No.1863 ~ THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
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 (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:
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)
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday email@example.com
Bulletins are presently only available:
Online at www.parishofballinascreen.com
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
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.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 18: St John I pope and martyr.
Thursday 20: St Bernadine of Siena.
Friday 21: Saints Christopher Magallánes, priest and Companions, martyrs.
Saturday 22: St Rita of Cascia.
DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (MONDAY 17 - FRIDAY 21 MAY)
Monday 17 May
11.00 am in Holy Rosary Draperstown
Tuesday 18 May
11.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm
Wednesday 19 May
11.00 am in Holy Rosary Draperstown
Thursday 20 May
11.00am in St Mary’s Coolcalm
Friday 21 May
Parish Anniversary Mass at 11.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm
Parish Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary.
SYNODAL ASSEMBLY MESSAGE FROM BISHOP McKEOWN
The Irish Bishops have decided to initiate a process in the Irish Church, leading to a Synodal Assembly in perhaps five years.
The Bishops’ Conference plans the next two years as a period of prayer, listening and discernment, involving a nationwide consultative conversation on this theme. Following this, there will be a three-year preparation for a National Synodal Assembly.
Before embarking on the Synodal Pathway consultation, bishops are inviting submissions to reflect on what methods/models to adopt in these coming two years of conversations.
Individuals and groups are invited to submit ideas as to
how the national conversation might best be conducted,
what hard-to-reach groups need to be involved.
For further information on making a submission go to www.catholicbishops.ie/synod . Please note that submissions are sought by 23 May 2021 and can be made directly online through that website.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Carleen Convery and Caolan McAteer who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Se Michael McGlone, Moneyneena Road.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Joe Rogers, Sixtowns Road;
Bridget McKenna, Carnamoney Lane;
John Flood, Derry.
James P McGuigan,
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.
Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
In the light of some easing of Covid 19 restrictions, Bishop McKeown has now decided that parishes may arrange First Holy Communion and Confirmation Ceremonies to be celebrated in the coming weeks. Following a meeting with all primary school principals in Ballinascreen, First Holy Communion Masses will take place on the following dates in Holy Rosary Church at 3.00 pm:
June 5: Gaelscoil na Speiríní;
June 12: St Columba's P.S., Straw;
June 19: St Eoghan's P.S., Moneyneena;
June 26: St Mary's P.S., Draperstown;
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Safety Notice re Friday Anniversary Masses
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.
Churches open for Private Prayer, however we ask you to please observe the following advice when visiting any of our Churches.
Please sanitise your hands on arrival
Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY
The Society acknowledges with sincere thanks a generous donation for the support and education of student priests at home and abroad. All benefactors share in the Masses and prayers of the Society. Further donations gratefully accepted. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood.
CELEBRATING PENTECOST ~ RECEIVE! BELIEVE! LIVE!
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on 23 May, the Diocesan Catechetical Centre has created a variety of resources, including prayers, reflections and craft activities, suitable for use in parishes, at home and in schools. These resources are available online at https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/celebrating-the-feast-of-pentecost/
KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE ANNUAL PLANT SALE
On Friday 21 May at 6.30 pm.
Perennials, Annuals and Shrubs will be available at reasonable prices. This will be an outside event, with a one way queuing system. Gates open to the sale at 6.30 pm.
For more information follow Kilcronaghan on Facebook or ring 028 79627826
CELEBRATING MARY IN MAY
May is a very special month for the Church as we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. A full month is given over to Mary and during this month we are encouraged to honour Mary in different ways. To help parishes, families and schools to do this, the Diocesan Catechetical Centre has created a number of resources including prayers, Gospel reflections, colouring and craft activities, examples of May Altars and ideas on how to pray the Rosary. These resources are available online at catecheticalcentre.org/category/celebrating-mary-in-the-month-of-may-2021/
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
Seminars continue for 6 more Thursdays in conjunction with the 7.30 pm Mass in Sacred Heart Church Omagh. All are welcome to join via Drumragh Parish webcam at 7.30pm.
20 May: Baptism in the Spirit – Fr Eddie Magee;
27 May: Growth - Fr Colum Curry;
3 June: Transformation – Fr Kevin McElhennon.
TARSUS SCRIPTURE SCHOOL
Babel to Jerusalem and beyond: (Jessie Rogers)
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit: (Kieran J. O’Mahony)
Breathing new life: (Sean Goan)
This programme is offered free of charge
To explore and register click here.
Ecumenical Bible Week 2021
The Ecumenical Bible week is an exciting venture, arising out of the International Eucharistic Congress of 2012. It is funded by the two Archdioceses of Dublin and the National Bible Society of Ireland and is free of charge. To explore and register click here.
All programmes will all be online
MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
St Angela’s College, Sligo, is offering this online part-time MA, starting September 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 June. For more details please visit www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie or contact Mary Kearns on 0035371 9195550. Email: email@example.com
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.
MARY'S MEALS - PRAY IN MAY
Mary’s Meals is now reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. This May we are invited to join in their prayer campaign in thanksgiving for each little act of love that makes this work possible and also for God’s continued blessing on their mission, that through His providence it will always flourish enabling them to reach more hungry children.
Prayer resources and more details at at: www.marysmeals.org.uk/prayinmay
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, in partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This post graduate degree is dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. The next intake will be Autumn 2021. An information session via ZOOM will be held on Monday 7 June at 3.30 pm. If interested in attending this session or require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NET ~ MAY 2021
Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the May edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Diocesan website: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-may-2021
For coverage of faith stories just email email@example.com
Coverage this month’s includes:
Sr Clare Crockett.
Sr Clare still touching lives
Sr Clare’s story gives hope
Her family and friends reminisce
Sr Clare shows joy comes from following Divine dream
Sr Clare’s Face.
ACCORD recruiting for couples counselling training
Diocesan Environmental Strategy
Derry Youth Ministry update
Young writers share their thoughts on a variety of topics
St Benedict and Miraculous Medals & prayers leading to many conversions
Bishop blesses Creggan’s Divine Mercy statues
Beautiful Day of Grace in Claudy Parish
Divine Mercy in Newtownstewart
First Saturday Devotions in Claud
Legion of Mary centenary reflections
Carmelite Spirituality – Little Way Novena
Thoughts from across the Diocese on a Synodal Church
Our Lady of Knock
Columba Community celebrates
Our faith serves us up a rich fare!
An Biobla Naofa
The Five Sundays of May
Children’s Catechism Club Quiz Time
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.
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.
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.
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