Welcome to the website of the Parish of Ballyclog and Donaghenry (Coalisland and Stewartstown) which hopes to give you a helping hand as you continue to be or start to become a member of our Parish community. As you browse these pages you will find information that will hopefully help you as you join us in prayer, arrange your marriage, your child’s baptism, struggle in the sadness of grief or just seek a way to play a small role in our Parish. The people of this Parish have long been known for their deep faith but also their warmth and friendliness and above all their readiness and willingness to improve the life of the local Church and the local community in those small ways that make a difference for others. I am proud to work with them and slowly help this Parish become an even more inclusive and vibrant one, filled with faith that is shown in prayer, worship, love and kindness. If the Parish can offer you any help please contact the parish office but for now, as you journey through this site, I pray in the words of St Paul “May the God who gives us peace make you completely His and keep your whole being – spirit, soul and body, free from all fault at the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ”.
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.
Saturday: 6.00 p.m. (Vigil for Sunday)
Sunday:- 9.30 a.m., 12 p.m.
Holydays:10.00 a.m., 7.30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday: 10 am.
Confessions: after 10am Mass on Saturday
Sunday: 10.30 a.m.
Holydays: 7.00 p.m. (Vigil), 10.30 a.m.
Weekdays: Monday: 7.00 p.m. (PERPETUAL NOVENA & MASS)
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 a.m.
Communion Services, Months Mind Masses and First Anniversary Masses arranged on request.