No. 1744 ~ FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
Holy Rosary Church
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday - Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena
Wednesday and 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
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. email@example.com
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 11: Our Lady of Lourdes.
On this day in 1858, Mary, the Mother of God first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto of Massabielle. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Thursday 14: St Cyril and St Methodius.
Brothers from Thessalonica in Greece. They were declared Patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II in 1980.
Friday 15: Worldwide Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse. Please continue to pray for all survivors and victims, so that they can leave the past behind and embrace the future, healed and restored.
ST COLUMBA'S CHURCH, STRAW
The process to obtain a grant for the replacing of the church roof in Straw is ongoing and hopefully the application, when it is made, will be successful.
In the meantime, the provision of another toilet at Straw began last week. This entails a re-organising of the entire sacristy area of the church. Consequently, for health and safety reasons, there will be no Sunday Mass in St Columba’s Church Straw on the following dates: February 17, February 24 and March 3. Celebration of Sunday Mass at 11.00 am in St Columba’s will resume on Sunday March 10.
While this work is being completed the Friday evening Parish Anniversary Mass will take place in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena at 7.30 pm starting next Friday 15 February.
RETIREMENT OF SACRISTAN
The priests of the parish wish to take this opportunity to thank Teresa McGuigan who recently retired as Sacristan of St Columba’s Church, Straw. Teresa has given 20 years of dedicated service as Sacristan.
On behalf of all parishioners we thank Teresa for her commitment to St Columba’s Church and for the time she gave over and above what was expected these past 20 years.
The second collection this weekend will be taken up in support of Lourdes Hospitalité, the Derry Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Group who provide proper care and assistance for the sick who go to Lourdes each July on the Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage.
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage this year is from 4 – 9 July. Further details below.
DERRY DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage from 4 – 9 July. We welcome all pilgrims, especially pilgrims in need of care. We welcome doctors, nurses and youth (aged 17 years+) to assist with those in need. Application forms now available. Phone 7126 0293, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11.00 am-1.00 pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org Cost £679.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 11 February, will commence after 10.00 am Mass and conclude at 7.25pm. Mass at 7.30 pm.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of
Phillip McGarrity, Belfast.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Helen Lagan, St Patrick’s Street, Sunday 10 February in St Columba’s Church, Straw at 11.00 am.
Leo McWilliams, Susan McNally, Veronica Kelly, Cathal Conville,
Helen Kelly, Philomena Jeffrey.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Priests’ Monthly Collection: £2930
Church Renovation Fund: £1559
Many thanks to all who contributed.
At Fr Madden’s invitation, Monsignor Joseph Donnelly, P. Em, will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Columba’s Church, Straw on Saturday March 23 at 12 noon. Monsignor Donnelly is a former Vicar- General of the Diocese of Derry and a native of Ballinascreen. We look forward to welcoming him home to his parish for this special occasion.
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.
DO THIS IN MEMORY 2019
Do This in Memory Masses will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church at 12 noon on 10 March and 14 April.
On 23 June the Final Mass will be celebrated in St Columba’s Church, Straw at 11.00 am.
All Primary 4 children and their families are warmly invited to attend this family and parish focussed programme.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on the following dates in May 2019:
Saturday 4 May ~ Gaelscoil na Speiríní in St Columba’s Church Straw,
Saturday 11 May ~ St Columba’s P.S. in St Columba’s Church, Straw,
Saturday 18 May ~ St Mary’s P.S. in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown,
Saturday 18 May ~ St Eoghan’s P.S. in
St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS
The Friday Mass at 7.30 pm is offered as an anniversary Mass for deceased parishioners. If you wish to have your loved one prayed for at this Mass you MUST give their name to the Parish Office before Thursday of the relevant week.
DUNGIVEN PRAYER GROUP
Day of Renewal in Conference Room,
St Patrick’s Church Dungiven on Saturday 16 February.
Registration from 9.15 am, concluding with Mass at 2.30 pm. The theme of the day is Exploring and Embracing the Mystery of Faith and it will be led by Terence Butcher (lay deacon).
Donation of £5 includes tea/coffee, please bring a packed lunch.
February edition of the free newspaper Alive is now available in all churches. Always an interesting read.
This Derry Diocesan monthly newspaper which reports on various diocesan events and personal faith stories is available to buy in Church porches. Cost £1.50.
STUDY THEOLOGY ONLINE
Registration is now open for the Spring Semester of studies beginning on 2 March at the Priory Institute. Email email@example.com or phone 0035314048124 or view website www.prioryinstitute.com.
PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND
6-14 October 2019. Spiritual Director: Bishop Donal McKeown. Price: £1,330 / €1,445 per person sharing (inclusive). For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02895680005 / 003531878815.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
junior Session 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm followed by Open House on Friday 15 February in An Sciobol.
Set dancing every Thursday from 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm in An Sciobol.
SG ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
Annual General Meeting in St Mary's Hall Desertmartin on Monday 11 February at 8.00 pm. Everyone welcome.Contact Chris 07546 010560.
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN
Come Dine With Us has been postponed to a later date due to unforeseen circumstances.
Sewing classes, beginners welcome. Phone Olive 07887614094 to register
Fundraising ~ bags of unwanted clothing, shoes etc may be left at the Hall before 14 April.
Coffee Morning on Sunday 3 March.
Bingo Wednesday 24 April 8.00 pm.
Volunteers required to assist with functions in Hall and with occasionally with necessary computer work. Please contact Olive 07887614094 if you are willing to assist.
Cookery Demonstration and lunch with Catherine Curran on Friday 15 February from 10.00 am – 12 noon, cost £4.
Jiving classes with Conor McEldowney and Mairead Woods start on Thursday 21 February for 5 weeks, cost £25. Suitable for all abilities.
Free 4 week set of classes starts Tuesday 5 March at 10.00 am. Includes cookery skills, first aid training, health and wellbeing advice and a lunch each week. Criteria: unemployed, not in education or training – suitable for all ages 16+. Free course!
Handmade Soap Workshop, using natural ingredients. Saturday 23 March at 10.00 am.
Mothers and Daughters/Sons Cupcake Decorating for Mother’s Day. Saturday 30 March at 11.00 am. Booking essential.
Phone 79627826 to book or for further details on any of the above activities.
Free Valentine craft session on Tuesday 12 February from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Booking essential. Please contact library staff to book. Suitable for children aged 4 - 9 years.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners:
£300 Sean McGlone, £50 Margaret Heron, £50 Patsy Groogan
Ballinascreen GAC are hosting a Parents’ Information Evening and Player Registration Night on Monday 11 February.
Parents and coaches are asked to attend at the Club for 6.30 pm for U6 - U10 and 8.00 pm for U12 -minors.
Parents will be asked to submit contact numbers for team communication, will gain an overview of the coaching structures, policies and procedures and also meet the coaches who are volunteering to work with their children for the 2019 season.
Ladies leather jacket and gold necklace with fob found at Club on Saturday following Ladies’ Night. Please contact any of the ladies’ committee if you own either of these items.
Meekness and tenderness: these human virtues seem small, but they can overcome the most difficult conflicts.