No. 1941 ~ THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am
Tuesday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am
Wednesday: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am
Thursday: St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
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
Saturday in Holy Rosary Church before the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 15: St Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church.
Thursday 17: St Elizabeth of Hungary, religious.
Friday 18: Dedication of the Basilicas of St Peter and St Paul.
ANNUAL MASS FOR DECEASED PARISHIONERS
The Annual Parish Mass for Deceased Parishioners will take place on Wednesday 16 November at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church. The names of all who died or were buried or waked in our parish since All Soul’s Day last year will be read out at this Mass.
After all these names have been read out an adult member, of each of these bereaved families, will be invited to carry a lit candle to the altar. Each family should ensure that an adult member has been selected to represent them. All candles will be provided at the back of the church during this Mass.
PARISH BOOKS OF REMEMBRANCE
A Book of Remembrance has been placed in each of the churches in the parish for parishioners to enrol the names of their deceased loved ones. These books will remain in place for the month of November.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Rose McWilliams, Drumderg;
Kathleen Toner, Drumard Road.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Peter McGuigan, Drumderg Cottages, on Friday 18 November in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Mary Theresa Lanigan, Cordarragh, Heights on Friday 18 November in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Katie Donnelly, Mallon Villas, on Friday 18 November in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Mary Theresa Lanigan.
Patrick Joseph Kelly;
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to:
Rebecca O’Neill and David Peyre who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena;
Sarah Bradley and Ciaran Hayes who were married recently in St Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Anna Bronagh Brunton, Mulnavoo Road.
Weekly Collection: £1940
Renovation Collection £1131
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
PLEDGE FOR NOVEMBER
Many people offer spiritual support to a relation who is struggling because of alcohol or an addiction problem. Parishioners who wish to take a short-term Pioneer pledge during the month of the Holy Souls are invited to visit www.pioneers.ie/pray.
DO THIS IN MEMORY (DTIM)
Masses as part of our Parish DTIM Programme will take place in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm (Vigil Mass) on the dates below, except for the final Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday June 11 in St Eugene's, Moneyneena.
Holy Rosary Saturdays 6.00 pm: 10 December, 7 January, 25 February, 1 April and
11 June (in Moneyneena)
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2022
Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24 May to 31 May 2023. Spiritual director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly. Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799.
Offer of special price for early booking: £699 – if paid before 5 December 2022. Money must be paid in full. Contact Martina for further information. Phone 77741219 or 07715490880.
Anyone interested in serving the diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP, Bellaghy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following complaints from parishioners, Fr Madden requests that all dog owners do not let them off the lead in the parish cemeteries and that they clean up after them. It is indeed seriously disrespectful to those who rest in peace there and to their families
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Coffee morning and Christmas Market will take place at Sixtowns Hall on Sunday 27 November from 12 noon to 3.00 pm. This is a key fundraiser for the hall and all proceeds will go towards the hall's maintenance and running costs.
Donations of baked goods would be very welcome. Please get in touch with Emma on 07769289385 if you can assist.
Bowls in Hall Mondays from 8.00 pm. New members welcome.
TOTUS TUUS SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE
Live on Radio Maria Ireland from 2.00 pm on Saturday 19 November.
Speakers will include Sr. Caitriona Kavanagh OP, Brian O’Driscoll (Paving the Way Home), Fr. John McCarthy (Cloyne Diocese) and Fr. Terence Crotty OP.
Radio Maria may be listened to via the Radio Maria Ireland App, Saorview Channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277
CATHOLIC MOTHERS’ GROUP
Catholic Mothers Group will host a Retreat in Termonbacca on Saturday 26 November. This all-day Retreat will begin at 10.00 am, with registration. This day will offer a day away from the busyness of motherhood and take time for prayer, restoration and encouragement. Contact Sinead for further information and to register on 07523104760 or 0860528282
ST EOGHAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Christmas Craft Fair in St. Eoghan’s P.S. on Sunday 4 December. Book now to secure your place. £10.00 per table. Please contact Brigid Donnelly on 07595658380 for more details.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
After a three year absence the group are delighted to announce the return of their monthly sessions.
This month's session will take place on Friday 18 November at 8.30 pm in An Scioból. Fáilte roimh chách. Everybody welcome.
SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
Monthly meeting in St Mary’s Hall Desertmartin on Monday 14 November at 8.00 pm. New members welcome. Contact Chris for any enquiries on 07546010560
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Bishop Donal McKeown will lead this pilgrimage from 13 February 13 to 21 February, visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and other important sites. Price is £1655 per person sharing includes taxes and tips.
For more details please email email@example.com or phone 028 956 80005 or 003531 8788159.
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.
Christmas Craft Fair on today, Sunday 13 November, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, featuring 30 stall holders with a wide range of handmade items by local crafters and bakers. Perfect gifts for Christmas suitable for all the family and a few bargains too!
SPRED Group will meet on Monday 21 November from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm for socializing, fun and games.
Chair Exercises: Tuesdays 10.00 am. Admission £4.00. All welcome.
Knit & Natter: Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm.
Line Dancing: Wednesdays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Admission £4.
Band Practice: Thursdays at 7.30 pm. New and past members welcome.
Here and Now ~ Older People & Well-Being: 8 week music and dance programme on Fridays at 7.00 pm. Come along and enjoy the craic. Open to all aged over 55. This is a funded programme so is free.
To register for any of the above please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.
A PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE FOR NOVEMBER
God, thank you for the special people in our lives whom we are remembering in a special way during the month of November.
We thank you for being a compassionate God who walks with us in the dark moments of our grief and loneliness.
We are thankful for all who continue to love and support us through our grief.
Lord, continue to be a light for us, giving us hope, direction and courage.
May we now live our lives treasuring the memories of those special people we have known and loved and help us to bring light and hope to others.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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 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