Categories: General
      Date: Sep  8, 2019
     Title: Weekly Church Newsletter
Parish of Drumlane , 8th Sept, 2019

Gerry Comiskey 049 9522140 / 086 8325432        Fr. John McTiernan, P.P 049 9522109
     Sr. Rita Duignan Pastoral Assistant: 049 95 22110     St. Vincent DePaul: 087 1604357   
Dr. Bourke: 95 22642      Dr. Fergus: 95 22317        Dr. Ahern: 4334544        Woodford GP Clinic: 087 0505953        Doc-on-Call: 1850 777911




Sunday   11.30am: Bridget Smith, 1st Anniversary;

                                Desmond Magee.

Thursday  9.30am: Private Intention.

Sunday   11.30am: All the People of the Parish.


1. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Thursdays 10am – 10pm.

2. SICK & HOUSEBOUND will be visited on Thursday in the Staghall

    area.  Please let me know if there is someone in your family circle

    that I should call with.

3. OFFERTORY COLLECTION:  28/08 = €1,180.50.


    08/09: Ann Fay, Jacinta Cassidy, Andrea Cosgrave.

    15/09: Mary Rapple, Gainne McDonald, Kevin Fay.


    08/9: Kyle Drumm, Fiachra Kiernan, Cormac Murray, Giles McConnell.

    15/9: Kyra, Ruby and Charlie Fay, Rosie Brady.

6. ALTAR SOCIETY-SEPTEMBER: Patricia Duffy, Sheila O’Reilly.


I WILL CELEBRATE A MONTH’S MEMOR MASS for Patrick Greenan, on Tuesday morning at 10am in Kilnavart Church.  We extend sympathy to all his family.  May he rest in peace.


PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sun, 22nd Sept. Coach leaves Belturbet - 8.30am, Ballyconnell -8.45. Booking at Fays at 0499522751


NOTICE TO BUILDING CONTRACTORS: Expressions of interest are welcomed from general building contractors in relation to refurbishment works to St Mary’s Church Staghall. Prequalification conditions will apply. Expressions of interest may be submitted to S. Cusack at Michael Fitzpatrick Architects, Main Street, Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan, or email to by 3pm Friday 13th September 2019


ROAD TO DRUMLANE CEMETERIES:  On Wednesday and Thursday of this week there will be road works taking place on the stretch from the Village to the Cemeteries.  There will be restricted access between 8am and 5pm both days.  Please avoid using the road if possible.  Thanks for your co-operation.



Sunday         10.00am: All the People of the Parish.

Wednesday    9.30am: Private Intention.

Friday             8.00pm: Rita McManus, Month’s Memory Mass.

Sunday         10.00am: All the People of the Parish.


1. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm.

2. SICK & HOUSEBOUND will be visited on Wednesday in the  

    Milltown area.  Please let me know if there is someone in your

    family circle that I should call with.


    08/09: Imelda Foster, Paula McDonagh.

    15/09: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Eileen McKiernan.

4. READERS: 8/9: Suzanne Gunn. 15/9:Oisin McAnenna/Danny McManus


    08/09: Eamon Fitzpatrick, Sean Flynn.

    15/09: Jim Joe Foster, Brian Lynch.


    08/9: Caolan & Caoimhe McAnenna, Holly & Brian Burns, Darragh Freehill.

    15/9: Kaelum & Jay Broxton, Caoimhe & Dearbhla Brady.

7. ALTAR SOCIET - SEPTEMBER:  Gemma Higgins, Annette

    McCaffrey, Eilish McMahon, Lily O’Connor.


BELTURBET, MILTOWN, DRUMLANE TEXT ALERT are now using Komeer as our new BeAlert service. Please download the Komeer App onto your phones, follow instructions, to receive Text Alerts. For help Tel 0861948298.



PILATES restarting on Thursday September 12th at 7pm.  All levels catered for - contact Bernie 087 4041897.

SNR. BADMINTON Monday nights at 9pm. New members welcome

BOWLS Thursdays at 8.15pm. New members welcome.


Follow Drumlane Club on Facebook/Twitter to keep up to date with club news and upcoming events. All items of club news/upcoming events/match reports/results/ etc, for insertion into club notes should be sent to or text to 0879179043 before 7pm Sunday.



Sunday 18th August was another very special day in Drumlane Parish, the culmination of a lot of thought, planning, organising and hard work.  On that day the community gathered in St. Patrick’s Church, Milltown, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Fr. Eamonn O’Reilly and the Golden Jubilee of Canon Michael Fitzpatrick.  The Church was spectacularly decorated with beautiful flowers, and rays of sunshine lit up the Sanctuary adding to the air of joy and celebration.  The families and friends of Fr. Michael and Fr. Eamonn joined the vibrant local community for the special Mass and afterwards for the Parish Social in the Community Centre.  The two jubilarians were joined by Bishop Leo O’Reilly, also marking his Golden Jubilee of Ordination this year – his own celebration was held in Cavan a few weeks earlier.  The chief celebrant at Mass was Fr. Michael, who has worked all during his priestly ministry in England in the Diocese of Clifton.  He now lives in Bristol.  Fr. Gerry Comiskey, P.P., and Canon P. J. Corrigan concelebrated the Mass with the three jubilarians.  Fr. Gerry gave a very inspiring homily, during which he mentioned the names of men from the parish, born from 1900 onwards, who joined the priesthood – the list is impressive!  The opening remarks in his homily were memorable:  Referring to the resplendent beauty of the Church that morning, he said ‘Beauty draws us in…’, but noted that it points not just to itself but to the presence of the Divine, so close and yet ever greater and beyond what we can imagine.  The theme ‘Pilgrims together on the Journey’ was like a thread running through the whole liturgy from opening song ‘Enter the Journey’ to the final blessing.  In the beautiful words of the Psalm (sung by members of the choir), we were reminded that ‘we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load’.  The prayers of the faithful, while praying specially for the jubilarians and that all of us might recognise and have the courage to follow our vocation, also recalled with gratitude and love those from our community and families who have come to the end of their pilgrimage here on earth.  The choir, who added greatly to the solemnity and joy of the day with their well-chosen prayerful music, brought the liturgy to a close with an energetic rendition of ‘Faith of our Fathers’, to the delight of the congregation.  At the end of Mass, the planning committee, led by Mary Lawlor, moved to the front of the Church for the presentation of the gifts.  Mary in her eloquent address to the congregation referred to the life and work of Fr. Eamonn who spent 47 years in South Africa and Fr. Michael, in the Diocese of Clifton in England.  The two priests were presented with beautiful symbolic gifts – an exquisite carving out of black polished oak and a piece of wood from St. Mogue’s Island in which two little bottles were inserted, one holding holy water, the other holding clay from the island, (believed to bring special protection to those who carry them).  The carving from bog oak was expertly done, showing, in one piece, a chalice and a book (representing the Bible) with the letters Alpha and Omega inscribe on it in gold.  It was carved by Michael Collum.  The pieces from St. Mogue’s Island was prepared by Tommy Dolan.  A tree planting in the Church grounds concluded the celebrations.  As the sun beamed down, Fr. Eamonn and Fr. Michael planted a maple tree, which hopefully will grow and flourish for many years to come, reminding us of the missionary men from Milltown.  More photographs were taken in the sunshine and then all proceeded to the community centre where there was time to meet and chat with friends, neighbours and relatives, while enjoying ice-cream and a feast of other delicious treats prepared by members of the community.  Irish music, played by the talented young people of Milltown, added to the lively and homely atmosphere.  The special Jubilee cake was on display.  The cake decoration was a replica of the bread and wine mosaic on the Altar of the Church, which was specially commissioned from Rome for the 150th Anniversary in 2018.  The reproduction of the mosaic on the cake was really quite remarkable.  Congratulations to the artist Katrina Murphy.  After cutting the cake and more photographs the celebration drew to a close.  We parted, energised by the momentous experience of this great occasion, carrying in our hearts deep gratitude and a sense of joy and pride in belonging to this special place which continues to embody the long and rich tradition of the Faith of our Fathers.