Fr Sean gets warm parish welcome

Last Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, Sean O’Donnell eldest son of Joe and Rosemary O’Donnell, Grove Cottages, Muff was ordained to the priesthood for the Derry diocese by the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Donal McKeown in St Eugene’s Cathedral.

Last Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, Sean O’Donnell eldest son of Joe and Rosemary O’Donnell, Grove Cottages, Muff was ordained to the priesthood for the Derry diocese by the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Donal McKeown in St Eugene’s Cathedral.

The church was packed to capacity with Sean’s family and friends and it was a poignant moment when the ordinand, the concelebrants, the deacons and the ordaining Bishop entered the church to the beautiful singing of the St. Eugene’s Cathedral Choir under

the direction of Sr.Perpetua McNulty. After the ordination invited guests were treated to a beautiful meal in St.Mary’s Secondary School, Derry where the principal Marie Lindsay’s organisation was second to none. Arriving back at the border a large crowd had assembled to greet Father Sean who with family and friends walked around the Grove that was beautifully decorated by Ellen

McReynolds as a fitting tribute to one of her neighbour’s son. The crowd accompanied by Muff Youth Accordion Band, under the direction of Bernard Breslin, Father John Farren PP, Father Morris, and several other priests then made their way to the Sacred Heart Church where a short service took place and where he was presented with a beautiful Chalice and Paton as a gift from the people of the parish.

Afterwards there was refreshments and entertainment in St. Mary’s Community Hall. Father Sean said his first Mass on Monday night in Muff and afterwards in St. Mary’s Hall he was presented with a cheque from the people of the parish. He said Mass in Iskaheen on

Tuesday night, Drung on Wednesday night last night in Thornhill as in Sean’s youth Culmore was part of the parish of Iskaheen. Go mbuanaí Dia i gcóta Chríost thú, a Athair Seán (May God preserve you in the garment of Christ Fr.Sean)

A Date for Your Diary! Sunday 12th July 2015, The first Muff Country Hoedown in the Marquee at the MUGA, Muff, Community Park with Chris Logue the Voice of Logue and Mc Cool, accompanied by Cathal McCann. Also featuring, Calamity Aggie, Damien Tracey (Gareth Brooks Tribute), Country Line Dancers, Hoedowners Country Band, Milkthistle With a host of supporting Acts, Prizes for best dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl.

Active Retirment Programme -Greenbank, Quigley’s Point, 25th June, 2-4pm Bowls; St,Mary’s Community Hall’s activities have now ended for the summer recess. Greenbank will continue on until 2nd July. .

George Faulkner Memorial Cycle, Sunday 28th June. leaving Callaghan’s bar at 10am. All proceeds going to The Irish Heart Foundation. Everyone welcome.

A night of Timeless Craic on Saturday 27th June in the Colgan Hall from 8.30pm-12 midnight as part of the Colgan Heritage Weekend. Ceili, Set & Old time Dancing, . Admission €10, including supper.

There will be a Ceili and Old Tyme dance in the GAA Centre on Sunday night 21st June with dancing from 9-11.30pm. Admission including supper 5 euro.

Copies of local author Sive Haughey’s new book ‘Sands of Time’ are available from the Resource Centre, priced 6 euro/5 Stg.

Anniversary Mass in Iskaheen next Sunday will be offered for Helen McCallion on her anniversary.

We welcome as a member of the Christian community Aela Toni McSheffrey, Elmvale, Culmore.

Don’t forget Redcastle sports this Sunday, beginning at 2pm. All usual events. Admission Adults 3 euro, children 1 euro.

Parish Draw winners - Josh McLaughlin, Sappagh 300 euro, Marie Lindsay, Iskaheen, 200 Eero, Maureen Gallagher, Drumhaggart, 100 euro.