No. 1806 ~ EASTER DAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION
HOLY SATURDAY ~ APRIL 11
7.30 pm Easter Vigil Mass: Holy Rosary Church
10.00 pm Full Easter Vigil: St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry via the Cathedral webcam
EASTER SUNDAY ~ APRIL 12
10.00 am Mass: St Mary’s Coolcalm
12 noon Mass: Holy Rosary Draperstown
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
Holy Rosary Church: Monday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Mary’s Church Coolcalm: Tuesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am Friday ~ 7.30 pm
NEXT WEEKEND MASS TIMES (18 & 19 APRIL)
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish webcam: www.parishofballinascreen.com
The priests of the parish wish everyone the Blessings of Easter. This year we celebrate the victory of Christ over death as the world struggles with the COVID 19 pandemic. Current events remind us how much hope is a dimension of our faith. May this hope that the resurrection of Jesus offers us bring much needed hope and light to each of us and into our world.
Christ is risen,
He is truly risen!
Monday at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary please join via parish webcam.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Tony McCormack, Fivemile Straight,
Gertrude Steadman, Ballinderry,
Helen McAlister, Belfast,
Con Larkin, England,
Nellie Carlin, Canada.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Eamon McGovern, Bancran, on Saturday 11 April,
Josie Cushenan, Glenelly Villas, on Friday April 17.
Clare O'Kane, Gary Manning, Kieran McCullagh, Nuala O'Kane, Joseph Conway, Mary Kelly, Susan Kennedy.
During the week an attempted burglary on the home of a parishioner was thwarted when, mercifully, the intruder was distracted by a passer-by who noticed something amiss.
The police were called but the intruder made off on a motor bike.
Please make sure your home and property are secure at all times and that those live on their own are well protected. In the midst of this pandemic, there are those who would exploit the vulnerable.
When you are out for your daily walk, keep an eye out for those who live alone and if you see anything amiss, please call the police and report it.
LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2020
After consultation with the tour operator, and having reviewed the present situation in Lourdes and the continuing closure of the Sanctuary, the Diocesan Pilgrimage administration team has decided that the Derry Pilgrimage scheduled to travel at the start of July will not take place. Please God, it can be rescheduled for summer 2021. Any deposits or payments made already will either be refunded or may be used as deposits in whole or part for 2021 in accordance with the wishes of the individual pilgrims. This may take some time as the Pilgrimage Office is currently closed in accordance with Diocesan directives.
All youth deposits will be refunded, as rescheduling does not appear to be an option for the youth scheduled to travel at the moment.
We very much regret the necessity of this very unusual step but believe we have reached a stage where no other course of action is possible.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage administration team hope that all their past and aspiring pilgrims, their families and friends stay safe and well at this difficult time and entrust all to the care of Our Lady of Lourdes,
Resources are available on the Derry Diocesan Cathtical website to help families, young people and children to celebrate Easter and to continue to engage with their Faith Formation during this time of the Covid -19 pandemic. Please log on to www.catecheticalcentre.org
Primary School Resources
Post Primary School Resources
The April 2020 edition of ‘The Net’, the monthly publication sharing the fruits of the faith in parishes and schools within the Diocese of Derry, marks its fifth anniversary.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the April edition will be available only on the Diocesan website at this stage. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.
Coverage in April’s edition includes:
Ballinascreen Remembrance Service;
Comforting thoughts and prayers shared from around the Diocese
Diocesan Youth Ministry team’s online programme;
Irish Page by Fr Oliver Crilly
A Word of God for Your Family Life by Fr Johnny Doherty CSsR;
Children’s Catechism Club;
Buncrana couple blessed through Divine Mercy devotion;
Message of Mercy by Fr Joe Gormley
Candlelight Rosary Newtownstewart;
Eucharistic Adoration in Claudy;
Long Tower Folk Group celebrates 40 years of praying through music;
Fr Michael Keaveny celebrates 69th anniversary of ordination
Cappagh parish reaches out in current crisis;
Sr Clare Crockett still touching lives four years after her passing;
Faith story by Stephen Doherty.
For inclusion of your faith news in future editions please email: email@example.com
We encourage families to pray the Family Rosary each evening.
Please click on the link 'Come Pray The Rosary' on the home page of Ballinascreen Parish Website or click HERE.
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click the link on the parish webpage parishofballinascreen.com for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
In accordance with the guidelines re Coronavirus issued by Bishop Donal McKeown all FUNERAL MASSES will be limited to FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS ONLY. If parishioners so wish, funerals may be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church so that the Funeral Mass may be viewed live via Holy Rosary Webcam.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN
As parishioners may wish to contribute to the Trócaire Lenten Campaign,they have issued the following information:
Online banking, directly to Trócaire.
Bank details~ Sort Code 93.80.92
Account Number ~ 88227020
For people who do not use online banking, cheques may be posted to: Trócaire, 50-52 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD. Trócaire have also asked that any parishioners who may wish to donate this year DO NOT make their donations via Parochial Houses or Parish Offices.
In accordance with the Government statement and guidelines issued by Bishop McKeown there will be no baptisms until further notice. Baptisms will resume as soon as possible, but we ask parents not to be anxious. It is customary nowadays for children to be baptised many weeks and months after they are born. Parents can bless their children with the Sign of the Cross morning and evening and recite the Guardian Angel Prayer for them:
Angel of God My guardian dear To whom God’s love Commits me here Ever this day Be at my side To light and guard To rule and guide.
FIRST COMMUNION 2020 & CONFIRMATION 2020
All celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation in Derry Diocese have been postponed until further notice.
Bishop Donal McKeown, has directed that all weddings be suspended until further notice. Couples who have booked weddings for the coming weeks can email the Parish Office should they wish to reserve a future date.
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS
If parishioners in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary or the 7.30 pm Mass in Coolcam on a Friday, you MUST give their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. You may contact the office by phone or email. These Masses from the Holy Rosary and St. Mary's Coolcalm may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.
STRESS CONTROL ONLINE
Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are presently living in. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some ways, free-of-charge, to deal with anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then online Stress Control class may prove useful.
More information available on www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVRme6oWZT2hsCYaSergGw or log on to https://stresscontrol.org/ for more details about the class and dates.
POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX
From the open heart of the Crucified one, God’s love reaches each one of us. Let us allow His gaze to rest on us. We will understand that we are not alone, but loved, for the Lord does not abandon us and He never, ever forgets us.
PRAYERS FOR OUR PROTECTION
The Irish Catholic Bishops have asked for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, the bishops invite everyone to pray these prayers:
EXTRACT FROM SAINT PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
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 Phone: (028)79628248
Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic the Parish Office may only be contacted by email or phone (message may be left)
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
During the current crisis Bulletins will only be available on the parish website ~ www.parishofballinascreen.com
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050