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Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Posted on 01. Mar, 2014 in Liturgy

christ-carrying-the-crossHoly Trinity Church 7:30am, 10:00am, 7:30pm

Sacred Heart Church – Rock 6pm

Ashes will be distributed at the end of the Mass

Eucharistic Adoration

Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 in Liturgy, NEWS, Parish News


Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”. To continue reading click on the link: Eucharistic Adoration Explained



Holy Week & Easter Ceremonies

Posted on 23. Mar, 2013 in Liturgy, Parish News

christ-carrying-the-crossHoly Thursday

  • Chrism Mass – Armagh Cathedral – 11am
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper
    Holy Trinity – 7.30pm
    Rock – 7:30pm
  • Night Prayer 10pm

Good Friday

  • 10am – Morning Prayer
  • 3pm – Reading of the Passion
  • 7.30pm – Stations of the Cross
  • 10pm – Night Prayer

Holy Saturday

  • 10am Morning Prayer
  • Holy Trinity Easter Vigil – 9pm
  • Rock Easter Vigil – 9pm

Easter Sunday

  • Holy Trinity Mass times as usual
  • Slatequarry – 10am

St. Patrick’s Lorica

Posted on 16. Mar, 2013 in Liturgy, MEDIA, Parish News


St. Patrick – Apostle of Ireland

Posted on 16. Mar, 2013 in Liturgy, Parish News

Patrick Smaller FaceToday we celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick. We give thanks to God for his work in Ireland. Through his apostolic activity he was able to bring the Catholic Faith to our ancestors. He was a man of great humility and trust in the Lord. He understood that the fruit his work was due to God’s grace. He brought the message of redemption, the healing of sin, the hope of eternal life. He brought the certainty and the security of knowing that we can belong to God’s Holy People, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. Thanks to his heroic generosity, the Word of God and Seven Sacraments became essential to life of Irish men and women throughout the ages and throughout the world.

It probably seems a given that Patrick should have returned to the land of his captivity. He was a slave, and surely treated as one. He was ripped from his family and home, from his culture and brought to a foreign land that seemed so very far away. As a Roman, he was use to the town centred and empire structured society. He was brought up according the customs of the Romans. He was raised in the faith of Christ.

As a young man, his life was transformed. The unimaginable had taken place. His world had ended. He was now among a barbarian people, considered to be a threat to the empire. A people that had a different language and customs. A people that was rural and worshiped in a way unknown to him.

During his time of captivity he found company in the Person of Christ through prayer. He was able to go beyond the harshness of his situation and enter into that inner sanctuary where he could commune with the Lord God. It filled him with enthusiasm and hope.

Eventually, he escaped. Now he was at last free. And then he heard that haunting call, that summons, “The voice of the Irish”. Why should he go back? Why should he risk it all. He understood that God was calling him. So he set out on a mission to bring the Good News of Salvation to the land of his captivity. In a sublime act of generosity he would risk death for the sake of the Lord and the people to whom he was to go.

Refined by Fire – by HALLIE LORD

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 in Parish News, Sacraments

If ever there was a romance that started off with a bang it was ours. It was love at first sight—the kind of love affair that many have trouble believing exists until they find themselves swept up in one of their own. We fell, rolled head over heels, and saw stars. It was cliché, yes, but also extraordinary.


To read the rest of this article click here.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on 23. Dec, 2012 in Liturgy, Parish News

Thoughts on Advent by Pope Benedict

Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.
—Homily at First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009

The question is: Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Savior? One has the feeling that many consider God as foreign to their own interests. Apparently, they do not need him. They live as though he did not exist and, worse still, as though he were an “obstacle” to remove in order to fulfill themselves. Even among believers—we are sure of it—some let themselves be attracted by enticing dreams and distracted by misleading doctrines that suggest deceptive shortcuts to happiness. Yet, despite its contradictions, worries and tragedies, and perhaps precisely because of them, humanity today seeks a path of renewal, of salvation, it seeks a Savior and awaits, sometimes unconsciously, the coming of the Savior who renews the world and our life, the coming of Christ, the one true Redeemer of man and of the whole of man.
—Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience December 20, 2006
Christmas is a privileged opportunity to meditate on the meaning and value of our existence. The approach of this Solemnity helps us on the one hand to reflect on the drama of history in which people, injured by sin, are perennially in search of happiness and of a fulfilling sense of life and death; and on the other, it urges us to meditate on the merciful kindness of God who came to man to communicate to him directly the Truth that saves, and to enable him to partake in his friendship and his life. Therefore let us prepare ourselves for Christmas with humility and simplicity, making ourselves ready to receive as a gift the light, joy and peace that shine from this mystery.
—General Audience, December 17, 2008

God’s sign is his humility. God’s sign is that he makes himself small; he becomes a child; he lets us touch him and he asks for our love. How we would prefer a different sign, an imposing, irresistible sign of God’s power and greatness! But his sign summons us to faith and love, and thus it gives us hope: this is what God is like. He has power, he is Goodness itself. He invites us to become like him. Yes indeed, we become like God if we allow ourselves to be shaped by this sign; if we ourselves learn humility and hence true greatness; if we renounce violence and use only the weapons of truth and love.
—Homily at Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, December 24, 2009

Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God, the light which so unexpectedly [on the night of Christmas] entered into our night.
—Homily at Mass for the Solemnity,of the Nativity of the Lord, December 25, 2008

Listen to this Advent Reflection by Archbishop Robert Schwietz.

Christmas Mass Times

Posted on 22. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Christmas Eve

9pm Holy Trinity, Cookstown

9pm St. John’s Slatequarry

Christmas Day

8:30am Holy Trinity, Cookstown

10:00am Holy Trinity, Cookstown

10:00am Sacred Heart, Rock

12:00noon Holy Trinity, Cookstown

Singers & Musicians Holy Trinity Church

Posted on 14. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Contact details of all singers and musicians who play at the weekly Sunday Masses.
Available for Wedding Ceremonies, Requiem Masses and Anniversaries.

Andrea Begley – 078 67 808 664
Brian Devine – 079 27 311 550 (Pianist/Organist)         
Mairead Donnelly – 079 07 159 133
Gerry Glackin – 028 867 66804
Aine Glackin – 075 12 454 463
Cliona Hagan & Sisters – 077 42 781 207
Clare Long & Family – 078 94 579 162
Gerry Loughran – 077 86 653 084
Rory Madden – 078 25 909 580 (Pianist/Organist)
Colum McCaffrey – 077 87 563 161
Clare McCrystal – 077 78 526 814 (Fiddle)
Rachel McGarrity – 075 14 578 522 (Fiddle)
Mairead McGuckin – 077 88 453 025
Justin McGurk – 077 47 692 749
Ita Molloy (10am Choir) – 079 19 800 028 (Pianist/Organist)
Brenda Mulgrew – 078 33 140 132
Marie-Claire Mulligan – 077 45 807 391
Siobhan Robinson – 079 35 770 589
Patrick Slevin – 077 38 300 302 (Pianist/Organist)
Peter Slevin – 075 95 992 603
Sonlight (Aine) – 075 93 957 897

Available for Wedding Ceremonies, Requiem Masses and Anniversaries.

Christmas Confession Times

Posted on 14. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Penitential Service: Monday 17th at 8pm.

Confessions Daily after the 10 Mass beginning Tuesday 18th.





Video: Receiving the Eucharist

Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Advent, Year of Faith, it’s a great time to remind ourselves how we should receive the Lord in Mass.

Click on the video below to see a very good presentation on how and why we should receive the Eucharist.






Mass Times: Immaculate Conception

Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Mass Times for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception


Vigil – Friday 7th

Slatequarry 6:00pm

Holy Trinity 7:30pm

Morning Mass – Saturday 8th

Holy Trinity 10:00am & 12 noon

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.