No. 1971 ~ THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
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 Moneyneena
OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
9 High Street
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday, preferably by email.
The Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Marie Gormley. To contact Marie Tel: 07596500793, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SUNDAY VIGIL MASSES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 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
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday June 12: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Tuesday June 13: St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am
Wednesday June 14: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Thursday June 15: St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am
Friday June 16: St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am & Holy Rosary Church ~ 7.30 pm.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 13: St Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church.
Friday 16: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Saturday 17: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
BLESSING OF GRAVES 2023
Annual Blessing of Graves on today Sunday June 11:
11.00 am ~ Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns followed by Blessing of graves.
12 noon ~ Mass in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena followed by Blessing of graves.
2.00 pm ~ Blessing of graves at St Columba’s Straw.
3.00 pm ~ Blessing of graves at St Mary’s, Coolcalm.
4.30 pm ~ Blessing of graves at Old Keenaught Church.
Please gather at your family grave before the Ceremony begins.
Please bring a small container of water (ONE for each grave) to the Ceremony.
This water will be blessed during the Ceremony. A member of each family will be invited to sprinkle holy water on the grave after the prayers of blessing over all the graves have been recited by the priests.
At each Ceremony we will also remember by name all those who were buried in Ballinascreen since Cemetery Sunday 2022.
A gate collection will be taken up, at the end of each ceremony to help with the upkeep of the graveyards.
You may use the white envelope (at the back of each box of envelopes) marked Special Collection No 1 for this collection. Thank you.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Adele Eithne McCloskey, Coolnasillagh Road
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Paul Kearney, Newtownards formerly from Moykeeran Drive;
Bernie Higgins, Magherafelt.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Brendan O’Kane, Glenshane Gardens on Friday June 16 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm
Fr Madden will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Holy Rosary Church on Saturday July 1 at 6.00 pm and on Sunday July 2 at 10.00 am in St Mary's Church, Coolcalm.
He was ordained on 3 July 1983.
SVP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed to help with weekly collections after each Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses. If you can help please contact 07710 838050.
ST COLM’S GAC 90th ANNIVERSARY MASS
To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of St Colm's GAC in Ballinascreen, an Open Air Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Saturday June 24 at St Colm's GAC, Straw at 6.00 pm. There will be NO VIGIL MASS that evening in Holy Rosary Church.
Weekly Collection: £2720
Renovation Collection: £2006
Further £175 for Diocesan Purposes.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE
People aged 16+ are invited to join the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June.
Bishop McKeown will lead the pilgrimage. He invites those who wish to join him to book by calling the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 71264087 or email email@example.com.
The cost for the three days is £80, this includes transport from St Eugene's Cathedral Derry. You may, of course, wish to make your own way there. For more details please use either of the above contact details.
PULMONARY FIBROSIS FUNDRAISER
There will be a fundraising night in Regan’s Bar next Thursday, 15 June. Music by James Devlin and friends. All are welcome.
AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB ASSISTANTS
Draperstown After School Club is recruiting After School Club Assistants (casual and permanent positions). If you are interested in finding out more details about these jobs, please ring Workspace on 028 796 28113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LÁ SPRAOI TEAGHLAIGH - FAMILY FUN DAY
Glór na Speiríní are holding their Family Fun Day on Saturday 17 June in Straw. There will be numerous events to suit all ages from bilingual story telling, children's treasure hunt, Teddy's Bears picnic, arts and crafts and much more. The Family Fun Day will start at 10.00 am - 12.30 pm for younger páistí followed by a Car Treasure Hunt at 11.30 am and a Family Walk at 2.30 pm. Cost is £3 per child, refreshments will be provided. Tá fáilte roimh chách. Everyone welcome!
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Phone 028 7135 1329.
ST PATRICK’S UNIVERSITY MAYNOOTH
Courses in Pastoral Liturgy and Theology on offer. New Postgraduate Programme application deadline at
St Patrick's Pontifical University is August 14. Visit St Patrick's Pontifical University, Maynooth on June 24 for their Summer Open Day. Visit: sppu.ie to view their range of courses.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Volunteers welcome to join the monthly indoor cleaning rota, please contact Emma on 07769289385 for more details.
GLENSHANE HOUSE, DUNGIVEN
Flower Arranging course starting Tuesday, 20 June at 7.00 pm, for 4 weeks. Total cost including registration fee and all flowers etc is £40. Phone 028 777 42494.
ST. PIO PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
6 Days, including Pietrelcina, Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Matthew’s Monastery, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Incoronata etc. Depart 3 October 2023 from Dublin £770. Limited places. For more details please contact: Anita on 07769744836
MARY’S MEALS OPEN GARDEN
Open Garden Weekend at Tattykeel House,115 Doonegary Road, Omagh, BT79 OBN in aid of Mary’s Meals. Event on Saturday17 and Sunday 18 June from 12 noon until 5.00 pm . Explore the garden, relax , purchase delicious refreshments and lots of homegrown plants and gifts. £5 entry fee.
All donations will help Mary’s Meals to provide daily school meals to children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
For further details please contact Suzanne on 07825449133
KNOCK SHRINE 2023
The pilgrimage season at Knock Shrine is now underway, and they look forward to welcoming organised pilgrimages from all across the country at the weekends, and daily ceremonies for visiting pilgrims each day. For full details please visit their website: www.knockshrine.ie
NAÍSCOIL MHACHAIRE RÁTHA
Safari Hunt & Summer Family Fun Day at Drumnaph Nature Reserve 15 Halfgayne Road, Maghera on Sunday 18 June from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Tickets available online at: www.naiscoil.org/events or through Naíscoil Facebook page. For more details please email: email@example.com
Sperrin Foodbank will be open on Fridays from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm for drop-ins. No appointment needed. If you require assistance outside this time, please call 07543 420639 to arrange collection. No questions asked or criteria to meet. Facebook page Sperrinfoodbank or 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 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 before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
Featuring All-Ireland Champions, Blackwater Ceili Band on Saturday 17 June at 7.30 pm in Swatragh GAA Clubhouse. Admission £10.
SPRED Group on Monday 12 June.
Chair Exercises: Tuesdays at 10 am followed by a short walk. Adm £4.
Knit ‘n’ Natter over for the summer.
Line Dancing: Wednesdays at 7.30 pm. Admission £4.
If interested in any of the above activities please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 02879 642711 to register.
Sarsfield’s Band & Div.30 offer sympathy to the Crossan family on the death of Jimbo Crossan, Derry President of AOH - Board of Erin and Derry No 1 Div.
June Draw winner of £50 was Ava Uí Loideáin, Curr Road.
Band Practice Thursdays at 7.30 pm. New and past members welcome. Roles for all ages and abilities, accordion players, drummers flag bearers and majorettes.
NATIONAL SYNTHESIS OF THE SYNODAL PROCESS
The Irish Bishops' Conference has published the National Synthesis of the Synodal Process conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. The National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation and is based on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups. The National Synthesis will be forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.
To view this document click HERE
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