BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 10 OCTOBER 2021

No.1884 ~ TWENTY-EIGHTH 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

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 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: 11 OCTOBER - 15 OCTOBER

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

Monday 11: St John XXIII, pope.

Friday 15: St Teresa of Avila.


SYNODAL PROCESS - WALKING TOGETHER

In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time.

These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process.

‘Synodal’ comes from a Greek word which means ‘walking together’.

This weekend marks the official launch of the Synod by Pope Francis in Rome.

Over the next couple of weeks Bishop Donal will launch the process in our own diocese and more information will follow.

To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:

www.catholicbishops.ie/synod

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.


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.


DEATHS

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

Brian McGuigan, Drumard;

Brendan McBride, Cavanreagh Road;

Mickey McGlone, Tonagh Heights;

Briege McFlynn, Moneymore and

Ellen Murray Belfast.


MONTH'S MIND MASS

Kevin Wilson, Oak Park, on Friday October 15 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

Rose Ann O’Neill, Dysart, on Friday October 15 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

Seamus Kelly,

Patrick McCullagh,

Anthony Rooney,

Sean McCullagh,

Bridget McCloskey

Richard Edwards.


BAPTISM

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

Corey-Lee Toner, Moykeeran Drive.


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.

  • 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 Friday Anniversary Mass.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


OCTOBER - MISSION MONTH:

A series of free presentations on Mission Today - what mission means in today's society - will be available by Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday October evening. Each presentation will consist of a short talk, discussion and a chance to ask questions. For more details on the presentations, and to receive the Zoom links visit derrydiocese.org/mission-month


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.


KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

  • Creative Writing classes with Maura Johnston resume Tuesday 12 October from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm for 10 weeks. £3 weekly or £25 if paid on week one.

  • Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 6 November 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Free admission. Variety of unique homemade crafts - ideal Christmas presents! For more details phone 79627826 or email manager@kilcronaghan.co.uk


THORNHILL MINISTRIES - LET’S TALK CHURCH MUSIC!

For those involved in planning and supporting music in our parishes there is an online gathering to consider ways of developing support for this vital ministry. If interested and to receive the details of the Zoom meeting, please send an email to thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org. Zoom meeting from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Monday 11 October


BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION

September Quarterly Cash Draw Winners-

1st Prize - £10,000: Mrs Doreen Donnelly, River Road

2nd Prize - £7,000: Mrs Christine McAllister, Iniscarn Road, Desertmartin

3rd Prize - £5,000: Mrs Ann Hurst, Corrickbeg Road, Plumbridge

4th Prize - £3,000: Mr Dermot Kelly, Bancran Road.

Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Saturday 18 December 2021.


BALLINASCREEN FOLD

Vacancies available in Ballinascreen Fold (over 55’s accommodation). If interested please call Ciara McNally 0330 123 0888.


THE VOICE OF PADRE PIO MAGAZINE

The annual subscriptions for this bi-monthly magazine are now due and because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 subscriptions were unable to be collected. However, the Editor kindly continued to mail the magazines and therefore, the renewal subscription of £28 for 2020 and 2021 can now be paid. This will renew your magazine until August 2022.If you wish to receive this interesting and informative St Pio magazine, posted directly to your home from San Giovanni Rotondo, please enclose £14 (for new subscribers) or £28 (for renewal subscribers for 2020 + 2021) in a sealed envelope with your name and full postal address and leave into Ballinascreen Parish Office by Monday October 11.


DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES, 2022

Although mindful of all the uncertainties we face at this time, the Pilgrimage Director and staff have begun planning for a return to Lourdes in early summer 2022. While it is still too early to provide details, it is intended that the date and duration will be as in recent years and hopefully these will be confirmed and announced by the end of 2021. We ask for the prayers of the people of the diocese so that, by the grace of God and intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, we may return to Lourdes once more.


MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND

From 5 - 7 November, hosted by Catholic Marriage Encounter: Restore Communication, Renew Commitment and Rekindle Romance. This online experience (using Zoom), starts Friday at 8.00 pm and ends on Sunday at 2.30 pm. Full details on: https://www.marriageencounter.ie


MARY'S MEALS

Thanks to your prayers and generosity, Mary’s Meals now feed over 2 million children every school day. To find out more join one of their Zoom talks on Tuesday 5 October and Thursday 14 October at 11.00 am or 7.00 pm on both days. To register please email caoimhe.mccann@marysmeals.org or phone 07394564065.


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers ages up to 4 years have recommenced, on Fridays at 11.30 am. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Please contact the library to book.

  • Adult Book Group on Tuesday 19 October at 7.00 pm. Please contact the library to book a place in this group.

  • Two free Halloween craft sessions for children aged 4-8 years on Tuesday 26 October at 6.00 pm and Friday 29 October at 3.30 pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited. Please contact the library to book.

Library Opening Hours

Tuesdays ~ 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm,

Fridays ~ 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and

1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Saturdays ~ 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm.

Phone 79628249.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

  • Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesdays at 11.30 am - admission £4.

  • Mental Health Talk, Coming Out of Covid, by Hugo MacOscar - Monday 25 October and Monday 8 Nov at 7.30 pm

  • Crochet with Ceiline Bleeks Tuesday 12 October 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. £5 per session.

Due to Covid Restrictions, it is important to register as numbers are limited.

To register please contact either Kathleen: 07764277809 or Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094.

Come along to any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.


ROAD CLOSURE

To facilitate necessary repair work from Monday 11 October it will be necessary to fully close the C524 Moydamlaght Road and Birren Road to through traffic, between Moneyneaney and Dungiven.

It is envisaged that the works will take a significant period of time to complete

During the road closure a two-way traffic diversion will be in operation via the A6 Glenshane Road, C552 Five Mile Straight and vice versa.

Advanced warning signage for the closure will be provided and diversion routes will be signed as necessary. The Department has carefully planned these road works and associated traffic management arrangements in order to minimise inconvenience to the public. The public are asked to avoid the area whenever possible and to allow extra time for their journey.


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