St Mary’s Church, Swanlinbar until the restrictions are eased in the Republic of Ireland.

At a recent Pastoral Council meeting I assured the group of my intentions to continue the current level of service with some liturgical alteration, given that I will now be alone. Following consultation with the Parish Council and taking account of the continuing regulations in place, the Easter Ceremonies will be primarily held in St Naile’s Chapel Kinawley as outlined below because of the availability of the Webcam (with the exception of the Stations of the Cross). Confessions in St Nailes Tuesday @ 7:00pm. (2 Priests) We however encourage people to attend the ceremonies in person if at all possible.      

With all the regulations in mind the following times will initially be introduced for the Weekend Masses commencing the weekend of 10th/11th April:. Weekday masses will then be announced going forward.

St Lasir’s Church, Wheathill: Saturday Evening Vigil at 6.00pm

St Mary’s Church, Swanlinbar (when permitted to reopen): Saturday Evening Vigil at 8.00pm

St Patrick’s Church, Killesher: Sunday Morning at 9.00am

St Naile’s Church, Kinawley: Sunday Morning at 10.30am

We are conscious of the large number of people who are joining our celebrations from their own homes via the Webcam and these changes should be ok for the time being. It is Important to emphasize that parishioners are welcome to any of the Masses in the Churches of the Parish.  We hope these arrangements are helpful and we look forward to times when we can worship together without the need for current restrictions.


St Naile’s Church, Kinawley

St Mary’s Church, Swanlinbar                                         

Sunday 28th 10am: Eugene & Theresa Maguire, Gorgesh & Palm Sunday                   Anita & Paul O’Brien, Ederney/Gorgesh.

                                                Anniversary Mass.

Monday 29th 8pm:                  Joseph Doogan & Deceased members                                                 of Doogan and McWeeney families.                                                     Anniversary Mass.

Tuesday 30th 9.30am:            As Requested

Holy Thursday 1st  8pm:      Mass of the Lord’s Supper.                                                               Anniversary Mass for Mary Kate and Joe                                                 Owens, Caldragh. Followed by Eucharist                                                 Adoration until 12 midnight

Friday 2nd 8pm:                      Good Friday. Celebration of the Lords                                                     Passion.

Saturday 3rd 8pm:                   Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Private                                                     Intention

Sunday 4th 10am:                   Easter Sunday Anniversary Mass for                                                 John Cathcart, Corrameen,                                                                   Anniversary Mass.

We pray for the eternal rest of: Mamie Reilly, Roscaw, whose funeral took place on Thursday 25th and for Patrick Gilbride (Paddy) Drumcullion whose funeral took place on Friday 26th.  May they rest in peace.


Sunday 28.03.2021 No public Masses in St Mary’s                                          Church per Diocesan guidelines






SCOIL MHUIRE NS, SWANLINBAR are now accepting Pupil Admission Applications for the new school term (2021/2022).  Application forms can be obtained by telephoning the school office at 0499521613 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applications must be returned to the school by 2nd April 2021. 


St Patrick’s Church, Killesher

St Lasir’s Church, Wheathill                                             

Wednesday 31st 9.30am:       As Requested

Good Friday 3pm                 Stations of the Cross

Good Friday 12:00 noon Stations of the Cross.

Parish Office Details: E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mass Bookings for Kinawley / Killesher / Wheathill & Swanlinbar - Tel: 028 66348250 on Wednesdays from 2.30pm - 5.30pm (Helen), Fr Maurice will take Mass bookings at all other times.



1. Kinawley GFC: Club Lotto Sunday 21/03/2021 Numbers drawn 1, 5, 7, 23 No Jackpot Winner. Lucky Dip winners: £20 –Cathal Maguire Old Coach Road  £20 – Kieran Kelly c/o Shauna Baxter  £20 – Cadhla & Tomas McGovern Caroo  £20 –Martha Curran, Moher This week's jackpot will be £6900 Thank you to everyone who purchased lotto tickets. Please continue to support our Lotto as it is the financial lifeline of our club.  Play online at www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Kinawley_GFC/lotto Cut off time for purchasing online tickets is 9pm on the Sunday of the draw. Lotto envelopes are available in Curry's Shop, McM Supplies, McCorry's & O'Reilly's Service Station Swanlinbar.   Cairde Brian Ború, next draw will take place Sunday 28th of March where the 5 lucky winners will win £100 each.  If anyone would like to sign up, please contact any committee member who will be happy to help.  

2021 Club membership! Club Membership for this year is now due and you can now pay for it online! you can complete 2021 membership through www.foireann.ie. Foireann allows you to register yourself or your family for club membership & ensure that you are fully registered and insured as a club player and member. Please remember if you use the walking track you must be a club member. Membership prices are the same as last year and full details on how to register are on the club facebook page.  Free Yoga Class! Kinawley GAA & Evelyn McManus are offering a 5 week free Yoga class starting Monday at 7pm. Yoga can provide both physical and mental benefits,  along with potentially enhancing sport performance and injury prevention. To register message Evelyn on 07511975247.Kinawley Senior Daffodil club are starting up online armchair exercises classes for seniors with Joanne Doonan! These take place on Monday's at 10 am on Zoom. Please contact Roisin on 07795571535 to register. Due to current public health and GAA regulations both our pitches remain closed. Our walking track remains open. We ask all users of the track to adhere to the signs to follow the one direction when walking/running.  Lidl are running a 'Level the playing field' initiative. If you spend £25 in Lidl, all you need to do is log your receipt number into the Lidl NI website before April 11th. If we get to 300 receipts logged, we are in with a chance of winning a new set of jerseys. Please spread the work so everyone in the community can contribute. 

2. Swanlinbar GAA Notes 22nd March 2021 Due to official government guidelines re Covid-19 we have had to cancel our drive-in Bingo and also our Blotto All will resume when we move to Level 3 Our Blotto will start at €12000.   You can now do your Blotto online at  Https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Swanlinbar St Marys/lotto Cut off time is 6pm on Monday for that week’s draw Bingo Total prize fund which can be won at the next Bingo is €9800. Snowball on game 5 on 45 calls or less for €6,500  Quickie game for the line €100 and for panel €250  On game 10 there is the usual €1000 to be won.   Scenic River Walkway Work is continuing on our Scenic River Walkway and this week we are getting the tarmac put down and then the bollard lights go in and then it will be finished. Gaa Insurance Following February’s Cavan County Board Gaa meeting it was advised that there is no insurance cover for any type of training on Gaa Grounds. We will update you when we know more. Summer Camp We hope to run our Summer Camp from 19th to 24th July 2021 Covid-19 restrictions permitting

3. 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 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 calling 0818 222 024.

4. RADIO MARIA IRELAND This an Irish run Talk-Radio Station, Prayer, Catechesis, Music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – Rosary @ 12:30, 5:30, 9pm Daily. Divine Mercy @ 3pm. Listen via TV on Saorview -Channel 210; Download our free App- “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie Tune in I promise you will not be disappointed.

5. St Vincent de Paul: Phone 077 32222137

6. North West STOP provides FREE Counselling in your area with No Waiting Lists. Please phone or text our Counselling Coordinator on 086 777 2009 to arrange to speak with a counsellor.


Do This in Memory Programme for the children of Scoil Mhuire NS, Swanlinbar, St Naile’s P.S. Kinawley and St Mary’s P.S. Killesher will take place on Sunday 28th at 10.00am via the webcam.


Church Rota for April for all Church Areas.

Kinawley: Cleaners: Cleo Baxter and Jean O’Reilly Counters: John Breen and Mairead McHugh Reader: Christopher McCaffrey Collectors: Seamus McCaffrey and Family.

Killesher: Reader: Oisin Maguire Collectors: Kevin Maguire Counters John Martin McGovern, & Sean Corrigan Cleaners: Geraldine Davis and Bernie Cheshire.

Wheathill: Reader: Michaela Maguire Collectors: Liam Fitzpatrick

Swanlinbar: Counters: Brian & Mary Bogue, Mairead McDermott, Martina McGoldrick, Betty McGoldrick



We are extremely grateful to all parishioners who have continued to contribute to the collections throughout the last challenging year. For anyone who wishes to bring their contributions up to date by cheques please make payable to the following:

Kinawley: St Naile’s Church, Killesher & Wheathill: Crossroads Church, Swanlinbar: St Mary’s Church

All Priests Dues: Priest’s Revenue Account

Please also note if you are paying a number of weeks contributions in Cash it is sufficient to put the total money in the envelope with the latest date, as due to Diocesan guidelines all contributions must be recorded in the week received. This will also assist our volunteer counters when they are counting the collections. For anyone who wishes to pay through their internet banking please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your Church area and we can provide the relevant bank account details.  Thank you for your continued generosity.