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Graveyard Sunday – Slatequarry

Posted on 28. Aug, 2010 in Parish News

Graveyard Sunday took place in Slatequarry on Sunday 15h August.p1010036

Mass in St. John’s Church was followed by the Blessing of the Graves.

Graveyard Sunday – Rock

Posted on 28. Aug, 2010 in Parish News

Graveyard Sunday took place in the Rock on Sunday 8th August. 127

Mass in Church of the Sacred Heart was followed by the Blessing of the Graves.

Welcome back Fr. Cassien

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

We welcome back Fr. Cassien, who will be with us until 10th september.

We have asked Fr. Cassien to give us a short biography which I’m sure you will find very interesting.

I am Fr. Cassien Ndikumagenge, born on 8th April 1973 in Burundi’s southern province of Makamba, in a large family: I am the fifth child of nine, and all family members are still alive. This is not to be taken for granted; it is rather a miracle as my country is recovering from a 15-year long civil war (1993-2008) in which more than 300,000 people lost their lives.

Burundi is a small, landlocked African country. Its size is nearly 28,000 sq km, one-third of Ireland, but far more populated: the 2008 census says that we are more or less 8 million people. Burundi is located in the centre of the continent, sharing the borders with Tanzania (North-East, East and South), Rwanda (North) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (West). With DRC, Tanzania and Zambia, we share one of the largest lakes in the Africa Great Lakes Region, which is Lake Tanganyika.

Burundi is rather Christian country, with 75% Catholics; another 20% are Protestants in their various denominations, and around 5% Muslims.     

I was ordained a priest on 17th July 2004. As a deacon (October 2003), I was sent to study Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where I obtained my Licence in July 2007. I am proud to mention that I am a past student of the Irish College where I stayed all four years that I spent in the eternal city.

From October 2007 to this day, I am lecturing in Sacred Scripture at John Paul II Major Seminary of Gitega, Burundi – one of the three national seminaries (our bishops are planning to build a fourth seminary, as vocations are likely to increase in the years ahead). I am at the same time a member of the formation staff, sharing in the wonderful mission of training our seminarians to the priesthood. This academic year 2009-2010, we had 165 seminarians, and we enjoyed a very good summer harvest with 48 newly ordained priests for all of Burundi (8 dioceses). It is not too bad at all! It is rather a season of abundance and blessings from the Lord

Spiritual Reading

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 in Parish News, SPIRITUAL READING

Occasionally the priests of the parish will review  books that they have read and recommend them for your spiritual reading

If you are interested in buying these books (or indeed any other item through Amazon), we recommend you access via our Parish Website.

You may do this by simply clicking on the Amazon advert visible on all the Parish News pages.

22nd August 2010 – Parish Bulletin

Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 in Parish Bulletin

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22nd August 2010

Fr. Tremer’s Silver Jubilee celebrations

Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 in Parish News

The Very Reverend Father Gerry Tremer recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ministry to the priesthood

Family and friends from far and near gathered in Holy Trinity church on Saturday August 7th for a celebration mass

Bishop Clifford officiated at the Mass which was concelebrated by Fr Gerry and Priests from nearby parishes. Family members were Fr. Gerry’s Mother, Sister Ellen, Brother Sean, niece Anne, nephew Paul and his wife Jenny

After Mass the celebration continued in the Parochial Centre with a sit down meal and musical entertainment

The event was organised by the Parish Pastoral Council


Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Unemployed and the Homeless
That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties.

Victims of Discrimination, Hunger and Forced Emigration
Missionary: That the Church may be a “home” for all people, ready to open its doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger, or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries.

Local Links

Posted on 08. Aug, 2010 in Local Links

Holy Trinity College
Holy Trinity Primary School
Accord NI
Aras Mhuire
Pioneers (PTAA)
St Vincent de Paul
Alcoholics Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous

National Links

Posted on 08. Aug, 2010 in LINKS, National Links

Archdiocese of Armagh
Getting Married
Catholic Ireland
Daily Prayer-Sacred Space
Lough Derg
Cardinal O’Fiaich Library
Liturgy Commission
OPRFM (Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry)
Pastoral Centre
Pastoral Plan
Safeguarding Children
Youth Ministry
Vocations Pilgrim Path
Eucharistic Congress 2012
Prayer Site for Children
Parish and Family
Father Rocks GFC
Prayer and Spirituality
Youth 2000
Armagh Diocesan Cursillo Movement
Family of God Catholic Community
Legion of Mary
Permanent Diaconate
Pontifical Mission Society

International Links

Posted on 08. Aug, 2010 in International Links, LINKS

The Vatican

Newsletter General

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Parish Newsletter

The first parish newsletter will be available in early October

20th June 2010 – Parish Bulletin

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Uncategorized

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20th June 2010

13th June 2010 – Parish Bulletin

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Parish Bulletin

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13th June 2010

6th June 2010 – Parish Bulletin

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Parish Bulletin

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6th June 2010

Sacrament of Baptism

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: [Catechism of the Catholic Church]


Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion.”


Sacrament of the Eucharist

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.


Sacrament of Confirmation

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.


Sacrament of Marriage

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Pre-marriage course is essential: Please contact priest well in advance of the year of your marriage.

There is a meeting in November for those couples getting married in the next Calendar year. This session outlines the church and civil documentation, which must be completed.

The Letter below, is sent to those parishioners requesting marriage in Cookstown Parish.


Cookstown Parish

1 Convent Road Cookstown Co. Tyrone BT80 8QA

Tel 028 – 86763370

Fax 028-86758814

e-mail Fr.

Dear Parishioner

Thank you for selecting this parish for your wedding. Below you will find some notes, which I trust you will find helpful in your marriage preparations.

Church requirements :-

  • 3 months notice
  • pre – marriage preparation ( Accord – Portadown – (028) 3833 4781)
  • completion of “Pre – Nuptial Enquiry form” – your priest will assist with
    this document – recent baptism certificate and confirmation certificate
    required, letter of freedom (if necessary),

Legal Requirements

Inform the Registrar of Marriages of date of marriage

Obtain a form from the Registrar for the celebrant to sign. Obtain a “Schedule” close to the date of your wedding. The Marriage Registrar will give you more complete details.

I will be also be available to give you any other assistance you need regarding the Wedding Ceremony.

Wishing you every blessing

Fr. G. Tremer P.P. & Fr. Emlyn McGinn C.C.

Cookstown Parish Wedding guidelines 2010

The following guidelines are to assist you with your marriage ceremony preparations:

Hymns & Music: There are many religious hymns, which celebrate the glory of God and the love between people. Other love songs are more suitable for another time during your wedding day. Please consult with your priest before deciding hymns for your wedding
Readings The readings of the Word of God must of course be from the bible
Flowers Flowers can add to the beauty of the Church. However please do not have any flower arrangements on the altar. Never use pins or sellotape to attach flowers to seats or walls in the church
Photography Photographers and DVD recording equipment are not allowed on the sanctuary of the Church.
Arrive on time Arriving on time is not only good manners but can reduce the stress of those having main roles in the ceremony.
Signing of the civil registration form. The signing cannot take place in the sanctuary of the Church.
Never encourage the throwing of confetti in the church or church grounds
Monetary gifts -Upkeep of the Church, Altar Servers, Priest, Sacristan, If you are giving monetary gifts please give separate envelopes for each donation
Useful website

Download Wedding Guidelines – 2010.pdf

Getting Married in Rome

As there are several forms to be completed, early preparation is essential. In the first instance, contact your local priest and then the Irish College in Rome – 003906 – 77263301 or,


Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Explore God’s Plan for You!

Deciding what our vocation is,

and how best to serve God with our individual talents, skills and abilities is a very personal decision, yet one that is also made within our community of faith and with the support and encouragement of others.


Sacrament of the anointing of the sick – by request

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Parishioners who are admitted to hospital will be visited by the hospital Chaplain.

Safeguarding Children

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Parish Groups and Organisations

“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” Mk: 10:14

The awareness of child protection matters is already great in parishes throughout the diocese, but this is an ongoing project to which the Church is most strongly committed and in which considerable time and energy have been invested.  I congratulate and commend the Diocesan Child Protection Committee for the great work that has been done in this regard so far, and I look forward to the continued development of child protection practices, in keeping with Statutory Guidelines, North and South, to promote best practice in working with children and young people in our parish communities.