No. 1703 ~ FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
An Rath Dubh Moneyneena: 7.30 pm
An Rath Dubh 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
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.00 pm
Tuesday ~ 10.00 am
Wednesday ~ 10.00 am
Thursday ~ 10.00 am
Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
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 Tel: 79628248
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday ~ Closed
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Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 1: St Joseph the Worker.
Thursday 3: St Philip and St James. Apostoles.
We welcome Bishop Donal McKeown to Ballinascreena and Desertmartin this weekend to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation. The ceremony in Desertmartin begins at 11.30 am in St Patrick’s Church Keenaught and in Ballinascreen at 3.00 pm in St Columba’s Church Straw. All are welcome.
PRAYER FOR LIFE
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday in St Columba’s Church Straw from 6.00 pm - 7.25 pm. Please join in this Prayer for Life to protect the unborn and to support their mothers and fathers in choosing to continue with their pregnancies, especially in difficult circumstances. All welcome.
In Holy Rosary Church, Monday April 30 commencing after 10.00 am Mass and continues until Mass at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Mary Frances McWilliams, Ballinascreen Fold, Saturday 5 May in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm.
Mary Frances McWilliams
Conor Donnelly John Joe Trainor.
Kathleen Trainor, Kathleen Kelly, Breige McGuickin, Annie McCrory, Martin Breen, Marie Henry,
Charlie Kearney, Monica Kelly.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Charlie McDonald Drogheda,
Paddy Whelan Waterford,
Hubert Donnelly, Newry,
Alice McCann, Portglenone,
Maureen Lynch, Claudy.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Holly Rose McAuley, Dromdallagan,
Grace Enya McKay, Strawmore Road,
Tristan Martin McCloskey, Cahore Heights,
Dearbhla Margaret Bell, Maghera,
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Collection: £2110
Church Renovation Collection: £1492.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY
Meeting in Holy Rosary Church on Monday April 30, following the 7.30 pm Mass. The Rosary will be recited before Mass at 7.10 pm. All welcome.
April Draw will be held on Monday April 30. Results in next week’s Bulletin.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on:
Saturday 5 May :Gaelscoil na Speiríní in St Coumba’s Church Straw at 11 am
All are welcome.
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.
Annual Blessing of the Graves will take place in Ballinascreen Parish on Sunday 17 June at the following times:
St Columba’s Straw ~ 2.00 pm
St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 3.30 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 4.30 pm
The Annual Blessing of the Graves in Desertmartin Parish will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.
First Sunday of the month:
Holy Rosary 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.
SVP ANNUAL OUTING
SVP Annual Outing will be on Tuesday 29 May to Portrush, stopping in Ballymena on route. Bus will leave from Holy Rosary at 9.00 am sharp. Cost £15, covers bus fare and lunch, must be paid at time of booking with Julia McGuigan. Bookings must be made before Tuesday 22 May.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ WMOF DUBLIN ~ AUGUST 2018
The World Meeting of the Families from 21 – 26 August will attract thousands of Irish and International pilgrims. Organising it and seeing it through will only be possible with the help of generous volunteers who will put their love and talents to service. Many more volunteers are urgently needed. For more information and to access an online application form view:
Celebration of Friendship: Thornhill House, Derry is hosting a few hours on Monday 14 May, where friends can come together to give gratitude for friendships shared. Arrival time 11.30 am for 12.00 noon. Gratitude prayer and celebration lunch. Cost is £20. Pre-booking essential.
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOUGH DERG
Pilgrimage from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 June will be led by Bishop Donal McKeown. Coach travelling from St Eugene’s Cathedral, via Strabane. For pilgrims travelling by coach, cost is £80 per person (which includes all transport and pilgrimage costs). A non-refundable deposit of £20 per person is required to secure a place. Pilgrims may use their own means of transport. For more information or to register, please contact the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOUGH DERG 2018
Season opens for One Day Retreats on Saturday 5 May. One Day Retreats continue on May 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22, 26, 27 and 28.
Advance booking essential. Phone +353 (0)719861518 or email email@example.com
Three Day Pilgrimage Season begins on Friday 1 June.
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Night of traditional ballad singing, poems and stories by Tom Sweeney the ‘Mountainy Singer’ in The Shepherd’s Rest on Tuesday 1 May at 8.00 pm. .Everyone welcome.
Summer Cookery Demonstration and Tasting, Friday 4 May 10 am - 12 noon
Spring Guided Walk, Saturday 5 May at 4.00 pm.
Icing Piping Skills, Monday 14 May 7 pm – 10 pm. All materials supplied.
Craft Class, make a family box frame, Tuesday 15 May 10 am – noon.
Dementia/Alzheimer's information evening, Thursday 24 May at 7.00 pm
Cupcake decorating on Friday 25 May, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.
Bread Making, Tuesday 29 May 10.00 am.
Phone 79627826 to book a place on any of the above courses.
C.S .Lewis display. All welcome.
Course on shopping securely online on Friday 11 May at 1.30 pm. Booking essential
Monthly Junior Reading Group for children aged 9-11 years. If interested please contact the library. Telephone 79628249. Library open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
WHITE OAKS CENTRE
White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre, Muff, is holding a Weekend Retreat from 18 – 20 May ‘Sunlight in the Spirit’ for those in recovery from addiction who wish to deepen their relationship with God. Facilitated by the 11th Step Group (Scotland). Cost €150 (Residential) or €100 (non-residential). Please call the Centre on 00353749384400 to book or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycle on Saturday 2 June to raise awareness of suicide and mental health. Registration from 9.00 am in St Colms High School. Cycle starts at 10.30 am. Cost £15. This is not a race, it will be in full peloton from start to finish. Family cycle in Straw. Volunteers needed please to help with registration, stewarding and refreshments.
SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
Meeting Monday 30 April at 7.30 pm in St Mary's Hall, Desertmartin. Places still available on the 3-day trip to Athlone from Sunday 13 - Wednesday 16 May. For further details contact Chris on 07546010560 or 79631425.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners: £300 Sean D O'Neill , £50 Aoife McNamee, £50 Barry Slowey.
Congratulations to U14 hurlers on winning both the A & C Derry Féile na nGael,and to the U14 camogie team who also won their Derry Féile final. The hurlers will travel to Kilnadeema / Leitrim and the camogie team to Liam Mellows (both in Co Galway) from 8 -11 June for the All-Ireland Féile Final.
OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WMOF2018
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
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