No. 1791 ~ THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
The priests of the parish wish all the parishioners of Ballinascreen every grace and blessing in 2020.
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary Draperstown 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena 9.00 am
St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am
St Columba’s Straw 12 noon
DAILY MASSES FOR THIS WEEK
HOLY ROSARY CHURCH
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 10.00 am
Wednesday ~ 11.00 am
ST EUGENE’S MONEYNEENA
Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm
ST COLUMBA'S CHURCH STRAW
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
Before the Vigil Masses
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
40 Derrynoyd Road
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Fr John Downey
Priest In Residence
36 Moneyneena Rd
9 High Street Telephone:79628248
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday and Friday ~ Closed
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 31: St Sylvester. Died in 335. He was pope for twenty-one years.
Wednesday 1:Mary, the Holy Mother of God. World Day of Peace.
Thursday 2: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors of the Church.
Friday 3: The Holy Name of Jesus.
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday December 30 or Monday January 6.
Adoration will resume in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 13 January 2020.
Please Note: There will be no 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Monday December 30.
DERRY DIOCESAN SOCIETY
The 9.00 am Mass in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena today, Sunday, will be offered for the deceased members of the Derry Diocesan Society.
MASSES ON NEW YEARS’ DAY
Morning Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Wednesday will be at 11.00 am.
Evening Mass in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena on Wednesday at 7.30 pm.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Peter McEldowney, Magherafelt Road, in St Columba’s Church Straw on Friday 3 January at 7.30 pm.
Brian McGuigan, Cahore Terrace, in
St Columba’s Church Straw on Friday 3 January at 7.30 pm.
Mary McNamee, Seamus Kerrigan,
Nellie Toner, Rose Brolly, Owen Walsh, Bridget Duggan, John Henry, Gerard McAllister, Mary B McKee, Margaret Groogan, Anne O’Kane.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Envelope Collection: £2792.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
CHRISTMAS BOX COLLECTION
The priests of the parish wish to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of the parish for their great kindness and generosity to them in the Christmas Collection.
Make a visit to the Christmas Crib in any of the churches in the parish and send your best 'family selfie' please to email@example.com
This would be a wonderful way to make the crib and the Holy Family a part of our own Christmas celebration.
All 'selfies' will be available to view on the parish web site.
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS
The Friday 7.30 pm Mass in St Columba’s Church Straw 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 by Thursday of the relevant week. These names will also be read out at the 10.00 am Mass on Friday mornings (exception when this 10.00 am Mass is cancelled)
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Darrágh Brian McIvor, Gortahurk Road,
Cornelia Lorianna Mary Doherty, New York.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
Do This In Memory Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church on Saturday 25 January at 6.00 pm. The theme of this Mass will be Baptism and a photo will be requested via the schools in advance of this Mass.
The children preparing for First Holy Communion are asked to please remember to bring their blessed candle and when they arrive should bring it to the front of the Church for it to be lit during this Mass.
Candles will be returned after the Mass.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020
Celebration of First Holy Communion in Ballinascreen Parish in 2020 will be on:
Saturday May 2 for Gaelscoil Na Speirini at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church Straw and St Marys P. S. Draperstown at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.
Saturday May 16 for St Columba’s P.S. Straw at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church, Straw, and St Eoghan’s P. S. Moneyneena at 11.00 am in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
Please contact the Parish Office to book.
Ballinascreen Parish Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday April 25 at
11.00 am in St Columba’s Church Straw.
In order to update and keep an accurate account of parishioners being cared for in Residential Nursing Homes in the area, we ask that a member of the family contact the Parish Office with the name of their relative and the nursing home.
Ballinascreen Historical Society’s new CD / DVD is now on sale in local shops.
Lourdes Pilgrimage from 2 - 7 July 2020. The Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, is open for general enquiries and for the supply of Gift Vouchers on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm. Phone 71260293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are invited for the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage, from those who will be age 17 at time of travel. Forms may be requested through schools or from Pilgrimage Office, Derry
BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION
December Quarterly Cash Draw Winners-
£10,000~Mr Cormac Rice, Sixtowns Road.
£7,000 ~Mr Simon Steele, Corrick Road.
£3,000 ~ Mrs Loretta Doyle-Kennedy, Cahore Road.
Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Saturday 28 March 2020.
Free to use SAD lamp is in library for people experiencing low mood in winter. It gives a bright light to enhance mood. Please ask a member of staff re its use.
Free Mindfulness Session with Caroline Kelly on Tuesday 28 January, at 5.30 pm, Everyone welcome.
Knit and Natter resumes on Tuesday 7 January.
Rhythm and Rhyme resumes on Friday 3 January at 10.30 am.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage / Retreat from 24 September – 8 October 2020. Applications are now welcome. For more information or to book, please contact Thornhill Ministries, at 71351233 or email email@example.com. Website: www.thornhillministries.co.uk
DERRY DIOCESAN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
Pilgrimage for young people aged 16-18 to Medjugorje for 7 nights from 28 July-4 August. This will be a unique experience for young people and an opportunity to engage with peers from around the world in a faith context as part of the Medjugorje Youth Festival. Cost is £599 and there will be a budget plan to help with this. For more details or to book please phone 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL NOTICE FOR PARENTS
If your child will be starting pre-school or Primary School in September 2020, you should apply for their place online from
12 noon on 7 January 2020.
Closing date for pre-school and Primary One applications is 12 noon on 30 January 2020. Further information is available at www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions
CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
Thanks to all who have already taken an Advent Box this year. Boxes are still available in all Church porches.
Donations this year will help to provide life saving treatment for children in Ethiopia who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. All donations will be collected in January.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND
Catholic Marriage Encounter Ireland, offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love. Next residential weekend (Friday 8.00 pm to Sunday 4.30 pm) will be in Dromantine Retreat Centre, Newry, from 31 January - 2 February 2020. For more details and to book please phone 07702812321 or view website www.marriageencounter.ie
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN
Crochet Classes on Thursdays, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Classes resume 16 January 2020
Sewing Classes on Fridays, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Classes resume on 7 January.
Yoga on Mondays, 10.30 am -12 noon classes resume on 3 February.
To register please phone Olive 07887614094, Anne 79642711 or Philomena 07866381473.
The nativity scene reminds us how important it is to stop and contemplate. Because only when we recollect ourselves can we embrace what counts in life. Only if we leave the noise of the world outside can we open ourselves to listening to God, who speaks in silence.
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
We pray that this new year will bring us closer to You. May we take the time to get to know You. Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us and use them to serve You and spread Your word, May we also see and love you in all the people we meet, so that in turn, they can see You in us. Let us accept You in our lives, in the way it pleases You, as Truth, to be spoken, as Life, to be lived, as Light, to be lighted, as Love, to be followed, as Joy, to be given, as Peace, to be spread about, as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, friends, neighbours and all people.