No. 1695 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 7.30 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 9.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw: 11.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES DURING LENT
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday ~ 7.00 am
Wednesday ~ 7.00 am
Thursday ~ 7.00 am
Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Moneyneena
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw
Wednesday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Colm’s High School
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday ~ 8.40 am
Before the Vigil Masses
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
40 Derrynoyd Road
Fr John Downey CC
36 Moneyneena Rd
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
9 High Street
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday ~ Closed
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Thursday March 1: St David.
He was an abbot and bishop in the sixth century. He is the patron saint of Wales and he influenced monastic development in Ireland as several Irish saints were his pupils. He died around 601.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT
Stations of the Cross this Sunday evening 25 February in St Columba’s Church, Straw at 5.00 pm. All are welcome.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday February 26 following the 10.00 am Mass. Adoration will conclude with Mass at 7.30 pm.
First Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church on Saturday March 3 at 11.00 am.
Confessions will be held after this Mass.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of;
Kevin Shannon, Philadelphia,
John McCusker, Lisnamuck,
David Sharrock, England.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Margaret McCallion, Moykeeran, on Wednesday 28 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.
Michael McKenna, Doon, on Sunday 4 March in St Columba’s Church, Straw at 11.00 am.
Hannah McSorley, Philomena Kelly,
James Conville, Patrick Hegarty,
Mary Gordon, Mary Hegarty,
Patrick McEldowney, Mary Bradley,
Baby Majella McGuigan.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Envelope Collection: £2495 Church Revovation Fund: £1345
Holy Places in Holy Land: £677.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Katie Brown, Woodland Grove.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN
Trócaire Lenten Boxes are now available in all Church porches.
Please take a box home and support this annual appeal to help people living in developing countries.
Lenten Promise Cards
Cards, with a daily activity, are available in all Churches during Lent.
TRÓCAIRE ROMERO FAMILY AWARD
This award will provide your family with an avenue to learn about the lives of other families around the world where Trócaire works, and it compliments the ‘Amoris’ preparation programme for the World Meeting of Families. Closing date is Thursday 31 May. To register email email@example.com or view www.trocaire.org/romeroaward.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on the following dates in May 2018:
Saturday 5 May ~ Gaelscoil na Speiríní in St Coumba’s Church Straw,
Saturday 12 May ~ St Columba’s P.S. in St Columba’s Church, Straw,
Saturday 19 May ~ St Mary’s P.S. in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown,
Saturday 19 May ~ St Eoghan’s P.S. in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
DO THIS IN MEMORY MASSES
Masses for children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion will be celebrated at 12 noon in Holy Rosary on the following dates: 4 and 25 March, 15 April and 3 June.
Bishop McKeown will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Ballinascreen on Sunday April 29 at 3.00 pm
First Sunday of the month:
Holy Rosary Church after 12 noon Mass
Second Saturday of the month:
St Eugene’s Moneyneena at 3.00 pm
Fourth Sunday of the month:
St Columba’s Straw at 3.00 pm
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: By arrangement.
A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism.
Please contact the Parish Office to book a baptism
Information Evening on Tuesday 27 February from 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm in the Parochial House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP. Enquiries can be made via the Diocesan Vocations Director: Fr Paul Farren, Telephone: 028 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2018
Bishop Donal McKeown will lead the diocesan pilgrimage from 1 – 6 July. Fare £669. Application forms available from Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop St Derry. Opening hours: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Phone 71260293 or email email@example.com.
ST. COLM'S HIGH SCHOOL
Many congratulations to St. Colm’s High School on being placed 2nd in Northern Ireland at GCSE level in the 2016/17 League Tables published in the Irish News.
Our local Primary Schools in partnership with St. Colm’s High School won the top award at the ‘Live Here Love Here’ Community Award Ceremony held in Belfast on Tuesday 20th February. The spirit of Live Here Love Here was presented by DAERA.
Mr Brénainn Brunton, Eco Co-ordinator at St Columba's PS, was awarded the Winner of the Mid Ulster Litter Heroes Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the Live Here Love Here Programme.
BIG BREAKFAST FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Maghera Local Committee invite you to Big Breakfast on Friday 2 March from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm in Walsh’s Hotel Maghera. Donations in aid of Cancer Research UK .
Come along to help in the fight against cancer. Everyone welcome.
MONEYNEENA DEVELOPMENT GROUP CELEBRATION
All are welcome to join in a celebration of the group’s work over the last 25 years at An Rath Dubh on Thursday 1 March at 8.00 pm. Light refreshments served. The group's past work will be reviewed and exciting plans for the area will be announced.
New members are welcome for both their Junior and Senior Community Samba Bands.
Join in a team musical experience that’s vibrant and exciting while teaching patience and building confidence, promoting health and wellbeing, helping people relax and beat stress. For more information or to register phone 79628428 or view firstname.lastname@example.org
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Fundraising event for Sixtowns Hall will be held on Sunday 4 March in The Shepherds’ Rest.
Music by the Bleed ‘N Cowboys. Light Supper provided. Event will be from 5.00 pm -7.00 pm. Admission ~ adults £6, children £4.
World Book Day on Thursday 1March. Library will open at 6.00 pm for children who may come dressed as a character from a children’s book for Storytime. Parents’ Open Night also.
Talk on Introduction to Photography on Tuesday 6 March at 6.00 pm.
No booking required. All welcome.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners
£300 - Anna Cushenan,
£50 Anne McGuigan,
£50 Shane McKenna.
Talk by Proinsias Brolly on Michael Collins, covering the years 1890-1918, will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 3 March at 8.30 pm.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
God, our Father, we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
Pause to remember family members and others
Increase our faith, strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share. This we ask, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.
For more information view: www.worldmeeting2018.ie
CHOOSE LIFE 2018
Church Teaching Life Is Sacred, Catechism of the Catholic Church n.2258
“Human life is sacred because, from its beginning, it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end. No one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.’
To access videos, testimonies and frequently asked questions visit www.chooselife2018.ie
We may not have a vote but we can pray!
POPE FRANCIS @ PONTIFEX
In our daily lives we experience the tenderness of God who lovingly saves us from our sins, fears and anxieties.