On Thursday 19th November the Stormont Executive announced a further lockdown to come into effect at midnight on Thursday 26th November for a two week period. This move includes the closing of all places of worship, and so the last Mass open to the public for the time being will be offered on that Thursday. Our Churches will open daily for private prayer. Funerals and weddings may continue, where possible, and with a maximum attendance of 25 people observing social distancing and following all government regulations and advice. Regular public worship cannot take place with a congregation. Our current schedule of Masses will continue as planned and will be live streamed via this website or on www.churchmedia.tv and all anniversaries and bookings will be offered as requested. Please do join us in praying for a swift ease in the worrying state of the world and while praying for each other lets all try to keep each other as safe as possible too.
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With every blessing,
Fr Eugene O’Neill, PP
Holy Family Church, Plater’s Hill, Coalisland
The main and largest church in the parish is also the newest. Holy Family Church was opened in 1980 to replace St. Mary & St Joseph’s, Brackaville Road which was too small to accommodate the growing population. Holy Family Church was designed by Rooney & McConville architects and built by O’Neill & Brady. The church is built of red brick made from clay quarried within the area. It was opened on Sunday 11th May 1980 by Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich.
St. Mary & St. Joseph’s, Brackaville.
During the 1850’s the catholic population of Coalisland was increasing whilst at the same time the population of Stewartstown was in decline. In 1853 Fr Peter Daly was appointed parish priest and set about building a new church at the graveyard in Coalisland. Due to lack of financial support in that period following The Famine and other reasons it took nearly a decade to finish the work. But by 1862 the church of St. Mary & St. Joseph’s was consecrated. It is believed that John O’Neill who was the architect for St. Mary’s church was also the architect on St. Mary & St. Joseph’s.
St. Mary’s Church, Stewartstown
The current church of St. Mary in Stewartstown was opened in 1845 but was not the first church on the site. In 1797 Fr. James Devlin of Clonoe built a thatched church on the site of an old quarry. That church was destroyed in 1829 but was repaired and then replaced by the present building.
CHURCH CLOSED FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 27th NOVEMBER
MASSES WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE VIA WEBCAM AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES AND WILL FULFIL THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION
CHURCH WILL OPEN DAILY AFTER MASS FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Saturday: 6.00 p.m. (Vigil for Sunday)
Sunday:- 9.30 a.m., 12 p.m.
Holydays: 7.30 p.m. (Vigil); 10.00am
Monday – Novena Mass: 7.30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am.
Confessions: On Request due to Distancing Regulations
CHURCH OPEN DAILY FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
CHURCH CLOSED FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP AS OF 27TH NOVEMBER, BUT WILL REMAIN OPEN DAILY FOR PRIVATE PRAYER.
MASSES WILL BE BROADCAST FROM HOLY FAMILY CHURCH DAILY AND CAN BE PARTICIPATED IN VIA WEBCAM AND WILL FULFIL THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION