St. Theresa's Church
Sion Mills County Tyrone

BT82 9EX





Who we are

St. Theresa's Church in Sion Mills, County Tyrone is a Christian congregation serving the Sion Mills community and seeking, engaging, and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey.

We seek to be a loving, friendly community that worships God, and serves others. We place a high priority on teaching from the Bible and following the example of Jesus.

Our vision is to impact and renew Sion Mills and beyond with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions.

Come as you are - we'd love to get to know you.



Church Address

St. Theresa's Church
Melmount Road
Sion Mills, County Tyrone BT82 9EX
United Kingdom
Phone: 028 816 58264
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Church Pastor

Fr Thomas Canning
Fr Thomas Canning
Parish Priest
148 Melmount Road
Sion Mills, County Tyrone BT82 9EX
United Kingdom
Phone: 028 816 58264
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Quote of the Day
John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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Sion Mills
County Tyrone
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Rev. Michael Doherty PP   Edit

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St. Theresa's Church Sion Mills Mass Times

Masses

Sundays: Vigil 6.30pm.9.00am,11.00am
Holydays: Vigil 7.00pm.10.00am
Weekdays: Mon,Tues,Thurs& Fri 10.00am

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Saturdays: 6.00pm; anytime on request

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During the period of suspension of public Masses due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Mass will be broadcast via church webcams as follows:

Saturday Vigil

Sion Mills: 6.00pm
Leckpatrick: 6.00pm
Clonleigh: 6.30pm
Camus: 6.30pm
Melmount: 7.00pm

Sunday Morning

Sion Mills: 9.30am
Camus: 10.00am
Melmount: 10.30am
Clonleigh: 11.00am
Leckpatrick: 11.30am

Monday - Friday

Clonleigh: 9.00am
Leckpatrick: 9.30am
Melmount: 10.00am
Sion Mills: 10.00am
Camus: 10.30am

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Mass Times last updated on the 3rd of June, 2020
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St Theresa's PS,33 Garvan Road, Glebe. 028 81658438

St Eugene's PS, 53 Fyfin Road, Victoria Bridge. 028 81658439

Sion Mills PS, The Park, Sion Mills. 028 81658249   Edit


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History of St. Theresa's Church Sion Mills

The Beginning

Like all small parishes in the early 1930's St. Theresa's in Sion Mills started from very humble beginnings. In the beginning the village of Sion Mills was part of the neighbouring parish of Melmount, which is approximately 3 miles away in the town of Strabane. A small hall, which was originally a grocery store and stood on the present site was purchased. It was used as a temporary church and some ground was bought from Mrs. Marshall of Ballyfatten. For several years Mass was held on a weekday, once a month for the elderly people of the area. On the same site was St. Patrick's Hall and during a Mission in Melmount in 1932, a Mass was held on one Sunday. There was also a Mass held there on Christmas Day in the same year. This hall was bought by the parish and was extended on land given by Herdmans. (When seeking permission to get a church in Sion Mills it was argued that one day Sion Mills would become a deserted village. So far that statement is wrong!) The hall was blessed as a temporary church in November 1935 and was called the Church of the Little Flower and served the growing parish for the next 28 years. In September 1935 the parochial house was built due mainly to the tenacity of the resident priest at the time, Fr. Willie Devine.

Our Progression through the years

It wasn't until 1961 that plans for the building of a new church were accepted. The architect was Patrick Haughey ABIBA. It was the first of the modern churches in the Diocese of Derry with much concentration on the Sanctuary. The new church of St. Theresa was dedicated and officially opened on 25th August 1963. Fr. Faulkener was the Parish Priest of Melmount Parish at that time while Fr. James Brennan was the priest at Sion Mills.

Improvements

One of the most noticeable features of the new church is the Last Supper Facade designed by Oisin Kelly. The facade is much commented on by everyone especially visitors to Sion Mills and because the church fronts onto the main Derry to Belfast road and is also on the main route to Dublin, people passing through the village get a clear view of our Last Supper Facade. We also get many favourable comments on our beautifully maintained grounds and our well kept cemetery.

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St. Theresa's was granted parish status in September 1974 and Bishop Edward Daly inducted Fr. Gerard O'Neill as the first Parish Priest of St. Theresa's. Fr. O'Neill served as parish priest until January 1982. Next parish priest was Fr. Eamon Tierney who served until January 1987 to be followed by the appointment of Fr. Bernard Bryson, who to date is the longest serving parish priest of the parish of St. Theresa. Fr. Bryson retired in August 2004. Fr. Peter McLaughlin who was appointed in August 2004 and he retired in September 2017. Fr. Michael Doherty was appointed Parish Priest on 30 September 2017 and Fr. Thomas Canning was appointed Curate on the same date by Bishop Donal McKeown.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer Grant me...
Grant me prudently to avoid him that flatters me, and to endure patiently him that contradicts me
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