BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 1 AUGUST 2021

No.1874 ~ EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

​​SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Columba’s Straw 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

Holy Rosary: 12 noon


DAILY MASS TIMES

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

 

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Fr Dermot McGirr CC​

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

Fr John Downey Priest In Residence

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248

email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Parish Office now open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm

Please note Parish Office my be contacted by email or phone (message may be left).


NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN

Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Bulletins are presently only available:

SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number: 07710838050


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.

 

WEEKDAY MASSES: 2 AUGUST - 6 AUGUST

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Wednesday 4: St John Vianney.

He lived from 1786 until 1859. Had to contend with poverty, military service and his own intellectual shortcomings in order to become a priest. In 1817 he was sent to care for the people of Ars, a small obscure French village. The marvellous gift of the unlearned priest for seeing into the depths of the soul brought the world to Ars. From 1830 onwards the Curé averaged 12 to 16 hours a day in the confessional.

He is the Patron Saint of priests.

Thursday 5: The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major.

The basilica was built in Rome by Pope Sixtus III after the Council of Ephesus (431)

It is the first church in the West named in honour of the Mother of God.

Friday 6: The Transfiguration of The Lord.

The cross requires the exodus of Jesus, his death resurrection and glorification. The disciples have to realise that he must depart, just as they are now prepared for his going up to Jerusalem to die.


BALLINASCREEN PARISH OFFICE

Ballinascreen Parish Office will be reopened this week.

Monday and Tuesday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm.


BAPTISMS

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Olivia Mary McKenna, Cavanreagh Road;

Caolan Thomas Donnelly, Iniscarn Road.


DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Betty O’Neill, Dromdallagan;

Gerry O’Hagan, Iniscarn Road;

Sarah McGreevy, Lissan.


ANNIVERSARIES

Joseph McAllister,

Ayna McCloskey,

Bernard Haughey,

Bill Brennan,

Mary McKernan,

Anna McEldowney,

Joe Hegarty,

Sarah Watson,

John Campbell,

Seamus Thayaparan.


TRÓCAIRE

Guapinol 8: Water Defenders

Join Trócaire at the Gasyard Féile on Thursday 12 August at 1.00 pm or online at youtube.com/feilemediaderry to find out about the case of the ‘Guapinol 8’, who were detained in Honduras for peacefully resisting the exploitation of their community’s river by a mining company. Almost two years later, they remain in pretrial detention.


NEW BOOK PROMOTION ~ THE KING OF LOVE

This book 'The King of Love' by Fr Albert McNally, a Down and Connor priest, is, a guide to a prayerful approach to John’s Gospel. It includes 22 examples of Lectio Divina on the Fourth Gospel. Book costs £15 from https://shanway.com


MARY’S MEALS ~ STEP BY STEP TO FEED THE NEXT CHILD

Mary’s Meals is currently feeding over 1.8 million children a daily school meal across 19 countries. The Derry section their Annual ‘Step by Step’ Sponsored Walk to Knock to support this work starts from St Eugene’s Cathedral travelling to Fahan on the 7 August (12 noon - 4.00 pm) and they would love more people to join with them even for a mile or two.

All are welcome to participate!

Covid safety measures will be in place. If not walking, then please pray for the success of their walk. Walkers will have blue collection buckets and all donations will be gratefully accepted.

  • Alternatively, why not join them for their led walks around Gortin Glen Forest Park on 21 August at 11.00am. Contact Helen Quinn on 07814441701 for more details on these walks or visit Step by Step to Feed the Next Child on Facebook.


LOUGH DERG 2021

  • The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.

  • For further information email info@loughderg.org or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518; www.loughderg.org; Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co Donegal. F94 N289


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on Parish Website. Envelopes may be returned at any parish Mass, to Parish Office or any Parochial House.

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Adults and children are welcome to now come into the library, browse and borrow books.

  • Summer Reading Challenge will be held again this year, and new members are very welcome. It is for children aged 4-11 years.

  • Library opening hours are:

Tuesdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.

Fridays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Saturdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Parents and children may re-register if they have lost their library cards.


PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH’S MIND MASSES

If parishioners wish to have their loved one prayed for at any Anniversary Friday Mass, you MUST please email their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. e mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

  • We ask that only members of a family, whose loved one is being prayed for, attend the Friday Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. This should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind or any other anniversary, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam. Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation has left. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


POPE FRANCIS@ PONTIFEX

It would be good to ask ourselves every day: “What do I bring to Jesus today?”. He can do a lot with one of our prayers, with a gesture of charity for others. This is how God loves to act: He does great things, starting from those small things.


A SUMMER BLESSING

May you walk with God This summer In whatever you do Wherever you go

Walking with God means… Walking with honesty And with courage, Walking with love And respect And concern for the feelings of others

May you talk to God This summer And every day and In every situation

Talking with God means… Praying words of praise For the beauty of creation Saying prayers of thanks For friends and good times, Asking God’s help In all your decisions Expressing sorrow When you have failed

May you talk with God Every day.

Amen. – Author unknown


YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

We invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all petitions will be burned unopened.


REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and baptisms have been relaxed, so the following arrangements are now in place in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin parishes. All churches have been risked assessed and the number of places determined for each church is as follows:


Holy Rosary: 100

St Columbna’s, Straw: 100

St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 100

St Patrick’s, Sixtowns: 50

St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 60

St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 100

These numbers do not include priests, sacristans, or musicians as they have already designated places.


While extra places are now available, we ask that families be mindful of those who are vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. Social distancing and hand sanitising are necessary requirements inside the church but a lack of social distancing outside the church and elsewhere is a potential danger that should not be lightly ignored. Many outbreaks of Covid 19 have occurred when large numbers have gathered in homes and other places where the protocols have not been followed.

Track and trace is obligatory at all weddings, funerals and baptisms. Families will be provided with a template on which all names and contact details of those attending a wedding, funeral or baptism must be recorded and once completed returned to the relevant Parish Office.


WEDDINGS

As well as providing a Track and Trace contact sheet, couples will receive a plan of the church where their wedding will take place so that they can prepare their own church seating plan. This plan will then assist the church stewards to direct guests to their designated seats as they arrive. The plan must be received by the Parish Office three days before the date of the wedding. For the distribution of Holy Communion, guests will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them. Masks must be worn by all attending the wedding. The bridal party, with the exception of the bride and groom, must wear masks when they are in their place.


FUNERALS

Unlike a wedding where there is plenty of time to prepare a church seating plan, families will receive specially printed admittance cards and families may distribute these cards as they wish. These cards MUST be shown at the door of the church to one of the stewards. Please do not ask to be admitted into the church if you have not been given one of these cards. Families are requested to adhere to social distancing inside the church, and so sit in their ‘bubbles’ of two, three or more. Occasionally, stewards may have to respectfully request mourners to move to another seat to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. For the distribution of Holy Communion, mourners will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them.

Face masks must be worn by everyone. A track and trace contact sheet must be completed the day before the funeral.

 

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.

MEMORARE

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