Parish Notices

Mass schedule – live-streamed

St Columba’s Doneyloop

6.00pm (vigil)
St Mary’s Castlefinn

7.30pm (vigil)
MondayNo Mass10.00am


By donating as little as €21 per month the parish may be able to receive a tax refund of €110.

Update on change of Masses in St Mary’s this week

Thursday 6th August 10am
Friday 7th August 6pm

8th July 2020

We are delighted to announce that Eucharistic Adoration recommences In St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 14th July beginning at 12 noon until 8pm.

Please use hand sanitisers entering and exiting and also adhere to social distancing while in the Church. A Holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration including the Cenacle of Spiritual Prayer will also begin again on Thursday 16th July at 6.20pm for one hour before the 7.30pm Mass. These services will continue weekly and will be streamed live on St Mary’s Youtube Channel which will make it easier to participate from your own home. Thank you everyone for your patience in these strange times.

5th July 2020

Happy 80th Birthday Fr.
Best wishes on your big day, and all the days to come.

Fr Oliver Crilly 1940 to 2020…


June is the traditional month for celebrating the ordinations of our priests. We are blessed with the Priests we have in our Parish and sincerely thank them for all their spiritual guidance both in person and the online ceremonies on Facebook,YouTube and online Parish Radio over the last 15 weeks in particular.
We cannot meet with them to congratulate them in person as they celebrate their anniversaries this month so we ask you all to pray for their continued good health in their vocation. May God Bless them.

9th June 1996 Fr Ciarán Hegarty 24 years
20th June 1965 Fr Oliver Crilly 55 years
28th June 1987 Fr Colm O Doherty. 33years

The Class of 1965

Urney and Castlefinn Parish News

On Sunday morning and throughout the day, resources and video clips from around the diocese will be published on the Diocesan website and its social media channels on this storytelling theme.

You can follow them online at:

Thanks to everyone for their continued donations to the parish via the envelopes or online. It is much appreciated. If anyone requires envelopes please contact Fr Hegarty in Doneyloop Parochial House 9146183

We extend a sincere thanks to all those involved in getting online ceremonies organised from both our Churches / Parochial Houses.


COVID-19 has changed every aspect of family life – all of our familiar ways of living have had to be adjusted.

You may have had to self-isolate due to the virus; you may be finding it difficult to get space for yourself within the confines of the family home; you may be trying to combine working from home with efforts to provide a home-schooling environment; or it may be that the fear and stress caused by these exceptional circumstances are causing high levels of concern and anxiety.  Whatever impact the spread of COVID-19 has had on the quality of your couple and family relationships – we are here to provide information and support. 

As one of the largest providers of couples and relationships counselling in N. Ireland our experienced, professional, couples and relationships counsellors have made themselves available to listen to your concerns.

We have established a Relationships Support Line 048  9568 0151 offering support to those who are trying to reduce distress within their personal relationships at this time.  We are also using our Facebook page Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service and to provide links to material designed to increase understanding of, and support for handling challenging couples and relationships situations.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

The Blessing of the Graves

It is not possible for our community to come together this year for the annual Blessing of the Graves.

The fact that our cemeteries have remained open throughout the pandemic, has been a great source of consolation.  It is a testimony to our loved ones, a keeping of our tradition of prayer for the Faithful Departed and a unique witness of our parishioners to know that so many are visiting graves in respectful honouring of those who have died.

Parish Prayer Day for Marriage and Family Life

On the 21st of each month, our parish prays for the 24 hours for Marriage & Family Life.  This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days of the month.

To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed themselves to a specific hour of prayer on in such a way that the whole day and night are covered.

The theme for the month of May is children and young people so we are asking everyone to pray especially for all our young people and their families at this time.

It is also Fr Des Polke’s 6th Anniversary on this date and we ask you to remember him in your prayers.

We are working on getting YouTube up and running in both Churches. St Mary’s Castlefinn is working since Tuesday and Fr Crilly now says daily Mass at 11am. There are a few technical issues with St Columba’s in Doneyloop but hopefully they will be resolved in the next couple of weeks. Fr Hegarty will continue his very popular online radio broadcast of daily Mass at 10am  Chaplet of Divine Mercy at3pm  and the Rosary at 8pm.  We extend a sincere thanks to all those involved in getting online ceremonies organised from both our Churches.

A special message from Bishop Donal McKeown to children in the Diocese of Derry waiting to receive their First Holy Communion, and those awaiting Confirmation that “we are all very sad that it has not been possible YET for those ceremonies to take place… but rest assured, as soon as it is possible they will be celebrated.”

A special message to children due to make their first Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The Act of Spiritual Communion – Explained by Bishop Donal McKeown

Video of the Mass from St. Mary’s Castlefinn,
Sunday 17th May 2020 – Fr Colm O’Doherty

New online service started on the 12th May 2020
with sound and vision on YouTube
Fr Oliver Crilly
will celebrate Mass from the parochial house at
St. Mary’s Castlefin at a 11am.
click the link below
Online from Urney and Castlefin Parish

Daily Mass will be said at 10am from Doneyloop
You can take part

The blessings and protection of the Risen Lord be with you all.

Bulletins 2020

05 January 2020   12 January 2020   19 January 2020

26 January 2020    02 February 2020   09 February 2020

23 February 2020   01 March 2020   8 March 2020

15 March 2020   22 March 2020

St . Columba’s, Doneyloop (1868) CC: Rev. Ciarán Hegarty
Co Donegal, F93 V52C
Tel & Fax: 074 – 9146183
St Mary’s, Castlefin (1978) Rev Oliver Crilly (PIR)
Parochial House
Co Donegal, F93 K7DN
Tel: 074 – 9146251
The times below are now on hold due to covid 19 pandemic Masses Sundays: Vigil 6.00pm. 10am
Holydays: 10.00am, 6.00pm
Weekdays: Mon – Thurs 9.00am;
Fri 7.30pm; Sat 10.00am ​Confessions Fridays: Before and after 7.30pm Mass
Saturdays: After 10.00am Mass
The times below are now on hold due to covid 19 pandemic Masses Sundays: Vigil 7pm. 11am
Holydays: Vigil 6.30pm. 10.00am
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 10.00am; Thurs 7.30pm ​Confessions Saturdays: 12.00noon; after 6.30pm Mass ​​Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday 10.00am – 8.00pm

Parish Contacts

Martin McLaughlin

May 19, 2020

St. Vincent’s Close, Ballybofey, formerly Doneyloop and Castlefinn

The death has taken place of Martin McLaughlin, St. Vincent’s Close, Ballybofey and formerly of Doneyloop and Castlefinn.

In Accordance with Government guidelines, current restriction on attendance of funerals is a maximum of ten people and only members of the household or close family.

Remains reposing at his daughter Sabrina Kee’s house in Ballybun, Castlefinn.

Funeral mass on Thursday, May 21st in St. Mary’s Church, Castlefinn with burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.


McSORLEY – The death has taken place April 11th, 2020 at Altnagelvin Hospital of James McSorley, 16 New Street, Clady and formerly of Camus, Sion Mills. Beloved husband of Catherine, much loved father of Michella, Patrick and Karina, dearly loved grandfather of Farrah, loving son of Kathleen and Packie and brother of Martin, Chris, Paul, Amanda, Patricia and the late Mary.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughters, granddaughter, mother, father, brothers, sisters and family circle.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his Soul

In accordance with guidelines (re: Coronavirus) the house and funeral will be private to family only please.