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Flourish Sunday 23/24 September 2017





What is Flourish! Sunday?

At all Masses throughout the Diocese of Clogher on the weekend of 23rd & 24th September next, we will address the issue of Suicide in a sensitive, prayerful and supportive manner; in a way that allows all of us to reflect on depression and suicide through the lens of our Christian faith.

Flourish! Sunday takes its name from a partnership initiative between Lighthouse Ireland, clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency. It has worked in recent years to offer support to clergy and other church workers in the area of pastoral care for those affected by suicide, as well as self-care for clergy.

Locally, the Clogher Flourish Group has been working to prepare resources and training for clergy throughout the diocese in advance of this forthcoming weekend.


In addition to the provision of resources (see below), the Clogher Flourish Group together with the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, has organised two training days for priests and others in our diocese. These were delivered by a licenced psychotherapist who specialises in this field.

The Clogher Flourish Group consists of 10 people from throughout the diocese, some of whom have experienced loss through suicide. Among the members is Fr Cathal Deery who is the resource person for suicide awareness and prevention in the diocese. His contact number is 028 (048 from ROI) 67751374 and his email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Masses on Flourish! Sunday:

The question of suicide, including the destigmatising of it, and our closeness to God, will be the central feature of the prayers, readings and reflections on this Sunday. It is acknowledged that this is not an easy topic – knowing what to say and what not to say. The readings from Scripture will be those of the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A). These are taken from Isaiah 55:6-9 (from the section known as the Book of Consolation); Psalm 144 (The Lord is close to all who call him); Philippians 1:20-24,27 (in which Paul concludes that ‘for me to stay alive a more urgent need for your sake.’); and the Gospel of Matthew 20: 1-16 (the parable known as ‘the workers in the vineyard’).

The resources provided include Prayers of Intercession, reflections of the readings, suggested homily notes and a post-communion reflection. The resources also include a musical setting of Psalm 144 by Mr Paul Flynn, Director of Music at St Michael’s Parish, Enniskillen.

Other useful telephone contact details and resources for groups who work with people affected by depression and suicide have been given to parishes for publication and support purposes.


Flourish! Website:


Sacramental Preparation

Muckno Parish: First Penance & First Holy Communion 2018.

Parents who are considering/intending to present a child/children for these sacraments in 2018 are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7.30pm. Venue will be published in coming weeks.




July & Aug Draw Winners 2017

Muckno Parish Annual Draw
The final two draws for 2016/17  (July/ August) took place on Saturday evening at the very successful Parish B.B.Q, a great crowd was in attendance on a beautiful summer evening with fine food, music and great company, and the extra bonus of raising €1,631.60 from this event.  A huge thank you to all the sponsors, to Big Dan for the fantastic music and to all the hardworking promoters and  fundraising team of helpers without whom the renovation and restorations of both St. Mary's Church and St. Patrick's Church would not be possible and to you the very generous supporters THANK-YOU.

Winners of the July 2017 Draw
1St Prize €1,000 - Mrs Maureen Mc Mahon, Main Street, C/blayney
2nd Prize €500 - Paul Murphy, Dundalk Rd, C/blayney
3rd Prize €200 - Gerry Muldoon, Park Rd, Drumillard. C/blayney
4th Prize €200  - Mary & John Mc Ardle, Conabury, C/blayney
5th Prize  €100 - Lilly Sexton , Ardee, Co Louth.
6th Prize €100 - Bernadette Courtney, Broomfeild
Promoter’s Prize €100 Terry Burns /Anna Keenan

Winners of the August 2017 Draw
1st  Prize - €1,000 Paula Coleman, Oghill, C/blayney
2nd Prize - €1,000 Martin & Mary Brady, Dundalk Rd, C/blayney
3rd Prize - €1,000 Irene Connolly, Annahale, C/blayney
4th Prize - €500 John Mooney, Belfast
5th Prize - €500 Ann Cole, Beech Drive, C/blayney
6th Prize - €500 Michelle Duffy, 34 The Crescent, C/blayney
7th Prize - €500 Declan Loughman, Ashling Grove, C/blayney
8th Prize - €500 Bridie Meagan, Annaglaive, C/blayney
9th Prize - €200 Martin & Christine Collins, Beech Drive, C/blayney
10th Prize - €200 The Connolly Family, Doohamlet
11th Prize - €200  Our Lady's Secondary School, C/blayney
12th  Prize - €200 Tony & Vera Mc Aree, Tullyharnett, C/blayney
13th Prize - €200 Marie Duffy - Treanor, Annyalla
14th Prize - €100 Bridie Duffy, York Street, C/blayney
15th Prize - €100 Adrienne Mc Guinness, Oram
16th Prize - €100 Canon John Mc Kenna, Trillick Co. Tyrone
17th Prize - €100 Phylis Murphy,  Drumleek South, Oram
Promoter’s Prize €100  Terry Burns /Anna Keenan, Fr Pat Mc Hugh & Eileen Kerr.

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