No.1913 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
31 Sixtowns Road
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Fr John Downey Priest In Residence
36 Moneyneena Rd
9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248
Open Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday, preferably by email.
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.
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday May 2:
Holy Rosary Church 11.00 am
Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
Tuesday May 3:
St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Wednesday May 4:
Holy Rosary Church 11.00 am
Thursday May 5:
St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Friday May 6 - Parish Anniversary Masses:
St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm
St Columba’s Straw: 9.00 am
St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 2: St Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church.
Tuesday 3: St Philip and St James, apostles.
PADRE PIO MASS
On Monday May 2, a Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be offered for all students sitting examinations in schools and colleges over the next number of weeks. This Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.
TRÓCAIRE ~ LENT 2022
Sincere thanks to those who have already contributed to this year’s Lenten Trócaire Appeal. A further £2526 has been received. We hope to send the total parish donation to Trócaire very soon.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Michael Hickson, Bellaghy.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Michael Connolly, Moyard on Friday May 6 Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Joseph Rogers, Sixtowns Road on Friday May 6 Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Michael Conway - First Anniversary
John Joe Trainor;
Mary Frances McWilliams;
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to:
Danielle Cushenan and Niall Sands who were recently married in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena;
Claire Beggan and Christopher Conway who were recently married in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Conan John Flanagan, Glenshane Park;
Amy Mary McGuckin, Oak Park;
James Declan Heron, The Oaks, Magherafelt.
While all church seats are now available we ask please when attending any church service that:
You wear a face mask
You sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the Church
Overcrowding in any seat be avoided.
Thank you for your continued cooperation on these matters.
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.
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. Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: First Anniversary and Month's Mind notices should be received the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
“It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples.” Are you being called to love the Lord and His people as a diocesan priest? If considering such a vocation, contact your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP Moville at email@example.com or email the National Vocations Office firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST COMMUNION 2022
Proposed dates for First Holy Communion Masses in Ballinascreen Parish will be celebrated as follows:
St Mary’s P.S. on Saturday 7 May at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
St Eoghan’s P.S. on Saturday 14 May at 11.00 am in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
St Columba’s P.S. on Saturday 21 May at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
Gaelscoil na Speirini on Saturday 4 June at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
WOMEN OF FAITH
The Women of Faith Conference on Radio Maria Ireland on Saturday 7 May from 2.00 pm.
Speakers include: Sr Consilio, Wendy Grace, Fr. Freddy Warner SMA, Sr Susan Evangelist and Dr. Edward Sri a scripture scholar. This blessed event is sponsored by Totus Tuus Magazine.
Radio Maria Ireland is accessible
online at www.radiomaria.ie or
Download Radio Maria Ireland App
Listen live via Facebook or
Call 014373277 and listen live or
Listen on Saorview, channel 210.
CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA AGM
Glór na Speiríní are holding their AGM on Wednesday 11 May in the Glór Centre in Straw at 7.30 pm. If you would like to have an input into the development of the Irish language you would be welcome to attend. Tá fáilte roimh chách. Everyone welcome.
Please phone 77742494 if interested in attending any of these courses at Glenshane House Dungiven:
First Aid and Defib Training,
OCN L2 Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children,
BTEC L3 Paediatric First Aid.
Painting for Pleasure classes every Wednesday from 10.00 am until 12 noon and from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Suitable for all abilities and beginners, everyone welcome. Text or ring 07821963749 for details and to book your place.
LOUGH DERG RE-OPENS
Lough Derg welcomes Pilgrims again with a full Pilgrimage programme this summer
Three Day Pilgrimage: 1 June - 15 August. Booking advised. Concessions available for students, seniors and groups.
One Day Retreats and guided Pilgrim Path experience: Dates in May and late August through September. Booking essential.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE 2022
Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2022. Bishop McKeown will lead the pilgrimage and invites you to join him. Booking is essential so please contact Diocesan Catechetical Centre If aged over 16 Tel:71264087 or email: email@example.com
Cost £80, this includes return transport from St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry
LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARS
Seminars on Thursday evenings until Thursday 2 June at 7.30 pm in Sacred Heart Church, Omagh. Mass with Homily. Celebrant this week will be Fr Eddie McGee, St Mary’s University College and he will preach on Salvation. www.churchsetvices.tv/drumraghparish
MATT TALBOT PRAYER SOCIETY
This society prays daily for those with addictions. You can enrol somebody to be prayed for each day as well as at the Mass on the First Monday of each month at 7.30 pm in St Eugene's Cathedral Derry. For more details visit www.matttalbotprayersociety.com where you can also enrol somebody via an online submission.
Mary’s Meals reach more than 2.2 million children in 20 countries with a nutritious school meal each day. They invite us during May to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the 20 years of little acts of love that have made their work possible and in petition for God’s continued blessing on their good work. More details and prayer resources on: www.marysmeals.org.uk/prayinmay
These free six-online cognitive-behavioural therapy classes led by Dr Jim White, will commence on Monday 9 May. For full details please log onto https://ni.stresscontrol.org/
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2022
Pilgrimage from 3 until 8 July. Cost is £689 per person sharing, single room supplement £150. Price includes flights, transfers and full board. The pilgrimage will be suitable for pilgrims who do not require medical, nursing or personal assistance as, unfortunately, this cannot be provided this year. The intentions of the sick of the diocese will be taken to Lourdes. The Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, is open for enquires and application forms on Thursdays and Saturdays, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm. Tel: 71260293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSARY AT THE GROTTOS
The Rosary will be prayed for peace in the world each day during May at hundreds of grottos around Ireland.
For more details including the list of grottos please visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie
ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE
This service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage are being sought. Successful applicants will receive professional training and be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally. Contact Deirdre 07980898399 or email email@example.com
Closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms for this year is Friday May 27. Forms and further details about becoming a facilitator are on www.accordni.com
PARKRUN AND PARKWALK
Parkrun and Parkwalk at Derrynoid Forest every Saturday at 9.30 am.
Come along and walk, jog or run on Saturday mornings at Parkrun Derrynoyd Forest, Derrynoyd Road.
Suited to walkers and runners of all abilities, to boost fitness for free. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Parkrun is a free community event and is a timed 5km walk or run. Walkers, runners and new volunteers all welcome. To join register online: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
For more details see: www.parkrun.org.uk/derrynoidforest/
Follow on Facebook: Derrynoid Forest Parkrun
If interested in a ‘Knit and Natter’ class to knit or crochet hats for Antrim Area Hospital Neonatal Unit, wool can be provided, please contact Kathleen 07764277809: Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094 stating preference of time either Tuesday evening or Wednesday afternoon.
SPRED Group meeting on Monday 9 May at 7.30 pm.
Chair Exercises - Tuesdays 10.00 am.
Line Dancing classes - Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.
No band practice on Thursday 5 May, resumes Thursday 12 May at 8.00 pm, new members welcome.
Date for your diary: Friday 27 May - Charity Dance for Air Ambulance N.I.
TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Sunday 29 May: Tirgan Hall Big Breakfast and Hill Walk.
Sunday 5 June: Kids mini tractor / bike run. 11.00 am. £5 per child.
Saturday 25 June: Adrain Knight, Comedy Hypnotist.
DROMANTINE CENTRE ~ NEW WORKSHOPS
Bookings now open for these workshops:
NO VISIBLE SCAR ~ Comfort for those bereaved during the pandemic. Friday 20 May 5.00 pm – Sunday 22 May 2.00 pm.
ALONE TOGETHER ~ Finding our way back to connection. Saturday 18 June 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
THE LONG GOODBYE ~ Practical advice for caregivers of people living with dementia. Friday 19 August 5.00 pm - Sunday 21 August 2.00 pm.
WHEN IT IS DARKEST ~ Understanding suicide. Saturday 24 September 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
CHURCH ABUSE: A UNIQUE BETRAYAL ~ A call to listen, a call to action, a call to change. Friday 4 November 5.00 pm - Sunday 6 November 2.00 pm.
Workshop Facilitator is Fr Hugh Lagan SMA, priest and chartered clinical psychologist who has led retreats, workshops and trainings internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive change, trauma, mental health and resilience.
Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place: Phone 3082 1964 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Synodality is about seeking together to discover God’s way forward in a new time and place.
This is not just a time of change but a change of time.
It is about learning to journey in hope from the great figures of the Advent liturgy: Isaiah, John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph.
We are a pilgrim people, following the voice of God who calls us one step at a time.
We are moving beyond a Church where everything depends on ‘Father’.
Pope Francis has asked us to rediscover the Advent spirit of leaving our secure base and trusting that the Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace.
We aim to have a time of local listening to one another in January/February, building towards a diocesan submission to an Irish national response.
All national responses will be considered by the Vatican and a Working Document sent back for local reflection and comment in late 2022 – building towards the Synod of Bishops’ meeting in October 2023, and beyond.
This is the beginning of a new way of being Church. It is not just a passing initiative. It is facing the future together, open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Advent is not just a season of the year. It is a permanent part of our identity as Church.
PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
THE SYNOD PRAYER ~ IRISH TRANSLATION (Paidir an tSionaid)
Seasaimid i Do láthairse, a Spioraid Naoimh,
agus muid ag teacht le chéile i D’ainm
Agus Tusa amháin mar threoraí againn
socraigh Tú féin síos inár gcroíthe;
Múin dúinn an tslí a chaithfimid dul
agus conas is féidir linn leanúint di.
Táimid lag agus claonta chun peaca;
ná lig dúinn ainriail a chur chun cinn.
Ná lig don aineolas sinn a chur amú,
ná don chlaonpháirtíocht ár ngníomhartha a mhúnlú.
Lig dúinn teacht Ort inár n-aontacht
chun go dtriallfaimid le chéile chun na beatha síoraí
gan dul ar strae ó bhealach na fírinne ná ón cheart.
Iarraimid é seo uile Ort,
Tusa a bhíonn ag obair de shíor agus i ngach uile áit,
i gcomaoin an Athar agus an Mhic,
trí shaol na saol.
To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:
To learn more about the worldwide Synod please visit: https://www.synod.va/en.html
Please say each day in your prayers the following prayer for the success of the Synodal Process which is both old and new.
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