No. 1850 ~ SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ DAY OF PRAYER FOR TEMPERANCE
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm (WEBCAM ONLY)
St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 10.00 am (WEBCAM ONLY)
Holy Rosary: 12 noon (WEBCAM ONLY)
DAILY MASS TIMES (WEBCAM ONLY)
Holy Rosary Church:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 11.00 am
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Church Coolcalm:
Tuesday and Friday ~ 11.00 am
Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.30 pm
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:
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
Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic the Parish Office may only be contacted by email or phone (message may be left)
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.
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletins are presently only available:
Online at www.parishofballinascreen.com
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 15 - Friday 19 February) - (WEBCAM ONLY)
Monday February 15: 11.00 am - Holy Rosary
Tuesday February 16: 11.00 am - St Mary’s, Coolcalm
ASH Wednesday February 17: 11.00 am - Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon. There will be a recording made of this Angelus
and Rosary so families may use it to pray together later in the day.
7.30 pm - St Mary’s, Coolcalm
As ashes will not distributed on foreheads this year, maybe we have the opportunity, those who can, to wear the ashes on our hearts by offering up some or all of our meals today.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only days of Fast and Abstinence in our catholic tradition.
Thursday February 18: 11.00 am - Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon. The recording of the Angelus and Rosary on
the parish webcam site offers to families the opportunity to pray together later in
7.30 pm - St Mary’s, Coolcalm
Friday February 19: World Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse
11.00 am - St Mary’s, Coolcalm - Parish Anniversary Mass followed by
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.
3.00 pm - Exposition and Stations of the Cross in Holy Rosary Church.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until the Parish
Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm.
7.30 pm - Holy Rosary - Parish Anniversary Mass
SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT
Create a Prayer Space in our homes with a Crucifix or the image of Christ Crucified at the centre and that we remember each day all those who carry heavy burdens at this time.
Further ideas on how to create such a space are to be found on this link: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/categories/lent-2021
This link will also provide you with many other worthwhile resources for a prayerful and meaningful Lent.
As it is not possible to safely distribute Trócaire Boxes at this time to everyone, we ask that you create your own Trocaire Box or Jar and place it somewhere for all to see as a reminder of daily blessing and the need to give to those much less fortunate than ourselves.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Remi Eden McSorley, Sixtowns Road.
Trócaire are delivering a series of online workshops/webinars this Lent. Find out more and sign up here:
LENTEN CONVERSATIONS - ONLINE AT KNOCK SHRINE
Knock Shrine are launching a new series of online discussions to engage you during Lent. The talks will be streamed at 8.30 pm every Thursday during Lent.
Speakers will address issues such as:
What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?
Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?
How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?
How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith?
Join them at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on Facebook @knockshrine
33 DAYS FOR ST JOSEPH
In response to Pope Francis declaring the Year of St Joseph, the Irish Dominicans invite you to join them online via Zoom at 8.00 pm each day from 15 February to 19 March (Feast of St Joseph) as they make a collective consecration to St Joseph, while seeking his intercession for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
Zoom ID: 986 4005 1501
All welcome. All prayers and readings will be displayed on screen.
FRIDAY MASSES - PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH'S MIND MASSES
Parish Anniversary Masses will be held every Friday and presently will only be available via the respective parish webcam. 11.00 am in St Mary's Coolcalm and 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
If parishioners wish to have their loved one prayed for at these Anniversary Friday Masses, please email their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.
Email address: email@example.com
NB: Following requests we would like to repeat that NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.
PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES
In line with current regulations, Holy Rosary Church will close during all Masses and devotions but will open this week for Private Prayer as follows:
Monday: 12 noon – 2.30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday:12 noon – 4.00 pm
Sunday: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
Upon entering Holy Rosary Church for Private Prayer, parishioners are reminded that it is vitally important that after sanitising hands, they lift one of the yellow cards and leave it on the seat where they sat. These seats will be later cleaned in line with current regulations. Thank you.
Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, have made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on the Parish Website. You can also access the Parish Donation web page by clicking here: DONATE
Envelopes may be returned to the Parish Office or Parochial Houses.
Thank you very much for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks for the many generous donations for SVP. If you wish to make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. This envelope may be left in the Parish Office or given to any of the priests of the parish. All donations are very much appreciated.
DIOCESAN ONLINE RESOURCES
During these times of being at home more than usual you might like to visit the Derry Diocesan Webpage and click on the bottom left hand corner where the link to Media Gallery is. Here you will find that there are hundreds of free talks, short films…etc available for you to view.
SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE
Thinking of giving up smoking for Lent? FREE smoking cessation service available at O'Kanes pharmacy. Call 028 79628209 for more information.
Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the February edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Diocesan website - https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-february-2021
Coverage this month includes:
School year in St Colm’s Draperstown a good faith diary –Roisin McKenna
May Lent be a time of prayer and discernment – Bishop Donal
Reflecting on God’s Mercy – Part 1 – by Bishop Donal
New youth online bookclub - Hollie Frystal.
Ardmore Parish & school celebration
Trócaire Lenten Appeal 2021
Thornhill Lenten calendars
Youth writers share thoughts on Lent
Derry Youth Ministry update
Children’s Catechism Club
Is God asking big sacrifices for Ireland?.
Ancient Celtic Church and Renewal of Faith in Ireland
St Joseph ~ actions speak louder than words
Termonbacca Novena to Sleeping St Joseph
Consecration to St Joseph
St Colmcille’s Claudy principal helps schools navigate online resources
Sr Clare Crockett beatification cause
‘Year of the Family’ reflection
Reflections from across the Diocese on the Holy Spirit
Christian Unity Week
Vocations Holy Hour
A Word of God for your family life
A reflection on marriage
The Quality of Mercy
National Divine Mercy Conference
The rise and growth of food banks
Memories of Dungiven
Cuimhní Cóivide – Fr Oliver Crilly
Library open 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Returned books may be left in the foyer, and people may phone (79628249) and reserve books, which can be collected from the foyer.
Free online classes (Happiness labs) on mindfulness, hatha yoga, chair yoga, positivity talk, healthy eating – cookery, and Tai Chi in Cookstown (Phone 86763702) and Magherafelt (Phone 79632278) libraries. To book classes please contact the relevant library
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR FREE PODCAST
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DIOCESE OF DERRY - PRAYER FOR LENT 2021
To prepare for His mission of proclaiming Your kingdom to the world
Your Son Jesus was guided by
Your Holy Spirit to the quiet of the desert.
In these Lenten days,
I pray that I will be guided by that same Spirit,
to a place of renewal in my heart and mind, so that I will seek opportunities for daily personal prayer, personal sacrifices and acts of kindness.
With Your help,
may I too be truly prepared to share in the story of the passion, death and resurrection of
Jesus Your Son, our Lord.
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