MASS TIMES

St. Colmans

Tuesday
Friday
Saturday*
Sunday
9.30am
9.30am
10.00am
11.00am

* - followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

All Saints

Sunday Thursday
9.45am 7.00pm
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9.45 - All Saints, Ballela

11.00 - St. Colman's, Dromore
Make Your Voice Heard - a pastoral reflection for the May 2022 Assembly elections

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Below you will find the key points: See the full statement among the parish bulletins on this website. 

Politics, lived with integrity, and in a true spirit of service to the common good, is a noble vocation. The freedom to vote is a hard won and precious freedom. For Christians it is also part of our call to shape society in accordance with God’s plan for human dignity, freedom and happiness.

Make your voices heard.

In this short statement, we offer some reflections on the importance of voting in the forthcoming Assembly election in Northern Ireland. We encourage all citizens to make their voices heard. We do so, not as politicians or political commentators, but as pastors, inspired and motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which have the well-being and dignity of every person at their core.

The responsibility of politics is to develop laws and policies that serve, protect and promote human dignity and the common good, in the particular circumstances of the society in which we live. We do not seek to endorse any political party or candidate. The hard work of weighing up who to vote for lies with each individual before God and in the privacy and primacy of their own conscience. We urge people to come out and vote, even though some are expressing a lack of confidence in the ability of politics to deliver meaningful change.

Poverty: an affront to our human dignity.

Our society continues to face some of the highest levels of social inequality on these islands, including some of the highest levels of child poverty, fuel poverty and dramatically increasing numbers of ‘working poor’.

Poverty is an affront to human dignity. The consistent failure of our local Assembly and successive Westminster Governments to radically and fundamentally change the dynamics of poverty and social inequality in our society is a huge indictment on the priorities chosen by those elected to serve the common good.

The urgent need to address our unacceptable levels of poverty, social inequality and the deepening crisis over the cost of living ought to be a fundamental issue for a follower of Jesus in the forthcoming election. While constitutional issues have important implications for economics and identity, this cannot continue to supersede the urgent need to address the ever deepening crises of poverty, inadequate access to health services, housing insecurity and the need for a reasonable standard of living in our society. This should be a key priority and an urgent concern for all our politicians.

Life is precious: equal dignity for all, including the unborn.

Speak up clearly and unequivocally for the rights and urgent needs of the most vulnerable in our society. This includes the rights and dignity of unborn children which are being increasingly relegated - culturally, politically and legally - to the realm of the worthless and sub-human.

We are very fortunate to live in an age when awareness of the preciousness of all forms of life and of every species on our planet is growing. In an inexplicable medical, scientific and cultural contradiction, so many of our local politicians seem willing to disregard the rights of our children in the earliest stages of their development before birth, while at the same time properly and stridently defending the rights of animals, plants, trees and rivers. 

We ask all voters to consider seriously the choice before them in this election - of supporting a loving, positive culture of life and care, or of further facilitating a culture that denies the very humanity and right to life of our unborn children, even directly targeting those with disabilities.

We believe it is possible to create a respectful and life-supporting environment for every person, at every stage and in every state of our lives. A culture of love and care that embraces all - especially the most vulnerable - offers the greatest hope for humanity and its future. 

We therefore encourage voters to make their voices heard by telling candidates on the doorsteps that they expect them, if elected, to work for the equal dignity of all, including the protection of all mothers and their unborn children.

A warm welcome to those in need.

Christians, and all people of goodwill, should seek to build a civilisation of love and care that promotes the well-being and progress of all. This culture of welcome and care includes an obligation to welcome those who are fleeing violent conflict, persecution, famine or other tragic human situations, including the increasingly irreversible consequences of climate change.

Yet, the difficulties being experienced by Ukrainian refugees and migrants in general, are receiving little comment or attention from our local politicians.

We appeal for urgent cross-border cooperation on the island of Ireland to address the plight of Ukrainian refugees. 

Building a culture of care for each other and for our common home.

Welcoming the stranger, protecting and nurturing human life in all its stages, these are fundamental values of the Christian faith. They extend also to our duty of care for the earth itself - our common home. 

There is an urgent need to meet the commitments made at the Glasgow COP 26 Conference last November. This includes reviewing immediately our use of fossil fuels and developing more sustainable modes of agricultural, industrial and economic activity. 

Respect for religious freedom and for faith in the public square.

Those who stand for political office deserve our respect. 

Those in public life are called to model respectful and constructive debate, and to demonstrate high standards of tolerance, inclusion and respect in public discourse and policy making.

Increasingly, those of religious faith and conviction can find themselves marginalised, excluded or treated differently from other groups in society. The idea that politics should be ‘neutral’ and ‘does not do religion’ is itself a concept that implicitly denigrates the right to hold and live by one’s religious convictions. 

We encourage politicians and voters to support a truly diverse and tolerant political culture, and to challenge the trend towards a culture that claims to be secular but is in fact intolerant and increasingly hostile to religious faith and its right to offer a respected voice in the public square. Catholic and other faith-based schools contribute actively to reconciliation and the common good. They have the right to be treated equally and with respect.

Political stability serves the common good.

To address these issues effectively and urgently, our society requires a stable and effective Government. A functioning and stable Executive and Assembly will provide the most stable space to work through the important issues of reconciliation, legacy and our constitutional future.

We remain convinced that human dignity and the common good of our society are best served by a commitment to the stability of our locally devolved institutions. We encourage all citizens to work to restore and help build a better future for all by making their voices heard in the forthcoming Assembly election.

Holy Week in Dromore and Ballela
As we return to full worship, we invite you to join us for some or all of our Holy Week ceremonies

Palm Sunday
: (Blessing of the palms and Proclamation of the Passion)
Masses at the usual times 

Holy Thursday
Confessions in Dromore, 5-6 pm 
Mass of the Last Supper in Dromore, 6.30 pm 

Good Friday
Stations of the Cross in both churches at 3.00 pm 
Veneration of the Cross, Dromore at 7.00 pm 
Confessions: Ballela 3-4 pm; Dromore 4-5pm

Holy Saturday:
Confessions in Dromore 10-12 noon 
Easter Vigil in Dromore 9.00 pm 

Easter Sunday: (Blessing of the Easter water and Renewal of Baptismal Promises)
Masses at usual times


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