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Accord is a voluntary agency of the Catholic Church providing services to couples preparing or seeking a deeper commitment within the sacrament of marriage. The Omagh Centre is seeking new members to train as facilitators. We are looking for people currently married 5 years in the Catholic Church or currently in a marriage recognised by the Catholic Church, have the ability to convey a positive attitude to marriage, have an openness and commitment to working with a Catholic organisation, relate easily to people, are able to be part of a team and are sensitive, warm, caring and accepting. An information evening will be held in Mount St. Columba Pastoral Centre, 48 Brook Street, Omagh on Tuesday 3 May at 8.00pm. Please feel free to come along, no commitment needed. For more information telephone 82242439.

Planning to get married in 2011? Book your Marriage Preparation Course with Accord either by application form or by online bookings. Online bookings can be made by logging onto or and selecting the Marriage Preparation Courses for the Derry Area. Workshops for Accord Derry will be held on March 25/26, 2011. For an application form telephone 71362475.



Amalgamation of St. Mary’s Boys P.S. & St. Mary’s Girls P.S.

This is to keep you up to date on the proposed amalgamation of our two parish primary schools. As you know from our last correspondence, the school Trustees have requested a Development Proposal to go forward which will allow the two Primary Schools, St. Mary’s Boys P.S. and St. Mary’s Girls P.S. to merge in September 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Education Provision Committee of CCMS have agreed that the development proposal be forwarded to the Department of Education along with the necessary minor works needed to ensure that the school buildings can accommodate both boys and girls. The necessary documents are now being prepared for the Department of Education.

We have been informed that, because of circumstances beyond our control locally, all might not be in place for the amalgamation to take place in September 2011. The ‘as soon as possible thereafter’ date could well be January 2012, but as the staff of the schools, the governors and, I am sure, the parents would not want an amalgamation to take place in the middle of the school year as it would disrupt the children’s learning, it is now most likely that the merging of the schools will take place in September 2012. In the intervening time the staff of both schools will work together to make the transition period as smooth as possible.

If there are any further developments parents, governors, school staff and parishioners will be informed as soon as possible.


St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society urgently requires volunteers for Parish Visitation in the Melmount and Strabane Areas. If you are interested in assisting in our work of Christian Charity please leave your contact details on our helpline number 02871 384488 or The Shop 02871 884479. Thank you.




Dates for First Holy Communion 2011

First Holy Communion for Primary 4 pupils of St. Mary’s Boys P.S. and St. Mary’s Girls P.S. will take place on
Saturday 14 May 2011.



Strabane Community Project,

St. Patrick’s Hall provides a daily luncheon club with activities Monday - Friday. You can also have your meal delivered to your home in our new microwaveable containers. To find out about our range of services telephone 02871883102 or email or call in to St. Patrick’s Hall.




Do you have two hours a week to give to the SPRED Group in the Parish? The work of SPRED is to encourage and facilitate growth in faith and spiritual development in people with special needs in the Parish. The only requirement to become a member of the group is an open and loving heart. The best way to experience the work of SPRED is to come and observe one of the sessions and then decide if it is something you would like to be involved in. If you are interested call 71883017 or 71883889.




St Mary's Boys' Primary School,

Melmount Road ,

Tel : 028-7138 2422

Principal : Mr John McGinley


St Mary's Girls' Primary School,

Melmount Road ,

Tel : 028 7138 2765

Principal : Miss Dympna McNamee


Holy Cross College,

Melmount Road,

Tel: 028 7188 0315,

Principal : Mr Sean Bradley.



Marriage Preparation Courses are now available:
Forms can be obtained from ACCORD Omagh Centre, Mount St. Columba Pastoral Centre, 48 Brook Street, Omagh, BT78 5HD.
Telephone 028 82242439.


St Mary’s Church Choir

St Mary’s Church, Melmount Strabane.

Tel: 7188 4529

Aims: To provide sacred music for the liturgical functions associated with the church.

Contact: Mr Gerard Bradley

Activities: Weekly choir practice in St Colman’s High School.

Organists: Mr Gerard Bradley and Mr Noel McGinley


Melmount Folk Group

Aims: To provide liturgical music at Mass or any other sacred celebrations.

The group sing each week at the vigil Mass on Saturday evening and rehearsals take place on a fortnightly basis.


Legion of Mary

Melmount Centre, Strabane

Aims: To bring spiritual help to members and to those they visit.

Activities: Visiting the sick; lonely; old; hospitals; homes; promotion of the rosary through circulation of the statue of Our Lady in the parish; book barrow for spiritual literature.


“SPRED” (Special Religious Education Division)

Melmount Centre, Strabane

Aims: Catechesis of the developmentally disabled

Activities: Spred is a diocesan network of parish based communities, whose primary aim is the faith development and parish integration of those with mild or severe learning difficulties (mentally handicapped). Also, it is an on-going adult faith development programme for those who volunteer to help.


Third Tyrone Scouting Ireland Group

Mr Charlie Brown

Aims: To contribute to the development of its members in achieving their full spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and cultural potential as individuals so that they may take a constructive place in society.

Activities: Exploring/compass work; mapping; orienteering; hiking; climbing; camp craft (rope work, tying, cooking, pioneering etc.); physical fitness and first aid training; communications; water activities; international camping.


St Vincent de Paul Society

Aims: To help members grow in the love of God and their neighbours through direct personal services to others.

Main Activities: Visitation, hospitals and Greenfield Home; personal visits; bus for elderly; outings and holidays for elderly; helping those in need.


Knights of St Columbanus

C/o 19 Melmount Gardens, Strabane. Tel: 382282

Aims: To encourage and develop Christian values in all things. To assist the bishops and parish priests if requested in the work of diocese or parish.

Contact: Mr John Duffy 19 Melmount Gardens, Strabane.

Activities: Interest and involvement in emigration advice; community development; alcohol and drug abuse; job discrimination.

“SEARCH” Youth Group

Termonbacca, Derry

Tel: 71260305 (Secretary) or 71351759 (Chairman).

Aims: For young people to meet regularly to pray and to share with each other their experiences of life. Getting to know about the opposite sex.

Contact: Mr G McCann (Secretary), or Mr Martin McLaughlin (Chairman), or Mrs Camel McGarrigle, Our Lady of Mercy High School, Strabane.

Activities: Drama, singing, discussion, spiritual reflection, youth Masses, social evenings, discos.

“Search” came to Ireland via America in 1985. To date 9,000-10,000 young people have taken part in the programme.
Search is for young adults ranging from 17-24 years of age.


Strabane Prayer Group

Day Chapel, Melmount

Aims: To foster shared prayer within the context of charismatic renewal and cultivate the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Activities: Prayer and praise; scripture sharing; teaching on the Christian way of life.


Colman Fold

Melmount Road, Strabane

Tel: 382463

Aims: care for the elderly in individual units

Activities: Bingo; Outings; Social Evenings; Whist Drives


Greenfield R.H.E. (Residential Home for the Elderly)

2 Melmount Road Strabane. Tel: 882381

Aims: Care for the elderly

Activities: Respite Care; Bingo sessions on Saturday afternoons; Outings and Parties; Yearly Quiz; Garden Fete.


Melmount Bridge Club

C/o Melmount Centre, 37 Melmount Road Strabane.

Aims: Weekly bridge meetings

Contact: Vourneen Duffy, 2 Vallen Heights, Nine Mile Road, Newtownhamilton, Newry, Co. Down


Melmount Ladies Guild

Melmount Ladies Guild is a group of ladies who meet every Wednesday evening at 8.30pm in the Melmount Centre. Apart from meeting socially, they raise money for various charities. Every lady welcome.

Contact: Any member of the Guild or telephone Margaret (7138 2460) or Tina (7188 4327)



Melmount Parish (STRABANE) : 41 Melmount Road, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 9EF. Tel : 028 7138 3777 (+44)