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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 11 DECEMBER 2022

No. 1945 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT - GAUDETE SUNDAY

 

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, preferably by email.

Email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

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.

 
 

DAILY MASS TIMES INCLUDING MASSES FOR THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (8 DECEMBER)

Monday: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am

Holy Rosary Church: 6.00 pm - Diamond Jubilee Mass St. Mary's Primary School

Tuesday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am

Wednesday: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am

Thursday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am

Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm


SUNDAY MASS TIMES

Vigil Masses:

Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm

Sunday:

St Columba’s Straw: 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am

St Eugene's Moneyneena: 12 noon


CONFESSIONS

Saturday in Holy Rosary Church before the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass.


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Tuesday 13: St Lucy, virgin and martyr.

Wednesday 14: St John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church.


PENITENTIAL SERVICES ~ THE JOY OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS - SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Annual Advent Penitential Services in Holy Rosary Church today, Gaudete Sunday December 11, at 5.00 pm and

in St Patrick's Church Keenaught on Tuesday December 13 at 7.30 pm.

All welcome.


ANNUAL PARISH CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

The Christmas Carol Service will take place next Sunday, December 18, in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm.

All welcome.

During the service a collection of non-perishable foodstuff will be taken up on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

This year’s appeal is more important than in previous years as the demand is much greater.

Please remember this appeal when shopping this week. Thank you.


SVP ANNUAL COLLECTION

The local SVP Conference wish to sincerely thank the parishioners for their great generosity last weekend when their Annual SVP Christmas Collection was taken up. Donations may still be made this Sunday at the weekend Masses or left in Ballinascreen Parish Office during the week, if leaving a donation into the Office please place it in an envelope marked SVP.


BAMBENELLI SUNDAY

At all Masses this weekend you are invited to bring to Mass the figure of the Child Jesus from the Crib in your home for a special blessing on what is traditionally called Bambinelli Sunday.


VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Fr Madden will continue to visit the sick of the parish over the next two weeks in the approach to Christmas. He will make contact the day before to arrange a time or another day if that day doesn't suit.


ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS

The Board of Governors of St. Mary’s P.S. Draperstown would like to invite everyone to a Mass in Holy Rosary Church on tomorrow, Monday 12 December at 6.00 pm to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the school. Refreshments will be served at the school after the Mass.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary:

Patrick Leyden.

Anniversaries:

James Mullan;

Baby Beth Bradley;

James Kelly;

Helen Heron.


DEATHS

we extend our prayerful sympathy to the families and relatives of:

Frank Donnelly, Bancran Road;

Anne O’Hagan, Magherafelt;

Mary Brigid McCrystal, Magherafelt.


CANON PAT KELLY RIP

It is with sorrow that the death is announced of Canon Pat Kelly, retired Parish Priest of Holy Name Mansewood. Fr Pat was born and raised in Desermtartin over 97 years ago and served as a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. A frequent visitor home, until ill health prevented his return over the past few years, he was well known in Desertmartin and will be missed as much in Desertmartin as he will be in his adopted diocese of Glasgow.

Canon Kelly died at St Joseph’s Care Home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Robroyston.

Reception of Canon Kelly’s remains and Vigil at Holy Name, Mansewood, on Wednesday 14 December at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name on Thursday 15 December at 12.30 pm.

Canon Pat’s remains will then be taken to Desertmartin for burial.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Keenaught at 2.00 pm on Friday December 16 followed by burial in adjoining graveyard.

Canon Kelly was P.P. at Holy Name for nearly 23 years, and had the pleasure of the Official Opening and Consecration of the new church on 21 October 1984 by Archbishop Winning, assisted by Bishop Renfrew and Bishop Mone.

Requiescat in pace.


BAPTISMS

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

Lily Anna McGlade, Strawmore Road;

Molly Jane McWilliams, Moneyneena Road.


12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DRAW

Desertmartin Parish is having its Christmas Draw again this year. Draws every day from Christmas Day until Thursday 5 January. Everyone’s ticket will be in for ALL the draws, so you have 33 chances to win! Total prize fund £5,000. Tickets cost £20 each and are available from:

  • Heron’s Gift Shop, Draperstown.

  • Moneyneena Post Office.

  • Holy Rosary Church.

  • Parish Offices.

  • Fr. McGirr, Parochial House.

To have a ticket posted please contact Fr. McGirr on 028 79632196 or eamil desertmartinparish@gmail.com


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Priests’ Collection: £2195

Renovation Collection £1410

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH OF IRELAND

St Columba's Church of Ireland are delighted to welcome the return of Ballinascreen Parish choir on Friday 16 December at 7.00 pm for their Christmas Praise evening.

Festive refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


ST ANNE’S SIXTOWNS

Annual Carol Service at St. Anne’s on Sunday 18 December at 3.00 pm with music from the Tamlaghtmore Silver band. All welcome.


CHRISTMAS PRAYER RESOURCE

At Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus, our hope and peace, Jesus, the light of the world. We pray this Christmas that each of us will rediscover the meaning of Our Lord's Nativity and the great hope that it proclaims for the world. You are invited to spend time with scripture, reflection and prayer. A Christmas prayer resource is available to download on the Diocese of Derry website for private prayer at the church or home, to share with a neighbour who may have no online access or for a time to gather each day with your family. The booklet can be downloaded at: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/12-days-of-christmas-2022


BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Monthly session in An Scioból on Friday 16 December from 8.00 pm. Special guest Dadaí na Nollag.

Fáilte roimh chách. All welcome.


CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE

Advent Appeal packs are available at Church doors. Please take one and return the coin box in January. Your donations will help to provide clean, safe water for thousands of people living in rural communities in Ethiopia. For more information please contact shauna.oneill@childrenincrossfire.org


GUIDE TO THE HOLY LAND

An Irish Pilgrimage Guide to the Holy Land is a new book by Michael Kelly, Editor of The Irish Catholic newspaper which explores the places associated with the life of Christ. Michael, who has led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, says he hopes the book can also act as an ‘armchair retreat’ for people who cannot travel to the Holy Land bringing the Gospel to life for them. Available from all good bookshops, or on www.columbabooks.com or by calling 01.687.4096, price £14.99. An ideal Christmas gift.


PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI AND ROME

As part of St Eugene’s Cathedral 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to San Giovanni and Rome from 25th – 30th September 2023. Visiting the birthplace of Padre Pio, Shrine of St Michael Archangel, St Peter’s Basilica and other important sites.

Cost is £879 p.p.s. (Single room supplement is £150.)

For more details email info@marian.ie or call Belfast on (028) 956 80005 or Dublin on (01) 878 8159.


GLENSHANE HOUSE

OCN Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children: Starting January and will be held on Wednesdays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, for 6 weeks. Suitable for parents, classroom assistants, teachers and students over 16. To register phone 028 777 42494.


THE NET

The current edition of The Net is now freely available on the Derry diocesan website. This online paper has many interesting faith stories and news clips from around our diocese. Included in this month’s edition are photographs taken at the recent Ballinascreen Parish Cake Sale and Coffee Morning.


MARY’S MEALS

Their Double the Love Campaign means that all donations made to Mary’s Meals until 31 January 2023 will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.5 million. View www.marysmeals.org.uk or or phone 07394564065 for more details.


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: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: First Anniversary and Month's Mind notices should be received before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

  • Boxing Night Dance: Music by Francis Faulkner, from 9.00 pm to 12 midnight. Adm £7 - includes light supper.

  • Christmas wreath making: Monday 19 December at 7.00 pm. There are a few places left.

  • Chair Exercises: Tuesdays 10.00 am, followed by a short walk. Adm £4.00.

  • Knit & Natter: Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

  • Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm.

  • Line Dancing: Wednesdays 7.30 pm.

  • Here and Now - Older People and Well-Being: Fridays at 7.00 pm. Music and dance, Free open to all over 55’s.

  • Sarsfield’s Band: All band members are asked to please attend band practice on Thursday night in preparation to attend a recital at Marriot House on Saturday 17 December. 2023 Calendar featuring the band down through the ages can be bought from any band member. £5 each.

To register for any of the above please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.


WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE - LISBON 2023

The Diocese of Derry is inviting any young person who is over 18 or will be 18 by July 2023 to join their Pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day. World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. This pilgrimage will take place in August 2023. For now, they are taking expression of interest until they have more information on dates, times and prices. Spaces are limited so signing up now is essential. You can register your interest on the derrydiocese.org website or on the @derryyouth Facebook page Any questions regarding this pilgrimage, may be emailed please to Lizzie Rea, Youth Coordinator at: lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org


IOSAS CENTRE MUFF

Iosas Centre Café Muff: Sunday Carvery from 12.30 until 3.00 pm. Delicious starters, mains and desserts, using their own organic vegetables. Booking recommended and take away is available. Phone 00353 749384866

(1 course €12.50 ~ 2 courses €15.50 ~ 3 courses €19.50)

Finish your afternoon with a walk in the beautiful Celtic Prayer Garden.


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


NATIONAL SYNTHESIS