BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 16 OCTOBER 2022

No. 1937 ~ TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

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

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.

Email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

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.

 
 

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

Vigil Masses:

Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm

Sunday:

St Columba’s Straw: 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am

St Eugene's Moneyneena: 12 noon


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 17: St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr.

Tuesday 18: St Luke, evangelist.

Saturday 22: St John Paul II, pope.


WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

An Event to mark World Mission Sunday, organised by the Derry Mission Team, will take place via zoom on Thursday 20 October at 7.00 pm, centred around the theme of “You will be my Witnesses”.

Guest speaker will be Shauna Rose Pickering, head of Religious Studies in St Louis, Ballymena. Shauna comes from a strong background of mission, evangelisation and working with young people, both at home and overseas. She is a former vice-chairperson of Friends of Africa and has been on mission in Africa and South America with missionary congregations from Ireland.

Registration details are on the Derry Diocesan website.


DO THIS IN MEMORY PROGRAMME

Masses as part of our Parish DTIM Programme will take place in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm (Vigil Mass) on the dates below, except for the final Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday June 11 in St Eugene's.

DTIM Dates for 2022 - 2023

Holy Rosary ~ Saturdays 6.00 pm

5 November,

10 December,

7 January,

25 February,

1 April and

11 June ~ Feast of Corpus Christi in St Eugene's Moneyneena at 12 noon.


DEATHS

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

Susan Murray, Ranaghan Road;

Delphanine McKenna, Draperstown.


FIRST ANNIVERSARIES MASSES

Charlie (Andy) Kelly, Upper Derrynoyd on Friday October 21 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

Bridget Buckley (nee Toner) Derrynoyd on Friday October 21 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary:

Charlie (Andy) Kelly.

Anniversaries:

Isobel McCloskey;

Margaret Donnelly;

Marie Donnelly;

Bridget McCloskey.


BAPTISM

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

Charles John Convery, Tirruadh Court.


HALLOWE'EN CAKE SALE AND COFFEE MORINING

Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will take place in St Colm’s GAC on Saturday October 29 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Raffle will be held during this event with wonderful prizes to be won. Tickets for this raffle will also be on sale in the parish before the event as well as at the event. Everyone welcome to come along to buy some delicious bakes and enjoy a cuppa!

Offers to bake or donations of turf, sticks, potatoes etc.... are still welcome, please contact the Parish Office if willing to bake or donate. Thank you.

Meeting, re this event, will be held in the GAC Club on Wednesday 19 October at 7.30 pm.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Weekly Collection: £1775

Renovation Collection £1000

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


OMAGH CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

Day of Prayer, Praise and Healing, in St Joseph's Hall, Omagh BT78 1DG, on Sunday 6 November. Speaker Fr Brendan Walsh, SAC. Registration from 9.30 am. Holy Mass in the afternoon. Booking by 27 October is essential to facilitate catering. £25 includes lunch, tea/coffee. Please indicate any dietary requirements. To book ring 2243973 or 82246582, or 07876411435 or 07596609041 or email evelynheaney@hotmail.com.


ST ANNE’S CHURCH SIXTOWNS

Harvest Service on today Sunday 16 October at 3.00 pm.

St Anne’s Church reopens after 3 years of closure. All are welcome.


ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH OF IRELAND

Harvest Praise with the Coleraine Community Choir, followed by an Apple Tart supper on Sunday 23 October at 7.00 pm.

A warm welcome is extended to all.


COMMUNITY EVENT ~ HOUSING

For anyone interested in social and affordable housing in the Draperstown area, there will be an information evening in the Community Hub, Draperstown by the Housing Executive on Wednesday 19 October 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Everyone welcome. Any queries, please contact Catherine Elattar on 07714136288.


LOURDES PILGRIMAGE

Irish Pilgrimage Trust- Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Easter 2023 are now accepting applications from young people of all religious denominations with:

  • A medical condition, physical disability or illness (aged 9-18).

  • A learning disability (aged 11-21).

  • Very seriously ill children under the age of 9, accompanied by a parent or close relative.

  • Young adults between the age of 19 and 30 with a disability or illness. The young person travels without their family but accompanied by experienced adult carers in the group. This week is a great experience for the young person as they have the opportunity to make new friends, increase their social skills and confidence and often provides respite for parents/carers. The Irish Pilgrimage Trust covers the cost of those young people selected to travel. If there is a young person that you feel would be eligible and would benefit from a trip to Lourdes please contact Mary Dunnion on 0877962047 or Aileen Henry on 0872063183 for more details and an application form. Closing date for applications is 31 October.

  • Have you ever wanted to volunteer and help others? If you are interested in volunteering with The Irish Pilgrimage Trust to travel to Lourdes as a carer for a week next Easter please contact Mary on 00353877962047 for more details. All volunteers pay their own fare which is €750 for adults or €495 for students.

  • View www.irishpilgrimagetrust.ie for more details.


BECOMING

One Day Retreat by Thornhill Ministries. Monday 24 October from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at An Grianan Hotel, Burt.

A day in which to take the long view on our awareness and growing in our spiritual ‘becoming’ as we navigate the joys and challenges, the ups and downs of life’s journey.

Day includes reflection, input, contemplation, Mass. Lunch will be provided. A donation welcome.

To register: Text 077 368 32458 or email

thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

Today is gift. Life is gift.

Let gifting be the energy that I bring to my family, my friends, my work, my home.

www.thornhillministries.co.uk


ST EOGHAN’S P.S.

  • Big Breakfast, in aid of school funds, on Sunday 23 October from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, in school Assembly Hall. Everyone welcome.

  • Coffee Morning held recently in the school raised £1850 for Macmillan Cancer. The school wish to thank everyone who attended the event and those who baked and helped on the day. Special thanks also to the canteen staff for organising and assisting at this event.

  • Christmas Craft Fair in St. Eoghan’s P.S. on Sunday 4 December. Book now to secure your place. £10.00 per table. Please contact Brigid Donnelly on 07595658380 for more details.


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: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: First Anniversary and Month's Mind notices should be received before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 13 until February 21 2023, visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and other important sites. This is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Cost is €1,895 / £1665 p.p.s. including taxes and tips. For more details please email info@marian.ie or phone 028 956 80005 or 003531 8788159.


SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP

  • Defibrillator training in Sixtowns Hall on Wednesday 19 October from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Training will be delivered by Emergency Medical Services, Supplies & Training Ltd. Cost £10 per person. To book a place please contact Emma on 07769289385.

  • Bowls in Sixtowns Hall every Monday from 8.00 pm. New members welcome. Pay on the night.

  • Coffee Morning and Christmas Market at Sixtowns Hall on Sunday 27 November. If interested in taking a table at the market the cost is £20 for one or £30 for two tables. Send a message to the Facebook page or call 07769289385 for more details.


SARSFIELD’S BAND

  • Sympathy to the Higgins family on the death of Seamus Higgins Maghera.

  • Band Practice every Thursday at new starting time of 7.30 pm. New and past members welcome.

  • Calum Walsh Magherafelt was the winner of the October Draw.

If anyone has old photos or videos of the band they would be grateful if they could make a copy of them. All originals will be returned once copied.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

  • Christmas Craft Fair: Sunday 13 November from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

  • SPRED Group: Monday 17 October from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm, for socialising fun and games.

  • Chair Exercises with Thomasina: Tuesdays at 10.00 am. Admission £4.00. Everyone welcome.

  • Knit & Natter class: Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Bring along your own work and have a natter!

  • Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm. Come along and try the game.

  • Line Dancing with Thomasina: Wednesdays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Come along and enjoy the fun; a great way to keep fit. Admission £4.

  • Here and Now ~ Older People & Well-Being: Charmaine from Arts Care will start an eight-week music and dance programme on Friday 28 October at 7.00 pm. Come along and enjoy the craic. This is a funded programme so it is free.

To register for any of the above contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.


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: lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org


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.


MARY’S MEALS

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


NATIONAL SYNTHESIS OF THE SYNODAL PROCESS

The Irish Bishops' Conference has published the National Synthesis of the Synodal Process conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. The National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation and is based on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups. The National Synthesis will be forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.

To view this document click HERE


SYNODALITY

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.

Amen.


To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:

www.catholicbishops.ie/synod

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.

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