BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 15 AUGUST 2021

No.1876 ~ THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

​​SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Columba’s Straw 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

Holy Rosary: 12 noon


DAILY MASS TIMES

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

 

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Fr Dermot McGirr CC​

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

Fr John Downey Priest In Residence

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248

email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Parish Office now open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm

Please note Parish Office my be contacted by email or phone (message may be left).


NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN

Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Bulletins are presently only available:

SVP HELPLINE

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.

 

WEEKDAY MASSES: 16 AUGUST - 20 AUGUST

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 26: 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.

Tuesday 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.

Friday 20: St Bernard.

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.

Saturday 21: St Pius X.

Born in 1853, died in 1914. Became pope in 1903. Encouraged pastoral liturgy and sacramental practice, especially of frequent communion, to which he admitted young people.


READERS FOR HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

More readers are needed please for Masses in Holy Rosary Church.

If you are willing to become a regular reader of the Word of God at any of the weekday Masses, the Saturday Vigil Mass or the Sunday Mass in Holy Rosary Church please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible.


MONTH’S MIND MASS

Colm McWilliams, Gortnari,, on Friday 20 August at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Marie Groogan, Drumderg Cottages on Friday 20 August at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


DEATHS

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

Margaret Layden, Sixtowns Road;

John Murray, Cookstown;

Conor Donaghy, Claudy;

Conor Devine, Park.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

Hugh McWilliams,

Marie Groogan.

Anniversaries:

Brendan O'Hagan,

Felix Magee,

Mary Murray,

Patsy Murphy.


BAPTISMS

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

Joseph Patrick McEldowney, Liverpool;

Aoife Mary Kearns, Sixtowns Road;

Enya Grace Hegarty, Tonagh Road.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

Monday 16 August:

Desertmartin Walk for Health Group, meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7.30 pm.

Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 17 August:

Exercise and Line-Dancing with Thomasina in Hall at 11.30 am, admission £4.

Wednesday 25 August:

Gardening with Mary Doris.

Week 1: Grow your Own in raised beds /containers

Week 2: Planting containers for autumn colour.

Come along and join in session from 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm admission £3.

Due to Covid Restrictions, it is important to register for sessions, as numbers are limited.

To register please contact either Kathleen 07764277809,


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

Monday 9 August: Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7.30 pm. Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 10 August: Exercise and Line-Dancing with Thomasina in the Hall at 11.30 am, admission £4.

Due to Covid Restrictions, it is important to register for sessions, as numbers are limited.

To register please contact either Kathleen 07764277809; Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094


THE NET ~ DERRY DIOCESAN PAPER

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the July-August edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website - https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-july-august-2021

However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted. For coverage of faith stories just email editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Coverage in the current edition includes:

  • Ballinascreen mark 100th anniversary of late Fr Michael Collins’ ordination

  • Marie O’Kane shares childhood memory of Fr Collins

  • Thornhill celebrates Golden Jubilee of Fr Colum Clerkin

  • Mgr Andy Dolan’s Golden Jubilee

  • Drumquin celebrates Fr Kevin Mullan’s Golden Jubilee

  • Fr Neal Carlin, founder of Columba Community, laid to rest

  • Tribute to Fr Neal by MaryO’Donnell

  • Celebration of Grandparents and the elderly

  • Strong family bonds despite Covid separation

  • First Diocesan Youth Ministry Scholarship

  • Fan the Flame celebration

  • Termonbacca to host Youth 2000 summer festival

  • ‘Blessed Is She’ retreat preparing for Season of Creation

  • Mass rocks reminders of ancestors’ sacrifices to preserve the faith

  • Irish Section by Fr Oliver Crilly

  • Last 40 years have been a blessing - Fr Michael Canny

  • We are born to live in The Divine Will – Emma Devine

  • A tribute to late Fr Brian O’Donnell

  • Fr Mike Spain’s 40-year ministry

  • Fr Stephen Quinn shares vision for future ministry of Carmelites in Derry

  • Bearing witness to Jesus – the Way, the Truth and the Life – Pope Paul VI

  • One of the reasons we still have our faith by Michael Devlin

  • Discarded Stations of the Cross restored

  • Pope’s current prayer intentions

  • St Maria Goretti and the power of forgiveness

  • Pope Francis and his critics

  • Where have the treasures gone?

  • Rejoice and be glad by Fr Johnny Doherty CSsR

  • Fun and Games

  • Children’s Catechism Club – C3

  • Quiz Time

Young writers share thoughts on...

  • Benefits of prayer in facing life’s challenges

  • Impact of social media

  • The faith of ‘Doubting’ Thomas

  • Pope’s call to “be like Peter and Paul, free but humble”

  • Is Catholic Education worth keeping in Northern Ireland?

  • Older people in our lives


MARY’S MEALS ~ STEP BY STEP TO FEED THE NEXT CHILD

Mary’s Meals is currently feeding over 1.8 million children a daily school meal across 19 countries. You are welcome to join their led walks around Gortin Glen Forest Park on 21 August at 11.00 am. Contact Helen Quinn on 07814441701 for more details or visit Step by Step to Feed the Next Child on Facebook.


LOUGH DERG 2021

  • The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.

  • For further information email info@loughderg.org or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518; www.loughderg.org; Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co Donegal. F94 N289


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on Parish Website. Envelopes may be returned at any parish Mass, to Parish Office or any Parochial House.

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated


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. e mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

  • We ask that only members of a family, whose loved one is being prayed for, attend the Friday Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. This should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind or any other anniversary, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam. Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation has left. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


POPE FRANCIS@ PONTIFEX

Prayer is vital for life: just as we cannot live without breathing, so we cannot be Christians without praying.


YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

We invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all petitions will be burned unopened.


REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and baptisms have been relaxed, so the following arrangements are now in place in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin parishes. All churches have been risked assessed and the number of places determined for each church is as follows:


Holy Rosary: 100

St Columbna’s, Straw: 100

St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 100

St Patrick’s, Sixtowns: 50

St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 60

St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 100

These numbers do not include priests, sacristans, or musicians as they have already designated places.


While extra places are now available, we ask that families be mindful of those who are vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. Social distancing and hand sanitising are necessary requirements inside the church but a lack of social distancing outside the church and elsewhere is a potential danger that should not be lightly ignored. Many outbreaks of Covid 19 have occurred when large numbers have gathered in homes and other places where the protocols have not been followed.

Track and trace is obligatory at all weddings, funerals and baptisms. Families will be provided with a template on which all names and contact details of those attending a wedding, funeral or baptism must be recorded and once completed returned to the relevant Parish Office.


WEDDINGS

As well as providing a Track and Trace contact sheet, couples will receive a plan of the church where their wedding will take place so that they can prepare their own church seating plan. This plan will then assist the church stewards to direct guests to their designated seats as they arrive. The plan must be received by the Parish Office three days before the date of the wedding. For the distribution of Holy Communion, guests will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them. Masks must be worn by all attending the wedding. The bridal party, with the exception of the bride and groom, must wear masks when they are in their place.


FUNERALS

Unlike a wedding where there is plenty of time to prepare a church seating plan, families will receive specially printed admittance cards and families may distribute these cards as they wish. These cards MUST be shown at the door of the church to one of the stewards. Please do not ask to be admitted into the church if you have not been given one of these cards. Families are requested to adhere to social distancing inside the church, and so sit in their ‘bubbles’ of two, three or more. Occasionally, stewards may have to respectfully request mourners to move to another seat to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. For the distribution of Holy Communion, mourners will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them.

Face masks must be worn by everyone. A track and trace contact sheet must be completed the day before the funeral.

 

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.

MEMORARE

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