No.1928 ~ TWENTIETH 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: St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 11.00 am
Holy Rosary Church ~ 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 7.30 pm
Tuesday: St Mary’s Church, 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
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.15 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
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Solemnity. Mass times for August 15 below.
Tuesday 16: St Stephen of Hungary. Lived from 975 until 1038. First king of Hungary and its patron saint, worked for the conversion of his people to Christianity
Wednesday 17:Our Lady of Knock. The story of Knock began on August 21 1879 when Our Lady, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist appeared on the south gable of Knock Parish Church.
Saturday 20: St Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church. He was born in 1090 and died on August 20 1153. He became a Cistercian monk at Citeaux in 1113. Patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers.
MASSES FOR THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
10.00 am ~ St Mary’s Church Coolcalm
11.00 am ~ St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena
6.00 pm ~ Holy Rosary Church
7.30 pm ~ St Patrick’s Church Sixtowns. (See notice below)
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME FR JOHN
Many congratulations to Fr John O'Laverty who was ordained a priest for service in the Down and Connor Diocese on 31 July 2022.
Fr John will offer Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Sixtowns at 7.30 pm on Monday 15 August and afterwards he will give his First Blessing to all who attend.
Fr O'Lavery's mother is the former Elizabeth Campbell from Sixtowns, daughter of the late Henry and Mary Ellen Campbell.
We are delighted to welcome Fr John to our Parish and we wish him every blessing in his priestly ministry.
Ad Multos Annos.
COME AND SEE RETREAT
Anyone interested in studying for the diocesan priesthood is invited to attend a weekend ‘Come and See’ retreat from 26 - 28 August.
Please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP, Moville, at email@example.com for more details and information.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
John Rogers, Drumderg, on Friday August 19 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Callum Evans, Sixtowns Road;
Padraig Rory McPeake, Donacarney;
Lorcan Fergal McCullagh, Mullinderg.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Mary McCullagh and Oisin Rodgers who were married recently in St Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns.
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Ballinascreen Parish Choir has been invited to sing at the forthcoming Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday September 24. This is a great honour for the Choir and the Parish. If you have never been to Knock, this will be a great opportunity to bring the family to Ireland’s National Shrine to Our Lady. This pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Donal McKeown.
Stations of the Cross at 2:00 pm followed by Mass at 3:00 pm with Sacrament of the Sick.
Buses will travel from a variety of pick up points. For further information please contact
Fr Patrick Lagan at St Eugene’s Cathedral on 028 7126 2894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST PIO KNOCK PILGRIMAGE
National Pilgrimage in honour of St Pio takes place at Knock on Sunday 18 September. Coach leaving Holy Rosary Church at 7.00 am returning at 10.00 pm approximately. Fare including breakfast is £30 is payable on booking. To book please contact: 07836366949, 07732125316 or 02879628920 as soon as possible.
First Collection: £1910
Renovation Collection £1025
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH SUMMER DRAW
Winners Week 3:
£1000 ~ Tracey McWilliams, Tirruadh Road;
£200 ~ Niambh McCullagh, Coolnasillagh Road;
£100 ~ Veronica McCullagh, Glengomna Road.
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
KNOCK NOVENA 2022
National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will be from August 14 to August 22. Visit their website knockshrine.ie for full details of guest speakers for the daily ceremonies.
The theme for this year’s Novena is: 'A Journey in Hope'.
July / August edition which contains interesting articles about life in different parishes in our diocese is now available on the Derry Diocesan website.
Included in this current edition is:
St Colm's Draperstown celebrates 60th anniversary and Nula Breen's 'infectious energy' highly motivating for Draperstown school community
SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
Dance and tea in Knocknagin Hall on Sunday 21 August at 3.00 pm. Music by Stuart Moyles. Come along and support the group.
While all church seats are now available we ask please when attending any church service that:
You wear a face mask
You sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the Church
Overcrowding in any seat be avoided.
Thank you for your continued cooperation on these matters.
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 the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
Painting Class, starts Wednesday 7 September for 8 weeks. Choose from 10.00 until 12 noon or from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm.
Felt Flower Crafting, starts Monday 12 September, from 10.00 am until 12.30 pm for 3 weeks. £10 all materials supplied.
Yoga with Angela, starts Thursday 22 September, from 10.30 am until 12 noon, for 6 weeks.
Watercolours with George Gourley, Monday 3 October, from 10.00 am until 12 noon, for 4 weeks.
Creative Writing with Maura Johnston, starts Tuesday 4 October, from 10.30 am until 12 noon, for 9 weeks.
Annual Vintage Rally, Craft Fair and Family Fun Day returns this year on Saturday 24 September at 11.00 am. bookings for craft tables now being taken.
For more details or to reserve a space at any class or to book a craft table please text 07821963749, or phone 028 796 27826 or PM Kilcronaghan Facebook
Chair Exercises with Thomasina resume on Tuesday 16 August at 10.00 am. Admission £4. All welcome.
Knit and Natter classes will resume again in September.
Line Dancing with Thomasina will resume early September.
Many thanks to all those who attended the health checks with Cancer Focus NI in Desertmartin on July 27 and the generous donation of £150.00.
To register for any of the above classes, or alternatively if you have any ideas for group activities, please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 02879 642711.
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.
A SUMMER BLESSING
May you walk with God this summer In whatever you do Wherever you go.
Walking with God means… Walking with honesty And with courage, Walking with love And respect And concern for the feelings of others.
May you talk to God this summer And every day and In every situation.
Talking with God means… Praying words of praise For the beauty of creation Saying prayers of thanks For friends and good times, Asking God’s help In all your decisions Expressing sorrow When you have failed
May you talk with God Every day.
The Diocese of Derry recently submitted its report on its consultations to the Irish Synodal Pathway Steering Committee. This report may be viewed at: www.derrydiocese.org/synod-report
HIGHER DIPLOMA / DIPLOMA IN PASTORAL LITURGY
The National Centre for Liturgy at Maynooth University invite applications for this blended learning course which will combine online modules with some on campus learning. For more details please log onto maynoothcollege.ie/courses
Closing date for applications is 9 September 2022. Course will commence on September 23 2022.
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
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