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May 2018 Fr Roland Colhoun, Newtownstewart, with visiting members of the Legion of Mary from Tyrone and Donegal. The Parish of Ardstraw East is establishing a new praesidium of the Legion.
WMOF 2018 Fr Roland Colhoun, Newtownstewart, leading parishioners to the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the close of the World Meeting of Families, Sunday 26 August 2018
PARISHIONERS CLIMB MOUNT ERRIGAL As a fund-raiser for St Eugene’s Church, Glenock, the parish of Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, organised a sponsored climb of Mount Errigal, County Donegal.

Welcome to the Parish of Ardstraw East.Pentecost



Parish of Ardstraw East, Newtownstewart





Sunday 15th March 2020


Dear Parishioners

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Virus, the Diocese of Derry has introduced restrictions to our liturgical schedule and pastoral outreach.

Masses: All Vigil Masses (Saturday night) and Sunday morning Masses will be suspended temporarily.  This takes effect for each Sunday after Wednesday 18th March 2020.  For the time being, you are dispensed from your obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  But you should do your best to spend the equivalent time at prayer or following the Mass via other media.

Size of Congregation: We should have no more than 100 people in the church at any time.

Daily Mass: Given that our daily church attendance is relatively small and within the guidelines of 100 people, weekday Masses will continue, unless otherwise directed.

Funerals and Weddings: The offering of Requiem Masses and Nuptial Masses will be for immediate family members and close relatives only.  The Parish Hall cannot provide teas.

Safe Distance: In church, please observe the recommended ‘safe distance’ from one another and use the hand-sanitisers at the doorways.  We have cordoned off every second pew, but within the pews please keep a sensible space between you and others.

Oratory Open: The Oratory will be open every day for your private prayer, lighting of candles, Lenten Devotions (Sunday 6pm), Confessions (Thursday 7pm), Adoration (Friday 10:30am - 9:00pm).  St Eugene’s Church will be open for Wednesday morning Mass and for baptisms, weddings and funerals as the need arises.

Webcams: You can tune in to Masses on the various local parish webcams (Strabane, Melmount, Omagh, Killyclogher) or hear Mass online through Radio Maria Ireland or on television – Saorview, Channel 210 (Freeview in NI), EWTN (Sky 588).

Finance: To maintain parish upkeep and to facilitate the weekly collection, please give weekly envelope or loose donation directly to the Sacristy (Oratory) or drop it into the letterbox (Parochial House).  Alternatively, Standing Order donation through your bank account simplifies the process.  The SO forms are available in the porches.

Hospital Visits: At the request of the Bishop, Hospital and Nursing Home visits by parish clergy are suspended. Hospital chaplains will provide the sacraments and pastoral care.

Prayer and Fasting: Let us trust in the Lord and continue our Lenten fast, and pray for and with each other, not least for the sick, the elderly, the most vulnerable and fragile and for carers, medical and health workers.  Pray and fast that this global pandemic will be delivered quickly from us.

May God bless and protect you always.
Fr Roland Colhoun


PARISHIONERS CLIMB MOUNT ERRIGAL – As a fund-raiser for St Eugene’s Church, Glenock, the parish of Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, organised a sponsored climb of Mount Errigal, County Donegal.  On Sunday last (4th August 2019), two groups of climbers rose to the challenge.  The “early birds” began the ascent at 10am.  The second group, accompanied by Fr Roland Colhoun, attended the 11am Mass in Glenock and began climbing at 2pm.

The purpose of fund-raising is the restoration of the church spire at Glenock.  The spire and other features of the historic church are in urgent need of repair.  Dating from 1785, it is the fourth oldest church in the Diocese of Derry.  By the Sunday evening, the sponsored climb had raised well over £2000.  And sponsorship is still coming in.  Thank you!

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