No.1915 ~ FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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 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
Wednesday 18: St John I pope and martyr.
Friday 20: St Bernardine of Siena, priest.
FIRST COMMUNION 2022
First Holy Communion Masses will continue in Ballinascreen Parish as follows:
St Columba’s P.S. on Saturday 21 May at 11.00 am in St. Columba's Church, Straw.
Gaelscoil na Speirini on Saturday 4 June at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
Are you being called to love the Lord and His people as a diocesan priest?
If considering such a vocation, contact your local priest or Derry Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’ Hagan, PP Moville at firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Rita Maguire, Ballygawley.
Sincere thanks to those who have contributed to this year’s Lenten Trócaire Appeal.
A further £160 has been received.
Youth 2000 Prayer Group meet at Lavey Parochial House (opposite Lavey Church) every Friday evening at 7.30 pm.
This Prayer Group Meeting is for those aged 16 - 35.
Please contact Cora on 07704386248 or Declan on 07544790147 for more details.
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.
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.
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.
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2022
Pilgrimage from 3 - 8 July 2022 (ex Belfast) Cost is £689 per person sharing. Places are still available: contact the Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, Tel: 71260293 or email email@example.com
All intending pilgrims are asked to return application forms and full payment by Saturday 28 May.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE 2022
Lough Derg welcomes pilgrims with a full Pilgrimage programme:
Three Day Pilgrimage: from1 June until 15 August. Booking advised. Concessions available for students, seniors and groups.
One Day Retreats and guided Pilgrim Path experience dates in May and late August and September. Booking essential. All booking information at www.loughderg.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 00353 719861518
LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARS
Seminars on Thursday evenings until Thursday 2 June at 7.30 pm in Sacred Heart Church, Omagh. Mass with Homily. Celebrant on Thursday 19 May will be Fr Columba M Toman OP, St Mary’s Priory Tallaght. He will preach on Baptism in the Holy Spirit. All welcome to attend the seminar or you may follow it on: www.churchsetvices.tv/drumraghparish
LOUGH DERG DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2022
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June. Bishop McKeown will lead the pilgrimage and invites you to join him. Booking essential. Please contact Diocesan Catechetical Centre if aged over 16 Tel:71264087 or email email email@example.com Cost £80, this includes return transport from St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
A labelled black wheelie bin is missing from Straw Graveyard. It would be appreciated if it could be returned as soon as possible please.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS
Glór na Speiríní are holding a basic 5 week computer course for adults starting on Monday 23 May from 7.30 pm until 8.30 pm in Glór na Speiríní Centre Straw. Cost for the course is only £20. Booking is essential, as numbers are limited. To book your place or for further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 79627703. Tá fáilte roimh chách- Everyone welcome!
BALLINASCREEN EARLY YEARS
Pre-Pre school places are available from September at Ballinascreen Early years in their Sunshine Room.
If your child will be 3 years old between 2 July 2022 and 1 July 2023, please ring 07840595382 or message their Facebook page to discuss the options they have available for your child.
ST COLUMB’S COLLEGE FORMAL GALA DINNER
St Columb’s College invite you to attend a Formal Gala Dinner in the City Hotel Derry on Friday 10 June. The night will be an opportunity to celebrate our faith, our island and the talents of their pupils past and present. Special guest Mickey Harte will deliver a speech on his own witness and faith journey. Tickets cost £40 per head, drinks reception and 3 course meal is included. Booking of tables can be arranged. For any enquiries or to reserve a table please email: email@example.com
BOOK ON THE HOLY LAND
An Irish Pilgrimage Guide to the Holy Land is a new book by Michael Kelly, Editor of The Irish Catholic newspaper which explores the places associated with the life of Christ. Michael, who has led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, says he hopes the book can also act as an ‘armchair retreat’ for people who cannot travel to the Holy Land bringing the Gospel to life for them. It costs £14.99 and is available from all good bookshops and from www.columbabooks.com
Annual Plant Sale on Friday 27 May Gates open at 6.30 pm. Great selection of perennials, annuals and shrubs will be available to buy.
Jiving Classes with Conor and Mairead McEldowney start on Monday 23 May for 5 weeks from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Cost £25 to be paid on the first night. Book with Conor on 07871210585.
Painting classes continue every Wednesday from 10.00 am until 12noon and from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Suitable for all abilities and beginners, everyone welcome. Text/ring 07821963749 for more details /to book your place.
KNOCKNAGIN HALL ~ ACTIVITIES FOR MAY
‘Knit and Natter’ classes to knit or crochet hats for Neonatal Unit Antrim Area Hospital on Tuesdays from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm all welcome, wool can be provided. Contact Kathleen: 07764277809: Anne: 79642711: Olive: 07887614094.
SPRED Group meeting on Monday 16 May at 7.30 pm.
Chair Exercises Tuesdays at 10.00 am.
Knit/crochet natter Tuesdays at 7.00 pm.
Line Dancing every Wednesday at 7.30 pm.
Band practice Thursdays from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm. New members welcome.
Friday 27 May Charity Dance for Air Ambulance N.I. Music by Liam McLaughlin. Dancing from 8.30pm until midnight. Admission £5 - includes light supper.
Sarsfield’s Band and Division 30 offer their sympathy to the McPeake family on the death of Brigid Rose McPeake, Greenlough.
Congratulations to Hugh McGuckin Tirgan, winner of £50 in the May monthly draw. Tickets cost £1 per month or £12 for the year. Tickets may be purchased from any Band or Division member.
CONCERT FOR UKRAINE
The Magnificent Seven Crew in partnership with the Derry Branch of Concern Worldwide and many other singers and entertainers will feature in a concert on Monday 6 June in the Millennium Forum Derry in aid of Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. All artists are appearing for free. Tickets £16.50 available online or at the Millennium Forum Box Office.
MATT TALBOT PRAYER SOCIETY
This society prays daily for those with addictions. You can enrol somebody to be prayed for each day as well as at the Mass on the First Monday of each month at 7.30 pm in St Eugene's Cathedral Derry. For more details visit www.matttalbotprayersociety.com where you can also enrol somebody via an online submission.
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
ROSARY AT THE GROTTOS
The Rosary will be prayed for peace in the world each day during May at hundreds of grottos around Ireland.
For more details including the list of grottos please visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie
ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE
This service is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation prog