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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 11 FEBRUARY 2024

No. 2006 ~ SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns Road

Telephone: 79628376

Fr Dermot McGirr CC​

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

PARISH OFFICE

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.

9 High Street

Phone: (028)79628248


NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN

Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday, preferably by email.

SAFEGUARDING

The Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Marie Gormley. To contact Marie Tel: 07596500793, or Email: mariegormley@derrydiocese.org


SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number: 07710838050


SPERRIN FOODBANK

Tel: 07543420639


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

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

 
 

SUNDAY VIGIL MASSES

Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm

St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 7.30 pm


SUNDAY MASSES

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


DAILY MASS TIMES

Monday February 12: 

Holy Rosary Church  ~ 10.00 am

Tuesday February 13: 

St Mary’s Coolcalm  ~ 10.00 am

Ash Wednesday Masses ~ Wednesday February 14:

7.00 am ~ Holy Rosary Church

10.00 am ~ St Mary’s Coolcalm

11.00 am ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns

11.00 am ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena

7.30 pm ~ St Columba’s Straw

Thursday February 15:

Holy Rosary ~ 7.00 am

St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 10.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 7.30 pm

Friday February 16:

St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am

Holy Rosary Church ~ 7.30 pm.


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Wednesday 14: Ash Wednesday. Day of Fast and Abstinence.

Friday 16: Day of Prayer for Victims of Abuse.


HOLY PLACES IN HOLY LAND

Collection at all Masses on Ash Wednesday for Holy Places in Holy Land.


DEATHS

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

Veronica McKernan, Oak Park;

Kathleen Faulkner Gortnaghey,

Cillian McKenna, Maghera;

Danny Otterson, Maghera.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

Michael Burns, Derrynoid Road;

Philomena Donnelly, Moykeeran Drive.

Anniversaries:

Cathal Conville;

Julie Morgan;

Philomena Jeffery;

William Murray;

Gracie May Corrigan-Bradley;

Baby Eden Bradley.


FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Philomena Donnelly, Moykeeran on Friday 16 February at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


BAPTISM

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

Brogan Kelly, Bancran Road.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Priests’ Collection: £2462

Renovation Collection: £1861.

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated. 


CONFIRMATION 2024

Confirmation will be celebrated in Ballinascreen on the following dates:

  • Saturday 2 March at 12 noon for children attending Gaelscoil na Speiríní.

  • Saturday 9 March at 12 noon for children attending St Columba’s P.S., St Eoghan’s P.S. and St Mary’s P.S.


SERVICE OF LIGHT

Service of Light for all children making their confirmation this year will take place during the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 25 February in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena. Parents are asked to please bring a baptism candle.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2024

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on the following dates:

  • Saturday 27 April at 11.00 am for children attending Gaelscoil na Speiríní and St Eoghan’s P.S.

  • Saturday 11 May at 11.00 am for children attending St Mary’s P.S.

  • Saturday 18 May at 11.00 am for children attending St Columba's P.S.


DO THIS IN MEMORY MASS

Do This In Memory Mass ~ Saturday 24 February 6.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


TRÓCAIRE 2024

Trócaire boxes will be available in all Church porches during Lent. We encourage each family to please take one home. Your contributions will help Trócaire to continue their vital work in developing countries. www.trocaire.org


LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2024

From Monday 1 to Friday 5 July, ex City of Derry Airport.  Led by Bishop Donal McKeown. Full board £799, single room supplement £150. Pilgrimage Office at 164 Bishop Street, Derry, will open to the public 11.00 am  to 1.00 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Phone  028 7126029 or  email derrypilgrim@outlook.com


HOSPITALITÉ COLLECTION

The Lourdes Hospitalité  collection, which helps those who wish to go to Lourdes and require care and assistance, will be taken next weekend (17/18 February)  at all Masses in our Parish.


ST VINCENT de PAUL

Ballinascreen SVP has preloved Communion dresses, suits and shoes available to any families who need assistance.  Please call to schedule a time to view and try on.  If you have preloved Communion attire at home, please consider donating to their recycling scheme. Call 07710838050.  


PARISH DANCE

Parish Dance on Friday 1 March in An Ráth Dubh. Music by Bleed’N Cowboys.  Dancing from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Admission £10.  Light refreshments served.

 

DIARY DATES

  • Vintage Vehicle Show in Moneyneena on Sunday 7 April. More details later.

  • Dawn Mass in Moneyneena on Easter Sunday. More details later.


DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

The Vocations Directors of the northern dioceses invite anyone interested in serving the Church as a diocesan priest, to attend a retreat at the Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne from 8-10 March.  Anyone aged 18 or over wishing to attend should please email the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O'Hagan at pgoh2111@gmail.com


LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS

Omagh Charismatic Prayer Group  invite you to seminars on Thursdays in conjunction with 7.30 pm Mass in Christ the King Church, Strathroy Speaker on Thursday 15 February will be Fr Charles Cross, The Grann. Seminar online at:  www.churchservices.tv/strathroy


DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE

Last chance to book your seat on the bus for the organised local transport to the Divine Mercy Conference in the R.D.S. Dublin, on Saturday 24 February. Only a few seats remaining. Please contact Brenda 078569 68091 or Mary 075007 06798 to register on or before (today) Sunday February 11. For more details visit www.divinemercyconference.com


SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP

Sixtowns Hall is hosting a FREE series of classes as part of a ‘Wellness Week’ initiative from Monday 26 February to Sunday 3 March, with thanks to funding support from the Workspace Group.

  • Monday 26:  Pilates classes with AMG from 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm and from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm, booking essential, contact 07711637349  or the FB page

  • Tuesday 27: Waltz & Line Dancing classes with Christopher Bradley from 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm, no booking required.

  • Wednesday 28: Healthy Eating Airfryer cookery class with Seana Mc Cafferty from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, booking essential, contact 07711637349 or the FB page.

  • Thursday  29: First Aid Class with Hibernian Medical Service Ltd from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, no booking required

  • Friday 1: Mindfulness Class with Caroline Kelly from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, no booking required.

  • Saturday 2:  Crochet & Chat, from 11.00 am to 12 noon, no booking needed.

  • Sunday 3: Breezy Kids Workshops, in the small hall, 1-4 year olds with a parent/carer from 12 noon to1.00 pm and for 5-11 year olds from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm. Contact Karen on 07546 115167 to find out more and register your interest.

  • Sunday 3: Exhibition in main hall from 12 noon to 2.00 pm with a variety of stalls focusing on health and wellness. Drop in for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome.


GLENSHANE HOUSE

Names being taken for a 1 day First Aid and Defibriliator course which will be held on a Friday from 9.30am to 4.30 pm. Cost £40 including certificate. To register phone 77742494 or call into office.


WARM WELCOME WEDNESADAYS

Free craft sessions in Workspace Community Hub from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm with Michaela Mills on these dates:

Wednesday 14 February: Painting mini ceramic pots.

Wednesday 6 March: Create a moss-land style terrarium using recycled glass jars.

Wednesday 13 March: Ireland Pebble Art for St Patrick’s Day.

No previous experience or skill required and all materials will be supplied. 

Booking required as places are limited. Call Workspace 0287962 8113 to book.


SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE

Thinking of giving up smoking for Lent? Call into O'Kane's Chemist and speak to a member of staff about joining their FREE 12 week programme. 


PARISH BAPTISMS 2024

All baptisms will take place on Sundays at 3.00 pm and bookings are to be made via the Parish Office, by phone 028 79628248 or Email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

February 18 ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns 

March 3 ~  Holy Rosary Church

Mar 10 ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena

March 24 ~ St Columba’s Straw

April 7 ~ St Columba’s Straw

April 14 ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns

April 21 ~ Holy Rosary Church

May 5 ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena

May 19 ~ St Columba’s Straw

June 2 ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns.


WORKSPACE RECREATION CENTRE

  • Venue for birthday parties: Hall and 3G pitch available half price at weekends. For more details or to book call 79628113.

  • Nuala’s Keep Fit Classes: Mondays and Thursdays from 6.45pm.  Cost £3.50 per class. Call Workspace to book 79628113

  • Theresa Lanigan Netball: Wednesdays 8.00 pm - 9.00 pm. All ladies must be 18+. All skill levels welcome.

 

TEA DANCE

Tea dance in St Mary's Hall Knocknagin, Desertmartin on today, Sunday from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm.  Music by Shaun Loughrey.


SPERRIN   FOODBANK

Foodbank operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. If you or someone you know requires assistance please call 07543420639.  No questions asked or criteria to meet. Facebook page is Sperrinfoodbank, Email: 


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 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. Notices for First Anniversary and Month's Mind Masses should be received before the Wednesday of the previous week so that they may be printed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.  


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

  • Yoga Classes:  New 6 week block starting Monday 12 February at 10.00 am, £36, numbers limited (registration necessary). Contact Olive 07887614094, Angela 07746895949 or Anne 79642711 to register.

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

  • Knit & Natter:  No class on Tuesday 13 February, classes resume on Tuesday 20 February.

  • Line Dancing: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; admission £4.00.

  • Read Yourself Well: Selection of books from wellness experts, doctors and bestselling authors. There are a number of books out on loan but no details were recorded. If you borrow a book it is necessary to record your name and a contact number. Please return any overdue books, or if you require it for a longer period then contact any committee member please.

  • Come along to any of the above activities and enjoy a fun way to exercise, keep fit and improve your health and wellbeing.

  • Sarsfield’s Accordion Band & Div.30 Band offer sympathy to the Loane family on the death of Bee Loane and to the Gillen family on the death of Bee Gillen.

  • Monthly Draw Winners: January ~ Calum Walsh, Magherafelt. February ~ Lawrence Higgins Luney.

  • All band members are invited to attend practice on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and to check their uniforms in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

SYNTHESIS REPORT FROM FIRST SESSION OF THE XVI ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2023

The Participants in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops have approved a Letter to the People of God. The text offers reflections and proposals on topics such as the role of women and the laity, the ministry of bishops, priesthood and the diaconate, the importance of the poor and migrants, digital mission, ecumenism, and abuse.

It is not a final document, but an “instrument at the service of ongoing discernment.

The Synthesis Report is structured in three parts:

The first outlines “the face of the synodal Church”, presenting the practice and understanding of synodality and its theological underpinning.

The second part, entitled “All disciples, all missionaries”, deals with all those involved in the life and mission of the Church and their relationships with one another.

The third part bears the title “Weaving bonds, building community”.

Episcopal Conferences are now called to focus on the questions and proposals that are considered most urgent, all this sustained by a climate of mutual listening and sincere dialogue.

To read the report, please click link below:

 

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